Archive for April 2009
BBC iPlayer Works With 360
A recent update to the BBC iPlayer means that it can now stream through PC to the Xbox 360.
Strong Bad Game Collector’s Edition Available For Pre-Order
Telltale Games have opened up pre-orders for the collector’s edition of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People.The DVD is likened to a TV box set, with the disc contained all five episodes of the game’s first season, along with a variety of extras.Put it into your computer and you’ve got the games, an “MP3 soundtrack sampler,” and some desktop wallpapers.
Champions Online Date Confirmed
Atari will announce the release date for Champions Online in Western territories on 8 May.The superhero MMO, being developed with the assistance of industry legend Bill Roper, will be released for PC in both the US and Europe sometime this summer.Update: The release date announcement embargo was broken so we can now confirm the game will be released on July 14th.We’ll be there, with our capes blowing stylishly in the wind.
Guild Wars Passes Six Million Sold
NCSoft and ArenaNet have announced that their online RPG Guild Wars has now passed six million units sold.Launched in 2005, the action RPG’s free to play model has been proving a success for ArenaNet and NCSoft as the game reaches its fourth anniversary.
Left 4 Dead Survival Pack Patched
Valve patched Left 4 Dead last night, largely fixing issues some users were having with the Survival mode.The full list of changes to the Survival pack is as follows:Darkened the Lighthouse background movie and increased the contrast with the user interface elements.Chapter selection is now available when creating a Survival lobby.Single player coop now works correctly after playing Survival online.The correct game mode will be set when playing back a demo.Changed holdout server spew to be development only.Stats are no longer updated while viewing a demo.Correctly update the leaderboard based on the player’s personal time, not the team best timeShow the player’s best time in the scoreboard.Removed Survival exploits from The Terminal, Last Stand, The Crane, The Boathouse and The Warehouse.Fixed tanks sometimes not spawning after 15-20 minutes.The patch should auto-apply on connecting to Steam.
Star Trek DAC Coming To PC
Paramount Digital Entertainment have announced that Star Trek D.A.C., the game tie-in to the forthcoming Star Trek movie, will also be released on PC.The game features a variety of ships and lets up to 12 players take part in battles between Starfleet and the Romulan Empire in Team Deathmatch, Assault, and Conquest modes.
Battlefield 1943 Priced, More Accurately Dated
EA and DICE today announced the date and price point for Battlefield 1943.The game, a more arcade-centric update of Battlefield 1942, supports 24 players across three classic maps from Battlefield 1942 – Iwo Jima, Wake Island, and Guadalcanal – all of which have been updated with the new Frostbite engine to add destructible scenery.”We want to offer gamers the most accessible online shooter experience and the best value found in any premium download title with Battlefield 1943,” said Gordon Van Dyke, BF1943′s producer.The download-only title will be up on Xbox Live and the PlayStation network sometime in June, for $15 USD.
Diablo and Mythos Veterans Announce Torchlight
Runic Games has today announced its forthcoming action-MMO, titled Torchlight.Little is known about the game at this stage, save that it’s described as an “adventure-themed Action-MMORPG.” Players will set out from the titular town of Torchlight into the nearby mountains, in search of a magical ore that “imbues their equipment with power, yet imperils their very existence.”We can apparently expect “a simple and intuitive interface, fast and furious action, and a colorful and compelling game world.”There’s reason to be excited, though, as Runic Games is developing it, and its team has quite a pedigree.
Dragon Age Exec Producer Moves To Disney
BioWare has revealed Dan Tudge, the executive producer of forthcoming title Dragon Age: Origins, has moved to Disney Interactive Studios.Specifically, Tudge is going to work as vice president and general manager of Disney subsidiary, Propaganda Games, best known for the most recent Turok game.BioWare told Gamasutra that Tudge’s replacement on Dragon Age will be Mark Darrah, who has previously worked for the company on the original Baldur’s Gate, in addition to Neverwinter Nights and the more recent Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
NCsoft Adds MMO Titles To Steam
NCsoft has teamed up with Valve to make a number of leading PC MMO titles available via Steam.
Alien vs Predator Details Appear
Information on Rebellion’s Aliens vs Predator title have come from reports on previews in various European magazines.We haven’t heard much about this game in a long time, with most of the emphasis lately having been on Sega and Gearbox’s Aliens: Colonial Marines.The information that’s appeared online so far isn’t much to go on, but it seems as though the game is set 30 years after the film Aliens, on an entirely new planet.
