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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 19, 2009 @ 4:01 a.m. PDT

Bionic Commando (PS3/X360/PC)

Taking its inspiration from its 8-bit namesake -- released on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1988 -- Bionic Commando features Nathan Spencer (voiced by Mike Patton, lead singer of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle), a shining example of the technological advances made by the Federal Bionic Armaments Development Division. An expertly trained operative, Spencer is able to target and take out enemies while hanging upside down, climbing a building or even in mid-swing. At close quarters, the bionic arm packs a mean punch, while from a distance; objects such as boulders and cars can be grabbed and launched at enemies.

Bionic Commando harnesses the power of the latest generation of hardware to fully exploit the incredible swing gameplay that made the original title so unique. The ruins of Ascension City and its surroundings provide an engaging environment of towering buildings, suspended roadways and monorails, deep canyons and sheer rock faces that allow gamers to traverse each area via multiple routes using swinging, rappelling, climbing and wall-walking techniques, forcing players to think in three dimensions.

Players will also be able to take their swinging skills from single-player mode and challenge their friends online in a fierce 8-player multi-player game that will be available when the game ships on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. Players will need to utilize all the skills honed in single player such as Zip Kick, Death from Above and Adrenaline attacks to show the true power of a Bionic Commando.

The development team behind Bionic Commando represents a unique collaboration of cultures and skills, consisting of an American Producer living in Japan, a Japanese Creative Advisor and Swedish developer GRIN providing a European influence. This partnership provides a further example of Capcom's strategy to work with the best developer talent while maintaining the unique elements of creativity and approach to game design for which Capcom is renowned.

Bionic Commando, rated M for Mature, carries a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Boom Blox Bash Party (Wii)

With more than 400 new levels, stunning new worlds, and twice as much multiplayer game play, Boom Blox Bash Party brings tons of action-packed fun for the whole family.

"The original Boom Blox really came from a need to bring families back into the same space playing games together," said Steven Spielberg. "We had so many more creative ideas that we wanted to put into the sequel, and Boom Blox Bash Party really takes the original concept to a whole new level of interactive family gaming."

Boom Blox Bash Party features nearly twice as many multiplayer challenges as the original Boom Blox making it the ultimate party game! Players will have a blast playing with or against friends in co-op, versus and new team-based challenges. Whether playing solo or with friends, Boom Blox Bash Party will have players off the couch, throwing, bashing and slinging blox like never before!

In addition to the more than 400 new levels in Boom Blox Bash Party, players can also easily download new levels created by EA and the Boom Blox Bash Party community at no additional charge with an Internet-connected Wii. EA will make 40 additional levels available at launch with many more to come. In addition, players can create their own levels using the game's enhanced Create Mode, and submit those levels to be posted and made available to the community. Over time, Boom Blox Bash Party owners will have access to many more downloadable levels in addition to those already included in the game.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer players a constant stream of new and exciting levels in Boom Blox Bash Party," said Amir Rahimi, Senior Producer. "The EA team has been working hard creating exciting new levels that will be made available over time, and we cannot wait to see the passion and creativity the Boom Blox Bash Party community members put into making their own shared levels."

EA takes the destruction to new heights with four stunning new themed worlds including Space, Pirate, Heroic and Show Time! Players will experience action puzzle game play in new physical environments like zero gravity and under water. Players will also encounter exciting new block types, like Virus, Conveyor and Push blox; new block shapes like cylinders and wedges, and engaging new tools, like the cannon and the slingshot. A new cast of characters, as well as favorites from the original Boom Blox, are now part of the puzzle-solving strategy. Players can now throw, grab or sling them, and watch them fly, knocking down blox and causing eye-popping explosions!

EA Casual Studios' Boom Blox Bash Party, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI, has a US MSRP of $39.99 (May 28 in Europe).

EA Sports Active (Wii)

Developed exclusively for the Wii by EA Canada, EA Sports Active is an innovative, virtual fitness product that offers personalized, customizable workouts that can be done from the comfort of home. Developed in collaboration with fitness experts, including Bob Greene - renowned exercise physiologist, author and Oprah's personal trainer - EA Sports Active is a fun and cost-effective way to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The product will be the first in a new line of EA Sports virtual fitness products to improve the well-being of people of all ages.

