Bringing It Home
Many motion picture studios have chosen the licensing route when it comes to exploiting their film titles as games, but Buena Vista Games is returning to self-publishing its most important franchises, starting with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (GBA, GC, PC, PS2, Xbox). A companion to the Walt Disney Studios family film set for Christmas 2005, the game is based on the famed C.S. Lewis book series and is being developed by Traveller’s Tales.

As the company’s first 3D animated movie ever created in-house, Disney’s Chicken Little is a vitally important project for the studio. The Disney’s Chicken Little game (GBA, GC, PC, PS2, Xbox) from Avalanche Software is about a young fowl determined to turn around his tarnished reputation. It will arrive in summer 2005 alongside the film.

Buoyed by the response to last year’s TRON 2.0 computer game, Buena Vista will release TRON 2.0: Killer App on Xbox this fall. This console first-person actioner from Climax Studios will have full Xbox Live multiplayer support for up to 16 people. And GBA players won’t be left out: A third-person version of TRON 2.0 will ship for that platform during the fall.

In fact, Buena Vista will work on an ambitious slate of GBA titles during the next year. Chief among them are That’s So Raven, based on the Disney Channel series; Kim Possible 2: Drakken’s Demise, which follows the acrobatic adventures of the can-do girl Kim; and Lilo & Stitch 2: Hamsterviel’s Revenge, the second handheld game based on the TV show. In addition, Jack Skellington meets Oogie Boogie and saves Halloween in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, and another Disney Channel hit makes its second GBA appearance with Lizzie McGuire 2.

Game trailers courtesy of gametrailers.com

BY GEORGE T. CHRONIS




 
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