Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sony Online Entertainment - The Free Realms Theme Song Is Now Available on iTunes - Press Release

Sony Online Entertainment have announced that the Free Realms Theme Song, By The Dares, is now available to buy in the iTunes Store. They are also proud to say that the Dares set a World Record for being the first band to play in the real world and in a virtual space simultaneously.

Press Release

“It’s Your World,” the Free Realms theme song, is now available for purchase on iTunes! Setting a Guinness World Record for “the first concert to take place simultaneously in the real world and a virtual space” was just the first stop for The Dares. Now they are exploding off the stage and into your iPod with their new hit! Finally, the song you have been humming along to from TV commercials and in-game can be yours! Become part of the phenomenon, and download this smash single to rock out with your friends today!

Ubisoft - New Asterix Game Announced - Press Release

Ubisoft has announced a new game based on the Asterix Cartoon. the game is set for a October 2009 release and will be based on the original story line of the comic strips. the game will be set over 4 different locations, with the player taking on the role of thier faviote character in 20 mini-games.

Press Release

Paris, FRANCE – June 30, 2009 – Today Ubisoft announced that it will develop a video game based on the adventures of the legendary “Asterix™” cartoon. Created specifically for the Nintendo DS™, the game will be released across EMEA territories in October 2009.

This new title will be based on the original storyline of the famous series of comic strips, “The Adventures of Asterix.” Gamers will be able to relive the adventures of Asterix and his band of invincible Gauls, taking the role of one of their favorite characters in 20 mini-games. Four different locations will be available: the village, the forest, the Roman camp, and the seaside, each counting five mini-games where players will need to protect their village from the Romans.

“Asterix™” will include a two player mode and is sure to be a hit with every fan of the beloved comic book hero.
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Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.
About Ubisoft® :
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft is present in 28 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2008-09 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1.058 billion. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

Glu Mobile - Summer 2009 Line-Up Announced - Press Release

Glu Mobile INC have announced their summer line-up for 2009. all the games will be available on J2ME, BREW, Blackberry and Windows Mobile platforms.
There are 3 games coming out in July, Stranded Mystery's of Time is a time travelling game where you have to collect DNA and fix the future, 99 Ninjas has the players on a quest to eliminate the Shan-Pu to become the last of 99 Ninjas, and Vegas Hustler has the player out smarting characters and making money to become a high roller.
Out in August is Firefighters City Rescue, where players are part of the force and have to save their town of Emberville.

Press Release

SAN MATEO, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Jun 30, 2009 Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq:GLUU), a leading global publisher of mobile games, today announced its lineup of games for summer 2009. These additions to Glu’s portfolio include never-before-seen brands from Glu, as well as a sequel from one of Glu’s best-selling titles. Each game will be available on the J2ME, BREW, Blackberry and Windows Mobile platforms.

“We can’t wait for mobile games fans to get their hands on our summer lineup which features all-new and exciting original IP titles,” said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing, Glu. “All of the games include action-packed fun, with loads of playing time, providing hours of entertainment perfect for summer travel.”

The titles launching in summer 2009 include:

Stranded: Mysteries of Time™ – The award-winning adventure game returns with a new engrossing story full of unexpected twists. As a genetic scientist working on an uncharted island, players are pulled into a time-traveling adventure, unraveling the mystery of a viral outbreak. As the story unfolds, players attempt to fix the future by using DNA gathered from a prehistoric age to create a cure. (Available beginning July 2009)

99 Ninjas™ – The dark arts of combat have come to mobile phones. Players fight with the fastest ninja and set off on a thrilling quest of vengeance in the funniest action game ever made for mobile! Using amazing ninja abilities and skills, players must face the ultimate opponent, the evil Shan-Pu. Players use weapons including a sword, shuriken, grappling hook and even ninja magic to eliminate enemies to become the last of the 99 ninjas. (Available beginning July 2009)

Vegas Hustler™ – In this game, players live the life of a hustler in Las Vegas, the city where anything can happen. In this intriguing adventure, players will outsmart shady characters, fall in love (or maybe just lust), and become a wealthy high roller...at least that’s the plan. To make it in Sin City, bankroll and reputation are everything, so making big moves in blackjack, roulette, and craps is essential. (Available beginning July 2009)

Firefighters: City Rescue™ –The latest arcade-action game from Glu lets players join American heroes to save Emberville from destruction. Players control their crews via the strategy map then run into the buildings to take on the fires themselves. Throughout the game, players much climb up floors of burning buildings, extinguishing fires while saving people trapped inside. Different buildings present different challenges and the arsonists always stick around to make things difficult. (Available beginning August 2009)

For more information, go to www.glu.com. For live updates, follow Glu on Twitter at www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu Mobile fan on Facebook.

