Toei Animation Europe S.A.S, a subsidiary of Toei Animation Co. Ltd., will launch its new corporate website for Europe on Oct. 6. The new Toei Animation Europe website will serve as a comprehensive resource for corporate information, providing current and potential clients with databases and updated news about the company.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc., announced that YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE 2 for the PSP is now available in retail outlets nationwide. This sequel to the best-selling title, YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE and based on the Cartoon Network series, features ad-hoc multiplayer support for up to four players.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced that the award-winning EA Redwood Shores Studio has been developing an original intellectual property in the sci-fi horror genre.
Gameloft announced a worldwide multi-year, multi-game agreement with CBS Mobile to develop, publish and distribute games based on the hit television series CSI. The first game, based on CSI: MIAMI, has already launched in the U.S. and will be available in 140 countries in the months thereafter.
The eDIT 10th Filmmaker's Festival, which takes place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at CineStar Metropolis in Frankfurt, will offer presentations of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, SPIDER-MAN 3 and TRANSFORMERS.
ILM: Past, Present and Future will be the subject of the Keynote. Marketing Director Miles Perkins dares to define the future prospects of the VFX industry on the basis of a retrospective of ILM's best works.
LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED will come to the Wii next spring, giving owners the chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remote as a lightsaber.
The producers of kids' CGI science series ZULA PATROL are joining with IBM to create a virtual world based on the popular property, report C21 MEDIA and KIDSCREEN. "Zulaworld," which launches later this year, will be a "marriage of Second Life with Club Penguin," according to creator Deborah Manchester. The immersive environment, which targets 4- to 8-year-olds, will be not only for the home market, but for educational establishments as well.
Harmonix, MTV Games and Rhino Ent. announced a deal that will bring the legendary band Grateful Dead to the highly anticipated music videogame ROCK BAND. The iconic group is making 18 master recordings from its diverse catalog available as digitally distributed game levels following ROCK BAND's release this holiday season. Among the songs available will be the classic Dead tracks "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Touch of Grey," "Sugar Magnolia" and "Casey Jones."
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. announced the formation of 2K Play, a new publishing label dedicated to casual gaming. As part of the 2K Play initiative, Take-Two also announced an expansive new handheld and console videogame licensing agreement with Nickelodeon, a partnership involving properties including Nick Jr. preschool television hits, DORA THE EXPLORER and GO, DIEGO, GO!
DORA THE EXPLORER and GO, DIEGO, GO! will be the first titles under the new 2K Play label and will be released this fall in North America.
4Kids Ent.'s popular online destination for kids, 4Kids.tv, relaunched with brand new features and functionality in conjunction with the premiere of the sixth season of 4Kids TV -- the four-hour Saturday morning programming block on Fox -- on September 8, 2007.
Glu Mobile Inc. announced the launch of the classic Atari arcade hit, ASTEROIDS, for mobile phones. The original arcade game released by Atari in 1979 is among the most recognized and successful arcade games of all time. The classic retro space shooter has been reinvented specifically for the mobile platform, with all new enhancements including new themes, bonuses and gameplay modes, as well as "classic mode," which gives gamers the gameplay and graphics true to the original game.
Sony Pictures' Crackle announced the launch of Moving Targets, a programmed comedy channel. Moving Targets features work from Jerry Zucker (AIRPLANE!, NAKED GUN), animation innovators Starz and Jennifer Shiman (30-SECOND BUNNIES THEATRE) and Brian Dalton (MR. DEITY), as well as open submissions from today's emerging talent.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced the beta launch of THE SIMS ON STAGE, an interactive online playground for PC and Mac. By visiting www.thesimsonstage.com, people can immediately and free-of-charge start recording karaoke songs, stories, comedy routines and more. The site offers accessible tools that make it easy to watch, create and share recordings with friends, The Sims On Stage community, or the entire world online.
