"DARKWATCH" GARNERS TWO PLATINUM AURORA
AWARDS FOR ANIMATION STUDIO BRAIN ZOO AND GAME DEVELOPER HIGH MOON
VAN NUYS and CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept 1, 2005 –
In a joint announcement today, Brain Zoo Studios, a leading character animation
studio, and video game developer High Moon Studios announced the receipt of two
platinum Aurora Awards. The Aurora Awards recognize outstanding achievements in
commercials, documentaries, industrial and instructional video. The two ‘Best of
Show’ awards were given to a promotional trailer for "Darkwatch," the video game
developed by High Moon Studios and released earlier this month by game publisher
The trailer, a collaborative effort between
High Moon and Brain Zoo, was recognized for "Best of Show: Use of Animation" and
"Best of Show: Entertainment."
The winning "Darkwatch" trailer was one of
the first promotional vehicles for the game, a computer-animated short designed
to establish the game’s unique, visually stylistic Vampire-Western premise. The
trailer introduces Jericho Cross, the game’s half-vampire gunslinger
protagonist. Featuring a battle between Jericho and a legion of undead enemies
in the thorough-fair of a ghost town, the action-packed trailer boasts sequences
that include enemies ripped to shreds by bullets, bullet-time effects and an
"The collaboration with High Moon Studios on
this project was ideal,"
said Mohammad Davoudian, president and CEO of
Brain Zoo Studios. "From the beginning, they understood exactly what it was
going to take to push the limits of what the industry has been used to seeing.
Working together, we raised the bar in what the industry should expect to see
more of in coming titles. Creating a visually captivating environment is a key
element to drawing consumer interest for an upcoming title. We were able to
accomplish that by working seamlessly in conjunction with High Moon."
"This trailer was an introduction to our
studio’s debut video game title, which we wanted to quickly establish as a
said Emmanuel Valdez, chief creative officer,
High Moon Studios. "There is no better recognition for the hard work that went
into it than a prestigious award like the Auroras. With ‘Darkwatch’ now on
shelves, and as we pursue extending the property into other forms of
entertainment, we still find ourselves using this trailer to introduce the
original universe we’ve created."
The debut title from High Moon Studios, "Darkwatch"
is an immersive first-person shooter (FPS) video game that blends the Western
and vampire-horror genres. Released by Capcom in North America on August 16th,
the game has already established itself as a hit, receiving critical praise as a
memorable entry into the FPS genre. "Darkwatch" is slated for release by Ubisoft
Entertainment in Europe and Australia in fall 2005.