Square Enix Inc. and Buena Vista Games hosted star-studded launch party at Wolfgang Puck in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on March 23, 2006, to ramp up for highly anticipated release of KINGDOM HEARTS II videogame, which ships on March 28. KINGDOM HEARTS II is the sequel to KINGDOM HEARTS, one of the top 10 best-selling PlayStation 2 titles of all time in North America.
DreamWorks Animations website www.dreamworksanimation.com has been redesigned. The revamped site includes new info on upcoming projects such as OVER THE HEDGE, SHREK THE THIRD and the MADAGASCAR sequel.
Features include: * an Animation 101 on how we make movies;* an exclusive interview with the producer and directors of OVER THE HEDGE* a look behind the scenes of MADAGASCAR* a photographic tour of DreamWorks' northern and southern California campuses
Childrens author, Michael P., and illustrator, Doug DUG1 Cunningham have teamed with startup animation house, Rebel Static, for a groundbreaking new hip hop cartoon based on the critically acclaimed childrens book, TURNTABLE TIMMY (Last Gasp Publishing).
SCI FI Channel has restructured SCIFI.COM to focus on broadband development and feature a richer balance of original online content and channel-related fare, with video playing a prominent role in every facet of the site.
Matthew Chiavelli will oversee the effort as Multimedia director and will be assembling a broadband team charged with developing the site's new broadband network, which will debut in May 2006. Also as part of the SCIFI.COM restructure, Marlon Jackson has been named web director and Shara Zoll has been named project director.
To celebrate the DVD release of King Kong on March 28, 2006, SCIFI.com will host the world premiere of KING KONG'S SKULL ISLAND, a fascinating look at the unforgettable setting of three-time Academy Award-winning picture on March 18. SCI FI Channel will broadcast the featurette, beginning March 21, making the website and the cable network the only places audiences can experience this intriguing behind-the-scenes look at KING KONG before the release of the two-disc special edition DVD.
Leading Irish game developer, Star Cave Studios Ltd. is heading to GDC to showoff their portfolio of games. Among the products Star Cave Studio is bringing is a AAA online & multiplayer atmospheric, combined FPS shooter and RTS game named TERRA : FORMATIONS, which is in development for PC and scheduled to appear on leading next generation game consoles.
In TERRA : FORMATIONS, players take control of a marine on a mission to stop an alien race from taking over the galaxy. The game is available at GDC by appointment only.
Its official; Sony Computer Ent. Inc. (SCEI) has announced that it has moved the launch PlayStation 3 (PS3) to early November 2006 when it will be simultaneously released in Japan, North America and Europe. With a monthly production capacity of one million units, SCEI will push forward a product launch to spread the platform rapidly throughout the world, together with a strong lineup of game titles.
Eyetronics has successfully completed the scanning of over 1,200 Major League baseball players and coaches for the Major League Baseball Players Assn. (MLBPA). The announcement was made by Nick Tesi, vp of operations for Eyetronics in the U.S., who helped supervise the scanning operation that rolled out in spring training camps in Florida and Arizona.
THQ Inc. has released LET'S RIDE: DREAMER INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY for the Game Boy Advance. Published by THQ's ValuSoft division, LET'S RIDE: DREAMER INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, based upon the DreamWorks movie, is rated "E" for Everyone and is available at retail outlets throughout North America for $19.99 SRP.
Linden Lab, creator of the virtual world SECOND LIFE, announced the release of BELLS AND SPURS, a machinima film based on the cowboy poem "Silver Bells and Golden Spurs" and created entirely within SECOND LIFE. The film will have its real world premiere Saturday, March 11, 2006, during the Screen Burn Beta Festival at the 13th annual SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. To see the film and tour the virtual back lot where Bells and Spurs was filmed, visit www.bellsandspurs.com.
Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four, and John Dykstra, Academy Award winner for visual effects on STAR WARS and SPIDER-MAN 2 are auctioning off their shoes to raise money for mentoring throughout the world. The Get in Their Shoes Campaign is a call to action by successful business leaders, athletes, entertainers and politicians to rally youth and aspiring leaders to lift themselves out of their limiting circumstances by proactively interviewing successful professionals within their own communities.
