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Friday, November 16, 2012

11/16/2012 - Animoca Secures Ultraman and Mr Bean
Animoca Secures Rights to Publish Mobile Games for Mr Bean and Ultraman

Games based on the popular British comedy show and Japanese pop culture icon coming soon to mobile platforms

Hong Kong – November 16, 2012 – Animoca (
www.animoca.com), the mobile gaming developer and publisher behind hit apps such as Pretty Pet Salon, Pet Cafe, Top Models and many others, announced today it has secured the worldwide rights to develop and publish mobile games for Mr Bean, the hit British comedy television series, and Ultraman, the Japanese superhero and pop culture icon.

Animoca agreed to license Mr Bean from Tiger Aspect Productions Limited, one of the UK's leading TV and film production companies, for worldwide distribution. Mr Bean is the title character of the endearing comedy series that first aired in the UK in 1990 and ultimately gained a large global following. Starring actor Rowan Atkinson playing what he describes as “a child in a grown man's body,” the show has received numerous international awards for its slapstick comedy while inspiring an animated cartoon spin-off and two feature films. Mr Bean, played by Atkinson himself, even made an appearance in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The license to produce mobile games based on Ultraman was granted to Animoca by Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (
http://www.tsuburaya-prod.co.jp/en/), a Japanese special effects studio. As the title character of the Japanese Tokusatsu television series that first aired in 1966, Ultraman is a super-powered humanoid from outer space who fights to protect the Earth from sinister aliens and rampaging monsters. Ultraman became a major Japanese pop culture phenomenon with significant international appeal, spawning dozens of sequels, spin-offs, imitations, parodies and remakes. Animoca’s license with Tsuburaya Productions is worldwide.

“We are very excited to secure the rights to two such entertaining, beloved and globally recognizable figures as Mr Bean and Ultraman,” said David Kim, co-founder and CEO of Animoca. “Our mission is to deliver first-rate games on tablets and smartphones, and we look forward to turning the incredible IPs from Tiger Aspect Productions and Tsuburaya Productions into apps that will extend and enhance the brands of Mr Bean and Ultraman.”

About Animoca
Animoca is a leading developer and publisher of mobile games and edutainment apps for global audiences. A subsidiary of Outblaze Ventures, the company has released more than 300 apps across multiple platforms, with more than 80 million total downloads since its launch in January 2011. Its Pretty Pet franchise has become wildly popular with audiences throughout the world, earning high acclaim from gamers and reviewers alike. Animoca also publishes several popular apps for children under its Baby Cortex brand. The company is funded by top-tier venture capital firms Intel Capital and IDG-Accel. It is headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Manila, Seoul, and San Francisco. For more information, visit
www.animoca.com.

About Tiger Aspect Productions
Tiger Aspect Productions, an Endemol Company, is internationally recognised as one of the UK's most successful and prolific independent television producers. The company portfolio includes children’s/animation, comedy, drama, entertainment and factual/features genres.

Tiger Aspect creates a wide range of critically acclaimed and award-winning programming for all the UK's major terrestrial and non-terrestrial broadcasters.  In addition the company’s creative output now enjoys an increasingly high profile in the USA through its commissions for major stateside networks.

Tiger Aspect's production slate includes primetime mainstream successes such as  Robin Hood, Murphy's Law,  Mr Bean,  The Vicar of Dibley, Benidorm, The Catherine Tate Show, Harry Enfield  and  Charlie and Lola.

Other hits have included  Ross Kemp In Afghanistan (a follow-up to the BAFTA-winning  Ross Kemp On Gangs for  Sky One), Restoration Man (Channel 4),  Bad Education (BBC Three),  Walking and Talking (Sky Atlantic) (Grandma’s House (BBC2),Ladies of Letters (ITV3)  and Abi Morgan’s BAFTA-winning drama White Girl  for BBC2. 

Tiger Aspect’s programming is built on our relationship with the best on offer in UK talent. The company’s belief in nurturing and supporting creativity on every level means that Tiger Aspect consistently attracts the UK's ultimate in on-screen, writing and production talent. 

Submitted By: E. Thomas

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

11/15/2012 - Real Boxing Arrives on App Store
Real Boxing Delivers a Knockout Punch on the App Store

Unreal-powered boxing title arrives on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

London, UK - 15th November 2012 - Independent Game Developer
Vivid Games is proud to announce the launch of Real Boxing, their highly anticipated new game exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Real Boxing is an ultra-realistic boxing game featuring lifelike graphics powered by the Unreal Engine as well as extensive motion capture from professional boxers. The game also introduces the V-Motion Gesture Control System in which the player controls the action on screen using real punches that are detected via the device’s camera.

Real Boxing features an immersive Career Mode in which players fight through multiple tournaments and real-world venues in their quest to become boxing's World Champion. Whilst vying for the title, players must take on over twenty opponents, each with their own unique fighting style. Players can improve their boxer’s core skills through a series of mini games including skipping rope, heavy bag and mini bag. Players can also extensively customise the appearance of their boxer through hundreds of possible combinations of hairstyle, skin colour, facial hair, clothing and tattoos.

