E3 2016: Nordic Games Resurrecting We Sing Series

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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I feel like this series might’ve gone off the rails back during the Wii days.

 

While E3 is generally a time to put AAA games on large screens for all to gawk at, sometimes forgotten series such as We Sing get a surprising restart. Nordic Games sent out a press release this morning with their intentions to bring back the franchise that has laid dormant since the release of its Wii games in the early 2010s. Not much in the way of details have been shown with this news, but we do know that a new company, We Sing Productions, will be bring these games to ‘multiple platforms’ with the first game to be released at some point this year.

Nordic Games currently has a booth at E3 (in the South Hall, #MR307) and will be teasing a reveal of this game behind closed doors. With the resurgence of, and then ambivalence given to, the new generation of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it’s hard to say what the future holds for those who want to have people holding gaming mics again. If anything, the below press release does show that Nordic Games does have faith in getting karaoke back in people’s homes and possibly their hearts:


 

NORDIC GAMES, WIRED PRODUCTIONS AND LE CORTEX ANNOUNCE NEW INTERACTIVE MUSIC FORMATION, WE SING PRODUCTIONS

Industry Heavyweights Collaborate On Innovative Approach to Music Singing Games with Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Portfolio of “We Sing” based Products

LONDON — June 13, 2016 — We Sing returns in 2016, so grab your mics as the band is back! Nordic Games, Wired Productions, and Le Cortex are delighted to announce the formation of We Sing Productions, a new company with the remit to create leading edge singing games based on the We Sing IP for multiple platforms through an array of distribution channels. More information can be found at the Nordic Games E3 booth #MR307, South Hall.

Each partner played a crucial role in the original We Sing success story, which began in 2009 as the first music game that supported up to four mics, and has sold over 1.5 million units to-date. The aim is to make We Sing the number one music game franchise, working closer than ever with the Music Labels to bring some extra-special exclusives, as well as a three tiered product strategy that will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

The first game from We Sing Productions launches later this year and will be followed by revolutionary inter-connected initiatives soon after.

Nik Blower, Nordic Games said, “Our long standing, close relationship and past successes with both Wired Productions and Le Cortex has provided the perfect opportunity to take back the singing genre crown. We are now realising plans which have been in our hearts and minds for quite some time.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Nordic Games and Le Cortex within this new company dedicated to the success of We Sing,” said Leo Zullo, Wired Productions. He continued, “We truly believe we have a line-up that will engage and excite music fans the world over.”

Frédéric Sommer and Johan Spielmann, Le Cortex continued, “Bringing We Sing to a host of new platforms and distribution channels beginning later this year is incredibly exciting. We can’t wait to share news with you in the near future on what we’ve all been working on.”

We Sing will be on multiple console platforms and serve as the first product in the We Sing Productions line up. E3 meetings will serve as a ‘tease’ reveal for the first game.

To find out more about what is happening with We Sing, please visit the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WeSingGame/

About Nordic Games GmbH
Nordic Games GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Games Group AB, focusing on computer- and video games for PC/MAC/Linux and present/past console platforms. Founded in 2011, the Vienna/Austria based company puts great emphasis on its extensive game catalogue. The core portfolio comprises products and brands which have been acquired from various parties (THQ, Atari, and others), and further acquisitions of IPs and trademarks will follow.

The company will pursue the long-term goal of delivering quality products that live up to expectations of gamers worldwide. For more information visit: http://www.nordicgames.at.

About Wired Productions Ltd
Wired Productions are an established independent games publisher based in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK.  Wired have produced over 35 titles, and are the team responsible for the 1.5 million unit selling  We Sing franchise as well as producing and co-developing  The Voice branded console products.  In 2013/14, Wired Productions moved back into digital console publishing with Let’s Fish! Hooked On for the PlayStation Vita, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita (including cross buy) and Last Inua on PC & Mac, and Super Dungeon Bros on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

For more information visit www.wiredproductions.com or follow at:  www.facebook.com/WiredPro and on Twitter https://twitter.com/WiredP.

About Le Cortex
Le Cortex is an independent development studio based in Paris, France. Founded by the creative duo Frédéric Sommer and Johan Spielmann, Le Cortex have been instrumental in over 20 music and singing games, ranging from the hugely successful We Sing franchise, to The Voice branded games.  Alongside music games, Le Cortex created their own unique IP, Ninja Pony, culminating in the release of a Neo-Geo version. Driven by strong beliefs in gameplay design and known for the ingenuity of work, Le Cortex have managed to build a trusted relationship with publishers and gamers throughout the world.

For more information visit: www.lecortex.com.

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.