Archive for June 2009
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.
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.