“Real Boxing is breaking new ground for sports titles on the App Store by combining the raw power of the Unreal Engine with extensive motion capture and the unique V-Motion Gesture Control System”, said Remi Koscielny, CEO of Vivid Games. “The entire experience is designed to completely immerse the player in the fight and provide a near-cinematic experience. With its unparalleled realism and totally immersive gameplay, Real Boxing delivers a truly unique boxing experience for gamers that’s just like stepping into the ring for real.”

Features include

·         Amazing Unreal-powered graphics and motion capture create astonishing realism. See sweat and blood fly with every punch.
·         Swipe and tap or control your boxer with your fists using the revolutionary V-Motion Gesture Control System and your iOS device’s camera.
·         Deep Career Mode with over 30 fights and three belt titles to win.
·         Train your boxer with mini games including skipping rope, heavy bag and mini bag.
·         Fight over 20 opponents with their own unique and adaptive fighting styles.
·         Play KO and Clinch minigames during a round for an energy boost.
·         See, hear, and feel the roar of the crowd across 4 incredibly detailed venues.
·         Unlock new equipment, extra opponents and customised clothing.
·         Customise your fighter’s appearance: hairstyle, skin colour, tattoos and clothing.
·         Plug into your TV for a truly console-like experience
·         Challenge friends in online multiplayer via Game Center.

The Real Boxing App is available for £2.99/$4.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or at
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id534473264

Watch the gameplay video online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8GWNMEQ4Oo or check the behind the scenes content from www.realboxinggame.com

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11/14/2012 - Sleeping Dogs DLC Begins Today
Sleeping Dogs content coming this Holiday Season

This Holiday Season, Sleeping Dogs players should prepare themselves for a collection of gameplay-extending add-ons, custom character packs and martial arts missions as the six months of add-on content continues.

Starting from November 14th, Sleeping Dogs players will be able to download the content-rich Dragon Master Pack, a killer collection of weapons, character upgrades, martial arts moves and missions only previously available individually at pre-order; the Drunken Fist Pack featuring a new fighting style unavailable to the sober man; three new classic outfits and weapons in the Square Enix Character Pack; a trio of tattoos available in the Gangland Style Pack; and the next gameplay-extending add-on pack, the Zodiac Tournament.

Packs will be available to download throughout the Holiday Season from Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and Steam. More information including on-sale dates and pricing will be made available at
www.sleepingdogs.net, our extensive community website where players can track their in-game progress and see how they shape-up against the global Sleeping Dogs community.

Dragon Master Pack
Featuring five pre-order packs in one, the huge Dragon Master Pack is the ultimate collection of killer content for Sleeping Dogs, adding high-speed highway shootouts, martial arts monks, police patrol missions and more. Each of the below packs are included, also available to purchase separately:

·         Triad Enforcer Pack
It’s a high-speed shoot-out in Triad Highway; armed with a high-capacity machine gun, fight a tide of Triads… after your head. Death by 1,000 Cuts puts you in a brutal fight club taking on the Triads with a razor-sharp golden cleaver. Wear the Triad Enforcer outfit for added Face and more punishing damage.
·         Police Protection Pack
Catch criminals like a true SWAT officer with the Police Protection Pack. Unlock the exclusive High Speed police mission featuring the SWAT outfit, SWAT Police Cruiser car and SWAT Assault Rifle.
·         Martial Arts Pack
Unleash the power of the Shaolin with the Martial Arts Pack. Unlock the Shaolin Warrior outfit (with increased melee damage), the Shaolin Showdown mission and Wing Chun dummy decoration for your safe house.
·         GSP Pack
Dress like Mixed Martial Arts champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre with this collection of shorts, t-shirts and bandana, and devastate your enemies with GSP’s signature flying punch. Also adds increased grappling and throwing damage.
·         Deep Undercover Pack
All the style of an undercover agent. Unlock the Plain Clothes Detective outfit (with a reduced heat penalty), the Undercover Police Ghost Car and a CB Radio for your safehouse.

Drunken Fist Pack
With the Drunken Fist pack, Wei unleashes this exclusive fighting style. While in combat, filling the face meter will enable Wei to drink from a flask of potent alcohol and perform unique special moves and powerful counters unavailable to the sober man!

·         Rediscover a classic fighting style with this unique outfit!
·         Sway like a drunkard, hit like a mule…
·         Enter the Drunken Stance and perform special moves and counters

Square Enix Character Pack
Become a silent assassin, augmented warrior or king of chaos!  Wei Shen dons new disguises in this pack, with three new outfits and three new weapons from Square Enix's Hitman, Just Cause and Deus Ex games.  Each outfit includes its own buff and signature weapon.

