Zynga.net has signed a deal with Walt Disney Co. MartketWatch.com states that “after the market closed Tuesday, the video game maker announced that it had signed a deal with Walt Disney Co. DIS, -0.06% for the rights to develop and publish a new “Star Wars” mobile game under its NaturalMotion studio. The deal is a considerable victory for Zynga, which has struggled to earn back its 2014 investment of $527 million in the U.K.-based NaturalMotion.”
Zynga ZNGA, +0.25% stock rose 8.3% to $4.05 during the regular session Wednesday. The Disney-Zynga deal includes the option to create a second “Star Wars” game, and NaturalMotion will begin operating “Star Wars: Commander,” a mobile game Disney launched in 2014.
Star Wars isn’t the only mobile game Disney has out, Pirates of the Caribbean is also available. JOYCITY, a game developer and publisher based in Korea, and Disney announced today the launch of its mobile game, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War. The new mobile strategy game is inspired by the popular Disney blockbuster series, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and features characters, ships, and storylines based on the hit movies. The game is available for free download with in-app purchases on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
In the game, players become pirates in the world of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and will enjoy a full sea fight experience on their mobile devices. As they plan various strategies through building and ship construction and troops training, players can form an alliance to battle against each other or defeat common monsters that dwell in the sea! Players will also encounter familiar characters from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” including Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and Will Turner.
“‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is one of the most popular movie franchises in history and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War’ will immerse fans directly into the action like never before,” said Hanseo Jo, COO, JOYCITY. “With the fifth installment of the franchise, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ coming out soon, this new game will allow players to engage further with the world of Captain Jack Sparrow and the other iconic characters in new ways.”
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