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Vivendi Gets Freedom Force vs. Third Reich

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and Irrational Games today announced a North American agreement which grants VU Games exclusive distribution rights to Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich. Scheduled for release in early 2005, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich is the PC sequel to the original, critically acclaimed role-playing game, Freedom Force. Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich brings dynamic storytelling, fast-paced tactical role-play, and larger-than-life heroic characters to the computer screen. "Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich is a highly anticipated release that we believe will generate significant demand at retail," said Philip W. O’Neil, North American President … Continue reading Vivendi Gets Freedom Force vs. Third Reich

WWII Fighter Pilot Launches in Fall

Merscom LLC today announced plans to publish WWII Fighter Pilot, an arcade-style flight combat game in which players battle for domination over the Pacific skies during World War II. WWII Fighter Pilot will be available for the PC in October 2004. As a pilot patrolling the skies of the Pacific, your life is pretty simple. Slice into the enemy with hot metal or end up as food for the sharks when he does the same to you. Never has this knife-edge moment of truth been so exhilarating as recreated in WWII Fighter Pilot. Soar through a sky dimpled with the … Continue reading WWII Fighter Pilot Launches in Fall

GameRange Releases AstroRaid

Some things are just good. Like steak or vanilla ice cream. Sure, a few people don’t eat beef and some would rather have persimmon soufflé, but the point is this – if you give a good thing to people, they will like it. And then they will come for some more. When it comes to game development, GameRange Studio knows the ingredients to cook up a perfect game – simple but engaging gameplay; excellent graphics; catchy soundtrack; low learning curve and the addiction ingredient, which is to a good developer like spices to a chef. This, in short, is a … Continue reading GameRange Releases AstroRaid

Midway Gets Rights to Unreal-based Games

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced a multi-year, multi-product agreement with Epic Games to publish three new videogames based on the popular Unreal franchise. The agreement marks Midway’s entrance into the premium PC games sector with a property that has sold more than seven million units worldwide and generated nearly $200 million in revenue at retail since the introduction of Unreal Tournament in 1999. Under terms of the agreement, Midway obtains worldwide publishing rights for the three Unreal titles from Epic, including Unreal Championship 2, an Xbox exclusive title scheduled … Continue reading Midway Gets Rights to Unreal-based Games

Backyward Wrestling Soundtrack Announced

Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced a multi-year, multi-product agreement with Epic Games to publish three new videogames based on the popular Unreal franchise. The agreement marks Midway’s entrance into the premium PC games sector with a property that has sold more than seven million units worldwide and generated nearly $200 million in revenue at retail since the introduction of Unreal Tournament in 1999. Under terms of the agreement, Midway obtains worldwide publishing rights for the three Unreal titles from Epic, including Unreal Championship 2, an Xbox exclusive title scheduled … Continue reading Backyward Wrestling Soundtrack Announced

Catwoman Game Strikes

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Catwoman the videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on the highly anticipated Catwoman motion picture from Warner Bros. Pictures starring Oscar winning actress, Halle Berry, is now available for PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and PC CD-ROM. The game follows the story of Patience Philips, who is killed after she uncovers a dark secret held by her employers. Brought back to life by a rare Egyptian cat, she becomes Catwoman and sets out to discover the truth about herself … Continue reading Catwoman Game Strikes

Scotland's Visual Science Reports Good Year

Visual Science, Scotland's largest independent games developer today announced record results for its 2003 trading year. Turnover increased by 110% on 2002 results to a record £2.8 million for 2003. The company also recorded a pre tax profit of £100,000. Based in Dundee, Visual Science was started by Russell Kay over 10 years ago. 2003 saw a change in strategy for the developer, which had largely been exclusive to Electronic Arts, developing the critically acclaimed Formula 1 series of games. 2003 saw the company launch its last F1 game; F1 Career Challenge. A flurry of new business saw Visual Science … Continue reading Scotland's Visual Science Reports Good Year

NCSoft Gives Vets Copies of City of Heroes

NCsoft Corporation (KSE: 036570.KS), the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games and Cryptic Studios are giving 2,000 copies of their best-selling City of Heroes game packs to U.S. Navy personnel returning from duty in the Middle East. This game giveaway program, dubbed "Heroes for Heroes," is a way for NCsoft and its employees to show gratitude to the military men and woman returning from difficult duty. The games will be given out starting today at the Norfolk (Va.) Naval Station Exchange. "This is our way of saying ‘thanks' to the military men and women who make great … Continue reading NCSoft Gives Vets Copies of City of Heroes

Avalanche makes AirHockey 3D

Avalanche Team announced today the release of AirHockey 3D, the PC remake of a massively popular classic game Air-Hockey. In this game the player must outwit the opponent’s ever changing play technique and score 12 goals into the opposite gates to win the game. With advanced levels of player/opponent detail and responsiveness, futuristic visual effects and on-line gameplay support, AirHockey 3D offers the most "In Your Face" air hockey experience ever. AirHockey 3D is air hockey in its purest form for true fans who demand the finest gameplay and refreshing play experience. The player’s key to success is to hit … Continue reading Avalanche makes AirHockey 3D

City of Heroes Figures Announced

WizKids Inc., makers of the best-selling HeroClix collectable miniatures game (CMG), and NCsoft, makers of the runaway hit City of Heroesâ„¢ massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), have teamed up to create a Limited Edition HeroClix figure. "The success of HeroClix and City of Heroes shows that the comic book genre couldn't be stronger," said Jordan Weisman, WizKids® CEO. "It was natural that the two biggest names in comic book games would work together to provide their players with tastes of each other's game." The first Limited Edition figure of the City of Heroes main character, Statesman, will be available … Continue reading City of Heroes Figures Announced

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