Today's round-up includes information on the latest movie studio placement for the Splinter Cell
series, as well as a new online game portal for Major League Baseball and graphic novel rights for American McGee properties, alongside today's product news and Gamasutra job postings.
- The film-rights to Ubisoft's successful Splinter Cell
series have been transferred from Paramount Pictures to DreamWorks Pictures. At Paramount, the project was in development with J.T. Petty scripting and Peter Berg directing, but after the transfer, writer Daniel Pyne has been tapped to write a new draft. No new director has yet been attached to the project, but Tom Clancy and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot are still executive producing the film.
- Major League Baseball has launched its online MLB.com Arcade, a service wherein users can download games. The sports league is partnering with Trymedia to use their mechanism for downloading trial versions of the games before buying; the full price of the games will be from $10-$50. Interestingly, the MLB.com Arcade will offer more than simply baseball-themed titles, as their catalogue of over 750 games will include Scrabble
and Civilization III
. "We believe it is the perfect compliment to the robust, exclusive baseball content that fans have come to expect on our site," said MLB e-commerce executive Noah Garden.
- Game developer American McGee and comics publisher Cellar Door Publishing have signed a deal to turn McGee's games properties into graphic novels. The three licenses mentioned in the deal were McGee's upcoming titles Bad Day L.A.
, and Grimm
. “We’re very excited to work with American and TMIEC,” stated Cellar Door publisher Jade Dodge. “American has created worlds filled with endless possibilities for writers and artists. His properties are also a perfect fit for this medium." No specific writers, artists, or planned release dates were mentioned for the comics.
- Also updated today: product news including TunEdge's launch of its Slynth audio search
, as well as the latest job postings
from companies including BreakAway Games, KingsIsle Entertainment, Nintendo of America, Spark Unlimited, and Ubisoft.