Mindzeye Studios has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Epic Games, Inc. to produce a full line of collector cold cast bronze statues based on characters from the Gears of War® universe. The initial Gears of War product line will be released in 2008, with additional products becoming available following the introductory launch.
Gears of War took the video game market by storm, selling over 4,000,000 copies, breaking sales records on the Microsoft Xbox 360 platform and collecting numerous awards along the way – Gamespot’s "Game of the Year" and the Interactive Achievement Awards' "Overall Game of the Year." The blockbuster game focuses on the soldiers of Delta Squad as they wage war to save the inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from a relentless subterranean enemy known as The Locust Horde. The game’s storyline begins with the military reacquisition of Marcus Fenix, a crucial character and seemingly last hope for the survival of Sera. Gears of War is coming to Windows XP and Vista this fall.
“Gears of War is extremely unique in that it offers stunning visuals, compelling characters, and a storyline that captures the imagination. We instantly realized that the options available to us to produce incredibly dynamic products based on that world were basically limitless,” said Pete Jirles, President and CEO of Mindzeye Studios. “We’re thrilled to partner with Epic Games on this project. With their attention to detail and story-driven approach, Epic is setting a new standard for the video game industry. Focusing on a compelling game narrative, as well as utilizing the impressive Unreal Engine 3 for incredible cinematic visuals, it’s obvious that they’re concerned with producing a quality product, which echoes our own philosophy.”
"We're really excited by Mindzeye joining forces with us in the Gears of War universe.” said Dr. Michael Capps, President of Epic Games, Inc. “You can tell by looking at their statues that they're artists, and perfectionists -- they spend the time to get it right. We're psyched to see what they can do with Gears characters and monsters, and we hope Gearheads are just as excited."
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and game engine technology for PC and console. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in their Unreal series and their latest game, Gears of War®, broke sales records on Xbox 360 selling more than 3 million copies worldwide in the first ten weeks and awarded overall Game of the Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Game Developers Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro and many others. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including, Console Game of the Year winner, "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell TM" by Ubi Soft; PC Gamer's Game of the Year, "Deus Ex" from Ion Storm/Eidos; "America's Army: Special Forces," by the United States Army, and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (PC) by Electronic Arts. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder, and three-time consecutive winner, of Game Developer magazine's Front Line award for Best Game Engine. Epic Games was also awarded Studio of the Year at the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards and Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through Epic's Website.
About Mindzeye Studios
Mindzeye Studios (mindzeyestudios.com) is an emerging force in the collector mini-statue market. The initial launch of the Hybrid line caught the attention of industry professionals and fans worldwide. The recent acquisition of such hugely popular properties as Hellboy and Gears of War, look to propel Mindzeye Studios forward as an industry contender. Additional information about Hybrid & Mindzeye Studios can be found at the Mindzeye Studios company Website.
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