Midway Games Inc. a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, has secured the U.S. and Canadian publishing rights for EARTH 2160, the highly-anticipated sequel in the top-selling and critically-acclaimed EARTH series of realtime strategy (RTS) titles. The game will publish in the U.S. and Canada in November 2005 for the PC.
Heavenspot, a Hollywood-based full service international design agency, recently completed the interactive website launch for TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY, a feature film that will be released by New Line Cinema in early 2006 starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass.
The interactive site package includes Flash animation, an original interactive interface, a progressive design aesthetic and high quality Flash video.
In response to the recent news and concerns surrounding the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind SESAME STREET, has updated its website to offer parents and caregivers tools that will help children cope during the aftermath of this stressful weather event. In addition, the nonprofit organization will re-air SESAME STREET's hurricane series, starting Sept. 12, and related public service announcements, starting Sept. 2.
Electronic Arts Inc., the world leading interactive entertainment company, and the GRAMMY Foundation have joined forces to give high school students an insiders view into careers in Interactive music composition & sound via GRAMMY Pro Session: Video Game Music And Sound Design. The GRAMMY Foundations unique Pro Session series gives students an insiders view into careers in the music industry.
Capcom announced the release of DARKWATCH for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Developed by High Moon Studios Inc., DARKWATCH is an immersive FPS (first person shooter) that blends the lawless action of the Wild West with the thrilling horror of vampire movies. The game is now available at retailers across North America and carries an M rating for mature audiences by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board).
Demonstrating the massive appeal of the PlayStation 2 and its software library, Sony Computer Ent. America announced seven additions to its PlayStation 2 "Greatest Hits" software portfolio ATV OFFROAD FURY 3, HOT SHOTS GOLF: FORE!, JAK 3, KILLZONE, RACHET & CLANK: UP YOUR ARSENAL, SLY 2: BAND OF THIEVES and SYPHON FILTER: THE OMEGA STRAIN. These seven titles have accounted for sales in excess of 4.5 million units and join an expansive library of 123 "Greatest Hits" titles.
Square Enix Inc. announced that FINAL FANTASY XI: THE VANA'DIEL COLLECTION is now on sale. The special gold foil All-In-One packaging includes the RISE OF THE ZILART and CHAINS OF PROMATHIA expansion packs as well as TETRA MASTER, the wildly popular and addictive mini-game, on one DVD. FINAL FANTASY XI: THE VANA'DIEL COLLECTION will provide the easiest installation ever of the first cross-platform, cross-continent massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
Turner Broadcasting System will charge a $14.95 per month subscription rate for the fall debut of its GameTap broadband entertainment network and give subscribers a two-week trial period for unlimited access.
The first network of its kind, GameTap allows subscribers to access a huge vault of games, ranging from the early arcades to console and PC titles, using a broadband-connected PC, as well as original Turner programming.
Urbaniacs, the create-your-own superhero online community, has launched its newest game, FLIP IT. The classic memory game challenges players to match cards containing the faces, body parts and equipment of the Urbaniac heroes. Each round adds more cards with bigger chances to win more Urbos, which be used to purchase cool stuff for ones superhero.
Groove Games announced it has inked an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to publish an interactive game based on Universal Pictures and Atmosphere Entertainment MM's' GEORGE A. ROMERO'S LAND OF THE DEAD, which hit theatres on June 24, 2005.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc. announced a multi-year agreement with Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Upper Deck Ent. that gives Konami exclusive worldwide interactive rights to develop games for current and next-generation videogame systems based on Upper Decks best-selling Marvel Trading Card Game. This is the latest addition to Konamis collection of interactive trading card based properties, which also includes the tremendously successful YU-GI-OH! series.
This week Nickelodeon Online is launching a new version of Nick Jr. Video as well as NickMail Maker.
Heavenspot, a full service international design agency located in Hollywood, recently completed an online game design for Watson DG on HUSTLE AND FLOW, a newly released feature film from Paramount Studios.
Catering to the features core youth market and hip-hop audience, the game package includes fresh sound effects, innovative flash interfaces, a progressive design theory and the ability to email your customized ride to a friend.
