Archive for July 2009
Wolfenstein Multiplayer Detailed
Details on Wolfenstein’s multiplayer modes have been revealed via a Gamespot interview.The interview with Endrant Studios, the company developing the multiplayer segment of the game, reveals that the veil – the mysterious other-world that plays a large role in the single-player – will also play its part in multiplayer.”We wanted to retain the overall feel and impact it has in single-player in the multiplayer side of things,” said Endrant’s lead game designer Matt Wilson.
IncGamers Podcast 31/7/09
This week the team discuss Halo and Peter Jackson’s invovlment, Dead Space and a possible film, Ubisoft pushing Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 back to next year, and how wonderful a Caramel bar tastes when it doesn’t belong to you!Show 11 (31/7/09)DownloadFor all previous podcasts, head to the podcast archive.
Underwater Runes Of Magic Dungeon Announced
Frogster has announced more upcoming content for its free to play MMO, Runes of Magic.
Ultima Online Expansion Now Available For Free
The seventh Ultima Online expansion, Mondain’s Legacy, is now available to old and new players for free.
SOE Staffers Form New Studio
Three former Sony Online Entertainment staffers have left the company to form a new studio.
City Of Heroes: Loyal Players Rewarded
Paragon Studios has announced that players who maintain an active account for the MMO City of Heroes/Villains between 15 August and 15 November will receive special benefits for their loyalty.
AVP Sequel Might Feature Motion Control
There’s a chance that a sequel to forthcoming Rebellion title Alien vs Predator might include motion control.In a forthcoming interview with CVG, Rebellion’s art and design head Tim Jones has said that the company thinks motion control could be “exciting.””We’re always keeping a sharp eye on any new developments available to make games more immersive, and the new motion control developments look very exciting,” said Jones, adding “I don’t think the technology will be quite ready for us to use in this iteration of AvP – but maybe next time…”Talk of the sequel seems a bit early to us seeing as how we still don’t know much about the unreleased first game, save that it pits Aliens against Predators against Colonial Marines, which you can pretty much gather from the title.Sadly, it seems Jones refused to tell CVG whether or not we’re likely to see a multiplayer beta, or even a demo.
FEAR 2: Reborn DLC Pack Dated, Detailed, Getting Demo
FEAR 2’s DLC pack – titled Reborn – has received more in the way of details as well as a release date.Yesterday we reported on FEAR 2: Reborn, which casts you as Replica soldier Foxtrot813 as he travels through four new single-player levels, but we now have more in the way of details.Foxtrot813 will apparently go rogue against Replica command due to the supernatural events going on in the city of Auburn – the same events you remember, we suspect, as Reborn takes place concurrently with FEAR 2.And if you want to try it out to see if it’s as solid as FEAR 2 was, you’ll be able to.
Warhammer Client For Macs In Autumn
Mythic Entertainment has announced that a full Mac client for its MMO, Warhammer Online, will be available in the autumn.
Dark Void Delayed
Dark Void has been delayed until early 2010.The jetpack-based shooter, due on PC, PS3, and 360, has been delayed in order to “avoid competition” according to Shacknews – which strikes us as amusing, as this presumably means that Splinter Cell: Conviction, Red Steel 2, BioShock 2, Mafia 2, Bayonetta, and a whole lot more aren’t considered “competition.”That’s not to say there’s nothing coming out for the rest of this year, of course, and we imagine by “competition” they mean “Modern Warfare 2,” but it’s doubtful we’ll find out for sure.We do think it’s a shame, though.
Dawn of War, Company Of Heroes Cheap On Steam
Steam is currently running a 50% off deal on Relic titles.The deal, to celebrate the release of the Dawn of War II: There Is Only War patch, places Dawn of War II at £17.49 GBP – a full 50% off its standard price.Not only that, but the first Dawn of War and its expansions benefit from the deal, as does every single Company of Heroes title.Even the Relic Super Pack, which contains Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Dawn of War, Dawn of War: Winter Assault, and Dawn of War: Dark Crusade benefits, dropping the collection of those five titles to an incredible £13.49 GBP.Dawn of War is excellent, as were most of its expansions.
id’s Rage Runs Faster On 360 Than PS3
id’s John Carmack has revealed that Rage currently runs faster on PC and Xbox 360 than on PS3.The news comes from a reveal in the latest issue of Edge magazine, in which it is stated that the Xbox 360 version matches the PC’s 60fps framerate, while the PS3 runs at “20-30 fps.””The PS3 lags a little bit behind in terms of getting the performance out of it,” said id’s technical director John Carmack.
