Apple fans prepare for war with Mac Version of WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING

July 31, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Beta Version of Warhammer Online for Mac Available Now for Download to Current Players, 10-Day Beta Trial for New Mac Users

Mythic Entertainment™, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, announced that the critically acclaimed MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR), is being developed for the Mac® computer platform and is currently being offered in beta version. The Mac version of WAR is scheduled for official release in the fall of 2009, when players on both platforms will be able to battle and quest together on the same servers.

The beta of the Mac version of Warhammer Online will allow current players to download a client to their Mac computers and play with their live game accounts. Players who do not have an existing live account, but are interested in playing WAR on the Mac, will be able to participate in the beta version of WAR on Mac by downloading a 10-day beta trial account. As part of the WAR Mac beta event, players who participate will receive an exclusive title and trophy reward for their characters within the game.

“The MMORPG audience continues to expand, and that means gamers eager to experience WAR aren’t all playing on a PC,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. “We want as many players as possible to experience the glory of Realm vs. Realm combat, and bringing WAR to the Mac makes this an exciting reality.”

WAR for the Mac is made possible using the CiderTM Portability Engine from TransGaming (TSX-V: TNG) that acts as a “wrapper” around the game software, enabling it to run seamlessly on Intel-based Macs. TransGaming’s Cider technology allows Mythic Entertainment to rapidly enable and deploy WAR for the Mac, providing a new high quality gaming experience to the ever-growing Mac gaming community.

“The availability of WAR on Mac is an outstanding example of the caliber of games being deployed for the Mac gaming community,” commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming. “Mythic Entertainment has created an incredible game and TransGaming is thrilled they have chosen our advanced Cider technology to launch WAR for the Mac.”

To download the beta version of WAR for Mac or the 10-day beta trial, please visit: www.warhammeronline.com/mac.

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm™ conflict that will provide players with an engaging battleground for years to come. Available now for PC and rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB, WAR will be available for the Mac in the fall of 2009. For more information or to download the 10-day free trial, visit http://www.warhammeronline.com/.

Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning®
Experience the glory of Realm vs. Realm! Declare your allegiance and join hundreds of thousands of mighty heroes on the battlefields of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the new MMORPG from Mythic Entertainment, the creators of Dark Age of Camelot™. Enter a grim fantasy world of perpetual conflict to fight for the Realms of Order (Dwarfs, High Elves, and Empire) or Destruction (Greenskins, Dark Elves, and Chaos). Invade enemy lands, besiege imposing fortresses, and sack sprawling capital cities for the glory of your Realm. Wield devastating magic and deadly weapons, battle monstrous creatures, and join your brothers-in-arms in epic Public Quests™. Climb the Bastion Stair, carry your Guild Banner into battle, and unlock the infinite secrets of the Tome of Knowledge as you travel the world. So sharpen your blade and unleash your inner mutation. The Age of Reckoning has begun and WAR IS EVERYWHERE!

Gates of Andaron Now Open to All Brave Adventurers

July 30, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

New MMOG from Gameforge Available for Download

Gameforge, the world’s leading independent distributor of online games, announced the opening of a new client-based MMOG, Gates of Andaron. Gamers will be introduced to the battle between the kingdoms of Valorian and Derion in the Gates of Andaron. The fantasy game, developed by Korean MMOG developer Zemi Interactive, is available for free to courageous fortune-seekers everywhere at www.gatesofandaron.com.

War has ravaged the kingdoms of Valorian and Derion. Those who were once allies are now hostile enemies. While the origin of the conflict has been lost over time, both kingdoms have created their own versions of the story behind the bloody conflict. The only thing certain is that the key to ending the war between the two kingdoms lies hidden in ancient, almost-forgotten tales and sagas. The quest to reveal the truth and end the everlasting struggle is a task for only the bravest of adventurers.

Whether playing as a human, feline or fairy, as an ally to one of the warring kingdoms you will face deadly challenges that can only be surmounted through the might of sword and power of magic. Not only will your journey take you through the world of modern Iberia, but it will transport you to distant lands deep in the depths of Andaron’s history. In Gates of Andaron, terrifying monsters and epic battles await as you rise above the betrayal and become a hero for all eternity.

Gates of Andaron features:

R.S.C.S. – Real-time Strategic Command System: For fast-paced combat situations, the Real-time Strategic Command System helps you keep an overview, stay in control, and lead your combatants into battle quickly and conveniently.
Motivating PvP Scoring System: While conquering terrain and completing special missions in grueling player versus player (PvP) battles, earn valuable honor and achievement points that enable you to purchase additional, exclusive items for your character.
Expansive Customization Options: The crafting system allows you to create your own armor. With the help of skilled NPC’s and special items, you are able to add improvements and visual effects to your weapons and equipment and prepare helpful potions.
Cooperative Gameplay: Having another player by your side not only provides camaraderie, but allows you to share life energy and collect experience points together as you progress through challenging battles.

