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CHAPEL HILL, NC and SEATTLE, WA– July 21, 2009– Merscom announced today at the Casual Connect conference in Seattle that it is developing and publishing Shutter Island, a casual game based on the upcoming feature film“Shutter Island” by Paramount Pictures. Merscom will publish the game with Paramount Digital Entertainment on October 2, 2009 in conjunction with the film’s theatrical release.
From Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese,“Shutter Island” tells the story of two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts in 1954 to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from Ashecliffe, the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.
The Shutter Island game is a hidden objects game where players will take on the role of a U.S. Marshal as they attempt to locate patients that have escaped Ashecliffe during a recent hurricane. The game will consist of 7 levels and 20 environments. In addition, there will be multiple mini-games that move the player through Ashecliffe, creating unique interactions with characters from the film.
The game builds on Merscom’s experience in creating successful commercial casual games based on major media properties. Merscom’s joint productions with Lifetime Network’s Blood Ties and with Starz Media’s Righteous Kill were two of the most successful hidden object games of 2008, each title not only popular with fans of the properties but also the broader casual games market.
“Shutter Island represents a great opportunity to bring a property that will already be leveraged over multiple media, particularly books and film, to the casual game market,” said Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer at Merscom.“Launching the game just prior to the theatrical premiere will help the game benefit from the strong marketing for the film, and at the same time introduce gamers to this thrilling movie.”
“The plot of the‘Shutter Island’ film lends itself very well to a hidden object casual video game,” said John Kavanagh, senior vice president of video games for Paramount Digital Entertainment.“We look forward to bringing Shutter Island to casual gamers and fans of the film this Fall.”
Merscom is a global publisher of mass market computer and video games that distributes games through multiple channels, multiple platforms and multiple revenue models. Merscom's channels include retail distribution in the US and Europe, online sale through major portals worldwide and games on Microsoft® Xbox Live® Arcade. Merscom publishes games from leading casual game developers, including Media Art, GO! Games, Bamtang, Techfront and Elefun. Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience. For more information, visit www.merscom.com.
About Paramount Digital Entertainment
Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices, videogames, virtual worlds and emerging technologies. Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.
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