Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Bungie Founder Makes New Company

Wideload Games, Inc. (www.wideload.com), unveiled itself to the world today as a new development studio dedicated to making hit video and computer games by injecting a unique blend of their visionary development model, creative gameplay and oddball humor into the computer and video games industry. Wideload was started by Alexander Seropian, industry veteran and founder of Bungie Studios of Halo, Myth and Marathon fame. Wideload brings together some of the brightest talents in the videogame industry with a singular focus on creating original games with a new kind of production model. Wideload's team designs and creates playable game prototypes in … Continue reading Bungie Founder Makes New Company

Star Wars Adding Ships To Galaxies

The struggle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance extends into space with Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed, the first expansion for the award-winning Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing game set in the Star Wars universe. Releasing in fall 2004 for the PC, this highly anticipated addition will dramatically expand the Star Wars Galaxies franchise by providing players more than 15 different vehicles for space exploration and combat. Starfighters and other starships will be featured in the expansion that can be used for both space exploration and combat, allowing players to join up with allies and fly familiar X-wings … Continue reading Star Wars Adding Ships To Galaxies

The Sims Goes Urban

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced that The URBZ(working title) is in development for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube, and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. For the first time, Sims are living in the city where reputation (rep) is everything. Players will custom-create these new Sims, called Urbz, by customizing their unique style and building their status to become the biggest "player" in the city. The URBZ will be unveiled to industry insiders on May 12-14 at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles. The URBZ is scheduled to … Continue reading The Sims Goes Urban

Browser For Mac Kids Created

Freeverse Software today announced that BumperCar has begun shipping to retail outlets in North America. Designed to be both fun for kids and reassuring for parents and teachers, BumperCar filters objectionable web content, limits the sharing of personal information, (such as a child’s address or phone number), and offers unprecedented parental controls. Recipient of a coveted MacWorld "Best of Show" award, BumperCar is the single best tool to help manage your child’s web experience. BumperCar offers simple "Low", "Medium" and "High" safety settings, as well as the ability to customize all of its features in detail. BumperCar filters profanity, forces … Continue reading Browser For Mac Kids Created

Konami Working On Dance Revolution 2

Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, the follow-up to last year’s critically-acclaimed music game, will hit the stage this July for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Building on the success of Karaoke Revolution’s groundbreaking and innovative karaoke video game experience, this edition will feature an all-new line-up of 35 hit songs, additional characters and venues and a new Medley Mode that allows for multiplayer gameplay. Last year’s award-winning title and only interactive karaoke video game for the PlayStation 2, Karaoke Revolution(tm) was praised for its innovation, … Continue reading Konami Working On Dance Revolution 2

Triplets Of Belleville Animator Joins Sarbakan

Yann Tremblay, one of The Triplets of Belleville's main animators, has recently joined Sarbakan's team as lead 2d animator. Yann, who was responsible of the character Bruno the dog's animation in the Triplets of Belleville, will now supervise the animation of some of Sarbakan's upcoming feature projects. Yann, a graduate of the Vancouver Film Institute, has worked extensively in the field over the last 10 years. He has recently completed two National Film Board of Canada projects, "Christmas Christmas" and "Penguins Behind Bars." Sarbakan has hired over the last few weeks many of Canada's top talents in their respective fields … Continue reading Triplets Of Belleville Animator Joins Sarbakan

Eidos Deals With Climax

Eidos, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces it has signed a development deal with Climax. Climax’s Brighton studio is developing Crash ‘n’ Burn, an arcade driving game for the video game consoles, which will be released in the Fall of 2004. Crash ‘n’ Burn is a racing game where the focus is on aggressive and dangerous driving. The game features online support for 16 players and will be Eidos’ first online console game. Crash ‘n’ Burn will be showcased on the Eidos stand at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which takes place in … Continue reading Eidos Deals With Climax

Far Cry To Get Instincts

Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that its award-winning Montreal Studio is currently producing Far Cry(tm) Instincts, console versions based on the recently released, tropical PC shooter. The console versions will be an entirely new game built from the ground up using the most advanced technology Far Cry fans have come to expect. "Looking at Far Cry’s incredible success in Europe, which is currently the number one selling PC game in all territories’ charts, we are confident that Far Cry Instincts will be one of Ubisoft’s most striking games this year," said Florence Alibert, Ubisoft’s Marketing … Continue reading Far Cry To Get Instincts

New Settlers Game In Development

Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, today announced its development of the latest game in the Settlers series. Set for release at the end of the year, the new Settlers will feature fully animated 3D environments powered by Criterion(tm)’s next-generation RenderWare technology. Players will design and develop detailed communities featuring skilled inhabitants with a number of different abilities. Among a group of very experienced designers, Bruce Milligan contributed to the new Settlers. The American has worked with world-famous designers Sid Meier, Bruce Shelley, and Brian Reynolds and lent his creative style to successful strategy titles in the past. … Continue reading New Settlers Game In Development

Dreamcatcher Gets Dungeon Lords

"Dungeon Lords" blends the depth of an epic Fantasy RPG with the flexibility of an FPS-style control system. Gamers journey through a land of ancient castles and dungeon lairs to engage in real-time tactical combat with a variety of deadly foes. It’s not just about the battles though, as magic spells and hundreds of powerful weapons and artifacts play a huge role in the game. The game features an abundance of personal missions and quests along with numerous characters to interact with. A variety of extensive skills and special abilities are available to customize the hero from a variety of … Continue reading Dreamcatcher Gets Dungeon Lords

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