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.