"The EA Sports brand is known for award-winning sports video games, but today marks our entrance into the entirely new genre of virtual fitness as EA Sports Active hits stores," said Dave McCarthy, vice president, EA Sports. "Now more than ever consumers are seeking economical solutions to getting exercise and living a healthier lifestyle, and with EA Sports Active we've designed an experience that will appeal to a variety of audiences and deliver a truly fun yet challenging workout in the home."

Users will get their heart pumping through interactive circuit workouts from more than 25 different activities and exercises that target the upper and lower body, as well as cardio. Similar to a personal trainer, the program provides clear instruction, feedback on technique and encouragement with visual and oral cues, while also providing calories burned in real time. Preset workouts are designed by fitness experts to target specific workout results. For optimal personalization, circuits can be customized based on interests and fitness level and there is complete flexibility for the duration and intensity level.

EA Sports Active includes software, a specially-designed leg strap that holds the Wii's Nunchuk controller to track lower body movements, as well as a resistance band to increase the intensity to upper body exercises. The program can support two players at one time, and the EA Sports Active Accessory Pack containing one leg strap and one resistance band is available for an MSRP of $19.99 in North America. The product is compatible with theWii Balance Board, which will add components to the sports drills.

To help get started users can also choose to take the30-Day Challenge, a fitness road map designed to provide tangible fitness goals with the guidance of the virtual trainer. The Challenge provides a new workout every time a player exercises that will increase in intensity and track progress throughout the 30-day period. To encourage overall wellness, there is also a Journal that allows users to track nutrition elements, set goals, and account for other physical activities accomplished.

For inspiration, consumers can view highlights from 12 men and women who participated in the EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge April 18 through May 17, 2009 by visiting the EA Sports Active website. The Challenge focused on helping a variety of people integrate fitness into their lifestyles. Among the participants was Alison Sweeney, TV personality and host who participated to lose baby weight and represent busy moms who need a convenient way to get fit. Bob Greene hosted a kick off retreat for the challengers to get them started on their journeys.

"Helping the challengers use such an innovative program to reach their fitness goals was a truly rewarding experience, and showed me what a powerful product EA Sports Active can be," said Bob Greene. "Anyone looking for an in-home fitness solution will appreciate the combination of a fun and effective workout."

EA Sports Active, rated "E" by the ESRB and "3+" by PEGI, has an MSRP of $59.99 in North America (May 22nd in Europe, Aug 6 in Japan).

Halo Wars: Strategic Options (X360)

"Halo Wars" fans can continue the fight in the best selling real-time strategy game on any current generation console. Mixing up the battlefield like never before, Microsoft and Robot Entertainment unleash new game modes in "Strategic Options" today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points.

"Strategic Options," the first Game Add-on for the wildly popular "Halo Wars," introduces new ways to compete while challenging players to rethink their battle strategies in both single and multiplayer skirmish gameplay. The three new game modes included in the new Game Add-on are:

  • Keepaway Mode: In this "Halo Wars" adaptation of Capture the Flag, teams will battle it out to capture a free-roaming Forerunner Sentinel to score points before the other team. The number of Sentinels needed to win scales with the number of combatants.
  • Tug of War Mode: Players must build a stronger army than their opponents to succeed. Defeating enemies is essential, but success is determined by a combination of the army, buildings and resources left standing in the end.
  • Reinforcement Mode: Players must adapt their tactics and use the ever-changing set of units to outwit and outlast the enemy, all the while facing successive waves of incoming units.

The "Strategic Options" Game Add-on is available on May 19, 2009 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 MS Points. "Halo Wars" is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and 16+ PEGI and is available worldwide exclusively on Xbox 360.

I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover (NDS)

Designed for the large number of girls who own a Nintendo DS, I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover offers them the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood stylist as they apply all their fashion and styling skills to create a winning look.

"I Love Beauty is a terrific offering for girls on-the-go this summer," said Mark S. Rudolph, Marketing and Operations Manager for City Interactive. "There is tremendous opportunity for games that appeal to the play preferences of girls, and I Love Beauty wonderfully combines the creative content and interactive challenges they love."

In I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover, players style future stars as they select the most stunning outfits, accessories, and the perfect makeup as they prepare for all of the glamorous events around Hollywood. With 36 different cosmetics to mix and match in more than 60 variations, I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover will test the "fashion eye" of even the most creative stylist and is just the thing for girls who like to have fun and look their best.

I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover, rated E for Everyone, is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball (Wii)

Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball is a new arcade-style videogame featuring iconic characters in the ultimate playground sport of dodgeball. Using a ball to tag opponents out of the game, Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball transforms the innocent childhood game of dodgeball into an action packed, mind-blowing battle between Pirates, Ninjas and other eccentric groups of characters.

