Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts are re-teaming for Boom Blox Bash Party, which promises new levels, an expanded online component, and "more explosive multiplayer experiences."
What happens after you knock a tower of blocks down? You build them back up. That is exactly how Electronic Arts is playing the game with Boom Blox Bash Party, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Wii game Boom Blox.
The sequel will be hitting as early as this spring, a surprisingly quick turn-around time considering the first game's release last May. It will also be the second game to come out of the partnership between Steven Spielberg and EA established in 2005, said to span three original properties. The other two Spielberg-EA collaborations have not yet been revealed. Additionally, the game allegedly moved from one internal EA development team to another after Blueprint Studio shut down.
Yet despite all this, the sequel seems to have emerged from its trials with a slew of added features. For instance, Boom Blox Bash party will feature 400 new levels situated in locations like outer space or under water. It will offer an expanded online component that "enables users to download additional levels from Electronic Arts as well as other 'Boom Blox Bash Party' players." And Spielberg has stated that they have designed "more explosive multiplayer experiences" for the sequel.
The original Boom Blox is a finalist for the 2008 Family Game of the Year Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Family-friendly titles have recently surged in popularity according to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association.
The following is the official press release.
EA AND STEVEN SPIELBERG ANNOUNCE BOOM BLOX BASH PARTY
Sequel to Award-Winning BOOM BLOX Takes Players from the Depths of the Sea to Outer Space for a Party Anyone Can Throw
Guildford, UK January 29, 2009 – Get ready for the ultimate blox-busting action as Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced BOOM BLOX™ Bash Party for Wii™, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed BOOM BLOX™ game for Wii. EA’s collaboration with director and producer Steven Spielberg continues with BOOM BLOX Bash Party, and the destructive fun reaches new heights with richer multiplayer action and more than 400 new levels that will have players of all ages gaming together and solving action-packed puzzles under water, in zero gravity, and beyond!
"BOOM BLOX Bash Party is a wild social gaming experience," said Steven Spielberg. "We know families and friends really enjoyed playing the original BOOM BLOX together, so we designed more explosive multiplayer experiences with BOOM BLOX Bash Party."
BOOM BLOX Bash Party is even more fun to play with friends and family, featuring twice as many multiplayer challenges as the original, and now offers team-based challenges! Players can play with or against friends, solo or in teams, knocking down blocks, destroying towers, slinging and launching blocks and characters, for tons of high-energy, family-friendly fun!
BOOM BLOX Bash Party is packed with tons of new features that are sure to get the party started! The game showcases new block types, including: virus and conveyor blox, new blox shapes, such as: cylinders and wedges, and new tools that will make for even more destructive fun. Players will find twists on BOOM BLOX game play favorites like throwing and grabbing. Players now can also sling, launch, and blow the competition away with new cannon, paint ball and slingshot tools.
Even the characters are in on the action as BOOM BLOX Bash Party features a new cast of wacky blox characters. This time they don’t just cheer you on, they are now blox themselves and you can throw, stack or even launch them, utilizing them to create even more madness and mayhem!
The fun continues online as BOOM BLOX Bash Party enables players to download even more new levels via the Internet. With the press of a button, players will be able to grab, play and rate new levels from EA as well as levels created by members of the BOOM BLOX Bash Party community. Using the game’s easy-to-use Create Mode, players now have the power to share the levels they built with friends, or submit their masterpiece to be shared with the world! The expanded Create Mode lets players build and create like never before, giving them access to the same tool set the EA development team used to create each and every level in the game!
"In BOOM BLOX Bash Party we are taking the game elements to the extreme," said Amir Rahimi, Senior Producer. "In the original BOOM BLOX, we really focused on perfecting the game’s physics so now we can push the boundaries of physics, offering exciting new challenges and completely new ways to play."
Developed by the EA Casual Studios, BOOM BLOX Bash Party will be available in North America and Europe in Spring 2009.