Vivendi Games (VG) rolled out its top tier lineup at E3 last week. Among the companys highly anticipated titles shown during E3 was Blizzard Ent.s WORLD OF WARCRAFT: THE BURNING CRUSADE, the expansion pack to the worlds most popular massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG). Sierra Ent.
Corus Ent. has announced its launch plans for a new direct-to-family digital download service TreehouseDirect. The storefront will allow for the purchase of single episodes, bundles or full seasons of popular preschool programs.
On May 15, 2006, CartoonNetwork.com launched BIG FAT AWESOME HOUSE PARTY, a free yearlong interactive game that allows players to immerse themselves in the hit series, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, by creating their very own imaginary friend. Players will be encouraged to explore the ever-changing adventures with their new imaginary friend, play mini-games, collect upgrades and take part in every aspect of life at Madame Fosters famous house.
Last week at E3, THQ Inc. unveiled the company's portfolio internally developed next-generation console and Windows PC titles, mass-market licensed products and all new content for handheld and gaming system wireless devices.
Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. and Clint Eastwood announced at E3 that Gene Hackman and Laurence Fishburne will provide their voice and likeness in the upcoming videogame based on the DIRTY HARRY film franchise. Hackman will portray Police supervisor Al Bressler and Fishburne will play Reverend Carlton Clay opposite Eastwood as the legendary Dirty Harry Callahan in the game on next-generation consoles.
In Hollywood at the Kodak Theater, Nintendo revealed had on displays its next-generation system Wii. Pronounced we, the company that Mario built showed off the consoles new numchuck-like controllers, which feature motion controls allowing players to move with the action of the games.
As the nationwide casting call for SCI FI Channel's new reality series WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO? comes to a close, one contestant spot remains unfilled. For the first time ever, SCI FI Channel is letting America choose a reality show contestant a worthy superhero in the making. Log onto www.scifi.com/superhero before midnight (EST) on Friday, May 12, 2006, to vote for the 11th and final contestant for WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?, the new SCI FI Channel original series premiering Wednesday, July 26, at 9:00 pm ET/PT.
Sony Computer Ent. America (SCEA) announced that it would release PlayStation 3 (PS3) in North America on Nov.17. There will be two versions: The low-end model (with 20GB internal hard drive but no HDMI output) will retail for $499; the high-end model (with 60GB internal hard drive) will retail for $599). Both models will take advantage of the new Blu-ray disc platform for the next-generation in high-def DVD home entertainment.
Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of Augenblick Studios' GOLDEN AGE, the first adult animated series to be produced by a major television network for broadband. The series premiered May 8, 2006 and will show weekly on its broadband channel, Motherload (www.comedycentral.com/motherload).
This animated dark comedy reveals the shocking true stories of the worlds strangest cartoon characters. Each episode uses a blend of mixed media to satirize classic cartoons from the past.
MGM Interactive and EON Productions Ltd. have awarded Activision Inc. the rights to develop and publish interactive entertainment games based on the James Bond license through 2014.
Since the initial release of DR. NO in 1962, JAMES BOND films have grossed more than $3.6 billion theatrically worldwide and approximately 30 million units of videogames based on the world of James Bond have been sold to date.
Learn more about Scotland's thriving gaming industry by visiting the Scottish Development International Pavilion, West 2400, at E3, May 10-12, 2006. Demo the latest games from top developers, such as Genuine Games and OuterLight and meet with key industry players from this part of the world, including execs from Real Time Worlds, F4G Software, and TPLD.
Cenega Publishing, a central European publisher presents its titles for E3.
EL MATADOR, a third person action game developed by Plastic Reality Technologies, puts players in South America and lets them experience the Drug Enforcement Agencys war on drugs. Given the role of a special DEA agent, codename Matador, players will be given an task to crush a strong drug cartel operating in Colombia. With some 30 weapons to choose from, the title is supported by the latest technologies.
SNK Playmore USA Corp., the U.S. publishing arm of the SNK Playmore Corp., announced that they will premiere five new games for the Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance at E3, to be held May 10-12, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SNK will showcase its titles in the Concourse, Suite #153A.
Debuting at this year's E3 are THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2006 for the PlayStation 2, METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY for the Wii and PSP, METAL SLUG for the Game Boy Advance and SNK VS CAPCOM CARD FIGHTERS DS for the Nintendo DS.
Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, and TT Games, the makers of LEGO STAR WARS, announced a new LEGO adventure, BIONICLE HEROES, will be released in fall 2006 on PlayStation 2, PC, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and NINTENDO GAMECUBE (NTSC only).
Fans of Sony Online Entertainment's highly acclaimed Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games EVERQUEST, EVERQUEST II and PLANETSIDE, will now be able to share their online experiences with fellow guild members and friends by creating personalized digital comicbooks starring their online avatars using the SOE Comic Book Creator.
Sony Computer Ent. America announced its lineup of new software titles due out this year for PSP and PlayStation 2.
Ubisoft announced its lineup of titles for the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) May 10-12, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Ubisoft will showcase its titles at booth #924 in the South Hall.
Eidos Interactive has announced further details of LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND on Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Available this fall, the handheld versions will faithfully capture the detail and breadth of LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and the soon-to-be-released Nintendo GameCube version.
Electronic Arts has marked the release of BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS and 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP.
Developed by UK-based Lionhead Studios, BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS has begun to ship to retail outlets and the EA downloader at www.downloader.ea.com.
Buena Vista Games Inc. announced that it is creating and publishing the company's first videogame based on an original property, SPECTROBES. Set to release exclusively for the Nintendo DS, SPECTROBES is an anime-inspired action/role playing game that is being developed by Jupiter Corp. in Kyoto.
Columbia Pictures has launched RV PILE-UP, a free game for BlackBerry, built to promote the studio's latest family adventure comedy, RV, starring Robin Williams, due in theaters April 28, 2006.
Cartoon Network and VIZ Media announced a joint venture called Toonami Jetstream, a new broadband service that will provide on-demand, full-length streaming episodes of a number of hit anime and action series, including NARUTO and SAMURAI JACK. In addition, users will also be able to watch full-length episodes of series like HIKARU NO GO, MÄR and THE PRINCE OF TENNIS that are not offered on U.S. broadcast or basic cable television. In this joint venture, Cartoon Network and VIZ Media will jointly manage and administer acquisitions and programming.
AOL has launched KOL Jr. (www.koljunior.com/), a website for kids 2-5. The site contains original cartoons, games, music, bedtime stories and other fun, interactive features designed to help parents introduce the Internet to their young children. The launch of KOL Jr. also marks the debut of a brand new cartoon called PILAR'S ADVENTURES, which covers topics that engage preschoolers' imaginations while helping them deal with everyday life experiences.
THQ Inc. announced its 2006 videogame lineup based on Nickelodeon's top brands for kids. Games based on the TV series SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, DANNY PHANTOM and UNFABULOUS, as well as a new installment of Nicktoons, are anticipated to ship across multiple game systems in 2006. THQ is also scheduled to release BARNYARD based upon Paramount Pictures'/Nickelodeon Movies' upcoming summer theatrical release.
Columbia Pictures and Google have partnered on THE DA VINCI CODE Quest on Google a 24-day online puzzle adventure themed to THE DA VINCI CODE. Players will discover new puzzles on Google daily at www.google.com/davincicode. THE DA VINCI CODE Quest runs through May 19, 2006 the worldwide release date of the film.