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Friday December 15, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 15, 2006 @ 5:49 a.m. PST

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Star Trek: Legacy (X360)

Star Trek: Legacy places you in the Admiral’s chair as you command your hand-selected fleet of starships into battle. Featuring striking space environments, detailed weapon effects, and full damage modeling, the single player Federation campaign and robust multiplayer modes span the entire Star Trek Universe with over 80 ships and 4 playable races. While commanding Federation, Romulan, Gorn, or Borg fleets, this real-time combat game provides a strategic and tactical experience as you battle across vast sections of space.

Star Trek: Legacy features the voices of all five actors who portrayed the original Star Trek captains – William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, and Kate Mulgrew. The collaboration marks the first time the five actors have participated in a single Star Trek project together. In addition, Bethesda Softworks also worked with acclaimed Star Trek writer, Dorothy “D.C.” Fontana, and her writing partner, Derek Chester, to provide compelling and authentic storylines for Star Trek: Legacy.

Star Trek: Legacy, developed at Mad Doc Software under the direction of Bethesda Softworks, is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (PC)

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is the third episode in Big Fish Games’ top-selling franchise, Mystery Case Files. The two previous episodes, Mystery Case Files: Huntsville and Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects, set online sales records in 2005 and 2006. Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects currently remains the top-selling casual game, a position it has held since it launched in April 2006, according to Logler.com, a site which tracks the top 10 global casual games based on data from major download portals. Mystery Case Files: Huntsville and Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects are also top-selling titles at major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Game Stop, and Best Buy through a partnership with Activision.

“Based on the episodic nature of this series and the endless queries from customers about when the next episode would be released, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is sure to surpass the phenomenal success of its predecessors,” said Paul Thelen, CEO, Big Fish Games. “Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects was the best-selling casual game of 2006, and Ravenhearst is a great way to kick off 2007.”

Rumors surrounding the history of stately Ravenhearst Manor have circulated for decades. The recently acquired diary of Emma Ravenhearst may hold the key to unraveling the history of this unsettling place, yet all the pages are missing. Players assume the role of Master Detective to unlock secrets held within Ravenhearst, scouring 32 rooms in the manor for cleverly hidden clues. Locating and assembling diary pages help tell the history of the house and, ultimately, unlock the mystery. The game includes hundreds of items to find, which are new and different each time the game is played.

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst also includes a hidden “easter egg” in the game that gives players a chance to enter a contest that will award them with the opportunity to have a photograph or character of their likeness embedded in a scene in the next Mystery Case Files episode after Ravenhearst.

“Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is a classic puzzle game with a captivating story line, exquisite illustrations and plenty of unique levels and compelling characters,” said Patrick Wylie, vice president of Big Fish Studios. “We strive to make each new game in a series just as addictive and fun as the others, but also to continue to evolve the game by adding new twists and turns. Mystery Case Files fans are sure to be pleasantly surprised with this episode.”

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is available for $19.95 (U.S.).

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