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Ubi Entering WWII Genre

Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today reinforces its strategy to dominate the war games market by announcing a long-term deal with award-winning developer Gearbox Software to publish a new military franchise: Brothers in Arms(tm). With its breakthrough squad-based combat mechanism and unprecedented realism, the first game in the series is poised to revolutionize the WWII genre when it ships on consoles and PC starting Holiday 2004. "The WWII theme is one of the fastest growing segments of the military shooter market and we believe that Brothers in Arms is the ideal title to expand Ubisoft’s new … Continue reading Ubi Entering WWII Genre

Myst IV Announce

Ubisoft, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, revealed the critically acclaimed and best-selling Myst franchise will launch its newest adventure, Myst IV Revelation, this fall. Peter Gabriel, world-renowned recording artist, worked in collaboration with award-winning composer Jack Wall to create the game's immersive and ambient soundtrack. "We are excited to announce Myst IV Revelation and proud that it comes from our own Ubisoft Montreal studios," said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft Inc. "Myst IV Revelation will only add to the strength of the Myst franchise, which continues to lead the Adventure category in critical acclaim, fan following, and sales." … Continue reading Myst IV Announce

Vivendi Gets New VP

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the appointment of Mark J. Halacy to Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources. Effective immediately, Mr. Halacy will oversee the company’s global HR operations across North America, Europe and Asia and will report directly to CEO Bruce Hack. Most recently, Mr. Halacy served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources Development at Vivendi Universal’s corporate headquarters. "Mark has led many successful HR development initiatives across large-scale, global organizations," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. "He will play an important leadership role at VU Games, as we aim to strengthen our global … Continue reading Vivendi Gets New VP

Call Of Duty Action Figure Line Created

Plan-B Toys and Radioactive Clown have announced a new series of highly detailed, historically accurate, WWII action figures based on Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) award-winning PC game, "Call of Duty." Series 1 of the figures will be available in North America and Europe this May. "We’re psyched to join forces with Activision on their blockbuster franchise, Call of Duty," said Jim Bloom, CEO, Radioactive Clown. "The intense, adrenaline-surging action pumped us up to create true-to-gameplay action figures. Our commitment to making top-notch toys based on only the hottest PC and videogames, coupled with Plan B’s solid track record of creating … Continue reading Call Of Duty Action Figure Line Created

AOL Messenger Put Into Matrix Game

America Online, Inc., the world’s leading interactive services company, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the popular AOL Instant Messenger service will be seamlessly integrated into The Matrix Online. This marks the first time that players in a massively multi-player online game can link an existing AIM identity to a new in-game character, creating seamless real-time communication with other Matrix players as well as other AIM buddies – whether inside or outside of The Matrix Online. The integration of AOL Instant Messenger into The Matrix Online will enable players to see the online presence of fellow gamers and … Continue reading AOL Messenger Put Into Matrix Game

Eidos Picks Up Highway 1 Developer

Eidos, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced it has secured a development partnership deal with Highway 1 Productions, Inc., a newly founded independent production company. Eidos and Hwy 1 have recently begun development on a third person, urban action game with an online component for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft. The game will be formally announced and showcased in the Eidos’ booth at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), held annually in Los Angeles, CA from May 12-14, 2004. "Eidos has partnered with Highway 1 … Continue reading Eidos Picks Up Highway 1 Developer

Def Jam Vendetta II In The Works

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world’s leading independent video game publisher is again partnering with urban music and lifestyle powerhouse Def Jam to bring gamers Def Jam VENDETTA(tm) II (working title), the ultimate hip-hop-fueled fighting video game. Currently in development under the EA GAMES(tm) brand, Def Jam VENDETTA II features more than 70 characters, including more than 35 of the most well-known artists and personalities in hip-hop today, including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Def Jam VENDETTA II challenges players to step into the shoes of … Continue reading Def Jam Vendetta II In The Works

EA Gives Millions To School

Electronic Arts (EA) (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that it has made a multi-million dollar donation to the USC School of Cinema-Television (USC-CNTV) to advance interactive media education and create a launch pad for the next generation of interactive entertainment. The contribution, part of EA's global educational and talent development effort, will fund two new facets of USC-CNTV's Division of Interactive Media: the Electronic Arts Interactive Entertainment Program and the Electronic Arts Endowed Faculty Chair. The EA Interactive Entertainment Program is a 3-year Master of Fine Arts degree program. The program will help forward USC-CNTV's goal to educate the next generation … Continue reading EA Gives Millions To School

Ubi Soft Making Dukes Of Hazzard Game

Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced that The Dukes of HazzardTM: Return of the General Lee will be available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft in October 2004. Licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee is a humorous action racing game that combines a mission-based adventure and arena-style driving. "Based on the success of the first two Dukes of Hazzard games, we are working with a great property that has stood the test of time," said Tony Kee, … Continue reading Ubi Soft Making Dukes Of Hazzard Game

Namco Releases Ace Combat 5

Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today the upcoming release of ACE COMBAT 5, shipping exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system in Fall 2004. The newest instalment is the most explosive title yet in the unparalleled ACE COMBAT series. Developed by Namco Limited in Japan, ACE COMBAT 5 is set to soar as Namco's fifth instalment of the Air Combat/Ace Combat series. Introducing Wingman Command, ACE COMBAT 5 is the premier air combat game combining ultra-realistic graphics and dog fighting with the sheer excitement of commanding a squadron, knowing that their fate is … Continue reading Namco Releases Ace Combat 5

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