E3 06: Vivendi lays out E3 lineup

New Crash and Spyro games announced as part of publisher's lineup for next month's big trade show.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. VU Games may have changed its name to Vivendi Games, but the company’s announced E3 lineup features some familiar faces.

Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon both have new games ready to debut at the show, but while the former’s next expedition is exclusive to the DS, the latter will be breathing fire on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, DS, and Game Boy Advance.

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning will recap the purple dragon's origin story and include flying levels for the first time in the series, as well a stronger focus on combat. The console and GBA versions of the game will be developed by Krome Studios (Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, King Arthur), while the DS edition of the game will be handled by Amaze Entertainment (Lord of the Rings: Tactics, DS and GBA versions of Ice Age 2: The Meltdown).

Crash Boom Bang! will be the orange Bandicoot's debut on the DS and looks to be an entry into the party-game genre, with 40 different minigames, wireless multiplayer, and a communication system that allows players to pester each other (or conspire against each other) midgame.

Crash Boom Bang! will also let players bet on the outcome of the matches, earning points that can be traded in for 80 different game-altering items. Vivendi has enlisted development studio Dimps (Dragon Ball Z Budokai, Sonic Advance) to handle the bandicoot's latest, and expects to release the game in October with an E for Everyone rating.

Vivendi is also pulling from other avenues of entertainment for recognizable source material, as the company's E3 lineup features the PSP version of 50 Cent: Bulletproof, the returning Scarface, the recently announced Eragon, and a PSP game based on the upcoming Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx film Miami Vice (not to be confused with the games based on the kitschy '80s TV show).

Developed by UK-based Rebellion (Rogue Trooper, Snood 2: On Vacation), Miami Vice puts players into the shoes of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs as the two narcotics officers go undercover to bust a drug ring. Taking its gritty tone from the upcoming movie, Miami Vice will require players to operate on the wrong side of the law in order to maintain their cover, gain credibility on the street, and put themselves in a position to bring the drug runners down. Miami Vice is set for a July 28 release.

PC games will also have some high visibility at Vivendi's booth this year, as the company will be showing off already announced titles like World in Conflict, Caesar IV, Joint Task Force, and Freestyle Street Basketball. The announced lineup is rounded out by the company's newest acquisition for the PC and Xbox 360, TimeShift.

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CrashMocella
CrashMocella

the legand of spyro looks better than Crash Boom Bang

ocd_2389
ocd_2389

i can't wait for E3 to dish out the goods on the ps3 can i get an A-MEN!!

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ocd_2389

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chrisdojo
chrisdojo

crash on the DS.....hmmmm. hopefully it's better than the crash game for GBA.

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

Scarfaceon Xbox 360? I didn't know that....i thought that was an current gen only game....

samekila
samekila

my xbox sets right beside my 360 and I play it all the time there still is a few hundred games I need to get on it to plus what ever comes out later thats good but yeah this list is crap I like crash back in the day but not so much now and god bulletproof sucks man the wait for gears of war and red steel is killing me

samekila
samekila

my xbox sets right beside my 360 and I play it all the time there still is a few hundred games I need to get on it to plus what ever comes out later thats good but yeah this list is crap I like crash back in the day but not so much now and god bulletproof sucks man the wait for gears of war and red steel is killing me

crazy590
crazy590

i love crash even though hes gotten old and his games suck now but i like him the new one better be great or there will be a serious downfall in the series

rafaelszpo
rafaelszpo

Hey, Crash Boom Bang is the name of a song from Roxxette! XD Will the song be featured in the game? XD

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

50 Cent: Bulletproof on the PSP? What a waste of time and money; it's going to suck worse than the console version, if at all possible. Besides that, the other titles in the lineup sound decent.

JJOR64
JJOR64

I hope the new Crash game will be fun.

Doolum
Doolum

yeah.too bad there is no Crash or Spyro announced for the PSP

vaejas
vaejas

YAY sequels!! Waitasec.. Has the whole world gone topsy-turvy??? Crash on the DS? The Playstation almost-mascot exclusively on Nintendo's handheld? Roffle. On the 'Cube, sure... he fits nicely alongside Sonic. And Spyro gets the "every-current-gen" treatment? I guess they know their demographic is under 20. Good PC lineup at least.

thatguytony
thatguytony

Wow another company beating a dead horse. Looks like some one is taking a page from EA's book. What astounds me is that anyone actually gives a crap about Spyro and Crash after all the crappy games.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Nice lineup there... I wonder what Miami Vice will be like...