THQ Inc. announced that SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE YELLOW AVENGER has shipped for PSP. Based on the characters of Nickelodeon's chart-topping animated television show, the game explores a new dimension of SpongeBob as a superhero and is now available at retail outlets nationwide.
Electronic Arts announced that FIFA STREET 2, which features gifted Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo on all packaging worldwide, has shipped to retailers under the EA SPORTS BIG brand. FIFA STREET 2 captures the flair and skill of soccer in an arcade videogame experience that features real players performing over-the-top tricks in authentic locales around the world.
Electronic Arts announced today that the highly anticipated, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH II has shipped to retailers nationwide. The sequel to the critically acclaimed THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH.
LucasArts and TT Games announced their plans to release LEGO STAR WARS II: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY [working title], the sequel to one of the best-selling videogames of 2005. Created by TT Games and developed by Traveller's Tales, LEGO STAR WARS II is slated for release this fall across seven platforms PlayStation 2, Sony PSP, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Windows.
The developers of LEFT BEHIND: ETERNAL FORCES the highly-anticipated PC game based on the blockbuster fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins are set to launch the title in the second half of 2006.
Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has launched the SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS Videogame Soundtrack Talent Search," a nationwide talent contest running on MySpace.com that will reward the best unsigned music talent in North America with the chance to have a song featured in the upcoming SCARFACE videogame and the opportunity to perform in front of music and videogame industry leaders at a major concert event in Hollywood. The nomination process is now open at www.myspace.com/scarfacegame.
DC Comics, Sony Online Ent. Inc. (SOE) and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. (WBIE) announced plans to collaborate with legendary comicbook illustrator Jim Lee to work on a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMO) based on the DC Comics universe.
SOE will be developing and publishing a game based on the DC Comics universe for next generation gaming platforms and the PC. It is expected that Lee will serve as exec creative director on the game, bringing his artistic flair and talents to the world of online gaming for the first time.
Comedy Central will launch its first original animated mobile series SAMURAI LOVE GOD, to premiere in first quarter 2006 and launch cross carriers with eight two-and-a-half minute episodes. The adult series features the voices of adult film star Jenna Jameson and THE DAILY SHOW correspondent Ed Helms.
Midway Games Inc., Tigon Studios, founded by Vin Diesel, and Viacom's MTV Films, Paramount Pictures and MTV Games announced a collaboration on a groundbreaking action-entertainment property, THE WHEELMAN.
THE WHEELMAN is being developed as a videogame from Midway, in association with Tigon Studios and MTV Games, intended to serve as the introduction to a series of related entertainment offerings.
Toon Radio has acquired the broadcast rights to the anime talk show podcast, ANIME GENESIS for its Internet broadcast. The a weekly hour-long anime talk show keeps listeners up to date on the latest happenings in the world of anime and manga, with commentary and discussion from the hosts.
THQ Inc. has released PAWS & CLAWS PET RESORT, a videogame for animal lovers pamper their favorite creatures at their own pet resort. Published by THQ's ValuSoft division, PAWS & CLAWS PET RESORT is rated "E" for Everyone and is available for Game BoyAdvance at retail outlets throughout North America for $19.99 SRP.
The Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. has granted Activision Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software products, the global rights, excluding Japan, to develop console, handheld and PC games based on Hasbro's renowned TRANSFORMERS brand. The first game will be tied to the much-anticipated July 4, 2007, movie release of the live-action TRANSFORMERS film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
The Weinstein Co. has partnered with FamilyMediaGuide.com to develop the MEET DOOGAL AND FRIENDS MATCHING GAME, an interactive online game and sweepstakes, based on the animated movie, DOOGAL, opening in theaters in the U.S. on Feb. 24, 2006.
Originally released in Europe as SPRUNG: THE MAGIC-ROUNDABOUT, The Weinstein Co. (enjoying box office success with the animated flick HOODWINKED) picked up the picture and had it re-cut it, recorded new voices and renamed it DOOGAL, with U.S. direction by Butch Hartman.
Building off its success as an international publisher of video and computer games based on leading international children's characters, The Game Factory announced a significant expansion in its 2006 product portfolio at the 2006 American International Toy Fair. More than 20 titles, developed for young gamers, will ship for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and PC-CD ROM platforms. Titles can be purchased via national toy, electronic, videogame, software and mass-market retailers.