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Rockstar News | Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Announced
<p>Nintendo have just wrapped up there E3 2008 press conference, during which they announced that an all new Grand Theft Auto game is coming exclusively to the Nintendo DS.</p>
<p>The game is titled &#8216;Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars&#8217; and is being
developed from the ground up to run on the Nintendo DS, with an all new game engine and takes place in modern day Liberty City. The game is being developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with Rockstar North.</p>
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<p><strong>Rockstar Games Announces Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the
Nintendo DS&#8482;</strong></p>
<p>The newest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series for Nintendo's handheld system
this winter</p>
<p>NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Rockstar Games, a publishing label of
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with series creators Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be available on the Nintendo DS&#8482; in North America and Europe this winter.</p>
<p>"This is a game that will deliver a rich, fast-paced and intense 'Grand
Theft Auto' experience that will be truly unique to Nintendo's handheld platform," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "Rockstar Leeds, along with the team at Rockstar North, has built upon a decade of progressive design on Grand Theft Auto, and has created something fundamentally fresh and immersive."</p>
<p>Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an entirely original entry into the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, and brings a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments. With the use of the DS touch screen, players will navigate their way through the streets as they uncover the truth behind an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate, delivering the unprecedented amount of depth that has become a true trademark of the franchise.</p>
<p>For more information about Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, visit: <a href="http://www.rockstargames.com/chinatownwars" target="_blank">http://www.rockstargames.com/chinatownwars</a></p>
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<p>Microsoft held their press conference yesterday, during which they reiterated that the downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV is still on track for this fall. Sony will be holding their press conference in just over an hour&#8217;s time, who knows; maybe Rockstar will finally be able to unveil their PlayStation 3 exclusive IP.</p>
<p>In Manhunt 2 news (or lack thereof), Rockstar still haven&#8217;t announced
a release date for the game in the United Kingdom. Not. Bitter. At. All.</p>
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Posted on: Jul 15 11:40 pm 2008 by: pogo


Rockstar News | MCV Talk to Rockstar Games President
<p>MCV have posted two new articles devoted to Sam Houser, the co-founder and
president of Rockstar Games. The first piece is an interview which touches upon
his influences and background, the second article is a recap of Sam Houser's
professional carer thus far – by the man himself.</p>
<p>You can check out both articles for yourself at the links below.</p>
<p><strong>MCV:</strong> <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/interviews/282/MCV-LEGENDS-Sam-Houser" target="_blank">Legends:
Sam Houser</a> - <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/interviews/283/Sam-Housers-CV-in-his-own-words" target="_blank">Sam
Houser's CV - in his own words</a></p>
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Posted on: Jul 11 11:02 pm 2008 by: pogo


Manhunt 2 News | New Zealand OFLC Bans Manhunt 2
<p>The Office of Film and Literature Classification of New Zealand have refuse Manhunt 2 a classification after seizing the leaked (AO) version of the game from customs, the game was then submitted by customs for review in January. They had this to say about the game.</p>

<p><blockquote>The game was examined under the criteria set out in the Act and was classified as Objectionable. In its classification decision the Office noted that the game is constructed around fatality moves which involve vicious and bloody action, with a more gory death resulting in a higher score.</p></blockquote>

<p>The OFLC noted in a PDF file posted on the <a href="http://www.censorship.govt.nz/news-archive-current-Manhunt2.html">OFLC website</a> that Rockstar supplied the following submission back in February.</p>

<p><blockquote>The publication Manhunt 2 is a console game designed for the Playstation 3 platform. The version submitted by customs is a pirated copy of the Playstation 2 version of Manhunt 2. It was examined in a Playstation 3 debug console. It is a third-person action/adventure style game containing sophisticated computer generated graphics with strong violent content. The game has sixteen levels of gameplay. There are no bonus levels.</p></blockquote>


<p>The OFLC stated that the game was submitted a week after the closing date they had set for the review and as such it appears the leaked (AO) version was refused classification even though I believe Rockstar submitted the M rated version. The ruling means that it will be an offense to import Manhunt 2 into New Zealand. The OFLC also had this to say about the game:</p>

<blockquote><p>The computer game Manhunt 2 was classified on 12 June 2008 by the Office of Film and Literature Classification as objectionable due to the manner in which it depicts and deals with matters of sex, horror, cruelty and violence. This classification means that it is an offense to import, sell, distribute, supply or possess this game. The penalty for doing so is, in the case of an individual, a fine not exceeding $10,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, and in the case of a body corporate a fine not exceeding $200,000.</p></blockquote>

<p>What do you think? Is it possible to have the retail (M rated) version of the game in New Zealand as it is only the leaked (AO) version which is banned? Technically it should be allowed since it doesn&#8217;t look like they have reviewed the retail version at all. What about the statement referring to the PlayStation 3 version of Manhunt 2?

