Capcom announced that Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, the forthcoming game based on the adult swim show, has been pushed back from its November 13 release into sometime next year. This was confirmed by the company’s senior strategy director Christian Svensson in a forum post.
“The game is and has been finished, submitted and approved, however we felt releasing the game on the same day 112 other SKUs released was not ideal for its chances. Retail buyers agreed,” he wrote in the post. “As such, we’ve opted to move the title out into a slightly cleaner release window. This will allow us to get on more shelves, do a bit more outreach to the media and hopefully get the fans in on the action a bit more.”
The game will be out on the PS2, PSP and Wii. The PlayStation versions will cost $29.99, with the Wii going for $39.99. All versions are identical, bar customized controls for the Wii’s motion-sensitive controllers.
Capcom has announced Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, originally set for PS2 and PSP release, is now also coming to the Wii. However, it will carry a $10 premium over its PlayStation counterparts, retailing for $39.99. All three versions will be available on November 13.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is a fully animated interactive adventure game that merges the fun and mayhem of the popular Adult Swim TV show with Capcom’s unique style of gameplay. Players will step into the shiny wingtips of Harvey Birdman, a third-rate superhero turned third-rate defense attorney charged with exonerating parodied classic cartoon characters.
Over the course of the game, players must guide Harvey through a series of odd and comical cases. Each of the game’s five interactive stories takes the winged crusader of justice to familiar locations from the TV show. In order to prove his client’s innocence, Harvey must peruse the scene of the crime, gather evidence, talk with other cartoon characters, occasionally have drinks with opposing council, and of course, tear holes – no matter how ridiculous – in the testimony provided by the witness for the prosecution. Harvey must bring the whole story together to defend his client in a court where anything can happen… including a confrontation with the prosecution who brandishes a Shrink Ray Gun. With outrageous gameplay and the comical antics of hilarious animated characters, players and fans alike will feel that they are not just taking control of a character, but actually taking part in a brand new episode of Harvey Birdman.
Sure to appeal to kids who watch the TV channel, The Game Factory announced Cartoon Network Racing for the PS2 and DS. Scoop:
Cartoon Network’s most popular characters, including The Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo, go under starter’s orders as they battle it out to become the Cartoon Network Racing champion in this exciting fast-paced, hi-action arcade racing game.
Players are immersed in the wild and wacky world of Cartoon Network where they can race as one of their favourite cartoon characters. Choose to race from The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Courage the Cowardly Dog and I.M. Weasel, with each character adopting unique Toon Powers*. Gamers must chose tactically: make the wrong choice, and it could cost them the race in the fight to cross the finish line first.
Cartoon Network Racing provides gamers with endless hours of fun with 24* different racing circuits for players to zoom round. Racing zones include Spooky Mine and the Theme Park, plus -show-themed- locations such as Dexter’s Laboratory and the Aron City. Players can enjoy the game alone in single player mode, or go head-to-head with an opponent or race as driver and co-driver in the two-player mode.
As drivers compete through the increasingly difficult levels, they must keep their wits about them to both collect essential power-ups and eliminate their rivals as they race towards the final lap and the coveted chequered flag.
Set for release this October, the PS2 version of the game will feature 12 themed tracks and six show tracks; a multitude of single and multiplayer modes; and more. The DS version will feature 16 race courses, four game modes, a Kart-Toon Store for buying new characters, upgrades and bonus games, and wireless multiplayer for up to eight players.
Seemingly coming out of nowhere is an announcement from Cartoon Network that it is co-operating with Korean game developer Grigon Entertainment on a MMOG.
Dubbed The Cartoon Network MMOG, the game is scheduled for launch in Spring 2008 and will target the television network’s audience of “growing and sophisticated kids.” It will be free to download, with subscription and micro-transactions available to players to enhance the experience. New areas to explore will be added regularly to the game over a span of several years, adding to its gameplay.
Grigon Entertainment is best known for successfully developing and launching several online games in Asia, including Seal Online, a light-hearted RPG. The Cartoon Network MMOG will feature a persistent and expanding world, allowing players to develop their own characters, attributes and possessions. Similar to other MMOGs, the game will also let players meet and interact with other players online, forming virtual friendships and communities. The MMOG will be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) seeing as how it will be targeted at highly impressionable kids.