Seven Lights Launches The Continuum, An Original Online Collectible War Game

June 30, 2008 · Filed Under News · 1 Comment 

Today the premier online collectible war game, The Continuum (www.thecontinuum.com <http://www.thecontinuum.com> ), was launched by Seven Lights, LLC. This original flash-based game blends the best elements of strategy gaming, collectible gaming, RPGs and digital goods into a distinctive game universe, where players’ actions affect a gripping narrative.

The Continuum’s gameplay is built around the game’s ever-expanding universe of dynamic digital characters from distinct game realities that do battle with each other in head-to-head online match-ups. Players of the game develop armies through battles, equipment discovery, and upgrades. Their characters and abilities are built through victory, trade, and purchase. For those players who sign up between June 25th and July 9th, 2008, they will get the exciting opportunity to purchase a special, one-time-only Launch Character Pack that will give them the advantage of additional characters to build their armies and powers.

The Characters of The Continuum each have their own unique attributes and abilities, and range in rarity from common to rare to legendary to one-of-a-kind. The characters are constantly developing through The Continuum’s RPG game elements, as the game allows players to use experience points for alterations, such as increasing and adding new characteristics and abilities. All customized in-game characters, not just the heroes, develop in a number of different ways to continually change the combat landscape and keep the game exciting and fresh every time it’s played. Plus, unlike other RPGs, players’ developed characters retain their built-up RPG statistics from game to game and version to version.

The game is free to start and download, and players will be given a number of starter characters. The Continuum, which can be played for ten minutes or for hours, features a level playing field, where players can have an even match regardless of how much they have invested in their characters either financially and/or with their time. Players will also be able to buy additional character packs or character subscriptions to add to their arsenal.

More than 25,000 gamers have pre-registered to play the beta version of The Continuum. This game is playable on all the major browsers and is not platform dependent. The browser-based format allows Seven Lights to constantly add new content (characters, events, abilities, etc…) in an almost real-time basis.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky – New Details Revealed

June 28, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky:Welcome back to the Zone!

GSC Game World and Deep Silver release new details about the prequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was one of the best-selling first-person shooters of 2007. In late August 2008, the Ukrainian developers from GSC Game World and the publisher Deep Silver will invite gamers to join them on a new foray into the nuclear zone: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky is set one year before the events of part 1 – at a time when the Zone is changed forever by a huge anomalous eruption of energy.

War of factions
In S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky, the player assumes the role of Scar, a mercenary s.t.a.l.k.e.r. In a unique mixture of first-person shooter and complex role- playing game, Scar fights for survival within the Zone and its hostile sectors. The new Zone territories are explored by s.t.a.l.k.e.r.s scattered in groups – and these individual factions soon engage in relentless battle. As a mercenary, Scar quickly finds himself in the middle of a war of factions over territory, artifacts, and power. It is up to the player to find out on whose side Scar has the greatest chance of prevailing.

Clever adversaries, luscious graphics
Just like its predecessor, Clear Sky perfectly captures the sinister atmosphere within the death Zone. DirectX 10 support enables spectacular graphics, including dynamic transitions between day and night with absolutely realistic light effects, as well as very detailed landscapes and lifelike animations. At the same time, the developers saw to it that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky also works with DirectX 8 and DirectX 9.

Special attention was given to realistic, independent thinking and actions of the NPCs. The artificial intelligence from the predecessor game was strongly improved, so that foes and allies now make their own situation-based decisions that impact the further course of the game. For instance, the outcome of battles is not predetermined. Only in the last few levels is the player guided towards a given end of the story, which leads to the events described in Shadow of Chernobyl.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Key features
• Unique mix of action-laden first-person shooter and complex role-playing game
• Gigantic scope: many new levels are available, plus some completely overhauled levels from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl and many side quests with motivating rewards
• Realistic simulation of the extensive S.T.A.L.K.E.R. world: enemy factions fight each other, mutants hunt of their own accord.
• Intermediate movie-quality cut scenes complement the thrilling back-story leading up to the events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
• Numerous new in game features, such as fast travel, or extensive modification and repairing armor and weapons
• Greatly improved artificial intelligence
• Complete DirectX 10 support for state-of- the-art graphic effects (God rays, soft particles, SSAO, dynamic volumetric smoke, dynamically wetting surface (rain effect) etc.)
• Dynamic transitions between day and night with realistic weather effects
• Detailed graphics, including an all-new animation engine
• Hugely expanded multiplayer part with many varied game modes and up to 32 players online or over LAN.

