Bubble Bobble - Old and New gets picked up by Empire. It's getting out of Japan, and Bubble Bobble fans are going crazy!
Empire signs games rights to 'Bubble Bobble - Old and New' for Game Boy Advance ("GBA")
Empire Interactive plc, a leading AIM listed computer games developer and publisher, today announced it had signed the publishing rights to the classic GBA title, 'Bubble Bobble - Old and New'.
The game will closely follow the original Bubble Bobble Arcade classic, which burst into the gaming archives in 1986. 'Old and New' will be splicing together two gaming generations and will employ the same graphics and gameplay structure as the original. In addition to this, it will also take inspiration from the sequel, 'Rainbow Islands' (1989).
Developed by Taito, based in Japan; developers of, Space Invaders and Super Bust-A-Move and many more titles make up their official development portfolio.
Bubble Bobble 'Old and New' will be published by Empire in Q4 2002/H1 2003 exclusively for the GBA platform.
Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire said about the licensing deal,
"Bubble Bobble is a classic game that has been successful on many different platforms over the years. The game is an ideal title for the GBA format and we are delighted to be working with Taito on this franchise."