The documentary, which will be packaged with the Myst V: End of Ages Limited Edition disk as a bonus DVD, will explore the story behind Ubisoft's best-selling Myst franchise and focus on the creation of its final adventure.
"Gamers are like the toughest film fanatics: they want more than a technical look at the making of a game. They want to see the compelling story behind its creators, the challenges and triumphs of the creative process," said Michael Watchulonis, Executive Producer for GameTap Entertainment. "We at Turner have learned a lot over the years by producing signature original programming for CNN and Cartoon Network and are excited to apply these skills to the gaming industry - specifically an innovative, breathtaking and cinematic game like Myst V: End of Ages."
In addition to the Ubisoft project, GameTap Entertainment is producing an exclusive mix of magazine, reality, and lifestyle shows, interviews with the who's who of gaming, celebrity features, and all-new "game trailers" for the GameTap service. Delivered via streaming video, the programming will celebrate games in the same way that Cartoon Network celebrates animation and TNT celebrates drama.
"We looked at the level of quality the Turner programming team was bringing to GameTap and realized they would be a good partner to help us create exclusive bonus material for our Myst V: End of Ages release," said Jay Cohen, vice president of publishing for Ubisoft North America. "We're very excited about the project.
"The partnership benefits Myst fans and GameTap subscribers in several ways. GameTap Entertainment will also produce a game trailer and a trailer showcasing the making-of documentary for the new title, which will be available to fans before it hits retail shelves.
"We're striving for the day when GameTap is as important a promotional partner to game publishers as TBS and TNT today are to movie studios," said Dan Riess, GameTap's Head of Marketing. "The partnership with Ubisoft on Myst V: End of Ages, is a first step and we hope to announce similar partnerships with other publishers in the near future."
GameTap is a first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network that offers games-on-demand plus original programming via a broadband-connected PC. Both GameTap and Myst V: End of Ages debut fall 2005.
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