VIEWERS GET INSIDE THE MIND AND BODY OF THE BEAST IN A VIRTUAL BATTLE OF SURVIVAL WITH THE LAUNCH OF I, PREDATOR
--Players Pounce on New Role in Predator vs. Prey Video Game Beginning January 11--
(New York, NY, January 4, 2011) Viewers gain animal prowess in a virtual battle for survival as they stalk their prey through oceans and grasslands, and get ready to engage in the latest fusion of television and video game entertainment through the exclusive partnership of KUMA Games and Animal Planet. On January 11th, Kuma will unveil another world's first in their effort to push the future of gaming with its latest free multiplayer video game series, I, Predator, created in conjunction with Animal Planet. I, Predator is developed on the acclaimed Source game engine, and uses state-of-the-art computer generated imagery to enhance the intensity of the fight and add realism to the exciting challenges of strength and stealth.
Each episode in the I, Predator series takes gamers into animal habitats around the world as they become the beast in the original, first person "BITER" game. Players will enter the game as either the predator or the prey, and will have to slyly outwit their enemies and exploit the predator’s weaknesses in order to advance. Players capture and evade through rounds of multiplayer action in an effort to become the game’s lone predator or strongest prey.
The premiere game episode of I, Predator: "Great White Shark vs. Cape Fur Seal" will launch as the companion game for Animal Planet's new series as the first simultaneous television and video game entertainment package. Viewers can watch the show's premiere episode on January 11, at 8 PM (ET/PT), then play the game for free at Animal Planet or Kuma Games. “Great White Shark vs. Cape Fur Seal" features the escapades of nature’s most notorious predator, the Great White shark as players enter the game with the attitude and aptitude of either the king of the sea or its challenger, the Cape Fur seal. as they battle it out for survival and bloody the waters in a supreme showdown of dominance. Animal Planet and video game fans can download "Great White Shark vs. Cape Fur Seal" for their own first person voyage through extreme battles for survival using their animal's unique skill and shortcomings.
I, Predator is Kuma’s first partnership with Animal Planet, and the television network’s first show inspired by and coupled with an episodic video game, proposed by KUMA Games' CEO, Keith Halper.
“Games allow us to be who we are not, to do what we cannot, to be in places and times we cannot go. And so while there’s a common picture of gamers as being isolated from the world, I, Predator demonstrates how games can connect us to a world that is beyond our immediate senses. Through entertainment and action, we can educate in novel and powerful ways ,” explains Keith Halper, CEO of KUMA Games.
Fans can see and feel more real-world life or death situations featured on the television show in upcoming multiplayer game titles, including “Cheetah vs. Antelope” and “Lion vs. African Buffalo.” In addition to the game titles, the six-part television series will highlight other epic animal battles including “Crocodile vs. Wildebeest, “Polar bear vs. Seal” and “Orca vs. Elephant Seal.”
KUMA, LLC. is the world leader in the new market for Episodic Video Games - intense, 3D game experiences delivered to PCs in weekly episodes. Kuma's network of free, ad-supported game series makes high-end console-quality game play accessible to mass market consumers. Each week, players' PCs are updated with the latest "game-isode" from their favorite series inspired by just-released TV shows, real world news events and pop culture happenings. With over 150 game-isodes currently available in seven titles, Kuma has an excess of 19 million users, with an additional 250,000 new players signing on each month. Kuma’s synergy with traditional TV programmers such as THE HISTORY CHANNEL®, and ANIMAL PLANET® makes television more dynamic and more relevant to a media and tech-savvy generation while presenting distinct marketing advantages for TV partners, advertisers, content owners and distributors. With an unprecedented level of user interactivity, Kuma represents a direct analog for television within video games. Kuma Reality Games, headquartered in New York, is a privately held company.
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