Aion CBT Includes New Sounds And Tutorials
The next test sessions for the highly anticipated MMO, Aion, will include the first batch of English voices to be used in cut-scenes as well as NPC speech and quests.
WoW Sold 8.6 Million US Copies
According to data provided from NPD, Blizzard has currently sold 8.6 million copies of WoW in the US alone.
Analyst: StarCraft II Will Shift 4m Units In Q1
A market analyst expects StarCraft II to sell four million units in its opening quarter, with Modern Warfare 2 covering costs of a possible StarCraft II release delay.
Champions Online: Elemental Powers Trailer
Cryptic Studios has released a new trailer showing elemental powers in the upcoming MMO, Champions Online.http://www.incgamers.com/Videos/806/champions-online-elemental-powers
Win Champions Online Closed Beta Keys
We’ve teamed up with Cryptic Studios and Atari to give away 200 closed beta keys for the upcoming superhero MMO, Champions Online.
Champions Online News Followers Rewarded
Cryptic Studios has announced that fans who sign up to receive the newsletters about upcoming Champions Online will receive an in-game action figure.
Combat Arms Adds Zombies In Content Update
Nexon America has announced that a new content update will introduce Quarantine Mode to Combat Arms, the online FPS.
Infernal: Hell’s Vengeance Review 
Sometimes game developers do themselves no favours. If you’re going to call your game “Infernal” – and it turns out to be rubbish – then you’re leaving yourself open to some wordplay abuse in the reviews.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Preview
There’s something about flight simulators and consoles that doesn’t quite work. Despite the genre being focused primarily at the PC market, or even the Mac market, the simulator balance is never quite right. This doesn’t mean there aren’t good arcade flight games out there with simulator aspects, but it does mean those that are used to the anal micromanagement systems find it hard to find any depth in console “simulators”.
Trine PS3 Delayed
Frozenbyte has announced that the PS3 version of Trine has been delayed once more.The physics-based platformer was initially supposed to be released online simultaneously with the PC version, which launched at the beginning of the month, and has also hit store shelves.Since then, PS3 owners have been left waiting, and this week’s release window has again been missed.Writing on the official forums, “FB_Lauri” – presumably Frozenbyte’s CEO, Lauri Hyvärinen – stated “Trine isn’t coming to PSN this week, and this time it’s our fault as there was discovered yet another small bug which needed to be fixed.
FEAR 2 Getting Single-Player DLC
Monolith Studios is developing another DLC pack for FEAR 2: Project Origin, but this one will be single-player.The DLC, titled “Reborn,” will contain four all-new single-player levels that cast you as Replica soldier Foxtrot 813.In an interview with IGN, associate producer Lucas Myers stated each of the levels “are designed to offer approximately the same play-time as their retail counterparts,” which apparently puts the new campaign “at more than two hours on average.”Expect “more open and vertical spaces,” according to Myers, a new plot, and “new combat situations and combined enemy types.”Colour us an intrigued shade of blue.
Dawn of War II Patch 1.5 Tonight
The huge “There Is Only War” patch/update for Dawn of War II, taking the game to version 1.5, will be released tonight.The patch, which contains a staggering amount of balance changes and fixes, is set to improve and revitalise the RTS game’s multiplayer community.Expect to see observer and referee options, in addition to retuned multiplayer balance, and a staggering eight new multiplayer maps – plus the ability to create your own with the included map editor.The full release notes can be found here, while you can check out our review here.The patch should go live on 30 July, at “11:00 AM PST (19:00 GMT)” so that’s 20:00 BST.
New Dungeon Fighter Online Screens
To celebrate the news that the Beta test for Nexon’s Dungeon Fighter Online is now up and running, a new batch of screenshots for the MMO action-adventure title have been released.
Blueside Working On New MMORPG
Developer Blueside has revealed it is working on a new MMORPG title with a working title of Project T.Better known for its work on the popular Kingdon Under Fire series, Blueside is planning to release its new MMORPG some time in 2010/2011.
Compound Bow Now Available In The Hunter
Emote Games has announced it will add a new weapon, the compound bow, to its online hunting game The Hunter.The new weapon will encourage hunters to be even more stealthy and the developer hopes it will add a new dimension to the game.
Cities XL Preview [PC]
I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a beta version of Cities XL and after our recent interview with the CEO of Monte Cristo, Jerome Gastaldi, I was really looking forward to this game.
Zeno Clash SDK Hits Internet
Ace Team has released the SDK for Zeno Clash.The kit will allow users to create their own levels and mods for the incredibly weird first-person beat ‘em up game, made using Valve’s Source engine.You can pick it up here, as noticed by Shacknews.