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Award For Interactive Innovation

Shortlist revealed, winner to be announced at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival.

06/08/09 - Edge, Future’s international games magazine and website, has announced the shortlist for its Edge Award For Interactive Innovation, which is set for presentation during the Edinburgh Interactive Festival next week.

The list recognises the games commercially released in the last 12 months that have, in the judge’s opinions, done most to mark out new directions for videogaming.

Previous winners of the prestigious accolade have included Halo 3 in 2008, for its integration of online features, and Okami in 2007 for its art style and brushwork play mechanic.

Edge Award for Interactive Innovation 2009

Far Cry 2 (360, PC, PS3; developer: Ubisoft Montreal; publisher: Ubisoft)

Flower (PS3; developer: Thatgamecompany; publisher: SCE)

Left 4 Dead (360, PC; developer: Valve; publisher: Valve)

LittleBigPlanet (PS3; developer: Media Molecule; publisher: SCE)

MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade (Wii; developer: Mindware Corp; publisher: Nintendo)

Noby Noby Boy (PS3; developer: Namco Bandai; publisher: Namco Bandai)

Alex Wiltshire, Editor of Edge Online, said:

“Though iPhone and social networks such as Facebook have blossomed as gaming platforms over the past year, the games made for them are still nascent. Our shortlist entirely comprises deeper, more formalised games made for traditional gaming platforms, each of which contains rich, exciting and lasting ideas for gaming’s future.”

The winner of this year’s Edge Award for Interactive Innovation will be announced at 6.30 on Thursday, August 13, during the Edinburgh Interactive Festival conference and online at http://www.edge-online.com

Full explanations of the judges’ choices and discount passes for the Edinburgh Interactive Festival conference are available on Edge Online at http://www.edge-online.com

ENDS

About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group that is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR). Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events for people who are passionate about their interests. We hold strong market positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts. Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Digital Camera, Fast Car, Classic Rock, Guitar World, Official Xbox Magazine, Official Playstation Magazine, Nintendo Power, Maximum PC and MacLife. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, techradar.com, and musicradar.com. Future produces over 4 million magazines each month; we attract more than 18 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 25 annual live events that attract hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. In addition, Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally, making us the UK's number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.

For more information

Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, Future UK, 01225 822517

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