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'FARSCAPE' Arrives At Retail This Weekend

by Thomas on Aug. 9, 2002 @ 7:29 a.m. PDT

Simon & Schuster Interactive, in association with Jim Henson Interactive, a division of The Jim Henson Company, announced today that their anticipated PC release "FARSCAPE: THE GAME" (Rated: "T" by the ESRB) has shipped and will be available at retailers nationwide this weekend. This game for the PC (Windows XP, ME, 98) is a character driven, team-based, fully 3D action game played from an isometric perspective. In addition to the game arriving at retail,, the official web site of the game has launched.

John Crichton is an American astronaut lost in a distant corner of space. He's fallen in with a motley crew of escaped alien prisoners on a living ship called Moya. They are constantly pursued by the fanatical, militaristic Peacekeepers.

In the game, Moya is attacked and boarded by a Peacekeeper strike force while in orbit around a desert planet. Though several of Crichton's friends are still trapped aboard the occupied ship, he escapes with the sexy alien Chiana to a mysterious and desolate landscape.

Crichton and Chiana thus embark on an epic adventure. While trying to reunite their crew and free Moya, they face strange creatures and hostile aliens. Warring native factions threaten their progress...and an evil plot lurks literally under the surface.


The player, who controls a team of up to three characters at a time, can take direct control of any of the team members at any time. Characters not under the player's direct control will act intelligently by defending the player, using items and behaving according to their personalities. Unlike other squad-based games, the FARSCAPE characters are prone to independent actions and the player must manage the team members strategically, switching control from character to character as new situations arise.

The game features six playable characters offering unique skills that encourage team play. They include: the American Commander John Crichton; the beautiful and deadly ex-Peacekeeper Officer Aeryn Sun; the Luxan warrior Ka D'Argo; the roguish but sexy Chiana; deposed ruler Dominar Rygel XVI; and the mysterious blue priestess Pa' U Zotoh Zhaan.


Actors from the hit TV series are lending their voices to FARSCAPE, including:

Ben Browder.... "Commander John Crichton"
Claudia Black... "Officer Aeryn Sun"
Anthony Simcoe... "Ka D'Argo"
Gigi Edgley.... "Chiana"
Lani Tupu... "Crais / Pilot"
Jonathan Hardy... "Rygel XVI"


Recently named one of the year's ten best programs by New York Newsday, Farscape is now entering its fourth season on SCI FI, airing Friday nights. The program stars Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, and Gigi Edgley. It follows the exotic adventures of American astronaut John Crichton (Browder), who is accidentally thrust into a band of escaped renegades. They traverse the universe in Moya, a living ship, on a quest for a place to call home.

Filmed in Sydney, Australia, Farscape is a natural extension of The Jim Henson Company's dedication to bringing fantasy reality to life. The series is executive produced by David Kemper, Juliet Blake, Robert Halmi Jr., Brian Henson, and Richard Manning, and is produced by Sue Milliken and Andrew Prowse. Rockne S. O'Bannon serves as executive consultant.

More information on Farscape can be found at The site includes exclusive imagery, screensavers, and complete information on the show and its characters.


The official FARSCAPE game web site has launched at Here gamers can get information on the game, download a free demo, check out screenshots and view behind-the-scenes videos of the cast voicing the game.


FARSCAPE is rated "T" or "Teen" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). More information on the ESRB and its rating system can be found at


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Established in 1998, Jim Henson Interactive (JHI) is responsible for the worldwide digital expression, development and creative production of the Company's intellectual properties including such well known brands as the Muppets, Farscape, Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House, Jim Henson's The Hoobs, Mopatop's Shop, Jim Henson's Construction Site and The Dark Crystal. The division works with a variety of partners including Sony, Microsoft, Intel, Vivendi Universal, Simon & Schuster Interactive, Midway and Ubi Soft.

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