PES 2008, Silent Hill and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow readied for Autumn launch as key Konami properties head to mobiles
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is to bring three of its most famous series to mobile phones in 2007, with conversions of PES 2008, Silent Hill and Castlevania on their way.
All three titles are due for release in the Autumn, with PES 2008 timed to coincide with the video game versions. Featuring a dedicated graphic and AI engine developed by Konami Digital Entertainment GmbHs European mobile production facility the mobile game has realistic ball physics, player animation and game play. The result is the most advanced and realistic football simulation for mobile phones, with the many feints, passes, shots, headers and runs of the video game making the transition to mobile. The game includes six playing modes featuring a wide range of officially licensed national and club teams, as well as five pitches with varying weather conditions. A secondary one-button access control system has also been implemented, allowing users to play with just their thumb.
Silent Hill marks the mobile debuts of Konamis seminal horror series and will be released in September. Set within an abandoned orphanage within the fog-shrouded town, Silent Hill utilizes a unique first-person view and point-and-click gameplay to draw gamers into its atmospheric world. An all-new scenario reveals new truths regarding Silent Hill and the people within, and the story can be seen from the perspective of three playable characters. All the monsters and scares of the Silent Hill series come to vivid life in the mobile game, as new secrets are revealed and old one answered as the player delves ever deeper into the orphanage.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is a conversion of the best-selling Game Boy Advance title, and is perceived as one of the best games in the long-running series. The year is 2035 and the player and a friend have been trapped within a massive castle owned by the Lord of Darkness. As the pair search for a way out, hordes of monsters arise and try to prevent any escape, while magic spells and weapons can be found and used against them. The player can also capture their souls to gain their specific attributes and abilities, adding a strategic element to the classic platform action.
With its sprawling map, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow marks a welcome return for the series as it brings its clever gameplay to mobile users for the first time this December.
Florian Stronk, Head of Mobile Business Department Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH commented: This line-up clearly proves Konamis commitment to expand the availability of its key properties across all gaming platforms. We are extremely pleased by the work that our dedicated European mobile development studio has delivered and we are confident that the market is going to share our excitement.
All three games will be distributed via Konamis distribution agreement with Glu Mobile. Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) is a leading global publisher of mobile games, and will oversee the release of the three mobile phone titles across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Australia and New Zealand.
Silent Hill will be released for mobile phones in September, with PES 2008 to follow in October and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow in Autumn. For further details, please contact:
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH
Head of Mobile Business Department
Tel.: +49 (0) 69-98 55 7- 30
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KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Health & Fitness Business" and "Gaming & System Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the Singapore Stock Exchange in 1997, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp . Konami has enjoyed phenomenal success with its Japanese mobile game portals. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Pro Evolution Soccer amongst other top sellers. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com/games . Its European mobile business started in 2004 and covers 46 territories. Since 2007 Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is developing mobile content in Europe.
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Glu (NASDAQ: GLUU) is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners including Atari, Activision, Konami, Harrah's, Hasbro, Warner Bros., Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games, SEGA and Sony. Founded in 2001, Glu is based San Mateo, California and has offices in London, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Beijing and Sao Paulo. Consumers can find high-quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile phones wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at www.glu.com .