Archive for April 2009
Free Realms Goes Live Today
Sony Online Entertainment’s family-friendly MMORPG Free Realms is due to go live on PC later today.The official website is currently down, with the splash image stating “The Free Realms website is undergoing maintenance in preparation for launch.
Latest MMO Weekly
Jeff Hollis is back with mobile MMOs and the demise of others.
Exercise Your Brain With Dr. Kawashima On PC
Namco Bandai has announced Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima will be coming to European PCs next month.Brain Exercise with Dr.
Burnout Paradise Cops And Robbers DLC Dated, Priced
Criterion has dated and priced the Cops and Robbers DLC pack for Burnout Paradise.You can expect the DLC on Thursday 30 April.
Battlestations: Pacific ‘Kamikaze’ Trailer
Eidos has released a trailer for the upcoming Battlestations: Pacific, to demonstrate the ‘Kamikaze’ aspect of the game.
Champions Online Nemesis Trailer
A trailer for the upcoming MMO Champions Online has been released, showing the game’s Nemesis feature.
Eidos –Square Enix Deal Explained
Eidos has confirmed it will continue to run as an independent operation, following its deal with Square Enix.
Empire: Total War Major Patch This Week
The new Empire: Total War patch has gone into beta community testing and should be out this week.According to a post on the Yuku Total War forums made by a Creative Assembly team member, the main purpose of the patch is “to fix the AI aggression issues, remove the vast majority of game breaking crashes, and tweak the unit behaviour whilst laying groundwork for naval invasions.”The patch includes “over 70 bug fixes […] plus a tonne of balance and feature tweaks.”We really, really liked Empire: Total War on release, and highly recommend it.
UK Chart News
Nintendo’s Wii Fit has once again topped the UK all-format sales chart.The phenomenally successful fitness game shows no sign of slowing down as it fought off the EA onslaught from the Godfather II and FIFA ’09.
Ubisoft Working On New Driver Title?
Ubisoft has filed a trademark registration for “Driver: The Recruit.”Superannuation spotted the registration (thanks, Joystiq) which, we suspect, could be the Driver game that appeared to be in production following a BBC report last year.No word yet on anything other than the name, but we’ll update you when we learn more.
Fallout 3 DLC Getting Retail Release
Fallout 3’s 360 and PC DLC packs, Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt, may be coming to retail next month.Electronic Theatre reports that the retail release will be titled “Fallout 3 Downloadable Content: The Pitt and Operation Anchorage,” and will be hitting PC and Xbox 360, so the DLC is still unavailable for PS3 users.
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.