Archive for August 22nd, 2008
Petz RescueTM to Focus on Endangered Animal Conservation
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – August 20, 2008 – Today at Games Convention, Ubisoft unveiled Petz Rescue, a new brand of video games for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. Fulfilling every child’s dream of protecting the planet and preserving diverse animal life, the first games in the Petz Rescue series allow young players to save, nurture and heal endangered animals.
“We are thrilled about the expansion of the popular Petz franchise, which is our sixth best-selling brand, with over 13 million units sold to date,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing, North America, Ubisoft. “In the Petz games, children had the chance to take care of a variety of cute animals; with Petz Rescue, they will be empowered to actually save and heal the wildlife they encounter. This new line is designed to provide young players with positive messages about animal conservation through fun and exciting adventures.”
In Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet, available for Nintendo DS and Wii, players live an amazing adventure as a young vet who cares for domestic and exotic animals, and investigates the cause behind the local animals’ illnesses.
Petz Rescue Endangered Paradise for Nintendo DS allows players to become members of an environmental rescue team whose mission is to save the wildlife on a beautiful island that has been threatened by pollution.
Petz Rescue Ocean Patrol for Nintendo DS puts players in the role of Greg or Mila, who must help their uncle save endangered marine life on a secluded island.
The Petz Rescue titles are rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and will be available in North America in October 2008.
London (22nd August, 2008) – TAITO Corporation (TAITO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd., today stated unequivocally that the “Invaders!” installation by Douglas Edric Stanley and displayed at the Games Convention held in Leipzig, Germany was produced entirely without TAITO’s knowledge and that the use of the world-famous Space Invaders® content was wholly unauthorized. The “Space Invaders: Die Jubiläumsshow!” (“Space Invaders: the Anniversary Show”) exhibition of the Computer Game Museum Berlin hosting the installation was likewise planned and presented without TAITO’s knowledge and authorization.
TAITO is seriously considering all available options-including legal actions against the infringer and, if necessary, the Games Convention exhibitor involved-in order to end this unauthorized and impermissible misuse of the Space Invaders content and to protect TAITO’s intellectual properties.
Hovorun is a 3D casual racing game developed by Korean game developer Lots Entertainment. The game is a Free2Play game and the game client (87MB) can be downloaded for free. The game has many interesting features such as a clan system, a shop with many different items for purchase, high scores tournaments, friends lists and an in game chat.
Users are able to buy GO (virtual credits) to obtain cool items in game for new avatars or to change their avatar with scarves, goggles, helmets etc. Users can also choose the Hovo mode to switch gears for the hovercraft vehicles to enhance their racing skills. And for those who are really good at playing the game, it is possible to use their experience points to buy exclusive items. When gamers start playing Hovorun, they will receive one Hovo and avatar for free.
“Hovorun has a wide appeal to the European target group who love to play casual games. With this Open Beta, we want to get gamers in Europe to provide their feedback and help us improve our services for the game,” said Richard van Barneveld Hovorun, CEO , Game Entertainment Europe,
“A revolutionary feature of this game is that it includes a real time dynamically profiled advertising mechanism that can be controlled by the advertising handling companies themselves. Beside this feature it is possible to handle all kinds of advertising methods ranging from sponsored items to entire branded race tracks”, said Jurriaan van Rijswijk, CCO of Game Entertainment Europe.
For the sixth time, the Leipziger Messe has awarded the title of “Best of GC” to the most innovative new products at the GC – Games Convention. This year’s winners in nine categories were announced yesterday evening. A total of 29 exhibitors at the GC – Games Convention had submitted 122 hardware items and software titles (2006: 85) for the award.
The happy winners were:
In the category Best PC Game:
SPORE – Electronic Arts
In “Spore”, Will Wright lets players create their own species and send them off on a journey through five billion years of evolutionary history. In the process, he succeeds in combining elements from casual, strategy, role-play and action simulations into a single game – and opens the door to a games galaxy in which all living elements are designed by the players themselves. “Spore” is at the same time both complex and comprehensible and will have an inspirational effect on video game development for many years to come.
