Enlight, a publisher and developer of games such as Marine Park Empire
InfoSpace, a mobile publisher, has signed a deal with Eidos to create and distribute a game called Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Puzzle Paradox for mobile phones. InfoSpace will also distribute several of Eidos' mobile titles in the US and Europe, including Hitman: New York, Hitman: Las Vegas, Thief: Deadly Shadows and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legends.
Electronic Arts announced that it is acquiring Phenomic Game Development, the German developer behind The Settlers and SpellForce. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the studio will now be called EA Phenomic and will focus on creating real-time strategy games.
GraceWorks Interactive, a Christian game developer, has launched a Spanish-language version of its game The Interactive Parables that mixes basic platforming with Christian teachings. The company also plans on localizing the game for a Russian audience by 2007. The company did not indicate any plans to translate the game into Hebrew or Arabic.
BioWare/Pandemic Studios has brought on Jillian Goldberg as Vice President of Marketing. Goldberg was previously at Electronic Arts.
Eve Online has brought its Dragon Code Branch patch live on the Eve Online servers. In addition to a slew of basic fixes, this patch should fix the startup issues that occurred after the last update and marks the return of several courier missions.
Codemasters announced that it will publish Hospital Tycoon for the PC in the spring of 2007. The game is in development at Deep Red Games and allows players to run a simulated hospital.
Electronic Arts has launched the latest version of its Madden NFL football series, Madden NFL '07.
Got Game's Adventure Game for the PC, Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle, has shipped to stores. The game has players exploring the mysteries of a Cornwall ancient burial ground.
Midway Games has named Bill Romanowski as a cover athlete for Blitz: The League for the Xbox 360 and Blitz: The League – Overtime for the PSP. He joins Lawrence Taylor on the cover of the games. Versions of the game are already available for the Xbox and PlayStation 2, and should launch for the Xbox 360 and PSP in November.
Publisher Techland announced that it will release a multiplayer demo of its game Call of Juarez next week. The game is set in the Wild West, so the multiplayer demo will include Gunslinger and Rifleman classes as well as two available game modes.
Double Fusion, an in-game advertising firm, has added four new executives to its team.
Following in the footsteps of Nyko's line of Air Flo controllers, Logitech has released a ChillStream controller for the PC.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has reduced the price of the PlayStation 2 hardware in Europe to €129.99 and will release a limited-edition pink version of the PlayStation 2.
Mad Catz, manufacturer of gaming peripherals, announced that Cyril Talbot III (the company's chief financial officer) has resigned and will leave the company on September 1. Mad Catz is currently seeking a replacement.
Sony Computer Entertainment America announced that Kobe Bryant is the cover athlete for NBA '07.
AGEIA, the company behind physics-accelerator cards for PCs announced that four more companies have signed on to support AGEIA's physics technology. Nival Interactive (Heroes of Might and Magic V) has signed up to use AGEIA's technology in upcoming games and expansion packs.
JoWooD announced that it is working on a first-person shooter for the PC called The Mark that should be released later this year. The game follows a mercenary and a US Marine as they battle terrorists with a nuclear weapon.
Codemasters announced that the public beta for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game ArchLord has begun.
Sunflowers announced that the UK version of its real-time strategy game for the PC ParaWorld is gold and should be in UK stores on September 15.
Microsoft confirmed that it will begin shipping the Xbox 360 to stores in South Africa at midnight on September 29. The system will launch for 3,699 South African Rand.
Activision confirmed that it still plans on releasing four more titles for the PSP later this year. The games are:
Nintendo released its game Tenchu: Dark Secret for the DS today. This latest game in the series of Tenchu ninja-themed titles allows players to connect wirelessly.
Electronic Arts announced that it is developing Battlefield: Bad Company for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game continues the Battlefield franchise of multiplayer combat, but adding a single-player campaign in which players battle for pay and revenge.
While it's not strictly gaming-related, SanDisk (the company known for its memory cards) has clearly decided to take Apple's iPod line head-on. SanDisk has launched the Sansa e280 MP3 player. Interestingly, it's an 8 GB MP3 player that can be expanded to 10 GB, and it's retailing for the same price as Apple's 4 GB iPod nano.
Philips announced that THQ will incorporate its amBX technology in the development of its upcoming PC game Broken Sword: The Angel of Death. The amBX technology extends the idea of surround sound to other devices such as LED lights, fans and heaters to allow gamers to experience more than just the ambient sound of a title.
Electronic Arts announced that it has licensed the Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games for use in several upcoming titles.
The latest winner of the "Silly Promotional Effort" contest is the "Maddenoliday." Microsoft and Electronic arts have launched the Maddenoliday , to take place in Madden, Mississippi to promote the launch of Madden NFL '07 on the Xbox 360.
