Krome Studios Announces The Development Of Viva Piñata: Party Animals

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BRISBANE, Australia– July 10, 2007 Krome Studios, the largest independent videogame studio in Australia announced today that they are working with Microsoft Game Studios to deliver the next installment in the critically acclaimed Viva Piñata series, Viva Piñata: Party Animals. This marks the first time the two companies have joined forces. Viva Pinata: Party Animals is guaranteed to bring gamers and garden connoisseurs together for a fun social party game set in a whimsical world bursting with living piñatas of every shape and shade imaginable.

Only now, the breezy fields of Piñata Island deliver a whole new set of challenges. With Viva Piñata: Party Animals, players will take part in the most popular reality TV show on the island and compete in over 40 outrageous multiplayer party games. Starring an ensemble cast, including Hudson Horstachio, Paulie Preztail, Franklin Fizzlybear and Fergy Fudgehog, Viva Piñata: Party Animals invites up to four players to compete together in the comfort of their living room or with friends and family across the miles over Xbox LIVE.

Set to release this holiday season, Viva Piñata: Party Animals is an easy pick up and play party game that provides hours of fun for players of all ages as they explore a dynamic world through an array of unique and quirky competitions. Boasting a spectacular visual style, along with new characters and challenges, Viva Piñata: Party Animals welcomes fans and newcomers to explore the craziest island party around.

“We’re very excited to work with Microsoft in making a fantastic series even better,” says Robert Walsh, CEO of Krome Studios.“Viva Piñata is a wildly imaginative property that offers something unique for casual players, as well as hardcore gamers. Party Animals will bring back what players love about the first game, but also deliver a set of all-new features and surprises”.

Krome Studios is currently developing Viva Pinata: Party Animals for the Xbox 360, scheduled to ship this holiday season.

About Krome Studios

Krome Studios is one of the leading independent developers in the world and the largest game development studio in Australia with more than 300 employees across three studios - Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Founded in 1999, the studio is best known for developing the TY the Tasmanian Tiger™ series, which has sold two million units worldwide and is the best-selling Australian game of all time. Krome Studios has shipped more than a dozen titles, including the TY the Tasmanian Tiger™ series, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, King Arthur, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius™: Jet Fusion, and is currently working on many high profile current and next generation titles such as Hellboy from Konami, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed from Lucas Arts and The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night from Sierra Entertainment. The official homepage of Krome Studios is www.kromestudios.com.

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