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Harry Potter gets another blocky treatment

LHP2_TeaserArt_RGB_FINALThe Lego madness continues in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, the final installment in the series. Set for release this holiday season on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, DS and PC, the game, as the title suggests, will explore the last three books.

There’s not much to say about it other than the fact that it’s going to include new family-friendly spells (what, no death curses?) and bonus content for kids of all ages. That, coupled with Lego humor and Voldemort looking all blocky, makes it an interesting title for everyone.

Enjoy the cheesy box art.

Lord of the Rings Rights Return to Warner

Variety reports that rights to create games based on The Lord of the Rings movies have quietly reverted back to Warner Bros. from EA as of the end of last year. The last game released by EA was The Lord of the Rings: Conquest; the story suggests that the quality of the game may have suffered in the rush to get it out before the deal expired.

The site also speculates that Warner will not license the property out again, but will rather develop the games in-house. Interestingly, the right to make games based on the books is a completely separate license, which is currently held by the Tolkien estate.

Warner currently has no plans to make a game based on the LOTR franchise.

FEAR 2 Being Advertised on Cats

it_photo_111421_26 Bizarre publicity stunts are nothing new in the games industry, but this is quite different: Warner Bros. is advertising F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin on black cats prowling around London.

Branded a ‘cat-vertising campaign’, the specially trained cats sport FEAR 2 cat clothing, and roam the streets of London. Warner hopes that the creepy cats will capture the attention of superstitious passersby, and since it was Friday the 13th

“Every day people are bombarded with so many advertising messages that it can be easy to miss them,” said a WB spokesperson. “With our research telling us that Brits are actively looking out for signs of bad luck this Friday, it makes perfect sense to try and capture their attention that way.”

You can find more pictures on Electric Pig.

Terminator Salvation Game Announced

To coincide with the release of the fourth Terminator movie, Warner Bros. has announced Terminator Salvation – The Videogame, the tie-in game of the upcoming highly anticipated Christian Bale-starring film which is due to hit big-screens in May 2009.

The game, as expected, will have players assume the role of John Connor, humanity’s hope and leader, in a third-person action game with armed combat against Skynet enemies from the film as well as completely new ones exclusive to the game.

It is in development at GRIN Studios (Bionic Commando) and will be published by Equity Games and Evolved Games.

“Terminator Salvation – The Videogame allows players to battle for survival against Skynet enemies utilizing an incredibly fluid and realistic control set,” said Cos Lazouras, President of Halcyon Games. “The player will be led through a visceral story with extremely polished production values to create a fully interactive Terminator experience.”

Warner Bros. in Europe

Expanding its reach as a games publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that it is setting up office in Europe, catering to the region. Its operation includes direct distribution, sales and marketing of its internally-developed titles, through the US-based production arm WB Games, as well as third-party games.

The company is currently setting up offices in London and is recruiting sales and marketing executives for it, as well as in a number of other territories in the region including Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

WBIE will release its first titles later this Fall – Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal on PS2, Wii and Xbox 360; and Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck on the DS.

Speed Racer Game Announced

With the movie in the hands of the Wachowski brothers, the creators of The Matrix series, Warner Bros. has announced the Speed Racer videogame. The game will be available on the Wii and DS as the film hits cinemas next years; the PS2 will also get love once the DVD of the film hits stores.

In development at Sidhe Interactive, the Wii and PS2 games will have players take on the role of the characters from the film, getting behind the wheels of each character’s vehicles. The Wachowski brothers are involved in the development, as they lend “direction and assets” to the development team directly from their Berlin set. Also, John Gaeta, co-VFX supervisor on the film, is also working with the studio to maintain a close film-to-game connection.

Warner Bros. Looking to Buy Back Licenses

Speaking to MCV, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment executive Ron Scott said that “We’re in this for the long haul,” referring to the company’s entity as a games publisher. “It is vital to be a fully-functional publisher. We are not just an arm of a business that is simply going to leverage the movie properties that Warner has–we are going to be a creative force as well.”

They are looking to reacquire the rights to key Warner properties like Superman, Batman and the Harry Potter franchises, whose game rights are currently held by EA.

“You’ll see a large percentage of Warner properties come on board as we develop the extra capability we need,” he said. “The ability to cross promote our games product with our movie product in a compelling way will be key. Our home video guys are very keen to target PS3 and 360 owners with next-gen movie formats. There are huge marketing and cross-merchandising possibilities.”

Warner has already teamed up with Codemasters to distribute several of its games including Dirt, Overlord and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. The company is also publishing a rhythm-based Alvin and the Chipmunks title this December on PC, PS2 and Wi

Codemasters' Games in NA Through Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. announced that it has entered a distribution agreement with Codemasters for distribution and sales of its products in North America starting April 2007.

“We greet this arrangement to work with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group with great enthusiasm,” commented Rod Cousens, Chief Executive Officer, Codemasters. “Codemasters continues to strengthen its content and distribution, and as the reach of our product portfolio broadens to a global audience, there can be no more effective alliance than to have the world’s largest entertainment corporation handling the line in the single largest market. The commitment of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group can only benefit the progress and scale of our future releases targeted at the North American consumer.”

Titles to be distributed include DIRT: Colin McRae Off-Road, Overlord, Clive Barker’s Jericho, Fall of Liberty and more. This deal will last from April 2007 through May 2008.