Category Archives: News and Industry Happenings

Dragon's Lair 3 Ships Today

Digital Leisure will ship "Dragon’s Lair 3," the epic all-new adventure of Dirk the Daring, this month in DDVD and CD-ROM formats. The game includes improved graphics, utilizing Toon Shading technology, as well as new characters, challenging levels and three never-before-played bonus scenes. Dirk the Daring, the brave yet bumbling knight, is ready to venture back into the Lair in this adventure! The Evil Wizard Mordroc has again kidnapped the fair Princess Daphne and Dirk is her only hope. Save the princess, defeat Mordroc, and watch out for the treachery that lies at every step! "For fans of the Dragon’s … Continue reading Dragon's Lair 3 Ships Today

NCSoft Announces Promotions

NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games announces two promotions within its North American business team. Jeremy Gaffney has been named vice president of product development and Dorothy Ferguson has moved into the role of vice president of sales for NCsoft North America. Gaffney was heading up the company's third party group and was instrumental in adding third party development houses, Cryptic Studios and NetDevil, to the NCsoft publishing family. In his new role, Gaffney will oversee all product development teams in North America creating games under the NCsoft brand. Gaffney is a 15-year veteran … Continue reading NCSoft Announces Promotions

Merscom Partners With 10tacle

Merscom LLC today announced a publishing and distribution agreement with 10tacle Studios for the developer's racing game "Michael Schumacher's Kart Challenge 2005". This ultimate 3D kart racing simulation for PC, endorsed by Michael "Schumi" Schumacher, winner of seven Formula 1 titles, lets you go head-to-head and bumper-to-bumper against "the world's fastest driver". For a total karting rush, a bonus exclusive trailer from the upcoming extreme sports, kart racing film "Kart Attack Volume 1: Ignition" is also included with the game. "Michael Schumacher's Kart Challenge 2005" is available now from www.kartchallenge2005.com for $19.99. "Michael Schumacher actually began his legendary career as … Continue reading Merscom Partners With 10tacle

Vampire: Bloodlines Ships Nov. 16

The bloodletting begins on November 16, 2004 with the shipping of Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines for the PC. An all-new RPG adventure, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is filled with rich character development, an intriguing storyline set in White Wolf's World of Darkness, and mind-blowing graphics powered by Sourceâ„¢ – Valve's next generation engine technology. It will take a vicious array of vampire disciplines and a healthy penchant for blood, for players to survive the dark and gritty undying world of modern day L.A. Selecting from one of seven clans, gamers will interact with other … Continue reading Vampire: Bloodlines Ships Nov. 16

Day One Halo 2 Sales Top $125 Million

Halo 2 broke entertainment retail records in its first 24 hours on store shelves. Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the highly-anticipated game sold through 2.4 million units in the U.S. and Canada, driving cash register receipts to the $125 million mark. "EB Games had a record-breaking day as gamers across the country lined up for hours to be one of the first to get their hands on ‘Halo 2' on November 9," said Jeff Griffiths, president and CEO of EB Games. "The ‘Halo 2' frenzy, anticipation and excitement felt throughout the country prove that ‘Halo 2' has become more … Continue reading Day One Halo 2 Sales Top $125 Million

Fluent Gets Crusty Demons License

Fluent Entertainment, an international publisher, developer and distributor of entertainment software, announced today that it has acquired the Crusty Demons license from Fleshwound Films, LLC for use in the creation of console video games. A Crusty Demons freestyle motocross game will be based on the popular ‘Crusty Demons of Dirt' videos, which is the largest-selling action sports video series of all time with 9 titles and sales to over 60 countries. The series has spawned several sold-out tours featuring some of the world's greatest freestyle riders, and helped to make the sport the second largest motorsport in America behind NASCAR. … Continue reading Fluent Gets Crusty Demons License

EverQuest II Ships

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced that EverQuest II has shipped to North American retail stores. EverQuest II is the highly-anticipated follow-up to Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest, the most successful and longest-running 3D MMO role-playing game in North America. More than 100,000 people have already pre-ordered EverQuest II in hopes of being among the first to experience this massive gaming phenomenon. The CD and DVD versions of the game carry an SRP of $49.99 and include the game, an in-game item and an exclusive in-box item. Limited quantities of the … Continue reading EverQuest II Ships

England Awards Golden Joysticks

Future Publishing has revealed the results of the Golden Joystick Awards 2004 at a lavish ceremony held today at the Park Lane Hotel. The industry gathered to see Little Britain star Matt Lucas reveal the verdict of a record-breaking 200,000-plus consumers, who’d been voting for their favourite games and hardware released between November 14th 2003 and October 28th 2004. Despite this largest-ever response to the Golden Joysticks, no single publisher dominated the awards, with a wide-range of games and publishers sharing the spoils. Warren Spector was welcomed to the Golden Joysticks Hall of Fame (sponsored by Barrington Harvey) thanks to … Continue reading England Awards Golden Joysticks

GTA: San Andreas Takes England Sales Crown

ELSPA has announced today that GTA: San Andreas has become the fastest selling video game of all time, smashing all previous records and selling a staggering one million units in the UK after a mere nine days on sale, according to official ELSPA figures, sourced from Chart-Track. Roger Bennett, director general of ELPSA, said: "This is a magnificent achievement and equates to a staggering estimated value of more than £35 million. The entire Grand Theft Auto series has been a phenomenal success worldwide, generating sales of more three and half million units in the UK alone. But best of all, … Continue reading GTA: San Andreas Takes England Sales Crown

The Urbz Are Out

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced that The Urbz: Sims in the City has shipped to retail outlets worldwide under the EA GAMES brand. Following the record-setting launch of The Sims 2, the development team at the celebrated Maxis studio today launched The Urbz: Sims in the City, the newest entry into the award-winning franchise for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. The Nintendo DS version will ship on Tuesday, November 16 as a launch title for the new handheld system. "The Urbzâ„¢: Sims in the … Continue reading The Urbz Are Out