19th November 2008 - Cambridge, UK - Frontier Developments, one of Europe's leading independent game developers, is delighted to announce a partnership with Square Enix to publish Frontier's critically-acclaimed WiiWare TM title LostWinds TM in Japan and Asia.
"Square Enix is a very successful, development-led organization with a total commitment to quality," said David Braben, Frontier's Chairman and founder. "Frontier shares those same core ideals and we are very pleased to be doing business together. Square Enix's strength in Japan will give LostWinds the chance to shine there, as it has done elsewhere."
LostWinds topped the WiiWare charts in both the US and Europe upon launch of the new distribution system in May 2008. The game also gathered a host of high scoring reviews praising its deep, explorative gameplay and beautiful art style.
LostWinds picked up Develop Magazine's 'Best New IP' award in July 2008, a prestigious accolade voted on by Frontier's games industry peers.
LostWinds is an enchanting adventure bursting with new gameplay ideas that embrace the innovative controller of the Wii TM - it puts "the power of the wind in the palm of your hand".
For more information about the game visit: http://frontier.co.uk/games/lostwinds
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Frontier, headed by founder David Braben, co-author of the seminal "Elite", is based in Cambridge, UK, and has an outstanding track record of gameplay innovation, critical acclaim and commercial success.
It received three BAFTA nominations and several awards for its console games "Dog's Life" and "Wallace&Gromit in Project Zoo", and scored a Christmas 2004 No.1 position in the USA with its "RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3" PC game, which has also been the recipient of various awards and a prestigious Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences nomination. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Soaked!", the first expansion pack for RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3, was released in June 2005 and went on to win 'Expansion Pack of the Year' award from PC Gamer magazine in the US, with a second expansion pack "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild!" released in November 2005. Frontier's game of the Oscar® winning "Wallace&Gromit: Curse of the Were-rabbit" movie was published by Konami in September 2005.
"Thrillville" was released by LucasArts on Xbox, PlayStation® 2, and PSP and became the best selling original kid's title in North America in 2006. 2007's sequel "Thrillville: Off the Rails" for Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation® 2, Wii, and PSP has been publicly reported as being the 35th best selling game in North America and the EU of the 12 month period ending March 2008.Â Frontier released "LostWinds" for WiiWare which was awarded 'Best New IP' by Develop Magazine, and is working on its original IP title "The Outsider" on PlayStation® 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, plus other as-yet-unannounced major projects.Â All trademarks are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.