Archive for June 2009
Square Enix Being Sued
100,000 customers are suing Square Enix for “unfair business practices, false advertising, and unjust enrichment.”The game that has put Square Enix in trouble is MMORPG Final Fantasy XIEsther Leong of San Francisco is the named plaintiff who brought the action to court and believes that Square Enix lied about or concealed its monthly fees.The group are looking for damages in the excess of $5 million USD.
Dawn of War 2 Getting Map Editor
A map editor has been announced for Dawn of War 2 and will come free with the ‘There is Only War’ update.This will be added along with the other additions planned for the update which we reported on last week.Gamers will be able to create new maps for the multiplayer community and will include urban, desert, tyrannoformed, and jungle map types.Terrain will be able to be modified, as well as having the choice to add cover, choose weather, and size of the map.User generated maps will have the choice of supporting two, four or six players.A sample map and user guide on the world builder will be included in the update.The beta for the update will be available in July with the final version being accessible towards the end of the summer.Check out the announcement at the Dawn of War 2 website here.
Romero Slightly Displeased By id Acquisition
Co-founder of id, John Romero, has responded to yesterday’s acquisition of id Software by ZeniMax Media rather harshly.Shortly after news of the acquisition became public, Romero Twittered “ZENIMAX???????
AoC Game Director’s Tour Of Tarantia
Age of Conan’s game director walks us through the latest update for the MMO, Gangs of Tarantia.
EA Responds To Jacobs’ Departure
Yesterday saw the merging of EA’s BioWare and Mythic Entertainment groups while EA has today confirmed Mythic Entertainment’s general manager, Mark Jacobs, has indeed left the company.
EA Merges Mythic and Bioware, Mark Jacobs Leaves
In today’s second surprising merger/acquisition story, Mark Jacobs has left Mythic Entertainment just as it’s being merged with BioWare.Jacobs, the general manager and co-founder of Mythic, reportedly left the company yesterday, although there’s no word on the reasons behind his leaving.
Brooker’s Gameswipe Commisioned
Earlier in May Charlie Brooker revealed that a new show called Gamewipe was in the works, and today he has confirmed via his twiiter, the show has been commisioned.Charlie Brookers Screenwipe and Newswipe on BBC Four has proved highly popular with its cutting edge wit, and the good news today is that games are set to get the Brooker treatment.
Dungeon Fighter Online Beta Applications Start
Nexon America has opened closed beta applications for its upcoming action adventure title, Dungeon Fighter Online.
Bethesda’s Parent Company Acquires id Software
ZeniMax Media Inc. has announced it has completed its acquisition of id Software.
Steve West And The Hunter
The Hunter has signed professional hunter and TV host, Steve West, to write about the in game hunting.
WAR: Land of the Dead Launches
Mythic has announced that the latest update to Warhammer Online has gone live in Europe today.
The Sims 3 [PC]
Meet Tim McDonald. He’s a grumpy writer-type with a love of computers and a decent sense of humour.
AoC: Gangs of Tarantia Update Goes Live
The latest update for the MMO Age of Conan, Gangs of Tarantia has gone live today.
Valve Supporting Falcon Gun Controller
All games in The Orange Box will now utilise the new Falcon gun controller according to Valve.
What Tiga Did Next
Earlier last week Tiga (national trade body for developers) held a lunch at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the launch of the new All Party Parliamentary Group which will help to push the videogame industry’s agenda to government. Hosted by newly elected chair of the parliamentary group, Bill Olner, the event at Westminster was primarily to show that the government would be listening to the industry, and that policy makers would take seriously the concerns of developers in the United Kingdom. IncGamers Video Report Special: IncGamers talks to John Whittingdale MP, Vice Chairman of the All Party Group, Jason Kingsley CEO of Rebellion and Jon Kingsbury Programme Director, Creative Economy of NESTA. Not only will issues, such as those of tax breaks (of which the music and film industry already benefit from), but wider issues affecting the industry will be raised and will give an opportunity for an open dialogue between government and developers to resolve issues.
Champions: Combat Turned On Its Head
Cryptic Studios developer Brian Urbanek has spoken about the in-game combat and dynamics in upcoming Champions Online.
WoW PTR Patch 3.2 Goes Live
The EU and US Public Test Realms for World of Warcraft’s upcoming Patch 3.2 is now Live.
Rockstar New England Cuts Jobs
The Rockstar New England studio made some of its staff redundant yesterday.At least 10 percent of the studio was cut according to Kotaku, which heard news from numerous sources this morning.According to those sources, the whole Quality Assurance (QA) department was closed, along with a few artists and staff from other sections of the company.
Battlestations: Pacific 
With all the recent debate over whether real time strategy games can actually work on consoles – Halo Wars and EndWar argue in favour, Stormrise against – it’s easy to forget that Eidos Hungary made pretty big steps in the right direction back in 2007 with Battlestations: Midway.