Who would win a fight between pirates and ninjas? It's a tough question to answer and is a pop culture phenomenon that has generated YouTube videos, books, thousands of online postings and entire online communities in a rivalry that's shown no sign of being settled…until now! Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball for Wii was developed by Blazing Lizard to offer players the opportunity to settle this debate on the dodgeball court.

"The aim was to create a fun and exciting game for Wii which made the most of this rivalry in an energetic game that makes perfect use of Wii's unique controls," says Richard Iggo, VP Marketing of SouthPeak Interactive. "Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball is unlike any other game currently available on Wii and delivers a brilliant single player game that really comes alive when your friends and family join in."

The game is played with seven different teams, including the Pirate and Ninja teams, as well as Zombies, Robots, Aliens, Monsters and Mushroom Men (from the Mushroom Men games, also published by SouthPeak). The battles take place across eight visually breathtaking arenas where players look to settle the score once and for all.

Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball is rated E 10+ and is available at major retailers nationwide.

Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)

Featuring an outstanding mix of favorite classic rock hits, Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock features 20-songs from mega artists such as The Who, Rush, Boston, Police, Steve Miller Band, George Thorogood and more!

Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero and other music instrument controllers.

As an added bonus, fans who buy the Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system can play directly from the disc or download the songs onto their consoles' hard drives through a free offer with Xbox LIVE online entertainment network or the PlayStation Network. Once downloaded, the songs will automatically appear in the player's custom Rock Band library and can be integrated into set lists and played in all game modes.

The Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock is the latest in a series of popular software releases developed to increase players' music library for the Rock Band platform including Rock Band Track Pack 1, Rock Band Track Pack 2 and AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack. With more than 670 tracks available in the Rock Band music catalogue, and regular releases of downloadable content every week, Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock is yet another way rockers can continue to expand and customize their music libraries.

The Rock Band franchise is the ultimate 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, the Rock Band music catalogue includes tracks that span every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock, to heavy metal and punk.

Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock, rated "T" for Teen, is available now at retail stores nationwide for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii at $29.99.

Terminator Salvation: The Videogame (PS3/X360/PC)

Inspired by the upcoming "Terminator Salvation" film, the game offers players the chance to assume the role of John Connor, a soldier in the Resistance, battling for survival against the far superior forces of Skynet.

Taking place two years before the events of the "Terminator Salvation" film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony Pictures, players will be lead through a visceral, story and character-driven gaming experience set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Terminator Salvation the videogame is a third-person action game with concentrated armed combat against all of the Skynet enemies from the film while encountering new enemies specifically designed for the game. The game takes the battle for humanity to the next level with iconic enemies, cinematic fight sequences and weaponry, drawn directly from the film, as well as a multi-layered cover mechanic.

Grammy® Award-winning hip-hop artist and actor Common reprises his film role as Barnes, a humorous ex-football player who manages to crack jokes while battling an army of relentless Terminators. Actress Moon Bloodgood also returns to her role from the film as Blair Williams, the confident and attractive resistance soldier who thinks Connor should step up as a leader and isn't afraid to call him on it. Rose McGowan joins the team to voice a role that is exclusive to the game, Angie Salter, a fatalistic ex-elementary school teacher who's still not adjusted to the harsh realities of war.

Terminator Salvation: The Videogame, rated "T" for Teen, is available for X 360/PS3 ($59.99), and PC ($49.99), at retail, or can be purchased digitally via Steam, Direct2Drive, BestBuy.com and the Trymedia Network.

UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3/X360)

Featuring an unprecedented roster of more than 80 top fighters in UFC competition across all five weight classes and a brand new fighting game engine developed to combine numerous martial arts disciplines.

"The widespread popularity of the UFC brand and its refined mixed martial arts experience lend themselves perfectly to the interactive entertainment world," said Brian Coleman, vice president, global brand management, THQ. "With one of the largest playable rosters on the market today, a highly intuitive control system and a host of compelling gameplay options, including the ability to recreate key moments in UFC history through a Classic Fights Mode, gamers everywhere can now take part in this growing global phenomenon."