In the category Best Xbox 360 Game:
MIRROR’S EDGE – Electronic Arts
“Mirror’s Edge” sends its title heroine “Faith” off into a modern police state full of contrasting colours and vertiginous architecture. The special achievement of the action adventure is to cloak the player particularly closely in the skin of his or her avatar. Acrobatic leaps, fierce close combat and the character’s increasing exhaustion are almost physically perceptible.
In the category Best PSP Game:
RESISTANCE: RETRIBUTION -
Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland
This makes it official at last: shooters for out and about can be fun. With outstanding visuals, in “Resistance: Retribution” neither the small console nor the gamer can take a breather till Europe has been liberated from an extraterrestrial fleet of invaders. It also includes a multiplayer setting for up to eight players.
In the category Best PS3 Game:
LITTLE BIG PLANET -
Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland
Sony brings new life to an old genre, the laterally scrolling platformer. It also adds both a social and a creative element to the console world: the gamer community becomes the developer community. “Little Big Planet” comes with a convincingly vivid backdrop and almost unlimited possibilities with entertaining level structure.
In the category Best Wii Game:
SKATE IT – Electronic Arts
The Wii Fit Balance Board can do much more than just aerobics and yoga: by shifting weight and skilful use of the Nunchuk, the player carries out the most amazing tricks in (four) virtual roles. A genuine skater feel is created on the run through half-pipes and over ramps. “Skate it” gives an authentic and original recreation of the trend sport and benefits from the special features of the Nintendo console.
In the category Best NDS Game:
SONIC CHRONICLES: Die Dunkle Bruderschaft – SEGA
What looks at first like a colourful jump’n'run, turns out after only a few minutes to be an atmospheric RPG. Thanks to the exciting story, the amusing dialogue and the tactical fight system, older Sonic fans will also find this very entertaining. BioWare has given the DS an epic adventure all about the blue hedgehog.
In the category BEST MOBILE Game:
PES 2009 – Konami
Smoothly animated mini-players, a passing game and runs into the centre – it’s all possible, even on a small mobile phone screen. Depending on the type of phone and with a certain amount of practice, the one-button control makes even complex game moves possible. “PES 2009″ for mobile phones even allows for multiplayer games by Bluetooth and is much more than just a stopgap to pass the time.
In the category Best Online Game:
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning – GOA GOA (developed by Mythic Entertainment)
The creators of the online RPG legend “Dark Age of Camelot”, still so successful today, are back with “Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning”. GOA squares up to the alpha male “World of Warcraft” with spectacular visuals, innovative play modi, neat control and an enormous, appealing fantasy world.
In the category Best Hardware:
PlayTV – Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland
The PlayTV enables users to record, play back and pause for playback of TV programmes received in DVB-T format. This is the first time that a game console serves as a hard drive recorder. The remote function is particularly impressive, making it possible to watch recorded TV shows or live TV programmes on the Playstation Portable (PSP).
In the category Best PS2 Game:
As there were too few entrants, no award was made in this category.
With the “Best of GC” title, the GC – Games Convention awards the computer and video game industry’s most outstanding product achievements every year. Exhibitors at the GC – Games Convention had until 1 August 2008 to make submissions in the category hardware accessories as well as in the categories Best Game PC, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, NDS, mobile and online. All companies exhibiting at the GC were eligible, if their products could be played in the public area and had not been published before the fair.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel – GC Leipzig Trailer Available Now
Cary, NC, August 20, 2008 – Today cdv Software Entertainment USA has released a new gameplay trailer for Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, their upcoming action-RPG for PC and next-generation consoles. The video, available at the links below, showcases in-game footage of online multiplayer play, and the Temple Guardian playable character in action (and in motion on his mount, the mono-wheel.) The video’s artistically rendered fast-cut editing style will surely be popular with fans of action-films.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel is an Action RPG with a rich story that takes place in a giant, open-ended and seamless world. This world contains hundreds of dungeons, treacherous opponents and a variety of challenging quests. Intelligent enemies, steadily adapting in number and difficulty based on player progress, challenge in heroic single- and multiplayer battles.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel provides numerous unique items that can be gathered in this mystical world. A deep reward system further enables advancements in character, individual attributes and character-specific fighting styles, each designed to keep players returning to the world of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel to discover what is around the next bend. Drop-in styled cooperative multiplayer gameplay ensures players will enjoy the game alone or seamlessly with friends at any time. Five unique multiplayer modes round out the experience and offer a refreshing, first-class gaming experience in Sacred 2: Fallen Angel.
