Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Danny Elfman To Compose For Fable

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that musician Danny Elfman has composed the theme for the upcoming Xbox role-playing adventure game, Fable. Elfman, three-time Academy Award-nominee and GRAMMY Award winner, is best known for his unique musical style and has contributed to the soundtracks of dozens of popular films including Chicago, Batman, Spider Man, Men In Black, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. For his work on Fable, Elfman worked with a hand-picked orchestra and recording team to produce a magical theme. In Fable, the groundbreaking role-playing adventure game from game designer Peter Molyneux, the players’ every action determines their characters’ … Continue reading Danny Elfman To Compose For Fable

Scion And Epic Merge

The employees of Scion Studios have joined Epic Games in a move that doubles Epic’s in-house development capacity. This will increase Epic’s ability to develop multiple games, including those in its award-winning Unreal franchise, internally for both PC and console platforms. Michael V. Capps, Ph.D., former CEO of Scion Studios, will head Epic’s development and production management in his new role as president of Epic Games. Tim Sweeney remains Chairman and CEO of the company. Before founding Scion, Dr. Capps designed and produced America’s Army, the hugely popular multiplayer US Army game built with Epic’s Unreal Engine technology. "Mike has … Continue reading Scion And Epic Merge

Magnum Games To Launch With Shooter

Magnum Games is exploding into the PC gaming arena with their premier CD-ROM title, Beyond The Law: The Third Wave. A squad-based, strategy shooter, in Beyond the Law: The Third Wave the player commands a covert team of specialists to stop a renegade criminal element intent on destroying the United States of America. In this world corruption is rampant, the police have been bought, and terror reigns – an elite force with authority beyond the law becomes the last line of defense. This mob must be stopped before our nation’s capital is destroyed in a nuclear attack. CEO, Carlo Voelker … Continue reading Magnum Games To Launch With Shooter

American McGee Joins Enlight

Enlight, a leading entertainment software developer and publisher, announced today a partnership with gaming visionary American McGee. Founder of the independent game design and consulting firm TMIEC, McGee has signed on to be Enlight’s creative director. Praised for his unique design talents by publications ranging from PC Gamer to Rolling Stone, American McGee developed Alice, a darker gothic version of the Lewis Carroll children’s tale Alice in Wonderland and American McGee’s Oz, a film trilogy currently being developed by Disney Films and Jerry Bruckheimer. "American McGee is one of the most gifted designers in the interactive entertainment and computer games … Continue reading American McGee Joins Enlight

Whiptail Ships Gangland

Whiptail Interactive, a global publisher of PC games, and developer MediaMobsters announced today that the action-style Mafia game Gangland has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Gangland combines the RTS, RPG & SIM genres into a new breed of gaming mayhem, letting players bribe, steal and seduce their way to the top of the family tree. Gangland for the PC has a SRP of $49.99 and has been rated M for Mature. “Gangland is a one-of-a-kind action game, mixing a classic Mafia setting with intense action-packed car chases, challenging RTS gameplay and an addictive RPG element that lets you live the … Continue reading Whiptail Ships Gangland

The Shield TV Show Gets Game

Sammy Studios, Inc., a developer, publisher and global distributor of interactive entertainment content, today announced the upcoming video game based on the award-winning Fox Television Studios police show THE SHIELD. The Emmy and Golden Globe winning series has become one of the most talked about shows on television. The always gritty, often trailblazing series follows hard-nosed police detective Vic Mackey and his special unit Strike Team. Assigned to the toughest criminal syndicates, Vic and the Strike Team define a new form of policing on THE SHIELD, forming a virtual bulwark against what they perceive as civil degradation in Farmington. To … Continue reading The Shield TV Show Gets Game

Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes Releases

Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., today announced that Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes(tm) will be shipping worldwide in March 2004. Exclusively designed for Nintendo GameCube(tm), Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes will hit retail outlets in North America on March 9, followed by Japan and Europe on March 11 and 26, respectively. Developed by Silicon Knights under the guidance of world-renowned developers, Hideo Kojima at Konami Computer Entertainment Japan and Shigeru Miyamoto at Nintendo Company, Ltd., Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes combines the exhilarating story of the original Metal Gear Solid … Continue reading Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes Releases

Battlefield Vietnam Goes Gold

EA is pleased to announce that Battlefield Vietnam has officially gone gold for the PC. The game is set to ship nationwide to retailers under the EA GAMES brand on Monday, March 15. The Battlefield franchise is entering a new era with more firepower and beautiful yet ferocious new combat settings. Offering an arsenal of weapons and vehicles authentic to the Vietnam conflict, players will battle in first-person perspective. Staying true to the over-the-top, action-packed multiplayer style that gave Battlefield 1942 its critical and commercial success, Battlefield Vietnam will drop players into some of the Vietnam War’s fiercest battles. Fighting … Continue reading Battlefield Vietnam Goes Gold

AOL, Cartoon Network Sponsor Developer Contest

Cartoon Network and America Online have joined forces to offer one up-and-coming game developer the opportunity to create an online game featuring a popular Cartoon Network character from series such as Codename: Kids Next Door, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy or Samurai Jack in the first ‘Project Goldmaster’ program. As part of the Independent Games Festival (IGF), ten finalists will be selected to compete to win the top honor to develop an online game for CartoonNetwork.com’s Power Play Games area. One of the ten finalists will be selected by the Cartoon Network to be the winner of ‘Project … Continue reading AOL, Cartoon Network Sponsor Developer Contest

EA Director To Keynote GDC

Audio Director Erik Kraber, Electronic Arts, will keynote the 2004 Game Developers Conference (GDC) Audio Track. Known for his work on Medal of Honor, Kraber will treat attendees to an insider’s briefing on the development of the audio map for the award-winning video game franchise. Game audio makes movie soundtracks seem simple by comparison. Games routinely involve the scripting and editing of 40,000 lines of dialogue, multiple variations of orchestral scores, and sound effects; all with real-time controls. The GDC 2004 Audio Track features leading sound designers and composers from the game, film, and music industries.

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