Theatre of War hitting North American retail in May

March 31, 2008 · Filed Under News, Strategy · 1 Comment 

Battlefront.com and 1C Company are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with publisher cdv Software Entertainment USA to publish Theatre of War in North America. Slated for a May 2008 release on PC, Theatre of War offers an extensive real-time strategy experience.

By combining the look, feel and historical elements of World War II, Theatre of War creates an unrivaled tactical battlefield experience that spans major campaigns from the Battle of Moscow to Normandy. With more than 50 missions spread across multiple campaigns and a rich do-it-yourself mission and map editor included, Theatre of War rewards armchair generals with tremendous gaming and replay value.

For more information about Theatre of War, please visit http://www.battlefront.com

Theatre of War

“We are very pleased to be working with Battlefront.com and 1C Company on Theatre of War. It’s a strong title that expands the strategy genre with its focus on providing a sandbox for military enthusiasts to test historical and hypothetical ‘what if?’ scenarios,” said Mario Kroll, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for cdv Software Entertainment USA. “With the rich pedigree of teams that delivered the acclaimed IL-2 Sturmovik and the Combat Mission series, we feel we are able to offer something really special by bringing Theatre of War to North American retail customers.”

“In cdv Software Entertainment USA, we have a partner with a distinguished history of publishing top-quality strategy titles,” said Martin van Balkom of Battlefront.com. “cdv is well-known in strategy circles as both a strong publisher, and an excellent partner. We are pleased to work with them again to expand the audience for Theatre of War.”

Theatre of War offers a fresh take on the WWII Real-time Strategy genre by combining the look, feel, sounds and historical elements of WWII to create the ultimate warfare simulation. The game engine features realistic shell ballistics, armor penetration calculations and damage effects coupled with destructible environments, trenches, fortifications and individually tracked weapons, equipment, ammo and vehicles. More than 50 battles spread across seven different campaigns (US/UK, Soviet, German, French, Polish, Battle for Moscow and Panzer Lehr in Normandy), along with eight non-campaign scenarios, five Training scenarios and 11 different multiplayer missions are available in the game to offer a rich and challenging combat experience to players.

Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel Announced by Lighthouse Interactive

March 29, 2008 · Filed Under Adventure, News · 2 Comments 

Leading Publisher Lighthouse Interactive today announced that they have signed a deal with Russian Publisher Akella Corporation, acquiring publishing rights for North America, Germany, UK, Scandinavia and Benelux territories to Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel; an intricate and shocking ‘whodunit’ mystery-style Adventure game for Windows®. Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel is a non-linear character-driven game inspired by award winning Russian sci-fi novelists, the Strugatsky Brothers. Scheduled to release in Q3 2008 for PC CD-ROM, players must solve the astonishing murder of one of the hotel’s guests and unveil the startling secrets surrounding the mystical Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel.

“Players are in for a real treat! Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel is a great addition to our first-rate Adventure game catalog,” said Erik Schreuder, CEO of Lighthouse Interactive. “The game looks incredible. There is such close attention to detail that you feel completely immersed in the game world. We are looking forward to bringing the game to English speaking Adventure communities across North America and Europe.”

Oleg Klapovsky, International Project Director of Akella Corporation added, “We are striving to bring a fresh gameplay approach to the Adventure game genre with our robust 3D real-time proprietary game engine. It allows us to incorporate multiple paths, consequences and 5 different endings, which are dependent upon the player’s decisions and behavior. We have married this with core elements that Adventure enthusiasts enjoy like puzzles, a captivating plot, and interesting characters to interact with. The unique cast characters each have their own personalities and agenda.”

SUMMARY

Playing as a vacationing police detective traveling through a snowy mountain range, you are caught in an avalanche and seek shelter at a remote inn – Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel. Upon your arrival everything appears normal. You meet the other hotel guests, talk about the stormy weather, have a drink, and take in the beautiful scenery… Quite unexpectedly, you are thrust into the heart of a compelling mystery that turns into an intricate and bizarre murder investigation.

Strange and mystical events have been occurring at the hotel over the last few days leading up to the shocking murder. Each and every hotel guest becomes a criminal suspect. You must find the murderer and discover who, or what, is behind the disturbing incidences at the hotel. Reveal terrible secrets throughout your investigation and uncover the astounding truth behind Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel.

