Ragnarok Online

April 30, 2008 · Filed Under Business, MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Gravity Europe announces a drop of its subscription prices on Ragnarök Online


Ragnarök subscription prices decrease !

Here is the new price list:

1 month subscription : 7€ instead of 10,90€
3 month subscription : 18€ instead of 29,70€
6 month subscription : 30€ instead of 53,40€
1 year subscription : 60€ instead of 72€, and a starter pack offered

1 Audiotel: 6 days instead of 4
1 SMS: 12 days instead of 8

Gravity Europe will offer extra free playing time to players who already have a Ragnarok Online subscription so that they can also benefit from the new prices (based on price % decrease) :

10 free days offered to 1 month subscribers
30 free days offered to 3 months subscribers
70 free days offered to 6 months subscribers
50 free days offered to 1 year subscribers

Let’s play Ragnarök Online and have fun together !

About Ragnarok Online

Ragnarök Online is a Korean MMORPG. The game takes place in the Rune-Midgard’s world, a universe full of extraordinary adventures! Any new player starts as a novice, and by dint of fights, quests and with the help of other players he can evolve to the class of his choice, including magician, priest, thief, hunter, … and also fight the most awesome monsters and bosses in various dungeon !

Its’ manga world and 3D settings make Ragnarök an original and unique game. Characters and monsters of the game are in 2D.
More information on : http://www.ragnarokonline.fr

About Gravity Europe

Gravity Europe is a subsidiary of Gravity Co, a Korean company that is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive video game and manga entertainment. Gravity Co. is quoted on NASDAQ. It’s world-recognized thanks to its manga environment games such as Ragnarök Online, Rose Online, Emil Chronicles or Time & tales.

Gravity chose France to start on the European market. Based on its experience on the Asian and the worldwide market (China, Russia, Middle-east, USA …) Gravity Europe launched the French version of Ragnarök Online in 2007, a major worldwide success with more than 30 millions players.
More information on: http://www.gravity.co.kr/en/

Exodus from the Earth

April 30, 2008 · Filed Under Action, News, Shooter · Comment 

Exiting Earth the Old Fashioned Way – By Vaccination and Spacecraft

Software publisher Strategy First Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Silverstar Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSTR), is leading the way to space with Exodus from the Earth. The upcoming shooter takes players out of this world and back again on a quest to reveal the secrets of a dangerously powerful corporation and fight for dear life. Developed by Parallax Arts Studio and published by Strategy First, Exodus from the Earth will be available for PC in fall 2008.

Mankind assumed it would take five billion years until the earth began to die. In reality, it is 2016, and the planet earth is living its last twenty years. The Sun has begun to grow, burning everything around it and turning Earth into a lifeless nightmare. Mankind must adapt to extraterrestrial conditions or find an Earth-like planet where humans can live.

After learning the dreadful news, the powerful A.X. Corporation produced a vaccine which allows humans to survive in any environment, and now plans to inject everyone on Earth. The alleged discovery of a “Second Earth” threatens the financial future of A.X., and C.I.A. officials become suspicious of the corporation, their motives, and the mysterious vaccine. Secret Agent Francis Rixon is commissioned to infiltrate the A.X. headquarters and discover the truth.

“Exodus from the Earth is a next generation title that will create an exhilarating alternative in the first person shooter genre,” said Emanuel Wall, Business Development Manager, Strategy First. “We are extremely excited to bring this title to gamers world wide.”

Exodus from Earth is an action-packed shooter based on the advanced Riposte game engine, provided by Tools Media Corporation. Riposte uses modern processors and video accelerators to produce realistic and enriched game environments.

Players will be kept guessing until the final step with an intriguing and unpredictable storyline, battles and exploration through high-poly, epic locations on two planets. The powerful arsenal offers multiple, unique attacks for each weapon to be put to full use in the dynamic gun-toting gameplay that transports players from the road to the sky.

For more information on Exodus from the Earth, please visit:
http://www.strategyfirst.com/en/games/Exodus/

Playlogic acquires WorldShift

April 29, 2008 · Filed Under News, Strategy · 1 Comment 

New revolutionary RTS set to be in stores, starting Q2 2008

• Publisher: Playlogic International
• Developer: Black Sea Studios

oday, Playlogic Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq OTC: PLGC.OB), an independent worldwide publisher of entertainment software, announced that it has acquired the right to publish the Real Time Strategy game WorldShift for PC from the German Publisher Black Inc – a label of RTL Games. Playlogic will release WorldShift starting Q2 2008.

