Press Release from Vector Entertainment
Vector Entertainment has extended the start date of its Fastest Road to Fun Contest. Beginning May 18, 2009, Vector Entertainment invites all racing and gaming fans to design and submit a vehicle using the CarStructor easy-to-use online design tool. The grand prize winner’s submission will become one of the official starter vehicles for Vector City Racers and the winner will receive tickets and roundtrip air travel to their choice of one of four national racing spectator events.
MCVUK.com is reporting that Lionsgate is moving into games, producing casual and mobile titles from its TV and film properties. The studio is seeking developer partners to turn films like CRANK, RAMBO and SAW into playable entertainment. These new initiatives would be separate from console licensing, which Lionsgate’s president of digital media Curt Marvis thinks the company's titles are less viable.
FUNimation Ent. is partnering with Japanese production company Media Factory for the U.S. digital distribution of the 26-episodes of REQUIEM FOR THE PHANTOM, which debuted on Japan's TV Tokyo network April 2nd and airs Thursdays at 2:15 am.
FUNimation has begun streaming the first four episodes. A new episode will debut each week as it airs in Japan. Each episode will be high-quality, free, with the original Japanese dialogue accompanied by professionally created English subtitles and will stream via www.funimation.com/video.
ZootFly has secured the rights to develop a videogame based on the Mr. T graphic novel from Mohawk Media. The series of games will feature action-adventure, brawler combat, platforming, and environmental puzzles. The first game will see Mr. T take on Nazis and their gigantic machines in the varied universe of South American rain forests, lost ancient cities, industrial complexes and contemporary military installations. In the game, Mr.
Gameloft announced a worldwide licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to develop, publish and distribute the mobile game for the Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' film SHERLOCK HOLMES, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. The game is scheduled for release prior to the U.S. theatrical release on Christmas Day 2009.
Various game sites are reporting via Japanese newspaper Asahi that Konami has decided not to publish Atomic Games' controversial Iraq War game SIX DAYS IN FALLUJAH. Public pressure from the U.S. moved the Japanese to abandon the title. The third person shooter would have released in 2010 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
On April 30 at an event in New York, CFC Consulting is launching BARACK OBAMA SUPERSTAR: THE UNTOLD STORY, an animated series dedicated to the first 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency. The parody will skewer Obama's popularity around the world and set its sights on international leaders such as Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, and Nikolas Sarkozy as well.
Press Release from ROKKAN
A new website for Time Warner Global Media Group was designed with an ambitious goal: to demonstrate what the company calls "The Art of the Possible." With that in mind, full-service digital agency ROKKAN, in partnership with Time Warner, created a one-of-kind, 3-D site that's rich with video and interactivity.
Press Release from Amy Winfrey
LOS ANGELES, April 22th- Independent animator Amy Winfrey debuts a new series SQUID AND FROG. The web series, available at www.squidandfrog.com is an innovative blend of flash animation and puppets.
The two main characters, Squid and Frog, sing songs about lessons they have learned the hard way such as "Don't Use Butter Sticks as Skates" and "You Can't Learn Surgery From Television." Squid and Frog also recite "Haikus of Regret."
Press Release from NetToons, Inc.
San Francisco, CA -- Cosmic Debris and NetToons, Inc. have announced the official launch of the user generated animation site www.tooncasts.tv/emily. This site lets the millions of Emily fans worldwide create and share their own Emily animations (Tooncasts) using the NetToons web-based editor and viewer.
Press Release from Studio Nouveau
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Culver City, CA -- Studio Nouveau, a cinematic and 3D animation production studio, is pleased to announce their recent completion of the game cinematics for the highly-acclaimed video game RESIDENT EVIL 5 for Capcom, a leading game industry publisher.
Press Release from EA SPORTS
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- EA SPORTS, a label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that 500 million online games have been played since launching its '09 product line last June. On average, more than 2.2 million EA SPORTS games are played online each day, which reflects an increase of more than 175 percent over last year.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif -- April 22, 2009 -- Love mysteries, twisting plots and sinister villains? Love puzzles, adventure and high tech gadgets? Now players can enjoy the thrill of solving the mystery, while re-joining their MYSIMS friends. EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced MYSIMS AGENTS, an original IP, mystery-solving adventure game for the Wii and Nintendo DS where players are the heroic agents who must stop a sinister plot that threatens the fate of an entire city.
Press Release from Sony Pictures Releasing International
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 20 -- In anticipation of the worldwide release of the motion picture TERMINATOR SALVATION, Twitter users will have the chance to join the human resistance against the machines in Sony Pictures Releasing International's first-ever game created for the social networking platform, it was announced today by Sal Ladestro, executive vice president of marketing, Sony Pictures Releasing International. Users can follow tweets from the resistance at www.Twitter.com/Resistance2018.
Press Release from Target Corporation
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target announced today a new reservation program that offers guests a chance to reserve the biggest and most popular video game titles. Beginning April 19, Target guests can purchase a collectible reservation card, only in stores, for $1. When they bring the reservation card back within seven days of release to purchase their game, they will receive a $5 Target GiftCard to put toward a future purchase.
Press Release from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
F.E.A.R. 2: PROJECT ORIGIN players can venture into Alma's universe from a new perspective in the "Toy Soldiers" multiplayer map pack, now available for FREE DOWNLOAD on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation Network for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC via portals like Direct2Drive, Fileplanet and Steam. A new premium theme and picture pack for Xbox 360, as well as a new theme for PlayStation 3 are also available.
Press Release from Ubisoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- April 16, 2009 -- Today Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Montreal is developing ASSASSIN'S CREED II on all current-generation platforms for a scheduled Holiday 2009 release. The initial installment of ASSASSIN'S CREED was released in November 2007 to popular and critical success, selling 8 million copies worldwide and garnering awards such as Best Action Game 2007 from 1UP and Outstanding Achievement in Animation from the AIAS.
Press Release from MTV Networks
NEW YORK, April 16 -- Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today revealed the first details surrounding THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND (http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/) Limited Edition Premium Bundle which will include:
-- THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND software-- Hofner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney
LOS ANGELES -- EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced the availability of five new games for mobile phones, including AMERICAN IDOL, DOWNTOWN TEXAS HOLD'EM, MYSTERY MANIA, CRANIUM, and HELL'S KITCHEN. From singing to poker, potions, puzzles, and cooking, this month's lineup includes a range of gameplay experiences that will appeal to all kinds of mobile gamers.