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Friday, June 20, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 20, 2008 @ 8:56 a.m. PDT

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:

Rock Band (Wii)

Rock Band for Wii features over 60 songs ranging across all genres of rock, including five extra bonus tracks exclusive to the disc for Wii gamers! Rock Band Special Edition Bundle for Wii includes game software, wireless drums, drum sticks, microphone, guitar strap and a wireless guitar. Standalone instruments and software are also available.

“The addictive fun of Rock Band and the social phenomenon of Wii combine to make this release an essential addition to the family entertainment collection,” stated Bob Picunko, Vice President of Electronic Games and Interactive Products, MTV. “Mark your calendars because “Family Rock Band Nite” is going to replace the traditional board game and movie night starting June 22nd.”

In addition, Rock Band Track Pack Volume 1 for Wii and PS2 will be shipping to retail on July 15, 2008, for a MSRP of $29.99. The 20-song pack features an electrifying mix of classic hits and current favorites, including songs by Boston, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, and 30 Seconds to Mars.

Rock Band is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes tracks that span every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. Rock Band has garnered more than 40 awards including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007 and three awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.

Rock Band, rated “T” for Teen, is also currently available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PS2.

Rock Band Special Edition Bundle for the Wii is shipping to retail stores across America and Canada, available starting Sunday, June 22nd for the suggested retail price of $169.99.

Alone in the Dark (PS2/Wii/X360/PC)

Developed by Eden Games, Alone in the Dark for Xbox 360 and PC marks a blistering return for the legendary franchise with startling innovations and wide screen cinematic presentation. The game follows paranormal investigator Edward Carnby as over the course of one apocalyptic night he must fight to survive and uncover the earth-shattering secret behind New York’s Central Park. With an exhilarating mix of challenging gameplay, intense storytelling in the style of a blockbuster TV series, unprecedented environmental interaction, realistic fire physics as a core gameplay element, and DVD chapter select feature which lets everyone reach the game’s climax, Alone in the Dark is set to change what players expect from video games.

“We set out to deliver an innovative, high quality game to the hands of players everywhere,” said David Nadal, Studio Head and Game Director, Eden Games. “Driven by our studio's passion and the desire to create something genuinely original, Alone in the Dark is a game that will change how you play, and reward you with an entertainment experience you won’t forget.”

The Wii and PS2 versions of Alone in the Dark were developed by Hydravision Entertainment in parallel with the Xbox 360 and PC games created by Eden Games. The PS2 game pushes the hardware to maximise the gameplay experience, while the Wii game has been specially adapted to make use of the unique controllers which perfectly suit the immersive gameplay that ranges from driving to real-time manipulation of objects.

In addition to the standard game, Xbox 360, PC and Wii Limited Editions will be available at launch from selected European retailers featuring exclusive items including hero figurine, art book and ‘making of’ documentary DVD.

Featuring a gripping story, design inspired by contemporary TV action dramas, and original gameplay based on real world rules physics, the action survival opus Alone in the Dark is in stores now across Europe for Xbox 360, PC, Wii and PlayStation 2, with the PS3 version following later in 2008.

Belief & Betrayal (PC)

To find out more about ‘Belief & Betrayal’ and to keep up with the latest news on the game, visit www.beliefandbetrayal-game.com and www.lighthouse-interactive.com.

As journalist Jonathan Danter, you discover that a ten year old murder is somehow part of a greater mystery that could destroy humanity itself. Filled with baffling plot twists and conspiracy theories, you must uncover the mystery that reaches back through history from 1194 A.D. to the time Judas received 30 pieces of silver to betray Christ.

Travel to exotic locations throughout Europe including: London, Venice, Rome and the Vatican, to uncover skeletons hidden deep within the closets of some of the most powerful leaders around the World.

