When it comes to video games, MMOs and kids aren’t exactly the best combination...or, at least, not the safest. A large part of that is no doubt due to the fact that many of them are simply not designed with such a young audience in mind, even if they still manage to find a way to play. However, that is not the case with Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, a game designed specifically for the same people that watch the show (though paid for, of course, by their parents), and one that has today shipped for the PC. In the game, players are accidentally sent into a future where they must help various Cartoon Network characters repel the invasion of an alien force. Spread across 60 playable zones, FusionFall seems a mix of platforming and exploration...not to mention lots and lots of free advertising. Not including the price of the game, an all access pass will set interested players back $5.95 a month, or $9.95 for a four-person family plan. For more information on Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall, be sure to check out the official press release below:
EDISON, N.J., Jan 13, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --
First Massively Multiplayer Online Game for Kids Will Be Available In Stores January 14th As 'Victory Pack Exclusive'
Majesco Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) today announced that Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall for PC and Mac has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. The first massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) for kids, and a major initiative for the network, FusionFall is set within a re-imagined Cartoon Network universe where players must rally together to defend the world from an epic alien invasion. The Victory Pack Exclusive retail version of FusionFall is loaded with extras including: a four month subscription to the online game, an in-depth game guide with details of all "Nanos," monsters and adventure paths, and codes for two exclusive outfit and weapon sets only available in the Victory Pack.
"FusionFall is an innovative and groundbreaking MMOG that will appeal to the legions of Cartoon Network fans," said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations, Majesco. "Partnering with Cartoon Network on the retail version of the game was a major initiative for us and we believe the extensive added value in the Victory Pack will enhance the playing experience."
"A massive undertaking for the network, FusionFall stands to be a truly unique and rich gaming experience for kids that blends some of our most popular characters in a way that has never been seen before," said Christina Miller, vice president, CNE. "Building off of this excitement, we're pleased to partner with Majesco to offer fans an extension of the game at retail day and date with its online launch."
The intergalactic conqueror Planet Fusion is invading the Cartoon Network world - warping terrain, corrupting the environment, and creating evil Cartoon Network character clones! Players must team up with the online community and more than 50 characters from some of Cartoon Network's most popular shows - including Ben 10 Alien Force, Dexter's Laboratory, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Ed, Edd' n Eddy, The Powerpuff Girls, Kids Next Door, Samurai Jack, and many more, to restore order to the Cartoon Network universe. After creating their own unique avatar, players will explore a massive 17-plus square kilometer area with 60 playable zones including familiar areas from Cartoon Network shows and fusion "infected" areas.
Created through a partnership with leading Korean MMOG developer Grigon Entertainment, FusionFall is a mix of 3-D console platform game action and all the customization, character development and open-ended world exploration of a MMORPG (massively multi-player online role-playing game). New, expanded content will be added to the game regularly. Players can collect a variety of items throughout the game, including more than 30 customizable "Nanos" - tiny stylized versions of Cartoon Network's most famous characters - that provide special powers and abilities across more than 600 unique missions. In addition, FusionFall's distinctive visual approach combines an all-new cel-shaded anime style fit within the familiar look and feel of Cartoon Network.
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up, the Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Victory Pack Exclusive for PC and Mac will be available in stores January 14th for the suggested retail price of $19.99. The game will also officially launch online the same day at http://www.FusionFall.com. Online subscription pricing starts at $5.95/month, with a Family Plan that offers up to four accounts for $9.95/month.
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