Line Rider is Going Mobile! inXile Entertainment and In-Fusio Announce Upcoming Release of Line Ride
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - March 20, 2007 - inXile entertainment and mobile game publisher In-Fusio announced today an agreement for the development and distribution of a new mobile version of the hugely addictive, hit internet game Line Rider. Anticipated for worldwide release in September 2007, Line Rider Mobile will allow mobile players to share their Line Rider tracks on www.official-linerider.com, alongside tracks from the PC and Nintendo versions of the game. Players will also have the capability to instantly share their tracks by sending them wirelessly to other handsets. Bostjan Cadez, the creator of Line Rider recently won a Game Developers Choice Award for Innovation for his work on Line Rider. The Game Developers Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius. The award was given at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 6, 2007, the biggest international event in game creation.
"Line Rider is a perfect application for mobile," said Frank Keeling, chief executive officer of In-Fusio. "It's fun, simple, addictive and viral. We look forward to expanding the robust Line Rider community to mobile phones throughout the world."
"Expanding Line Rider to mobile phones is a natural fit for this game," said Brian Fargo, chief executive officer of inXile entertainment. "Line Rider has great 'pick up and play' abilities, which translates perfectly into mobile gaming. Players will be able to create and show-off their tracks anytime and anywhere."
Created in September of 2006, Line Rider was an immediate online phenomenon (www.official-linerider.com) , with over 15 million downloads within a three month period and thousands of videos posted on YouTube.com showing off users "custom" Line Rider tracks. In December of 2006 inXile entertainment announced that they had bought the exclusive rights to Line Rider and plan to release Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS versions of Line Rider in 2007.
Line Rider allows players to construct their own track filled with as many ramps, hills, and jumps as they can imagine utilizing a pencil tool. Once the player is done creating their course, they can send a virtual sledder down the route until he wipes out. The possibilities in Line Rider are only limited by physics and the player's imagination with an almost endless number of variations and replay.
About IN-FUSIO :
The IN-FUSIO division is an international leader of entertainment for mobile phones, a publisher of games and programs. IN-FUSIO games and services are available at over 380 operators and portals. IN-FUSIO is among its most famous titles: Age of Empires , Midtown Madness 3 Mobile et Zoo Tycoon 2 Mobile, Neopets, Die Hard, Tour de France, Golden Tee, as well as original well-known games such as Shado Fighter and the famous Wallbreaker sold on over 27 million cell phones. Additional information about IN-FUSIO can be found on www.in-fusio.com.
About inXile entertainment
Located in Newport Beach, California, inXile entertainment is a game development company that focuses on both licensed and original intellectual properties. Formed in late 2002 by Interplay Entertainment founder Brian Fargo, inXile entertainment develops for personal computers and the major console platforms including the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) computer entertainment systemPS3 and the Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft. Their products include The Bard's Tale and a yet to be announced next-gen game shipping in 2007. For additional information on InXile and its products, visit the website at http://www.inxile-entertainment.com.