GamesCom 2010

One of the big games of 2011 gets a free demo on May 3 and a new contest with $12,000 in prizes. THQ’s Red Faction: Armageddon, which shoots its way to stores for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 7, will be available early for Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers courtesy of the new playable demo. THQ is also sponsoring a “Countdown to Win” contest that runs from now through launch and will reward lucky players with $12,000 in prizes. The game’s developer talks about this latest installment in the sci-fi series in this exclusive video interview.
Electronic Arts is about to get a second wind for its action-based video game based on the second-to-last Harry Potter film. After earning over $940 million at the global box office, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download this April 15th from Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Setting the stage for the much anticipated theatrical release of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 this summer, the entire ensemble cast is back for this must-see seventh installment of the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history, based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling.  The Phelps twins, who play the Weasley brothers in the film franchise, talk about the new movies and the EA video game in this exclusive video interview.
Although Walt Disney Studios’ TRON: Legacy has become a global box office smash, Disney Interactive Studios’ TRON: Evolution video games have not been able to capitalize on that success. Last year, Ubisoft’s James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Game, also had trouble reaching a mainstream audience. But for Disney, the TRON game has resulted in the closure of the Vancouver game studio, Propaganda Games. Disney already shut down production of the new Pirate of the Caribbean role-playing game last October, which was originally slated to ship this summer in tandem with the new 3D film, Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides.
One of the big games of 2011 is coming home early. People Can Fly, Epic Games and Electronic Arts Inc will unleash a demo for Bulletstorm, the highly anticipated new action shooter from the makers of the award-winning Gears of War and Unreal series of games. Starting on January 25, the demo will give players a taste of the guns, action and attitude Bulletstorm has to offer. Check out this exclusive video interview with the developer below.
Developer TT Games continues to push the envelope when it comes to cooperative gameplay designed for kids of all ages. The latest addition to the LEGO Star Wars franchise that launched the videogame craze that has seen LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Batman and LEGO Harry Potter features a brand new game engine. With improved visuals and a focus on the popular Clone Wars time period, which is basis for the hit animated series on Cartoon Network, the Force is strong with what will be one of the big games of 2011 – LEGO Star Wars III.
Just in time for Black Friday, Ubisoft has released its Michael Jackson: The Experience for Nintendo Wii. The new game celebrates the King of Pop with 26 hits, including “Bad,” “Beat It,” and “Thriller.” The Best of Michael Jackson collection also includes hits like “Rock with You,” “Ghost,” ‘Smooth Criminal,’ ‘Black or White’ and ‘They Don’t Care About Us.” Check out “Billy Jean” in this exclusive video interview.
Over the past decade, twin brothers James and Oliver Phelps have starred in every Harry Potter film as Fred and George Weasley. The avid gamers have gone virtual in Electronic Arts’  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  –   Part 1 videogame, which complements the new movie from Warner Bros. Pictures and the bestselling book by J.K. Rowlings. The twins talk about the new game, including the Microsoft Kinect gameplay, in this exclusive video interview.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has shipped Invizimals for PSP. Developed by Novarama and Sony’s Liverpool Studio, Invizimals enables players to find, capture and battle virtual monsters hiding throughout the real-world environment by incorporating a camera for the PSP system (included with the game). Players can point the camera behind sofas, into corners, and under bushes to find virtual monsters on their PSP system screen. Once captured, players take their creatures into battle for a unique, handheld augmented reality experience.

Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most popular videogame characters of all time, is back in action controller from on Kinect for Xbox 360. Sonic Free Riders, an action racing game that puts players in control of Sonic and his best friends, will be available November 4 in North America. Check out this exclusive video interview about the new game.


The world renowned Arludik art gallery in Paris, which specializes in film, comic and videogame fine art, will display a month-long exposition of original digital canvases created by the teams of artists at the various Ubisoft development studios that have worked on the multi-million selling Assassin’s Creed videogame franchise. Check out an exclusive video interview about the new Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood game below.


It’s been a long time since Sega released Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on Genesis, but Michael Jackson is the hottest thing in gaming these days that doesn’t have the name Halo: Reach or Call of Duty: Black Ops. Jackson already has a new dancing game from Ubisoft coming out this year called The Michael Jackson Experience. Now he’s getting an entire virtual planet. SEE Virtual Worlds, an entertainment company developing a virtual reality universe of connected planets tied to licensed franchises, has signed a deal with the Michael Jackson Estate to publish Planet Michael. The new massively multiplayer online virtual world will launch next fall. Check out the new Michael Jackson Experience game in action in the exclusive video below.


The Christmas shopping season has officially kicked off for 2010. Microsoft announced that early sales of Bungie’s Halo: Reach have generated $200 million in the first 24 hours of sale.The amount broke the previous record of Halo 3, which held $170 million in sales in the 24 hours in 2007.


COLOGNE -- With the movie opening this November, the EA Play Label of Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are conjuring up something exclusive for the Xbox 360 version of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 videogame. The new shooter-style game will have an exclusive Kinectfor Xbox 360 experience with unique challenges that puts more power into players’ hands. 


HAMBURG -- After almost two years in development and a $2.5 million budget, Bigpoint is bringing a 3D open world game to the free-to-play, browser-based business model. Poisonville officially went live during GamesCom 2010 in Cologne. The Hamburg-based developer and publisher's latest 3D action MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) sets new standards in the browser-game industry. The game’s producer disccuses the new game in this exclusive video interview from the publisher’s global headquarters in Hamburg.