OverviewDigital Leisure, Inc. was formed in 1997 with a vision of acquiring, re-mastering and publishing existing video-intensive games that would benefit from the superior video and audio quality of DVD and bringing these interactive titles to DVD movie players, PC DVD-ROM and PC CD-ROM systems.
Digital Leisure first acquired the rights to Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp in early 1997, the three games that redefined the gaming industry in the 1980s. The games were created by Rick Dyer and feature spectacular quality animation by Don Bluth, an ex-Disney animator who is also known for his work on All Dogs Go To Heaven, The Land Before Time and Anastasia.
The company completely rewrote the code for the games to accurately duplicate the game-play of the arcade version, including scenes that were missing from many of the computer adaptations. The video was encoded with MPEG2 compression and AC3 audio from the original source and rivals the quality of the original laser disc. The games were released in 1998 and 1999 on various formats including CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video and PlayStation 2 and enabled the company to build its international distribution network of large chain stores and national distributors such as Toys R Us, Best Buy, Ingram Entertainment, Electronics Boutique, Babbage’s Etc. and others. The products continue to sell well for the company worldwide and form a strong base from which the company has built on.
The company acquired the North American rights to publish "Tender Loving Care", an interactive movie on DVD-ROM and CD-ROM featuring Academy award nominee John Hurt in early 1999 which broadened the Digital Leisure line-up and met with commercial success. In mid-2000 the company acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Kingdom II: Shadoan, another Rick Dyer creation, for DVD-ROM , DVD-Video and CD-ROM.
In early 2000, the company added the development and publishing rights of Hologram Time Traveler which was released in the fall of 2000. Selling over $18,000,000 in its arcade debut, Hologram Time Traveler remains the first and only coin-operated arcade game to deliver a real 3D hologram experience.
With the release of the Sony PlayStation 2 in October 2000, the company seized the opportunity and re-branded its DVD-Video titles as "PlayStation 2 Compatible" (as the PlayStation 2 will play DVD movies, it also will play the company’s DVD-Video based games) and sold the games into the PlayStation 2 market as new releases with the release of the PlayStation 2 hardware, which met with great success for the company.
Recently the company has acquired the development and worldwide publishing rights to the entire American Laser Games catalog of nine laser disc arcade titles including Mad Dog McCree, Crime Patrol and Who Shot Johnny Rock? These titles will be released over the next two years on CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and DVD-Video/PlayStation 2 with Mad Dog McCree and Who Shot Johnny Rock? having been released last Christmas season.
Going forward, Digital Leisure Inc. plans to continue bringing classic video-based games to the newest technologies of the future.
Source: Selected articles from Digital Leisure Official Company Website - About Us
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