San Francisco, CA (April 20, 2006) — Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announces a new website for its urban superhero action game Urban Chaos: Riot Response.
Visit the site and tune in to Channel 7, the up-to-the-minute news station at the centre of the action in Eidos’ new high velocity shooter, Urban Chaos: Riot Response. Fronted by intrepid news reporter Lani York, Channel 7 offers a stylized and a fully interactive news service featuring studio news desk feeds and live at-the-scene reporting. Find full detailed briefs and videos on each member of the Emergency Service Team in the Technology today section as well as a complete de-brief on the elite counter-gang unit T-Zero – the last line of urban defense. The new site also offers the Lonely Hearts Club that ensures you always find the perfect match online and never face inferior opposition and all the extras you’ve come to expect including downloadable screenshots, videos, trailers, wallpapers, and email tags.
Urban Chaos: Riot Response lets you fight alongside the brave men and women of law enforcement, the fire department, and Emergency Medical services to take the city back by any means necessary. Play as Nick Mason, a hometown hero and key member of T-Zero, the elite counter-gang unit. Specially trained in all areas of urban combat and armed with the very latest high-tech weaponry, T-Zero is all that stands in the way of total anarchy. The city needs a superhero – and that’s you.
Rogue Trooper, the upcoming third person sci-fi action shooter game based off of the popular comic book series from 2000 AD, puts you in the shoes of the last survivor of the Genetic Infantrymen who were set up and brutally massacred. Rogue sets off alone on a mission for revenge as he fights his way through platoons of soldiers to search for the traitor responsible for the death of his comrades. Though alone on the battlefield, the bio-chips containing the genetic information of his fallen comrades Gunnar, Bagman and Helm, have been implanted in his gear, which allows their personalities and abilities to come to life a second time.
Download the new video now at: http://www.eidosinteractive.com/downloads/search.html?gmid=161!
In the month of March, Sony Computer Entertainment America continued to lead the videogame industry, with PlayStation 2 and the PSP(PlayStation Portable) leading the pack as the top selling hardware and portable
platforms in North America, and PlayStation 2 leading software and accessory sales, according to data released by the NPD Group.
Consumer demand for the PlayStation 2 remains strong, March NPD data showed that PlayStation 2 was the top selling hardware platform selling close to 277K units compared to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 which sold fewer
than 192K units and Xbox which sold close to 83K units, and Nintendo’s GameCube which sold almost 63K units.
On the portable gaming front, in March PSP sold close to 186K units, making it the best-selling portable in terms of dollar sales. Following a record-setting launch last March, the PSP has quickly become a cultural icon and a market-altering force with more than 4.5 million units sold in North America.
NPD data also showed that PlayStation 2 led March sales on the software front, selling more than 6 million units, while software for Microsoft’s Xbox sold close to 2.2 million units and Xbox 360 sold more than 1.6 million units, software for Nintendo’s GameCube sold close to 1.5 million units. To date more than 345 million units of PlayStation 2 software have been sold in the U.S.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 18, 2006 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today they have secured an all-star cast for the voices in SUPERMAN RETURNS™: THE VIDEOGAME. The game will feature the voice and likeness of Brandon Routh (Superman/Clark Kent) as well as the voices of Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) and Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen), all reprising their roles from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Bryan Singer.
Launching with the film this summer on June 28, SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME allows players to experience a real sense of flying, and master Superman’s unrivaled powers in order to save Metropolis. Based on the classic DC Comics books as well as the upcoming motion picture, SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME draws from more than 60 years of comic lore to create the ultimate open-world super hero experience.
Newport Beach, Calif.-April 18, 2006-Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced they have shipped the next installment in the popular street racing series, Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. With an incredibly low SRP of $14.99, longtime fans of the franchise and newcomers alike can enjoy exhilarating street racing without a huge price tag.
Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT takes the adrenaline of street racing into the mountains and onto very demanding courses. Race genuine production cars on real mountain courses. Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more are all there to be tested on some of Japan’s toughest terrain in Iroha, Haruna, Rokko and Hakone. State-of-the-art data recording techniques ensure that the courses look, feel and race just like the real thing.
Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT has two distinct racing challenges. As a race car driver, you take part in official mountain races during the daytime and then race for pride (and car upgrades and parts) at night. The idea is to earn money from day races to enhance your car and then bet car parts in night races. Sponsors will further enhance your income if you are successful. There are uphill and downhill races, day and night time races, challenging weather and season conditions and a nerve-ending one on one rival racing battle system.
“TXR DRIFT still has the elements TXR fans expect,” said PSM 100% Independent PlayStation 2 Magazine. “The driving feels as tight as ever, and the new drift mechanics are enjoyable to master.”
“There’s a lot of drift-oriented racers out there now, but this is the first one that made me feel as if I was barreling down a mountain road,” said GotNext.com.
Game features include:
o Drive and compete in licensed cars from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more.
o Customize your cars in endless combinations.
o Master the driving art of “Drift” and earn respect and victories.
o Race in the picturesque and authentic mountain sides of Japan.
o Compete in official day and unofficial night races.
o Winding hills, changing weather and grueling environments affect the race course and test your driving skill.
o Multiplayer competition with rival races.
Newport Beach, Calif.–April 17, 2006–Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced they have signed an agreement with Big Idea, Inc to publish the first VeggieTales interactive title for videogame consoles, LarryBoy and the Bad Apple. The action-adventure game features LarryBoy, the popular plunger-headed crime-fighting cucumber featured in several best-selling videos, in his quest to save the citizens of Bumblyburg from temptation.
“The VeggieTales stories are a big hit with children and adults alike,” said Rob Dyer, COO of Crave Entertainment. “This agreement supports our continuing commitment to providing quality, family-friendly interactive entertainment that appeals to a wide audience.”
The world needs a hero and LarryBoy is that hero! When trouble appears, the citizens of Bumblyburg call world-famous crime fighter LarryBoy! Aided only by his trusted butler Alfred (played with zest by Archibald Asparagus), plunger-headed LarryBoy is everything that his alter-ego Larry the Cucumber is not: bold… confident… relentlessly driven… brazenly heroic. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. While he tries to create this impression, inside, LarryBoy is still plain-old Larry. LarryBoy attempts to save the day with clever use of his super-suction ears and the many features of the Larry-Mobile. Call him a kinder, gentler, slightly slower superhero!
The game is expected to be available in late Summer 2006 for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Game Boy(r) Advance handheld system for an MSRP of $19.99.
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17, 2006 – Get ready for a rock encore! RedOctane® announced today that Johnny Napalm and friends will begin touring the US again this Fall in the new videogame “Guitar Hero II™”. Picking up where Guitar Hero™ left off, Guitar Hero II arrives with a new track list, new venues and additional play modes – including the ability to transform the original Guitar Hero SG Controller into a rhythm, lead or bass guitar.
“Guitar Hero has proved phenomenally successful! Guitar Hero veterans will be able to plug in their Guitar Hero SG Controllers and rock GH II straight out of the box,” said Kelly Sumner, CEO of RedOctane. “We will really push the envelope with Guitar Hero II. Despite the fact there are many months until release, we’re already implementing exciting features and innovations. This fall we’re going to rock everyone’s world all over again.”
The top-secret sequel song list remains firmly in the rock domain, pulling from a mix of classic rock, ‘hair’ metal, heavy metal, modern rock, and alternative titles. More than 55 songs will be featured in the next installment.
Veteran music videogame developer Harmonix® Music Systems has been busy in-studio, enriching this rockstar experience with more features and multiplayer modes. In addition to the traditional head-to-head competition, Multiplayer Co-op Mode allows players to collaborate in order to beat songs, with each guitarist playing a separate guitar track. Available guitar tracks include lead, rhythm or bass tracks, depending upon the song. The Guitar Hero SG Controller used in the first installment will also be compatible with the new game.
Guitar Hero II is the follow-up to 2005’s award-winning release, “Guitar Hero,” which rocked the game industry and garnered a stack of awards including: “Best Offline Multiplayer Game 2005” and “Music Game of the Year 2005” from IGN.com, and “Best Soundtrack 2005” at the Spike TV Videogames Awards. Recently, it picked up five awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit’s Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming and Family Game of the Year.
