Today's Gamasutra round-up includes news of Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII
announced for the PlayStation 3 launch, Playlogic Entertainment's second quarter results, and Jack Thompson's request to get Bully
early, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, Serious Games Source news, and Gamasutra job postings.
- Today Ubisoft announced that Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII
, released previously for the Xbox 360, as well as the Xbox and PC, will be a launch title for the upcoming PlayStation 3 console. In addition, the company added that the game has been redesigned so that it will take advantage of the PlayStation 3's tilt sensitive controller, which was first unveiled in May at E3. New missions will also be introduced and the game will include a new 16-player multiplayer mode. Ubisoft has been throwing considerable development weight behind the arcade-style aerial shooter lately, having also recently confirmed
the game for the launch of the Nintendo Wii as well.
- Independent publisher Playlogic Entertainment announced its financial results for the 2006 second quarter, ended June 30. The company reported that its net revenue for the period was $0.4 million, compared to $0.2 million a year ago. The revenues were lower than the first quarter of 2006, as Playlogic did not release any games during this period. The company also saw a higher net loss for the six months ended June, 2006, during which it reported a loss of $3.9 million compared to $1.6 million in the prior year. Playlogic noted the added loss was mainly due to “higher selling, marketing, general and administrative expenses and the investments made in the development of games.” Looking forward, the company has several titles scheduled to launch during the third quarter, including Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales
for the PC on September 1, 2006 in Europe and September 5, 2006 in the US and Canada . Other releases include multiplatform titles World Racing 2, Knights of the Temple 2, and Gene Troopers
, as well as the Xbox shooter Xyanide
. In the fourth quarter, Playlogic will ship Ancient Wars: Sparta
for the PC.
- A news story
from consumer site GameSpot indicates that infamous anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson has issued a formal request to both retail chain Wal-Mart and Take-Two to provide him with an advance copy of the upcoming PlayStation 2-exclusive Bully
, which was recently confirmed as scheduled to ship in October. Wal-Mart is being singled out by Thompson, according to the report, because it is currently accepting pre-orders for the game without age verification. Thompson indicated that he wishes to have "an independent third party" play the game in order to decide if the game should be considered “a public nuisance” within the state of Florida. "If Bully
is indeed safe for children's play, then petitioner will be the first to say so," Thompson said. "If it is not, then not only will the underlying action be brought sounding in Florida nuisance law, but also possibly and most likely in fraud as well." Bully
has come under fire since it was first announced, even inspiring protest
from an anti-bullying charity in the UK.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch
include a look at MMO Pirates of the Burning Sea
from the recent Gen Con, a rather opinionated look
at the video game industry, and a look back
at Indiana Jones & The Fate of Atlantis
- Also updated today: Serious Games Source
news, including a business oriented game
to inspire innovation, plus the latest Gamasutra job postings
, featuring openings from AGEIA Technologies, High Moon Studios, LucasArts, and Webzen America.