About Glu Mobile
Glu (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Glyder, Bonsai Blast, Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners including Atari, Activision, Konami, Harrah's, Hasbro, Warner Bros., Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games, SEGA and Sony. Founded in 2001, Glu is based in San Mateo, Calif. and has offices in London, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Brazil, Chile, Canada and Mexico. Consumers can find high-quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile phones wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at www.glu.com.

Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to the anticipated launch dates of the Stranded: Mysteries of Time, 99 Ninjas, Vegas Hustler and Firefighters: City Rescue mobile games. These forward-looking statements are subject to material risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Investors should consider important risk factors, which include: the risk that Glu may not launch any or all of the mobile games as scheduled; the risk that any or all of the mobile games may not be accepted by consumers as expected; and other risks detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in Glu’s most recent report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11, 2009. Glu is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Sega - Bleach The 3rd Phantom Screenshots Release For The DS - Press Release

Sega Have Released Screenshots for their upcoming game Bleach The 3rd Phantom on the DS. They also announce that the game is currently set for a early 2010 release in the UK.
The game is a RPG that uses the shows anime style in battles. the story for the game is a spinoff from the series but has been written from the ground up under the supervision of Tite Kubo.

Press Release

BLEACH: The 3rd phantom TAKES ON
Hit Anime Series enters the Strategy RPG Genre for the first time

LONDON (June 30th, 2009) – SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced that BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom™ will be released in Europe early next year, exclusively for the Nintendo DS™. Based on the critically acclaimed manga and animated series, BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom marks the first venture into the Strategy RPG genre for the series.

A spin-off from the main narrative, BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom’s exclusive storyline has been created from the ground up under the supervision of Tite Kubo, the author and creator of BLEACH. Shedding light on events that transpired before the anime, the story centres around the Soul Reaper twins, Fujimaru Kudo and his sister Matsuri Kudo. As they progress through the story, fans will encounter the familiar faces of Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki, alongside never before seen characters developed specifically for the title.

The two lead characters offer completely unique gameplay experiences, as well as the chance to work cooperatively towards achieving their ultimate moves. With a further cast of over fifty characters who can be selected to join the battle, users will discover a wide range of dynamic personalities as they journey through the game. Interactive in-game dialogue sequences will allow gamers to manage personal relationships with the characters and even unlock new ones. As players fight against the Arrancar and Hollows, they will gain experience to further customise their abilities. Utilising each character’s unique skills and strengths, players will be able to adapt to any situation as they create and command an army of up to eight Soul Reapers.

BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom employs a traditional Strategy RPG gameplay format with an added bonus of anime styled combat during in-game battles. Gamers will enjoy the best of both worlds as the graphics in the field map feature outrageous renditions of BLEACH characters in a 3-D isometric environment, while in-game battles are rendered with beautiful 2-D graphics taken from the animated series. Once gamers complete the story mode, a bounty of unlockable content awaits them. The multiplayer feature will allow up to two players to battle head-to-head via Wireless Mode.

BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom on Nintendo DS is slated for release in Europe early in 2010. For more information about the game, please visit www.sega.com/bleachthirdphantom. For more information on the BLEACH manga or animated series please visit bleach.vizeurope.com.

About SEGA Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.

About VIZ Media Europe, S.A.R.L. (VME)
Headquartered in Paris, France, VIZ Media Europe (VME) is a subsidiary of San Francisco-based VIZ Media, LLC. VME specializes in managing the development, marketing and distribution throughout Europe of Japanese animated entertainment and graphic novels (manga). VME handles some of the most popular Japanese manga and animation properties from initial production, through television placement and distribution to merchandise licensing and promotions for consumers of all ages. Current VME animated properties include BLEACH, BLUE DRAGON, DEATH NOTE, HAMTARO, HONEY & CLOVER, KEKKAISHI, KILARI, M.A.R NEURO, A PENGUIN’S TROUBLES and ZOIDS GENESIS. Contact VIZ Media Europe at 9, avenue de l'Opéra, 75001 Paris, France Phone +33 1 72 71 53 53; Fax: +33 1 42 96 97 36; and web site at www.vizeurope.com.

Disney - Disney Press Are Publsihing Books Based On Thier Hit Game Series Spectrobes - Press Release

Disney have announced that Disney Press will be releasing books based on their hit Spectrobes Series. The first Two books, Spectrobes: First Contact and Spectrobes: Rise of the Ancient, are set for release today.
the other two books in the series are Spectrobes: Origins and
Spectrobes: The Ultimate Returns, which are set for a August 18th and November 3rd release, respectivly.

Press Release

BURBANK, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Jun 30, 2009 Disney Press will publish the new middle-grade series based on Disney Interactive Studios' best-selling Spectrobes videogames. The sci-fi story of two planetary officers and the mysterious Spectrobes creatures will be told through these original junior novels in addition to the upcoming Wii™ game. Disney Interactive Studios and Disney Press today announced that four Spectrobes junior novels will be available in North America this year.

