Battle: Los Angeles Inspired By Games

Battle: Los Angeles recently appeared at Comic-Con, where most of the attendees were impressed by the alien action film. The first-person perspective was reminiscent of a game, something that was not a coincidence in its inspiration.

“When I saw 40 minutes of this the other day, I literally grabbed my hands like an Xbox,” described actress Michelle Rodriguez . “It’s really like a first-person shooter game.”

Source: Reuters

Ubisoft Rises To Second Largest European Publisher

Ubisoft has announced that it has become the second largest publisher in Europe. The French publisher has a 9.5 percent share of the games market in Europe and 11 percent in the U.K.

In the U.S., Ubisoft remains the number 4 publisher. Still its share has grown from 4.8 percent to 6 percent over last year.

Success during the early part of the year was attributed to the launch of Splinter Cell: Conviction and the continued success of Just Dance, Assassin s Creed 2 and James Cameron’s Avatar.

Avengers Helmed By Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) has long been rumored for The Avenger‘s directing chair, but it’s never been officially confirmed. Whedon, however, put all doubts to rest in a panel at Comic-Con.

“It’s not an official thing, I think because Marvel couldn’t afford a press release,” said Whedon. “So can we make that an official thing I’m directing The Avengers.”

“I am still writing an outline. I’m still in that stage,” Whedon said. “I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counterintuitive it is. These people shouldn’t be in the same room — and that is the very definition of family.”

Source: Reuters

Green Lantern Fights Manhunters In Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today the Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters game. This game will release concurrently with the Warner Bros. Pictures superhero film Green Lantern in Summer 2011.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters gives players the chance to experience the world of the Green Lantern mythology in an interactive way, going beyond the events of the film and comic books, said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game is the first to center around DC Comics Green Lantern franchise and we re excited to give fans the opportunity to experience the power of the ring with engaging gameplay.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters will release for PS3, Wii, DS and Xbox 360.

RockYou Rocks Facebook Credits

RockYou announced today that it has signed a five-year agreement that will make Facebook Credits the exclusive virtual currency of RockYou’s social games and applications. Facebook retains 30 percent of the revenue from Facebook Credits.

“Facebook is showing a long-term commitment to social gaming — and that’s very exciting,” said Lisa Marino, chief revenue officer at RockYou. “We look forward to continue working with Facebook and Facebook Credits. As users adopt Credits, there may be a great opportunity for us to increase revenue from both a virtual goods and advertising perspective.”

RockYou and Facebook have worked together on RockYou’s advertiser sponsored “Deal of the Day” program, which rewards people with Facebook Credits when they interact with in-game advertising. Over one million people completed the Deal of the Day with Facebook Credits in the first four days when it launched in April and RockYou has issued over 5 million Credits in Zoo World alone, using both direct pay and advertiser sponsored solutions.

“We’ve worked closely with RockYou on developing Facebook Credits for some time, and their input has been valuable in evolving the product,” said Deborah Liu, product marketing manager for Facebook Credits. “Facebook is dedicated to providing value and helping developers succeed on Facebook Platform, and Facebook Credits is an important part of accomplishing this goal.”

Halo Reaches For Custom Controller, Bundle


A design for a custom Halo: Reach controller went up on Microsoft’s website. Signaling some of the first licensed gear for the FPS title, it has silver coloration and markings appropriate to the UNSC.


Microsoft also unveiled a Halo: Reach hardware bundle. The console will have a similarly silver Xbox 360 console, two of the wireless controllers, a token for the Limited Edition Elite armor set, an episode of Halo Legends, a Halo: Reach-themed Xbox 360 wired headset, along with the game itself. It will also feature “custom sound effects from the Halo universe.”




Michael Jordan Slams It Home In NBA 2K11

Part of the incorporation of Michael Jordan into NBA 2K11 is the The Jordan Challenge, letting players have the chance to try and live up to the legacy of His Airness in 10 different legendary games. As a teaser, 2K Sports unveiled this teaser trailer with the first in-game footage of Jordan in action.

Medal Of Honor Developers Sense Danger Close

The EA LA studio that is working on the new Medal of Honor title is re-branding itself. Just like how the internal EA developers of Dead Space are known as Visceral Games, these developers will go by Danger Close.

Right now, the good men and women at Danger Close are working on the story-mode of the Medal of Honor reboot. The multiplayer features are being developed by EA DICE.


Call Of Duty Gets Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is using Call of Duty: Black Ops as the backdrop for their latest music video. Showing the acceptance of games in mainstream media, the band is using the video as a means to promote their new album “Nightmare, releasing July 27.