Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., has announced that GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS is making its way to the Xbox and PC. Developed by designers Rockstar North, GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS for the Xbox and PC will be in stores in North America on June 7, 2005 and in Europe on June 10, 2005.
DECODE Ent. has won a raft of online commissions. The company is also breaking new ground in content for handheld platforms, interactive television, PC and Web and is extending its gaming technology development with an innovative project for the Nintendo DS system.
Tigar Hare Studios has created nine minutes of cinematic animation for GOLDENEYE: ROGUE AGENT, developed by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation2, Nintendo, Xbox and GameCube platforms.
Tigar Hare also created a :60 3D-animated theatrical trailer for HALO 2, Microsoft Game Studios record-breaking game title developed exclusively for Xbox by Bungie Studios. In its first 24 hours, HALO 2 sold 2.4 million units, or $125 million worth in North America.
GameDAILY has announced that GameDAILY Kids, a new Website aimed at providing kids with information on videogames, has launched. Located at www.gamedailykids.com, GameDAILY Kids provides young gamers with reviews, previews and fun features on the videogames that are best suited to their age group.
Her Interactive announced that the NANCY DREW game series, developed by Her Interactive and published by Her Interactive and DreamCatcher Games, is ranked the No. 1 PC Adventure franchise in unit sales, according to the NPD Group Inc.
Helping boost the NANCY DREW franchise into the No. 1 spot are two new titles, NANCY DREW: CURSE OF BLACKMOOR MANOR and NANCY DREW: THE SECRET OF SHADOW RANCH, which are ranked three and four respectively.
AOL Music has premiered the new video from Grammy Award-winning artists Destinys Child for their version of the holiday classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. The video transports the super group to the North Pole and animates them with the same stop-motion techniques used in Rankin & Bass RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. Destinys Child recorded the single for an exclusive bonus CD included within the special 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition RUDOLPH DVD from Classic Media and Sony Wonder.
Uber search engine Google announced it would now allow eye-catching animated GIF banners throughout its AdSense network for publishers. The mega-site will continue to charge advertisers on a cost-per-performance basis. It was only earlier this year that Google began allowing static banner on its site. Google will limit the size of animated GIFs to 50 kilobytes. AdSense publishers need only opt-in to receive image ads.
Karlskrona, Sweden-based GlobalFun AB has signed an agreement with SilverBirch Studios Inc., to publish and distribute SilverBirch's THE BLADE OF ZORRO branded game, based on the legendary Spanish Californian hero, el Zorro, "the Fox." GlobalFun will publish the title exclusively in specific markets worldwide, with a special emphasis on the North American, South American and European markets.
Game and film fans alike are picking sides to decide the fate of Middle-earth as Electronic Arts (EA) releases the eagerly awaited PC realtime strategy game, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH. Based on the film trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS fans will be able to command the heroes and armies from all three movies as they find themselves immersed in the quest for domination of Middle-earth.
Majesco has secured the rights to turn several Disney properties into Game Boy Advance Videos. Under terms of the agreement with Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Majesco has U.S. rights to publish four initial Game Boy Advance Video products based upon such well-known properties as DISNEY'S KIM POSSIBLE, DISNEY'S LILO & STITCH, THE SERIES, THE PROUD FAMILY, SUPER ROBOT MONKEY TEAM and BRANDY & MR. WHISKERS.
Aspyr Media Inc. has shipped the expansion pack -- CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE, which introduces 13 all-new single-player missions distributed among historical U.S., British and Russian campaigns, an expanded multiplayer experience featuring 11 new maps and three new modes of play, plus new weapons, player abilities and special effects. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is licensed by Activision Inc.
Nintendo has resurrected the original two Square Enix FINAL FANTASY installments and adds bonus content. FINAL FANTASY I & II: DAWN OF SOULS, which launched for Game Boy Advance SP, lets players revisit familiar sagas before throwing new challenges at them. Both games are contained on one game pak.
Sarbakan, a Canadian one-stop multiplatform game development service provider, signed an agreement with Breakthrough New Media to develop a downloadable multiplayer game inspired by Breakthrough Films & Televisions six-part, World War II documentary series, FOR KING & COUNTRY.
