Ubisoft Bringing TV Based Games to Facebook



Company Expands Offering of Social Games Based On Popular Television Series

Today, Ubisoft announced that it is expanding its line-up of social games on Facebook based on hit television series, including new games based on “CSITM: Miami,” “HOUSETM,” and “NCISTM.” Developed by Ubisoft Shanghai, Method and Ubisoft San Francisco, CSITM: Miami, House, M.D.TM: Critical Cases and NCISTM: Major Crimes all will be released on Facebook during the company’s fiscal 2012.

“Ubisoft continues to focus on delivering a diverse portfolio of quality content across all platforms to please our fans,” said Chris Early, Vice President of Digital Publishing, Ubisoft. “Our license-based Facebook titles have performed well this year, including The Smurfs & Co. and CSI: Crime City. With CSI: Miami, House, M.D.: Critical Cases and NCIS: Major Crimes, we’re giving more fans new ways of being a part of and sharing in their favorite fictional worlds.”

In House, M.D.TM: Critical Cases, fans of the hit television show “HOUSETM” will have the opportunity to join House and his entire team to diagnose the most challenging medical cases at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.  True to the show, players will screen clinic patients, investigate symptoms, and examine environmental causes in order to prescribe the right treatments and cure patients.  The game can be played with friends who can help out by performing diagnostic tests, treating referrals, and reviving crashed patients. House, M.D.TM: Critical Cases will launch in 2011.

Based on the #1 television drama series “NCISTM,” NCISTM: Major Crimes takes players on a journey through the gritty processes of a naval crime scene investigation. By taking on the role of a junior investigator, or ‘Probie,’ players will work alongside “NCISTM” characters as they work crime scenes, interrogate suspects, and visit memorable locations from the show, such as Abby’s lab. Fans also will be able to partner with their friends to form Field Teams capable of unraveling the most brutal murders, acts of terrorism and cases of international intrigue. NCISTM: Major Crimes will debut on Facebook in early 2012.

CSITM: Miami features Horatio Caine and his famous sunglasses, with new crime-solving game play in the fabulously exotic locations of Miami. Friends work together to uncover evidence, interrogate suspects, build out their high-tech labs and discover the grisly truth about Miami’s most challenging crimes.  CSITM: Miami will be available in early 2012.

Ubisoft will also release licensed Facebook games for “CSITM: New York” and “NCISTM: LOS ANGELES.” Additional details about these games will be revealed soon.

NCISTM: Major Crimes and CSITM: Miami are licensed from CBS Consumer Products.

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2010–11 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.039 billion euros. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group:
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and the NBCUniversal Online Store. For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at http://nbcuconsumerproducts.com.

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing:

UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.