Final Fantasy’s Lifetime Sales Figures Quite Big
Square Enix has revealed the worldwide lifetime sales of its franchises.Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy is the highest, charting a staggering 85 million sales worldwide since Final Fantasy first hit the NES back in 1987.
Velvet Assassin Goes Gold
Southpeak Games has announced that Velvet Assassin has gone gold.The 360 and PC game casts players as Violette Summer, a British secret agent deep behind enemy lines in a World War 2 era Nazi Europe.The game mixes up the stealth and action with the notion that the game is told in flashback, with Violette bed-ridden and presumably dying.
Battlestations: Pacific Demo Out 30 April
Eidos announced today that a demo for the upcoming ‘Battlestations: Pacific’ will be released on 30 April via Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows – LIVE Marketplace.
Diabetes; Educational Game Developed
Game Equals Life has officially announced their first project, The Magi and the Sleeping Star, a health education game aimed at adolescents and adults with type 1 diabetes.
Reckless Disregard For Gravity Alpha Announced
Dejobaan Games has announced that its 13th title, “AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity”, has reached alpha.
Dante’s Inferno: PSP Version Announced
EA has announced that the upcoming third-person action adventure game Dante’s Inferno will be released on the PSP.
Strategic Command WW2 Patched
Strategic Command WW2 Pacific Theater has been patched to version 1.02 adding improvements, enhancements and fixes to the game.
World of Warcraft v3.1.1 Patch Mirror
Blizzard has released a new small patch for World of Warcraft taking the game to version 3.1.1.IncGamers now has file mirrors for both the US and EN GB version of the patch.Download the ENGB 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 PatchDownload the US 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 PatchThe patch update includes:General * In order to address issues with the dual talent specialization system, all players will have their talents points refunded.
Zeno Clash Hits Steam
ACE Team Software’s debut title, Zeno Clash, is now available via Steam.Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world which blends first person action and brutal combat made popular in third person console classics.
WoW: The9 vs NetEase – Update
The9 intends to introduce a host of employee benefits in a bid to keep the staff who currently work on WoW, after it was announced last week that the company had lost the contract to operate World of Warcraft.
Tolkien/Gygax Model A Recipe For MMO Success?
If you’re a regular reader of MMO Weekly, you’ll already bequite familiar with the fact – one often lamented here – that virtuallyall MMOs follow the Tolkein-Gygax model.
Team Fortress 2 Patch Heralds Big Changes
Yesterday’s patch for Team Fortress 2 may have inadvertantly revealed that a lot of changes are forthcoming.The patch notes coquettishly state that the patch “Reworked the character loadout screens to support future features.”The character loadout screen in question has now gained a slot for, of all things, headgear.That’s far from everything, though.
Left 4 Dead Survival Pack Today
Valve has announced the Left 4 Dead Survival pack will be released later this morning.The pack will be released on Xbox LIVE at around 2 am PST (9 am GMT) April 21st.
Mass Effect 2 Details Before E3?
E3 is just around the corner but it’s apparently just too far in the future for Bioware.According to a new update on Twitter, Bioware doesn’t want to wait until E3 before releasing new information on Mass Effect 2.
Batman Arkham Asylum: Harley Quinn Profile
Eidos has released another video showcasing the roster of foes Batman will face in Arkham Asylum.The latest features Harley Quinn, a former Arkham psychiatrist who subsequently fell in love with The Joker and believes herself to be his girlfriend.
Jumpgate Ship Categories Detailed
Codemasters and NetDevil have released a batch of new Jumpgate Evolution screenshots and a lore document detailing the ships on offer in the game.The ships vary in size from the small and manoeuvrable training ships to the massive freighters which transport cargo across the galaxy.The new screens can be found here.
New Fallout Game Announced
Bethesda has revealed a new game in the Fallout series. Announced by Bethesda’s Peter Hines at an event today in London, Fallout New Vegas is another RPG affair and will be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 next year.
Star Trek Online : New Footage In Dev Interview
New gameplay footage of Cryptic Studios’ upcoming MMO, Star Trek Online, has appeared in an interview with one of the game’s developers.
UK Chart News
Wii Fit is still at number one in the UK all formats chart.The Godfather II remains at number two, while FIFA ’09 has beaten out Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games for the number three spot.