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News for Apr. 04, 2006

go2 Gets the Attention of Mobile Gamers with Successful Ad Campaign For Gameloft's King Kong: The Official Mobile Game of the Movie

4/04/06, 10:02 pm EST - Xoanon

LAS VEGAS, April 4, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- go2(R) Directory Systems (http://www.go2.com), a leading provider of local search and directory information over mobile devices in the U.S., teamed with Mobile Phone Applications, Inc. (MoPhap) and Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, to execute a successful mobile advertising campaign for Gameloft's King Kong, the official mobile game of the movie. [More]

News for Apr. 02, 2006

Game Developer April Issue Pits Kong Against Wright

4/02/06, 11:14 am EST - Xoanon

From gamasutra.com: The latest issue of Game Developer magazine, the sister print publication to Gamasutra.com, and the leading U.S. trade publication for the video game industry, is in the process of shipping to subscribers and is available from the Game Developer Digital service in both subscription and a new single-issue formats. The cover feature for the April 2006 issue is an exclusive postmortem of Ubisoft's multi-format title Peter Jackson's King Kong. The game, to many, marks a potential turning point in licensed games a big name director, Peter Jackson, and a big name developer, Michel Ancel, collaborated and shared design ideas and assets to create it. In this postmortem, game producer Xavier Poix shares the ups and downs of this unique relationship on the $15 million game title, and how it affected the biggest simultaneous launch in Ubisoft's history. [More]

News for Mar. 24, 2006

King Kong Battle Game Available Online!

3/24/06, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

In the King Kong Battle game, users play the role of King Kong in an earth-shaking, no-holds-barred brawl with another monstrous denizen of Skull Island - the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Play the game brought to you by the release of Peter Jacksons King Kong on DVD March 28th. [More]

News for Feb. 21, 2006

Jackson on Ancel to make King Kong 2?

2/21/06, 7:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Not to give away the ending of a 73 year-old movie, but the giant gorilla dies at the end of King Kong. That said, there might've been a more financial reason to add the alternate "happy" ending in the King Kong video game, co-developed by Peter Jackson and Beyond Good & Evil's Michel Ancel. According to an interview on Yahoo! Games, Jackson and Ancel might possibly be developing a sequel to the monkey's misadventures in the big city. [More]

News for Feb. 10, 2006

Composer Chance Thomas sets the tone for virtual adventures

2/10/06, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

Composer Chance Thomas has the gig of a lifetime. He writes scores for video games, and he's got some pretty hefty clients. His last project was creating the score for "Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' " game. "When I was called on to do that game," Thomas said by phone from his Northern California studio, "it was before James Newton Howard was assigned to do the movie soundtrack. I thought the game creators would shoot me off sections from (the movie score) and have me rework them. But that wasn't the case. I was informed that the score for the video game was to be an all-original work." Thomas, a former Utah resident and Brigham Young University graduate, said he had to get into the feel of the project before he started. "I went to France and met with the game-design team. I came home with a load of drawings and designs from the game. So I put up the drawings of the Skull Island in my studio. Skull Island is a pretty scary place and having those pictures up made the studio a different world." [More]

Nuendo Audio Product Used For King Kong Game

2/10/06, 11:46 am EST - Xoanon

Steinberg Media Technologies reports that its Nuendo Media Production System formed the backbone of the audio production in the King Kong computer game. Released at the end of 2005 to coincide with the worldwide release of Universal's movie, King Kong: The Official Game Of The Movie was produced by Ubisoft in close cooperation with the film's director, Peter Jackson. "Nuendo gave us exactly what we needed, namely speed and stability," said Yoan Fanise, Lead Sound Designer on the project, who was charged with creating an immersive audio production for Kong and the dinosaurs he battles in the movie. [More]

News for Feb. 03, 2006

Kong is King for Ubisoft

2/03/06, 2:17 pm EST - Xoanon

LucasArts isn't the only publisher that knows how to leverage a great movie license. Ubisoft's King Kong sold reasonably well during the holiday season (and beyond), placing 8th on the December top 20. Clearly, Peter Jackson's involvement with the game was a major factor in this. If you went to see a blockbuster movie over the holidays, chances are good it was King Kong. The Peter Jackson remake of the classic 1933 film spent two weeks as the nation's top grossing movie and raked in over $50 million in its first week alone. The film has, to date, grossed over $200 million domestically and $500 million worldwide. [More]

News for Jan. 26, 2006

Ubisoft Sees Record Sales, Lowers Guidance

1/26/06, 7:39 pm EST - Xoanon

January 26, 2006 - Ubisoft posted record third-quarter financials today, while revising its full-year forecast to reflect a slowing games market. The company says the strong numbers came largely from the success of titles like Peter Jackson's King Kong and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones during the holiday season. Sales for the company's third quarter were a record 250 million euros ($305.7 million), a 35% increase from 185 million euros ($226 million) in the same period last year. Sales for the first nine months increased 29 percent 403 million euros ($492.7 million). "2005 was another successful year," commented Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. "We gained additional market share and further strengthened the Ubisoft brand: Prince of Persia is increasingly recognized as the reference for action/adventure games and Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie set new standards of quality, making Ubisoft a must-have partner for license holders. With years of continuous progress behind us, we ranked third independent publisher in Europe in 2005 and fifth in North America. Ubisoft is now established as one of the major players in our industry with highly valuable assets." [More]

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