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TDK, DreamWorks announce 'Shrek' for Xbox

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(IDG) -- TDK Mediactive has announced the company's first game for the Xbox. The game will be based on DreamWorks Pictures' computer-animated comedy, "Shrek," which opens nationwide on May 18.

The game is one of the official first-wave Xbox titles scheduled for a fall 2001 launch. TDK Mediactive recently announced a worldwide, five-year licensing agreement with DreamWorks to develop "Shrek" titles for video game platforms.

What's "Shrek" you ask? Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek, whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale creatures. There are blind mice in his food; a big, bad wolf in his bed; three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home -- not to mention his own -- Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying him on his mission is a wisecracking Donkey, who will do anything for Shrek·except shut up. Rescuing the Princess from a fire-breathing dragon may prove the least of their problems when the deep, dark secret the Princess has been keeping is revealed. "Shrek" is based on a children's book by William Steig.

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TDK Mediactive will work with DreamWorks to create new story lines and characters to appear in the Xbox title. Character and world-object models from the film will be available in standard 3D-modeling format for expression onto the Xbox.




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