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Thursday, August 12, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 12, 2010 @ 8:52 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:

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

Puzzle Quest 2 (PC)

In the newest rendition of the Puzzle Quest series, a match-3 puzzle, fantasy and role-playing game, players assume the role of a Templar, Sorcerer, Barbarian or Assassin, and enter a journey to reclaim the once peaceful village of Verloren from Gorgon, the evil demon. Puzzle Quest 2 allows players to level up their character to progress through the immersive adventure in Story Mode or dive into Instant Action or Tournament Mode for a rich and diverse gameplay experience.

“Similar to the Xbox LIVE® and Nintendo DS™ versions D3P recently announced, the PC version of Puzzle Quest 2 is designed for all players of all skill levels—it’s simple to learn but difficult to master,” stated David Schwartz, general manager of PC Games, Namco Networks. “This component of the game makes it fun and accessible for casual and hardcore gamers, with both single player and multiplayer action.”

“The winning formula of the match-3 puzzle board action blended with a deep role-playing adventure in Puzzle Quest 2 has proven to be successful for Nintendo DS and Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 with numerous achievements including an IGN Editors’ Choice Award,” said Bill Anker, vice president of business development and licensing, D3P. “The PC version of Puzzle Quest 2 will for sure please fans as it adds to the overall experience that players have come to enjoy in the Puzzle Quest franchise.”

The PC game is currently available exclusively on Steam’s website for $19.99. The mobile, iPhone and iPad versions of Puzzle Quest 2 are slated for winter 2010, making it accessible across multiple platforms.

World of Cars Online (PC)

The World of Cars Online premiere event featured celebrity guests Cheech Marin and Jenifer Lewis, voices of “Ramone” and “Flo” from the Disney•Pixar animated feature “Cars” and new online video game, as well as Disney Channel stars, the Road Kings classic car club and other Hollywood families and fans. The event was held at California historical landmark, Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Burbank, a real life example of the 1950s style “car hop” coffee shop, reminiscent of Radiator Springs’ Flo’s V-8 Café depicted in the “Cars” movie and virtual world.

“Our goal with World of Cars Online is to provide a creative and social environment where kids can have fun and use their imaginations in new ways,” says Lane Merrifield, executive vice president of Disney Online Studios. “Our teams worked tirelessly to ensure World of Cars Online authentically represents the characters and storylines that kids and families have come to know and love from the movies, and we’re looking forward to hearing what ‘Cars’ fans think of it.”

“At Pixar, we love seeing the worlds we create in our films extend into other media,” said Jay Ward, Cars Franchise Manager. “We are excited to bring the world of ‘Cars’ to online audiences in a fun and imaginative way.”

World of Cars Online is an expansive virtual world on the Internet that constantly changes with new games, adventures and community activities for kids and their friends to enjoy together. Features include:

  • Create a Car – create a custom car with loads of modifications and upgrades to choose from
  • Meet “Cars” Movie Characters – engage with quirky “Cars” characters in offbeat adventures and more
  • Explore the Open Road – play fun games and activities in Radiator Springs and beyond
  • Make New Friends – meet, chat and play with thousands of other Cars or race against them on a variety of tracks
  • Start a Racing Career – race to become the new Piston Cup Champ. Cars can work their way up from local dirt tracks to the national circuit
  • Build a Yard – outfit a yard for friends to check out and visit, and eventually build custom race tracks

There is no third party advertising in World of Cars Online, itis a free-to-play browser-based game. For access to additional features in the world, a sponsorship subscription of $5.95 a month is required.

A special parents section is featured in World of Cars Online, where parents can learn more about the game and parental controls that are offered. Parents may use the Account Manager to control a variety of community settings for their child’s car, including two chat options, SpeedChat and SpeedChat Plus. In addition to the parental controls, World of Cars Online employs a highly trained, on-site staff to continuously monitor the world and provide personalized player support

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