February 26, 2008 13:33 ET
"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" for Xbox 360 and PC
Life and Death on the Bering Sea
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Battle 40-foot waves, storms, ice and a nearly
100-percent crewmember injury rate in the dangerous hunt for undersea
riches on the Bering Sea with the new video game "Deadliest Catch Alaskan
Storm," to be launched on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment
system from Microsoft and PC in April 2008. The game was inspired by Sig,
Edgar and Norman Hansen -- three brothers who have made their living crab
fishing on the Bering Sea aboard their family's fishing vessel, the
Northwestern. The Hansen brothers started game development with Liquid
Dragon Studios in October 2005.
The Hansens and the Northwestern are featured on Discovery Channel's
highest rated and Emmy®-nominated series -- "Deadliest Catch." The
series that captivated nearly three million viewers each week returns for a
fourth season this April.
Whether the gamer is a die-hard fan or someone who has never seen the
Discovery Channel series, "Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" is an immersive
and challenging experience, putting them at the helm of one the world's
most dangerous jobs -- that of a crab boat captain in the icy Bering Sea.
"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" lets gamers captain their own boat in the
frenzied search for an undersea jackpot. Gamers select one of five real
crab boats, including the Northwestern, Cornelia Marie and Sea Star -- all
featured on the series, or create and customize their own boat. Gamers then
recruit and lead their own crew from a roster of twenty real crab
fishermen. Selecting the wrong boat or recruiting the wrong crew member
can mean the difference between landing a Bering Sea jackpot or disaster.
Lead your fatigued, hungry and hardworking crew in the strategic search for
King Crab and Opilio Crab, while battling to secure your catch and
livelihood before other captains and crews get to the crab first.
Authenticity and realism were critical to the Hansen brothers. They invited
key development team members to Dutch Harbor, Alaska to personally
experience life on the Northwestern. The game's realism is enhanced with
four real Bering Sea harbors and 34,000 miles of real Bering Sea coastline
created from the United States Geological Survey. In addition, "Deadliest
Catch Alaskan Storm" is the first video game to feature United States Coast
Guard vessels and helicopters.
With waves over 40 feet high, "Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" features the
best wave effects in a video game to date. In the words of Captain Sig
Hansen, "It may not be life or death, but chills went up my spine the first
time I saw the Northwestern sink in the game."
Weather and fishing conditions are based on authentic weather and storm
data and get progressively worse each season, increasing the challenge. The
ultimate goal is to return safely each season, upgrade your boat and crew,
and attempt to break Captain Sig Hansen and the Northwestern crew's actual
lifetime catch of twenty million pounds.
"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" includes the following features and
-- Career Mode (Realistic and challenging simulation for gamers and
"Deadliest Catch" fans)
-- Missions (Gamers experience the hard core Bering Sea life, including
participation in United States Coast Guard search and rescue missions and
ice flow navigation)
-- Arcade Mini-Games (Allows casual gamers to enjoy fun challenges,
including crab boat races and skiff races)
-- Five Authentic Crab Boats (including Northwestern and Cornelia Marie)
-- Twenty Real Fishermen (including Edgar and Norman Hansen, Josh and
-- Six Authentic Captains (including Captains Sig Hansen, Phil Harris and
-- 4,500 lines of recorded character dialogue
-- United States Coast Guard Search and Rescues (First time in a video
-- Captain the 370ft. USCG Cutter Mellon
-- Throw-the-Hook Mini-Game
-- Skiff Racing Mini-Game
-- 34,000 Miles Actual Coastline
-- Four Real Bering Sea Harbors (Akutan, Dutch Harbor, King Cove and St.
-- Interactive Virtual Tour Northwestern Crab Boat
-- 100 Exclusive Crew Videos
-- Xbox Live multiplayer
Captain Sig Hansen personally announces the game he inspired with a video
on Discovery.com at www.discovery.com/deadliestcatch. Every Tuesday until
"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" launches, a new video featuring captains or
crewmembers from the "Deadliest Catch" series discussing the game will be
released at www.discovery.com/deadliestcatch.
"Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm" is being developed by Liquid Dragon Studios
(www.liquiddragon.com). The exclusive crew videos were filmed on location
on the Bering Sea by Hi-Five Films (www.hifivefilms.com). The game is
published by Greenwave, a recently established video game publisher based
in Seattle. The game will be available April 2008 for the Xbox® 360 video
game system from Microsoft and for PC. The game is not yet rated. For more
information about "Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm," visit
www.alaskanstorm.com or www.greenwavegames.com.
Greenwave is a new video game publisher creating fun, high quality games
for existing markets and fan communities. The company is privately held and
headquartered in Seattle. For more information visit
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications is the world's number-one nonfiction media company
reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170
countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy
their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery
Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery and
HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and
services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including
HowStuffWorks.com. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding
Company (NASDAQ: DISCA) (NASDAQ: DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications
and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more
information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.