Eidos has announced that Battlestations Midway, its WWII naval combat game, will be released in North America on January 30. It will be available on PC and Xbox 360. The release date for Sega‘s Virtua Fighter 5 was also revealed: the PS3 game will hit stores on February 20 in North America; it will be part of the European PS3 launch in March 2007.
Bringing good news to SCi is Warner Bros., who has acquired ten percent of the company in a deal worth 44.5 million GBP. SCi is taking this deal very ambitiously, as the company has announced that it will create games based on Looney Tunes characters for portables; produce up to ten games based on Hanna-Barbera characters; games based on the Batman character as well as the hit TV show OC. Additionally, SCi has acquired the licensed for animated TV shows Loonatics Unleashed and Legion of Super Heroes.
That’s not all: it will also produce up to 20 games in total across current and next-gen platforms, with Warner Bros. providing primary distribution and media buying services to Eidos in the US. Expect to see these titles released from 2008 onwards.
If you’ve been hyped up for free running extreme sports after watching Casino Royale, then you’re in luck: Reef Entertainment has snatched the rights to Rebellion‘s Free Running for the PS2 and PSP. One of the fastest growing underground youth sports, free running has broken into the mainstream through films such as District 13 and the aforementioned James Bond movie, as well as Madonna’s music video ‘Jump’. The game will have players running and jumping their way through urban obstacles.
Originally in development at Core Design, the makers of the Tomb Raider franchise, the game was acquired by Rebellion as part of its purchase of the studio from Eidos earlier this year. Free Running will feature characters based on the leading free runners in Europe and will feature apparel and high fashion training shows from Adidas.
The game is scheduled for release across Europe in Q1 2007; North America will see the game soon afterwards.
Revealed earlier via rumors and semi-announcements, Eidos has finally officially announced Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a re-telling of the original Tomb Raider, for PC, PS2 and PSP. It is set for release sometime next year.
The first Tomb Raider, released back in 1996, has become a legend (and also created a legend out of its big-busted heroine), and has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. As expected, the ‘Anniversary’ game will make use of an enhanced Tomb Raider: Legend game engine, though it will preserve the elements which made the original a classic. Development is being handled by Crystal Dynamics, the guys behind the Legend game.
Over on Game Matters, Scott Miller’s blog, is word that Prey has sold over a million copies and that plans for a sequel have gone ahead: “There will be a sequel, and we think we have a interesting follow-up story to tell and some all-new innovations to bring new excitement to the table.”
Meanwhile, Total Video Games says that they have got confirmation that Just Cause 2 is also in the pipeline. The original was developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. As expected, there are no details, but the game is said to be in development for PS3, PC and Xbox 360.
Eidos sends word that Reservoir Dogs, the game based on the classic Quentin Tarantino film, will be released on October 24 for the PS2, Xbox and PC in North America. Apparently, it coincides with the release of the Reservoir Dogs 15th Anniversary Edition DVD which includes never-before-seen extra features and collectible packaging.
Eidos will be showing off these games at GC 2006:
In JUST CAUSE, gamers play the role of Rico Rodriguez, a field operative and specialist in regime change, who is charged with overthrowing the corrupt government of San Esperito.
JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES
JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES is an action adventure game with role-playing customization featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna and other unlockable Justice League super heroes.
BIONICLE HEROES brings to life the most powerful and exciting LEGO characters ever seen, in an action-packed world of adventure and discovery.
For the first time, relive the intensity of massive air, sea and underwater WWII battles in a unique mix of intense action and tactical gameplay as you follow the story of naval recruit Henry Walker.
LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER LEGEND (DS)
The seventh title to be released in the Tomb Raider™ series, which originally launched in 1996 and is still one of the best selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 30 million copies sold will be available to play on Nintendo DS.
AGE OF CONAN
Enter a mature, brutal and barbaric universe, in a world filled with cruel gods, mythical creatures, lost civilizations and a struggling human race. King Conan’s rule is on the brink of chaos, spiraling towards doom as ancient evils rise again in this highly anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online Game.
The company will also be showing Kane & Lynch: Dead Men behind closed doors, the forthcoming action title from IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman franchise.
Eidos’ product acquisition director Ian Livingstone is a man with words… lots of it. In an interview (part 2) with Gamesindustry, he stated his support for all three next-gen consoles, offering positive words for each of them. According to him (and rightly so), Microsoft “has obviously got a 12 month head start on the competition” with Xbox 360, while Nintendo is “concentrating on gameplay above all else” with a “cheaper priced product” referring to the Wii.
His most positive words, however, were left for the PS3: “It’s extraordinary quality, that’s the starting point,” he said about the console’s Blu-ray technology, adding that “if people are seeking the ultimate machine, the PS3 is clearly the best spec machine as far as next-gen goes. As with all things in life, you have to pay for quality.” He concluded that “Sony just has to educate people that yes, it’s a lot of money, but it’ll be worth it.”
He didn’t stop there. Livingstone also spoke about the company’s big franchise, and gaming icon, Lara Croft, commenting that further Tomb Raider games are in development and that the publisher is currently speaking to Paramount about a third Tomb Raider film. And that’s not all: he also made the dubious claim that Lara Croft is more popular than Mario, Nintendo’s long-time mascot, due to her ability to break beyond the games niche “thanks to two blockbuster films” as well as her appeal to women as well as men.
First 4 Figures has worked with 2000AD to faithfully recreate the Rogue Trooper. Each figure is cast in high quality polystone, hand finished, hand painted and finished with a printed base that includes the hand-numbered edition.
It stands at 9 inches tall and retains for $80. Only 500 pieces will be available worldwide.
Sure to bring joy to the hearts of
soccer football fans in England, Eidos Interactive announced that Championship Manager 2007 will be released on PC this Autumn.
In development at Beautiful Game Studios, CM2007 will have a completely new look with new skins, menu shortcuts and a dynamic sidebar. This entry will also see the introduction of an International Management option, enabling players to manage their country and be a part of the biggest football tournament in the world.
An innovative new Match Analysis Tool is an ‘under the bonnet’ reveal of statistical information relevant to every player and every game including; goals scored, runs made and shots/passes/tackles made or failed. This offers each manager a true representation of the information on offer to top flight football managers.
Managers will now be able to praise and criticise players in a brand new team talks feature and give individual instructions to players either pre-match or at half time and receive staff feedback on performances. Plus behind the scenes there is also a huge backroom staff of improvements including transfers, negotiations, news, media and pre-match build up along with player and club data accurate up to the closing of the August transfer window, a refined AI system and the introduction of two new leagues: Conference North and South.
Championship Manager 2007 allows you to manage your club to glory, dealing with everything from tactics and training to transfers – everything you would expect a real-life football manager to do without owning a sheepskin coat.