Deep Silver and video gamers who enjoy and share a passion for thrilling gameplay in modern game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver products are designed to equally appeal to professionals and beginners, children and adults. Deep Silver has published around 40 games since 2003, including the most successful adventure of 2006, Secret Files: Tunguska, the bestseller ANNO 1701 (co-published with Sunflowers), the challenging CrossworDS knowledge puzzle game, the horse simulation Horse Life DS, and the soccer MMO World of Soccer Online. Current developments include Warhammer® – Battle MarchTM (in cooperation with Namco Bandai), the action role-playing game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (in cooperation with Ascaron), S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, the sinister Chernobyl shooter for PC, and the new game from the Piranha Bytes team. Deep Silver’s own developing studio Deep Silver Vienna opened in 2007. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and movies on DVD). The company’s own sales activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe, and it has formed strategic alliances with numerous software and games manufacturers: Ascaron, Braingame, D3P, G-Data, Gamelife, Kaspersky Lab, Lexware, Namco Bandai, Pinnacle, Square Enix, Sony Online Entertainment, System3, etc. Headquartered in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns publishing and distribution branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the USA. www.kochmedia.com
Website: http://www.deepsilver.net/welcome.htm

Cabal Online

June 28, 2008 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Hypernia Hosting Corp®, the leader in online hosting services and solutions for the interactive entertainment industry, is pleased to announce their role as global online partner to U.K.-based game publisher GamesMasters.com LTD for the successful MMO game, Cabal Online.

Known for providing tier-1 bandwidth for CDN, gaming and media streaming, Hypernia was carefully selected by GamesMasters.com LTD as their official international online partner based on Hypernia’s lengthy and successful history in the online games space. Hypernia’s large volumes of equipment, bandwidth and facilities around the world enable game players to enjoy a robust multi-player experience.

GamesMasters.com publishes high quality games for the European online games market. GamesMasters.com is best known for their successful MMO title, Cabal Online, an RPG game product with 90,000 users, with a recent acceleration in subscribers to an additional 10,000 players per week. This rapid rate of increase in players, plus a high level of customer service, ensures that the game remains one of the best free-to-play games on the market.

GamesMasters.com took advantage of Hypernia’s on-demand utility hosting model which provided flexibility and cost savings, enabling the company to undergo significant service improvements in recent months. These included the addition of updated payment methods, the release of several large patches which has vastly increased the content of the game Cabal Online, a host of new features including new hunting grounds (the Chaos Arena), new rewards for Player vs Player action (players can now gain EXP from PvP) and several important bug fixes. As a direct result of their hosting partnership with Hypernia, these upgrades have produced positive results and Cabal Online is now one of the largest games in Europe.

Specifically, Hypernia provided multi-gigabit feeds as GamesMasters.com increased their player base. This functionality guaranteed an excellent Internet connection for players, no matter how many extra users were online simultaneously. To accommodate for game world growth, Hypernia also provided GamesMasters.com with new servers during different periods, while also providing an inexpensive CDN solution to keep the GamesMasters.com patches and downloads affordable for all the new users.

By allowing GamesMasters.com to host their own files, Hypernia helped keep users on the Cabal Online web site, instead of impacting the site’s “stickiness” by driving players to third parties for file down-loading. Hypernia also provided full 24-hour customer support, a crucial feature since more than fifty percent of the Cabal Online players are based in Europe.

James Vallord-Costa, CEO and co-founder of Hypernia, notes, “GamesMasters.com cut their costs for bandwidth considerably after joining us. With the ‘flex computing’ capability of our on-demand utility hosting model, they were able to add new expansions and games without the added risk. Most companies would not be able to experiment with a new expansion or game, but we made it easy for them.”

GamesMasters.com LTD company director Thorsten Schauer offers, “GamesMasters.com believes that game play should be easy and convenient for all MMORPG game players. With that in mind, Cabal Online was designed for new users and other MMORPG users who will be able to easily adapt to our game system. Cabal Online does not require long periods of game play. Hypernia’s role as our global hosting partner has been instrumental to our marketplace achievements with this game play plan for our customers.”

Unlock A Forbidden Past In Nocturnal Sonata

June 27, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Adventure awaits in Sword of the New World’s newest expansion.

K2 Network (www.k2network.net), one of today’s most popular free-to-play online game publishers and social portals for gaming enthusiasts, announces that Nocturnal Sonata, the newest expansion for Sword of the New World is now available.

The update introduces the land of Caebolan (pronounced SAY-boh-lan) once a beautiful region rumored to be a holy land hiding the path to the city of El Dorado. After a huge explosion, Caebolan is now a barren wasteland littered with relics and remnants of a lost and ancient civilization. The entrance to this new land is blocked by a powerful titan that must be conquered in a massive world event; multiple clans working together is the only way to unlock Caebolan.

Along with this new region, the expansion will unveil four new UPCs (Unique Player Characters have the ability to join your family as a playable character after you’ve earned their respect): Vincent Rio, a master of music where his powerful songs can harm foes and heal allies; Baek Ho, a spy from the far reaches of the East that has been trained in a Martial Arts style not seen in the west; Calypso, a royal guard and dangerous vixen with the crossbow; and Claire, daughter of the local blacksmith, she may look petite, but can handle combat with the best of them and has the ability to summon monsters.

