The second in Ubi’s trinity of announcements is word that the publisher has signed a licensing agreement to develop and publish a game based on the hit TV show Heroes.
Heroes, which ended its first season and will begin its second season this Fall, is a television show that chronicles the lives of people who have special powers. It has raked in over 14 million viewers each week and is one of the most popular shows among 18-49 year olds.
“With a gripping storyline and rich characters, Heroes lends itself naturally to a video game format,” said Christian Salomon, vice president of worldwide licensing at Ubisoft. “By offering people the chance to interact directly with the show’s captivating universe, there is no doubt that the game will appeal to both fans of the series and avid gamers.”
Tim Kring, the executive producer and creator of the series, is “very excited” about the upcoming game. However, no other information on the game itself was released, though it is expected to be out sometime next year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, the most likely platforms.
Microsoft revealed at the Comic-Con convention that the HD-DVD Player for the Xbox 360 (also usable on a PC through a hack) has received a price cut and will start selling for $179 starting August 1. The new deal also includes five free HD-DVD movies until September 30.
Additionally, the company announced that it will offer the film 300 on demand in HD on Xbox Live Marketplace starting August 14; it is also working with Warner Bros. to bring even more content from its lineup. The company also mentioned that users will be able to download the pilot episode of Heroes for free in HD for a limited time, as well as trailers, teaser scenes and other promotional material.
Thanks to EA, the PSP can now go to war! A new game in the Medal of Honor series was announced for the portable dubbed Heroes, allowing players to experience “epic, authentic World War II action on-the-go.”
Exclusive to the PSP, and featuring an entirely unique storyline and PSP-specific feature set, Heroes will offer a new single-player campaign and six different multiplayer modes within 15 different maps, with up to 32 players on the Internet and up to 8 players in a local game.
In Medal of Honor Heroes players will experience new MoH moments as they battle their way through three campaigns as their favorite lead characters from past Medal of Honor games. Take on the role of Lieutenant Jimmy Patterson – star of both the original Medal of Honor, and the classic Medal of Honor Frontline™ – in an untold chapter of his time in Holland as part of Operation Market Garden. Play as Sergeant John Baker, from Medal of Honor Allied Assault™ Breakthrough, and sabotage German defenses on the Italian coastline to help the invasion forces crack Hitler’s iron hold on Europe. Don the officer’s cap of Lieutenant William Holt from Medal of Honor European Assault™ – and return to the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge to complete unfinished business for the OSS. Along the way, players will unlock over 20 classic characters to use in multiplayer games, adding both variety and personality to their online** experience.
To offer the authentic experience, the producers of the game have sought counsel from numerous expert sources to make it historically accurate and true to the WWII experience as much as possible. The game is expected to ship to stores this Winter and is in development at EA Canada in conjunction with EA Los Angeles.
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Hellboy as Batman? Spawn as Green Lantern? Viewtiful Joe as Superman? Has the world gone mad? Nope, it still hasnt.
Warner Bros. has sent word that Ron Perlman (the guy who was Hellboy in the movie) and many others have been tapped to lend their voices to the upcoming Justice League: Heroes game. The game will feature the talent of the following:
- Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Blade II, Justice League TV series) as Batman
- Michael Jai White (Spawn, Spawn: The Animation) as Green Lantern
- Crispin Freeman (Viewtiful Joe, Kingdom Hearts II) as Superman
- Courtenay Taylor (God of War, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One) as Wonder Woman
- Chris Edgerly (Drawn Together, Chicken Little) as The Flash
- Kari Wahlgren (The Wild, Steamboy) as Zatanna
- Daniel Riordan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Star Trek: Enterprise) as Martian Manhunter.
- Peter Jessop (Spawn: The Animation) as Brainiac
- Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911, Duck Dodgers) as The Key
- Ralph Garman (Family Guy, KROQ-FM Los Angeles Kevin & Bean morning show, The Joe Schmo Show) as Green Arrow
Justice League: Heroes is being developed by Snowblind Studios and will be distributed by Eidos for the PS2, Xbox and PSP this Fall.
Bionicle, the hit franchise from Lego, will be getting the videogame treatment, according to an announcement by Eidos. The company disclosed the development of Bionicle: Heroes for the PS2, PC, DS, GBA and Gamecube; it is set for release this Autumn.
No other details were revealed. The game will be on display at E3.
Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive have announced that they have signed an agreement that will see the former publishing Justice League: Heroes for the PS2, Xbox and PSP in North America and Europe this Fall.
Developed by Snowblind Studios, JL: Heroes is an action-adventure game with role-playing customization, letting players step into the underwears of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Manhunter, Zatanna and other unlockable heroes. Each hero will possess character-specific, upgradeable superpowers, resulting in unique controls and fighting styles. Co-op will make its presence in the game in the form of one-to-two player cooperative combat.
Proving that Sony indeed has a fetish for mythology, Perpetual Entertainment announced that SOE has signed an agreement with the company to co-publish its online action RPG – Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.
Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising features an innovative style of combat not seen in other online multiplayer games, courtesy of Perpetual Entertainment Lead Designer Stieg Hedlund, lead designer of the best-selling RPG Diablo II. Reminiscent of an Action/RPG, combat moves can be linked together and even include “finishing” moves to provide a more dynamic, dramatic and visceral feel to battles. Squad-based combat is another unique aspect of Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising; players will earn and command Non-Player Characters (NPCs) in a variety of strategic groupings to form individual squads, create unique formations and implement combat tactics for these squads to execute on command, maximizing their power in combat.
Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising brings the bold and dramatic world of ancient Rome online. As Rome grows into its role as a Republic, enemies from Carthage, Gaul and other nations seek their share of the treasures of this new empire. Furthermore, monstrous creatures of myth, such as Gorgons, Minotaurs and Furies roam the land and threaten the safety of Rome. As heroes of the republic, players will embark on epic quests to defend the empire, protect its interests and people, and serve one of the ancient Gods of Roman myth. This alliance with the gods will provide the player with incredible “god powers” that can be wielded in battle against monsters as well as against other players in Player vs. Player (PvP) combat.
The game is a subscription-based MMOG which, under the co-publishing partnership, will be hosted and operated by Perpetual, with SOE responsible for retail marketing and distribution of the game in North America.