Lou Kesten lists FusionFall among the many exciting games presented at this year's Comic-Con, and discusses the gaming market's biggest trends.
FusionFall . . . sets new benchmark
"Normally browser games don't cross our radar much, but here's the thing: this one looks like a full fledged MMO game."IGN's Jack DeVries played FusionFall at San Diego Comic-Con, and shares his impressions of the weapon designs, the cityscape, and the fact that in this incarnation, the Powerpuff Girls have real hands.
Cartoon Network Gets Interactive With Game Fusion Fall
"The game, Cartoon Network Universe: Fusion Fall, enables children and tweens to play in a 3D environment, teaming up with Cartoon Network characters to save the universe from an alien invasion."Jared Preusz of AppScout features a quick look at FusionFall's basic concept and its partnership with Unity to create a web-based MMOG.
Cartoon Network, Funcom Choose Unity 3D
Gamasutra covers Unity's increasing market presence as it partners with Cartoon Network to create FusionFall and Funcom to create Age of Conan and Anarchy Online.
FusionFall sets new benchmark for browser-based games
"On its own, this is cool - especially the Cartoon Network part - Throw in the fact that FusionFall runs entirely in a browser, however, and the story becomes far more interesting."Venture Beat's Dan Kaplan details the benefits and challenges of launching an MMOG using a browser-based game engine.
Cartoon Network working on browser-based kids' MMO
"The secret behind the cross-platform browser support is the use of Unity3D, a game development engine from Unity Technologies that originated on the Mac."Macworld's Peter Cohen touches on some of the technical details behind FusionFall's use of Unity's web-based game engine.
Cartoon Network Creates Browser Based MMO for Kids
"Touting the cutting edge graphics and an engrossing experience for kids and tweens, it sounds like the real deal."Suzie Ford of Warcry Network covers Cartoon Network's announcement of FusionFall's browser-based game engine.
CN Creates First AAA, Browser-Based MMOG for Kids
IGN covers Cartoon Network's Comic-Con press release, detailing plans to release FusionFall as a browser-based game.
Exclusive Interview with Sam Lewis of FusionFall
Ten Ton Hamster's Padma Fuller grills FusionFall's Lead Game Designer about Nanos, warping and player vs. player content in the game. Sam also shares information about character customization and his favorite aspects of the game so far.
New Cartoon Network Game Gets Serious About Safety
"... the game itself has been designed with short game missions and a reward system meant to encourage kids to make time for other activities off the computer."Parents' game blog What They Play talks about Cartoon Network's partnership with online child safety specialist Crisp Thinking, as well as additional parent-friendly features being built into FusionFall.
Exclusive Interview with Chris Waldron of FusionFall
FusionFall Executive Producer Chris Waldron gave TenTonHamster's Padma Fuller the inside scoop on the game's development, beta testing and the most difficult thing to resist doing as the launch date approaches.
MMOGs Are For Kids
"Fortunately, more enlightened attitudes now prevail, both across the industry and especially among companies seeking to attract precisely this younger audience."Richard Aihoshi of the escapist interviews Executive Producer Chris Waldron and other industry insiders as part of his investigation of the MMOG trend to create games that are welcoming to younger demographics.
ION 2008 - Interview with Sam Lewis
"...it looks like FusionFall will be an MMO that mirrors the content of the network itself - fun for people of all ages."Jason Van Horn of Multiplayer Online Games Directory has some very in-depth information about Nanos, FusionFall's leveling system and just how alien goo is affecting the Cartoon Network Universe.
Cartoon Network preps 'Casual MMO'
"The Cartoon Network is about to release a video game oxymoron ... what it calls a 'casual MMOG.' And it may just be the first of a trend."The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Hyman delves into the distinctive new path FusionFall is taking to create a player experience entirely different from what's found in other MMO offerings.
Video Interview with Game Director Sam Lewis
"If the game is as exciting as Sam indicates, we are all in for a real treat!" Watch a very animated Sam Lewis (Lead Game Designer) talk about making FusionFall a fun, meaningful and dynamic MMO in this video interview brought to you by the folks at TenTonHamster.com.
Cartoon Network Characters come to live in FusionFall
"...the game brings Cartoon Network's beloved characters and sensibility to the fast-growing online gaming realm with an 'East-meets-West' creative approach." We linked you earlier to the Kidconfidence video interview posted at Gametrailers.com - now you can also see the footage in the context of their full article on Kidconfidence.com.
GDC 2008 - FusionFall
"...players are not asked to watch enough stats to give a Boeing 757 pilot heartburn." Paul Philleo of Multiplayer Online Games Directory likens the FusionFall model to a peanut-butter cup, details the game's Nano system and shares screenshots and photos from the GDC '08 press event.
"Fans of these television shows will go nuts to play this game." Vault Network's Staci "Rosethorn" Krause talks about FusionFall's strong platforming element and emphasis on collecting in her post-GDC recap.
GDC: Cartoon Network's FusionFall
"...Cartoon Network is betting (correctly, I'd say) that kids want more opportunities to interact with their favorite characters..."Variety video games reporter and reviews editor Ben Fritz discusses the mix of old and new Cartoon Network characters found in FusionFall, and is amused by the level of enthusiasm exuded by the team behind the game.
MMOG ... with Cartoon Network flavor will appeal to gamers
"Leveraging the popularity of its numerous animated franchises, FusionFall has no shortage of (cartoon) star power."Raymond Padilla of GamesRadar US takes a detailed look at FusionFall's design and game play, and predicts just what kind of players will enjoy this hybrid of platforming, RPG, and MMO.
Kidconfidence Interview FusionFall (VIDEO)
"We all love super powers."Chris Waldron, Executive Producer is interviewed about the game concept and safety elements of FusionFall, including its unique combination of MMO, platforming and collectible card game styles in this video featured on Gametrailers.com.
GDC08: Cartoon Network's FusionFall
"Where FF innovates, however, is in its use of a system they call Nanos."Massively's Akela Talamasca briefs you on the Cartoon Network MMOG team's resumes, breaks down the story behind FusionFall, and gives readers a sneak-peak at what they can expect in game play.
FORBES - New Games, Old Brands (VIDEO)
"Cartoon Network, for example, is jumping into the gaming space, encouraging its avid viewers to interact with their favorite characters in FusionFall." The Forbes Video Network investigates the trend of established brands venturing into the game space in new ways, featuring an interview with Paul Condolora, SVP and GM of Cartoon Network New Media.