VIENNA, Austria– November 30, 2009– Sproing Interactive Media GmbH (“Sproing”) today announced an agreement with Cong SA to develop Corto Maltese– The Fable of Venice®, a video game based on the popular comic book and animated film&series character created by Hugo Pratt. Corto Maltese– The Fable of Venice® is scheduled for release on the Nintendo DS™ entertainment system in fall 2010.
Corto Maltese– The Fable of Venice® combines stunning comic artwork and adventure gameplay with mystery solving, for an epic adventure in historic Venice. The city was painstakingly researched by Corto Maltese® creator Hugo Pratt, and is now being created in the video game with great attention to detail.
The visuals of the game are inspired by the incredible look of Corto Maltese® and will appeal to fans of all ages. Players will experience intriguing and unique characters, solve challenging mysteries and lots of puzzle mini-games while unravelling the truth behind a mysterious gem called“Solomons Clavicle”.
“Corto Maltese® is an incredibly successful and long-lasting comic brand with a huge following among both boys and girls. Venice was Pratt's hometown and Corto Maltese his favorite and most successful character,” said Patrizia Zanotti, artistic director, Cong SA.“Corto Maltese– The Fable of Venice® will certainly please and charm the fans who have read the comic book as well as those who will discover Corto Maltese for the first time.”
“Corto Maltese– The Fable of Venice® was instantly our first choice among the many great stories created by Hugo Pratt,” said Harald Riegler, CEO, Sproing.“Venice offers such a strong visual anchoring point, and is very popular with gamers.”
“The puzzle and adventure genre has proven to be very successful on the Nintendo DS™ platform from the very beginning,” said Julian Breddy, lead designer, Sproing.“We are sure gamers will love the product when it launches in fall 2010.”
Founded in 2001, Sproing Interactive Media GmbH is Austria's leading game development studio. The studio takes pride in its reliability and passion for quality which it has earned by shipping over 35 titles on all major platforms, including several German chart-toppers and a Console Game of the Year Award last year. Sproing is a completely independent studio, financed with its own resources. Over the last eight years the company has grown from the two founders to more than 50 employees and is one of the top development studios in the German-speaking territories. The team recently finished work on the highly anticipated Wii survival horror game Cursed Mountain as well as the Wii sports game Mountain Sports, and has several other unannounced titles currently in production. The company develops games on all available console platforms as well as on the PC using“Athena,” its proprietary real-time multi-platform WYSIWYG game technology.
Key titles created by Sproing include: Cursed Mountain (Wii), Mountain Sports (Wii), Beach Fun Summer Challenge (Wii), Russell Grant’s Astrology (DS), Scotland Yard (DS), My Vet Practice (Wii), Panzer Tactics (DS), Undercover: Dual Motives (DS), My Riding Stables (Wii), Best Friends: Dogs&Cats (PC, DS, GBA), Undercover: Operation Winter Sun (PC), Jacked (PC, PS2, Xbox, GC), Riding Star 3 (PC, PS2). Upcoming releases in 2010 include several unannounced titles.
Sproing is a member of G.A.M.E. and TIGA. For more information on Sproing, please visit: www.sproing.com
About Cong SA
Cong is the sole owner of the copyright for all works of the late Hugo Pratt, artist, comic book creator and writer.
Over the years, Cong has intensified its activity and under the management of Pietro Gerosa, CEO and Patrizia Zanotti, artistic director. In 2002, the company started an extensive program of recovery and development of Hugo Pratt’s artistic property in the fields of publishing, licensing and audio/visual productions.
Corto Maltese– The Fable of Venice® Video Game is the culmination of the first phase of this program and at the same time the start of a new effort to discover the artist Hugo Pratt.
In the publishing business, Cong publishes the works of Pratt around the world with several publishers among which Rizzoli-Lizard in Italy, Casterman Editions in France and, Norma Editorial in Spain.
In the area of licensing, Cong works with partners such as Christian Dior, Swatch, and Iceberg and is currently developing high level textile and furniture collections.
An animated movie,“Corto Maltese, la cour secrète des arcanes”, and a series of episodes based on Pratt’s Corto Maltese stories have been programmed and broadcast since 2002 in cinemas and on television around the world.
Corto Maltese is an international registered trademark. The name and signature of Hugo Pratt are trademark protected. The work of Hugo Pratt is in turn protected by the copyright© Cong S.A.
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