It’s going to be Sony Pictures Releasing International’s first-ever game created for the social networking platform, Twitter. In anticipation of the worldwide release of the motion picture Terminator Salvation, Twitter users will have the chance to join the human resistance against the machines.
It was announced Monday by Sal Ladestro, executive vice president of marketing, Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI). Users can follow tweets from the resistance at http://www.Twitter.com/Resistance2018.
In the Terminator Salvation Twitter game, members of the human resistance communicate with each other through Twitter and turn to the community for help in decoding intercepted Skynet transmissions.
Players earn points through timely assistance in decoding these messages and, with these points, rise in rank within the Resistance Army. Players must constantly be on guard against the machines, which periodically and randomly choose a number of players and penalize them a percentage of their points. A companion blog augments the information within Twitter and hosts a leader board for the game.
“Twitter users can join John Connor in the war against the machines by following the tweets at Resistance 2018. In the fight against Skynet and the Terminators, mass communication is vital, so it’s no surprise that the resistance would turn to Twitter. We think this is the perfect environment for the Terminator game as it allows users to interact with the movie, their friends, and other game players instantaneously,” says Ladestro.
Twitter’s micro-blogging social networking site has been expanding exponentially across the globe in recent months. Between February 2008 and February 2009, according to SPRI, new accounts on Twitter were up 1,841%, with an 87% increase between January 2009 and February 2009 alone. It says more than 90% of Twitter users choose to make their updates public.
Terminator Salvation is set in post-apocalyptic 2018, where John Connor (Christian Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row.
Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Terminator Salvation will be released in the U.S. on May 21, 2009 by Warner Bros. Pictures. SPRI is distributing the film in most international territories between May 27, 2009 and June 13, 2009.
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