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EA Signs Publishing Deal with Grasshopper, Epic Games

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323w ago - Electronic Arts today announced that it has a signed a publishing agreement to distribute titles from leading developers Epic Games and Grasshopper Manufacture.

Under the agreement, EA will publish an all-new action game in development at Epic's Poland-based People Can Fly studio, responsible for the Gears of War PC port and the Painkiller first-person shooter franchise. The title will be released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

"Epic is excited to work with EA Partners to launch our next big IP on the global stage," said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games. "EA Partners gives independent developers like Epic the muscle of a global publisher like EA, along with the focus and flexibility of a smaller team committed to working with our individual needs."

On the Grasshopper side of the spectrum, EA inked a deal to publish an all-new "action horror game" produced by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and directed by Suda51 of No More Heroes fame. The title is slated for a multi-platform release on Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Release dates for either titles went unmentioned. At any rate, this news is both fantastic and surprising at the same time.
 

Tenchu IV Details - Ubisoft Publishing, Trilogy Planned

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333w ago - - Main characters: Rikimaru and Ayame
- Story: set one year after the riots caused by the Witchcraft Lord "Tenrai". There are still some evil people behind the scenes that are causing trouble, and gaining in power. There was also an incident involving the kidnapping of princess Kiku (Lord Gouda Matsunoshin's daughter). Rikimaru and Ayame must find out what is going on with these happenings.
- "Stealth Ninja Action Game"
- developers are saying that this could be the 'epitome of the series'
- new character designs
- new actors
- both characters have different fighting styles, and "assassination cutscenes".
- Stealth actions: hide in water, climb on ceilings, sneak around above the ceiling, hide in the dark, hide bodies, hide within caravans to sneak into heavily guarded locations, and more moves completely new to the series
- special move allows you to quickly dispose of a body into water, effectively hiding the corpse
- ninja tools from previous entries return, and have been reworked for Wiimote/Nunchuk control
- www.tenchu.net may be updated on June 7th with info

Interestingly enough, Ubisoft will be handling the publishing for Tenchu. Ubisoft isn't developing the title, but I do think the company deserves a bit of praise for picking up...
 
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