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Widescreen to launch TV-style weekly episodic portal

Identifiction.com goes live in October with first title, two more games planned

Widescreen Productions is to launch a weekly episodic games portal in October, hoping to bring TV-style content delivery to the games business.

While previous attempts at episodic delivery have been sporadic, Identifiction.com promises weekly episodes of 30 – 45 minute long game experiences.

"Videogames must be capable of rethinking their narration, formats and genres," offered Oliver Masclef, creative director of Indentifictions.

"They have to be capable of offering alternatives to established genres in the same way as American TV series have done by asserting themselves as an efficient counterweight to the movie industry.

"By taking the economic model of the series with short formats and attractive subjects available at definite dates and times, we are aiming at all those who have turned their backs on playing videogames due to lack of time or boredom," he said.

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The first title for October will be the science fiction action game Aosphere, with the company planning two new titles for the end of the third quarter and beginning of 2009.

Series' will be in English, French, German and Spanish and subtitled for other European regions.

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