Cast Of Abc Televisions Alias To Include Their Voices In Fall Series-Based Video Game Release

ACCLAIM ENTERTAINMENT,
INC.  SIGNS CAST OF ABC TELEVISION’S “ALIAS” TO INCLUDE THEIR VOICES IN FALL
SERIES-BASED VIDEO GAME RELEASE
 

Jennifer
Garner, Michael Vartan, Victor Garber, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman
and David Anders Join Series’ Producer J.J. Abrams and Writing Team to
Collaborate on Development of Next-Generation Title Offering Hollywood
Authenticity of Hit Series

 


E3, LOS
ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2003 – Illustrating the increasing convergence of Hollywood
and interactive entertainment, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.

(NASDAQ.SC: AKLM)
today announced that it has signed an agreement with the cast members of ABC
television’s critically-acclaimed series, “Alias,” to lend their voices in the
series-based video game that will launch this fall on the
PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system,
Xbox video game system from Microsoft

and PC.  The cast members – including Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Victor
Garber, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman and David Anders – have joined
the show’s producer, J.J. Abrams, and writing team, who have been collaborating
with Buena Vista Interactive and Acclaim’s Cheltenham studio on the development
of the Alias video game.

 

“We are very
excited to be working in concert with this very talented cast and production
team to deliver an entertainment experience that truly captures the essence of
ABC’s successful series,” said Rod Cousens, Global President and Chief Operating
Officer for Acclaim.  “As technology continues to evolve, it allows us to create
content that is on par with feature films and television.”

 

“As an avid video
game player, I have been enjoying the collaborative product development process
and working in a new form of media to create a video game based on ‘Alias,’”
added J.J. Abrams, Creator and Executive Producer of “Alias.”  “Having the
continuity of our cast and writers being involved with this project ensures that
the video game will reflect the series’ production values and definitive style.”

 

“I’m very excited
to be part of this game, which is testimony to our show’s loyal fans and
talented production team,” said Jennifer Garner, who plays “Alias” lead
character, Sydney Bristow.  “In working with the developers, I was extremely
impressed with how they captured the look and feel of the show, especially my
‘virtual Sydney’ character.”  
 


 

Actress Jennifer Garner, star of ABC television’s
critically-acclaimed action series, “Alias,” lends her voice to Acclaim
Entertainment’s series-based video game launching this fall on the PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system,
Xbox
video game system from
Microsoft

and PC.  Garner, along with her fellow cast members, has joined the series’
producer, J.J. Abrams, and writing team, to collaborate with Buena Vista
Interactive and Acclaim’s Cheltenham studio on the development of the
Alias
video game.

 


“With the convergence of
Hollywood and video games, Alias is a perfect example of how
interactive entertainment has accelerated to the next level,” said Bruce Gersh,
Vice President of Business Development at ABC.  “The fascinating and strong
character of ‘Alias’’ Sydney Bristow is so engaging on the TV screen, and her
‘virtual Sydney’ is equally mesmerizing in the video game.”

Alias
is an important initiative in our strategy of producing games that reach not
only the core gaming community, but an older segment of the video game market
through our newly formed label, Buena Vista Interactive,” said Graham Hopper,
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Buena Vista Games, Inc.  “Alias
is another example of the match of a great franchise becoming a great game.”

Alias

is a third-person action
adventure video game that allows players to step into the role of the series’
lead character, Sydney Bristow, an agent for the CIA.  Bristow must use her
cunning, extensive knowledge of martial arts and array of high-tech gadgetry to
accomplish dangerous missions. 
“Alias”

encompasses all of the key elements behind the series’ success, including
high-action combat, stealth missions and time-based objectives, espionage,
intriguing plot twists, high-tech weaponry and stunning gameplay locations that
span the globe.  


 


The following “Alias” cast members are featured within the video game:


 

  • Jennifer
    Garner –
    Sydney Bristow

  • Michael
    Vartan –
    Michael Vaughn

  • Victor Garber –
    Jack Bristow

  • Ron Rifkin –
    Arvin Sloane

  • Carl Lumbly –
    Marcus Dixon

  • Kevin Weisman –
    Marshall Flinkman


  • David Anders – Mr. Sark
     


 

Actress Jennifer Garner, star of ABC television’s
critically-acclaimed action series, “Alias,” takes control of her virtual “Sydney
Bristow
” character while playing Acclaim Entertainment’s series-based video
game launching this fall on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment
system, Xbox

video game system from Microsoft
and PC.  Garner and her fellow cast
members recorded their voices for inclusion in the Alias video
game, joining the series’ producer, J.J. Abrams, and writing team, who
collaborated with Buena Vista Interactive and Acclaim’s Cheltenham studio on its
development.




 

“Alias” was
created by J.J. Abrams, who executive produces the series along with John
Eisendrath, Ken Olin, Alex Kurtzman-Counter and Roberto Orci.  The series, which
is filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on September 30, 2001, is from Touchstone
Television.

 


Alias

will be
available this fall on the
PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system,
Xbox and PC
at suggested retail prices to be determined.  For more information on this game,
please visit

www.aliasthegame.com
. 
Acclaim’s complete showcase
of products will be featured at E3 in Los Angeles, CA at booth #152 in the
Concourse Hall.

 

About Buena Vista
Interactive

Buena Vista Interactive is the
core games publishing label of Buena Vista Games, Inc., the interactive
entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company’s Consumer Products business unit. 
The label creates, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of PC and
multi-platform video games worldwide.  The company also licenses properties and
works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products
for all ages to market. 

 

About
Acclaim Entertainment

Based in Glen
Cove, NY, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., is a worldwide developer, publisher and
mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment game consoles,
including those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment and
Microsoft Corporation as well as personal computer hardware systems.  Acclaim
owns and operates five studios located in the United States and the United
Kingdom, and publishes and distributes its software through its subsidiaries in
North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain.  The Company uses
regional distributors worldwide.  Acclaim also distributes entertainment
software for other publishers worldwide, publishes software gaming strategy
guides and issues “special edition” comic magazines periodically. Acclaim’s
corporate headquarters are in Glen Cove, New York, and Acclaim’s common stock is
publicly traded on NASDAQ.SC under the symbol AKLM.  For more information please
visit our website at

www.acclaim.com
.

 

The statements
contained in this release, which are not historical facts, are “forward-looking
statements.” Acclaim cautions readers of this press release that a number of
important factors could cause Acclaim’s actual future results to differ
materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. These
important factors, including, without limitation, the financial strength of the
interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and
the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, technological
changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other factors that could
affect Acclaim, are described in Acclaim’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended August 31, 2002, and Acclaim’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on
Form 10-Q, all of which were filed with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings.

 


“PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.

Xbox is a
trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries
.

 

Alias
ABC, Inc. 2003 Touchstone Television . Acclaim ® & 2003 Acclaim
Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Developed by Acclaim Studios
Cheltenham. All Rights Reserved.