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Activision Announces 'Extreme Skate Adventure' (GBA/PS2/NGC)

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 10:34 a.m. PST

Activision and Disney Interactive today announced a new video game that gives skateboarding a magical twist. Designed to appeal to children and teens ages 6 – 14, Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure will use cutting-edge technology from Activision’s latest Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 engine to allow characters from three beloved animated films: Walt Disney Pictures’ presentation of Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story 2,” “Disney’s Tarzan” and “Disney’s The Lion King” to skateboard just like the pros in their respective worlds for the first time. In addition to these characters, the new game includes a Create-A-Skater option where players can customize a youthful skater’s “look” by selecting clothing and accessories. Furthermore, as an Activision first, the company is holding a nationwide casting call search for 10 real kids who will become digitised characters in the game.

“At Activision our goal is always to couple the best gameplay experience with all the properties we have, whether the game is based on a professional athlete, a movie or kid-oriented characters,” said Kathy Vrabeck, executive vice president, global publishing and brand management, Activision, Inc. “Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure” takes all of the professional moves and realistic skateboard experience of our best-selling Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 game and gives these well-loved characters new adventures as skateboarders in their traditional environments. We are also very excited about the Create-A-Skater feature that allows our consumers to create unlimited hours of personalized fun.”

“By working with innovative leaders in the industry, we are able to create great games that reflect the true spirit of the films,” said Sanjeev Lamba, vice president of marketing and international, Disney Interactive. “We’re pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with Activision on Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure which gives some of our beloved movie characters entirely new adventures in skateboarding.“

Skate Like A Pro – Disney Style

Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure is the first time Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Walt Disney Pictures’ presentation of Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story 2,” Young Tarzan and Terk from “Disney’s Tarzan” and Simba and Rafeeki from “Disney’s The Lion King” have been showcased in the same video game. Players skate as their favourite characters, performing moves such as ollies, rail grinds, spins and other expert balance moves. The characters from the film can skate through each of their worlds, such as Simba and Rafeeki in Pride Rock, Young Tarzan and Terk in Tarzan’s Treehouse and Buzz Lightyear and Woody in Pizza Planet, and interact with the other characters that live in those worlds. The game also provides an abundance of fun factor and offers players skateboards that resemble bamboo rafts, frying pans and other non-traditional items. Beyond the skateboard challenge there are puzzles to solve, secret areas to explore and collectibles to find on each level of the game.

The game is in development for the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo GameCube? and will feature 12 playable characters to choose from as well as diverse gameplay modes that include Adventure Mode, where gamers complete goals as their favourite characters, or as a real world character from the Create-A-Skater feature. The game also features a Multiplayer option for split-screen competition.

The game is also being developed for Game Boy Advance and will feature six playable characters to choose from and three gameplay modes: Story, to unlock new levels by completing goals; Single Session, to achieve high scores; and Multiplayer, to engage in head-to-head competition.


In addition to being able to skate throughout multiple universes, gamers will start off in a real world locale where they can Create-A-Skater and customize their skater with everything from different clothes, hair color and styles (such as Mohawks), shoes, helmets and boards. In addition to customizing, players will be able to encounter real world elements such as fast food restaurants, different clothing brands and styles and other popular culture references.

Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure will be available late summer for the PlayStation2, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. This game as not yet been rated by the ELSPA.

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