June 23, 2004 Nokia, together with Codemasters, today announced that Colin McRae Rally 2005 is under development for the N-Gage platform. As the first Codemasters title for the N-Gage platform, Colin McRae Rally 2005, developed by Ideaworks3D, will bring all the gripping action from the leading rally game series together with support for racing competitions via the N-Gage Arena.
"It's great to be able to bring Colin McRae Rally 2005, as the most successful brand in rally gaming, to the N-Gage mobile gaming audience," said Jim Darling, CEO, Codemasters. "We're really excited to work with the N-Gage team and build games that take advantage of the mobile connected features of the N-Gage platform."
"It's fantastic to have Codemasters' support for the N-Gage platform and Colin McRae Rally 2005 a great first title to showcase the talents of the team," said Pasi Pölönen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia. "The online support for ghost racing via N-Gage Arena will give rally fans a chance to compete with the best rally gamers from around the world."
"We are thrilled to be working with Codemasters and Nokia to craft the definitive driving experience for the N-Gage game deck," said Adrian Sack CEO of Ideaworks3D.
Colin McRae Rally 2005 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, the Club Football range and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains European operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. The company has its US headquarters in New York. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.
London-based Ideaworks3D is an award-winning developer of advanced mobile gaming technology and content. Founded in 1998 with a strong Oxford and Cambridge computer science and electronic engineering pedigree, the company has an unparalleled track record of innovation and market leadership in the field of rich mobile gaming. Ideaworks3D's creative contribution to mobile gaming was recently recognized in Europe with the coveted BAFTA Games Award for Best Mobile Game 2003, and in the US with the inaugural "Mobie" for Best Mobile Game 2003. Ideaworks3D is online at http://mobilegames.com