Xing mobile has launched a simple, Bejewelled-style game called Jewel Collection for MIDP-2 handsets.
SteelSeries, a manufacturer of gaming peripherals, has launched its SteelSound 5H v2 headset. The headset is designed for gaming and includes not only positional sound capabilities but a unidirectional microphone. The headphones are available for just under $120.
Namco Bandai announced that it plans to release its game Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2 late this year or early next year.
Ubisoft announced that it plans to bring its game Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII to the PlayStation 3. The game is one of WWII aerial combat and should be available for the launch of the PlayStation 3. The game was already released for the PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox earlier this year.
Relentless Software has hired Jeff Gamon as Executive Producer for its PlayStation 2 quiz games. Gamon previously served as a producer at Electronic Arts, working on the Harry Potter and Battlefield 2 franchises.
GameStop reported its financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended July 29.
Flagship Studios, the developer behind the upcoming game Hellgate: London, and HanbitSoft have entered into a joint venture called Ping0. Ping0 will take care of hosting, online services and digital distribution of Hellgate: London. Ping0 also plans to offer its service to other online games.
Turbine has launched the third module (major content update) for its massively multiplayer online game Dungeons & Dragons Online.
Deep Labyrinth, Atlus U.S.A.'s role-playing game for the DS, is now in stores in North America.
Namco Bandai announced that it has shipped Payout Poker and Casino for the PSP to stores. The game offers several casino games including varieties of Poker, Blackjack and Craps.
Publisher Playlogic Entertainment announced certain financial results for the first half of 2006.
German publisher dtp entertainment AG announced that it plans to publish a first-person shooter called Red Ocean for the PC in February of 2007. The game will be published under the Anaconda label and has players taking on the role of a treasure hunter who stumbles on an underwater Russian research station that's been taken over by terrorists.
JoWooD productions announced that it is working on a skiing game called Freak Out! for the PC, PlayStation 2 and PSP. The game is an extreme skiing game, complete with improbable tracks and slopes. It should be released late this year.
THQ's real-time strategy game for the PC, Company of Heroes, is gold, in duplication and should be in stores on September 14. This WWII-themed game sports deformable terrain and destructible structures as it follows the soldiers of Able Company.
Next Wednesday (August 23), Microsoft will launch a Texas Hold 'em game over Xbox Live! Arcade. Until 8AM GMT, the game will be completely free. After that, it will cost 800 Microsoft points.
Xing Mobile has released its mobile poker game with the ultra-creative title, Xing Poker. The poker game is available for MIDP-2 phones.
CCP, the firm behind the massively multiplayer online game Eve Online, is launching a German version of Eve Online next weekend. The German version is the first localized version of Eve Online CCP has offered, but CCP expects to offer the game in other languages in the near future.
German publisher dtp entertainment announced that it will publish (under its Anaconda label) an adventure game for the PC called Gray Matter. The game is a project headed up by Jane Jensen, the woman behind the Gabriel Knight classic adventure games. This is Jensens's first adventure game since 1999.
I-play has launched the mobile game GoodFellas based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name. The game allows players to rise in the ranks of gangsters through a mix of tycoon-style play and poker.
Square Enix has shipped its game Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
CDV Software Entertainment announced that it plans to release Rider's World: I Want to Ride for the PC next month. The game is intended for young girls who want to raise and care for a simulated horse.
Glu Mobile plans on developing and publishing a Chess game in conjunction with Garry Kasparov. The game will be called Kasparov Chess and should be available for mobile phones in early 2007.
WildTangent, a publisher of online games, has received an unspecified investment from WPP, a group that owns several public relations and advertising firms among other investments. This investment opens up another marketing venue for WPP and its member firms.
Microsoft has shipped its game Ninety-Nine Nights for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America. The game is one of massive action battles, and was already released in Japan and Korea.
2K Sports, the sports label for Take-Two interactive, confirmed that Shaquille O'Neal will return as the cover athlete for its basketball franchise. NBA 2K7 will be released for the Xbox 360, Xbox and PlayStation 2 next month.
Aspyr Media announced that the Macintosh version of The Sims 2: Open for Business is now gold, in duplication and should be in stores next week. The game was released for the PC early this year and allows Sims to create and run businesses.
In-game advertising firm Double Fusion has hired Julie Shumaker as its Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Shumaker served as National Director of Sales for Electronic Arts, reportedly closing "seven-figure product placement deals with McDonald’s and Intel in Electronic Art’s The Sims franchise."
