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Walt Disney Internet Group to Unveil Its First 3D Wireless Game at CTIA Conference: Tron 2.0 3D; Video Game Title to be Made Available on Mobile Phones.

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CTIA Wireless 2004

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2004

The Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) announced today that it is currently developing its first 3D mobile game, Tron 2.0 3D, based on the award-winning PC game from Buena Vista Interactive. The game will be shown for the first time at the CTIA Wireless 2004 conference in Atlanta, March 22-24, and is slated to be among the first 3D mobile content released later this spring as 3D capable phones launch in the U.S. The title will be available for both QUALCOMM's Brew(TM) solution and the Java platform.

The launch of Tron 2.0 3D to wireless platforms continues WDIG's leadership position in leveraging new technologies to advance mobile entertainment content. The game invites users to follow the original story line and high-impact game play from the popular original game, as adapted for smaller mobile devices.

"3D technologies are a major step forward for mobile entertainment. With them, consumers really begin to experience games and game play that they've come to expect from consoles and PCs," said Larry Shapiro, executive vice president, business development and operations for WDIG. "We've been very aggressive in leveraging new technologies to expand our consumers' experiences and in this case, we felt we had a franchise that could really benefit from this technology and in fact, showcase its capabilities."

"We are excited that major publishers such as WDIG are taking advantage of the BREW solution to advance to the next level of game development, thereby propelling forward the entire wireless gaming category," said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management, QUALCOMM Internet Services. "WDIG is demonstrating its leadership by investing in this rapidly approaching future of 3D gaming on increasingly advanced devices."

Tron 2.0 3D is being developed in conjunction with Superscape using their real-time 3D Swerve engine and development tools. Game demos will be available at the QUALCOMM (3931 Hall B4) Kyocera (1653) CTIA booths.

About TRON 2.0 the PC Game

Inspired by TRON, the ground-breaking science-fiction film, TRON 2.0 is a first-person PC game that delivers immersive story-driven gameplay packed with intense action, virtual viral villains and a unique visual style. Developed by critically acclaimed Monolith Productions, TRON 2.0 takes place in present day, approximately 20 years after the events of the film. Playing as Jet Bradley, son of ENCOM programmer Alan Bradley from the TRON film, gamers are digitized into cyberspace and race on light cycles, battle corruption both inside and outside of the computer world, and explore locations including the Internet Hub, Firewall, Corrupted Server and Light Cycle Game Grid.

About Walt Disney Internet Group

Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) provides strategic leadership and operational management for The Walt Disney Company's (NYSE:DIS) Internet properties including category leaders, and A market leader in developing and distributing entertainment and informational content to new platforms, WDIG is committed to creating and delivering products for broadband distribution including: ABC News On Demand, a subscription video news service that offers the Internet's first 24-hour, live Internet-only news channel and top ABC News programs for on demand viewing; Disney Connection; and WDIG Motion, a proprietary video technology for broadband users. Through relationships with some of the world's largest wireless carriers, WDIG distributes content and services to wireless users under the Disney, ESPN and ABC brands. Additionally, WDIG has led the way in developing interactive content for televised programming through its Enhanced TV service. Steve Wadsworth is president of WDIG, which is headquartered in North Hollywood and has operations in Seattle, New York, Orlando, Tokyo and London.

About Superscape

Superscape specializes in industry standard (JSR 184) 3D technology for wireless environments. The company's Swerve technology is a complete solution comprising a software-only 3D engine (Swerve Client), a powerful development tool integrated into 3ds max(tm)(Swerve Studio) and a catalogue of 3D games (Swerve Content) available for licensing. Key players such as ARM, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Siemens, Samsung, Motorola and SavaJe have already endorsed Swerve.

Superscape is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has corporate offices in Hook, Hampshire (UK) and San Clemente, California (USA).

About Buena Vista Games

Buena Vista Games, Inc. is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products business unit that creates, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of PC and multi-platform video games worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Titles for Buena Vista Games fall under two publishing labels: Buena Vista Interactive, which focuses on high-profile multi-platform games based on creative content from the numerous businesses within The Walt Disney Company, and Disney Interactive, which markets and distributes the company's award-winning learning software and video games based on Disney-branded properties.

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