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Open the Toy Box This Summer with Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 12:00 PM by Scott Jentsch

Disney Interactive Studios yesterday announced the release of Toy Story 3: The Video Game, providing gamers with the ability to play their way through the Toy Story universe. The new game is available now on all major gaming platforms. Fans can play as Buzz, Woody, or Jessie in storylines inspired by the Disney•Pixar movie Toy Story 3, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, June 18, 2010.

A "Toy Box" mode allows players to interact with Andy’s toys in an "open world setting that constantly evolves with the player’s actions." Additionally, the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system version allows players to play as the evil Emperor Zurg and is one of the first titles to market featuring games specifically designed to be played with the upcoming PlayStation®Move motion controller, scheduled for release this fall.

In "Story" mode, players can experience key film moments, interact with new and returning characters, and visit locations seen in the movie through a variety of missions. As missions are completed, players can earn rewards, which can be used to change gameplay in the Toy Box mode.

Toy Story 3: The Video Game is now available in retail stores nationwide and online for the following platforms (click the link for more information and to order):

For a limited time, Amazon is offering a $10 promotion, where if you order this game, you'll get $10 off a future video game purchase. See the pages above for more details, as the promotion may end at any time.

Disney Interactive Studios is also releasing a free Toy Story 3 App for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Toy Story 3 App is available for free from the App Store at www.itunes.com/appstore/. Premium pricing for additional games and activities ranges from $.99 to $3.99.

For more details, the full press release appears below.

Press Release

Open the Toy Box This Summer with Toy Story 3: The Video Game

Players can unleash their imaginations in an innovative open world designed to allow players to freely choose toys and create epic play sessions

June 15, 2010

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Disney Interactive Studios today announced the release of Toy Story 3: The Video Game, an innovative take on movie-based video gaming that gives kids, parents and all gamers the ability to play their way through the Toy Story universe. Available now on all major gaming platforms, fans can play as Buzz, Woody or Jessie in storylines inspired by the Disney•Pixar animated film, “Toy Story 3,” opening in North America on June 18, 2010. Players will also be introduced to a unique Toy Box mode which allows them to interact with Andy’s toys in a malleable open world setting that constantly evolves with the player’s actions. In addition, the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system version allows players to play as the evil Emperor Zurg and is one of the first titles to market featuring games specifically designed to be played with the upcoming PlayStation®Move motion controller, scheduled for release this fall.

“With Toy Story 3: The Video Game, we wanted to capture the fun of imaginative gameplay that kids experience when mixing and matching items from their toy boxes at home”

Toy Story 3: The Video Game is now available in retail stores nationwide for Wii™, PlayStation 3 system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo DS™, Windows-based PC/Mac and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

“From initial concept to the final product, we knew we had something special on our hands that would appeal to audiences across all ages,” said John Blackburn, vice president and general manager of Avalanche Software. “The game’s Toy Box mode allows anyone to return to their childhood and relive those magical moments where toys came alive and did anything and everything their imagination dared.”

Toy Box mode lets players choose which activities they want to do and the order they wish to do them. The more they use their imagination and create their own story, the more they get rewarded. All play styles are welcome in the game – players can choose to be achievers and complete missions to earn gold and unlockables, explore the deep environments, or customize buildings and townspeople. By purchasing and adding Deluxe Playsets into the Toy Box mode, such as Sid’s Haunted House and Lotso’s Enchanted Glen, new themed characters, customizations and toys will be added.

In Story mode, players can experience key film moments, interact with new and returning characters, and visit locations seen in the film through a multitude of missions. As missions are completed, players can earn rewards, including gold and new customizations purchased from the toy catalogue. These items can then be used to change and introduce new ways to play in the Toy Box mode.

“With Toy Story 3: The Video Game, we wanted to capture the fun of imaginative gameplay that kids experience when mixing and matching items from their toy boxes at home,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “By combining these unique play mechanics with characters, settings and scenarios from the movies, fans will be amazed at how closely this mirrors an actual toy playing experience.”

Offering different feature sets, while still embracing the same characters and settings as the console versions, are the handheld games where the toys journey through the real world and must come up with unique ways to escape hazardous situations. In Playtime mode, which is exclusive to the DS, players can find out what happens when Andy's away and toys decide to have some playtime inspired by the popular tower defense genre. Players will also have the ability to collect prestigious honors and achievements, and gain new costumes and accessories for DGamer avatars.

The PSP system version boasts unique offerings as well, including a battle against the evil Emperor Zurg. Players will also help Sheriff Woody keep the Old West safe in exciting mini-games where they tackle toy-sized challenges in a big, human world. In addition, bonus content can be accessed from the PlayStation®Store.

Disney Interactive Studios is also releasing a new, free Toy Story 3 App for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Toy Story 3 App lets fans play, personalize and stay connected to their favorite Toy Story characters, stories and happenings. The app offers free and premium content such as Woody’s Greeting, Woody’s Wild Ride, Toy Story Digicomics, Operation Camouflage and Sound Around. Users will be rewarded for exploring, playing and purchasing new apps with collectible, Toy Story-themed virtual Pins. The App also features cross over with the Mac version of Toy Story 3: The Video Game in which players can use the Toy Story 3 App on their iPhone or iPod touch to control their gaming experience. The Toy Story 3 App is available for free from the App Store at www.itunes.com/appstore/. Premium pricing for additional games and activities ranges from $.99 to $3.99.

Toy Story 3: The Video Game was developed by Avalanche Software in close collaboration with filmmakers at Pixar Animation Studios. The Wii, PlayStation 3 system, Xbox 360® and Windows-based PC/Mac versions are Rated E10+ for everyone 10+ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and DS and PSP system are rated E for everyone. The Wii, PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360® versions are available now at a suggested retail price of $49.99, while the Windows-based PC/Mac, DS and PSP system versions are available for $29.99. For more information, visit: www.disney.com/toystoryvideogames.

About Disney●Pixar’s “Toy Story 3”

“Toy Story 3” welcomes Woody (voice of TOM HANKS), Buzz (voice of TIM ALLEN) and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new faces—some plastic, some plush—join the adventure, including Barbie’s counterpart Ken (voice of MICHAEL KEATON), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of TIMOTHY DALTON) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (voice of NED BEATTY). Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (“Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”), “Toy Story 3” is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D™.

About the “Toy Story” Franchise

When it was released in 1995, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” set an industry precedent as the first full-length feature film created entirely with CG animation. In 1999, “Toy Story 2” opened to critical acclaim and won a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Today, “Toy Story” is a phenomenal global franchise with $878M in box office sales and $8B in retail merchandise sales. It’s supported across The Walt Disney Company through films, consumer products, live theater productions, park attractions, music, a web site www.ToyStory.com, home entertainment, video games – including Toy Story Mania! for Wii™ and the upcoming June release of Toy Story 3: The Video Game supporting all major platforms, and books – with more than 150 new titles releasing throughout 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 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.



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