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EA Signs Publishing Deal with Grasshopper, Epic Games

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315w 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.
 

Havok signs 'perpetual' licensing deal with Microsoft Game Studios

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316w ago - Microsoft Game Studios and Havok have signed a perpetual licensing agreement for the latter's Physics, Animation and Behavior products, plus future products, to be used across all Microsoft internal studios and development partners worldwide.

Described as a 'unique deal', the agreement follows on from a long-running relationship between Microsoft and Havok. Havok has been used in several Microsoft triple A titles including Halo 3, Halo 2, Scene It? Lights Camera Action, and Age of Empires III. Microsoft has been licensing Havok products since 2001.

And a number of its upcoming titles currently in development are using Havok products. These include Fable 2, Halo Wars, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and a number of additional games.

"Microsoft Game Studios is proud to have committed to a long term partnership with Havok.

As a leading Publisher, our mission is to deliver the highest quality Xbox 360 & Windows gaming experience to our customers," says Jason Mangold, business manager at MGS. "There's no question that using Havok's technology helps MGS deliver on that goal."

Havok MD David O'Meara added: "Havok is committed to providing not only the premier physics software to our customers, but also in giving them new tools, such as Havok Behavior,...
 

Warhawk Paint Scheme & Insignia Contest announced!

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326w ago - Lestrade of the EU PlayStation Forums (linked above) has announced a Warhawk Paint Scheme & Insignia Contest.

Warhawk's Game Director, Dylan Jobe, and his team will pick the best 50 insignia and 20 paint schemes. These winning designs will be added to the forthcoming 1.5 patch update, which will be available to download for free from PlayStation Store this Autumn.

To quote: Hi all,

We're offering you the chance to have your designs featured in a collection of player-created Warhawk insignias and paint schemes that Warhawk players from across Europe will be able to download and use to customise troops and aircraft.

Warhawk's Game Director, Dylan Jobe, and his team will pick the best 50 insignia and 20 paint schemes. These winning designs will be added to the forthcoming 1.5 patch update, which will be available to download for free from PLAYSTATIONŽStore this Autumn.

The winners will also receive a limited edition Warhawk statue from Gentle Giant Studios.

How to enter
All you have to do is design a new insignia or paint scheme - or both - and post it into this thread, or email it to us at competitions@community.eu.playstation.com, with 'Warhawk design competition' in the subject line.

If entering by email,...
 

Itagaki Files Suit Against Tecmo, Announces Resignation

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326w ago - Tomonobu Itagaki announced today that he has filed suit against Japanese-based publisher Tecmo, claiming damages in the amount of 148 million yen for unpaid bonuses.

In the suit, which was filed on May 14, Itagaki specifically calls out the company's head honcho, Yoshimi Yasuda, for breach of contract and making demeaning remarks about him to fellow subordinates and colleagues.

To quote: President Yoshimi Yasuda chose not only to violate this agreement, but also turned defiant, telling me "if you are dissatisfied with the decision not to pay the bonuses, either quit the company or sue it."

Itagaki further notes that the comments made by Yasuda has led him to formally announced his resignation from Tecmo. He will leave the company on July 1.

Statement: I, Tomonobu Itagaki, hereby announce that on the 14th of May 2008 I filed a complaint in the Tokyo District Court against Tecmo Co., Ltd. for unpaid completion bonuses, and against the President of Tecmo, Yoshimi Yasuda, for such unlawful acts as unreasonable and disingenuous statements made towards me, claiming damages in total of 148 million yen. I also announce that this complaint was delivered to the defendants on May 22nd of the same year.

In addition, I hereby announce that I have today submitted a...
 

SEGA signs ex-Clover Devs

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328w ago - Sega will release four games as part of a partnership with Japanese developer Platinum Games, founded by Resi creator Shinji Mikami and other ex-Clover big wigs.

One game for PS3 and 360, titled Bayonetta, stars a girl lead character with guns strapped to her feet, and is being directed by the Devil May Cry creator, Hideki Kamiya.

A short trailer (which we'll attach to this report shortly) shown at Sega's unveiling event in London lacked any gameplay footage, but it did show the female lead flip out and fire bullets into the faces of her foes. It was all very DMC-like, funnily enough.

The second title shown was a sci-fi action RPG for DS called Infinite Line. You play a captain of a customisable space ship, travelling between two galaxies as you uncover what is promised to be a deep plot.

With over 200 performance-effecting ship designs, modding your craft is a big part of the quest, as you explore what developer Nudemaker (behave) says will be the most vast world on DS.

Sega also showed off Wii-exclusive title, MadWorld - a gruesome black and white action game featuring a guy with a chainsaw for an arm.

Think Killer 7 with a sense of humour thrown in. The game has you using Wii Remote motions to stab street signs through enemies' faces...
 
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