The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) has announced an impressive prize for its Omegathon III, the competition in which gamers must dominate all the competition through a series of different (surprise) video game matches. This year the prize is a 2006 Scion xB with an internal monitor and Xbox 360. The event occurs at the end of the month in Seattle, Washington.
Publisher Metro 3D confirmed that Earache Extreme Metal Racing should reach stores on September 22. The musical racing game should be released for the PC and PlayStation 2, with a possible PSP version to follow later.
Aspyr Media has signed on to publish Sunflowers' games 1701 A.D. and ParaWorld in North America. 1701 A.D. is an empire-building game that explores themes of colonization while ParaWorld is a real-time strategy game...with dinosaurs. Both games should be published for the PC later this year.
NCsoft's Lineage II is preparing to launch the fifth major content update for the massively multiplayer online game. For those immersed in the world of Lineage II, Chronicle 5 goes live today on the test server.
Mobile publisher Gameloft has signed an agreement with Touchstone Television to make mobile games based on Lost and Desperate Housewives. Gameloft expects to complete these games by early 2007.
Microsoft announced that it is opening the gateway of user created content for the Xbox 360. Building off Microsoft's XNA development platform, Microsoft will release XNA Game Studio Express later this year.
Atlus has acquired the right to publish Bomberman Land Touch! for the DS in North America. The game brings Bomberman once again to Bomber Island, this time on the DS. The game should be released in North America in early November.
Topware Interactive confirmed that its upcoming role-playing game for the PC, Two Worlds has been delayed until the last quarter of this year.
Publisher Her Interactive has teamed up with Big Fish Games to allow Big Fish Games to distribute its game Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon as a digital download.
Electronic Arts announced the cover athletes that it will use to promote the next installment of its FIFA soccer game, FIFA '07.
Xing Mobile has released a simple Tapper-style game for MIDP-2 mobile phones called Bart's Beer Bar.
Judge Matthew F. Kennelly (US District Judge of the Northern District of Illinois) ruled that the State of Illinois must pay the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $510,528.64 "for its unconstitutional effort to enact a law banning the sale of violent video games."
Got Game Entertainment's PC game Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle is gold, in duplication and should reach store shelves on September 1.
Eidos has partnered with Ford Motor Company and Empire Interactive to publish Ford Bold Moves Street Racing for the Xbox, PC and PlayStation 2. The game should be released later this year and will continue the franchise of Ford racing games by allowing players to race high-performance Ford vehicles.
Your World Games is partnering with Sony BMG Music Entertainment to distribute its mobile game The Shroud. The game is a multiplayer role-playing experience that supports GPS challenges for GPS-enabled phones.
Sega announced that it will release the Sega Genesis Collection for the PlayStation 2 and PSP this fall. The collection will include 30 classic Genesis titles including Shinobi III, Golden Axe and Phantasy Star.
Nintendo wants to be sure everyone knows how well its software Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is selling.
Sony Online Entertainment announced that it has acquired key assets of Worlds Apart Productions. Worlds Apart has created online games that emulate collectible card games, including the online version of The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game, Star Chamber, and the Auto Assault Trading Card Game.
Mad Catz, the manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, announced the results of its financial first quarter ended June 30.
Thumbplay, a provider of mobile entertainment including games, has now made its products available to Verizon customers. That's it. Verizon customers now have access to Thumbplay's content. Full stop.
2K Sports, the sports label of Take-Two Interactive, announced that the hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, has reunited to headline the 2nd Annual 2K Sports Bounce Tour. The Tour is a musical tour spanning September and some of October to promote 2K Sports.
Developer Digital Illusions provided an interim financial report for the first half of 2006. Digital Illusions, the developer behind the Battlefield series of multiplayer first-person shooters, long ago entered into a tentative agreement to be acquired by Electronic Arts. There has been some contention surrounding the acquisition, but Digital Illusions confirmed that on May 24, shareholders approved the merger plan and the merger should be completed in September. During the first half of the year, Digital Illusions reported a net loss of 5.7 million Swedish Krona (approximately $786 thousand).
Destineer Studios announced that it will open a new studio in Raleigh, North Carolina. The new studio will open on August 28, and Destineer hopes to grow the location to as many as 100 staff members.
Atari announced that it will publish the game Bullet Witch from AQ Interactive for the Xbox 360. This represents the first game in a publishing agreement between Atari and Japanese AQ Interactive that covers an unspecified number of titles. The game itself is being created by the Japanese developer Cavia and sets gamers the task of saving the world from demons with "magical skills and a swift trigger finger."
Atari has formed a partnership with Pat Sajak games to release an offline version of Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters for the PC. The simple word game is already available online and should be available in stores by the holiday season.
