Aspyr Announces Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for DS

July 7, 2009

Aspyr
Announces Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for DS

Stunning Action RPG Available for
Nintendo DS This Holiday Season

Aspyr Media and Big Blue Bubble have
partnered to launch Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for
Nintendo DS. Based on the legendary book series by Ian Livingstone and Steve
Jackson, Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a first-person
fantasy role-playing game that takes players on an elaborate adventure through
the Firetop Mountain Keep, the scene of the first entry in the renowned literary
line. With a highly optimized 3D engine, dynamic lighting and highly detailed,
full-frame animations, Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain fully
immerses players in the dank, eerie depths of each dungeon and passage.

“Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of
Firetop Mountain is our most ambitious Nintendo DS project to date,” said Damir
Slogar CEO of Big Blue Bubble Inc. “Driven by the vision of bringing next gen
console gaming to the handheld platform, as well as our passion for role playing
games, we spent the past few years working on a game that will showcase how this
FPSRPG on Nintendo DS can and should look.”

Mr. Slogar added, “both Ian
Livingstone and Steve Jackson shared our vision and helped us recreate the world
of Fighting Fantasy. The last step was finding a publisher with the same
enthusiasm and Aspyr filled this role perfectly.”

“Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of
Firetop Mountain might be the best looking game that we’ve ever seen on Nintendo
DS and the opportunity to work with the likes of Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson
and the talented team at Big Blue Bubble was too good to pass up,” said Ted
Staloch, Executive Vice President, Aspyr Media. “The series created by Ian and
Steve turned fantasy books into unprecedented interactive experiences. The game
that bears the franchise’s name will do the same for RPG gaming on a handheld.”

Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of
Firetop Mountain follows a lone adventurer on his travels through the old
Dwarven keep within Firetop Mountain. Now the residence of an evil warlock and
hordes of foul creatures, the keep is a mysterious and dangerous place from
which no one has returned in many years. As players guide the adventurer through
the many passageways and dungeons, they develop the character’s abilities and
attributes to suit their play style. Enemies will fall before the player’s brute
strength with sword and axe, power of the arcane arts, nimble quickness or
custom combinations of skills. A wealth of weaponry, armor, potions and
enchantments are equipped through an intuitive drag-and-drop inventory system
while helpful (or not-so-helpful) NPCs provide guidance, quests, trade goods and
skill training.

The Fighting Fantasy book series
launched in 1982 with the first title, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. Authors
Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson created a revolutionary new idea for the
fantasy genre: the reader would become the hero of his or her own fantasy
adventure in a story that would be part book, part game. After each paragraph a
decision must be made: which way to turn, whether to fight or flee, which
mysterious character to approach, and what risks to take. Each choice sent the
reader to a different page to discover the consequences of their choice, with
each read-through ending either in disaster, or with the discovery of the
ultimate goal. To date, the series has seen more than 70 titles published and
more than 14 million copies sold worldwide.

Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of
Firetop Mountain for Nintendo DS will be available this holiday season.