Today's round-up includes news of a new non-profit website targeted toward Indian game developers, the latest news on a feature film version of Konami's Castlevania
series, and I-Play's use of Immersion's VibeTonz technology in its games, as well as the latest product news and Gamasutra job postings.
- The India Game Developers Guild website has launched, as an online community gathering point for India-based game developers. The Guild, a non-profit organization, will host through the website guidance and support for developers, online forums for different systems, job listings and online resumes, a directory of Indian game development companies, technical and industry-related feature articles, a news wire, and event calendar. Registration for the website
is free of charge to Indian game developers.
- Paul W.S. Anderson, director of the Resident Evil
and Mortal Kombat
movies, has announced that his next game-related film project will be an adaptation of Konami's Castlevania
series. Details are still a bit sketchy, but it seems as if Anderson's take on the franchise will look at the origins of the Belmonts' multi-generational struggle against Dracula. The scenario is reminiscent of 2003's Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
, but there are no indications that Anderson intends to use Leon Belmont or other established characters. No screenwriter or potential release date was announced.
- Immersion Corp. and I-Play have entered into an arrangement to add Immersion's VibeTonz technology to I-Play's mobile phone games. The VibeTonz system uses the vibration features inherent in many cellular phones, as an alternate ring whenever the phone is silenced, for a sort of force-feedback in mobile games. The first two I-Play titles to use the VibeTonz system will be 2 Fast 2 Furious
, already available through Verizon Wireless, and Metal Slug Mobile
, both playable on Samsung's SCH-n330 handset. "VibeTonz effects add a whole new level of fun and excitement during mobile game play. I-play is looking forward to adding more VibeTonz-enabled games to its stellar catalog of fun, high quality mobile games," said I-Play COO David Gosen.
- Also updated today: product news including GameSpy's latest multiple licensees for its online middleware packages
, plus today's Gamasutra job postings
from companies including Activision, Luxoflux, Vicarious Visions, Datascope Recruitment, LucasArts, Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Digital Chocolate.