Atlus has shipped its game Tokyo Beat Down for the DS to stores in North America. The game is a beat-'em-up brawler in which players take on the role of Tokyo cops using their fists to cut down on crime.
Cengage Learning recently launched several new game development books:
Sony will drop the price of the PlayStation 2, the last generation PlayStation console, to $100 starting tomorrow. The platform already has around 1,900 games and has sold around 136 million consoles. Clearly, Sony hopes that this price reduction will help carry the PlayStation 2 for a while longer before it reaches the end of its lifetime, as the original Xbox has already done.
505 Games, in conjunction with the Discovery Channel, has shipped its line of DS games to stores in North America. Dolphin Discovery, Pony Paradise, Puppy Playtime and Kitten Corner are now all on their way to stores for the DS. Each simulation allows kids to train, care for and learn about a specific animal that can ultimately participate in mini-games related to that animal's traits or profession.
Sony has released new downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP platforms:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has shipped its game Wanted: Weapons of Fate based on the Universal Pictures film Wanted to stores in North America. The game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Created by developer Grin, the game is a third-person action title in which players continue the story of Wesley Gibson, the character from the film, as he exploits his remarkable talents to become an unstoppable assassin.
Telltale Games has released Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumblebees as a download for the PC. This is the first in a planned series of four episodic adventures featuring the inventor and precocious dog whose claymation antics have taken them as far as the moon. Created by Aardman, Wallace and Gromit are a particularly endearing pair, who have now arrived as a PC game, prepared to start a business selling honey.
A San Diego company has declared that it plans to launch a gaming device that it calls the "Zeebo" as early as next month. Don't expect to be seeing this in North American or European stores anytime soon, though. The Zeebo is expected to launch next month in Brazil and is aimed at "emerging global markets." The device is, pretty much, a glorified cell phone that will be able to download games over 3G wireless services.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement that will see recently-formed developer LightBox Interactive developing games exclusively for Sony's PlayStation platforms. LightBox was formed by Dylan Jobe, the former Studio Director for Incognito Entertainment best known for his work on Warhawk.
SplitFish Gameware has made its FragFX V2 controller for the PlayStation 3 available. The controller gives a mouse-style interface ideal for shooters to PlayStation 3 gamers. The mouse can also be used to make browsing with the PlayStation 3 more convenient.
Sony has launched one downloadable game each for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store:
Mobile publisher Gameloft has reported certain financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. For the year, Gameloft reported a net loss of €1.8 million (around $2.4 million) compared to a net loss of €4.1 in the prior year. Despite the loss, Gameloft is pleased with its expansion into iPhone games and increased presence as a provider of downloadable content for consoles, and expects success as it is positioned to release games on a broader variety of platforms than most mobile publishers.
Developer inXile Entertainment has hired Jason Anderson as the Creative Director for an unannounced role-playing game. Anderson was one of the original team members on the first Fallout, and while this may be a boon for inXile, it's even more interesting in what it reveals about Interplay.
Titmouse Animation, the company behind shows such as "Metalocalypse," has formed a gaming division called Titmouse Games. Aaron Habibipour will be Titmouse Games' Creative Director and will lead the division's efforts on upcoming projects.
Microsoft and Electronic Arts have launched four downloadable Hasbro games as this week's releases for Xbox Live Arcade. Battleship, Connect 4, Scrabble and Yahtzee can be downloaded for 800 points ($10) apiece. To access any of these games, Xbox 360 owners have to download the "Hasbro Family Game Night Game Room" software, at which point any of these games can be purchased. FI has to go on record as saying $10 is too much for Connect 4, a game that has been solved in the same way that everyone knows how a game of Tic-Tac-Toe will play out.
Sony Online Entertainment is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest, a game that launched in 1999. Over its 10-year history, EverQuest has released 15 expansion packs and spawned a sequel and collectible card game.
Sony is offering a variety of new downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
This Wednesday's releases for Xbox Live Arcade include two big games, one from Square Enix and one from PopCap:
CCP Games has launched a major content update for its massively multiplayer online game Eve Online called Apocrypha. This 10th free expansion adds unstable wormholes that lead to new regions dramatically expanding the universe of Eve Online. It also adds epic mission arcs, modular cruisers, new animations, an upgraded sound engine and Russian language support.
PlayFirst has expanded its Diner Dash universe with the release of the casual, time-management game Diaper Dash. In Diaper Dash, players help Wilson care for the babies of DinerTown's daycare, by feeding, playing with and changing those babies. Think Diner Dash, but with baby poop.
SplitFish, a manufacturer of game peripherals, has reorganized. The company appointed Werner Demetz as President to oversee an extensive restructuring and recapitalization that will allow the company to continue manufacturing controllers such as the FragFx controller for the PlayStation 3.
This week's download for Xbox Live comes from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and is Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. For 1600 points, Xbox 360 owners can download this brawler in which players can control Rorschach or Nite Owl as they battle gangs run rampant following the escape of the crime lord Underboss.
Nexon Group has appointed Daniel Kim as the Chief Executive Officer of Nexon America, the group's North American publishing division that releases free-to-play online games. Prior to this promotion, Kim worked as Executive Vice President of global content strategy for the company, in Korea. Kim begins in his new position, immediately.
Sony's game MLB '09: The Show has reached stores for the PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 3. This latest installment in Sony's baseball franchise adds new details to the game's stadia, allows players to follow the career of individually created custom players and (on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2) participate in a franchise mode that puts players fully in control of a team.