Today's round-up includes news of a fresh Conan
-themed game from Funcom, Majesco's capturing of the Teen Titans license, and further leverage for a California violent video game bill.
- Funcom has revealed that a Conan game is in the works from the developer, to be called Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures
. The game represents an unusual mix of single-player content alongside the multiplayer gaming that Funcom, the developers of Anarchy Online
, are known for. The single-player portion of the game involves conquering and building up your army, and when that phase of Age of Conan
ends, your newly minted forces will be able to venture out onto the larger battlefield to challenge other conqueror-kings. More information about Age of Conan
, which is due to be released in the first half of 2006, will be released during E3.
- Majesco has landed the license for Teen Titans videogames from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, and announced plans to make games for handheld and console systems. A Game Boy Advance title is scheduled for late 2005, with a game arriving for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube in 2006. The games will be based on the currently airing Cartoon Network version of the characters and story, rather than the long-running DC comics originals. “We are confident that Teen Titans will appeal to video game players of all ages as it promotes the important themes of friendship, teamwork and perseverance throughout this action-packed game,” said Majesco VP of Marketing Ken Gold.
- A California bill
to restrict sales of violent video games to minors, introduced by assemblyman Leland Yee, has now cleared the first committee. The bill was passed 8-0 by the Assembly's judiciary committee, and will now proceed to the Assembly's arts committee; if passed there, it will go to the main body of the California legislature for a vote. Yee continues to urge California legislature members to lend support to the bill, saying "These video games teach our children how to kill, how to maim, how to hurt people; women, minorities, poor people. These are not the lessons that we should be teaching our children."
- Also updated today: newly advertised jobs
from Activision/Shaba, Crytek, EA Canada, Gearbox, Pandemic, Play Pen Studios, SCEA, Sony Online, The Collective, and Warner Bros.