Softwrap, a leader in digital rights management (DRM), announced that it has partnered with Italy's largest online games distribution website www.videogame.it to battle against piracy. The site is a subsidiary of Leader SPA group, one of the most important videogames distributors in Italy. Softwrap is licensing its technology to Videogame.it in order to fulfill all its security requirements for titles sold electronically through its website.
Electronic Arts has shipped MADDEN NFL 06, the newest iteration of the EA SPORTS best-selling football franchise. Reflecting the focus on the passing game in the NFL, MADDEN NFL 06 has changed passing for the first time in ten years with the all-new QB Vision Control and QB Precision Placement and introduces the all new NFL Superstar mode, where you can live the life of an NFL Superstar.
Zygote Media Group, a provider of 3D content for the biomedical, animation and other markets, announced the launch of the 3D Female Anatomy Collection, available at its new online store (www.3dscience.com). The 3D Female Anatomy Collection features 3D content, including scientific models, images and animation, that helps viewers better understand female anatomy.
TiVo, the leading brand of digital video recorder (DVR), announced that five advertisers have agreed to use its new direct-response advertising solution, which lets companies insert a call to action or branded tag into their commercial spots. By clicking on the tag, more than one million TiVo Series 2 subscribers can respond directly to ads while theyre in progress.
Activision Inc. has extended its license with Marvel Enterprises to expand their long-term, broad-based strategic alliance through an additional license agreement for a non-persistent role-playing game (RPG).
According to leading marketing information provider, Sonys GRAN TURISMO 4 for the PlayStation 2 ranked top in sales for the first half of 2005. The NPD Group also reported retail sales of U.S. console and portable videogames hardware, software and accessories saw an increase of 21% during the first half of 2005 (January June), compared to the same time period last year. The videogames industry saw sales figures rise to more than $4.1 billion in the first half of the year compared to $3.4 billion in the first half of 2004.
DELTA FORCE - BLACK HAWK DOWN, NovaLogic Inc.'s highly anticipated tactical shooter, is now available at retail stores in the U.S. with a portion of all game sales going to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The game is available for For Xbox and PlayStation2 and is rated "T" for teen by the ESRB.
The be-your-own-superhero site Urbaniacs has launched the beta versions of two new games HENCHLING THROTTLE and TRIVIA ROYALE. In HENCHLING THROTTLE, players don the identity of either Freaky Sneaky Tiki, Tricky Kicky Chick, Afro-liscious Funk Daddy or Super Speedy Dude in a mission to rescue townfolk from the GoatFists shadowy henchlings that are prowling the city. TRIVIA ROYALE is an Urbaniacs trivia game that tests members knowledge of all things Urbanville.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc. announced a multi-year agreement with FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas that gives the company the exclusive interactive videogame rights for AMERICAN IDOL. Pursuant to the agreement, FLW, Americas grants Konami the rights to develop games for current and next generation videogame systems. The games will be distributed throughout America, Canada and Latin America with more details to be revealed at a later date.
Capcom announced that renowned film title designer Kyle Cooper has created the opening sequence for their upcoming videogame, DARKWATCH. The flagship title from development house High Moon Studios Inc., DARKWATCH is an immersive first person shooter (FPS) for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox, that blends the Western and vampire-horror genres. Darkwatch will be released on Aug. 16, 2005.
Electronic Arts announced that it has been granted the rights to develop games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic literary fiction, THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Since 2001, EA has developed games based exclusively on New Line's Academy Award winning theatrical productions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, as depicted by Peter Jackson. The expansion of the rights allows EA to introduce players to depths of the fiction never before explored in an EA game.
Atari Inc. and Marc Ecko announced an star-studded lineup of Hollywood talent providing voices for the characters featured in the videogame, MARC ECKO'S GETTING UP: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, George Hamilton, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam West, Andy Dick, Charlie Murphy, The RZA and Michael "M.C. Serch" Berrin will all add their voices to the first authentic videogame based on urban culture and graffiti art. Hip-hop artist Talib Kweli who will voice Trane the game's lead character was announced earlier this year.