THQ is taking toy firm Jakks Pacific to court over their joint venture on the World Wrestling Entertainment games, reports Gamasutra.com. Jakks unilaterally renewed its contract with the WWE without consulting the game publisher. THQ claims that Jakks has no right to make decisions that affect both companies. THQ specifically disliked the provision in the contract that prevents the publisher to release any wrestling game for one year following the termination of the WWE deal.
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
BURBANK, Calif. -- Three-dimensional experiences are taking over the film experience at movie theaters in 2009 and Disney Interactive Studios is leading the way in video games by introducing innovative stereoscopic 3-D features in two of its premier games this summer. G-FORCE and TOY STORY MANIA! both feature revolutionary innovative experiences using 3-D technology and are the first games for next-generation systems to fully feature three-dimensional stereoscopic technology.
Press Release from EA Play
The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE videogame will be available in stores across the globe this week. Available on multiple platforms, the HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE videogame allows players to experience all the magic, adventure and fun of the Warner Bros. Pictures' film based on J.K. Rowling's sixth book in the HARRY POTTER series.
Press Release from ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced it has completed the acquisition of legendary game studio, id Software, creators of world-renowned games such as DOOM, QUAKE, WOLFENSTEIN, and its upcoming title, RAGE.
Press Release from SIGGRAPH 2009
SIGGRAPH 2009 announces the addition of a special Production Session as part of this year's Computer Animation Festival that will detail the behind-the-scenes production of the much anticipated FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 and GEARS OF WAR 2.
Activision announced today that LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES BASEBALL 2009 is out now for Wii and Nintendo DS. The game was produced by Japanese developer NOW Production. Players will have the chance to become a Little League World Series baseball Champion, or play with up to three other friends in a variety of exhibition and skill modes.
The list of new features in LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES BASEBALL 2009 is extensive, including:* New Power-ups that boost your players with special abilities* More customizable features to edit your players and teams
THQ Inc. today announced a reorganization of the company's management team and business units in support of THQ's focused product strategy. In order to more directly align the organization with its previously announced strategy, THQ has formed three new business units: 1) Core Games; 2) Kids, Family and Casual Games; and 3) Online, and has promoted key executives to manage each of these units. Each unit manager will report directly to THQ President/CEO Brian Farrell.
Press Release from Anime Network
HOUSTON, TX -- June 22, 2009 -- Today Anime Network, America's #1 Anime Channel, formally launched its new online player at www.theanimenetwork.com. Anime Network's new online service includes over 40 hours of free content as well as a premium package that gives users unlimited access to more than 300 hours of anime, live action films, and J-rock videos.
Press Release from Square Enix, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(R) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced that it has strengthened its executive team with the addition of Ami Blaire as vice president of marketing.
Press Release from Flixster
SAN FRANCISCO (June 22, 2009) -- Users of Flixster, the world's biggest online movie community, are showing enormous enthusiasm for Wednesday's opening of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, leading to double-digit growth for Flixster's popular iPhone "Movies" app since the start of the summer movie season.
Press Release form HIT Entertainment
19 June 2009, London -- HIT Entertainment, one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights owners has licensed the iconic preschool property Bob the Builder to Mastertronic to create the first Nintendo Wii Bob the Builder game. BOB THE BUILDER: FESTIVAL OF FUN targets young Bob fans and is designed to encourage interactive play between parent and child. Launched earlier this month, BOB THE BUILDER: FESTIVAL OF FUN on Wii is now selling out across retailers in the UK.
Press Release from SEGA
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - (June 18, 2009) - SEGA of America, Inc., and SEGA Europe Ltd., today announced a series of management promotions that will further unite SEGA's global markets to drive growth.
Effective today, the longstanding leader of SEGA's videogame business, Mr. Naoya Tsurumi, will assume worldwide responsibility for SEGA's Consumer Business, incorporating SEGA of Japan, SEGA of America and SEGA of Europe.
Check out 9experiment.com for a new viral site from Focus Features.
Explore and discover the Scientist's inner most thoughts, ideas and inventions through his personal journal, videos, clippings, sketches, and more. Spend some time exploring his archives, and actively participate in the development of the story leading up to the opening scene of the film.
Release Date: September 9th 2009 (limited)
Press Release from Atari
NEW YORK, June 16 -- Atari, one of the world's most recognized video game publishers, today announced that the highly anticipated, summer blockbuster title, GHOSTBUSTERS(R): THE VIDEO GAME is now available at retailers across North America.
One of the biggest surprises at E3 was the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2. It was also one of the very few big name games there that was actually playable on the show floor.
The people who put together the Video Games Live concerts are putting together an official Video Games Live MP3 player. The MP3 player will feature 2 GIGs of internal memory, a built in mic to record audio, a built in speaker in case you lose your headphones and what looks like a color LCD display.
Taking a page out of Fable’s book, 40th Day will have players make moral decisions which affect the outcome of the game. All of the stuff that made the first game great are back like modifying your guns, awesome masks, and pimping your gear but now 40th Day will also build on your in-game abilities.