From the dawn of time, Codemasters have been producing quality computer games for all the popular platforms. Now, the Darling Brothers have committed themselves to the Nokia N-Gage with their Colin McRae Rally Franchise due on the phone this Christmas. It shuold feature every N-Gage Bullet point - bluetooth multiplayer, shadow racing via the N-Gage Arena, lots of exciting quotes from Nokia's Marketing people in the press release, and an expected Q4 release date. Let's hope it plays better than Sega Rally does...
Codemasters Drives Onto The N-Gage With Colin McRae Rally 2005
The leading rally game series goes mobile with N-Gage Arena functionality
June 23, 2004 - Nokia, together with Codemasters, today announced that Colin McRae Rally 2005 is under development for the N-Gage platform. As the first Codemasters title for the N-Gage platform, Colin McRae Rally 2005, developed by Ideaworks3D, will bring all the gripping action from the leading rally game series together with support for racing competitions via the N-Gage Arena.
"It's great to be able to bring Colin McRae Rally 2005, as the most successful brand in rally gaming, to the N-Gage mobile gaming audience," said Jim Darling, CEO, Codemasters. "We're really excited to work with the N-Gage team and build games that take advantage of the mobile connected features of the N-Gage platform."
"It's fantastic to have Codemasters' support for the N-Gage platform and Colin McRae Rally 2005 a great first title to showcase the talents of the team," said Pasi Pölönen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia. "The online support for ghost racing via N-Gage Arena will give rally fans a chance to compete with the best rally gamers from around the world."
"We are thrilled to be working with Codemasters and Nokia to craft the definitive driving experience for the N-Gage game deck," said Adrian Sack CEO of Ideaworks3D.
Colin McRae Rally 2005 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, the Club Football range and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains European operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. The company has its US headquarters in New York. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com <http://www.codemasters.com/>
London-based Ideaworks3D is an award-winning developer of advanced mobile gaming technology and content. Founded in 1998 with a strong Oxford and Cambridge computer science and electronic engineering pedigree, the company has an unparalleled track record of innovation and market leadership in the field of rich mobile gaming. Ideaworks3D's creative contribution to mobile gaming was recently recognized in Europe with the coveted BAFTA Games Award for Best Mobile Game 2003, and in the US with the inaugural "Mobie" for Best Mobile Game 2003. Ideaworks3D is online at http://mobilegames.com
23-06-2004, 02:34 PM
Yay! Codemaster's although have had they're share of misses, at least they're games were playable unlike some other companies that have REALLY bummer'ed and made scrap games. Finally we'll have some guaranteed to satisfy racing games on the N-Gage :)
28-06-2004, 09:44 PM
I would understand if the ngage had special hardware that meant no other s60 device could ever play these games.
It seems to me a bit insane to limit your market to just 1/2 devices when you you could potentially 5-10x your profit by tweaking it slightly to run on other platforms.
I realise Nokia are trying to revolutionize the handheld gaming market, but still...
I'm jealous :(
28-06-2004, 10:29 PM
Would love to see some classic games from codemasters appear on the N-Gage.
Dizzy for example!