About WorldShift:

A DARK FUTURE LIES AHEAD
In the 21st century, earth has been hit by a mysterious huge dark object called ‘Shard Zero’. It released a plague that disrupted the very nature of space and life. WorldShift is set thousands of years later, when our civilization is no more than a fading myth. The remnants of Human civilisation developed a new culture and now live in 5 mega-cities, struggling every day for the precious resources they need to survive. The rest of Earth is populated by the Tribes, successors of early humans that were affected by the Plague.

A NEW TAKE ON STRATEGY
WorldShift is a next-gen cyber-fantasy RTS game designed to be immersive and intuitive. It offers fierce encounters all around the Earth and a fascinating story uncovering ancient secrets about the true nature of the Shard and the Plague. But also, WorldShift introduces many features new to the genre, like modifiable factions, unique cooperative multiplayer gameplay, and more.

ITEMS, RELICS AND THE ABILITY GRID
In WorldShift, there are no technology trees featuring hundreds of upgrades; instead, WorldShift allows the players to discover and acquire a vast number of items and powerful relics that they can use to freely change their gameplay and preferred tactics and to surprise their foes. The players will gather items as they fight their opponents and as rewards for completing missions. But to discover the most powerful relics, they must form teams with their most trusted friends and embark on deadly missions where it is difficult to survive and where the real challenges await.

GAME FEATURES
• Immersive single player campaign
• Fast and furious multiplayer modes
• Thousands of items and powerful relics to collect
• Use items and relics to build your own tactics
• The best cooperative, player-vs-environment gameplay ever made in RTS game
• Random maps for infinite exploration
• Unique blend of post apocalyptic setting, hi-tech and primitive
• Epic, dangerous missions with great rewards
• 3 playable races

WorldShift

Pierre Thiercelin, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Playlogic: “We are very pleased with this deal as WorldShift is a fantastic game that incorporates new features and gameplay elements that have not been seen before in an RTS. We have much confidence in this title and are proud to have it in our portfolio.”

Holger Strecker, Managing Director RTL Games: “WorldShift is this year’s first and most important product for our Black Inc label, and it has been designed to appeal to an International market. With Playlogic, we are confident to have found a partner that shares our vision, and who will tap into their sales and marketing expertise to make WorldShift an International success. ”

For more info about WorldShift please visit the official website:
http://www.worldshift-game.com/

Stalin vs Martians

April 29, 2008 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Black Wing Foundation, Dreamlore and N-Game announce a joint project Stalin vs. Martians, probably the most bizzare gaming experience of year 2008.

The title of the game alone is a piece of art, and the playability doesn’t even matter here. The very concept is just enough. It makes your brain explode. Surprisingly though, we have more than that to offer.

Stalin vs. Martians is also a good real-time strategy. Fast, simple, intuitive and incredibly fun. Trashy and absolutely over-the-top, arthouse kitsch production in its finest. With a good technical basis and some healthy gameplay innovations. A natural choice for anyone bored of hundreds and hundreds of identical “World War II strategies”. And a perfect choice for anyone who just hates the strategy genre.

Check the details at the game’s official website http://www.dreamloregames.com/stalin/

The game is story-driven and here’s the plot in a nutshell:
Year 1942. Summer. The martians suddenly drop off somewhere in Siberia and attack the glorious people of Holy Mother Russia. The situation is a total mess, so comrade Stalin takes the anti-ET military operation under his personal control. The operation is top secret and practically nobody knows about the fact of extraterrestial intervention. You take control of the Red Army troops and start kicking the alien butts under the wise Stalin’s guidance.

The release of Stalin vs. Martians is expected by the end of this year.

Black Wing Foundation (http://www.bwf-game.com/)
Dreamlore (http://www.dreamloregames.com/)
N-Game Studios (http://www.ngsdev.com/)

stalin vs martians

Socrates challenges your knowledge of Rome

April 26, 2008 · Filed Under News, Strategy · 2 Comments 

Paradox Interactive launches historical Quiz

Auspicious citizens of Rome you are called to the breach once more! The great philosopher Socrates challenges you to pit your wits against his.

Is there anyone intelligent enough to take on this devilishly tricky quiz?!?

Fifteen questions on the history of Rome await those who dare take up the challenge. What title will you be granted – Guru, Buff, Wannabe or Degenerate?

To try your luck, click here.

May the gods grant you fortune!

