Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Sidhe Interactive Researching Portable Games

Game development studio Sidhe Interactive announced today it has secured a government research grant from Technology New Zealand to assist in developing for upcoming handheld gaming device, the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). Tyrone McAuley, Technical Director at Sidhe, commented, “The Technology NZ funding complements our own significant investment, allowing us to accelerate our research programme for this exciting new platform.” Industry analysts are predicting a strong debut for the PlayStation Portable gaming platform, which Sony themselves are promoting as “the Walkman of the 21st Century.” “Tech NZ been proud to support Sidhe Interactive as a strong technology innovator”, said Richard … Continue reading Sidhe Interactive Researching Portable Games

Uru Live cancelled

Cyan and UBI Software announced this week that the planned expansion of Uru: Ages Beyond Myst would not be making the jump to the multiplayer realm. According to a spokesman for UBI, there were not enough people subscribed to the online portion of the game – which was going through beta testing – to justify launching the product. In short, Uru Live would probably not have been financially viable. The idea behind Uru Live was that the puzzle solving game would be constantly expanded with new content. Explorers could journey into the new worlds and explore them collectively with other … Continue reading Uru Live cancelled

VU And Radical Sign Development Deal

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and Radical Entertainment today announced a worldwide development agreement under which Radical will exclusively develop products for VU Games. The two companies will collaborate on the development of six multi-platform titles based on new and existing entertainment franchises. VU Games will also obtain a royalty-free license to Radical’s proprietary game development technologies, as well as an option to purchase the company during contract’s term. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. VU Games and Radical Entertainment most recently collaborated on The Simpsons: Hit & Run, a critically acclaimed title that debuted on four platforms … Continue reading VU And Radical Sign Development Deal

Joan Of Arc Burns To Retail

Enlight, a leading entertainment software developer and publisher, announced today that its highly anticipated title Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc is now available in retail stores across North America. Inspired by the legendary story of Joan of Arc, Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc sends players to medieval France to experience the most epic battles of the Hundred Years War. In 1429, Joan of Arc inspired her faltering country to unite and retaliate against the occupying English troops. Driven by the general’s passion, the French gained the confidence and courage to reclaim their nation. Referred to as "undeniably addictive" … Continue reading Joan Of Arc Burns To Retail

Lineage II Gets Preorder Campaign

NCsoft Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games announces the beginning of its pre-order retail box campaign for Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle and City of Heroes in North America. The boxes will begin to appear on store shelves this week at computer game retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Both games are expected to launch commercially this spring. Lineage II is the visually-stunning prequel to the world’s most popular online game, Lineage. Group with friends, tame powerful dragons, participate in epic struggles and lay siege to majestic castles in this massive medieval fantasy … Continue reading Lineage II Gets Preorder Campaign

Squad assault Gets Patch

Matrix Games is pleased to announce that the new v.1.60 update for Eric Young’s Squad Assault: West Front by DAS Entertainment and Freedom Games is now available for download. David Heath, Director of Operations for Matrix Games, said "Thanks to the great development work of DAS Entertainment and Freedom Games, we are able to continue not only listening to our customers but also implementing their requests. Our thanks to wargamers for their continued support and helping us make a great game even better!" Comments and requests submitted on the Matrix Games forums and by e-mail have been incorporated into this … Continue reading Squad assault Gets Patch

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

Warbirds Announces 44-Percent Price Drop

iEntertainment Network, (IENT), the award-winning developer of the World Famous WarBirds TotalSims series, announced today that WarBirds online subscription price has also been reduced by 44% to encourage access to players all over the world. “By reducing the subscription price of WarBirds so aggressively, we hope to gain more players from all over the world with our new servers, new features, and new pricing. We are now both the best online flight sim and the most aggressively priced, “says Wild Bill Stealey, IENT’s CEO. WarBirds: 2004, a major new addition to the award winning WarBirds series of products will be … Continue reading Warbirds Announces 44-Percent Price Drop

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