Leading BBC Multimedia into the highly exciting world of PlayStation 2 publishing, Robot Wars, with its enormous popularity and cult following, promises to thrill with its gameplay and sumptuous graphics.
Following on from the release of Robot Wars - Metal Mayhem on Game Boy Color by BBC Multimedia in December 2000, the Robot Wars PlayStation 2 and CD-ROM titles are scheduled for release in November this year. All titles expand upon the winning formula that was moulded in the explosive television series, first screened on BBC TWO in February 1998.
Robot Wars quickly established itself as the most popular programme on BBC TWO and now boasts a viewing average of four million! Currently in its fourth series on BBC TWO with a further series scheduled to commence this autumn, the television programme shows no signs of taking a back seat in the viewing stakes. The show is also currently airing in the UK on BBC Choice and, in March, on UK Horizons.
Robot Wars - Metal Mayhem on Game Boy Color proved so popular that it sold out completely within three weeks of its release. Initial reorders have already pre-sold-out, confirming the ongoing demand for the title.
Whilst details of the content and design of the Robot Wars PlayStation 2 and CD-ROM titles are being kept under wraps at this stage, BBC Multimedia can confirm that both titles will allow the player to design their own robots, as with the Game Boy Color version. With the CD-ROM title, it will also be possible to upload robot designs onto the internet for others to download and use in their own gameplay. From this spring, an online diary will be accessible giving Robot Wars fans regular updates on the development process, visuals and other snippets from the games as well as playable demos.
The combination of the Robot Wars brand's huge popularity, the recent release of the PlayStation 2 console and the similar demographic to which both appeal led to BBC Multimedia's decision to publish for the new Sony console. Traditionally known for publishing for younger children with titles such as Bob the Builder and Tweenies, BBC Multimedia will be maintaining its core publishing interests whilst steadily expanding and strengthening its line-up of console titles.
Dave Lee, Director of BBC Multimedia comments: "BBC Multimedia has made a success of transforming great television brands into great interactive properties. Whilst our early success came from PC CD-ROMs, a range of PlayStation titles are now available, with a fourth title available from early April this year. In addition we now have three Game Boy Color titles on release. It makes good sense to extend our publishing interests to those formats that are appropriate for particular brands. Robot Wars enjoys a huge TV following and will be a good fit with the PlayStation 2 market, making this a very logical and obvious step for BBC Multimedia."