"With more than two million downloads of our playable demo thus far1, it is evident UFC 2009 Undisputed opens the door for videogame and fight fans around the world to identify with the most exciting live sports experience today," said Dana White, president, UFC. "UFC 2009 Undisputed is, without question, the most compelling, the most exciting and the most realistic mixed martial arts experience to ever be featured in a videogame format."

UFC 2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game that recreates the action, intensity and attitude of a UFC live event. Players will explore a deep roster of more than 80 top fighters in UFC competition across all five weight classes. In addition, they will enter the Octagon surrounded by the sport's renowned announcer, commentators, referees, trainers, Octagon Girls and more. Photorealistic models are at the forefront, as players will view amazing ripple effects across the faces and bodies of their fighters from the impact of devastating punches and kicks.

A brand new fighting game engine designed specifically for next generation systems delivers innovative, responsive and easy-to-play controls that enable unparalleled command of fighters, as players take down opponents with a variety of mixed martial arts disciplines, including Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The game's Create-a-Fighter system jumpstarts the careers of future champions through character customization, while a robust Career Mode will develop a fighter's attributes and skill sets while fighting to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. In addition, UFC 2009 Undisputed lets players revisit key moments in UFC history and attempt to recreate the matchups through a Classic Fights Mode. Furthermore, players may enhance their gameplay experience through online support, including downloadable content.

UFC 2009 Undisputed, rated "T" for Teen, is available for the suggested retail price of $59.99.

Warrior Epic (PC)

Following a successful closed beta, the online action role-playing game set in an original fantasy universe has seen its community soar. With the official release, players are invited to join the battle and download the game at no charge from the official website.

"During the closed beta, we worked closely with the community to deliver an immersive and challenging game play experience." said Bob Drobish, CEO of True Games Interactive. "Now as we pull the trigger on the launch of the game, our development team is committed to continuing to deliver new and exciting content as our community continues to grow."

With the official launch of Warrior Epic, the game's item shop is now open and features premium packages as well as a vast selection of unique items for sale including vanity pieces, potions and more.

Other major launch updates include a brand new introductory sequence which introduces new players to the story and lore behind Warrior Epic, as well as a Random Map Generator that allows players playing the same quest to participate within a totally new dungeon therefore enhancing the re-playability. In addition, an all-new guild system gives players the chance to create their own guild, invite members, create a guild motto and host guild contests and tournaments. With all-new and enhanced skills added to each of the six main classes, combined with subclasses, that gives players 12 character classes in-all.

Developed by Austin based studio Possibility Space, Warrior Epic is an online, action role-playing game set in an original fantasy universe. In the game, players will assume command of a Warrior Hall from which they manage their characters' adventures. They can recruit from a wide array of Warrior Classes, each with its own style of play. The Classes and the Hall itself can be upgraded visually as well as functionally. Players adventure together in multiplayer campaigns, adventure mode, solo quests and PVP.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers (Wii)/
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 (NDS)

Marking the first Yu-Gi-Oh! game to incorporate a racing mechanic, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers takes players on a whirlwind course through city streets and race courses to compete as their favorite characters head to head. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers is based on "Riding Duel" in the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's animated series. Yusei and Jack duel in a new motorsport called "Wheelie Breakers" that combines card dueling with duel wheel racing. As they race around tracks on their Duel Runner motorcycles, players call upon powerful monsters from their decks which they manage before duels to battle their opponents and in an attempt to prevent them from finishing the race by attacking or setting traps. Using achievement points which players receive based on their race results, allow them to purchase new cards and add them to their decks providing upgrades to their Duel Runners or new monsters.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers takes full advantage of Wii as players use the Wii Remote for competitive card dueling and Duel Runner racing. Gamers can also use the Nunchuk during races, allowing for split-second maneuvers including, acceleration, steering and recovery. Various gameplay modes are also offered including Story Mode, Grand Prix Mode, and Competition Multiplayer Mode with up to 3 friends in racing split screen. Also included are three exclusive trading cards bundled in the package.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009, players can experience the most robust offering in the World Championship franchise to date with up to 2,800 playable cards. The title features multiple gameplay modes including Story Mode, where players journey from Satellite to Neo Domino City and duel with characters from the animated series in various situations. Or play through World Championship Mode, where head-to-head battles can take place against Yu-Gi-Oh! gamers around the world.

Offering more playable cards than any other Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship title, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 includes playable cards from the latest booster pack "Crimson Crisis," as well as three exclusive trading cards bundled in the package.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 will be available on May 19 in stores nationwide with an SRP of $32.00 and $29.99, respectively.

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