Archive for June 2009
StarCraft 2 Delay Will Harm Activision Holiday Season
Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey has stated that StarCraft 2 is unlikely to appear this year which will affect Activision Blizzard’s end of year line-up.Following news that the Beta process for StarCraft 2 is expected to be more than four months long, Hickey has commented that Activision Blizzard’s end of year line-up may not be as strong as expected.Speaking to Gamasutra, Hickey also thinks that Blizzard’s World of Warcraft could be under threat from new MMORPG titles such as NCSoft’s AION which is due for released on 25 September.
Chronicles of Spellborn Being Redeveloped
Out of the blue comes news that Akklaim is to ‘redevelop’ its recently launched MMORPG Chronicles of Spellborn.Released in February, Akklaim’s MMORPG Chronicles of Spellborn is to receive major changes as Akklaim moves the game over to a free to play model supported by micro-transactions.
Analyst Predicts OnLive Will Be Widely Adopted
Industry analysis firm Wedbush Morgan has stated it expects OnLive to “change the landscape” of gaming.
No StarCraft 2 LAN To Stop Piracy
Another statement from Blizzard gives further details on the thinking behind the lack of LAN play in StarCraft 2.The removal of LAN play from StarCraft 2 has been a hot topic since IncGamers broke the story yesterday and a further statement from Blizzard adds another element to the debate, the one of piracy.
City Of Heroes Launches Issue 15: Anniversary
NCsoft announced today that it has released the latest update to the MMO City of Heroes, Issue 15: Anniversary.
FUEL PC Version Ships, New Media
Codemasters has announced that the PC version of FUEL is now shipping in North America and Europe.
Battlefield Heroes Tastefully Marks Jackson’s Passing
EA are offering Michael Jackson-themed costumes for Battlefield Heroes.Kotaku noticed that, to mark the man’s passing, Battlefield Heroes now has an additional two sets of costumes that you can doll your character up in.
FFXI Add-On Pre Sale Dated
Square Enix announced earlier that the second add-on for the MMO, Final Fantasy XI, will begin pre-sale on 5 July.
Mortal Online Pre Orders Delayed
Pre-orders for the upcoming MMO, Mortal Online, have been delayed for two weeks, developer Star Vault revealed earlier.
Interview with AoC’s Craig Morrison
Game director of Age of Conan, Craig Morrison, sat down with us to talk about the state of the game.Check out the full interview here.
AoC’s Craig Morrison Interview
IncGamers recently got to speak to the game director of Age of Conan, Craig Morrison, to find out how the game was coming along, what he would have done differently with hindsight, and what’s to come for AoC.Read the full interview below:AoC was a highly anticipated MMO title which promised to introduce new styles of gameplay we’d not seen before in an MMO (talking about mounted combat and a new combat style, as well as little adult touches like getting drunk and visiting hookers). Why do you think the game didn’t retain its subscribers after launch?
Thousands Petition Blizzard For StarCraft LAN
Many StarCraft II fans are upset over Blizzard’s decision to exclude a local area network (LAN) game mode.
Harry Potter Launch Trailer Released
EA has released a launch trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.Amid a series of cutscenes we see Harry in Quidditch action and in a showdown with arch-enemy Draco Malfoy.
MMO Weekly 30/06/09
In part one of this two part series, Jeff Hollis discusses how to bring the long, slow and painful death to an MMO. Using the most popular MMO available at the moment, Hollis draws comparisons to other, previously more successful, MMOs.
Aspyr Media and Mindsgare Studios have announced a new FPS for the PC and 360 called Dreamkiller.Dreamkiller is being touted as a “fast, frantic and mega-bloodbath first-person shooter” that will “take gamers inside the dark and twisted nightmares of tortured souls possessed by unknown forces”.Gamers will take on the role of Alice Drake, a psychologist who has the ability to enter the minds of her patients and battle their inner-most demons haunting their dreams.
Change Your Faction in WoW Incoming
Blizzard is to launch a new service that will enable World of Warcraft players to switch sides from Alliance to Horde.If there was one service we didn’t think Blizzard would implement, it was the ability to change your faction.
AoC: “Hindsight Is An Amazing Thing”
Craig Morrison, game director on Age of Conan, has spoken to IncGamers about the new game mechanics that were introduced in last week’s update, and explained why the game wasn’t shipped this way.
AoC 360 Version “Still Being Worked On”
The Xbox 360 version of Age of Conan is still being developed despite delays, the game director revealed earlier.
AoC Director On Poor Game Launch
Game Director of Age of Conan, Craig Morrison, has spoken about the poor performance of the game after the launch, what Funcom did wrong and how they are resolving the issues.
Sean Cooper Interview On Syndicate
Sean Cooper talks to IncGamers’ Peter Parrish about rumours of a new Syndicate.
WAR Independence Day Celebrations
Mythic has announced a number of Independence Day benefits for US players of Warhammer Online.
Mass Effect 2 Insanity Difficulty Explained
A post on the official Mass Effect forums has explained both the likelihood of how Insanity difficulty will be handled in the sequel, but also the reasons behind it being locked in the original game.Christina Norman, lead system designer, posted on the forums to respond to a question regarding difficulty levels being “arbitrarily” locked, as the first game required you to run through it several times to unlock the highest difficulty.
Lost Planet 2 Demo Sometime Soon?
We may see a Lost Planet 2 demo before too long.Jun Takeuchi, the producer of the alien-blasting third-person shooter, told Famitsu “I think we might be able to offer [the demo] in a little bit,” according to Kotaku.
SWTOR Comic-Con Schedule
BioWare has revealed its schedule for the Comic-Con event in San Diego next month.
The Realities Of BioWare/Mythic Merger
Details have appeared on the reality of what the Mythic/Bioware merger means for both companies.Last week’s merger of the two companies, just as Mark Jacobs left Mythic, took many by surprise.
Hitman 2 Film Ties Into Game
The second Hitman film will contain elements from the forthcoming Hitman 5 game.As previously reported, Kyle Ward is writing the film sequel, but news from Variety indicates that the film will contain story elements from the fifth game.The description Variety give of the film is that “the movie [...] catches title character, Agent 47, at a low point.
UK All Formats Chart
Probably not much of a surprise, but you’ll find that Fight Night Round 4 has found itself at the top of this weeks charts, with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming in at number six.
StarCraft II Developers Talk
IncGamers were invited to Blizzard’s multiplayer sneak peek event the third week of June, and besides checking out all the new details of the game, we also had time to talk with the people behind the game, namely VP of game design Rob Pardo, StarCraft II lead producer Chris Sigaty and lead designer, Dustin Browder.
Official StarCraft II Tech Trees
The three official tech trees for StarCraft II have now been revealed by Blizzard.
StarCraft II On Consoles: Zero Chance
In an interview with IncGamers, Rob Pardo, VP of game design at Blizzard revealed StarCraft II has no chance of ending up on consoles.