In a historic deal, SEE Games, an entertainment company publishing digital and online games tied to major licensed Hollywood franchises, and ZQGame, a leading publicly-traded Chinese online gaming company, today announced an innovative strategic relationship to create, co-invest in, and publish an original MMO (massively multiplayer online game) based on Columbia Pictures’ Total Recall set for release in the US on August 3, 2012.
The Total Recall game will be one of a rare and relatively new breed of full-3D browser-based games capable of rendering console-like graphics, characters and environments without the need for a client download. The game will be free to play with micro-transactions containing a hybrid of features from traditional MMOs and social games, such as PVP and PVE environments and a collaborative “memory quest” system. Total Recall will also leverage a specially designed engine with a technology capable of managing and creating a large scale 3D MMO within a browser platform.
“SEE Games’ entertainment experience matched with ZQGame’s innovative development technology and artistry will enhance the overall experience of the game,” said Corey Redmond, president of SEE Games. “Total Recall is an action-filled sci-fi property that expands perfectly as a deep and immersive browser-based game experience.”
“Total Recall is an international phenomenon; we know this well-known property will make a great 3D browser based game,” said Mark Caplan, vice president, Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. “With SEE Games and ZQGame’s expertise, Total Recall will offer fans of the franchise and gamers alike an engaging and authentic experience – one that will deliver everything that the fans expect and will dovetail perfectly with the upcoming film.”
The strategic relationship between SEE Games and ZQGame will integrate key offerings from each company into Total Recall, creating a new, contemporized reimagining of the science fiction saga. SEE continues to grow as a mass-market games publisher and brings the best creators, innovators and concepts together – securing the company’s position as a one-stop shop for immersive entertainment. ZQGame will bring the talent, technology and skill that helped shape a mature Chinese online gaming industry on to the global stage.
“SEE Games is a leader in securing amazing IP licenses that we are all excited about,” said Michael Zhang, overseas executive vice president of ZQGame. “Working closely with them in the development of the Total Recall online game is an unprecedented opportunity. Our efforts and triumphs in the Chinese online space have allowed us to surpass expectations and obtain such great projects that open the door to the worldwide market. With the closure of this deal, we have raised the bar on the viability of high-end China-US collaboration.“