·         Hitman outfit:
Agent 47’s suit grants reduced attention from the police and comes with a silenced Silverballer.  Assassinate your enemies with stealth, Hitman style.

·         Deus Ex outfit:
The Sarif Industries armor reduces gunfire damage by 33% and comes with a futuristic, fully automatic combat rifle.  This technology really is decades ahead of its time.

·         Just Cause outfit:
The Rico Rodriguez custom outfit allows you to hijack vehicles from a greater distance and comes with Rico’s signature pistol, which can fire explosive shells.  Liberate those drivers at high speed!

Gangland Style Pack
Get Wei Shen freshly inked-up in a trio of tattoo schemes in this alternate costume pack. Topple the Triads in street style with a Japanese Yakuza, Russian Mafia, or Maori Mongrel Mob tattoo, each with their own buff.

·         Yakuza style
Painstakingly applied with the traditional 46 needle irezumi brush, this tattoo will slow your heat rate by 50%
·         Russian Mob style
A complete history on your skin, increasing gun accuracy by 50%
·         Mongrel Tribe Style
Leave no doubt which side of the law you are on with a 40% melee damage increase

Zodiac Tournament Pack
Join Wei Shen for the fight of his life in the second gameplay-extending add-on pack.  Invited to an exclusive tournament on a hidden island off the coast of Hong Kong, Wei must overcome the best-of-the-best as he takes on fighters from across Asia in a fight to the death. The Zodiac Tournament invites you to become the dragon and unleash your fists of fury! 

·         An exclusive new island off the coast of Hong Kong, featuring multiple themed fight arenas, numerous new enemies, bosses and story-extending cutscenes
·         Two new unlockable outfits featuring new looks and powerful new fighting moves

Developed by United Front Games in collaboration with Square Enix London Studios, Sleeping Dogs is a gritty and visceral open world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Taking the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, players are tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organisations from the inside. Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbour dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat. Featuring one of the most intuitive and imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform bone-crunching kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of countless real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.

Sleeping Dogs is available now for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PCs. For more information about the game, visit
http://www.sleepingdogs.net and join our facebook page at www.facebook.com/SleepingDogsGame for regular updates.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11/13/2012 - Star Trek Online Season 7 Launch
Star Trek® Online Season 7: New Romulus Launches

Latest Update to Focus on the New Romulan Homeworld and High-level Content

(Redwood City, CA) November 13, 2012 - Perfect World Entertainment Inc. today announced that the latest update for the award-winning, free-to-play MMORPG Star Trek Online is now live. Star Trek Online Season 7: New Romulus, finds both Federation and Klingon Captains working alongside Romulan leader D’Tan in search for a new home world for Romulan refugees to begin the process of rebuilding a capital city.

“This is the first time Star Trek fans will have a chance to participate in the story of rebuilding the Romulan Empire” explains Executive Producer Daniel Stahl. “Star Trek Online players will experience first-hand the plight of the Romulus survivors as they uncover mysteries surrounding their new home world. In Season 7: New Romulus, players will take an active role in shaping the conflict to come as they fight for the reputation necessary to improve relations and gain support of the Romulan Empire.”

Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations and boldly go where no one has gone before in Star Trek Online. Pioneer your destiny as Captain of a Federation starship or expand the Klingon Empire to the far reaches of the Galaxy as a Warrior. Visit iconic locations from popular Star Trek fiction, discover unexplored star systems, make first contact with new alien species and uncover mysteries that will influence the future of the Star Trek universe.

To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, head to
http://startrekonline.com/   

Find out what critics and fans alike are talking about and take charge of your own starship and crew today!

Star Trek Online Season 7: New Romulus is licensed by CBS Consumer Products.

® & © 2012 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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11/12/2012 - Rabbids Coming to Nintendo 3DS
THE RABBIDS are SET to infiltrate the NINTENDO 3DS!

London, UK — November 12th, 2012 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Rabbids® Rumble, designed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ system, will be available on November 16th, 2012 in the UK.

The wacky Rabbids have been let loose throughout seven different worlds and players must battle it out in-game to capture over 100 delirious Rabbids and complete their collection. Rabbids Rumble is full of interactive mini games that fully use the 3DS hardware, most notably with the 3D and Augmented Rabbidity where players can interact with the Rabbids like never before. This new experience causes Rabbids to surge from the floor, fly around and even battle it out atop the kitchen table. Rabbids Rumble also features multiple game modes including the solo campaign and multiplayer battles.

For the first time in the franchise history, Rabbids Rumble will introduce an accessible and hilarious turn-based combat system. Players will be able to challenge their friends in intense and zany battles mixing tactics with the Rabbids’ classic wackiness. Each Rabbid comes prepared with unique combat abilities and can be trained to become stronger for battles. Using the SpotPass™ function, new & rare Rabbids will be available to download to enrich each fans collection. Fans can also use StreetPass™ to compete in battles to unlock new Rabbids and items.

To learn more on this game, please visit
http://rabbids.uk.ubi.com/

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