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13th April 2009

Homegrown Games to Develop Painkiller: Resurrection for Dreamcatcher

DreamCatcherTorontoJoWooD Productions and Canadian publisher DreamCatcher Games are pleased to announce they have signed Homegrown Games, a small independent Austrian developer, to develop the next chapter in the Painkiller brand. The new installment is called “Painkiller: Resurrection” and is set for release in Q4 2009. Painkiller Resurrection

Once more, it is up to the protagonist to find a way out of a grotesque world between heaven and hell, trapped between life and death. The development of Painkiller: Resurrection is based on the technology of the Painkiller engine, but with several improvements, including improved shadows, a higher texture resolution, moveable light sources, post processing, motion blur and ambient occlusion were implemented. In addition to these added features, the PK++ development team, lead by Steven “Blowfish” Wilkins, has set up a coop-multiplayer campaign mode.

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10th April 2009

MLB All-Star Prince Fielder as Cover Athlete for The BIGS 2

Blue Castle GamesVancouver2K Sports announced today that MLB® All-Star first baseman, Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, will be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for this season’s highly anticipated arcade-style baseball video game, The BIGS™ 2, which is currently under development at Vancouver’s Blue Castle 2K SportsGames.

After breaking the MLB record for youngest player (23) to hit 50 home runs in a season, formerly held by Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Fielder has quickly become one of the most powerful and spectacular home run hitters in Major League Baseball® today.

“I’ve been playing baseball video games for as long as I can remember. All of my idols have appeared on a video game cover, and now to have that same opportunity is truly an unbelievable feeling,” said Fielder. “I can’t wait to see myself in The BIGS 2. I’ll be the guy crushing mammoth home runs into the stands.”

Prince FielderDrafted as the 7th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002 out of Eau Gallie High School, Fielder broke out in an MVP-caliber season, in which he was chosen by fans as the starting first baseman for the National League in the 2007 All-Star Game. That season, he won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding Player in the National League as voted on by the players, along with the Hank Aaron Award, given to the top offensive performer in each league as voted on by the fans. Fielder, who also currently owns the Milwaukee Brewers’ franchise record for home runs (50) and extra base hits (87) in a single-season, led his team to an exhilarating Wild Card berth in 2008 and its first playoff appearance in 26 years.

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9th April 2009

Ubisoft Supports The Nintendo DSi With My Healthy Cooking Coach

UbisoftMontreal Ubisoft has announced the launch of its first game created specifically for the new Nintendo DSi™: My Healthy Cooking Coach. Already a worldwide My Healthy Cooking Coachleader on Nintendo DS™, Ubisoft is one of the first independent developers to launch a game created to take advantage of the new functionality of the Nintendo DSi. My Healthy Cooking Coach is an easy-to-use, fun game for anybody who wants to eat balanced and fresh healthy meals.

With more than 240 recipes created by a culinary My Healthy Cooking Coachschool and in collaboration with a renowned nutritionist, My Healthy Cooking Coach offers player tips and tricks to create healthy and delicious meals that will delight friends and family. My Healthy Cooking Coach is available on Nintendo DS™ as well as Nintendo DSi, in June 2009.

Thanks to the new functionality of the Nintendo DSi, My Healthy Cooking Coach offers enhanced content and gameplay experiences. Ten recipes will be exclusively available on the DSi version, and budding chefs can use the system’s camera to personalize users’ profiles.

In addition to My My Healthy Cooking Coach, Ubisoft will soon launch several other new games specifically created for the Nintendo DSi™.

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9th April 2009

EA Sports Unveils Cover Athletes for Grand Slam Tennis

EA Sports Burnaby BCElectronic Arts Inc. announced today that tennis stars John McEnroe, Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be the North American* cover athletes for its new tennis franchise, EA SPORTS™ Grand Slam® Tennis. Eight different regional player partnerships will be announced soon. McEnroe, one of the Grand Slam Tennissport’s most recognizable figures, was recently confirmed as exclusive to the game. Federer and Williams are among the biggest names in tennis and the most accomplished; having won 23 Grand Slam singles titles between them. Williams becomes the first woman to grace the cover of an EA SPORTS simulation product.

“It’s very exciting to be on the cover of EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis. This game not only shows EA’s enthusiasm for tennis but for also women’s tennis,” said Williams. “I know from experience how tough and gratifying it is to win all four Grand Slams so I hope people will enjoy the Grand Slam experience that is offered in this game.” Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2009

Bioware Unleashes The Dragon Age Beta Toolset

BioWareEdmontonBioWare, makers of the highly anticipated video game Dragon Age: Origins, has created a powerful toolset that will allow gamers to easily create their own Dragon Age: Origins levels and adventure modules to share online with the world. Applications are Dragon Agenow being accepted for this rare opportunity to test the Dragon Age toolset and help BioWare fine tune it before its release later this year.