GMX Media announced that its first-person shooter Specnaz: Project Wolf is gold, in duplication, and should be distributed in Europe shortly. The game is an FPS for the PC that puts players inside the Russian Special Forces.
Atlus USA has shipped its game Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation to stores in North America. The game is a strategic role-playing game featuring mechanized combat and is available for the Game Boy Advance.
Sony Online Entertainment announced that it is developing a game for the PSP called Cash Money Chaos.
Infogrames, the parent company of Atari, announced certain financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30.
Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, announced that it will make the multiplayer portion of its game F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) available as a free download on August 17. The download will be called F.E.A.R. Combat and will include all of the multiplayer game modes and official maps from the retail PC game.
Namco Bandai confirmed that its game Mobile Suit Gundam will, in fact, be released for the PlayStation 3 this year. The game is one of giant robot combat set during the franchise's "One Year War."
DreamCatcher Games has signed on to publish the role-playing game Neverend developed by Mayhem Studios. The game is an action/RPG and should be released later this month.
Simutronics, a middleware provider, announced that BioWare's Austin studio is the first company to license its middleware for the production of massively multiplayer online games called the HeroEngine. The HeroEngine will be used for BioWare's upcoming (unannounced) MMOG.
Electronic Arts announced that it has acquired the right to use Chemicals React by "gold-record-selling teen music sensations Aly & AJ" as the signature song for its expansion for The Sims 2, The Sims 2: Pets. The song has been translated into Simlish for inclusion in the game.
Yuke's Company of America has shipped its drift racing game for the PlayStation 2, D1 Grand Prix to stores in North America. The game focuses on drift racing with thirty licensed cars.
Saitek is now shipping its Pro Flight Rudder Pedals for the PC to retail stores.
Matrix Games has released the Palm OS and Pocket PC versions of its turn-based strategy game Blitzkrieg War in Europe 1939-1945. The game is available as a digital download
THQ issued an official statement noting that it is cooperating with the Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation of its stock option grant practices. THQ also noted that prior to the inquiry, it had already begun a "voluntary internal review of its historical stock option grant practices."
Razer, a manufacturer of gaming peripherals, has launched its Barracuda HP-1 gaming headphones.
Ubisoft confirmed that it completed its acquisition of the Driver franchise of games as well is the assets and most of the staff from Reflections Interactive Limited.
In-game advertising firm IGA Worldwide has appointed Tim Walsh as the Vice President of Media Acquisition. Walsh recently served as the President of THQ Wireless and will now be responsible for growing the portfolio of games in which IGA can place ads.
Ubisoft announced that it plans to expand its Petz line of titles.
Bethesda Softworks announced that Star Trek writer Dorothy Fontana is writing the script for the developer's upcoming games Star Trek: Legacy and Star Trek: Tactical Assault in collaboration with Derek Chester.
Representative Cliff Stearns (R–FL) introduced the "Truth in Video Game Rating Act" on July 26.
Sony added five new titles to its PlayStation 2 "Greatest Hits" collection (bringing the price of these popular titles down to just under $20). The following games are the new members of the collection:
Electronic Arts announced that it is working on Medal of Honor: Heroes for the PSP, to be released this holiday season. The game will include a single-player campaign new to the Medal of Honor franchise as well as multiplayer combat.
Codemasters plans to implement a three-tier subscription system for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game, ArchLord.
2K Games, a label of Take-Two Interactive, has shipped Dungeon Siege II: Broken World to stores. Dungeon Siege II: Broken World is an expansion for Dungeon Siege II that continues the single-player campaign of the original game, adding new characters and items to the mix.
Anascape, a Limited Partnership in Tyler Texas, filed suit at the beginning of this week against both Microsoft and Nintendo alleging that the two console manufacturers violated twelve of Anascape's patents relating to the manufacture of controllers. Not surprisingly, Anascape seeks substantial (but unspecified) damages.
Electronic Arts confirmed that the next installment of its soccer game FIFA '07 will ship to stores on October 3.
Midway verified that it plans on releasing its game Rampage: Total Destruction for the Wii console. The Wii version of the game will introduce ten additional characters to the game beyond those available in the PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions.
NCsoft revealed certain financial details concerning its fiscal second quarter.
Activision announced the results of its fiscal first quarter.
Midway announced its financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended June 30.
To demonstrate the impact that the AGEIA physics processor can have on games, Artificial Studios developed a demo called CellFactor: Revolution.
Ubisoft announced that it plans to have seven games available for the launch of Nintendo's Wii platform.
