Capcom has announced a new partnership with The Centre for Fortean Zoology, the only professional scientific organization in the world dedicated to the study of unknown animals, which will see the publisher sponsoring the CFZ on a full scale Monster Hunt expedition to South America in association with Monster Hunter Freedom 2.
The aim of the expedition is to collect giant Anaconda specimens. The CFZ hopes to collect some young specimens and bring them back to their new zoo facility in Devon.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is a non-stop epic hunt-or-be-hunted 3rd person action adventure game and continues the Monster Hunter series with more content and options than ever before. Gamers increase their play skills as they battle through breath-taking environments, gathering rare flaura and fauna and seeking out mystical beasts whilst battling against bloodthirsty monsters in some of the best graphics ever seen on PSP system.
And just like in Monster Hunter Freedom 2, the expedition aims to look for evidence of a real life monster – the mythical ‘Di-di’, a feared South American devil described as a hairy apelike being with scythe like claws and is believed responsible for the deaths of hundreds of cattle who were found with their tongues ripped out. The CFZ believe the beast may be a surviving species of ground sloathe thought to have been extinct for over 10,000 years.
The expedition will take place over two weeks this November and will be made up of CFZ specialist team of Monster Hunters as well as Oliver Stallwood, a London Metro Newspaper reporter. The team will journey deep into the South American jungle by a shaman guide and will be posting daily blogs and footage on their blog.
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 will be released in Europe on September 7 for PSP.
Following up on this story, ANACONDA‘s press conference saw the official unveiling of Jane Jensen‘s new project Gray Matter.
The game’s story mixes eerie mysteries with supernatural events in best Jensen-style. Neurobiologist Dr. David Styles is one of the game’s central characters: since losing his wife in a horrible accident some several years ago, he has become a recluse, seldom leaving Dread Hill House, his English country estate.
When student and part-time street performer Samantha Everett shows up at his doorstep, she unexpectedly becomes his assistant. Hailing from America, she has been traveling through most of Europe the last couple years, making do by performing magic tricks on street corners, so this comes as a nice change of pace for her. But is the meeting of Sam and Styles really as coincidental as it seems?
Her first task: finding six test subjects at Oxford University for one of Styles’ experiments. The experiment starts off innocently enough: the subjects are tasked with imagining different forms of physical exercise. But then inexplicable incidents start mounting – and Styles receives visitations by his dear departed wife. Now it’s up to Sam to solve the mysteries of Dread Hill House.
In Gray Matter, players control both Dr. David Styles as well as Samantha Everett in their bid to uncover the secrets and find out the truth. While Dr. Styles research leads him into an investigation into the intricacies of the human mind, the player will have to tackle stage magic as Sam to solve puzzles. Gray Matter tackles questions concerning the nature of reality and the power of the mind in constructing the world we take for granted.
Gray Matter is in development at Tonuzaba Entertainment in Hungary and will be published worldwide during Q4 2007.
Yes, you read that right: ANACONDA will be offering free popcorn at the show. The publisher will present its lineup on a massive screen in Hall 5, booth G02 where guests will be able to take a look at future titles just like in the theatre, with free popcorn included.
In addition, the company’s booth will be host to playable versions of Undercover: Operation Wintersun, Runaway 2, Tony Tough 2, Overclocked and Sabotage.
Due for release this November is ANACONDA‘s Boxing Manager, a game that lets players live out the (not so) glamorous world of boxing managers:
The Boxing Manager sees players take control of their own stable of boxers. The aim: taking your prize fighters all the way to the top and win world championship belts of all three federations. Starting out with a small team and three unknown, talented fighters, managers will train the boxers, sign on new up-and-comers and expert staff from around the world, set up bouts and determine tactics and techniques before and during the events. As the game progresses, players will be able to train manage up to 30 fighters at the same time – only if they are successful and form talented amateurs into hardened professionals will they be able to earn coveted titles in all the well-known weight classes.
Of course, managers will always have to have an eye on their finances: does he have the funds to take on better staff in order to improve training? Can he promote his boxing events with TV ads, drawing crowds and earning big bucks, or will he have to make do with a small note in the local papers?
Renowned adventure game designer Jane Jensen will be presenting her new game Gray Matter at a press conference tomorrow at GC. Author of the best-selling Gabriel Knight trilogy, Jensen has been working on the now-revealed adventure game for release during Q4 2007 by dtp. It is her first title since the release of Gabriel Knight 3 back in 1999.
The press conference is scheduled for August 24 from 11 am to 12 pm in conference room 1, 3rd floor of the Leipzig Messehaus. Following the conference, Jane Jensen will give autographs at the ANACONDA theatre (hall 5, booth G02) from 12.30 pm onwards.
German publisher dtp has announced Red Ocean, a new action game in the works at Collision Studios. Set in the first-person genre, this title will combine shooter gameplay with unique underwater elements, letting players make use of water to take out enemies.
Players take on the role of diving instructor and treasure hunter Jack Hard, who stumbles upon a secret Russian cold war research station underneath the ocean’s surface. He soon discovers that it is controlled by a terrorist organization, and that he’s now caught up in their schemes.
The game’s uniqueness comes from the fact that players will be able to make use of all three forms of water: in liquid form it will let players sneak up on enemies unnoticed; at sub-zero temperatures it becomes a slippery surface; and it’s all steamy when hot.
Red Ocean will be released under the ANACONDA label in February 2007.
Compared to the likes of Diablo and Prince of Persia (odd comparisons, I know) by the German PC Games magazine, ANACONDA has announced Legend: Hand of God, a new action RPG set for release during Q2 2007.
As with others in the genre, Hand of God has players fighting evil in a fantasy scenario using a “cinematic combat system”. Unlike its brethren, the game will have players fighting enemies according to the size: “it can happen that Legend’s hero jumps on the back of a giant troll to finally finish him.”
Legend: Hand of God is in development at Hamburg based studio Master Creating. It is also being worked on by US writer Susan O’Connor, Hollywood artist Paul Campion and creative director Andreas Adamek (one of the Gianna Sister’s creators).
According to the announcement, German players can read more about the game in the upcoming September issue of PC Games magazine, which, unlike the actual month stated, will be available from July 26.
ANACONDA sends word on the last day of E3 that it has offered the public a first look at Undercover – Operation Wintersun, a World War II adventure game. In development for release this October, the game takes players to the time of the second World War, with the story revolving around the Nazi’s research into a secret and powerful weapons technology.
Players are drawn into the story in the role of an undercover British MI6 agent, who has to thwart the “horrible” threat posed to mankind by these research efforts.
E3 attendees will be getting a preview look at Tony Tough 2, the upcoming adventure title from Anaconda. The studio will be presenting new, playable locations from the game at the expo. In addition, visitors will also get a first look at Overclocked, Undercover – Operation Wintersun and Belief & Betrayal, as well as Drakensang: The Dark Eye.
Tony Tough 2 is set for release during Q3 2006.
dtp ANACONDA has announced Drakensang: The Dark Eye, an epic party-based RPG from German developer Radon Labs.
Set for release during the fourth quarter of 2007, Drakensang is the adaptation of Germany’s most popular and long-standing pen & paper RPG franchise. No details were announced, but it was disclosed that a world-exclusive look at the game will be published by PC Games (German) in the coming days.