Published May 20, 2008 | By Nokia - Press Release
Nokia to distribute KONAMI games for N-Gage platform
METAL GEAR SOLID® MOBILE first in KONAMI N-Gage games line-up
Espoo, Finland - Nokia and KONAMI, a leading global developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, today announced that KONAMI mobile titles will be added to the N-Gage mobile games platform. The mobile version of the award-winning METAL GEAR SOLID® will be the first title in the games line-up. METAL GEAR SOLID® MOBILE has received top honours at the 2007 International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA), taking both the Grand Prix and Operator's Choice Awards.
The new version of the classic game features original content that can only be found on the mobile platform. METAL GEAR SOLID® MOBILE includes never-before-seen dramatic 3D art displays and camera work. The detailed in-game graphics capture the atmosphere of the METAL GEAR SOLID® series and create a depth that completely draws the player into the game, and pushes the capabilities of the mobile platform. Players face the extreme tension of solitary infiltration in this version of the tactical espionage action game developed in conjunction with Ideaworks3D and utilizing its Airplay 3.5 SDK. An in-game camouflage system utilizes colour samples from the scenery of the real world captured by the handset's camera. Moreover, additional controls are introduced that are made especially for mobile devices.
"We're excited to see KONAMI tap into the performance and community features we've built into the N-Gage platform," said Gregg Sauter, Director, Third Party Games Publishing, Nokia. "METAL GEAR SOLID® on N-Gage will raise the bar with respect to graphical detail and made-for-mobile features. We look forward to the launch of this great franchise on N-Gage."
"It is my sincere hope that global Nokia N-Gage users will experience the appeal of "METAL GEAR®" that has been brought to the mobile platform in the form of "METAL GEAR SOLID® MOBILE," said Hideo Kojima, Executive Producer of Kojima Productions, Corporate Officer of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. "I believe that this cooperation between Nokia and KONAMI will form the perfect match to share the vast potential of mobile entertainment content with users all around the world."
KONAMI provides premium content to mobile devices with its large portfolio of mobile entertainment including games, wallpapers and ringtones of many popular franchises.
KONAMI was established in 1973. KONAMI has various digital entertainment businesses that include 'Computer & Video Games', 'Toy & Hobby', 'Amusement', 'Online', 'Multi-Media', 'Health & Fitness' and 'Gaming & System'. KONAMI was listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Singapore Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. KONAMI is a leading producer of many successful titles including the highly acclaimed 'METAL GEAR SOLID®', which has sold 22 million copies in the world up to date, 'Pro Evolution Soccer®', 'SILENT HILL®', and 'Castlevania®'. For more information about KONAMI, log on to http://www.konami.net.
Ideaworks3D is a privately held technology and game development company headquartered in London. Founded in 1998 with a strong Oxford and Cambridge computer science and electronic engineering pedigree, the company has an unparalleled track record of creative innovation and technical leadership in the field of high performance mobile gaming. Ideaworks3D's Airplay platform is the result of over 7 years of research and development into high-performance native multimedia applications on mobile devices. Ideaworks3D's Studio is the recipient of multiple industry accolades including two consecutive BAFTA Games Awards in 2005 and 2004 for best handheld and mobile games. More information can be found at www.ideaworks3d.com.
N-Gage is a made-for-mobile games service available in compatible Nokia Nseries and other S60 3rd Edition devices from Nokia. N-Gage makes it easy to find, try, buy, play and manage high-quality mobile games as well as connect to friends and other players in the N-Gage Arena, Nokia's mobile gaming community. Nokia is working with the world's leading publishers to deliver a broad portfolio of games. www.n-gage.com.
Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks.
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