FEATURES

• 5 different endings controlled by the player’s actions, decisions and behavior
• An engrossing storyline set in a gorgeous game environment; from snow capped mountains to the incredibly detailed rooms of the secluded hotel
• Robust 3D real-time game engine allows for truly non-linear gameplay
• Explore a game world populated with dynamic lighting and shadows, and special effects (changes in weather, day and night gameplay sequences)
• 15 unique and lifelike characters, each with their own personalities, stories and agendas

For more information on Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel, bookmark the official website at www.deadmountaineershotel.com and www.lighthouse-interactive.com to keep up with the latest breaking news.

GSC World Publishing and Deep Silver announce planned release date for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

March 29, 2008 · Filed Under News, Shooter · Comment 

Game will be released on August 29, 2008

GSC Game World, computer games developer, its publishing subdivision GSC World Publishing and Koch Media, a leading marketer of video games, today announced the planned release date for the title S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. According to the agreed plan, the game will ship August 29, 2008 worldwide. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky will be published by the games labels Deep Silver and GSC World Publishing.

“The topic of the release date for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky has created a lot of interest among gamers, press and fans. We’re pleased to announce an exact date for this highly anticipated game now,” said Craig McNicol, Managing Director of Koch Media.

“Our intention to deliver the game simultaneously worldwide is both a challenge and big responsibility to the many fans of the game around the globe. We are looking forward to achieve this ambitious goal in August.“ – said Sergiy Grygorovych, GSC World Publishing CEO.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a survival FPS game for PC based on a ‘what-if’ scenario of the second Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident. The game is created as a warning to mankind against mindless play with technologies. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is the official prequel to the renowned S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game by the Ukraine-based GSC Game World studio. The game is set in 2011and brings forth the events to have preceded the third campaign of Strelok to the Zone center. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky introduces an alternative look onto the events of the original game and offers the player to try himself out as a mercenary s.t.a.l.k.e.r. in search of his own path in the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Official game site: www.stalker-game.com

Hyper PC now includes the Intel QX9770 Quad-Core Processor

March 27, 2008 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

Alienware® the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems now offers the Intel® QX9770 Core™ 2 Extreme Quad-Core processor on the new Area-51® desktop computer. With four cores churning out clock speeds of 3.2GHz, the QX9770 brings unprecedented multitasking capabilities to Alienware desktops already known for pushing the outer limits of computer performance.
www.alienware.co.uk/QX9770

Intel built the QX9770 around the 45nm microarchitecture and its dynamic thermal management solutions. This makes the Area-51 the most robust gaming platform ever offered by Alienware. Whether users take on next-generation games, 3D and video rendering or day-to-day productivity applications, the
Area-51 delivers with power to spare. A 1600MHz Front Side Bus allows for faster read/write speeds between the processor and memory and any PCI-Express devices. Combine a QX9770 CPU with the new NVIDIA® nForce® 790i motherboard, with support for both DDR3 memory and PCI-E 2.0, and the new
Area-51 desktop speeds past not only the competition, but all expectations, as well.

“Alienware is about empowering our customers by providing the highest performing, most versatile computers possible,” said Brian Joyce, Senior Vice President at Alienware. “Incorporating the Intel QX9770 processor into our award-winning Area-51 desktop is just one more example of how Alienware is at the forefront of cutting-edge PC technology.”

Area-51 Desktop

• Most robust gaming platform ever offered by Alienware
• Intel® QX9770 Core™ 2 Extreme Quad-Core processor
• Clock speeds of 3.2GHz
• Unprecedented multitasking capabilities

Price:
Area-51 Desktop from £2,300 Inc VAT and free delivery

Also available on AlienFinance packages.

For more information on the Alienware Area-51, please visit:
www.alienware.co.uk/QX9770

Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Collectors Edition

March 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

The Ultimate Warhammer Online Experience Includes Exclusive Miniature, Original Graphic Novel, Bonus Quests and Rewards, Art Book, and More

The Collector’s Edition, a premium, limited run edition of EA Mythic’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be packed with bonus in-game content and unique collectibles unavailable elsewhere, including an exclusive Games Workshop miniature. The recommended retail price is 79.90€ and those who pre-order the product will receive additional exclusives. Only 55,000 copies of the Collector’s Edition will be produced for Europe and the pre-order program will begin the 26th March 2008.

