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Cars 2: The Video Game Achieves Industry Accolades at Top Speed, New Release Announced for 3DS

posted 29 Sep 2011, 06:03 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 29 Sep 2011, 06:09 ]
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Disney Interactive Studios today announced that Disney•Pixar’s Cars 2: The Video Game is fast on its way to becoming the ultimate spy adventure. Since the game’s release on June 21, 2011, game critics have praised the title for its widespread appeal to both a younger and older audience, stunning visuals, and action racing gameplay fueled by multiplayer capabilities for up to four players. The next addition to this international game of espionage is expected to come this holiday with Cars 2: The Video Game for Nintendo 3DS™.

“It’s very rewarding to see how members of the media have jumped behind the wheel to become agents of C.H.R.O.M.E. in support of Cars 2: The Video Game,” said John Blackburn, vice president and general manager of Avalanche Software. “We’re very proud of the work we have done with Pixar on this title and the way media are acknowledging Disney Interactive Studios as a leader in family video game entertainment. It’s great to see the game recognized in such an outstanding manner.”

Cars 2: The Video Game has received numerous favorable accolades from members of the media:

“Under all the Pixar beauty is an extremely fun game.” — IGN

“Polished and Entertaining” — Official Xbox Magazine

“Imaginative levels. Excellent controls.” — Boy’s Life

“…can satisfy an entire family of wannabe spy racers.” — New York Daily News

“…successfully mashes Burnout and Mario Kart together.” — GamePro

“A Licensed Game that Impresses” — New York Post

“A Kids Game With Some Horsepower” — PlayStation® The Official Magazine

Available this holiday, Cars 2: The Video Game for Nintendo 3DS will offer the very best in eye-popping gameplay through the system’s stereoscopic 3D display. The game will take advantage of StreetPass™ communication, allowing players to unlock and share new skins. Multiplayer action with up to four players will also be available.

Development for Cars 2: The Video Game was led by Avalanche Software in collaboration with the filmmakers at Pixar Animation Studios. The game features full 3D support for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and is also currently available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Windows PC/MAC. An additional Nintendo 3DS version of the game is currently in development by Firebrand and is expected to release this holiday. The console versions are all rated E 10+, while the Nintendo DS version is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The Wii, PlayStation®3 system and Xbox 360 versions are available for a suggested retail price of $49.99, while the Windows-based PC/Mac, and Nintendo DS versions are available for $29.99. Pricing and ESRB ratings for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS version of the game have yet to be established.



About the “Cars” Franchise
Released in 2006, Disney•Pixar’s feature film “Cars” has become a leading boys’ franchise generating an impressive $2B in annual global retail sales for a total of $8B to date. Winner of the Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature, “Cars” went on to gross $462M in global box office sales. It’s supported across The Walt Disney Company through films including the Summer 2011 release of “Cars 2” in Disney Digital 3D™, consumer products, live theater productions, park attractions including Cars Land planned for launch in 2012, music, a web site www.Disney.com/Cars, TV including the popular series of short form content: Cars Toons, home entertainment, video games – including Cars: The Video Game and the June release of Cars 2: The Video Game supporting all major platforms, a virtual world www.WorldofCars.com, and books – with more than 75 new titles releasing throughout 2011 domestically, in addition to more titles on digital books and mobile applications.

About Disney·Pixar's “Cars 2”
Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.

John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” “Cars 2” is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille,” and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”).

About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up” and “Toy Story 3.” The Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and seven Golden Globes®. Its twelve films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Pixar's latest film, “Cars 2,” opened on June 24, 2011 and their next adventure, “Brave,” takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012.

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