Read more about Europa Universalis Rome

Release: April 2008
Suggested retail price: 49.99 USD/ 39.99 EUR
For press inquiries, please contact pr@paradoxplaza.com

NCsoft Announces New Lineage II Expansion

April 26, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

New content for epic game launches with the incentive-packed Limited Collector’s Edition

NCsoft® Europe (http://eu.plaync.com/eu/) today announced the release of Hellbound™, the newest addition to the Lineage® II (http://www.discoverlineage2.com) franchise, in conjunction with its Limited Collector’s Edition retail package. Continuing the storyline and content in December’s popular expansion Kamael, Hellbound increases the game’s level capacity to 85, and adds significant quests and skills. Players finally get the chance to best the diabolical boss Beleth, fighting their way through multiple towers in the Steel Citadel. Enhancements to the pet system enable players to grow their wolf pet into a mount called a Fenrir. Additionally, this update adds more transformation options, where players earn the ability to temporarily transform into a powerful alter-ego with special skills that will aid them in their ventures into Hellbound.

The Lineage II Limited Collector’s Edition provides players with a whole host of exclusive extras. Featuring the most up to date game client, the Limited Edition includes three exclusive in-game items, discount tokens for server features, a stunning 148 page ‘The Art of Lineage II’ art book, the official soundtrack CD, two exclusive A2 posters and the official Lineage II world map. To complete the pack, each set also includes a highly detailed poly-resin Kamael character figurine.

Lineage II is known as the gaming market’s premier player-versus-player (PvP) online role-playing game, with a customer reach of more than 19 million players worldwide.

“The content in our Hellbound expansion really rounds out what we started in Kamael,” said Tim Tan, NCsoft’s North American producer of Lineage II. “The expansion was very popular with our players and we’re happy to follow up with more content, so soon after its launch. Players can really sink their teeth into the Hellbound area of the game, and the raised level cap gives them a fighting chance against Beleth!”

The Lineage II Limited Collector’s Edition will be available from major retailers at a recommended retail price of £54.99 / €79.99. The standard edition box of Lineage II is available at a recommended retail price of £14.99 / €19.99 and at the PlayNC® store (http://eu.plaync.com/eu/store/). Monthly subscription fee to the game is £8.99 / €12.99. The game is rated 12+ by PEGI (http://www.pegi.info).

 Lineage II Expansion

Darkness Springs Released

April 25, 2008 · Filed Under News, RPG · 2 Comments 

Large scale RPG playable directly in the web browser released today

Ambiera is pleased to annouce the release of ‘Darkness Springs’, the first large-scale flash based role playing game which is playable directly in the web browser.

Darkness Springs is free to play from every PC which is connected to the Internet, without download or installation. It offers more than 60 maps to explore, dozens of quests to solve, more than 2000 items including magic and unique ones, 8 trainable skills, 4 trainable attributes, 30 magic spells and a lot more.

“We are very pleased with the success of the Open Beta program of the game which has ended some days before,” said Nikolaus Gebhardt, CTO of Ambiera.
“The feedback of the beta testers has been overwhelming so far, and we think we improved the gameplay even more now that we made the final release.
Hardcore as well as casual role playing gamers can expect a very exciting piece of gamplay now.”

Visit www.darkness-springs.eu to play the game directly in your web browser.

Details about the game: http://www.darkness-springs.eu/about.html
Screenshots: http://www.darkness-springs.eu/screenshots.html
Artwork: http://www.darkness-springs.eu/links.html

THE SIMS 2 DOUBLE DELUXE And THE SIMS 2 KITCHEN And BATH INTERIOR DESIGN STUFF Aavailable On Store Shelves

April 23, 2008 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · 2 Comments 

Join The Sims Phenomenon with The Sims 2 Double Deluxe and Redesign Your Sims Homes with The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that The Sims™ 2 Double Deluxe and The Sims™ 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff are available on store shelves across North America and Europe.

“The Sims 2 Double Deluxe is the perfect box set of games to welcome players into the entertaining world of The Sims. From disco-hopping in The Sims 2 Nightlife to party planning in The Sims 2 Celebration! Stuff, The Sims 2 Double Deluxe is not only a great value, but it gives players a taste of how diverse, unique, and fun The Sims can be,” said Rod Humble, Head of The Sims Studio. “For those who want to unleash the interior designer within, The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff gives players all the items they need to create the kitchens and bathrooms of their dreams. The Sims has something for everyone on retail shelves today!”

The Sims 2 Double Deluxe is the perfect way to get introduced to The Sims — the unique video game franchise turned global phenomenon that has sold more than 100 million copies to date. New fans will enjoy the fun and creativity of The Sims 2 in The Sims 2 Double Deluxe by building houses, forming neighborhoods – even creating unique Sims characters! Will your Sims experience the rewards of a life well lived? Or will you choose to neglect their needs, indulge their fears, and see what happens? As your Sims’ family grows, you’ll see them pass on genes from one generation to the next, creating the ultimate family dynasty!