Electronic Arts announced the release of the latest videogame in the JAMES BOND series, GOLDENEYE: ROGUE AGENT. This first-person shooter gives players the chance to explore the dark side of the Bond universe and experience life as a ruthless, unpredictable villain. The game is available for PlayStation 2, Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube.
"By allowing fans to step into the shoes of the bad guys, GOLDENEYE: ROGUE AGENT is the most exciting, cutting-edge episode of the Bond videogame series to date," said Patrick Gilmore, exec producer at EA Los Angeles.
On Nov. 21, 2004, Nintendo launched its new handheld videogame platform, Nintendo DS. Boasting dual screens, touch-screen and voice-recognition interfaces and two forms of wireless connection, the one million Nintendo DS units available in North America already are expected to be depleted by year's end.
Re-live Pac-mania in the palm of your handheld now that Namco America Inc., a leading publisher of wireless games and content, and Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, have formed a strategic partnership to make PAC-MAN, MS. PAC-MAN, GALAXIAN and MAPPY for Palm OS available through Handango's network of sites through the end of February 2005. Namco will also use the Handango Commerce Engine to provide mobile e-commerce to their customers worldwide at www.palm.namcogames.com.
WildTangent, one of the leading online game publishers, has created a branded game for FOX's hit show. THE O.C. Fans of the show can now SKATE THE O.C. by logging onto www.fox.com/oc/skatetheoc/.
SKATE THE O.C. is a customized online skateboarding videogame featuring interactive gameplay in THE O.C.'s backyard environment. The game was developed and published by WildTangent, utilizing WildTangent's Web Driver technology to deliver a rich, dynamic entertainment experience for consumer PCs.
HALO 2 broke entertainment retail records in its first 24 hours on store shelves. Microsoft Game Studios announced that the highly-anticipated game sold through 2.4 million units in the U.S. and Canada, driving cash register receipts to the $125 million mark.
Warner Bros. Online has officially unveiled the new LooneyTunes.com Website with the first original Looney Tunes shorts (online or offline) in more than a year. In addition, the site has more games, a new Showcase section where fans can get the latest Looney Tunes news, an updated Looney Shop and more Looney Loot.
A new creative talent network for 2D and 3D artists has hung its shingle on the worldwide Web, The Creative Talent Network (CTN), the first online portfolio community for the film, game and video industries.
With large film studios downsizing in 2001, combined with the increasing amount of outsourcing in the film industry, it became obvious to the founders of The Creative Talent Network that an online community was the next environment where these and other professionals could work and stay connected, said Tina Price, one of the founders.
DUPUIS, publisher of the cartoon strips LARGO WINCH, and Overloaded | Fun Everywhere have signed a deal for the development and exploitation of the cartoon strip and TV character on mobile phones. The first mobile game will be available for download to mobile phones before February 2005 and available at operators and mobile portals around the world.
Cingular Wireless is teaming with Disney Mobile to allow Cingular customers to access the Disney and Pixar characters from their mobile phones. Disney Mobile content, including ringtones, graphics, games, multimedia messaging and more, is now available directly from Cingular handsets and via the Web at www.cingular.com/media. Downloads range in price from $1.99 for ringtones and wallpapers to $5.99 for games.
The Internet just had its 35th birthday party Oct. 29, 2004, at UCLA, where it all started. On Sept. 2, 1969, Leonard Kleinrock led a team of engineers to establish the first network connection between two computers, ushering in a new method of global communications. A month later, the second node was added at Stanford, and, on October 29, the first host-to-host Internet-type message was sent from UCLA. The message was LO, which sounds prophetic until Kleinrock explains it.
Sporting a new look for holiday shopping, Sonys redesigned PlayStation2 videogame console sports a slimmer look, is half the weight and is network-ready for play. Its available today, (Nov.1, 2004) for a retail price of $149.99 at more than 20,000 doors/retail locations.
THQ Inc. Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Interactive released today (Nov. 1, 2004) THE INCREDIBLES videogame based on the upcoming film, THE INCREDIBLES (which comes out Nov. 5). THQs Heavy Iron Studios developed the game for PlayStation2, the Xbox and GameCube while Helixe developed it for Game Boy Advance and Beenox adapted the console version to PC/Mac. THE INCREDIBLES: WHEN DANGER CALLS, an additional PC/Mac title targeting the younger demographic featuring an assortment of mini-games has also shipped.