Vivendi has announced its E3 line-up earlier today, with a strong roster on show, including WoW expansion The Burning Crusade - which is bound to be a geek magnet in the South Hall later this week.
The company also announced the forthcoming coked-up Cuban gangster shooter, Scarface: The World is Yours. How and if they plan to represent the act and overall sensation of falling face-first into a mound of cocaine and then going on a suicidal killing spree ? as in the movie ? is yet to be confirmed.
Another big announcement for the company is fantasy movie tie-in, Eragon, which will be released for current-gen consoles, handhelds and the Xbox 360. The firm is pinning a lot of hopes on Eragon ? and what with the movie being billed as a Christmas replacement for Potter or Lord of The Rings ? you can see why.
World in Conflict is a PC real-time strategy set during the era of the cold war. Caesar IV is the latest iteration of the popular city builder. Vivendi will also be showing off recently acquired shooter Timeshift on PC and Xbox 360 ? which, interestingly, gives players ?the ability to slow, stop and reverse the flow of time for short periods to solve problems and take out enemies while remaining completely unaffected.?
From the Sierra Online label, there is also the online title FreeStyle Street Basketball. What is it with online versions of ?street? sports, first NCSoft?s Soccer Fury, now this. Whatever next?
Bruce Hack, CEO of Vivendi Games said of the line-up: "Vivendi Games has emerged as a leader in top quality interactive entertainment with the number one position in the MMORPG market, and leading positions in PC and console. We are thrilled to present a spectacular E3 roster of original properties and entertainment licenses, which reflect the creativity and innovation that are cornerstones of our work."
Well, that?s all well and good, but with creativity and innovation in mind, perhaps the less said about the PSP title 50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition the better (no more fifty pence jokes please, people - the Vivendi people they not down with this sh*t), along with Miami Vice as a PSP exclusive - a tie-in for the forthcoming Colin Farrell movie.
At least we?ll finally get to have a play on F.E.A.R. on Xbox 360, as well as checking out new PC expansion pack Extraction Point.
Here's that line up, in full:
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Expansion Pack)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade takes up where World of Warcraft left off, with the races of the Horde and the Alliance continuing to rebuild their lives among the shattered lands of Azeroth. Amid the fragile peace that exists between the factions come rumors that the Burning Legion's age-old war against Azeroth ? the so-called Burning Crusade ? has been rekindled and threatens to consume the world in another firestorm of war and strife. Additional news, including details on the highly anticipated beta-test and expected release dates for each region, will be announced in the coming months.
Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Scarface: The World Is Yours
Scarface: The World Is Yours is an open-world action game that puts players in the epic role of Tony Montana. Featuring an unprecedented all-star Hollywood cast and an original script penned by renowned writer David McKenna, the creator of American History X and Blow, Scarface: The World Is Yours will bring Tony Montana to life in an authentic Scarface experience. Developed by Radical Entertainment. Expected Release: Autumn 2006; Platform: PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC
Based on the worldwide literary phenomenon and the 2006 20th Century Fox film starring Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Robert Carlyle, Ed Speleers and Sienna Guillory, Eragon immerses the player in a magical world of dragon riders, destiny and adventure. Gamers will engage in intense battles with an unparalleled combo and magic-based combat system. Developed by Stormfront Studios and Amaze Entertainment. Expected Release: Autumn 2006; Platforms: PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360, Xbox, NGC, GBA, DS, PC
World in Conflict
World in Conflict represents the next-generation of strategy games, with completely destructible 3D battlefields, aggressive team-based multiplayer action and a focus on fast, hard-hitting battles. The game presents a chillingly authentic Cold War scenario created by noted author and Cold War authority Larry Bond. Developed by Massive Entertainment. Expected Release: Spring 2007; Platform: PC
The best shooter of 2005 comes to the Xbox 360 with brand new single player and multiplayer content. F.E.A.R. is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first person. It is an unprecedented adrenaline rush of close quarters combat seamlessly melded with the spine-tingling, shocking intensity of the unknown. Developed by Day One Studios. Expected Release: Q4 2006; Platform: Xbox 360
F.E.A.R. Extraction Point (Expansion Pack)
In the expansion pack for the critically acclaimed F.E.A.R. Extraction Point kicks off where the original title ended ? with a bang. The First Encounter Assault Recon Team (F.E.A.R.) returns to battle the now free Alma and her deadly minions across a desolated city. Developed by TimeGate Studios. Expected Release: Oct. 2006; Platform: PC
Timeshift is a futuristic FPS that is all about controlling time. Using the Quantum Suit, players have the ability to slow, stop and reverse the flow of time for short periods to solve problems and take out enemies while remaining completely unaffected. Developed by Sabre Interactive. Expected Release: September 2006; Platform: Xbox 360, PC
Caesar IV advances, refines and updates the city-building gameplay pioneered by the Caesar franchise, while remaining true to its predecessor's proud legacy. In Caesar IV, players take on the role of an aspiring provincial governor. Developed by Tilted Mill. Expected Release: Sept 2006; Platform: PC
50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition
The gritty urban action game starring multi-platinum recording artist 50 Cent is now portable. 50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition is the ultimate fusion of music, gaming and video entertainment, offering more than a boxed-set of 50 Cent music, an exclusive G Unit documentary, 15 music videos and all new action-packed gameplay. Developed by High Voltage Software. Expected Release: August 2006; Platform: PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) system
Miami Vice The Game
Inspired by the upcoming summer film from Universal Pictures, Miami Vice The Game puts players deep undercover as narcotics officers Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in the decadent world of present-day Miami. Developed by Rebellion Studios. Expected Release: July 2006; Platform: Platform: PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) system
FreeStyle Street Basketball
Freestyle is a fast-paced online basketball game where players meet on virtual courts to challenge each other in a dynamic pick-up game environment, featuring cutting-edge music, fashions and gravity defying basketball moves. Developed by JC Entertainment Corp. Expected Release will be announced.