Glu has announced they will be developing a mobile adaptation of Speed Racer, an upcoming live-action movie that is itself based on a classic cartoon series.
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Indiagames has announced the formation of a partnership between themselves and Glu.
Under their new agreement, Indiagames will distribute some of Glu’s games, as well as wallpapers and ringtones, throughout India. Games that will be distributed include Age of Empires III Mobile, Atari Legends 3, Pong, Asteroids Deluxe, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, DC Comics, and Zuma.
â€œIt is Gluâ€™s goal to be the leading developer and publisher of mobile games worldwide, and our partnership with Indiagames supports our strategy to bring our award-winning games to a wide audience of consumers around the world,â€ said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing at Glu. â€œWe see tremendous opportunity for Glu games in India, and our partnership with Indiagames will allow us to expand our global audience for our award-winning titles.â€
The titles will be available from leading operators in India as well as the gaming portal run by Indiagames.
Glu has released a mobile edition of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, developed through Glu’s partnership with Activision.
Featuring a story, missions, and objectives that are distinct from the console and PC version of the game, Glu hopes to deliver their own take on the popular war series. Nine missions are available in the campaign, allowing players to see the war from the viewpoint of British S.A.S. and U.S. Marine forces.
“We are thrilled to bring modern warfare to fans of the Call of Duty franchise,â€ said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing at Glu. â€œThrough advanced graphics and a new storyline, weâ€™ve strived to deliver a unique experience that immerses players in the action, while creating an exciting and interesting experience for mobile phones.â€
Glu has opened a website that interested gamers can visit for more information.
Glu has announced that they will be bringing Big Fish Games’ Mystery Case Files series to mobile phones.
The exclusive new game, called Agent X, is the first game in the “hidden object” genre to come to mobile phones, though the Mystery Case Files series has popularized the game type online and on PCs. Game play is relatively simple, with players having to pick out a specific list of items in a cluttered picture, before moving on to the next room or location. Various small puzzles are introduced occasionally to change things up.
“The mobile platform has been a proving ground for each generation of casual games, and weâ€™re excited to partner with Big Fish Games on their most valuable franchise,” said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing at Glu. “Bringing an exclusive, entirely new and original episode of Mystery Case Files to mobile phones represents a significant step in the convergence of the mobile and casual games industries.”
The game is slated to launch in early 2008 on all major carriers in North America.
Glu Mobile has announced the release of Asteroids, a remake of the classic arcade game from 1979.
New features in the remake include entirely redone graphics and sound, as well as unlockable themes and new power-ups. Glu has included a health meter to help gamers fight longer. It also includes a classic mode, a reproduction of the original Asteroids.
“Asteroids captures the timeless energy and addictive gameplay of the original arcade game, a true reminder of the hours spent at the arcade, but also gives gamers completely new themes, gameplay and graphics that take advantage of todayâ€™s technology,” said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing at Glu. “Gamers young and old love retro arcade classics like this one and people will be pleasantly surprised by the gameâ€™s modern depth and sophistication.”
The game is available now for phones worldwide.
Glu Mobile has announced that they are extending their partnership with PopCap Games to continue publishing three games.
Through the agreement, Glu will continue to publish PopCap’s Zuma, AstroPop, and Insaniquarium. Zuma and AstroPop launched originally in 2005, with Insaniquarium launching in early 2006.
“PopCap has pioneered the online casual game space and was one of the first online developers to recognize that mobile is a logical extension for online titles and would be key to extending consumer awareness and adoption,” said Jill Braff, senior vice president of global publishing at Glu. “Weâ€™ve seen both commercial and critical success in the games weâ€™ve published for mobile, and we look forward to continued success with bringing these great games to a growing global audience of mobile gamers.”
Zuma has consistently been one of Glu’s top sellers, as well as winning numerous awards.
Glu Mobile has announced a few changes in the structure of top level executives.
Jill Braff, formerly senior vice president (SVP) of world wide marketing and general manager of the Americas, has been named SVP of global publishing. She now oversees the company’s worldwide efforts in licensing, marketing, and sales. Chief technology officer Alex Galvagni has added the title of SVP of global development, making him responsible for product development, technology services, porting, and deployment.
â€œThese promotions will further enhance our ability to execute on a local level by enabling our global offices to share best practices more efficiently,” said Greg Ballard, president and CEO. “Both Alex and Jill have been exemplary leaders within our organization and as we continue to establish local offices in key territories, they will be key in working with our international teams to establish business practices for each region.â€
The company has also announced that EMEA managing director Kristian Segerstrale will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.
â€œI want to personally thank Kristian for his contributions to Gluâ€™s success,â€ said Ballard. â€œThe company has come a long way since Sorrent acquired Macrospace and the two companies combined to form Glu. Kristian has played an important role in our development and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.â€
Segerstrale was one of the founders of Macrospace.
Not only is the QuicklyBored staff of a surly nature, we’re also quite lazy. So instead of transcribing the myriad interviews we’ll be undertaking for BREW 2007 in the next few days, we thought it best to create a handy one-stop-shop for all interviews in lovely audio form. Not only is it easier for you, our readers, to find quality commentary from some of the brightest minds within our industry, it makes it easier for us to slip away and
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Glu announced an agreement with Microsoft to develop a mobile adaptation of Age of Empires III at this year’s Game Developers Conference.
“We’re excited to partner with Microsoft on another of their most valued brands,” said Jill Braff, Glu’s general manager of North America. “Age of Empires is one of the highest-rated and best-selling RTS franchises on the PC, and we look forward to working with Microsoft to replicate that success on mobile.”
This game builds on the relationship between Glu and Microsoft, which resulted in the release of Project Gotham Racing Mobile earlier this year. Age of Empires III is scheduled to launch worldwide in 2008.
Glu Mobile recently announced the worldwide launch of the eagerly-awaited Project Gotham Racing Mobile. PGR Mobile was developed specifically for mobiles and is the first such adaptation of the popular series from Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox 360 platform.
Players can choose from eight popular cars, each with its own physics and engine specifications, and earn “kudos” by drifting around corners, making use of other racers slipstreams (drafting), overtaking and getting air time over jumps. Extra bonuses are available for particularly skillful and stylish motoring where the player combines a series of kudos maneuvers.
“Project Gotham Racing is the number one action-oriented racing franchise, and PGR Mobile captures the high-quality gameplay with the style and speed true to the original franchise,” said Jill Braff, general manager of the Americas, Glu Mobile. “We’re excited to bring the first mobile adaptation of this award-winning franchise to mobile phones around the world.”
The game is now available via major wireless carriers in Europe, North and South America and Asia and will continue to launch worldwide in the coming months