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Product: Technicolor, Sierra Partner For Spyro: A New Beginning

Technicolor Interactive Services, part of the Services division of Thomson has announced it was chosen by Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, to provide ci...

Simon Carless, Blogger

August 28, 2006

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Technicolor Interactive Services, part of the Services division of Thomson has announced it was chosen by Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, to provide cinematic animation, voice casting and recording, sound design, and mixing services for The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, scheduled for release in October 2006. Technicolor Interactive Services managed pre-rendered cinematics for the game title, including concept work, storyboarding, modelling, animation, and rendering. In addition, the group’s Audio services division provided a variety of sound design and mixing services, including voice casting, recording, directing, dialogue editing, and complete cinematic audio postproduction. The latest title in the 17 million-unit-selling Spyro franchise, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning will feature the voices of Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as the new voice of Spyro; David Spade (The Benchwarmers) as Spyro’s sidekick, Sparx, the dragonfly; and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series) as Ignitus, the Fire Dragon Elder, and Spyro’s mentor. Spyro embarks on an epic quest to uncover his roots and realize his destiny in the completely new Spyro adventure featuring gameplay focused heavily on dynamic action and fast-paced combat. Players will experience the tremendous power of the purple dragon as he evolves into a living, breathing weapon of explosive destruction. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning will be available this October for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS. Vivendi Games has had a long relationship with Technicolor Interactive Services, with the group providing extensive support for such successful Sierra titles as Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, Crash Twinsanity, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Robots, and Spyro: A Hero's Tail. Technicolor Interactive Services offers comprehensive design and production resources to video game developers and publishers. The group provides expertise in three main production categories: Design and Visuals, including game design, concept art, in-game art assets, cinematics, prototyping, and postproduction; Audio, including sound design, cinematic editorial and mixing, casting, voice-over recording, and sound implementation; and Localization, including project management, translation, casting, and voice-over recording and editing.

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Simon Carless


Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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