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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 21, 2010 @ 7:39 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 ...

F1 2010 (PS3/X360/PC)

In F1 2010 gamers will take on the full, expanded grid in a variety of game modes including GRAND PRIX, Championship, Time Trial and an extensive, innovative Career mode. F1 2010 will also feature a highly advanced damage model, fully dynamic weather system and extensive competitive multiplayer options.

As the official game of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, F1 2010 will include all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the coming season. F1 2010 will feature the return of seven times FORMULA 1 Drivers’ World Champion Michael Schumacher, the introduction of several new teams, and the brand new Korean International Circuit that will host the 2010 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix.

In F1 2010 gamers will take on the full, expanded grid in a variety of game modes including Grand Prix,  Championship, Time Trial and an extensive, innovative Career mode. F1 2010 will also feature a highly advanced damage model, fully dynamic weather system and extensive competitive multiplayer options.

In production at Codemasters Studios Birmingham, F1 2010 is being developed using the EGO Game Technology Platform, Codemasters’ proprietary tech that powered the critically acclaimed, million-plus selling Colin McRae: DiRT 2 and Race Driver: GRID. The technology has been further developed to accurately recreate the unique aerodynamics and handling of 200MPH+ Formula One cars. The tech combined with Codemasters’ unprecedented access to FORMULA ONE teams and drivers will ensure that F1 2010 delivers the most authentic Formula One racing experience yet.

Key Features:

  • All the cars, all the stars. Fully licensed, F1 2010 features all the drivers and teams set to contest the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, including Formula One Drivers’ World Champions Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.
  • Every circuit, beautifully realised. Race wheel to wheel on all 19 of the 2010 tracks, each modelled with exceptional attention to detail and jaw-dropping visuals.
  • Be the driver, live the life. There is more to being a Formula One driver than being the fastest person on track and F1 2010 is the first game to allow players to experience the exclusive world of F1 like never before.
  • Fully dynamic weather affects your strategy, performance and delivers stunning visual effects. F1 2010 features the most advanced weather system in any racing game.
  • Build a career. Whether players wish to work their way up from the bottom, switching teams as they go, or build a dynasty with their chosen team, gamers can fully realise their aspirations in F1 2010’s extensive and challenging career mode.
  • The full pit lane, featuring each team in their various stages of strategy, becomes home to tense and exciting moments of drama as the drivers and crew work to return their car to the race as fast as possible.
  • Full online multiplayer. F1 2010 will include extensive online multiplayer options allowing players to take on their friends and the rest of the world in a range of race modes.

Civilization V (PC)

Civilization V takes this definitive strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagonal tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The brand new engine delivers a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer to the Civ world than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive, as armies dominate the landscape and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging them to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features debuting in Civilization V,an extensive suite of community, modding and multiplayer elements will also be available.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Civilization V,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “The response we’ve received from long-time fans of the series has been incredibly positive and very rewarding. It’s a tricky endeavor making a new version of a game folks still love to play, and I think our terrific team at Firaxis has made something that will deliver another great Civ experience to players around the world.”

“They said it couldn’t be done, but the talented team at Firaxis Games has managed to make a game that tops Sid Meier’s Civilization IV,their previous magnum opus,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “A beautiful new engine, many enhancements to the combat and a streamlined interface make Sid Meier’s Civilization V both the deepest and most accessible Civ game ever.”

Sid Meier’s Civilization V is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available today on the PC for $49.99. Additionally, the Sid Meier’s Civilization V Digital Deluxe Edition is available at participating digital distribution sites for $59.99, and the Sid Meier’s Civilization V Special Edition is available at select outlets for $99.99.

Red Dead Redemption Liars and Cheats Pack (PS3/X360)

Red Dead Redemption takes a journey through the vanishing 20th century American frontier through the eyes of former outlaw John Marston. Alongside the rich, immersive single-player experience, Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer offers a world of dynamic challenges, and competitive games suited for a player of any skill level.

