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Vivendi snags award for Spyro

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Vivendi Games Mobile has announced that their game The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night was awarded with the Best Mobile Video Game Award at the Video Game Festival in Montreuil, France.

“We are extremely excited and honored that our game, The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night was awarded the coveted Best Mobile Game Award by the Video Game Festival,” said Paul Maglione, president of Vivendi Games Mobile. “The Spyro franchise is a classic franchise that is truly loved by both kids and adults alike and we are thrilled to once again bring the mighty purple dragon to mobile phones around the world.”

The platforming adventure, which features 13 levels, has been specially adapted for mobile phones and will be released worldwide in November.

Vivendi Games Mobile releases Delta Force

Vivendi Games Mobile has announced the release of a new action game called Delta Force.

Based on NovaLogic’s Delta Force Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre franchise, and inspired by the film Black Hawk Down, Delta Force is an infiltration-oriented action game. Players position their team of engineers, troopers, and snipers for maximum strategic advantage in taking down a terrorist organization with ordinance like rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers. The title also features mini-games where players might have to seek out informers, crack enemy codes, or track down specific terrorists.

The game is available now throughout Europe.

Crash Bandicoot headed to N-Gage platform

Nokia has announced that they are teaming up with Vivendi Games Mobile to bring the long-running Crash Bandicoot to series to the upcoming N-Gage platform.

The game follows the original storyline, where players take control of a mutated bandicoot and go after their creator, the evil Dr. Neo Cortex, to prevent his plans for world domination. The platform game tempers its action sequences with a good dose of humor. It’s unclear whether this is a direct port of the original game or a new take on the same story.

“Vivendi Games Mobile is one of the most respected publishers in mobile gaming,” said Gregg Sauter, Nokia’s director of third party publishing. “Crash Bandicoot is a gaming icon as well as a global powerhouse, having sold more than 33 million units worldwide. With its fun appeal to people of all ages and incredible graphics, the Crash Bandicoot franchise is the perfect fit for N-Gage.”

The new N-Gage launches this fall.

Vivendi releases The Incredible Machine in North America

Vivendi Games Mobile has announced the release of The Incredible Machine throughout North America.

We previously reported about the game’s release in Europe. The game charges players to construct Rube Goldberg-like machines using balloons, miniature rocket ships, solar-powered lights and more to do something as simple as light a candle. To coincide with the game’s launch, Vivendi has intro a character called Farah McDaring. McDaring is a superheroine who uses esoteric items from her purse and in her environment to do everything from make her son lunch to stop a robbery in progress.

“The Incredible Machine is a perfect example of a fun, yet challenging casual game that appeals to consumers of all ages and demographics,” said Paul Maglione, president of Vivendi Games Mobile. “The game’s retro charm is a great fit with our latest video campaign starring the new fictional super mom, Farah McDaring. Fans of famous female superheroes like Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman are sure to enjoy the adventures of Farah, as well as the ultimate test of mind over matter, in this brain-bending puzzle, The Incredible Machine.”

The game is available now throughout North America and Europe.

Vivendi Games Mobile release The Bourne Ultimatum

Vivendi Games Mobile has announced that they have officially released a game based on the movie The Bourne Ultimatum.

As previously reported, the platforming game lets you take control of the protagonist Bourne. You can run, jump, and roll through the game’s levels, and even disarm opponents and steal their weapons. The game also features a number of sections where you will ride a motorcycle, dodging or destroying cars, helicopters, and more. Both aspects of the game take place in distant locales such as Moscow, London, Tangier and New York while following the storyline of the movie.

“The best-selling spy novel, The Bourne Ultimatum, by Robert Ludlum provides the perfect inspiration for an action-packed and intense mobile game,” said Paul Maglione, president of Vivendi Games Mobile. “Coinciding with the release of the latest movie, players will be able to experience the full rush and thrills of being Jason Bourne, the same way they are portrayed on the big screen.”

The game is available now.

The Bourne Ultimatum going mobile

Vivendi Games Mobile has announced that they will be releasing a mobile game based on the upcoming movie The Bourne Ultimatum, reports Pocket Gamer.

The platforming game lets you take control of the protagonist Bourne. You can run, jump, and roll through the game’s levels, and even disarm opponents and steal their weapons. The game also features a number of sections where you will ride a motorcycle, dodging or destroying cars, helicopters, and more. Both aspects of the game take place in distant locales such as Moscow, London, Tangier and New York while following the storyline of the movie.

There’s no word yet on an exact release date, although presumably the game will be launched around the time of the movie’s release on August 3rd, or August 17th in the UK.

