Milton Keynes, 24th February, 2010– 505 Games today announced it has selected two developers to work on the eagerly anticipated Grease video game. Based on Paramount Pictures’ classic film, UK developer Zoë Mode will develop the Wii version and Big Head Games will develop the DS version.
“For this project we knew we had to employ developers of a certain calibre in order to really bring the Grease magic to the world of video games,” commented Ian Howe, Managing Director, 505 Games.“In Zoë Mode and Big Head Games, we feel we have found the talent required to give this film the game it deserves.”
Zoë Mode is best known for its work on the enduringly popular Singstar series as well as Eye Toy: Play and Disney Sing It. Formed in 2007 out of Kuju Brighton, the company now boasts a London arm as well as a newly announced studio in San Francisco.
“ Grease is an iconic brand that has spanned generations and we are thrilled to be charged with the responsibility of bringing the Grease legacy to a new medium,” said Ed Daly, General Manager of Zoë Mode.
Since its formation in 2008, Big Head Games has steadily built a strong reputation for producing quality handheld titles.
Managing Director of Big Head Games, Dave Vout commented,“We’re very excited by this project as Grease is the one film everyone remembers. It’s a true classic and we hope to do it justice”.
505 has licensed Grease from Paramount Digital Entertainment
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About 505 Games
505 Games, headquartered in Milton Keynes, is dedicated to the publishing and international distribution of full price, mid-range and budget computer and videogames in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) markets and Australia. The current portfolio includes the best selling games Cooking Mama, ArmA: Armed Assault, Bust-a-Move and Armored Core and covers all gaming platforms, including next generation consoles like Sony PlayStation® 3, Nintendo Wii™ and Microsoft Xbox 360™. For More information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.co.uk
About Big Head Games
Set up in 2008 by the ex directors of 8-Bit games, Big Head Games has now launched a new line of iPhone games as well as become a licensed Wii, DS and PSP developer. Big Head is also responsible for the creatively distinct PS3 title Elefunk released in 2008.
About Zoë Mode
Zoë Mode makes games that are accessible; simple, social, games that are effortlessly fun but don’t take themselves too seriously. Based in Brighton, London and San Francisco, its diverse work force is unified by its attitude to gaming. Zoë Mode believes that games are powerful ways of bringing people together and having fun and that there’s more to life than gaming, but that gaming can make life better; and strongly believes that there is a game for everyone. Zoë Mode is part of Kuju Entertainment Limited.
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.