D3Publisher Announces Coraline

June 16, 2008

D3Publisher Announces Coraline

First Games Based on the
Spectacular Stop-Motion Animated Movie Scheduled for Q1 2009

D3Publisher (D3P) together with its
parent D3, Inc. today announced a worldwide publishing agreement with the
Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group for videogames based on Focus
Features and LAIKA Entertainment’s Coraline, the upcoming high-definition
stop-motion animated feature – the first to be originally filmed in 3-D. The
newest movie from visionary director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before
Christmas), Coraline is based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book
of the same title. The games are scheduled to be released for console and
handheld systems in Q1 2009 to coincide with Focus’ nationwide release of the
movie on February 6, 2009.

“The alternative-reality based plot
of Coraline translates exceptionally well to an interactive gaming adventure,”
said Yoji Takenaka, executive vice president and chief operating officer, North
America and Europe, D3P. “We are enjoying working closely with the filmmakers
and the team at Universal and Focus Features to authentically portray the film’s
unique cast of characters and allow players of all ages to experience not only
key environments and moments from the movie, but also elements that go beyond
the feature film.”

“Coraline is a fantastically
imagined world, filled with quirky characters and unexpected events, said Bill
Kispert, VP and General Manager, Interactive, Universal Pictures Digital
Platforms Group. “And with just the right blend of humor, adventure, and
spookiness, it is the perfect source material for a truly unique adventure
game.”

Coraline (The Game) is a
surrealistic adventure game that will enthrall gamers of all ages with its moody
atmosphere, engaging narrative and cast of colorful characters. The console
products are being developed by Papaya Studios, and the handheld products are
being developed by ART.