Bigpoint Inc. Releases The Mummy Online Teaser Trailer; Launches New Game Site
Action-Adventure Online Game Puts Players on Location in 1930s Egypt
San Francisco, CA - June 1, 2011 - Bigpoint Inc., the U.S.-based independent subsidiary of Bigpoint GmbH, the global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), today released a teaser trailer for its upcoming action-adventure title, The Mummy Online. Developed in collaboration with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, The Mummy Online brings all of the action and adventure of the blockbuster film franchise to the free-to-play MMOG space.
"With The Mummy Online, our objective is to produce a game that looks amazing and offers several layers of gameplay to keep players engaged and coming back for more," said Arash Amini, producer, Bigpoint. "Working with such a rich franchise not only enables us to leverage an incredible story; it also lends itself to further exploration and development perfectly suited for an online game that can evolve over time."
Inspired by The Mummy film franchise, the high-end 3D action-adventure game will include original storylines, fast-paced battles, and opportunities to explore mysterious and exotic locals.
Game Setting - Amarna
Located at the southern tip of the Nile, Amarna is the homeland to priests and tribes who practice the dangerous art of sorcery and is the birthplace of the region��s most legendary sorceress Masika. Amarna has been a battleground for centuries with pharaohs attempting to control all who held wisdom of the ancient worlds. Filled with mysterious tombs, burial grounds, and undiscovered treasures, players will be able to travel the map across several dedicated PvP locations, including:
The Oasis: Hidden by mountains, the oasis is a lush environment to the northeast of Amarna. Ramesses - the 19th Dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh - used this site to build a pyramid at its core. Here, small bands of pygmy tribes were instructed to protect one of Ramsses most coveted magical artifacts for all eternity - the "Stones of Rancor."
The Tomb: Deep in the mountains in the northwest of Amarna, the Tomb was a burial site for the venomous serpent knives. These weapons were handed down to Masika as the instrument to bring forth Ramesses' death. To protect these sacred artifacts, deadly scarabs were placed into the Tomb's walls along with many local tribes people who were mummified and encapsulated in statues.
The Ruins: In the northeast region of Amarna, close to the Nile, this site was built on an ancient Scarab feeding ground. Many have prayed to the god Anubis for protection on this land, and to destroy any intruder who tries to claim the sacred vases containing the organs of Masika.
Under development by Bigpoint's team in San Francisco, The Mummy Online is scheduled for release this fall, with more details planned for release this summer. The new game site includes concept art, screenshots, videos, and background into the game's storyline. The teaser trailer can also be viewed on the game site: http://themummy.bigpoint.com/.
About The Mummy Online
With treasure and fortune at stake, this quest is a battle worth fighting. The Mummy Online will be a 3rd-person isometric action-adventure MMOG where players can experience fun, cooperative, and fast-paced gameplay. Following the events portrayed in The Mummy Returns, Mummies and Monsters have been released into the lands, Raiders are on the hunt for riches and treasure, Cultists are seeking mastery over dark powers, and the Medjai fight to the bitter end to protect the world from evil.
Bigpoint is an online-game publisher, content provider for large media concerns and browser-based game developer. Bigpoint-developed games are played by over 190 million people in more than 25 languages, are free to play anytime, anywhere, and require no download or installation. The company's portfolio includes games in a quality, which until now was associated exclusively with console games or PC-installed games. More than 700 employees from over 35 different nations work at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, and Malta. For more information please visit www.bigpoint.net.
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 Monsters legacy for a new generation of audiences.
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 NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is 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. NBCUniversal 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. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.
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