Archive for June 2009
No LAN In StarCraft II Confirmed
StarCraft II will not have a local area networking (LAN) game mode.
31 New StarCraft Screenshots And Artwork
With the Blizzard multiplayer sneak peek press event, we have received ten screenshots and 21 pieces of building and unit artwork.
New StarCraft II Gameplay Video
A compilation of six new StarCraft 2 gameplay clips from Blizzard’s June 2009 press event in Irvine is now out.
Aliens RPG Officially Canned
SEGA and Obsidian’s Aliens RPG has been officially canned.Rumours about the status of the title have been floating around for months, since the online CV of a designer contained the line “Designer for canceled third-person action RPG (Xbox 360, PS3, & PC).”Official confirmation has now appeared via the Obsidian forums, with a post from an administrator reading “Unfortunately, it is true that we are no longer working on the game, and we wanted to finally announce that to everyone who has been following its development.”Obsidian is currently known to be working on Alpha Protocol and Fallout: New Vegas.
New Everquest & Everquest 2 Expansions
SOE are currently celebrating ten years of Everquest and this weekend’s Fanfaire brings news of two new expansions.EverQuest: Underfoot for the original Everquest and EverQuest II: Sentinel’s Fate are the two new expansions due from SOE.
Sean Cooper On Syndicate
Talking to IncGamers’ Peter Parrish, creator of videogame icon Syndicate, Sean Cooper, reveals the secrets behind the success of the franchise and why he feels it’s unlikely to see it again.
Mark Jacobs Bids Farewell
With news that Mark Jacobs has now left EA and Mythic, he’s taken time out to bid farewell on his blog.This week saw EA merge Mythic and Bioware into a single studio and with this also came news that Mythic’s Mark Jacobs has now left EA and Mythic.
Rough Champions Online Open Beta Date
Cryptic now have a planned date for when the open Beta will begin for their superhero MMORPG Champions Online.Following a recent visit to Cryptic Studios offices, Champions Online Daily News reports that the September release date looks concrete despite the fact there is still a lot to be done to iron out bugs.The update also mentiones that a mid August open Beta test has been pencilled in by Cryptic for the middle of August.
Tropico 3 Beta Sign-Ups Begin
Kalypso Media has announced that the closed beta sign-ups for Tropico 3 have opened.The beta testers chosen, it seems, will be able to try out the new features including secret police, oil industry, all sorts of new edicts, and a lot more.You can sign-up for the beta of the island-running strategy title here.
IncGamers Podcast – 25/6/09
A hotbed of videogame discussion in this week’s IncGaners Podcast.The team sit down and discuss the the hot news this week including the Mythic & Bioware merger, the ZeniMax and id merger, Age of Conan updates, World of Warcraft v3.2 updates, what the team have been playing this week and more.
WoW PTR 3.2 Ravasaur Mount Guide
Worldofwar.net has put together a guide for Horde players of the MMO World of Warcraft who want to earn themselves a new Ravasaur mount.
Gearbox Confirms War Hero Titles
Gearbox Software has confirmed that it is working on a franchise titled “War Hero.”Speaking to Shacknews, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford said that the four War Hero trademarks that were recently filed – World War II Hero, War Hero, Brothers in Arms War Hero, and Modern War Hero – reveal “a bit about [Gearbox's] interests in the development of another original intellectual property.”Pitchford confirmed that the franchise is “something down the road,” but added that Gearbox hasn’t “talked to any potential partners.””So we’re certainly not ready to talk about it publicly at the moment.”Gearbox is currently known to be working on RPG shooter Borderlands (of which we have a preview and an interview) as well as Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Combat Arms Update Goes Live
The latest update for Nexon’s Combat Arms is now available to download.The update adds a new class to the game, the Specialist, as well as a brand new map, Power Surge.Set in an industrial pumping station, Power Surge supports four game modes: Elimination, One Man Army, Capture the Flag and Spy Hunt.