Spectrobes is Disney Interactive Studios’ original monster battle video game franchise. The first Wii game of the series, Spectrobes: Origins, will be released this fall. More than 1.6 million units of the two Spectrobes Nintendo DS games released in each of the last two years have been shipped worldwide.

The Spectrobes books feature original stories with characters from the video game and introduce never- previously-revealed exclusive tales. The junior novel titles are: Spectrobes: First Contact (available now), Spectrobes: Rise of the Ancient (available now), Spectrobes: Origins (Publication date: August 18) and Spectrobes: The Ultimate Returns (Publication date: November 3).
“The Spectrobes video game franchise has been incredibly successful with the handheld releases the past two years and the anticipation of the first Wii game, Spectrobes: Origins, this fall,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “As an original video game property, Spectrobes is expanding to excite audiences in new ways. The four junior novels are the perfect initial step in growing the Spectrobes franchise.”
“We are excited to expand upon the incredible world created in the Spectrobes games with original storylines and new novels,” said Rich Thomas, executive editor, Disney Press.
More information about the books:

Spectrobes: First Contact by Ned Lerr
Publication date: June 30, 2009

On a routine mission, Rallen and Jeena, two officers from the Nanairo Planetary Patrol, respond to a bizarre distress signal. When they arrive, they discover the wreckage of an escape capsule. Inside, an old man has been suspended in a cryogenic sleep for quite some time. Upon awakening, he reveals that an evil force known as the Krawl threatens to destroy everything in the universe. The only force that can stop the evil Krawl is a prehistoric group of creatures that have been scattered throughout surrounding worlds—the Spectrobes. But before the Spectrobes can battle, they must first be discovered and activated. Will Rallen and Jeena be able to find the Spectrobes and destroy the menacing Krawl . . . or will the Krawl find the young officers first?

Spectrobes: Rise of the Ancient by Ned Lerr
Publication date: June 30, 2009

Rallen and Jeena continue their quest across the galaxy to discover more buried Spectrobes and put an end to the evil force known as the Krawl. But the Spectrobes are not the only discovery occurring in the Nanairo Galaxy. An ancient set of ruins have been uncovered on Planet Nessa. When Rallen and Jeena team up with Professor Kate, a scientist from Kollin, the clues they find at the ruins are more than they could ever imagine. Could the ruins actually be an ancient machine somehow linked to the creatures of the light? As the heroes try to find answers, a dark being known only as Jado is trying to find them. Will Rallen, Jeena, and Professor Kate be able to find the answers to this new discovery? Or will Jado and the Krawl reign supreme?
Spectrobes: Origins by Ned Lerr
Publication date: August 18, 2009

Coinciding with the video game release of the same name, the Spectrobes: Origins novel expands on the story from the Wii game. When Rallen and Jeena respond to an anomaly in the Nanairo System, they are sucked into a portal and sent to a new dimension! When they arrive on an unknown planet, there are met with a well-known enemy: the Krawl. When they learn that a massive army of Krawl will be unleashed in this galaxy, Rallen and Jeena must find five mysterious shards that when combined, will release a powerful energy that will finally end the evil force known as the Krawl. But the High Krawl known as Jado will stop at nothing to put an end to Rallen and Jeena for good. And just when the officers thought they had enough on their hands, Commander Grant’s strange behavior begins to unfold as the officer’s learn of his past and his connection to this new galaxy and a mysterious being known as Krux.

Spectrobes: The Ultimate Returns by Scott Peterson
Publication date: November 3, 2009

With the High Krawl, Jado, no longer a threat to Rallen and Jeena, the Nanairo Planetary Patrol officers must now head back to their home planet of Kollin, in hopes of stopping a full fledged Krawl attack constructed by the evil menace known as Krux. With the final pieces of the shard gathered together, they can now summon and unleash the Ultimate Form. But Krux will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening.

The paperback books each have a suggested retail price of $4.99. Available wherever books are sold.

About Spectrobes: Origins
This fall the fight to defeat the evil Krawl horde continues, but this time only a series of lost fragments can stop the growing menace. The game lets players control either Rallen or Jeena in the first Wii installment for Disney's top-selling Spectrobes franchise. Players will find, train, and command more than 100 mysterious creatures. With the Spectrobes at their side, they will use the creatures’ special powers and abilities to stop the Krawl and save the galaxy.
Developed by Genki Co., Ltd., and published by Disney Interactive Studios, Spectrobes: Origins will be available only for Wii August 18.

About Disney Press
Disney Press is an imprint of Disney Book Group (DBG); additional DBG imprints include Disney Editions, Disney-Hyperion Books, and Disney-Jump at the Sun Books. DBG is part of Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines, with over 400 children's magazines published and 120 million children's books sold each year. Headquartered in White Plains, NY and Milan, Italy, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books and magazines in 85 languages in 75 countries, reaching more than 100 million readers each month.

About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games, mobile games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.

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