Modern Warfare 2 Has Two-Player Co-op
Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward has stated that Modern Warfare 2′s co-op will be limited to two players.Speaking to Videogamer, Infinity Ward’s director of communications/community manager Robert Bowling said the team is “crafting a very specific experience and we don’t want to ruin the story by cramming co-op into it,” and so the single player campaign will not feature co-op at all.Instead, the co-operative play will come through two player Special Ops mode which is “designed to be replayed over and over again” and features “the moments [from the single player campaign] that work really well in co-op.””It’s all about playing it over and over again, getting a better time – you’ll have a time at the end of it,” said Bowling, adding “it’s about challenging a friend going in on co-op and tryingt o beat it on Veteran.”You can check out our preview of the game here, or read about the higher-than-usual pricing here.
New Duke Game Revealed, DNF Still In Development?
Developments in the court case surrounding Duke Nukem Forever have revealed that another Duke Nukem game was – and may still be – under production, and development of Duke Nukem Forever is continuing.Apogee’s response to a suit filed against it by Take-Two Interactive last month states “Apogee, Take-Two, and 2K Games entered into an agreement in which Apogee granted 2K Games the exclusive rights to develop and publish a new videogame based upon Apogee’s Duke Nukem franchise [...] The new game was given the working title of ‘Duke Begins’ and is not the same game as the DNF game.”Later points in the document indicate that development on the title has halted.
Warrior Epic Combat Tutorial Video
True Games’ Nick walks players through Warrior Epic’s combat system.http://www.incgamers.com/Videos/744/Warrior-Epic-Combat-Tutorial
LotRO: Scourge of Khazad-Dûm Released
US players of Turbine’s MMO, Lord of the Rings Online, will recieve the latest update to the game client today; Book 8: Scourge of Khazad-Dûm.This large update introduces the Book 8 epic questline, a barter system for First Age Legendary Items, the summer festival and a revamp of the crafting system.
EA CEO Facetiously Advocates Piracy
EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello, has – presumably jokingly – suggested that people pirate more EA games.In an interview with IndustryGamers, Riccitiello commented on the news that The Sims 3 was released into the wilds of the internet prior to release, and is reportedly one of the most pirated games in history.”You identified our secret marketing program!” he joked.
Aion Release Date Revealed
NCSoft’s new MMORPG finally gets a release date.NCSoft has confirmed to IncGamers that their new MMORPG Aion: Tower of Eternity will be released on the 22 September in America and 25 September in Europe.Until today, it had been speculated that the game would see a September release and this confirmation will be welcomed by MMORPG fans who have been looking forward to a final release date, particularly now that the beta process has been ongoing for a while.The game will be available at retail, will also be available as a digital download at NCsoft.com, Direct2Drive, and through Steam.For those that pre-order, there is the opportunity to play in the closed Beta and the following beta dates have been set:Friday, 3rd July to Monday, 6th JulyFriday, 17th July to Monday, 20th JulyFriday, 31st July to Monday, 3rd AugustFriday, 14th August to Monday, 17th August
Tropico 3 Coming To Xbox 360
Kalypso Media has announced the once PC-exclusive Tropico series will be coming to Xbox 360.Tropico 3 sees you taking the role of El Presidente once again as you try to run the island of Tropico.Whether you turn certain parts of the island into a vacation paradise and watch tourists flock there, or turn into a modern industrial nation, you will have to defend your decisions to the people of Tropico.”The Tropico 3 release on the Xbox 360 is a first for Kalypso and marks the beginning of an exciting entry in the console market,” said Stefan Marcinek, global managing director of Kalypso Media.He also confirmed that more titles will be arriving on both the PC and Xbox 360.”Throughout 2010 Kalypso Media have plans to release four titles in tandem on both the Xbox 360 and PC.”With the game being a very keyboard-and-mouse affair on the PC, we wonder whether the transition to Xbox 360 will be a smooth one, as games that have tried this in the past have had mixed success.Both the PC and Xbox 360 versions will be released this September.
New Champions Online Villain Revealed
Cryptic Studios has unveiled another villain in the upcoming superhero MMO, Champions Online.
Game Critics Reveal E3 Awards
The annual Game Critics E3 2009 Awards have now been revealed.Voted for by members of the US gaming press, Unchartered 2 came out on top as best game of this year’s E3.
Konami Lifts Lid On PES 2010
Konami has unveiled the key features in the next Pro Evolution Soccer title, PES 2010.Liverpool’s Spanish striker Fernando Torres will join Lionel Messi on the cover of the next title.”Everyone knows that when it comes to football simulation, Konami’s PES series is by far the most realistic title available,” commented Torres.
Age Of Conan Update 5: Developer Preview
The development team behind the MMO Age of Conan has written up a preview of the upcoming content patch, Update 5.