Key Features :

  • Play as 3 different characters throughout the game to solve the mystery
  • Find lost ancient manuscripts and decipher mind-boggling codes and symbols
  • Explore stunning environments and incredibly re-created historic locations
  • Strong action/adventure storyline creates a compelling gameplay experience
  • Use the memories and thoughts of the intriguing cast of characters to solve puzzles and expose dark mysteries
  • Game based on historical events though the story is pure fiction
  • Easy to navigate 3rd person point & click interface using the Virtools engine

Already in released in Europe since late 2007, Belief & Betrayal is now available at major North American retailers.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PC) - Europe

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is the new game for PC being released to retail today by Avanquest Software Publishing, a leading developer and global publisher of best-selling PC software. The new game allows players to explore Narnia, travelling beyond the enchanted world as seen in the blockbuster movie to be released on June 27.

Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne of Narnia, meets with Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie, 1,300 Narnian years after the adventure of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Since their last adventure, Narnia has changed into a darker, more savage land, where its inhabitants hide from the rule of Prince Caspian’s murderous uncle, King Miraz.

Players are on a quest to free the Narnians from King Miraz’s evil reign, restoring magic to the land and Prince Caspian to his rightful throne. Characters such as centaurs, minotaurs, giants and enchanted trees will help players successfully complete their mission.

Over 20 magical characters, including Prince Caspian himself, are available to play in the fantasy world of Narnia. The game also features a unique level that is neither in the novel nor the film. It bridges the gap between The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and tells the story of how Narnia fell victim to the Telmarine hordes, and why the Pevensie children discover the once grand castle of Cair Paravel in abandoned ruins.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian allows fans to experience the darker side of Narnia. Players can explore the land, solve puzzles and fight in epic battles that all go beyond what is seen in the film, making the game an ideal complement to the cinematic experience.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is priced at £9.99 and available now from all leading European PC retail outlets.

Overlord: Raising Hell (PS3)

Ideal for today's fantasy megalomaniac requiring a foreboding stronghold, the detached Dark Tower is conveniently located in a desirable kingdom with easy access to sought-after supernatural abysses. Initially requiring some modernization, the Dark Tower will grow into the ultimate symbol of absolute power as the Overlord's campaign of ruthless oppression gathers pace.

Inside, generously appointed dungeons lead to a treasury with plenty of room for expansion and a state-of-the-art forge, perfect for creating a mighty arsenal to mercilessly crush elves, dwarfs, and peasants. The show-piece master-boudoir benefits from stunning panoramic views across the kingdom, a choice of two live-in mistresses and offers a sultry setting for R&R after a hard day's tyranny.

Complete with a horde of crazed minions to guard your booty, patrol the grounds and generally laze about, the Dark Tower comes onto the market today as the definitive residence for today's loot-rich, time poor Overlord.

Key Features :

  • Set in a seriously twisted fantasy world, Overlord: Raising Hell is an action adventure that has players being ruthless, determined, and even a little despotic as they pillage lands and conquer kingdoms in order to be proclaimed the all-powerful Overlord. At the heart of the game is an army of slavish little creatures known as Minions, and their presence provides Overlord: Raising Hell with its deliciously dark comedic touches.
  • Overlord: Raising Hell adds a series of additional hellish levels, each a supernatural abyss for the game's five kingdoms. With the undead denizens of each abyss on the attack and threatening the Overlord's superiority, there's only one thing for it: assemble the Minions, descend into each abyss and embark on a fresh wave of tyranny in order to claim the underworld throne.
  • In addition to offering a complete collection of Overlord content, including online co-operative pillaging and head-to-head slaughter, the PS3 edition will also be enhanced with detailed visuals, a top-spec audio system with 7.1 surround sound and gameplay refinements, such as the addition of an on-screen mini-map.

Overlord: Raising Hell is currently available in Europe and will ship in North America on June 24, 2008.

Supreme Ruler 2020 (PC)

Set in the fast approaching world of tomorrow, this geo-political simulator invites gamers to take the helm of, one of the world's nation-states. Assume direct control or assign priorities to your AI controlled cabinet, in order to:

  • Administer the domestic economy
  • Foster international relations
  • Establish foreign trade
  • Conduct research advancement programs
  • Manage military arms

Join the fractured 'Global Village' in the ultimate race to become the Supreme Ruler.

Supreme Ruler 2020 - from Battlegoat Studios is in stores across Europe from today.

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