EA has officially announced several new titles, two for the DS and one for the Wii, and an expansion to the Spore lineup that will launch this year.
Will Wright previously hinted at a DS title, but it turns out there are two DS titles. The first is Spore Creature Keeper — dated for Summer 2009. The standalone game looks to be a mix between MySims and Nintendogs: the clip I saw was a monster running on a treadmill and then decorating his house before having his tummy rubbed by a hand cursor. Clearly, Creature Keeper is aimed at younger gamers, so skip it if you can't stand the cute.
The second DS standalone title is part of a pair of games born of a Nintendo partnership with EA. The working title is "Spore Hero Arena" and it ties into a Wii game called — wait for it — "Spore Hero." There wasn't actual gameplay footage for Arena, but Spore Hero looks to be an adventure game where you create your own creature to guide through a preset world and plotline. These games are slated for a Fall 2009 release.
Last, but first (in the release schedule) is the Spore expansion Galactic Adventures. More than just a content pack, Adventures adds a layer of gameplay to the space exploration part of the main game as well as a separate branch of Spore to screw around in. Check out my impressions later today for full details.
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EMERYVILLE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Spore franchise is evolving! With more than 65 million pieces of user-created content shared online, fans from around the globe have gravitated to the game's powerful creativity-centered experience and massively single-player content sharing site. This year, the award-winning Spore franchise continues to evolve as Maxis, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio announces four new titles, each designed to deliver a unique experience to a specific audience; Spore™ Galactic Adventures, Spore™ Creature Keeper*, Spore™ Hero* and Spore™ Hero Arena*. This roster offers unique gameplay for space hunters, creature creators and action adventurers, proving that Spore has something for everyone - gamers, kids and Nintendo fans alike.
"Last year was a very exciting year for Maxis with the release of Spore. We were overwhelmed by the massive response to the game from the millions of people that created, shared and played in the Spore universe," said General Manager of Maxis, Lucy Bradshaw. "This year we're going to experiment with new experiences that extend the powerful creativity tools of Spore to all-new audiences. With the universe as our backdrop, the only limit in the Spore universe is your own imagination."
The next big bang for Spore on PC comes this spring with the deeply immersive and customizable expansion pack, Spore Galactic Adventures. Spore Galactic Adventures adds a tremendous amount of variety and depth to the original "space game" in Spore, allowing players to beam down to planets, play mission-based adventures and even create their own customised adventures for the first time. Each adventure has a unique reward to upgrade a space creature with special accessories - from an Energy Blade and Stunning Charm to a Jump Jet and more. Players can fight their way to victory as a Warrior, dance with new friends as a Bard, and much more. With an almost unlimited number of user created adventures, there's more to play than ever before. The "adventure creator" in Spore Galactic Adventures gives gamers the tools to make their own missions and share them with friends via www.spore.com.
Younger Spore fans will have a blast with the Spore Creature Keeper, a stand-alone PC game that has players nurturing, training and playing with their own personally-created creature. With lots of toys, clothes and gizmos to play with, players can pamper their pets to perfection! With Spore Creature Keeper, fans can play with their creation alone or have a play-date online for endless creature fun. Spore Creature Keeper brings all the fun of creature creation to a new level by adding nurturing, teaching and social components to the experience.
Spore will make its highly-anticipated debut on the Nintendo Wii with Spore Hero, an all-new adventure game focusing on creativity and evolution that was built from the ground up for the unique controls for Wii™. Spore Hero takes players on an exciting adventure through a beautiful, colorful world. Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS™ builds on the success of 2008's hit Spore™ Creatures and allows players to create fully-3D Spore creatures and take them into battle with an array of other creatures across the galaxy. Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena offer two all-new Spore experiences available exclusively for Nintendo platforms this fall.
To learn more about Spore, to download a free trial of the Spore Creature Creator, or to visit the more than 65 million player-created creations to date, please visit www.spore.com. For screen shots or press materials about Spore, please visit our press web site at http://info.ea.com