San Francisco, June 3, 2010– The global market leader in browser-based Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG), Bigpoint, ( http://www.bigpoint.com) today announced that it is developing a browser-based MMOG based upon Universal Pictures’ The Mummy film franchise. Developed in partnership with Universal Partnerships&Licensing, The Mummy Online will only be available online at http://www.bigpoint.com and will be delivered to gamers worldwide in Winter 2010.
In The Mummy Online, a free-to-play Action-RPG MMO game with adventure elements inspired by the films, players will take on heroic roles as adventure seekers with various talents and skills that will allow their characters to be unique within the MMO virtual world. Set in Egypt during the first half of the twentieth century, gamers will experience familiar environments and key characters from the film franchises as they battle against each other and ancient evil.
The Mummy film franchise has been an entertainment powerhouse taking its characters across the world to face some of archeology's greatest mysteries and leading to exciting film sequels, theme park attractions, video games and more.
“The Mummy franchise is chock full of exotic settings, supernatural enemies, exciting quests, and over the top action,” said Bill Kispert, Vice President and GM Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships&Licensing.“It is ripe with gameplay possibilities, and we look forward to extending our relationship with Bigpoint to bring the world of The Mummy to life for gamers.”
"We are excited to adapt this popular film franchise for the global online games market," explains Heiko Hubertz, CEO and founder of Bigpoint. "By leveraging our mastery of browser-based games technology and Universal Pictures’ popular entertainment property, Bigpoint is quickly becoming one of the leading publishers of licensed games."
"We're excited to have the opportunity to work with The Mummy film franchise," said Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games. "The action-packed story of Egyptian mythology and 1930's fortune hunters provides a great backdrop for our team to build an awesome online game experience."
The Mummy Online is developed with Unity technology for MMOG audiences. This platform independent engine makes it possible to produce real-time 3D applications such as MMO games in any internet browser with exceptionally high quality graphics without having to download a client. The game is being developed in multiple languages by Schell Games ( http://www.schellgames.com), a Pittsburgh based development studio helmed by game design visionary Jesse Schell.
The teaser website for The Mummy Online is available at www.themummy.bigpoint.com.
About The Mummy Film Franchise
Deep in the Egyptian desert, a handful of people searching for a long-lost treasure have just unearthed a 3,000 year old legacy of terror. Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of the legendary 1932 horror classic, The Mummy is a true nonstop action epic, filled with dazzling visual effects, top-notch talent and superb storytelling. The phenomenally popular trilogy of films grossed over $1.2 billion in theaters worldwide and expanded into theme park rides, animated series, spin-offs and reinvigorated the classic Universal Monster legacy for a new generation of audiences.
Bigpoint is an online-game publisher, content provider for large media concerns and browser-based game developer. The company’s game portfolio has achieved the same high level of quality usually associated with CDs or consoles. More than 390 employees from over 35 different nations work together in Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany at the headquarters of the world’s largest browser-game portal. The company also has locations in Berlin, San Francisco and Malta. The games are available in over 35 languages and provide more than 118 million gamers from Europe to America and beyond with free, first-class entertainment, without the hassle of having to download or install any additional software.
Bigpoint has pocketed such prestigious honors as the Eco Award "Best Content Provider" 2009, the Ruban d’Honneur at the European Business Awards 2009, the Red Herring 100 Europe, the OnlineStar for the most popular website in Germany and the MTV Skyscraper Award for extraordinary achievement in game development. People’s choice awards and user awards such as the Dutch HME Award 2009 and the American Website of the Year Award 2009 confirm Bigpoint’s sensational success. Bigpoint placed third in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 due to company growth of 4,094.06% within four years. Founder Heiko Hubertz was awarded second place as Internet Entrepreneur 2007. For further information about Bigpoint and its games, please visit http://www.bigpoint.net.
About Universal Partnerships&Licensing
UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
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