Archive for July 2009
Champions Online Open Beta Details
Cryptic has announced that the open beta client for Champions Online will be available to download from 5 August.
New Features for PC Red Faction: Guerrilla
The PC version of Red Faction: Guerrilla will come with additional features but will not support DirectX 11.While speaking with PC Games Hardware, Matt Toschlog, president of Reactor Zero, confirmed the PC version will include new features.”The PC version supports everything that’s in the console versions, plus some extra graphical features such as Sun Shafts (God Rays) and Screen-Space Ambient Occlusion,” he said.Apart from the inclusion of a few new graphical features he assured gamers the PC game will play exactly like its console counterparts.”We added some graphical features that take advantage of the latest and greatest PC hardware.
Twilight MMO Announced
A new development studio has announced that it is developing an MMO based on the popular book and film series, Twilight.
Aion Doing Well On PC Sales Charts
Pre-orders for Aion: Tower of Eternity have bumped it to the top of the Steam sales charts.The forthcoming MMO’s collector’s edition has taken the top spot in terms of Steam sales by revenue, which maybe isn’t too surprising considering it only hit Steam a few days prior to the week these charts are taken from, and the fact that it costs £44.99 GBP.If you’re interested in Aion, or confused by all the fuss, then check out parts one and two of our own Bill Vaughan’s ongoing Aion preview.Aion doesn’t have such a strong showing on Direct2Drive, with the pre-orders coming in ninth, but enough preamble: on with the charts, courtesy of Shacknews.Steam Top Ten (by revenue) (19/7 – 25/7)Aion Collector’s Edition (Pre-Order)Left 4 DeadThe Secret of Monkey Island: Special EditionCounter-Strike: SourceARMA 2Tales of Monkey Island Complete PackDawn of Discovery (ANNO 1404)Street Fighter IVTeam Fortress 2Killing FloorDirect2Drive Top Ten (19/7 – 25/7)The Sims 3ARMA 2Dawn of Discovery (ANNO 1404)Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIThe Sims 3 (Mac)Civilization IV: The Complete EditionSupreme Commander GoldAion (Pre-Order)Fallout 3Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Although we were lucky enough to see Borderlands in action at this year’s E3 event, a hands-on session with the role-playing-shooter somehow evaded us.
Ubisoft Outlines Thoughts On Piracy
Ubisoft’s recent earnings call brought up mention of the impact of piracy, and the way the company plans to deal with it.According to Shacknews, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot outlined the impact of piracy on each platform, with PC and DS users being the worst offenders.Surprisingly, Ubisoft appears to be working on something that will prevent PC piracy, although there’s no word on whether it’s a new form of copy protection or something entirely different.
Land Of Magic Treasure Chest Event
NeoFun has announced that it is introducing a new Treasure Chest event into its MMO, Land of Magic.
Overlord 2 DLC Available
Codemasters has announced the release of the Battle Rock Nemesis DLC for Overlord 2.The DLC adds the Battle Rock arena to the Netherworld, granting you a series of combat challenges with more becoming available as the game progresses.Training rounds let you build up life force through murdering Nordberg hunters and gnomes, while other battles take on the form of boss fights, with the Satyr, the Empire’s Champion, and the Phoenix mentioned.
Modern Warfare 2 Killstreak Suggestions Welcome
Infinity Ward has opened up the floor to suggestions for new killstreak rewards in Modern Warfare 2.In a multiplayer trailer released earlier in the week, Infinity Ward showed off the new customisable killstreaks available in the sequel, focusing on the AC130 streak, which allows the player to take over as the gunner in an AC130 attack plane.Now, Modern Warfare fans can pass their suggestions onto the developer on its Twitter page.
More on Splinter Cell Conviction Delay
Ubisoft has released a a statement as to why Splinter Cell: Conviction has been delayed.We recently learned that the highly-anticipated title has been pushed back to an early 2010 release, and now Ubisoft, speaking via the Splinter Cell: Conviction Blog, has let gamers know why:Splinter Cell Conviction is a very important game for us.
Risen Teaser Trailer
Teaser trailer for the upcoming single-player RPG:http://www.incgamers.com/Videos/805/risen-teaser-trailer
RoM Launches French And Spanish OBT
Frogster has announced that the French and Spanish open beta test for the free to play MMO, Runes of Magic has launched today.
Yahtzee Makes Adventure Special Editions Free
Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw has released the special editions of his AGS-crafted games for free.Croshaw, best known for the vitriolic Zero Punctuation videos, previously created a series of games in the free Adventure Game Studio.While the games themselves were free, special editions containing extra bits and pieces such as a developer’s commentary were also available in return for a small donation.
Aion Preview: Part Two
The second part of our Aion preview is up, and this week’s article covers gameplay, questing and combat.
PlanetSide Server Merge Announced
The remaining two servers for the FPS MMO, PlanetSide, will merge on 25 August, it was announced earlier.