ArenaNet, a subsidiary of NCsoft, has introduced an in-game store into its online game Guild Wars. Now players can purchase new Guild Wars content (such as other Guild Wars games) without ever leaving the game.
Paradox Interactive confirmed that Victoria – Revolutions, the expansion for its PC strategy game Victoria – An Empire Under the Sun, will be released on August 17. The expansion will be available for just under $10/€10.
Crave has shipped its game LarryBoy and the Bad Apple to stores in North America.
Eidos, part of the SCi Entertainment Group, announced that it will release a version of the classic game Pandemonium for Brew-capable mobile phones this fall. The platformer was previously released for the PlayStation, Saturn and PC.
Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios confirmed that Gears of War will be released for the Xbox 360 on November 12. The action game has players battling insectoid alien invaders and will retail for just under $60.
Midway confirmed that its upcoming game John Woo's Stranglehold has been delayed until the first quarter of 2007. The action game is currently in development for next-generation consoles and the PC.
Blizzard, a division of Vivendi Games, announced that it is refocusing its development strategy. Members of the console game development team are being redeployed to work on other projects.
SanDisk, the company that primarily manufactures data storage products, named Atsuyoshi Koike as the president of the company's Japanese subsidiary. Koike will focus on technology and fabrication processes in Japan.
Capcom has launched its mobile game Super Puzzle Fighter 2: Network Battle for certain mobile phones. The competitive puzzle game is a new version of the console and coin-op classic game that allows two players to compete over a cellular network.
BFG Technologies has launched its new BFG GeForce 7300 GT OC 256 MB PCIe graphics card. BFG's card is overclocked at the factory to 375 MHz (compared to the standard 350 MHz) speed.
Fire International, a manufacturer of game peripherals, is working on the Xploder HDTV Player for the PlayStation 2. The device will convert the video signal from the PlayStation 2 to an HD signal compatible with most HDTV sets.
Namco Bandai Games announced that it is working on Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles based on the animated Naruto series for the PlayStation 2.
The Khronos Group, an industry group that defines open standards for media and games that allow for cross-platform development announced several new members. Acrodea, Apple, DAZ3D, Dell, Google, Codeplay and S3 Graphics have all joined the Khronos Group.
PR Firm Frazer Nash Communications is excited to let everyone know that it has been hired by German publisher DTP Entertainment to support DTP's efforts to expand internationally with additional PR.
Midway plans on releasing four premium editions of its upcoming game Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for the PlayStation 2 when the game launches on October 9.
2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive, is working with music publisher Sub Pop Records on its NHL 2K7 game. Sub Pop Records will provide the music for 2K Sports' hockey game.
EA Sports has once again launched a new season of its Fantasy Football program. The program is a traditional, web-based fantasy football game that charges both leagues and teams for participation.
Today, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting was added to Xbox Live! Arcade. This latest addition is a classic fighting game that has been ported to the Xbox 360 platform.
Sega has shipped Total War: Eras for the PC to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts reported the financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30.
Sega has shipped its game Super Monkey Ball Adventure for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube to stores in North America.
ArenaNet, part of NCsoft, will shortly launch the pre-order package for Guild Wars: Nightfall. Those who pre-order the game will get an extra character slot and exclusive items. For those who are unaware, Guild Wars: Nightfall is the latest stand-alone game in the Guild Wars franchise.
Publisher Empire Interactive has shipped its racing game for the PC, FlatOut 2, to stores in North America.
Codemasters has launched the pre-order package for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game, ArchLord. Those who pre-order the game will get one of four in-game items, a soundtrack CD and other trinkets.
2K Sports, the sports label of Take-Two Interactive, has named J. J. Redick as the cover athlete for College Hoops 2K7. Redick played for the Duke University Blue Devils and starts playing for the Orlando Magic this fall. College Hoops 2K7 will be released this fall for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2.
Softimage, a middleware provider and part of Avid Technology, has launched v1.5 of its Softimage|Face Robot software for creating facial animations. This latest version of the software improves the ability of Face Robot to export animations for game development.
THQ has shipped its game Barnyard to stores.
Got Game Entertainment has shipped its game Atlantis Quest to stores in North America. Atlantis Quest has players solving casual-style puzzle games to reach the lost city of Atlantis over the course of 76 levels.
Sword of the Stars, the strategy game for the PC from Lighthouse Interactive and Destineer Publishing, is gold, in duplication and should reach stores on August 22. The game is a 4X strategy game that combines turn-based action and real-time combat.
THQ has launched the demo of its game Saints Row for the Xbox 360. The game will be available for the Xbox 360 on August 29 and has players battling, block-by-block, for control over the city of Stilwater. The demo is available for free on Xbox Live! Marketplace.