Regarding the ban, my feeling is that the version they have refused doesn't fully represent the M/18 rated retail version of the game which is currently allowed to be sold by both the BBFC and the ESRB. I also think that the OFLC should be open to appeal and allow the other version of the game to be submitted and classified with another rating.

You can check out the full 12 page PDF file by clicking <a href="http://www.censorship.govt.nz/pdfword/Manhunt%202%20decision.pdf">here</a>. Be warned though the PDF file contains heavy spoilers that go into a lot of detail regarding the games plot and characters.</p><p align="right"><strong><a href="http://www.projectmanhunt.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=9368&p=295915#p295915">Add Comment</a></strong> </p>
Posted on: Jul 09 09:03 pm 2008 by: lazlow


Rockstar News | Rockstar up for Multiple Develop IEA Awards
<p> Develop have published a list of the 2008 Develop Industry Excellence Awards
categories and finalists. Rockstar North has managed to snag themselves multiple
nominations and also brought Image Metrics & NaturalMotion along for their
work on Grand Theft Auto IV, Image Metrics also provided the facial animation
for Manhunt 2. Rockstar London has also picked up a nomination in the best new
UK/European studio for their work on Manhunt 2.</p>
<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">

<tr>
<td><strong>Best New UK/European Studio</strong></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p>Finblade<br>
Konami Paris<br>
Oxygen Studios<br>

<u><strong>Rockstar London</strong></u><br>
Doublesix</p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><strong>Best In-house Developer</strong></td>

</tr>
<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p><strong><u>Rockstar North</u></strong><br>
Codemasters Studios<br>
Criterion Games<br>
Sports Interactive<br>

London Studio <br>
Bizarre Creations </p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><strong>Visual Arts </strong></td>

</tr>
<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p><strong><u>Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)</u></strong><br>
Crytek (Crysis)<br>
London Studio (SingStar PS3 UI)<br>
Frontier Developments (Lost Winds)<br>

Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise)<br>
Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)</p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><strong>Audio Accomplishment</strong></td>

</tr>
<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p>London Studio (SingStar PS3)<br>
<strong><u>Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)</u></strong><br>
Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)<br>
Sumo Digital (Sega Superstars Tennis)<br>

Codemasters Studios (Race Driver GRID)<br>
Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise)</p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><strong>Technical Innovation</strong></td>

</tr>
<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p><strong><u>Rockstar North/NaturalMotion/Image Metrics (Grand Theft
Auto IV)</u></strong><br>
Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)<br>
Ideaworks3D (Airplay)<br>
SCEE R&D Team (PhyreEngine)<br>

Geomerics (Enlighten)</p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><strong>Tools Provider</strong></td>
</tr>

<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p>Hansoft<br>
Epic Games<br>
Sony & SN Systems<br>
Havok<br>

<strong><u>NaturalMotion</u></strong><br>
IDV</p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><strong>Business Development</strong></td>

</tr>
<tr>
<td><blockquote>
<p>Zoë Mode<br>
Rebellion<br>
Realtime Worlds<br>
Team 17<br>

<u><strong>NaturalMotion</strong></u></p>
</blockquote></td>
</tr>
</table>
<p>The ceremony will be held at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton on Wednesday July
30th. You can view the rest of the categories and nominations by heading over
to the <a href="http://www.developmag.com/develop-awards" target="_blank">Develop website</a>.</p>
<p>Congratulations on the nominations and best of luck on the big night to the
guys at Rockstar North, Rockstar London, Image Metrics and NaturalMotion.</p>
<p>As a side note, this Sunday will mark a year past (to the date) that Manhunt
2 was initially scheduled to be released in Europe, a full 4 days before North
America. Now, almost 9 months after its release in North America, Manhunt 2
doesn&#8217;t even have a European release date, never mind a physical presence
in Europe.</p>

<p>Hopefully that will change soon. E3 kicks off on July 14th, although Rockstar
have never been one to show much at the event and anything they do show will
likely be focused around games in development rather than a game that has been
on sale in parts of the world for so long. A lot of publishers like to sneak
out a bunch of announcements just before E3 so not to be lost in the sea of
gaming news. </p>
<p>I guess what I am getting at here is that if Manhunt 2 does not receive a European
release date in the next week or so then I wouldn&#8217;t expect them to announce
it until August, putting it potentially in the October at earliest slot, which
in turn is 15 months after it was supposed to be out and 17 months after publications
in the UK and other parts of Europe reviewed it.</p>
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Posted on: Jul 03 05:38 pm 2008 by: pogo


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