Nocturnal Sonata also debuts new weapons, armors, and accessories that will be needed to defeat the titan and take on the abominations of the cursed Caebolan. New events like the Royal Rumble (where clans fight against clans and Raid Bosses) have been added, while pre-expansion events like Andre’s UFC (where players are pitted against each other in a struggle for complete domination) are expanded to allow lower level players.

“The key to maintaining Sword of the New World is offering innovative content for existing players, while making things fun and easy for new players” says Associate Producer, Jon-Enée Merriex. “We’re doing that with Nocturnal Sonata, as Sword of the New World evolves, we’ll continue to deliver a game that is as fun as it is deep.”

Sword of the New World is an action-packed tactical fantasy MMORPG set in a world of colonial exploration inspired by Europe’s exploration of America. Delve into a visually stunning world, join or create a clan, claim colonies and choose a side in a political struggle. Players even have the ability to become the representative of one of the political parties that are constantly vying for power. Sword of the New World offers exploration and discovery in a world of political conflict and danger. Control up to three characters at once, each with their own statistics, skills, and levels. Fight alongside your clan mates for control of the many colonies that lay unclaimed in the New World. The more colonies your clan controls, the more power you wield.

Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches

June 27, 2008 · Filed Under Adventure, News · Comment 

Legends, myths, and magic spill into reality as an ancient battle for revenge envelopes a remote Welsh farmstead in this horror-adventure for the PC

Got Game Entertainment LLC today announced a North American publishing deal for “Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches” (PC). Created by Arberth Studios of West Wales, “Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches” promises an authentic first-person, point-and-click adventure brimming with Celtic atmosphere. This spine-tingling story of the haunting of a lonely, teenage girl blends magic with technology, fact with myth, and horror with compassion. The game, scheduled for release October 2008 with a suggested retail of $29.99 (USD), is a feast for lovers of ghost stories, mysteries, legends, and puzzles. “Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches” is not yet rated by the ESRB.

“Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches”, based on the classic Welsh “Four Branches” legends, is set in a mystical place on the Celtic fringes of Britain, a place where myth and magic spill into reality, threatening the sanity of a teenage girl and bringing an ancient battle for revenge to a remote Welsh farmstead. Are reports of unexplained noises and strange visions by fifteen year old Rhiannon Sullivan merely the figments of an overactive imagination? Or does the history of her family’s new home, Ty Pryderi, hold a terrible connection to a timeless struggle between man and magic? Her parents take Rhiannon away, leaving Ty Pryderi to your watch and exploration, but their absence can only postpone an ancient inevitability of revenge and death.

Unless you can stop it!

“Thanks to committed publishers such as Got Game Entertainment, the adventure genre is back and better than ever,” said Arberth Studio’s Noel Bruton. “We created ‘Rhiannon’ for every adventure fan who loves a haunting story, mystical atmosphere, and brain-teasing puzzles.”

The game’s official website will launch this summer. For more information now, visit http://Rhiannon.GotGameEntertainment.com.

Euroleague Basketball Manager

June 27, 2008 · Filed Under News, Online, Sport · Comment 

Euroleague Basketball Manager is the Euroleague’s official basketball management game, featuring teams from the top 36 leagues across Europe.

Developed by U-Play Studios, Euroleague Basketball Manager is the ultimate basketball management game providing players with the possibility to fine-tune and manage their own team.

Read more about the game on GamersGate: http://www.gamersgate.com/index.php?page=product&what=view&sku=DD-EBM

Luol Deng Named UK Cover Athlete Of EA Sports NBA LIVE 09

June 26, 2008 · Filed Under Consoles, News, Sport · Comment 

NBA’s Biggest International Stars Grace Covers in Italy, Spain and UK – Tony Parker Named Global Cover Athlete

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Chicago Bulls forward, Luol Deng, will be the cover athlete and spokesman for NBA LIVE 09 in the UK. Deng, raised in the UK from 1993, has played in the NBA for three years and is a vital part of the Great Britain national team. This is the first time the UK has worked with a local athlete and highlights the continued growth of the NBA in Europe.

“I’m proud to be the first British athlete chosen to appear on the NBA Live cover in the UK” said Luol Deng. “It’s an honour to be recognized by EA SPORTS as a UK ambassador for NBA Live 09 and I’m looking forward to playing for the Great Britain National team.”

Deng is joined by some of the NBA’s biggest international stars on packaging around the world, including Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol (Spain) and Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani (Italy).

Additionally San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will be the cover athlete and spokesman for NBA LIVE 09 globally. In his seven NBA seasons, the 26 year old is a two-time NBA All-Star, has three NBA championships and was named the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. Parker will be the first European born (France) global cover athlete of NBA LIVE. Off the court, Parker is an avid gamer and won an NBA LIVE 08 tournament against fellow NBA stars at the EA SPORTS All-Star Challenge last February in New Orleans.

