WASHINGTON (Jan. 18, 2005) National Geographic Film Library has signed a licensing deal with Microsoft Game Studios to provide a limited-edition, interactive DVD packed with 70 minutes of captivating animal footage from National Geographic Channel’s popular “Totally Wild” wildlife series. The agreement was announced today by Matthew White, vice president, Film Library, for National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F).
The DVD is currently packaged with the video game “Zoo Tycoon 2” and features short video segments of wildlife in its natural habitat, accompanied by factoids and trivia questions designed to supplement gamers’ interest in animal habitat and behavior.
“‘Zoo Tycoon 2′ provides a unique opportunity for us to showcase our award-winning wildlife footage and offer expertise based on our many years in the field researching the wild animals featured in the game,” said White. “As we move forward in the interactive market, we’ll be looking for similar opportunities to marry our technical, editorial and scientific assets into products and applications that engage and excite individuals to learn more about the world around them.”
“Zoo Tycoon 2,” a game in which players build zoos and adopt animals, has intuitive controls and fun tutorials that allow participants of all ages to engage in up-close, interactive experiences with their animals. Players can immerse themselves in the zoo experience with new features such as the Zoo Guest mode, where players can walk around and enjoy the game from a first-person point of view; Zookeeper mode, which allows players to interact with their animals as never before; and Photo mode, in which players can take pictures of their favorite animals and zoo guests and share them online with friends. A Zoopedia, full of entertaining and interesting animal facts, rounds out the game’s new and improved features. Developed by Blue Fang Games for the Windows platform and rated E (for everybody) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, “Zoo Tycoon 2” retails for $39.99.
National Geographic’s Film Library functions as an archive and repository for all NGT&F-produced film and videotape material. The library catalogues and sells content from NGT&F’s Specials, Explorer series, educational films, and other National Geographic Channel and NGT&F productions. It also represents footage from National Film Board of Canada, World Bank, ZDF, ABC Australia and the White House Historical Association in select territories. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Film Library supplies material to a regional sales office in London and representatives across the globe. Its fully catalogued database, available online at www.ngtlibrary.com, allows clients to search footage based on subject, location or production criteria.
About National Geographic Television & Film
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, NGT&F augments its award-winning documentary productions (124 Emmy Awards and more than 900 other industry awards) with feature films, giant-screen films, kids’ programming and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic’s television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 230 million households in 27 languages in 151 countries. For more information about NGT&F, log on to nationalgeographic.com; AOL Keyword: NatGeo.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as Age of Empires®, Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon®; Xbox (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as Fable™ and franchises as Halo®, Project Gotham Racing® and MechAssault®; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as “Bejeweled” and “Hexic™.”
About Blue Fang Games
Blue Fang Games develops high-quality, award-winning PC games. Founded in 1998 by veterans of Papyrus Design Group, Blue Fang is dedicated to delivering high-quality, interactive computer game titles to consumers around the world. Blue Fang Games, developer of the leading Games for Windows franchise “Zoo Tycoon,” recently celebrated surpassing the 2 million-unit mark in U.S. retail sales, according to The NPD Group. Blue Fang’s experienced team of game developers and designers prides itself on its proprietary project management system that delivers high-quality games that are on time and on budget.