RedOctane has confirmed an early glimpse of the upcoming game will be available during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles next month.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 13, 2006 Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that the Open Season video game, based on Sony Pictures Animation’s first feature-length CG animated film, will be shipping mid- September 2006 on all available video game platforms, two weeks prior to the movie’s September 29 release. Developed by Ubisoft’s award-winning Montreal studio, Open Season will allow gamers to relive the humor and adventure of the movie by creating a fun and immersive interactive world that conveys the same comedic storyline, zany characters and artistic images projected in the animated film.
“We have been working hand-in-hand with Ubisoft’s team to create a game that captures all the fun of Open Season,” said Mark Caplan, executive director, interactive at Sony Pictures Consumer Products. “Sony Pictures’™ leadership in digital entertainment coupled with Ubisoft’s award-winning development team is a great partnership that brings innovation to both the film and video game businesses.”
“Ubisoft is thrilled to be collaborating with the movie production team of Open Season to bring the humorous adventures of Boog and Elliot to the interactive world,” said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. “Ubisoft is committed to making the best movie-based video games in the industry. We do this by partnering closely with our licensing partners and movie makers to create an experience that remains true to the spirit of the film but expands it far beyond the theater.”
Open Season is a riotous romp in the great outdoors, where the rowdy brood of forest animals turns the tables on a bunch of unsuspecting hunters. When a domesticated grizzly named Boog gets lured into leaving the creature comforts of home by a fast-talking mule deer named Elliot, he finds himself lost in the woods just three days before hunting season. Forced to “rough it” in the great outdoors, Boog goes native, rallying all the forest animals to take back their home and send the hunters packing. The Open Season video game will allow player to relive the movie experience by playing as Boog and Elliot. Game features include:
â€¢ Interaction with Beth, Shaw and all of the animal favorites from the Open Season film.
â€¢ Throwing skunk bombs, hurling rabbits, using acorn-firing squirrels and pulling outrageous woodland pranks to scare the pants off the
â€¢ Rolling in a giant snowball, riding the rapids on a floating outhouse, zipping through tunnels in a crazy mine cart ride and taking on more madcap adventures as Boog discovers how to go from mild to wild.
â€¢ Ability to challenge friends or team up in hilarious four-player mini-games.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (April 11, 2006) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that “Eureka Seven(TM) Vol 1: The New Wave,” an exciting mecha combat adventure for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, is scheduled to ship this fall. A prequel to the anime series from Bandai Entertainment, “Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave” promises an intense action-based storyline rife with stunning aerial boarding and thrilling robot battles.
Featuring transformable mechas called LFO (Light Finding Operation), “Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave” introduces Sumner Sturgeon, a budding LFO pilot trainee on a lush, futuristic planet whose primary energy source are “trapars” – invisible energy particles that provides lift for aerial travel. An aspiring elite military officer, Sumner can transform his LFO into its humanoid form to surf the skies on a ref board or remain in vehicle mode to participate in exhilarating high-speed chases. “Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave” offers a variety of gameplay modes as the gamer can switch from playing the character and controlling the LFO mechas in real time. With customizable mechas, this upcoming title guarantees an intriguing storyline and exciting combat in an unforgettable sci-fi world.
Lara Croft is known for traveling the world, however tomorrow it is her new adventure, Tomb Raider: Legend, which is taking a journey as it is set to ship to retailers on April 11th! The wait is over, and the time has come for celebration. What better way to mark the occasion than to deliver you a copy of the official television commercial which you can expect to see on some popular channels soon! Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend marks the return of Lara Croft to the tombs, and with the highly detailed interactive environments, it is definitely a game that you do not want to miss! Lara Croft moves with beautiful fluid movement, and her new acrobatic moves coupled with the gaming dynamics brought by gear such as the magnetic grapple make this the most intense tomb raiding experience to date! The commercial features some great action adventure sequences, along with a lot of the stellar praise that Tomb Raider: Legend has been receiving from the press!
Here’s the Ad.