“Collecting has been a part of the Warhammer hobby experience for 25 years, and this special Collector’s Edition continues the tradition with exclusive offerings, including an official Games Workshop miniature,” said Mark Jacobs, VP and General Manager, EA Mythic. “We are bringing the quintessential elements of Warhammer – tabletop miniatures, incredible fantasy art, and delightfully grim fiction – along with exciting in-game bonus content, together in what is sure to be one of the premier Collector’s Editions of all time.”

“We are very happy to offer the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Collector’s Edition to European gamers,” said Ghislaine Le Rhun, Executive Director of GOA. “We hope that Warhammer fans will be delighted and that they will play a part in this upcoming adventure with GOA and EA Mythic ! ”

The WAR Collector’s Edition will include:

EXCLUSIVE GAMES WORKSHOP MINIATURE – GRUMLOK AND GAZBAG
From the Age of Reckoning to your tabletop battle! Based on original characters from the MMORPG and designed by Games Workshop specifically for the Collector’s Edition, this official Warhammer metal miniature depicts the Greenskin warboss, Grumlok, and his shaman, Gazbag, in rich detail. Feel the WAAAGH!

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL – WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING PRELUDE TO WAR
The forces of Order and Destruction collide under the Chaos moon! Commissioned exclusively for the Collector’s Edition, WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING PRELUDE TO WAR is a full-colour, 128-page hardcover graphic novel that sets the stage for the start of the game. Written by acclaimed Games Workshop writer Graham McNeill, the oversized book is richly illustrated by Chad Hardin, Joe Abraham, Rahsan Ekedal, Tony Parker, and Kevin Hopgood. Each of the graphic novel’s six chapters tells a unique story about the armies in the game, and together they detail the events leading up to the Age of Reckoning:

ART BOOK – THE ART OF WARHAMMER ONLINE
A stunning collection of the art that gave birth to the Age of Reckoning! THE ART OF WARHAMMER ONLINE is a 224-page hardcover collection of original art from the game. Each of the glossy, full-color pages showcases the talented work of our concept artists and offers a glimpse of a world in the making.

EUROPEAN EXCLUSIVE – MOUSEPAD
Only for European purchasers, a unique gaming mousepad will be available in the Collector’s Edition.

BONUS IN-GAME CONTENT – THE LIBRAMS OF INSIGHT
Wisdom is its own reward. Readers of the Librams of Insight are granted special insight into their own actions and earn experience at a higher rate for a limited time. (+10% XP modifier for 60 minutes, 3 uses, 90 minute reuse timer.)

BONUS IN-GAME CONTENT – QUESTS, REWARDS, AND TITLES
New adventures and just rewards await players on the battlefields of WAR! Purchasers of the Collector’s Edition will begin their adventures in the Age of Reckoning with twelve (12) bonus quests awaiting them in their Tome of Knowledge. Each quest offers an exciting in-game reward, as well as a character title, to those that complete the challenges before them.

BONUS IN-GAME CONTENT – CHARACTER HEADS
Stand out from the crowd with a look unlike anyone else! The WAR Collector’s Edition includes twelve (12) bonus heads for additional character customisation options. Each race gets a truly distinctive look (with male and female versions) that is sure to turn heads on the battlefields and be the envy of everyone in the army.

With the pre order box of the Collector’s Edition, which has a recommended retail price of 9.90€ ( deductable from the full Collector’s Edition retail price), players will also receive:

  • Access to the open beta: be one of the first players to experience the glory of battle and the thrill of WAR!
  • A live game headstart: begin your adventures in the Age of Reckoning before the raw recruits arrive!
  • Plus exclusive bonus in game content:

In partnership with retailers and e-merchants, all pre-order customers will receive:

Rittenbach’s Portable Camp: to rest the weary soul and heal the wounds between battles.
And either
Sentinel’s amber band (retailer exclusive): to enhance the stats and cast “Touch of Earth,” increasing the chance of doing additional corporeal damage with each hit. (Usable in PvE combat only.)

