Press Release from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
LOS ANGELES - April 13, 2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, an upcoming downloadable game for Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation Network. As heavily equipped gunslingers, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE sets players on a mission to destroy as many zombies as possible in order save the last remaining human survivors.
Press Release from Vector Entertainment
Webcarzz, Inc. today announced a planned corporate name change to Vector Entertainment and product name change to VECTOR CITY RACERS. The new product name, VECTOR CITY RACERS, is intended to better represent the Company's casual MMO/virtual world. Vector Entertainment and MCS Games are developing an upcoming virtual world targeted to boys and their affinity for racing. In celebration of the new name, Vector Entertainment also announced the Fastest Road to Fun Contest.
Press Release from EA SPORTS
April 13, 2009 -- The Boston Bruins will win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 37 years, defeating original six rival Chicago Blackhawks in a six game series, according to the official EA SPORTS simulation of the 2009 NHL playoffs on the award-winning NHL 09 videogame.
Press Release from KingsIsle Entertainment
Plano, Texas - April 13, 2009 - Online entertainment company KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc. today announced a Wizard101 (www.wizard101.com) game update with features that include powerful new spells, a Training Points Buyback system, and a Quest Helper.
WIZARD101 is a mainstream massively multiplayer online (MMO) game that has attracted well over one million players. The new features now live in the 3D virtual world include:
New High Level Spells
Press Release from EYA Interactive
April 13, 2009 -- EYA Interactive Co. Ltd. (EYA Interactive), one of the world's premier multimedia entertainment service providers, announced today that TITAN ONLINE, its free-to-play, massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), will enter into the Grand open beta on April 28. Players can get a taste for this martial arts fantasy by logging in at http://titan.eyagames.com.
Real Media recently completed post-production on an extended video promotion for author Julie Garwood's new novel FIRE AND ICE. Garwood has more than 35 million books in print and has been on the NEW YORK TIMES Best Sellers List more than thirty-five times. One of her previous novels, FOR THE ROSES, was turned into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the week starring Jennifer Garner.
Internet TV service Veoh Networks and FUNimation Ent. have entered into a distribution agreement through which Veoh will offer dozens of popular anime titles. Veoh will support its robust anime line-up with the launch of a dedicated FUNimation channel which will house in one easy-to-navigate place the extensive programming. The FUNimation channel will launch this week with nearly 200 hours of content and is being spotlighted on Veoh’s home page.
New technologies and titles have been announced, but clearly the industry focus has changed, and for the better. Developers are becoming more and more conscious of what’s taking place in our economy and adapting. Expect to see lower price points, more independent titles, and artistic innovation in the year to come.
FUNimation Ent. and Japanese producer Toei Animation Co. have entered into a digital content partnership in which the U.S. anime leader will distribute seven series from Toei's catalog starting Friday, April 3.
English-subtitled episodes from AIR MASTER, CAPTAIN HARLOCK, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, GALAXY EXPRESS, PRETTY CURE and SLAM DUNK will be offered in the U.S. by streaming via FUNimation's online video portal, www.funimation.com/video.
Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. has announced SCOOBY-DOO! FIRST FRIGHTS, the videogame that will be the complement to the upcoming Warner Premiere release. This action-adventure game lets players take on the role of young Scooby-Doo and teenage versions of the newly formed Mystery, Inc. crew to solve their very first cases. The game will be released on the Wii, Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2 in fall 2009.
The SPIDER-MAN animated series from 1967 made its Marvel.com debut this week. Stream episodes of the show on Marvel.com, with "new" episodes going up every Thursday.
Disney Online, part of the Disney Interactive Media Group, has signed an agreement to acquire Internet assets from Canadian-based Kaboose Inc. including Kaboose.com, Babyzone.com, AmazingMoms.com, Funschool.com and Zeeks.com. The Kaboose assets will be integrated into Disney Online's line-up of web sites. The purchase price is approximately $18.4 million (based on approximate price of CAD 23.3 million), subject to certain adjustments.
MTV Games and Harmonix's ROCK BAND are joining forces with Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Ent. to celebrate the May 8 theatrical release of the film STAR TREK from director/producer J.J. Abrams. The first-of-its-kind collaboration will fuse together the massive cultural followings of both STAR TREK and the video game phenomenon ROCK BAND to engage fans with free music, an in-game battle of the bands, and futuristic avatar creation contest.
On April 5, Nintendo launches Nintendo DSi, the third iteration of the portable video game system and the latest evolution in hand-held gaming.
Composer Bear McCreary, known best for his work on popular sci-fi TV series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, has signed on to score Capcom's third-person action game, DARK VOID. He has gained international renown over the last few years for his amazing work on BATTLESTAR, and DARK VOID marks the first time McCreary will be creating the score for a videogame.
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.
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.