UK - 30th November, 2006 - Horstachios, Fizzlybears, Fudgehogs, Mousemallows, Elephanillas and Pretztails are just a handful of the 60 species of wild piñata, coming to homes this Christmas in 'Viva Piñata,' the highly anticipated Xbox 360 game for kids of all ages.
Breaking new ground in Xbox 360 family entertainment, 'Viva Piñata' hits European retailers from 1st December for £44.99 ERP. Created by world-renowned video game developer Rare Ltd. and Microsoft Game Studios exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, 'Viva Piñata' invites game-players to escape to Piñata Island, where wild-roaming, living piñata animals are looking for a home.
"With the arrival of 'Viva Piñata,' we're opening up Xbox 360 to new audiences and inviting more people to jump into the fun," said Shane Kim, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. "This is a game that will have broad appeal. Families will play it together. Kids will play it by day, and, I'm willing to bet, their parents will play it at night. Even for the seasoned gamer, 'Viva Piñata' will be a great escape."
People of all ages will enjoy the vibrant world where they can create and customise their own environment to attract, tame and nurture more than 60 species of wild piñata and make their experience uniquely their own. Packed with hundreds of personalisation options, 'Viva Piñata' lets people name their piñatas, choose accessories for them to wear, decide where to plant grass and flowers, and more. The colourful, fully customisable game invites people into a world with all kinds of possibilities.
'Viva Piñata' gameplay will be extended through the Xbox Live® online entertainment network. Xbox Live subscribers will be able to connect with friends, family or other players from around the globe to trade items from their piñata paradise - everything from the smallest plant to the largest piñata. Xbox Live will also offer accessories for download into the game to personalise piñata collections.
The genesis of the 'Viva Piñata' franchise came from Rare Ltd., known for such all-age-friendly games as 'Banjo-Kazooie®' and 'Grabbed by the Ghoulies®'. Veteran developers of these games, as well as a new crop of talent, worked together to craft 'Viva Piñata' into the fun-filled game available now on store shelves.
"Right from the start, we knew we wanted to create a game that featured a garden full of customisable, tradable animals with unique appearances and behaviour patterns," said Gregg Mayles, lead designer for 'Viva Piñata' at Rare Ltd. "When we were looking for a design twist to make it stand out, our concept artist came up with piñata-themed sketches, and the look immediately stuck."
The latest information about 'Viva Piñata' is available at http://www.vivapinata.com, the virtual island where gamers can find hints and tips for the Xbox 360 video game and score exclusive extras including games, activities, ring tones and avatars.
'Viva Piñata' from Rare and Microsoft Game Studios is available exclusively on Xbox 360 and is rated 3+ for the standard edition and U for Universal and suitable for all (BBFC) for the limited edition.
The two-disc 'Viva Piñata' Special Edition Xbox 360 game, available for a limited time, will include a second disc with playable demos of LucasArts' 'LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy', the arcade classic 'Frogger' as well as family favourites 'Time Pilot' and 'Marble Blast.' In addition, a full-length episode from the crazy, anything-can-happen animated TV series 'Viva Piñata' is also included.