Andrzej Bartkowiak, the helmer of action flicks such as ROMEO MUST DIE, EXIT WOUNDS and CRADLE TO THE GRAVE, has signed on to direct a second big-screen adaptation of Capcom's popular videogame STREET FIGHTER for Hyde Park Ent., reports VARIETY. Hyde Park head Ashok Amritraj and senior executive Patrick Aiello are the producers.
Justin Marks, who is also adapting VOLTRON and HE-MAN for the big screen, is penning the screenplay for STREET FIGHTER. The story will follow female fighter Chun Li's search for justice.
In spring 2008, Warner Bros. Ent. will launch T-Works, a brand-new broad-appeal immersive animation experience which, for the first time ever, brings together all of the key characters from the studio's core animated properties. T-Works is a cross-divisional and companywide initiative designed to take the studio's wealth of animated characters to a fully immersive and customizable online world.
Digital agency Studiocom has brought new life -- in the form of a spidery animated robot -- to the website of 24-hour animation channel Nicktoons Network. The new character and its accompanying logo not only change the experience of users on the site, but also capture the brand attributes and personality of Nicktoons Network. Although the network was only seeking a website redesign, Studiocom's creative team decided to go beyond the request and create a character that would both connect with animation fans and also act as the interface for the site.
IO Interactive is integrating NaturalMotion's morpheme into its game development pipeline and will be using it to design assets for an upcoming undisclosed next-generation game title. morpheme is robust animation middleware designed to give developers and animators unprecedented creative control over the look of their final in-game animation by allowing them to author and preview blends, blend trees and transition graphs in realtime.
Vancouver Film School (VFS), the largest private post-secondary entertainment arts institution in Canada, announced today that it has partnered with Joost, the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service, to deliver two channels of unique, award-winning student work.
Tens of millions of "white-collar" workers play casual video games, many while on the job, according to a survey released by leading multi-platform games provider PopCap Games. While white-collar workers' consumption of casual games at home mirrored the overall casual gamer audience fairly closely, the survey revealed some surprising facts about the playing of casual games in the workplace -- and the motives behind the activity.
CJ Cowan, director of Cinematics at Bungie Studios, will present HALO 3 at the //ADAPT 2007 Conference in Montreal on Sept. 27. This will mark the first behind-the-scenes glimpse following the Sept. 25 launch of the highly anticipated Xbox 360 game. //ADAPT will take place Sept. 24-28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Sony Computer Ent. America Inc. announced the release of LAIR, available exclusively for PlayStation 3. Developed by Factor 5, LAIR engages players to fight alongside a voracious dragon and to save a world from the brink of extinction. LAIR includes high-definition graphics in 1080p, immersive 7.1 surround sound, and interactive, motion-based control utilizing the SIXAXIS wireless controller.
Commodore Gaming, a leader in high-performance PC gaming solutions, announced that it has opened a new North American headquarters and hired a veteran from the videogames industry to run it. The new offices are in Stamford, Connecticut in one of Stamford's best known business complexes, One Stamford Plaza. Joining the company to run the Stamford headquarters is Bill Sims as VP of North American Sales.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc. has shipped TRACK & FIELD CHALLENGE, an original TV Plug and Play videogame that lets children compete in a virtual decathlon. Using a custom gaming mat, players will only need a television to take part in more than seven different sports events.
MEDAL OF HONOR AIRBORNE, the latest installment from EA's critically acclaimed franchise, has shipped to store shelves across North America and the U.K. for the PC and Xbox 360. The game will ship to retailers throughout Europe on Sept. 7, 2007.
The Giddy Gander Co., creators of the preschool series THE WUMBLERS, announced that its new family-friendly website is now online. Featuring such diversions as the Patch Match Watermelon Game, the site will also offer kids the chance to paint a Wumbler onscreen and print their favorite Wumblers to color offline. Watermelon recipes are provided by licensing partner The National Watermelon Association.
The Wumblers will begin broadcasting on Trinity Broadcasting Network on September 1, 2007, at 8:30 am (EDT) and on Smile of a Child Network on September 10 at 10:00 am (EDT).