Vivendi to use Exit Games’ Neutron 4.0

Vivendi Games Mobile has announced that they have signed a deal to make use of the Neutron 4.0 technology from Exit Games, reports MobileIndustry.biz.

Neutron 4.0 offers features like in-game voice chat; advanced presence, which allows users to see what their friends are playing; and alerts that pop up if a buddy challenges a user to a game. “Neutron technology will provide Vivendi Games Mobile with a way to capitalise on the next wave of 3G adoption, while giving carriers and operators a way to completely engage and entertain their customers,” said Tom Sperry of Exit Games.

Vivendi president Paul Maglione called the technology “innovative” and said it will help them provide customers with a “more sophisticated gaming experience.” The first title to use Neutron will be their upcoming game Navy Battle. Players will be able to communicate using VoIP during the turn-based battles.

The QuicklyBored Podcast - Episode 17 - June 26, 2007: Mike Yuen and Oliver Miao roundtable

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In a brave attempt to survive the craziness that is Brew 2007, Douglas “Tron” Soltys holds court with Qualcomm’s Mike Yuen and Vivendi’s Oliver Miao. Listen in as the ‘BREW’ Crew discusses the Signature Solution and its potential affect on episodic content, user generated content, and brand awareness. Somehow, the Goo Goo Dolls and helicopter rides also find their way into the mix.

Thanks to everyone who made BREW 2007 an awesome show!

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More on Vivendi’s Surviving Hollywood

Vivendi Games Mobile has released additional details on Surviving Hollywood, a spin-off of their Surviving High School series.

The game challenges players to make the right decision in Hollywood-centric scenarios and storylines. Starting as assistants and (the perennial out-of-work actor job) waiters, gamers must spend their time going to auditions and networking at clubs while balancing it with enough work to keep themselves afloat. The storylines are continually refreshed with weekly “update packs” that can be download directly to the user’s phone.

“The success of Surviving High School has inspired us to go bigger and better with this version of the ‘Surviving’ franchise and for many you can’t get any bigger than Hollywood,” said Paul Maglione, president of Vivendi Games Mobile. “Every week, Surviving Hollywood will bring a new dose of life in the celebrity capital of the world to aspiring ‘A-listers’ around the country, allowing them to try their hand at what it takes to become a star.”

The game is set to hit phones throughout North America this July.

Vivendi’s upcoming lineup for 2007

Vivendi Games Mobile has announced their list of 10 upcoming games for the second half of ‘07, which includes a mix of original titles as well as continuing franchises.

The 10 titles are:

Crash of the Titans, the latest installment of Sierra Entertainment’s Crash Bandicoot series. The game is a new take on the familiar character, and the gameplay is more fighting-oriented than the traditional platform genre of the game.

Delta Force lets players command a team of Delta Force rangers, using state-of-the-art tactics and weaponry to take out their enemies. The game features a powerful graphics engine, and will make heavy use of the sniper scope.

Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail puts gamers in the role of Larry Laffer as he continually looks for love in all the wrong places. In Love for Sail, Larry finds himself aboard cruise ship, and can “Live La Vida Loca” in the bars, beaches, and hotels on the ship’s itinerary.

Shock Blocks is a new twist on the puzzle genre. Originally from Korea, the game brings a new approach to familiar puzzle tiles and block matching gameplay. Players must shake, rotate, and flip a board in a limited number of moves to solve increasingly difficult challenges.

Slide N’ Loop, designed in collaboration with veteran toy designer Zeki Orak, is a quest-driven puzzle game where players must help a young girl save her village by looping around and sliding pieces on a board.

They’ve also announced ‘08 addition of Surviving High School. The ‘08 edition includes new graphics, characters, and storylines, and players will be able to shape the game’s ongoing plot by submitting original storyline ideas online.

Additionally, they’ve announced an off-shoot called Surviving Hollywood. Player can work their way up the Hollywood ladder to become a superstar.

The Incredible Machine will be hitting mobile phones for the first time as well. Players must use an increasingly diverse set of items–from ropes to rocket ships–to construct Rude Goldberg-like devices for the simplest of tasks.

In The Legend of Spyro: Eternal Night, gamers can once again lead the little purple dragon to victory in the long-running platform series. Eternal Night features 8 enemy bosses spread throughout 13 levels.

Lastly, Urban Attack is a project shrouded in mystery. After 18 months in development, there is still little known about this FPS titles. Vivendi promises a revolutionary graphics style, with unprecedented fluidity of movement in a hostile urban environment.

There will be more news about all of these games in the coming months, so keep an eye on QB for the latest.