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Disney Interactive Studios Brings 3D to Gaming with G-Force and Toy Story Mania! Video Games This Summer

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 10:10 PM by Scott Jentsch

3D movies have become quite the rage in movie theaters in the past year or so. Evidence of this is in the upcoming releases of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: An IMAX 3D Experience.

Disney is going the 3D route with some of its upcoming releases, like G-Force in Disney Digital 3D on July 24th and Toy Story 3 in Disney Digital 3D in June 2010. It's even re-releasing the first two Toy Story movies in 3D this fall.

In conjunction with the movie releases, Disney Interactive Studios (Disney's gaming unit) is releasing the video games G-Force and Toy Story Mania! for all the major consoles and the PC. While this isn't exactly groundbreaking news, the fact that they will be in 3D is.

Players will be able to turn on 3D features and enjoy the dimensional action using included glasses. The press release (included below) says that "the glasses will enable both players to experience 3-D during a two-player Toy Story Mania! game or for an accompanying family member to view that perspective in G-Force."

“Three-dimensional technology drives the future of entertainment and Disney Interactive Studios is leading the way in video games,” said Brian Leake, vice president of technology, Disney Interactive Studios. “The stereoscopic 3-D innovation in G-Force and Toy Story Mania! adds to the already fun video game experiences for a wide audience and extends the gameplay by creating entirely new options for players.”

G-Force will be available in 3D on the Xbox 360® video game system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on July 21. Non-3D versions will also be available on the same date for other platforms.

Toy Story Mania! will be released exclusively for the Wii™ in Fall 2009.

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For more information, please see the press release from Disney Interactive Studios below.

Press Release

Disney Interactive Studios Pioneers 3-D Console Experiences This Summer with G-Force and Toy Story Mania! Video Games

First Next-Generation Video Games To Fully Feature Three-Dimensional Technology

June 29, 2009

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three-dimensional experiences are taking over the film experience at movie theaters in 2009 and Disney Interactive Studios is leading the way in video games by introducing innovative stereoscopic 3-D features in two of its premier games this summer. G-Force and Toy Story Mania! both feature revolutionary innovative experiences using 3-D technology and are the first games for next-generation systems to fully feature three-dimensional stereoscopic technology.

G-Force and Toy Story Mania! allow the player to choose to turn on special 3-D features in the games while wearing the enclosed 3-D glasses. Using the anaglyphic 3-D glasses, players will see the action extend forward from their television screens in a three-dimensional perspective while playing the games. Two sets of 3-D glasses will be enclosed in each package for players to experience visuals that seem to pop out from their television sets. The glasses enable both players to experience 3-D during a two-player Toy Story Mania! game or for an accompanying family member to view that perspective in G-Force. Both standard video game 3-D graphics and the stereoscopic 3-D experiences are offered in the games and can be changed by the player.

“Three-dimensional technology drives the future of entertainment and Disney Interactive Studios is leading the way in video games,” said Brian Leake, vice president of technology, Disney Interactive Studios. “The stereoscopic 3-D innovation in G-Force and Toy Story Mania! adds to the already fun video game experiences for a wide audience and extends the gameplay by creating entirely new options for players.”

Rob Neuman, a leading expert in 3-D technology and supervisor at Walt Disney Feature Animation, consulted on the 3-D effects in the G-Force video game with Disney Interactive Studios and developer Eurocom. Neuman has advised on the 3-D aspects of numerous Disney animated feature films.

“Like the 3-D effects in some feature films, the goal for adding 3-D in G-Force enabled the two miniature creatures – guinea pig Darwin and housefly Mooch – to appear to come forward from the screen, which creates a unique experience for the player,” said Neuman. “The dawn of three-dimensional technology in films has taken over the Cineplex and it’s obvious that video games are the next medium to see this trend.”

G-Force, inspired by the film of the same name from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, will be available in 3-D on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on July 21.

Toy Story Mania!, exclusive for Wii™, is inspired by the popular new four-dimensional attraction in both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Players can experience their favorite moments from the attraction in eye-popping 3-D from the comfort of their living rooms with family and friends. The popular Pie Throw game from the attraction is represented in the Toy Story Mania! training level, and five additional levels based on the attraction are available as unlockables in the game’s story mode. Toy Story Mania! will be available in Fall 2009.

About the G-Force video game

G-Force is a fast-paced action-platform game featuring a unique team of specially trained guinea pigs that use high-tech gadgets and specialized talents to complete a dangerous secret mission. Players control Darwin, the G-Force team leader, and housefly surveillance commando Mooch. Darwin and Mooch team up with the rest of G-Force to use their unique high-tech gadgets, stealth mastery, and pint-sized teamwork to save the world from a robot army of evil household appliances. G-Force features innovative gameplay with a unique sense of scale and puzzle solving that requires players to manipulate environments or enemies, including evil household appliances like waffle irons, water coolers and vacuum cleaners to complete their mission.

Published by Disney Interactive Studios, the G-Force game for consoles and Windows PC is being developed by Eurocom. Handheld versions are being developed by Keen. G-Force is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

About the “G-FORCE” film

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with G-FORCE, a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-FORCE are guinea pigs Darwin (voice of SAM ROCKWELL), the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster (voice of TRACY MORGAN), an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love for all things extreme; and Juarez (voice of PENELOPE CRUZ), a sexy martial arts pro; plus the literal fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert, Mooch, and a star-nosed mole, Speckles (voice of NICOLAS CAGE), the computer and information specialist. Along the way, the G-FORCE encounters myriad other members of the animal kingdom, including pet shop layabout Hurley (voice of JON FAVREAU) and the rabidly territorial hamster Bucky (voice of STEVE BUSCEMI).

Directed by Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr.—G-FORCE takes audiences on a high-octane thrill ride, proving once and for all that the world needs bigger heroes.

About Toy Story Mania!

Toy Story Mania! for Wii showcases an array of entertaining games inspired by the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attractions, while featuring the iconic characters and humor from the popular Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” franchise. In addition to rapid-fire shooting galleries adapted from the attraction, the game includes new and original galleries and a series of mini games, all hosted by beloved characters from the movies. Three-dimensional versions of some of the galleries and games from the attraction can be unlocked for an entirely new gameplay experience. Published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed by Papaya Studio, Toy Story Mania! is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

To the Big Screen and Beyond… In Disney Digital 3D

About Disney●Pixar’s Toy Story Movie Franchise

The toys are back—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” return to the big screen in a spectacular 3D double feature on October 2, 2009. The double feature kicks off a Disney Digital 3D™ Toy Story celebration, which culminates in a brand new adventure starring Buzz and Woody: “Toy Story 3”— in theaters June 18, 2010.

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, mobile 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.

© Disney. Product names, release dates and features may be subject to change.

Source: Disney Interactive Studios



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