To select beta testers, BioWare is seeking a wide range of computer systems, testing experience and technical expertise. It doesn’t matter if a gamer has never used a toolset before – BioWare is looking for testers with different levels of experience, as well as fans who are simply curious about building their own adventures for the first time.

Fans can register with the BioWare Community and apply for the Dragon Age Toolset Beta test online.

Background

The Dragon Age toolset follows the Neverwinter Nights Aurora Toolset that created one of the biggest and most successful communities in the gaming world with an enormous amount of stunning fan-created work. This next generation toolset takes user-created content to the next level by featuring more depth, more functionality and more ways to make the adventure you want to make.

BioWare has big plans for game, website and toolset integration to bring the talented Builders in the community together to plan, organize and team-up to create new worlds.

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6th April 2009

Mysterious Teaser Video Appears Online

UbisoftMontreal – I received a mysterious digital transmission today. It contained very Assassin's Creed 2 Teaser little intel, but all the same, its message is very intriguing. It’s the first teaser trailer for Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed 2, the sequel to, naturally, Assassin’s Creed. I am seriously looking forward to the continuation of this franchise, and will have to revisit the original to prepare for Part Two – I believe there may even be one or two achievements I have not yet achieved, and that simply cannot be permitted. Needless to say, I am awaiting a firm release date and of course more information. I am very curious as to how far the storyline will venture, and what, if any, new elements will be introduced to the gameplay.

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2nd April 2009

The Hardy Boys Make Their Debut on Wii

The Adventure CompanyTorontoThe Adventure Company and JoWooD Productions, leading publishers of adventure games worldwide, are pleased to announce The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft is under development for Wii™ set to be released September 2009.The Hardy Boys

The Adventure Company and JoWooD have a partnership with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to develop a series of interactive games based on the works of the popular boy detectives.  The company released The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft for Windows® in 2008.

The Hardy Boys for Wii is an excellent choice in games suitable for the whole family.  It incorporates an enjoyable story, likable characters and challenging puzzles,” said Dan Dawang, Product Manager at The Adventure Company.  “It’s a non-violent video game option that players of all ages and fans of The Hardy Boys book series can become a part of with the immersive gameplay style of Wii.”

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31st March 2009

IUGO Announces Two Upcoming iPhone Titles

IUGOVancouverIUGO has announced the upcoming release of two new titles which have been originally designed “from the ground up” specifically for the iPhone. Due out this spring, these two games will be available in the Apps Store for purchase and download.

Starhogs

Rig up your hogs, strap yourself in, and head out into orbit for the fiercest battles this side of Uranus. StarhogsObliterate the competition with a Cruise Missile or close in for some potshots from your Vulcan gun with this turn-based strategy experience. Not your style? Don’t worry, you’ve got more than 20 ways to kill someone. Nuke some asteroids for an extra payday, but remember, they’re the only thing protecting you from a re-entry hangover you won’t wake up from.

Take out some chumps and unlock heaps of new gear in 32 campaign levels, or ride into the online arena to face curly tails from all over the universe. But remember, in space no one can hear you squeal. Starhogs is due for release in April 2009.

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31st March 2009

Yoga Comes to Wii!

DreamCatcher TorontoDreamCatcher Games and JoWooD Productions, leading publishers of interactive entertainment software worldwide, are pleased to announce that Yoga for Wii™ is under development and set to be released October 2009.  Fans of yoga and those interested in improving their overall fitness and well-being will be able to practice Yoga from the comfort of their own home.

Utilizing the Wii Balance Board™ and following step-by-step instructions from a variety of in game Yoga Gurus, players will be guided through a variety of popular Yoga exercises. Players will be able to monitor their progress with a dynamic tracking system and set up a schedule to follow.  The yoga guru, acting as your own personal trainer, will make suggestions to you based on your progress and computations taken from the Balance Board.  The Wii Remote™ and Balance Board will be used for many poses to determine the player’s balance and any movements or shifts in weight by the player will be detected and recorded once the pose is complete.

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30th March 2009

Ludia To Develop Game Based On ‘The Amazing Race’ TV Series

LudiaMontreal – Interactive entertainment company Ludia Inc., and CBS Consumer Products announced today that Ludia will create video games based on the seven-time Emmy® award-winning “The Amazing Race” television series. The North America-wide deal will see the reality TV sensation launch games across multiple platforms in tandem with the show’s 14th season.CBS

“The heart-pounding adventure, around-the-world competition and postcard worthy settings of ‘The Amazing Race’ are perfectly suited for video game adaptation,” said Alex Thabet, Founder and CEO of Ludia. “We are thrilled to add such a high-energy, suspenseful franchise to our slate, and we will infuse those key elements into a highly social, team-based multiplayer game that unites duos in cooperative game play to compete against rivals.”
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