Or Guardians’ Iolite Band (e-merchant exclusive) : to enhance the stats and cast “Touch of Spirit,” increasing the chance of doing additional spiritual damage with each hit. (Usable in PvE combat only.)

For more information about the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Collector’s Edition, the bonus in-game content, and the European pre-order offer,visit www.war-europe.com/collectorsedition/

Based on Games Workshop’s epic and longstanding tabletop fantasy war game, Warhammer Online features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm™ (RvR) gameplay that immerses players in a world of perpetual conflict. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is scheduled for launch on the PC in the Fall of 2008.

New Premium Items Make Debut On Silkroad Online

March 27, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Joymax has announced new features for Silkroad Online players, available now in the item mall. The new selections include Premium Gold Time Plus, Fur Clothing (for a limited time), and a one-day Clock of Reincarnation for certain pets. The new Premium Gold Time Plus provides players the opportunity to earn additional experience points for five hours, along with many other perks such as increased attack and damage absorption. Fashionable fur hats and coats, affordable and cruelty-free, grant gamers an aura of affluence and warmth during chilly spring evenings. The one-day Clock of Reincarnation will extend the life of a summoned pet for one day, adding an alternative to the four week item.

More information on these new accessories can be found in-game by visiting the item mall.

Silkroad Online is a massively multiplayer online RPG that puts the player deep into ancient Chinese, Islamic, and European civilizations. Traveling the historic Silk Road between Asia and Europe, players can make their fortunes as merchants, prey on the rich as thieves, or be protection-for-hire as hunters. Silkroad Online is free to play, and offers the unique chance to play a character free of restrictions or fixed paths. For more information and a free download, please visit www.silkroadonline.net.

Silkroad Online

Dekaron Open beta starts on April 2nd

March 24, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · 2 Comments 

In a world enlightened by two moons the battle between light and darkness is about to start…

Are you ready to join the war lasting for millennia?

Dekaron is now ready to step into open beta phase: be ready for it on April 2nd!

Choose your warrior, enter Trieste and help the resistance to win the war!

Run to register to GameTribe! The battle is waiting for you!

GameTribe Team
www.gametribe.com
Time to Play!

About Dekaron

• Genre: 3D MMORPG
• Developers: GAMEHI
• Plus:
– Mix between a RPG and Action Adventure game styles
• Features:
– Realistic Combat System
– Dynamic Battle Included in Combo System
– Advanced Artificial intelligence
– Realistic 3D graphics

About Game Hi
Based in Seoul, South Korea, GameHi specializes in developing online MMORPG and FPS games with cutting edge technology, gaming expertise, and innovative ideas. GameHi has been in the spotlight ever since Dekaron (MMORPG) and Sudden Attack (FPS) were listed as two of the most popular games in the Korean online game market. For more information, please visit www.gamehi.net.

About Gametribe.com,

Game Media Networks was created to gather and develop the digital entertainment contents destined to be distributed on new media platforms.
For further information, please visit the company website www.gamemedianetworks.com

Gametribe is be an innovative European MMO Portal, Free to play, where you are be able to explore a whole new world of online entertainment and engage in building up an amazing community! For further information, visit GameTribe.com!

Warfare goes on German Market

March 24, 2008 · Filed Under Business, News, Strategy · Comment 

Game Factory Interactive is happy to announce that we have entered into a 3-year agreement with Rondomedia, one of the leading publishers in the German-speaking market, on publishing and distribution of our strategy headliner Warfare in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in German language.

About Warfare

In this title you have to take command over US armed forces in order to fight back terrorists and restore local government control in Saudi Arabia.

About GFI

GFI (www.gfi.su ) is an established Russian developer and publisher of interactive software and multimedia products for PC, Wireless and DVD-Video platforms.

We specialize in Entertainment, Educational and Productivity software and Video products as well as hosting for MMOG for both domestic and international markets. With several development offices in Russia and Ukraine, we have a proven track record of creating original quality content ranging from casual to hard core.

About Rondomedia

Rondomedia was founded in April 1998 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. With games-portfolio (which is 75% of the business) and two infotainment-series, the company offers a complete range of PC-software to customers.