Warhammer Online: The Show Must Go On
Warhammer Online producer Jeff Hickman has released a letter to the players, stating that despite the recent news about management changes in Mythic, ‘the show must go on’.
Cities XL: A Different Perspective
Monte Cristo has released several new images from its upcoming city-builder MMO, CitiesXL.
Fight Night Round 4 
It’s a classic boxing story. The respected but aging champion defends his title against the hungry, energetic new challenger.
Why id Went To ZeniMax
An interview has disclosed a lot more information about the hows and whys of id Software’s deal with ZeniMax Media.Speaking to co-founder of id Software John Carmack, chief executive of ZeniMax Robert Altman, and id Software’s CEO Todd Hollenshead, the VentureBeat interview starts with the question as to how it all came about.ZeniMax, it transpires, approached id Software with an offer, which the company liked.
Battlefield Heroes Goes Live
Electronic Arts has launched Battlefield Heroes, the free-to-play online shooter.
DICE has released the game which is hosted on the EA servers. As it’s a browser based game, it means it can run on almost any PC.
Trine Preview Demo Now Available
The Trine preview demo has been released at the Trine e-shop.
Drescher: No More Mythic Losses
A post on Josh Drescher’s blog page, a Mythic Entertainment EA producer, has suggested that no more staff will be leaving Mythic after the BioWare and Mythic merger.
First Mytheon Shots & Trailer
Petroglyph and and True Games have released the first media and launched the official Mytheon website.The online multiplayer action-strategy title from Petroglyph is receiving some attention today thanks to the launch of the new official website.
Men Of War Getting Stand-Alone Expansion
1C Company has announced the coming of Men of War: Red Tide.The stand-alone expansion pack will focus on the Black Coats – the Soviet Marine unit that focused on engagements near shorelines.Lots of new units are promised.
Runes of Magic’s Weeping Coast Revealed
Frogster has revealed details of the upcoming new region in its MMO, Runes of Magic.
ARMA 2 Demo Released
The demo for the tactical PC shooter ARMA 2 has been released by Bohemia Interactive.The demo will offer first hand experience of some of the missions, equipment and gameplay you can expect to find in the full release.With over 20 vehicles and 25 weapons with more promised in the full game, a chance to get into the war-zone is available for everyone, especially those who are looking to pit this title against Codies’ Operation Flashpoint 2…You’ll aslo be able to access the boot camp training missions in the demo, so you can familiarise yourself with the game.A full single player mission and a multiplayer map are included, which will support three multiplayer modes for gamers to test their skills working as a squad.Check back for our review of ARMA 2 next week but for further details head to the official site.
DarkFall Expansion And US Server Announced
Developers of the MMO Darkfall have announced that a large free expansion will be released for the game in the first week on July, followed by the launch of the first American server.
Croteam Developing Serious Sam HD
Croteam is reportedly creating Serious Sam HD for Xbox LIVE Arcade.According to a press release, Serious Sam HD – an HD re-imagining of the first game – will hit XBLA late summer, for the princely sum of 1200 Microsoft Points.The original game was a superb throwback to first-person shooters of old, with lots enemies appearing everywhere, all of which requires judicious blasting.
Writer Hired For Second Hitman Film
Fox has hired a writer for a proposed sequel to the Hitman film.The writer has been named as Kyle Ward, according to IESB (thanks Shacknews).
EA Partners Still To Publish Rage
Electronic Arts has said that it will still be publishing id Software’s Rage.News broke yesterday that ZeniMax Media purchased Rage developer id Software.
Champions Online Villain: Stingray
Cryptic Studios has released information about another villain in its upcoming MMO, Champions Online.
Zeno Clash Receives Free DLC
ACE Team has announced that Zeno Clash will receive free DLC over the weekend called The Pit.Three new levels for players to explore will be included in the DLC.“Destructible floors and traps await the skilled who want to reach the bottom of the pit alive,” explained the ACE team.If you haven’t picked up the game yet Steam is offering 50% off this weekend for the title.