Merscom to co-produce two more games with Starz
Starz Media and Merscom announced details of two new upcoming casual games, including “Righteous Kill II: Everyone Respects the Gun,” a sequel to the hit hidden object game “Righteous Kill: The Game,” based on the September 2008 movie from Overture Films starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, and a time management game based on the upcoming Starz original comedy series
Both free trials and full retail purchases of the “Party Down” casual game download will be available at a wide array of leading gaming and entertainment online portals and sites, including AOL Games, Big Fish Games, MSN Games, Oberon Games, RealArcade, Shockwave, Yahoo! Games and Starz.com at http://www.starz.com/originals/PartyDown/game.
“Party Down” is set to debut on Starz on March 20 at 10:30PM ET/PT, and available by for early sneak previews beginning March 13 with several cable and satellite providers, including Charter Communications, which will be hosting a free trial of the “Party Down” game on Charter.Net.
“Righteous Kill II: Everyone Respects the Gun,” is expected to be available for trial and purchase in June 2009, commensurate with the exclusive pay TV premiere of “Righteous Kill” on Starz.
“We are very pleased to expand our gaming relationship with Starz and Overture Films through these two appealing titles.” said Lloyd Melnick, chief customer officer at Merscom, “They are a fantastic media company with multiple access points to consumers through theatrical release, premium television, DVD and more. They fit very well with our strategy of creating casual games based on properties that our audience already loves.”
“Casual gaming is an effective way at both finding new and appealing revenue opportunities across the larger Starz family of media concerns, as well as building name recognition and awareness for the properties themselves,” said Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president digital media, business development & strategy for Starz. “Merscom has proven to be an effective reliable gaming partner for us and we are delighted to extend the relationship for the future enjoyment of gaming fans.
“Party Down,” a new 10-episode comedy series from creator Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars,” “Cupid”), follows a Los Angeles catering team – a sextet of Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their “big break.” “Party Down” stars Ken Marino (“Veronica Mars,” Role Models), Adam Scott (“Tell Me You Love Me,” Step Brothers), Jane Lynch (Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, “Freaks and Geeks), Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars,” Friday the 13th (2009)) and Lizzy Caplan (“True Blood,” Cloverfield, Mean Girls). Celebrity guest appearances include: Ed Begley, Jr., Marilu Henner, Joey Lauren Adams, Breckin Meyer, Rob Corddry and Steven Weber.
In the “Party Down” game, the player takes over a team at the famous Party Down catering company as you serve the elite of Hollywood. Serve food, DJ the dance floor and keep conversations going as you schmooze with the stars and try and build up your reputation while waiting for your big break.
Work your way through 8 unique parties at huge yachts, extravagant balls, and exclusive night clubs. Appease the masses by dealing with all the issues that come along with high maintenance Hollywood stars such as rampaging dogs, angry boyfriends, and the paparazzi. Keep your cool, and show them what you got and maybe you can become the next big thing.
In “Righteous Kill II: Everyone Respects the Gun,” the player once again takes on the role of Erica Dean as she looks into a new rash of murders. The game is set about a year after the events of the first Poet Killer. A mob hitman is found dead, with a poem lying on his body. Erica Dean is called in to find the killer before things get out of hand. Work through multiple versions of varied locations looking for clues to the identity of the Poet Killer. Enlist the help of Mary Jacobs, a new forensic officer, to assist Erica in analyzing the items from the crime scenes. Hunt down the killer and put an end to his vigilante killings before it’s too late.
First of all, I thought the original Righteous Kill game was an innovative and daring move, to have something so dark and gritty and traditionally core-oriented (how easy would it be to make it a generic FPS instead) be brought into the casual market and gameplay. I'm very happy to hear that it did well enough to garner a sequel. That tells me the casual market is continuing expansion beyond the traditional thought of themes. We have tons of gritty police and detective shows that appeal to older women, so why not casual games too?
Second, I saw Party Down and was impressed with the uniqueness of the gameplay and premise.
Third, I had no idea Party Down was based on a TV show. Between the two games you have a couple of great IP's to tie in. I expect to see more cable-TV / casual game partnerships like this. It's too bad press for the game that I saw didn't mention the show, this is the first I've heard of it.
Last, I think it's awesome that Party Down was made by Rob Thomas. I just finished watching the 3rd season of Veronica Mars on DVD, and while not as good as the first two seasons (which we also watched in a row), it's still a fantastically well-written show (a hallmark of which is when you keep saying to yourself, "Just one more episode..." and then it's 3am on a work night). So if the new show is even a fraction as good as Veronica, it should do well for both the show and the game.
Thanks for posting these news releases here, always nice to see what Merscom is up to. Pretty soon you guys will be known for making surprising and innovative moves. I know that's what I was thinking when I first heard of Righteous Kill as a freakin' casual game!
Thanks a lot, Josh
Originally Posted by joshuadallman