EMI Christian Music Group (CMG) Distribution and Cloud 9 Games share a vision to grow the family entertainment genre that has begun with the just released Heavenly Harmony, a karaoke and vocal performance game and companion Christian Rock expansion pack and will continue this fall with the release of Heavenly Harmony Gold.
The projects are part of a long-term distribution agreement that gives EMI CMG Distribution exclusive rights to North American distribution of all games developed by Cloud 9 Games, one of the leading developers and publishers of quality Christian entertainment.
“Home family entertainment continues to be a growing category and a bright spot for Christian retail sales and the musical element of Cloud 9 Games’ products aligns perfectly with EMI CMG Distribution’s business. We believe in Cloud 9 Games and feel confident of our ability to help them grow Heavenly Harmony and their other family friendly games,” said Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution.
“Cloud 9 Games was founded out of a desire to provide family entertainment void of the violence and R-rated material prevalent in the video game market,” said Curtis Ratica, President. “We’ve partnered with EMI CMG Distribution, not only for their outstanding history of success as a distribution company, but because they have demonstrated a similar commitment to vision in all that they do.”
Heavenly Harmony (for Windows) uses a hand-held microphone (included) and players can sing to their favorite tunes as the games’ pitch-recognition technology displays accuracy in real-time, helping players stay on pitch and on time. Players unlock clothing options for their characters and move on to bigger and better performance venues as singing skills improve. Heavenly Harmony includes mini-games/activities to help aspiring singers improve vocals as well as 25 great Christian songs to perform. These songs are a mixture of hymns, praise and worship, plus Contemporary Christian, including “Amazing Grace,” “Every Time I Fall,” “Friend of God,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “On My Knees,” “Open The Eyes of My Heart,” “Praise The Lord,” “Shout To The Lord” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”
The game’s expandable options allow users to add their own personal styles of music, including the Christian Rock expansion which will have its world-wide release simultaneously with Heavenly Harmony. Rock songs from today’s most popular Christian artists such as Kutless, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Sanctus Real, This Beautiful Republic and Falling Up are featured on this expansion pack.
Heavenly Harmony Gold, which is still under development, will include 30 new songs developed for the karaoke game. Songs from artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and Avalon are confirmed for the project and other current top-selling songs expected to be added to the game in time for its September
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