Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Brilliant Digital Entertainment Raided

Police and investigators in Australia this morning raided the offices of Brilliant Digital Entertainment [BDE] and Sharman Networks, two peer to peer file sharing companies. Brilliant Digital Entertainment is also a major player in the game industry. In addition to their offices, the home of the Brilliant Digital CEO Kevin Burmeister was also raided. The reason for the raid, according to Music Industry Piracy Investigators was to go after the owners and operators of the Kazaa file sharing network, which is based inside Sharman Networks, the other company that was raided Friday. Sharman bought Kazaa in 2002. BDE and Sharman … Continue reading Brilliant Digital Entertainment Raided

Nintendo Announces Dual-Screened Portable System

By: Chella Ramanan Nintendo is bringing gamers a new handheld, scheduled to launch worldwide before the end of 2004. The shock announcement reveals that the new portable game system, tentatively called Nintendo DS, will have two separate game screens. Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but all will be revealed at E3 in LA, this May. Featuring two TFT LCD screens, the mysterious new product will allow players to see their progress from two different perspectives without having to interrupt gameplay. This could be good news for RPG fans. Wave goodbye to alternating between the map screen … Continue reading Nintendo Announces Dual-Screened Portable System

Jesper Kyd Gets Third Hitman Contract

Jesper Kyd is following up his work on the award-winning soundtracks for IO Interactive’s Hitman series and Freedom Fighters (recipient of GameSpot’s 2003 Best Original Music in a Game Award) with an entirely new original score for Hitman: Contracts. Music composed and produced by Kyd is also featured in the debut movie trailer for Hitman: Contracts. "The Hitman: Contracts score follows the dark, sinister nature of the third Hitman game", said Kyd, who previously scored Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and its predecessor Hitman: Codename 47. "The soundtrack is a dark and adventurous score mixed with suspenseful electronica elements", he added. … Continue reading Jesper Kyd Gets Third Hitman Contract

Sumea To Publish Activision’s Pitfall Mobile

Sumea Set to publish Activision’s highly-anticipated action adventure title PitfallR: The Lost ExpeditionT for Java and Brew mobile gaming platforms. Sumea announced today that the company has signed an agreement to license Activision, Inc.’s upcoming multi-platform game PitfallR: The Lost ExpeditionT for mobile gaming platforms. The Pitfall mobile games will be set in jungle, glacier and cave worlds from the console game, and deliver a rich episodic gaming experience through three distinct downloadable games set in each of these environments. Activision will release Pitfall: The Lost Expedition for the PlayStationR2 computer entertainment system, the XboxR video game system from Microsoft, … Continue reading Sumea To Publish Activision’s Pitfall Mobile

AOL Gets Into 3D Gaming

As recent industry research reveals that 65% of online teens today play online games, America Online, the world’s leading interactive services company, announced the launch of FireChild, a 3-D online action game built exclusively for RED, AOL’s new teens service. Created by Sarbakan, a leading online game developer, FireChild is a console-quality, story-driven online game that can be played using the AOLâ for Broadband service. AOL and Sarbakan joined forces to launch FireChild, AOL’s first-ever, original 3-D game which is accessed and played entirely in the online environment. Firechild is a third person action game, where players take on the … Continue reading AOL Gets Into 3D Gaming

Terraforming Added To Perimeter

Codemasters, a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today a unique tactical element for Perimeter, the company¹s real-time strategy science fiction PC game scheduled for release in Spring 2004. A first for real-time strategy gaming, Perimeter offers players the ability to terraform environments by drastically altering planetary landscapes and allowing for the extraction of vital energy resources from its planet surface. A new movie detailing the terraforming feature is available at: In Perimeter, rather than harvesting a resource from a particular location on a game map, energy can be extracted from anywhere in the game play environment. However, … Continue reading Terraforming Added To Perimeter

Mechassault 2 Gets 2004 Release

MechAssault moves beyond heavy metal and into the mind of the warrior as Microsoft Game Studios today announced that MechAssault 2 for Xbox® is currently in development and is scheduled to arrive on retail shelves in time for the 2004 holiday season. MechAssault 2 is being developed by Day 1 Studios, creators of the best-selling sci-fi action/shooter MechAssault for Xbox, and guarantees an entirely fresh and exciting gameplay experience for seasoned combat veterans and newcomers alike. No longer limited to life within a single BattleMech, gamers take on the role of a full-fledged human pilot, able to pick and choose … Continue reading Mechassault 2 Gets 2004 Release

Jugde Dredd To Get New Game

Publisher Evolved Games and developer Rebellion® announced today that the legendary Judge Dredd comic book character is coming to life in /Judge Dredd: Dredd Versus Death/. The first-person shooter will ship for all of the console gaming platforms as well as for PC in March, 2004. “Judge Dredd: Dredd Versus Death/ will bring this heroic character to life like never before," said Daniel Kearns, Sales Director of Evolved Games. "This fast-paced FPS will offer gamers all the action, weapons and effects they crave with a unique comic-book style element that will set it apart from the crowd." Judge Dredd: Dredd … Continue reading Jugde Dredd To Get New Game

Champions Of Norrath Is Gold

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, today announced that Champions of Norrath has gone gold. Champions of Norrath, available exclusively on the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, will ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores on February 11, 2004. "The wait is just about over for one of the most anticipated console games of 2004," said Michael Lustenberger, director of marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "With five playable characters, randomly generated dungeons, online co-op action with up to four players and relentless, non-stop action, Champions of Norrath offers an incredible gameplay experience for every type … Continue reading Champions Of Norrath Is Gold

ESA Pegs Game Sales At 7 Billion

While the media and politicians focused on Mature-rated video games in 2003, new data reveals that the percentage of M-rated games sold last year actually declined while the number of Teen-rated games sold rose, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association representing computer and video game software publishers. The data shows that combined sales for computer and video games exceeded $7 billion for the first time ever, and that a record number of console video games sold more than 500,000 and one million units. "While total sales were slightly below the most bullish forecasts, the record number … Continue reading ESA Pegs Game Sales At 7 Billion

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