BizSpots: Majesco, NCsoft, Microsoft, Emergent

Casual-game and MMOG publishers tip E3 hands, while Games for Windows gets a GM and middleware provider finds funds.

Majesco lines up E3 roster
Commenting on Majesco's first-quarter 2007 performance, interim CEO Jesse Sutton stated the publisher would shift the brunt of its focus to Nintendo's successful Wii and DS systems. True to word, Majesco today revealed its E3 Media and Business Summit lineup, and eight of its nine titles are for Nintendo platforms. For the DS, Majesco will be showing six: Nancy Drew and the Deadly Secret of Olde World Park; Zoo Hospital; Holly Hobbie & Friends; Turn It Around; Operation: Vietnam; and The Wild West. Majesco's two Wii titles will be Blast Works: Build, Fuse & Destroy and Furu Furu Park. Majesco will also show off the Japanese-developed Kengo: Legend of the 9, which it is publishing in the US later this year.

NCsoft riding four to E3
Undeterred by the imminent junking of its postapocalyptic massively multiplayer online game Auto Assault, NCsoft is revving up plenty of other games to take its place. The South Korea-based publisher revealed today its lineup of MMOGs set to be shown at this year's E3 Media and Business Summit. Headlining this list is the sci-fi role-playing/shooter mash-up Tabula Rasa, developed in part by industry legend Richard "Lord British" Garriott. NCsoft's other offerings include the next expansion in its long-running Guild Wars series, Eye of the North; its in-house developed Aion; and its free-to-play, microtransaction-supported Dungeon Runners.

Microsoft flies with Early bird
Microsoft today announced the promotion of Chris Early to general manager of Games for Windows - Live, effective July 9. Previously the studio manager for Microsoft Casual Games, Early will now lead the GWL team on integration between Xbox and Windows gamers, as well as explore ways to flesh out Live's offerings for PC gamers and assist developers in adding Games for Windows - Live support to their games. So far, the only game to support cross-PC and 360 play is Shadowrun. Last week, though, Sega announced Universe at War: Earth Assault would be the first third-party-developed game to support Microsoft's platform-spanning service.

Emergent secures $12M, promotes execs
Emergent Game Technologies, maker of the Gamebryo Element game engine used in such titles as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Civilization IV, today announced it had secured $12 million in funding. Emergent didn't specifically state its plans for the money, but it did note it was undergoing an organizational shake-up. In addition to consolidating its research and development team to one location, the company announced several upper-management promotions. Scott Johnson has been named president, John Goodale has been named vice president of marketing and business development, Lisa Wenniger has been named vice president of product management, and David Gregory has been named vice president of engineering and systems architect.

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23 comments
bigmick07
bigmick07

Everyone loves Nintendo at the moment. Also, im not a fan of the PC vs Xbox 360 online game. Inter Platform games shouls only stick to platforms with very similiar control schmes (a.k.a. Ps3 vs. Xbox 360). I wonder if Sony and Microsoft will ever allow that, to see which players are better or something. I just don't think its fair on the consoles part (except in racing games), because the pc has a huge advantage with just pointing and clicking.

rkgambill
rkgambill

Majesco doesn't make games, they publish them. Also, don't be so close-minded, they've published some excellent sleeper hits down the years, such as Phantom Dust and Psychonauts.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Majesco making crappy games yet again

hotlavaman
hotlavaman

"Emergent Game Technologies, maker of the Gamebryo Element game engine used in such titles as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Civilization IV" wait, i thought oblivion used unreal? or am i just crazy....

master_shan99
master_shan99

[QUOTE]Tranceplant - "Another new Guild Wars expansion? Why not Guild Wars 2??"[/quote] This is the first ever true expansion. The previous releases ("Factions" and "Nightfall") were stand-alone campaigns.

boobush
boobush

Even tough I like Nintendo better, Majesco ain't that good.

banodyne
banodyne

The Majesco lineup sounds like yet even more shovelware pushed at the Wii.

knux15
knux15

One comment... Early will start the casual game revolution and that is not a good thing...

darth-revan
darth-revan

whatever, im not really interested in anyone right now. My Wii isnt getting too many Must Play games at the minute, the PS3 is too expensive with not enough games, my 360 just died with a worn out warenty (by 3 days!) and my PC is 5 years old.

7_armageddon_7
7_armageddon_7

Guild Wars II will be great! I can't wait for Eye of the North either.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I can agree with the new GW 2

Dryker
Dryker

DonutTrooper, it's a harsh reality that we have all come to live with. Imagine all the people.... playing in the world today... playing as one, on one console... online. Such thoughts are but pipe-dreams... not to mention being able to buy every game.... period.

NightRain
NightRain

Another new Guild Wars expansion? Why not Guild Wars 2??

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

If only cross-platform could extend further to different consoles. I know a lot of thumbs-downs are coming and a lot of explanations of why that would never work, but it's my dream, and I don't think I'm the only person who had it.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'm sensing some huge pay increases to go along with the promotions in Emergent. Who says money can't buy happiness?

Nharia12
Nharia12

Hmm..it looks like at least Majesco is trying to appeal to the girl gamers with their Nancy Drew and Holly Hobbie titles.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Majesco better get the Viet Nam game right. I've had enough with crappy Viet Nam games.

KillerJamJam
KillerJamJam

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elreddiablo

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