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BBC Multimedia Brings 'FightBox' (PC/PS2/GBA) To E3

by Rainier on May 2, 2003 @ 8:07 a.m. PDT

BBC Multimedia, the software publishing division of BBC Worldwide, is demonstrating a groundbreaking new project at this year's E3, which brings together television and the Internet with the world of computer gaming.The FightBox concept, which premiers on BBC Television in the UK later this year, will be brought to the PC, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance/SP, following the TV show's transmission.

In addition, visitors to BBC Multimedia's stand have the chance to sample the publisher's wide range of PC and console games and award-winning children's software.

Dave Lee, BBC Worldwide's Director of Multimedia, said: "We're very excited to be exhibiting at E3 this year - as well as looking to build on our current international distribution agreements for our growing portfolio of award-winning children's titles, we're also showcasing the ground-breaking FightBox development. FightBox is already drawing interest from broadcasters around the world, and we now look to bring the project's gaming element to key territories."

BBC Multimedia's offerings include:


This unique entertainment concept brings together the Internet, TV and computer gaming in a way never seen before. FightBox fuses game and studio technology to bring a futuristic new gladiatorial sport to life. Set in a specially created arena, before a live studio audience and millions of TV viewers, contestants will pit their digitally created warriors against the show's immortal guardians, the FightBox Sentients, in hand-to-hand combat and contests of skill and agility.

The project is set to air on BBC Television in the UK in the Autumn, while BBC Multimedia is publishing PS2, PC and Game Boy Advance/SP for pre-Christmas launch, following the show's transmission.

Ace Lightning

Based on the pre-teen adventure drama series aired in 17 countries, the PC, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance game is a third person action adventure comprising of platform-based progression, puzzle solving and tactical combat across a range of themed environments.

Children's titles

As the UK's Best Children's Software Company*, BBC Multimedia is also announcing a range of new PC titles, all based on some of the most popular children's TV characters.

New for 2003, BBC Multimedia is publishing a third Bob the Builder title, as well as a PC CD-ROM based on UK children's TV property Tiny Planets. In addition, the publisher is set to launch PC and Mac software based on pre-school show Engie Benjy.

BBC Multimedia's Fimbles - Fimbling Fun! PC CD-ROM is on display at E3, following a critically acclaimed launch in the UK. As well as being a hit in the UK, the Fimbles TV show has been licensed to 12 territories, including South Africa, Canada and Australia.

These new titles, that combine entertainment with education for pre-school children, complement BBC Multimedia's portfolio of children's software that includes the award-winning Tweenies range; Ready to Play, Play to the Music and Messy Time Magic on PC, Game Time on PlayStation One and the Game Boy Color Doodles' Bones. The Tweenies TV shows are now enjoyed by children in 49 territories, including the US where it launched on the Noggin channel this Spring. Noggin is an educational pre-school channel which is part of the Nickelodeon (Viacom) network, broadcast to 30 million US households.

As well as the new Bob the Builder title, BBC Multimedia also publishes Can We Fix It? for PC and PSOne, Fix it fun! for Game Boy Color and Bob Builds a Park on PC. To date, this highly successful range has sold over a million units across ten territories.

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