The Immortals of Terra: A Perry Rhodan Adventure

March 20, 2008 · Filed Under Adventure, News · Comment 

THE IMMORTALS OF TERRA, A LANDMARK SCI-FI ADVENTURE WILL LAUNCH IN SPRING 2008

Viva Media announced today its partnership with Braingame Publishing GmbH for the release of The Immortals of Terra: A Perry Rhodan Adventure this spring. Viva Media CEO Carlo Voelker commented, “We are proud to present what marks the next generation of adventure gaming with The Immortals. This large and robust universe is populated by intriguing characters and exciting storylines.” Braingame Publishing CEO Axel Ruske remarked “Perry Rhodan’s world is rich and full of everlasting appeal. Adventure gamers that love mystery, suspense and science fiction will not be disappointed since we have created an unforgettable world for them to explore.”

The Immortals of Terra is an epic space adventure set in 1346 New Galactic Era, 4934 AD, starring Perry Rhodan. This breathtaking story takes the player from the very top of a majestic floating palace, through the midst of intergalactic intrigue, to deep below the surface of incredible alien worlds. The goal is to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of Perry’s beloved, Mondra Diamond, but soon the plot thickens and the stakes get higher. The fate of the universe is in peril; get ready for a sci-fi adventure of heroic proportions.

The Immortals of Terra features:
• Astoundingly beautiful 3D graphics
• Deep and inventive storyline
• Gripping action sequences
• Stunning planets in a vast galaxy to explore
• Over a dozen original alien life forms and more than 60 interactive characters
• Incredibly detailed emotive facial animation
• Athmospheric Soundtrack, 3D-Sound and Sound FX

Quick Facts:
Published by Viva Media, LLC
Developed by Braingame/3d-io
Release Date: May 2008
Recommended Retail Price: $29.99

Minimum System Requirements:
System Requirements
Windows 2000 SP3+/XP/Vista, NVidia 6600+ or ATI9600XT+
Intel Pentium® IV 1.5GHZ (or comparable AMD ATHLON XPTM),
512MB RAM, DirectX 9.0 compatible soundcard, 4GB free hard
disc space, DVD-ROM

NVIDIA Launches the Fastest Graphics Card on the Planet

March 19, 2008 · Filed Under Business, News · 2 Comments 

New Generation Dual GPU solution provides a complete, high definition entertainment experience for the PC

NVIDIAThe NVIDIA GeForce 9800GX2 is the latest graphics card to revolutionise your PC experience. GeForce 9800 GX2 gives the best gaming performance in the world, HybridPower means a quiet, low power and more environmentally friendly PC and PureVideo HD takes your PC to the cutting edge of High Definition.

Bar None the fastest Graphics Card on the Planet

The GeForce 9800GX2 is at the cutting edge of technology; with 256 screaming fast processor cores and a 1GB total framebuffer, all running through PCI Express 2.0, means the GeForce 9800GX2 is designed from the ground up for Gaming at Extreme HD resolutions.

NVIDIA Hybrid Power – gives you power when you need it most

Combining a GeForce 9800GX2 with one of the latest motherboards featuring NVIDIA’s nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset makes your system ready for Hybrid Power. Not all applications require a high end GeForce discrete GPU, for times such as these an integrated GeForce GPU can run these applications perfectly while saving power and therefore the environment. The intelligent Hybrid Power system can also combine the power of the GeForce 9800GX2 with the onboard graphics for maximum performance.

PureVideo HD – make your PC the centre of your digital home

PureVideo HD makes High Definition content come to life on your PC – whether video’s are downloaded, streamed, or on Blu-Ray – even the most demanding HD content plays back effortlessly thanks to the best HD engine available on the market. But it is not only the speed of HD rendering that is improved, with PureVideo HD films comes to life with dynamic Contrast Enhancement and automatic enhancements to Greens, Blues, & Skin Tones

The NVIDIA GeForce 9800GX2 Makes all of the above possible, for the very best graphics on the planet there is no other choice.

Processor Cores 256 (128 per GPU)

Core Clock 600MHz

Shader Clock 1500MHz

Memory Clock 1000MHz

Memory 1GB GDDR3 (512MB per GPU)

Power Connector 8-pin + 6-pin

Board Power 197W

Thermal Patent Pending Integrated Cooling Solution

Outputs 2x DVI-DL + HDMI

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