“The Liars and Cheats Pack gives players a lot more of what they love about Red Dead Redemption,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “By building out Free Roam even further and continuing to offer new competitive multiplayer modes, we’re ensuring our community always experiences an open world that’s vibrant and alive with fresh content.”

The Liars and Cheats Pack (requires a copy of Red Dead Redemption) now includes the previously announced Free Roam Pack. With content for both competitive multiplayer and Free Roam, the add-on pack features a wide array of new gameplay mechanics, weapons and locations, including:

  • Stronghold Competitive Multiplayer Mode – team-based mode where each team takes turns attacking and defending a landmark before the clock runs out;
  • The Explosive Rifle – brand-new destructive weapon with its own single-player and multiplayer challenges;
  • Multiplayer Poker and Liars’ Dice Games – one of the most requested multiplayer features;
  • Multiplayer Horse Races – compete against both friend and foe, complete with mounted combat;
  • Four New Hunting Grounds – now visible on the map for all to hunt the dangerous, errant wildlife;
  • Seven New Gang Hideouts – brand new opportunities to level up;
  • 15 New Multiplayer characters – personalities from the world of Red Dead Redemption return;
  • New Achievements and Trophies.

The Explosive Rifle also brings its deadly devastation to the single-player campaign of the hotly anticipated Undead Nightmare Pack. Also coming to the Undead Nightmare Pack arsenal, is the Legends and Killers Pack’s lethal projectile Tomahawk. Both weapons will be available in the Undead Nightmare Pack exclusively to those who have downloaded the Legends and Killers Pack and the Liars and Cheats Pack.

The Liars and Cheats Pack, rated M for Mature, is available now in North America and Europe for download on both PlayStation Network ($9.99) and Xbox Live (800 Microsoft Points).

Club Penguin Game Day! (Wii)

Based on the environment, characters and storylines of the popular online playground Club Penguin, Club Penguin Game Day! includes a range of single and multi-player sports and performance events designed to challenge and engage every member of the family.

“There are lots of parents who want to experience what their kids have come to know and love about the virtual world of Club Penguin, but it’s easier to gather everyone in the family room than around the computer in the home office,” says Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios. “With Club Penguin Game Day!, we hope to give families new ways to connect, be active and have fun together.”

Club Penguin Game Day! features a collection of 12, all-new Wii exclusive games, including Puffle Paddle, Dance Off and Sumo Smash. Players create and customize a penguin, choose a team color and try to conquer challenges in each of the six zones on the island. The team that takes over the most territory wins.

The game includes innovative ways to connect with the virtual world, allowing players to transfer their penguins, achievements, coins, and exclusive unlockable items to their online accounts on Players can also interact with familiar characters from the virtual world, including Rookie, Aunt Arctic, and Gary the Gadget Guy.

Another feature lets players transfer their customized penguins via their Wii Remote™ to a friend’s Wii for use in game play. Once back on the original console, high scores, coins and customization items earned will merge with the player’s profile.

Club Penguin launched in 2005 and joined The Walt Disney Company two years later. Today, millions of children and families in more than 190 countries around the world spend time in the popular virtual playground, interacting with friends, exploring, playing games and letting their imaginations soar. Available to play in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, Club Penguin is renowned for its commitment to safe fun.

Published by Disney Interactive Studios, Club Penguin Game Day!, rated E for everyone, is now available for $49.99.

KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game (Wii)

KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game includes 24 of the most popular KIDZ BOP dance hits. Kids and families can now rock out, two-step and break it down in their very own living rooms while dancing along with the KIDZ BOP Kids!

“We challenge you to not have fun playing this game. Whether you are a child, an adult, or somewhere in between, this game is extremely entertaining and entices children and families to get up and dance to kid-friendly renditions of some of their favorite songs,” said Alison Quirion, vice president of marketing, D3Publisher. “KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game teaches players new moves, allows them to compete in ultimate dance competitions with friends, and offers hours upon hours of entertainment from the comforts of home.”