Player Territory Team
Tony Parker Worldwide San Antonio Spurs
Andrea Bargnani Italy Toronto Raptors
Pau Gasol Spain LA Lakers
Luol Deng UK Chicago Bulls

NBA LIVE 09 is back with new features like Pick and Roll Control, Defensive Lockdown Control, Signature Playcalling and Quickstrike Ankle-Breakers that will make the NBA LIVE experience fun from beginning to end. For those in need of some extra coaching, NBA LIVE 09 takes you to training camp with the NBA Academy that gives you a chance to hone your skills.

Now featuring 24 authentic FIBA teams with realistic team play styles and rosters, NBA LIVE 09 features a FIBA World Championship Mode using FIBA tournament structure, rules and court dimensions. Take your game online with 5 vs.5 team play, where 10 people can play together on 10 different consoles around the world.

NBA LIVE 09 will be available for the Xbox 360™, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii™, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable). The game will be in stores on October 7 in North America, and on October 14 worldwide. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI; visit www.esrb.org or www.pegi.info for updated rating information. For more information, log onto www.easports.com/nbalive09. Media can find screenshots of the game at http://info.ea.com.

Fallen Empire: Legions

June 26, 2008 · Filed Under Beta, News · Comment 

InstantAction, the revolutionary web site for gamers that combines the intensity of full-price videogames with the accessibility of the web, today unveiled the public beta for its most anticipated title to date. Fallen Empire: Legions, a frenetic multiplayer FPS, is now open to all for an intensive testing period and is available to play simply by signing up at: www.instantaction.com.

“Launching ‘Fallen Empire: Legions’ is a huge milestone for the company,” said Josh Williams, CEO of GarageGames. “Not only have we proven that technically the game can exist in a browser, but we are delivering on our promise to gamers of fun, 3D action games nearly any place they can get on the Internet.”

Developed internally by GarageGames, Fallen Empire: Legions harks back to squad-based multiplayer FPS classics to create its accessible and captivating gameplay. Working in squads or alone, players can currently choose from six character configurations – gunner, sniper, sniper specialist, rocket specialist, grenade specialist and chaingun specialist. Initially, the game will feature two large maps to support the public beta’s Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes, with more content due over the coming months.

“For the last three months, we have had more than four thousand gamers testing Fallen Empires,” said Joe Maruschak, General Manager of GarageGames Studios. “Now it is time for us to open it up to the rest of the world and get their feedback. We will be very excited to see players joining the vibrant community that already exists around the game.”

Fallen Empire: Legions takes advantage of InstantAction’s approach of “Live Development,” where game features and options are built and tweaked based on consumer feedback, both active in the form of direct feedback and passively through in-game statistics and metrics. Players can visit the forums and participate at: http://forum.beta.instantaction.com/smf/index.php/board,22.0.html

For more information, please visit www.InstantAction.com.

Hotel Giant 2

June 25, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

“Hotel Giant”TM is a huge success since 2002, with more than 1 million units sold all over the world! 6 years after the launch of the first edition, Hotel GiantTM is still among the top 10 sales of several countries (France, Spain, United Kingdom…)!!!

Be the first to discover the 5-star series!

Enter the challenging tourism industry and test your skills by building, designing and managing the luxurious hotels in the world! As guests go about their lives, follow their behaviour, moods, activities, and find out exactly what they like and dislike about your hospitality.

WATCH THEM LIVE WHENEVER YOU WANT!

“We have received a lot of positive feedback since the release of the original Hotel Giant. The feedback has been very helpful to us in designing Hotel Giant 2 to meet the fans’ expectations. Hotel Giant 2 has improvements in every aspect of the game and offers a great deal of new content and features. It is a sequel that is well worth waiting for” Declares Trevor Chan – CEO of Enlight Software Ltd.

About the game
Genre: Management / Lifesim
Platform: PC
Publisher: Nobilis
Developer: Enlight Software / www.enlight.com
Release date: Q4 2008

Theatre of War – Free Strategy Guide Available for Download

June 25, 2008 · Filed Under Guides, News · Comment 

As a follow-up to the recent release of their WWII battlefield simulation, Theatre of War, cdv Software Entertainment USA has released a free strategy guide to assist players. This new guide, downloadable at the links below, walks players through tactics such as the best methods of setting up units before battle, concentrating fire and much more. For more information about the game, please visit http://www.cdvus.com.

Download the strategy guide (in Word and PDF formats) –

http://cdv.gamespress.com/product.asp?s=48

http://www.cdvus.com

Purchase and download Theatre of War from:

http://www.direct2drive.com/6120/product/Buy-Theatre-of-War-Download

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.

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