Bastei Entertainment Blends Fact and Fiction in a New Cross-Platform Entertainment Experience Netwars: Out of CTRL

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The web series, eBook, audiobook, and television documentary adds an interactive 3D graphic novel app to their fact-based virtual reality project.

Netwars - The Butterfly Attack

The graphic novel app The Butterfly Attack is available now for iOS and Android devices.

Bastei Entertainment is proud to unveil The Butterfly Attack, an interactive graphic novel app available today for iOS and Android users. Written by award-winning British novelist and screenplay writer M. Sean Coleman and created by the German production company filmtank, The Butterfly Attack graphic novel app is just one component of the Netwars Project, a cross-platform, fact-based, multimedia experience that uses fictional characters to explore the very real threat of digital warfare in today’s technologically driven society.

The Butterfly Attack graphic novel app is the first in a three-part series of apps that coincide with a web series, television documentary, and a collection of eBook and audiobooks that make up the Netwars Project. Each part of the project is standalone while still complimentary to the larger story of Netwars.

In The Butterfly Attack, Coleman merges true facts with actual events to create a captivating and visually stunning fictional story about a team of hackers hired to conduct a mock cyberwar exercise that goes terribly wrong. Parallax technology enables the reader to become part of the story, with interactive motion sensors, 3D animations, video, and gaming elements fully integrated into the app.

“When I started out with this idea, I struggled with how to bring the amazing stories, threats and dangers posed by malicious hackers to the screen,” said Coleman. “The graphic novel format fell perfectly between the written and the visual, allowing me to tell a story that could incorporate technical information with interactive clues, and enable the audience to go deep inside the minds and machines of the main characters.”

The Butterfly Attack was originally created in English, and will be published simultaneously in German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Additional features of The Butterfly Attack graphic novel app include:

  • Unique animations and sound effects
  • Intuitive controls
  • Revolutionary 3D parallax technology with motion sensors for unlocking hidden artifacts

Episode One of The Butterfly Attack is available now for $2.99 on the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, and Samsung App Marketplace. Episodes Two and Three of The Butterfly Attack are scheduled to be released later this summer.

For more information on The Butterfly Attack, the Netwars web series, television documentary, and selection of eBook and audiobooks, visit, like Netwars on Facebook, and follow @NetwarsProject on Twitter.

About Bastei Entertainment
Founded in 1953 and based in Cologne, Bastei Lübbe is one of Germany’s leading trade publishers. Home of bestselling authors David Baldacci, Dan Brown, Jeff Kinney, Ken Follett, Lesley Pearse and many more, it publishes more than 700 titles a year.

In June 2010, Bastei Lübbe started its own digital department: Bastei Entertainment, with the aim of encouraging new innovative product development and the creation of a global digital entertainment experience which covers everything from eBooks and audiobooks to apps and digitally enhanced products. With an in-house development team, unique multimedia content is continuously created with recent examples including multiple-language Vatican thriller, Apocalypsis which has been downloaded as an app more than 1,000,000 times in China alone.

About Filmtank
Filmtank produces high quality and awarded documentary films and documentations for cinema and TV. They are producing sophisticated cross media content like Serious Games, interactive graphic novels and web documentaries.

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