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

"Sorry but Microsoft has STOPPED making Xbox's, they aren't supporting it anymore so why should 3rd parties?" ....uh thats because there is still quite an ESTABLISHED base of users woo are STILL playing the xbox. these millions of people might or might not have moved upto the 360. and companies dont make games for whatever console is being manufactured at the moment or is the latest, they make games for what console they think it would be most successful on sales wise.

owner211
owner211

The original playstation ones were the best. But now they have just gotten more and more crappy.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

wow an eragon and another 50 cent video game.....

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Hopefully they will make Crash & Spyro games good this time around

alberto2045
alberto2045

another crash nice like a mice but I really think that the Crash games on PS2 are not good but on PS1 hells yeah

dramin
dramin

it's sad to see those horrible franchises coming back, but at least they look more pc centered for e3

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Eeragon and World in Conflict look really promising.

Mrjoemama
Mrjoemama

Hmmmmm, looks like THQ has beat Nintendo to the DS's "party" game genre first, I thought we'd see Mario Party DS with some wi-fi.

SCARFACELP
SCARFACELP

Well at least it shows that some companies besides Nintendo still want to make platformers. To be honest though these two franchises have been terribly botches as of late. They should have put their developers to work on a new ip and let poor spyro and crash rest...for a whlile longer at least. Those two mascots have not seen a good game sinces way back in the ps1. Is it just me or does no one remember that their bst games were their debuts? Nintendo better deliver with the new mario for the Rev , because if they don't all we will have when it comes to a decent platformer will be the one for the Ds , I mean come on, the last great platformer we got was Mario 64 . After that we've received some good ones like Ratchet and Clank and jack and Daxter but that's it. And those were hybrids of shooter and platformers. They were still good but not real challenging when it came to the platforming element. The challenge came from the shooting(and racing with jack) part of those games . That is why i'm saying that we have not gotten a great platformer since mario 64. The block levels you had to pass to get to fight bowser were great. To me that was the best part of the game even though the rest of the game was great. I hope Nintendo releases a game for the virtual console made up of nothing but those levels. That would be platforming bliss. Besides a new spyro and crash wont be any good , unless the original developers would make it. And as far as crash goes , Naughty Dog won't. Too bad really. and hold on now don't get mad , i read the article crash will be a party game not a platformer. well isn't that even worse?

sabru8
sabru8

looks somewhat promising.

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

they both should be on the psp

Wallace_Green
Wallace_Green

not intrested.......................oh Timeshirt sweet

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

nice lineup of new games especially the new Crash game

wytefang
wytefang

Wow..more of the same, good ol' console gaming, it never fails to not surprise. Yawn.

Father_Time89
Father_Time89

So wait the new Crash will be a clone of Crash Bash? I hope it's going to be good, the crash series has gotten worse ever since naughty dog stopped making the crash games and moved to the Jak games.

Mrjoemama
Mrjoemama

Sorry but Microsoft has STOPPED making Xbox's, they aren't supporting it anymore so why should 3rd parties? The PS2 is an entirely different beast, since it has sold FAR more units than any other system this generation and there are still some VERY big titles set to hit later this year (GH2) and next year (GoW2).

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice but not that good of news Crash has never been as good as the one's on the PS and that stinks.

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

Spyro games sell like hotcakes actually, so do crash games, which is why theyre bringing them out still. Crash twinsanity was a decent game in my opinion. and LOADS of people still play their original xbox, the company might have stopped making it (i dont know why tho) but there are still games lined up to come out for the xbox and the ps2, WELL into 2007.

ninjacat11
ninjacat11

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Down with Spyro!!!! *throws tomato at Vivendi*

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

WHO WANTS ANOTHER CRASH GAME???? they get worst everytime.. just give them up! and who still plays xbox!... I tell you who, no one! get real.... 360 owner dont want current generation games, just portable and next gen!

paradyme777
paradyme777

Not to impressed, not to much stuff for the next generation to show off.

Blazer88
Blazer88

I'm not impressed either.

Bluestorm-Kalas
Bluestorm-Kalas

Eragon is a good book but books and movies generally suck as video games...no offense

gohantech00
gohantech00

Sounds decent. Hopefully they can deliver an awesome Spyro game, because I've been craving some new platforming action lately. Plus, Scarface looks interesting, even though I haven't seen the movie yet.....