Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Michael Phelps Signed For Swimming Game, But Will It Float?

505 Games announced on Monday that it has signed Michael Phelps to headline a competition-oriented swimming game. (press release)

The three-time Olympian, world record holder, more gold medals than you can count unworldly swimming stud, will lend his likeness to a yet-unnamed game in development at 505 Games' newly formed LA studio. The games is said the be slated to be released on unspecified consoles and the iPhone in spring 2010.

Aside from the game's obvious swimming platform, details on the project are pretty slim. 505 Games did say that it plans to incorporate more than just Phelps into the title, with "some of his teammates" also possibly making an appearance. In a statement, Adam Kline, president of 505 Games U.S., said the projects will "create innovative new gameplay experiences that celebrate active lifestyles, the spirit of competition and the inspirational dream of becoming a champion."

“I am really excited to partner with 505 Games and work with them to develop a game that is reflective of my personality, lifestyle and competitive nature,” said Phelps.“I believe this will be a tremendous opportunity to help continue my quest to raise the profile for the sport of swimming.”

The publisher also said that a portion of the game's proceeds will be donated to the Michael Phelps Foundation, which works to promote water safety and encourages kids to pick up the sport.

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