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Thursday, October 21, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 21, 2010 @ 1:40 p.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:


We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Costume Quest (PSN/XBLA)

Costume Quest is a rollicking Adventure/Role-Playing game that unfolds on Halloween night across a seemingly peaceful suburban neighborhood, a monster-infested shopping mall and a mysterious carnival.  Created by Double Fine project lead, Tasha Harris, the game follows the adventure of a group of young friends who must rid their neighborhood of monsters using only their wits, their bravery, and their home-made costumes.  Players go door-to-door collecting candy, points, cards, battle stamps and quest assignments as they prepare themselves for Combat Mode—where they transform into larger-than-life versions of their costumes.  Each costume that comes-to-life provides its own unique set of superpowers that players will need to battle Halloween’s monsters.

“We are thrilled to add Costume Quest to our downloadable games portfolio,” said Martin Good, Executive Vice President, THQ Kids, Family, Casual Games, and Global Online Services.  “Costume Quest is a game that represents our focus and determination to deliver quality games across a variety of digital distribution platforms.”    

“We are extremely excited here at Double Fine to be releasing our first downloadable game,” added Tim Schafer, founder & CEO of Double Fine Productions.  “Costume Quest is an awesome start and a great sign of things to come from Double Fine and THQ.”

Costume Quest, rated E10+, is available for the suggested download price of 1200 Microsoft Points and $14.99 on PlayStation Network.

Guardians of Graxia (PC)

Guardians of Graxia is a PC fantasy turn-based strategy game based on the world of Graxia. Graxia is a planet with mystical energies allowing for entire continents to drift high in the sky. These floating landmasses are filled with the cities and dens of many magical races. Guardians create enchanted portals which are the only means to cross from one drifting continent to another. The portals are used by Guardians to transport armies to conquer the land found on the other side. In time, Guardians have become Heroes of Graxia through vanquishing their forces by saving the lands from tyranny.

Guardians of Graxia features rich and immersive gameplay that combines the best of card and board aspects on the PC," said George Chastain, producer of Guardians of Graxia. "With multiple successful game titles already launched by Petroglyph this year, we look forward to releasing another top-quality, independently developed and published title.”

The game uses cards to represent units and actions on a tiled map surface in the form of massive floating continents high above the world of Graxia. There are more than 240 unique units and spells available to play and four Guardian units to lead your armies into battle in the initial release. Upcoming releases will expand upon the single player campaign and skirmish modes with additional maps and units.

Guardians of Graxia provides plenty of diverse and challenging encounters at every game turn," said Mathew Anderson, community manager of Guardians of Graxia. "We are excited to first launch the game on GamersGate, a provider of excellent service who shares our passion for expansive, strategic fantasy games.”

Guardians of Graxia is currently only available on GamersGate for $8.99 (10% off its original price).

Sled Shred (Wii)

In Sled Shred featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team, players get an exclusive invitation to join the Jamaican Bobsled Team at the upcoming World Snow Games, but earning a place with these famous sledders takes some training! Coach Mon will guide players through learning the ins and outs of some cool downhill sledding using the Wii Balance Board accessory or a variety of other control options. In addition to the rousing single player mode, Sled Shred featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team also allows the entire family to take to the snow-covered hills with up to 4-player split-screen races.

Sled Shred’s release is just in time for the holiday season and a terrific choice for holiday gift-giving and for stocking stuffers that the entire family can enjoy,” said SouthPeak President & CEO Melanie Mroz, “Wii system’s North American install base exceeds 27 million units, giving this winter season game an excellent platform for broad consumer sales with an attractive price point.”

Sled Shred, rated E for Everyone, has slid onto retail shelves exclusively on Wii at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

ZhuZhu Pets: Featuring the Wild Bunch (NDS/Wii)

ZhuZhu Pets: Featuring the Wild Bunch expands the beloved ZhuZhu Pets crew by introducing all new cuddly characters for players to use as they spelunk through caves, race vehicles, and shred the slopes of a newly expanded Zhu-niverse. The action-oriented Kung Zhu launches an all out hamster attack as the formidable Kung Zhu™ group dons customizable battle armor and engages in 35 levels of high-energy combat, which follows the same storyline as the toys.