Victor Zaraya, COO of KIDZ BOP, added, “Dance continues to dominate popular culture this year. With the success of hit shows like ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ millions of kids across the country have caught dance fever. As a leading distributor of kids’ music and entertainment products in America, KIDZ BOP understands the important role that music and dance plays in kids’ lives. We’re excited to launch, KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game and think it’s a fun way to encourage kids and families to get up and get moving to the beat of their favorite songs.”

In KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game, players can dance to 24 contemporary hits ‘sung by kids for kids’ such as “Party in the U.S.A” and “Get the Party Started” with a few timeless hits including “Thriller,” appealing to family members of all ages. Players can customize their own in-game character and mix and match outfits and accessories for a truly unique look. Five different gameplay modes: Free Play, Challenge, Dance Off, Shop and Dress-Up, will extend the dance party for hours. Players can dance solo, team-up with a friend to dance together in 2 Player Challenge mode, or go head-to-head in Dance Off mode to compete for top score. Kids are encouraged to succeed with no penalty for errors or missteps as they receive helpful dance tips and tricks from KIDZ BOP Kids, Dana and Valerie, to pull off sensational dance moves to become the next KIDZ BOP star!

KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game, rated “E” for Everyone, is now available in North America

Family Party: Fitness Fun (Wii)

Family Party: Fitness Fun features active gameplay made for kids, including skydiving, hoverboard racing, roller derby, fencing, boxing, and many more activities tailored for kids and family gameplay. Fitness Fun is one of the greatest values in family entertainment and offers hours of convenient at-home excitement for kids to share with their families and friends.

Family Party: Fitness Fun is the latest in the top-selling Family Party series, including Family Party: 30 Great Games, Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun and iParenting Award winner Family Party: 30 Great Games Outdoor Fun. Fitness Fun is created especially for kids as players choose from over a dozen cute characters, compete in 30 games and challenges to achieve high scores and win medals, and participate in a variety of 4-player multiplayer games that feature a simultaneous gameplay option with the Wii Balance Board™!

Fitness Fun is the healthy choice for family fitness at an affordable price,” said Alison Quirion, vice president of marketing, D3P. “Families and friends can work out together and compete through a variety of athletic events and challenges for countless hours of non-stop entertainment.”

Fitness Fun, rated “E10+”, is now available in North Amnerica for $19.95.

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (NDS)

In the Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue game, players can team up with familiar fairy friends to go beyond Pixie Hollow in order to bring summer back to the English Countryside, where the game takes place. The DS game offers all new adventures and exciting ways to connect with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow online virtual world. For the first time ever, players can unlock exclusive items, create fairy avatars, and send postcards to their fairy friends in Pixie Hollow, all of which create an interconnected experience between the virtual world and the DS game.

“This franchise provides a unique opportunity for us to connect different platforms together in an innovative way for consumers,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president, Disney Interactive Studios. “By offering Disney Fairies fans new ways to connect across multiple devices, we’re creating immersive digital experiences that further enhance their Disney Fairies experience.”

Also, to celebrate the release of the game, Pixie Hollow is holding a Disney Fairies Fashion Design Contest and is asking fans to draw upon their imaginations to design a Fairy or Sparrow Man outfit inspired by the DS game. The winning designs will be brought to life as a new collection in a Pixie Hollow shop, and the winning designers will receive grand prizes that include a Nintendo DS game system, a copy of Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue DSgame, and a one-month Pixie Hollow membership card.

“We are encouraging our passionate Disney Fairies online community to tap into their creativity and love of fashion to design an outfit that will be a part of the Pixie Hollow virtual world,” says Jason Everett, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow product director. “With the launch of the new ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ animated feature and the video game, fans will have a lot of Disney Fairies content to draw from and customize.”

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue includes new interconnectivity elements with the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow online virtual world, which further immerses players into the Disney Fairies fantasy.

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue for NDS arrives in stores the same day as Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray and DVD release of the Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue movie. The game, from Disney Interactive Studios, is Rated E for Everyone, and available now at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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