SAN DIEGO and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - From CTIA WIRELESS I.T.&Entertainment 2009® in San Diego, Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, and SkyZone® Entertainment, Inc., a leading provider of premium mobile games, content and services with strong deployment capabilities, today announced that "Maple Story: Warrior™" is being made available through SkyZone's Asian Gateway Program with Verizon Wireless. "Maple Story: Warrior™" is the latest high-profile title from SkyZone to be released in the past month, joining "9: The Mobile Game," "All-Pro Angler," and "Mystery" on Verizon Wireless devices.
Based on the blockbuster online game that boasts a fan base of over 50 million subscribers around the globe, "Maple Story: Warrior™" puts players in the shoes of a young warrior on a quest to be the greatest fighter ever. Featuring high-quality graphics and an advanced user control system equal to the online version, the mobile incarnation also includes hours of updated quests, new storylines, multiple endings and additional mini-games. "Maple Story: Warrior™'s" action adventure gameplay has already attracted over 4 million downloads in the Korean mobile market. Additionally, players can receive promotional items for "Maple Story" online when they download "Maple Story: Warrior™."
"'Maple Story: Warrior™' has already become an online phenomenon, and now fans have another medium on which to enjoy this high-quality game," said Key Sar, chief marketing officer, SkyZone Entertainment. "In the last four weeks, we have released a strong lineup of high profile titles that will appeal to a diverse audience - from science fiction and fighting game fans all the way to the outdoor sportsman. Once again, this showcases our mission to bring gamers the most compelling titles available, no matter what the genre."
Verizon Wireless customers can purchase and download "Maple Story: Warrior™" from the Get It Now®/Media Center games category on their Verizon Wireless feature phones. SkyZone's lineup of games is available for the retail price of $2.99 per month or $6.99 for a one-time purchase on a number of popular phones from Verizon Wireless, including the LG Chocolate™ 2, LG Chocolate™ 3, LG Dare™, enV2™ by LG, LG enV®3, LG Versa™, Voyager™ by LG, Samsung Glyde™ and Motorola RAZR family. Download charges vary and airtime or megabyte charges may apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications.
Below are synopses for four of SkyZone's recently released titles:
• "Maple Story: Warrior™" - It's a battle to become the best warrior in history! In "Maple Story: Warrior™," players create their own virtual character and journey to countless battles and conquests. Based on the popular online version with a fan base of over 50 million subscribers, the title puts players on an epic quest filled with dangerous enemies. With hours of extra content not found in the online version, "Maple Story: Warrior™" offers gamers a completely new experience!
• "9: The Mobile Game" - Featuring stunning graphics and captivating scenery, "9: The Mobile Game" features 15 levels with various landscapes and parallels the story told in the movie. An action-packed adventure, director Shane Acker's animated fantasy epic "9" is the feature-length expansion of his Academy Award®-nominated 2004 short film of the same name. Tim Burton ("Beetlejuice") and Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") are among the feature's producers; the film's screenplay is by Pamela Pettler ("Monster House"); and the movie's voice cast of "9" includes Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Crispin Glover.
• "All-Pro Angler" - The ultimate fishing simulation for both sport and casual fishing fans alike has arrived! In "All-Pro Angler" players can choose from three fishing modes - including Practice, Free Fishing and Tournament. The fishing experience changes depending on the various combos of lures, rods and tackles as players travel the world to explore the indigenous species of fish in the world's most popular lakes and rivers.
• "Mystery" - There's been a murder at the museum! In "Mystery," players take on the role of a Crime Scene Investigator who must use real crime-solving techniques to find out which one of the nine suspects is the culprit. By working with forensics experts, medical examiners, first response officers, and fingerprinting and firearms specialists, they can figure out what really happened that fated night.
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About SkyZone Entertainment, Inc.
SkyZone Entertainment, Inc. creates and delivers exciting "Made for Mobile" content that meets emerging consumer demand for gaming over multiple mobile phone networks and home entertainment devices. Through a network of investors and partners such as CVE, VSST and SK Group, SkyZone draws on an advanced Korean legacy of network interoperability and publishing innovation to offer cutting-edge games and brand name applications featuring 3D graphics, networked multiplayer environments and trans-medial access totelecommunications carriers and mobile gamers around the world. For more information, visit www.skyzonemobile.com.