Cepia has filled its toys with dynamic personalities, allowing us to be really creative in extending each hamster’s uniqueness,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “Whether it’s Pipsqueak’s sweet but fearless attitude or Stonewall’s loud and crazy ways, each hamster has a different style to play throughout their grand adventures.”

Gary Miller, GameMill Publishing, stated, “We are thrilled to give the enthusiastic fans of Kung Zhuand ZhuZhu Pets a game that truly embodies the playful, imaginative spirit of the toys.”

“Whether you are drawn to ZhuZhu Pets or Kung Zhu because of their adorable looks, playful nature, or adventurous attitude, ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring the Wild Bunch and Kung Zhu™ offer something new for every fan to embrace,” said Natalie Hornsby, Vice President of Marketing, Cepia, LLC.

ZhuZhu Pets: Featuring The Wild Bunch, rated E for Everyone, will come with Nutters, a Collector’s Edition chipmunk. This limited edition version of the game will be available on NDS for $34.99 MSRP and Wii™ for $39.99 MSRP. Kung Zhu, rated E10+, will come packaged with an exclusive pre-release warrior hamster, Tull, for the NDS for $34.99.

RailWorks 2 Train Simulator (PC)

RailWorks 2will be the most significant leap forward for rail simulators in a decade, offering a range of new features to make it more accessible to newcomers, plus enhancements and additional features to deliver greater playability and realism for experienced users. The core kit contains everything a player needs to set up and begin operating an extensive railroad, including train simulation, landscaping tools and downloadable content, and the software is updated automatically after purchase.

"With most railroad simulators, players feel they need to get every update and expansion that comes out," says Paul Jackson CEO of Railsimulator.com. "RailWorks functions more like a traditional model railroad in that users can choose which add-ons, expansions and scenarios most appeal to them."

The most realistic rail simulator on the market, RailWorks 2 enables enthusiasts to expand their virtual railroads in any way they wish. Current owners of the previous RailWorks product will be able to upgrade to RailWorks 2 for absolutely no additional charge.

Features include:

  • A complete railroad set up including 13 locomotives, an assortment of rolling stock, eight different routes, and a huge variety of scenery.
  • 'RS Cab Control': A heads up display for locomotive drivers, incorporating driver knowledge such as signaling, visual controls as well as in-game controls like camera angle. 
  • 'RS Career System': For the first time, RailWorks fans will be able to compare themselves to other users and have a precise method of achievement. Go head-to-head against other players, and set personal achievements on Career System scenarios.

Beyond the basic kit, users can choose from a wide variety of add-ons, scenarios and expansions to build the railway of their dreams. New content in both the RailWorks Ready and RailWorks Optimized lines include new locomotives, rolling stock and career scenarios, routes and landscapes, themed scenarios, and more. 

RailWorks 2 Train Simulator is available to download on Steam and will be in retail stores shortly.

Combat Mission Shock Force - NATO Module (PC)

The Armies of three nations - Germany, Canada and the Netherlands - have arrived in Syria! Ready to finish the job that the US Army, Marines and British Forces have begun, the "Combat Mission Shock Force NATO" Module is full of superlatives: it is the - by far - biggest module released to date in the CMSF series. Boasting over 100 new maps and missions in three campaigns, many standalone and QuickBattle maps, dozens and dozens of new weapons and vehicles let alone the entirely new full blown TO&Es (Tables of Organization & Equipment) for three entire armies, as well as new voices, sound effects and game features... and more... this is one heck of a ride! Get your own copy now. Starting for only $25!

CMSF NATO is available for immediate digital delivery ($25), mail delivery ($25 plus Shipping & Handling), and both download & mail (35$ plus S&H). Later this month, a bundle will be made available including all three modules (Marines, British Forces and NATO) for only $50. This bundle will replace the existing Marines + British Forces bundle available currently (for $35).

A completely updated and entirely free CMSF demo v1.30 will be available later this month. It will feature one demo scenario each from the base game and all modules (Marines, British Forces) including NATO.

All pre-order customers are able to download the game immediately (since last night). Hardgoods consisting of the CD and jewel case (but no printed manual) will b e mailed out within the next 7-14 days from our US and European based warehouses.

CMSF NATO is not a standalone game. It is a module and requires the ownership of at least the base game - Combat Mission Shock Force - patched to version 1.21!

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