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Microsoft and Peter Jackson Working on Gaming Studio
Posted on 28-Sep-2006 12:07. | Tags Filed under: News.

Microsoft and Xbox 360 have announced a partnership between Kiwi film-makers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and Microsoft Game Studios to establish Wingnut Interactive – a New Zealand-based studio dedicated to the creation of interactive entertainment.

The goal of this partnership is to create new stories and redefine the way they are told.

The first project of the relationship between Wingnut Interactive and Microsoft Game Studios is a collaboration between Peter Jackson and team to co-write, co-design and co-produce a new chapter in the very popular Halo franchise in conjunction with Bungie Studios.

The second project will be an entirely original property targeted at bringing new audiences into the world of interactive entertainment.

Other announcements from Microsoft Xbox 360 during its annual X06 event in Barcelona included the “Halo Wars”, an all-new real-time strategy game based on the legendary “Halo” universe and designed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Ensemble Studios, creators of the “Age of Empires” franchise.

Rockstar and Take-Two also announced they will provide Xbox 360 gamers with exclusive access to two downloadable, epic episodes of “Grand Theft Auto IV” via Xbox Live, each with hours of entirely new gameplay.

Parallel to these announcements, Ubisoft confirmed that the next “Splinter Cell” title, the next instalment in the series after “Splinter Cell Double Agent,” will be a console-exclusive on Xbox 360.

Microsoft Game Studios introduced its new massively multiplayer online game, “Marvel Universe Online” for Xbox 360 and the Windows Vista operating system, developed by Cryptic Studios, creators of the smash hit “City of Heroes.”

In terms of hardware, arriving at retailers in North America, the U.K, France and Germany in mid-November 2006, the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player will retail for US$199.99 in North America and €199.99/£129.99 in the U.K., France and Germany. The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player comes with the Universal Pictures’ film Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” on HD DVD (for a limited time) and the Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote.

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