Ubisoft will develop and publish a videogame based on Columbia Pictures' and Sony Pictures Animation's CG film, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. Designed for handheld and home gaming consoles, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS is scheduled for release later this year in conjunction with the September 18, 2009 release of the feature film.
April 2009 will see the launch of the online SCARYGIRL gaming site, based on Nathan Jurevicius's Scarygirl concept. The project has been produced by Passion Pictures Australia with financial assistance from the Film Victoria Digital Media Fund. The game has been designed and developed by Touch My Pixel with in-game Flash animation from Renmotion and has taken the dedicated and creative team 22 months to develop and complete.
Paramount Digital Ent. and European production and distribution company Gaumont will develop SECTION 8, an interactive web series exclusively distributed in the U.S. by MySpace.
Endemol will handle worldwide distribution, product integration and brand partnerships.
Disney Media Networks and YouTube have announced an agreement which includes the launch of multiple ad-supported channels featuring short-form content from ESPN and the Disney/ABC Television Group.
The government will look to a new type of secret agent to help protect the planet this summer -- an elite force of guinea pigs. Disney Interactive Studios will publish the G-FORCE videogame, inspired by the upcoming feature film G-FORCE from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. G-FORCE is scheduled to deploy to North American retail outlets in July 2009.
G-FORCE will carry out missions on Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS and Windows-based PC.
Dr. Allen Patridge of Adobe ran the Director 11.5 release presentation, and he went over some of the things users can expect from the new Director software. He approached this from three angles: Dominate, Accelerate, and Impress.”
MAX PAYNE 3 is currently in development and scheduled for a winter 2009 release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC from Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, MAX PAYNE 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence.
Today was a truly exciting day, with newly unveiled games, the opening of the conference floor, and the two flashy awards shows. But, the fun isn’t over yet!
Following its success with millions of children and parents around the globe, the virtual world of CLUB PENGUIN has opened its igloo doors to the francophone community.
The new French language version of CLUB PENGUIN (www.clubpenguin.com/fr) is supported by francophone staff in Europe and Canada who understand the unique cultural references of the French audience and can provide timely and responsive moderation and customer support.
D3Publisher has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of the network, for videogames based on action-adventure series THE SECRET SATURDAYS. The first game based on THE SECRET SATURDAYS is scheduled to be released for console and handheld systems in Q4 2009.
The GDC’s Serious Games Summit was an object lesson on how many areas of the world can be affected by games—and how effective Serious Games can be in teaching, affecting opinion, motivating exercise, and medical healing, to name but a few.
The last talk of the day I attended was suitably called “Making LOVE In Your Bedroom.” The solo developer of a game called “LOVE,” Eskil Steenberg, ran the session. The absolute focus of his talk was pushing developers, indie and commercial alike, to build their own tools rather than licensing existing ones.
This year’s GDC is expecting well over 14,000 attendees, at the Muscone Convention Center in San Francisco. This has become the epicenter of world game development, a gathering of game designers, producers, sponsors, and the tech companies that support them.
The Game Developer Conference, also known as GDC, is the end-all be-all event of the year for game developers. You’ll find no fan-boys here!
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, a new game series, debuts today at TelltaleGames.com (http://www.telltalegames.com). FRIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEES, the first of four digitally-distributed games starring the popular Plasticine duo, is available now. Subsequent installments will be delivered in May, June, and July.
OnLive Inc. has emerged from seven years of stealth development within the Rearden incubator to unveil The OnLive Game Service and OnLive MicroConsole at the 2009 Game Developers Conference.
Disney Interactive Studios today announced TOY STORY MANIA! will be released exclusively for the Wii this fall. TOY STORY MANIA! will contain an array of games based on the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attractions.
Alyssa Milano has stepped into the female lead for GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME, reports VARIETY. Sigourney Weaver, who played Dana Barrett in the two GHOSTBUSTER films, declined to participate in the game, which was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
Milano, the star of CHARMED, was flattered to be asked to join the franchise. For the game, the Barrett role was re-written as Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, the genius guest curator at the Natural History Museum's new "World of Gozer" exhibit.
Titmouse Inc., the creative force behind METALOCALYPSE, one of Cartoon Network's highest rated Adult Swim animated-series, announced the creation of its own original game development studio, Titmouse Games.
Whether you know their name or not, you know their work. Animators at Titmouse are the masterminds behind cult favorites like AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, AFRO SAMURAI and THE AMAZING SCREW ON HEAD.
Gazillion Ent. entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Marvel Ent. to develop and publish MMO games featuring Marvel's iconic universe of more than 5,000 superheroes, including elements from its films and animated series. The first game in development is a casual MMO for younger audiences based on Marvel's SUPER HERO SQUAD property. SUPER HERO SQUAD features an exciting, super-stylized look for the greatest superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four, Captain America and many others.
Esurance, the online auto insurance company, has recently launched a new STAR TREK movie-themed Flash game featuring the company's special agent brand icon, Erin Esurance. The free online game includes animated versions of alien life-forms from J.J. Abrams' upcoming STAR TREK film produced by Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Ent. and due in theaters May 8, 2009. Esurance's STAR TREK movie-themed online game is the latest addition of fresh content to the company's STAR TREK micro-site: http://www.esurance.com/StarTrek.
Hybrid production studio Psychic Bunny have announced that ELECTBiLAT, a project spanning four years and one of the largest efforts to which the firm has contributed its game design and writing services, is being deployed for training.
Somewhere -- perhaps in Chicago, maybe in Paris, possibly in Tokyo -- the 100 millionth system in the Nintendo DS franchise has been shipped to a distributor or a retailer as of March 6, 2009. The combined total sales of 100 million Nintendo DS systems, Nintendo DS Lite systems and Nintendo DSi systems represent a significant milestone in the life of this franchise, which is still going strong.
YU-GI-OH! 5D'S WHEELIE BREAKERS for Nintendo Wii and YU-GI-OH! 5D'S STARDUST ACCELERATOR: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 for Nintendo DS are currently in development by Konami and set to launch in May 2009. The latest iterations in the popular franchise are based on the YU-GI-OH! 5D'S series on the 4Kids Network, which takes place in the future and features Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlus, the hottest duelists in Neo Domino City.