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Battleship movie adapted into FPS by Double Helix

Jordan Mallory

Activision and Double Helix have announced a video game adaptation of Battleship, the Hasbro Studios/Universal Films adaptation of Milton Bradley's Battleship. Set for an April European release and a May North American release, Battleship will combine aspects of the classic board game with FPS gameplay. It will be available on PS3 and 360, with "uniquely designed versions" released for the Wii, DS and 3DS.

The player takes on the role of demolitions expert Cole Mathis, who somehow finds himself in charge of an entire naval fleet and must use said fleet to defend the Hawaiian archipelago from underwater space aliens. This is a separate storyline from the film -- however, given the abundance of extraterrestrials and a severe lack of white and red pegs, we figure it's still set in the movie's universe. Gameplay is split between FPS sections and a "Battle Command" map, which is somewhat akin to the classic Battleship grid we're all familiar with. Here's hoping for Electronic Talking DLC on day one.

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Tactical Naval Warfare, Combined with First-Person, Boots-on-the-Ground Gameplay,
Lands this Spring

London, UK – 8th February 2012 – Lock, load and prepare for grand oceanic action this spring because Hasbro (Nasdaq: HAS) and Activision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), proudly present the BATTLESHIP™ videogame developed with Double Helix Games. Inspired by the classic naval strategy game, this seek-and-find adventure is taken to spectacular new heights. As a stand-alone story from Universal Pictures' upcoming epic action-adventure of the same name, the BATTLESHIP videogame offers a blend of strategic naval command and first-person action gameplay.

"We're geared up for an outrageous sea and land conflict with the all new BATTLESHIP videogame," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Inspired by the film's exciting action and stunning backdrop, the game is next-gen naval warfare that thrusts players into the middle of humanity's last stand against an unfamiliar menace."

BATTLESHIP follows elite demolitions specialist Cole Mathis as he clashes against an aquatic-based extraterrestrial peril in the sand and sea of the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago. Trapped in a veritable communications dead zone, Mathis must command the U.S. Navy fleet in a "siege on the sea," while simultaneously rallying the troops on land for a terrifying "war on the shore."

"With a BATTLESHIP videogame, we have an amazing opportunity to take our beloved property and give it a modern-day spin," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro. "The merging of tactical and action elements immerses players in an epic maritime conflict. Activision is completely up to the task of delivering a high-intensity thrill ride that's perfectly suited for today's console owners."

Combining naval strategy simulation with first-person shooter gameplay, players fend off the enemy beachside while ordering attacks against their marine counterparts. Seamlessly switching between battlefield and overview "Battle Command" map, the Hasbro game is brought to life as carriers, frigates, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and the legendary USS Missouri Battleship pummel the enemy in a race to strategic points that turn the tide of battle. The BATTLESHIP videogame is a next-gen marvel perfectly suited to turn nostalgic game junkies into battle-hardened admirals.

The BATTLESHIP videogame, developed by Double Helix for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, arrives in Europe this April and North America this May. In addition, there will be uniquely designed versions for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™, and Nintendo DS™ hand-held system developed by Magic Pockets, with more details to come at a later date. The game is yet to be rated by PEGI. For more information on the game, please visit For more information on the upcoming epic action-adventure "Battleship," visit

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