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Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Buena Vista / Touchstone

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Buena Vista Games Signs 'Turok' License

by Rainier on May 13, 2005 @ 9:01 a.m. PDT

Turok is a story-driven first-person shooter set on a dark, mysterious planet in the near future. Players take on the role of Joseph Turok, a former Black Ops commando, now part of an elite Special Forces squad on a mission to take down a war criminal on a genetically-altered planet.

"With the launch of the new console and handheld game platforms, we feel it is the perfect time to redefine Turok video games," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "We expect Turok to lead our growth strategy of creating action-oriented game franchises for the core gamer market."

Leslie Levine, vice president of licensing and consumer products at Classic Media, added, "BVG is committed to building Turok into one of their cornerstone franchises to reach the core gamer through exciting new platforms. We couldn't ask for a more enthusiastic team to develop Turok."

The original "Turok" property, created by Matthew H. Murphy, first appeared in comic books in 1954. The story was set around Turok and his young friend Andar, who during a hunting expedition gone wrong; stumble across a prehistoric valley filled with deadly predators. Over the past four decades, hundreds of Turok's dinosaur-hunting adventures have graced the pages of comic books throughout the world, building a global franchise. Turok made his video game debut on the Nintendo 64, and has appeared on the PC and multiple console game platforms, selling more than 5 million units worldwide over the franchise lifespan.

"Through compelling new technology, game design and graphics, it is our goal to take the Turok franchise to new heights," said Josh Holmes, vice president and studio general manager for Propaganda Games. "The brand's rich, prehistoric setting and ferocious monsters provide us an extensive palette of content to create the most intense, action-packed game play for next generation console systems."

Propaganda Games, is BVG's newly formed development studio in Vancouver, Canada. The studio's charge is to create innovative action/adventure games for the major video game consoles including upcoming next-generation platforms. The studio will focus on developing original intellectual property, as well as key BVG-owned and licensed content for the older core gamer consumer. The studio founders are Josh Holmes, Howard Donaldson, Daryl Anselmo, and Jorge Freitas. Holmes, Anselmo and Freitas are expert video game developers who were instrumental in creating the NBA Street and Def Jam franchises for Electronic Arts. Donaldson formerly served as EA Canada's Chief Financial Officer for seven years overseeing the company's successful growth and was an integral member of the executive team. Propaganda Games has already assembled a high-caliber group of more than 30 talented, veteran game developers and is continuing to grow and establish their core team.

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