For the value price of $29.99 USD, The Sims 2 Double Deluxe also contains The Sims 2 Nightlife Expansion Pack, The Sims 2 Celebration! Stuff Pack and a bonus DVD. Whether your Sims are hitting downtown hotspots for an epic night out in The Sims 2 Nightlife, or planning the social event of the season in The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff, these additions are sure to layer hours of endless entertainment into your gameplay experience!

Also available today is The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff – the latest Stuff Pack in The Sims 2 series that gives new players and old fans all the items they need to unleash their inner interior designer. Want to transform that boring bathroom into a romantic getaway, complete with a charming bathtub, calming lighting fixtures and beautiful basin sinks? Eager to build the kitchen of your dreams, filled with sleek appliances on granite countertops or romantic natural wood cabinets next to wrought iron stoves? With a contemporary flair or romantic touch, The Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff can help design the kitchens and baths of your dreams with a variety of new furniture, décor, and outfits for your Sims!


About The Sims

The Sims franchise celebrates an impressive 100 million units sold life-to-date since its inception with The Sims launch in February 2000. Translated into 22 different languages, The Sims franchise has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. For the latest information about The Sims franchise, please visit http://www.thesims.com. To check out the hottest The Sims 2 creations made by our community members, please visit http://www.thesims2.com.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Goes Gold

April 23, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

The Most Savage, Sexy and Brutal MMO Ever Created Hits The Store Shelves Soon

After four years of development co-publishers Funcom and Eidos are proud to announce that Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has gone gold. One of the most highly anticipated MMO games in history is about to hit the store shelves, and the gates to the world of the mighty barbarian will soon be open to the millions of gamers around the world.

“Even though it feels like this great adventure is coming to an end, it’s really not at all. The launch is just the beginning” says Game Director/Producer Gaute Godager. “I believe we have created a game that will stand the test of time by its own accord, but we are already busy planning future features and expansions. We want to continue expanding Conan’s world for many years to come, and we have great ideas on what to do!”

After years of development and testing Age of Conan is now finally ready for prime time! To prepare for launch, tens of thousands of players have tested the Beta, enabling Funcom to polish the game prior to going live. While the game gets closer to release the anticipation for the title is also building steadily. Just last week 475.000 unique visitors went to the official Age of Conan websites, and the pre-order numbers in some important retail chains track as among the highest for any MMO launched.

“Age of Conan has been in development for a long time, as with all MMOs, but we have spent that time well and ended up with a game we are incredibly proud of,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. “Creating a game of such epic proportions is an ambitious and challenging task, but we believe we have truly succeeded in realizing the vision of the game. We simply can’t wait to let the players in and let them experience the amazing adventures we have created.

Age of Conan is consistently mentioned as one of the most anticipated PC games in development. At launch the game will have received more than thirty covers on high-profile gaming magazines across the globe and more than fifteen major awards, including numerous “Best MMO of E3” awards and the official “Best Online Game” award at the Games Convention 2007. Age of Conan is a key title in Microsoft’s Games for Windows line-up, and a showcase title for nVidia. Age of Conan launches 20th of May in North America / Oceania and 23rd of May in Europe

For more information or to pre-order Age of Conan – either in English, German, French or Spanish – visit the official website at www.ageofconan.com where you also can access the respective community websites.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

Aurora: The Secret Within For North American Release

April 23, 2008 · Filed Under Adventure, News · Comment 

Video games publishers Lexicon Entertainment and Tri Synergy are pleased to announce the publishing of Aurora: The Secret Within for North American release.

Aurora: The Secret Within is a classic point and click adventure developed by talented Italian developer BluMail Studios and was hugely successful in Europe and Asia and published by Lexicon Entertainment.

Chris Allcroft, President of Publishing for Lexicon Entertainment quoted “This is a great opportunity for North American consumers to get the chance to play this classic point and click adventure and we are delighted that Tri Synergy has taken the opportunity to publish ‘Aurora: The Secret Within’

Story:
Roswell 1950, and a sensational rumour from the US Army has surfaced. A flying saucer has crashed near Roswell.
While this unbelievable event is broadcasting, the detective Pileggi falls into a mysterious case about the vanishing of a local farmer. During the investigation, he will discover that his reality has always been an illusion.
The Pentagon has been leading people to believe that Area 51 has been hiding projects about supersonic airplanes or alien technologies. The truth however is that the base was developed for a secret project called Aurora.
A secret project developed for time travel…….
Features Include:
• 40 noir’s placing within New Mexico
• 3D rooms exploration
• Original soundtrack and audio effects
• 3D interactive animated characters
• Logical, mathematical riddles and puzzles that gradually get harder
• Multiple choices dialogues, influencing the story
• 3D cut scene movies
• Multiple endings

www.lexiconentertainment.com

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