The LEGO Group debuted a new behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming MMOG (massively multiplayer online game), LEGO Universe, during Games Convention Developers Conference. The video provides a look at how The LEGO Group is working with its fan community to create LEGO Universe, and reveals new art images from the game. Viewers will see footage from a recent event where a group of 49 adult fans – known as LUPs (LEGO Universe Partners) – came together with the game developers to build content for the MMOG. For more information, visit www.LEGOuniverse.com (or visit the new German language website at www.LEGOuniverse.de).
LEGO Universe is the first MMOG created for children and LEGO fans. The game will bring the LEGO play experience online, encouraging creativity, collaboration and communication between fans all over the world. Within LEGO Universe, players will safely create, build, quest and socialize together.
The new video expands on recently released footage by including more interviews and information about the LUP event, and also new concept visuals and character animations for LEGO Universe.
Games for Windows – LIVE is all about making great Windows games even better – and today we have some exciting news to share regarding changes to Games for Windows – LIVE service for developers, publishers, and gamers:
- Effective today, all Games for Windows – LIVE multiplayer features are now completely free. Achievements, enhanced TruSkill ® matchmaking, cross-platform play with XBOX 360 (in games that support it), voice and text chat, a friends list that is consistent across both Windows and XBOX 360 – everything – is now free to Windows gamers. This change immediately affects all currently available Games for Windows – LIVE titles and all future titles.
- At E3, three great new titles announced support for Games for Windows – LIVE. Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War® II (Relic/THQ), Battlestations: Pacific (Eidos Interactive Ltd) and Fallout 3 (Bethesda) (game details at bottom of document).
- Microsoft also announced plans for a new Games for Windows – LIVE marketplace (coming this fall), with support for free and paid downloadable game content. The marketplace will keep gamers coming back for exciting new game content, trailers and demos that will enhance the Games for Windows – LIVE experience, while also giving publishers and developers new ways to offer ongoing value to their customers .
- The Games for Windows – LIVE interface will also be getting a PC-friendly makeover this fall, exchanging console-focused blades and buttons, for a slick new display the provides access to the community features of LIVE via menus and interfaces familiar to PC gamers.
- Microsoft is also making it easier for all publishers and developers to add achievements, friends, chat and all of the other Games for Windows – LIVE features to games (single player and multiplayer) with fewer technical requirements and testing hurdles. The number of Technical Certification Requirements has been reduced by more than one-third, and we’re providing simple, straight-forward instructions on how to implement LIVE features in Windows games.
GFW – LIVE: Game Details:
- Dawn of War 2: The highly anticipated sequel from one of the industry’s premiere Real-Time Strategy (RTS) developers, Relic Entertainment, is scheduled to bring the 41st Millennium’s savage warfare to life like never before in spring 2009. Powered by an enhanced version of Relic’s proprietary Essence Engine 2.0™, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II will take players to the brutal frontlines of war where they’ll experience intense action and visceral combat through a non-linear single player experience and a fully co-operative multiplayer campaign. Set in Games Workshop’s highly popular Warhammer 40,000 science fiction universe, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is being developed exclusively for Windows PC.
- Battlestations: Pacific: This title delivers intense, action-packed combat and strategic warfare at an extraordinary scale and features two distinctly different single player campaigns. As the Americans, the game picks up the story where Battlestations: Midway left off and allows players to fight their way from The Battle of Midway to Okinawa as they try to secure peace in the Pacific. As the Japanese however, players take control of the Imperial Japanese fleet and have the unique chance to fight at Pearl Harbor before attempting to change the course of history and take full control of the Pacific Ocean.