Namco Ltd. will use the Spawn character in the development of a brand new video game created for the PlayStation2, the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox, and is scheduled to be released in the US market in 2003. Spawn (tentative title) is a mission-based action/adventure set against the backdrop of a darker, near-future New York City environment. Its intuitive controls allow the player to utilize a range of acrobatic jumps, double jumps, glides and climbs throughout the vast city. A combo-based hand-to-hand combat engine will allow the player to deliver many different attacks and devastating moves to punish his enemies. The player will also have access to all of Spawn’s distinctive abilities – his superhuman strength, his arsenal of weaponry, his Hell Powers and, of course, his living symbiotic costume. Spawn will premier at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo to be held in Los Angles this May.
TMP will create a new line of action figures based on the SOULCALIBUR II characters. McFarlane Toys will release it in the summer of 2003. McFarlane Toys is one of the world's largest toy manufacturers. Established in 1994 to manufacture and sell action figures based on founder Todd McFarlane's comic book character Spawn, the international award-winning company has expanded into licensed products to become one of the premiere action figure producers on the planet.
Spawn is comic book first published by McFarlane and friends who spun off from the mainstream comic publishing industry in 1992.
Spawn is a dark hero, troubled with the dual aspects of good and evil found in all people. With an appeal to adults, Spawn broke the mold in American comics, selling 1.7 million in its first issue. Published on a monthly basis, Spawn has continuously gained new fans, and is now read by people in 80 countries around the world, translated into 30 languages. It has established the surprising record of a total of 24 million sales in the US.
Aspiring to bring this character to perfection as a toy, Todd McFarlane started up a toy manufacturer in 1994 and began selling Spawn figures. Featuring details not found on any other toy, Spawn toys became a huge hit, igniting a global boom in figures. A total of 2.8 million figures have been sold around the globe, with new products coming out one after the other.
Spawn also developed into a television animated series, broadcast on American cable networks, and was made into a Hollywood film in 1997. Announcements have been made for a theatrical movie at the end of 2004.
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