The following bit may be hard to believe, but please… bear with me: the film rights to Pac-Man have been picked up by Hollywood production company Crystal Sky Pictures for $200 million.
The $200 million development deal was funded by entertainment financier Grosvenor Park, Variety reports. The transaction also includes funding for the upcoming Castlevania movie, which was delayed due to the writer’s strike.
No other details on the project were disclosed.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is now available on the PlayStation Network as a $9.99 download, playable on both the PS3 and PSP. It is currently the highest priced game on the store where most games top out at $5.99.
The game will also be available as an unlockable in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP), an enhanced remake of the PC Engine game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
With the Leipzig convention just a month away, Konami has announced that it will be present at the show, presenting the PS3 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 for the first time.
Visitors to the publisher’s booth will be one of the first few to experience the next-gen version of the popular football franchise. The company will also be showing off Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP) and Silent Hill Origins (PSP).
Konami can be found during the GC from August 23-26 in Hall 4, booth B11.
Sure to be good news to Xbox 360 and Castlevania fans: Konami will be releasing Symphony of the Nights (the PlayStation version) on Xbox Live Arcade, according to this report from 1Up which cites the September issue of EGM.
The company will also be releasing Frogger, Contra, Track & Field and Time Pilot, among others, on the broadband network. These titles are tentatively slated for release during Q1 2007.
Konami has announced that Michiru Yamane, the publisher’s music composer whose work includes many Castlevania titles, will give a live performance in a Symphony Concert to be held during the opening ceremony in the Gewandhaus venue at the Leipzig Games Convention.
The acclaimed composer will be performing “Wood Carving Partita” from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on a Cembalo – a Harpsichord-style instrument. There will also be a tribute to Castlevania through a specially-composed medley based on three tracks from the series: “A Toccata Into Blood-Soaked Darkness” from Curse of Darkness, and “Vampire Killer” and “Wicked Child” from the original NES Castlevania.
Michiru Yamane will be available for a signing session after the concert.
Coming as good news to Castlevania fans, Konami sends word that it has signed a deal with GameTap that will see the release of the first three installments of Castlevania for PC as well as Castlevania: Bloodlines for SEGA Genesis on the broadband entertainment network. The agreement will also bring Frogger and Contra Hard Corps to the network.
No release dates have been mentioned, though the games are expected to hit the network sometime soon. GameTap currently hosts more than 400 TV shows and videos, as well as close to 600 video games; it also offers multiplayer gaming and instant messaging to its subscribers.
The long running Castlevania series is back for another round – Konami has announced Portrait of Ruin for the DS.
Letting the player take control of two different characters – vampire hunter Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Orlean, a young girl with magical abilities – the game has them working together to thwart a plan to resurrect Dracula’s Castle within a World War II setting.
The new setting captures the chaos and suffering the era, with thousands of lost souls wandering the world in search of salvation. Desperate to escape the limbo within their exist, the misguided spirits seek to rebuild Dracula’s Castle from its ruins, and are lead by a pair of evil Vampire sisters out to resurrect their master’s home for their own nefarious plans. Thrown together, Jonathan and Charlotte must combine their unusual skill sets to defeat the plans and restore harmony.
Retaining the same 2D platform realms for which the series is famed, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin uses a side-on view to oversee the scrolling stages. Players can switch freely between Jonathan and Charlotte as they progress through the levels, using their skills when appropriate. In addition to Jonathan’s weapon expertise and Charlotte’s spell-casting, both characters can utilise all-new ‘Summon’ attacks to raise demons to assist them against the Vampire sisters’ army. Similarly, more conventional weapons can also be found on route, and saved for use against the hardier monsters that await in the shadows.
The game features all-new locations and over 100 different enemies. More information is set to be revealed during E3.
Hosting a spiffy color layout and a spiffier name, Orange Lounge Radio carries a list of games that Konami will release later this year.
As expected, DDR titles are present in the list – in fact, three of them. DDR Supernova is said to be scheduled for release on September 13 on the PS2; DDR Ultramix 4 for the Xbox on November 14; and the first next-gen title in the series – DDR Universe for the Xbox 360 on November 10. Karaoke Revolution: American Idol will also be hitting stores on November 15 for the PS2.
The list also reveals a new Castlevania sequel for the DS. Titled Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, the game is due on November 15. On the portable side, a sequel to Death Jr. is listed for release on the PSP on October 18, with a DS version being released one week earlier. The Silent Hill remake that was previously announced was also mentioned: it will feature the original storyline with a few twists and will be dubbed Silent Hill: Original Sin.
Last, but not least, Bomberman Act Zero will be released on the PSP and Xbox 360 on July 12.
These titles are expected to be shown at E3 next month.