Ghostbusters Sells One Million Units In US
Atari has announced Ghostbusters: The Video Game has sold over one million units in the US since its release last month.“We are very pleased with the performance of Ghostbusters: The Videogame, and credit the game’s quality as well as the incredible support from both the established and new fan-base all helping to make this a retail success,” said Atari CEO Jim Wilson.”Ghostbusters appears to be a strong and relevant movie-based franchise videogame independent of a brand-new theatrical release.
Aion Preview: Part Two
Last week I took my first look at the upcoming MMO, Aion, and described the incredibly detailed character creation process.
Ubi Explains Splinter Cell Delay
Ubisoft has explained why Splinter Cell: Conviction’s release date has slipped to 2010.In a conference call with investors and analysts yesterday, Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that the game needs some “polish” as does the upcoming sequel to Red Steel.”Red Steel and Splinter Cell are going to greatly benefit from the additional polishing time we are providing and will clearly be among the leading brands on the Wii and 360 for the March quarter,” he said.“The quality of the games is there for what you’ve been able to see at E3, but we were not able to have that same quality on the full game of those two products.”According to Joystiq, Guillemot went on to reveal that the delay of Splinter Cell/Red Steel delay will cost Ubi “around a million units” in lost sales.
MMO Weekly 28/07/09
Jeff Hollis is off to Comic-Con. Which MMOs made their presence felt, and which disappeared without a trace?
MMO Weekly 28/07/09
Hey there, fellow fanbois and fangurls, and welcome to this week’s MMO Weekly: Comic-Con edition. In this week’s installment, I’ll take you along on my trip to Comic-Con, where we’ll walk hand-in-hand down the pleasant highways and byways of the convention, strolling gently along as we seek out the MMOs on display there for the enjoyment of polite throngs of eager fans. Or, more likely, we’ll be jostled, poked, hit with backpacks, and nearly crushed to death by a huge, nearly riotous crowd of sweaty, unwashed geeks. Such is Comic-Con.And yet, these geeks are my people. My nerdy, overzealous, hygienically challenged people.Before I talk about the games themselves, allow me to describe what I like to call “the Comic-Con experience.” There are rules to Comic-Con. Rules you need to understand if you’re going to fit in, be accepted, and even enjoy yourself. Rule number one is you don’t talk about the rules of Comic-Con. They are unspoken, yet universally understood.Comic-Con is a unique zone, a hole in the space-time continuum. As such, your backpack is apparently subject to strange laws of physics, and you are not responsible for anything it does. As such, if you push, hit, or otherwise run into people with your backpack, it’s not really you who’s doing it. It’s the universe. Naturally, you never need to apologise.Deodorant is optional at Comic-Con. Really, really optional.
Darkness Sequel Confirmed
News has emerged from this year’s Comic-Con event in San Diego that a sequel to The Darkness is in the works.
StarCraft II LAN Controversy Up Close
IncGamers’ StarCraft channel StarCraftWire has further investigated Blizzard’s decision to leave LAN play out of StarCraft II
IncGamers broke the story about Blizzard leaving its multiplayer roots, and focusing solely on Battle.net.
First Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Video
Infinity Ward unleash multiplayer footage for their shooter sequel. Watch the video.
SW: TOR To Show At GamesCon And PAX
Bioware has announced that its highly anticipated upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will be on show at two major games conventions over the next couple of months.
Star Trek Online: New Klingon Ship Revealed
Cryptic Studios has revealed another ship that will feature in the upcoming MMO, Star Trek Online.
FIFA 10 Sponsors Football Team
Swindon Town FC will be sponsored by EA Sports’s FIFA 10 this season.The away kit will have FIFA 10 as the main sponsor, the first time a FIFA game has sponsored a football team.FIFA 10 is set for release on 2 October on all platforms, check out our preview of the PS3 version here and the Wii version here.Checkout the kit below:
News Corp To Promote Gaming
MySpace will venture into the gaming industry according to the parent company News Corp’s digital head, Jonathan Miller.Reuters report that while speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm: TECH conference, Miller said he wants MySpace to become a gaming platform.”MySpace is and will be more in the future a gaming platform, a space for people to meet and play games.”News Corp who own Fox Studios might be looking at the potential of new movies with the popularity of films based on games (Gears of War and Dead Space) growing in recent years.”None of the traditional media conglomerates are also significant video game players, so to speak, and I think that that’s the missing piece of the equation, particularly when you see how much time is spent playing games online.”This all comes after recent comments by News Corp cheif executive Rupert Murdoch who said MySpace should transform into an “entertainment portal”.Miller added, “If you look at the big activities online, games right now is number three…So it’s clearly going to be a major focus.”So would you be interested in MySpace as a gaming platform?
Age Of Conan Re-evaluation Offer Successful
Funcom’s director of communications has spoken about the recent re-evaluation offer for Age of Conan, and its effect of the game’s population.
Champions Online Pre-Order Offers, OBT Date Confirmed
Atari and Cryptic have announced details of the pre-orders for Champions Online, listing US retailers that will be offering special deals.