Archive for October 2009
AoC Long-Term Subscription Costs Reduced
Funcom has announced that it has reduced the cost of Age of Conan’s multi-month subscription packages, doubling the previous discount offer.Players who sign up for three months will now receive a 20% discount, a six month sub gives players a 30% discount, and if you sign up for a year, you save a whopping 45% on the cost of the regular monthly fees.Funcom is also making it possible for players to benefit from the new Veteran System as soon as gametime has been added to an account, as Veteran Points will be awarded immediately.
Dragon Age Origins Toolset Trailer
The Bioware development team show the game’s tools in action. Watch the video.
SWTOR: Battle of Bothawui Timeline Trailer
Master Gnost-Dural recounts the story of the battle of Bothawui—a battle in which the courage and sacrifice of Jedi and Republic forces scored a major victory against the Sith Empire.
Champions Online Free Weekend Next Week
Cryptic has announced a free weekend of Champions Online to entice new players to the superhero MMORPG.Going by the name of the Bloodmoon Weekend, the free period will kick off for non-subscribers from 10:00 am on 30 October until 10:00 AM on 2 November (PST).
Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Preloading Now
Steam news reports that the Left 4 Dead 2 demo is now pre-loading on Steam for those who have pre-purchased the game.The early access kicks off on Tuesday 27 October and is available to retail and Steam customers for both the 360 and PC versions.
PC Borderlands Won’t Unlock Early
A few retailers have sold the PC version of Gearbox’ Borderlands early, frustrating gamers lucky enough to get their hands on it.The PC version is not scheduled to go live until next week which has prompted a response from 2K’s community team:Yesterday we learned that a fraction of the PC copies of Borderlands were accidentally sold to consumers in some countries but that gamers could not activate their copies yet.
Epic Unreal Teaser Image Mistake
Epic’s site accidently received an update which showed an Unreal logo hinting that some big Unreal related announcement is incoming.Sporting the tag-line “It’s Unreal.
Dragon Age: Origins Gold
Hot off the press comes news that Bioware’s RPG Dragon Age Origins has now been sent to manufacturing.Due for release on 3 November in North America, Bioware has announced that the game has gone gold on all platforms.
Blizzard: Don’t Buy WoW Gold
Blizzard Entertainment has published an article addressing players of its MMO, World of Warcraft, explaining the pitfalls of buying in-game currency from third-party sites and companies, and of using power-levelling services.The article informs players that the vast majority of gold that is up for sale comes from compromised accounts, and that by purchasing it, players support the companies who set out to fraudulently obtain account details.
BioShock 2 Rated For UK
The British Board of Film Classification has awarded BioShock 2 an 18 rating.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Sign-Up Errors
Bioware has informed fans that anyone who signed up for the beta test of its upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, using a 64-bit version of Windows or Internet Explorer may have inadvertently failed the application due to an error with the system scanning software.“When using Internet Explorer 64-bit, the system scanning program will either fail, or it will appear to have completed properly and submit your data, but it will actually fail to scan your system or submit your specifications to BioWare.”Applicants are being encouraged to use the 32-bit version of IE, or to switch to another supported browser to get around the issue for now.
Killing Floor ‘Level Up’ Free Content Goes Live
Killing Floor’s second free DLC pack, entitled “Level Up,” has gone live.We revealed a bit of info about the pack last week – that it would have seven new weapons, three new maps, a new Demolition perk, a new Specimen enemy, and that all perks would have their level cap raised by one – and now it’s finally here.Your copy of Killing Floor should update automatically through Steam, and there’s also a Nightfall Character Pack which will cost you £0.99 GBP if you want some new skins, but the stuff you get for free… well, that’s the best stuff.The three maps are Wyre, Bedlam, and Waterworks.
Painkiller Resurrection Demo Recalled
JoWood Media has contacted IncGamers to state that the Painkiller Resurrection PC demo released earlier this week was apparently “done so in error.”Now, we’re not entirely sure what this means, how you erroneously release a demo or, indeed, how JoWood Media expects to recall the demo from those who have already downloaded it but we thought we’d let you know.The “correct version” of the demo will apparently be made available for download next week.The follow up to 2004’s Painkiller will sport improved visuals, multiplayer co-op gameplay as well as new weapons, levels and monsters.
IncGamers PodCast 23/10/09
This week’s podcast tackles the subjects of the Modern Warfare 2 server uproar, the 360 Blu-ray misquotes and more.
Turbine Announces LOTRO Lottery
Lord of the Rings Online players can sign their characters up to take part in an in-game lottery, thanks to a new system being introduced by developers, Turbine.The lottery is still in beta, but players can take part already by logging in to my.lotro.com with their community login details.
Champions Online: New Content Poll
The developers of Champions Online have put up another poll to gather feedback, this time about which level range players want to see new content developed for.So far, over half (51%) of the 5,000+ people who voted in the poll have opted to raise the level cap, and/or add new content to end game.
AI War Co-op Diary 2
Spanner Spencer and Peter Parrish turn the enemy intelligence up to 10 in the second installment of our co-op feature.
MMO News Wrap-Up
We take a look at the top events from the last week in the world of MMOs.
MMO News Wrap-Up
Welcome to the latest MMO News Wrap-up, where this week I’ll be going over the usual selection of big stories surrounding some of the massively multiplayer online games out there, namely Age of Conan, Fallen Earth, Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, Aion, Champions Online, Warhammer Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic.I’ll kick off with the colossal amount of exclusive information we received from Funcom regarding Age of Conan, and the new content in the upcoming update 5.6.
AI War Co-op Diary 2
The line must be drawn here. This far, and no further!
New Modern Warfare 2 Screens
Activision has released a new batch of screens from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.The screens show off some of the varied new locales and a few of the vehicles set to feature in the game, including the snowmobile which will be driveable by the player.Modern Warfare is due for release on 10 November worldwide and Activision has organised a launch event in London’s Leicester Square.
Ubisoft Knows Setting For Assassin’s Creed 3
Ubisoft has revealed that it already knows where Assassin’s Creed 3 will be set.Speaking to CVG, Ubisoft Montreal studio head Yannis Mallat responded to a question about which “pivotal moments” the next Assassin’s Creed will visit by saying “oh yeah.”As for an “ending” for the whole story, though, particularly with what’s going on with Desmond – “Who talked about an ending?” said Mallat.”We know how to keep our secrets.
Free DLC For PES 2010
Konami has revealed Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 fans will soon be able to get their hands on some free DLC.
EA: FIFA Is “Undisputed” King Of Football Games
Revelling in the success of FIFA 10, EA Sports has declared it the “undisputed” king of football games.
Gearbox Returning To Brothers In Arms?
Borderlands developer Gearbox Software has revealed we may yet see another Brothers in Arms game.
Codies: Modern Warfare 2 Is “Michael Bay Of Videogames”
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising developer Sion Lenton has described Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as the “Michael Bay of videogames.” Speaking to Eurogamer, the Codies man stressed that his statement was meant “in the nicest possible way” and that it referred to the hype surrounding the highly-anticipated sequel.“It’s kind of like the Michael Bay of videogames.
Dragon Age: Origins Dated For PS3
BioWare has dated the PlayStation 3 version of Dragon Age: Origins.We’ve known for a good while that the PlayStation 3 version would be coming a bit later than the launches of the Xbox 360 and PC versions (3 November in America, 6 November in Europe) but we know now exactly how long PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait.EA’s David Silverman reportedly confirmed to Joystiq, at a recent EA event in New York, that the PlayStation 3 version will launch on 17 November.
Modern Warfare 2 System Specs Revealed
Have you got a rig big enough for Activision’s new shooter?Details of the system requirements for Modern Warfare 2 have been released and you may as well start clearing out your HD now to make room, that is of course if you’re not incensed by the whole dedicated server issue.
Dragon Age: Origins Chat Today & Big PS3 News
European gamers can find out more about Bioware’s upcoming RPG Dragon Age: Origins and take part in a chat with the developer later today.The live chat will take place on the European Playstation blog site and you can catch up with Bioware’s co-founders, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck.
Star Trek Online Closed Beta Live
Set phaser to stun, the Star Trek Online closed Beta has begun.Trekkies everywhere should be soiling themselves thanks to news that Cryptic is finally taking on their closed pool of Beta testers.