For more information and to play Gates of Andaron, please visit www.gatesofandaron.com.

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth demo available

July 30, 2009 · Filed Under Demo, News · Comment 

Aspyr Media and the leading Eastern and Central European publisher 1C Company release the demo for Death to Spies: Moment of Truth, the sequel to the popular stealth-action title Death to Spies.

The game’s main character is Semion Strogov, Captain of the 4th department of the Soviet counterintelligence service called SMERSH. SMERSH literally means in Russian Death to Spies, which was the name for a set of counterintelligence departments in the Soviet Army formed during World War II. Strogov is back from his previous missions and must now participate in a series of even more complicated and exciting military operations under the code name Death to Spies: Moment of Truth.

The demo features a single level from the game called “Polish Surprise.” In this level the player infiltrates a Nazi castle to destroy a weapons cache and intercept a radio transmission of top-secret intelligence.

The demo is available at http://files.aspyr.com/support/DTS_Demo_Installer.zip and Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is scheduled for release later this summer. Please find more details about the game at http://www.1cpublishing.eu/game/death-to-spies-moment-of-truth.

Joymax launches Clean Campaign to combat Illegal Bots in Silkroad Online

July 29, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

New Policies and Restrictions Ban Usage of Illegal Programs in Leading Free-to-Play MMORPG

Joymax announced the launch of the “Clean Campaign” in fantasy MMORPG Silkroad Online. Through a brand new internet robot (aka “bot”) detecting system, Joymax will identify and restrict all Silkroad Online accounts associated with illegal automatic hunting programs. The campaign is designed to alleviate server congestion and enable players to enter the game with greater ease.

“We strive to provide a high-quality gaming experience for Silkroad Online players,” said Jina Song, General Manager at Joymax. “Through this campaign, we will be addressing the technical challenges posed by bots, and improving the performance of the servers for our community.”
During the “Clean Campaign” Joymax will host several community events that engage players in Silkroad Online. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming community events.

To learn more about the “Clean Campaign” for Silkroad Online, visit the official website at www.joymax.com/silkroad.

Silkroad Online
Silkroad Online is a massively multiplayer online RPG that puts the player deep into historical fantasy, joining the Chinese and European civilizations along the Silk Road trade route. Traveling across Jangan, from China to Constantinople, players can make their fortunes as merchants, prey on the rich as thieves, or be protection-for-hire as hunters. The most recent expansion, Legend III Roc Mountain, added new territory, quests, weapons, and an increased level cap for adventurers. With over 18 million registered users and 170,000 concurrent players worldwide, the triangular conflict of Silkroad Online has never been more exciting. More information about Silkroad Online is available at www.joymax.com/silkroad.

Karos Online in Europe

July 28, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

NHN announced that its first release in Europe will be a new, graphically stunning free-to-play fantasy MMORPG called Karos Online.

Karos Online is being developed in Korea by Galaxy Gate, a studio founded by the lead developers of Last Chaos, a title released in 2004 which has since found success in Europe. Karos Online (http://www.karosgame.com) is scheduled for release this autumn.

NHN, which has launched several successful free-to-play titles in Asia through its Hangame portal, is offering this brand new game as its premier European title in order to give EU players the chance to feed in on the game’s development from the pre-launch stages. Karos Online is scheduled to release simultaneously in Europe and Korea and will be available to European players for closed beta testing, so that their feedback can be considered early to help tailor the game to European tastes and play styles. “Our goal with Karos Online is to provide a gaming experience that players across Europe will enjoy for a long time to come,” said Dongmin Lee, Head of Overseas Game Business Development at NHN. “Europe is a new market for NHN, and we are focusing our efforts there on offering this fresh title which we feel has a lot of potential. In addition to a great game, we know that European players expect a high standard of service, and we are committed to delivering that with Karos Online.”

In Karos Online, players take the role of a hero determined to defeat the curse of darkness falling over the world of Asmara, and ascend to ultimate glory by becoming the mythical Karos warrior. Through questing, guild clashes and mass PvP, they enter the fight for domination over the world’s vital energy source, Fletta. Fletta gems provide the basis for the game’s unique and complex alternate progression system; alongside traditional leveling within the game, Fletta energy can be used to increase stats, give buffs, buy resources and enchant items.

With a strong RPG component, wide range of class skills and fantastic visual combat effects, Karos Online offers a rich player experience and an exciting end-game for guilds, including castle sieges and resource control points. There are a variety of dynamic dungeons to explore, with shifting paths and surprises to challenge players as they progress in level. The economy is well-developed, with mining, fishing and crafting elements, and a consignment system for storage and an auction house.

Karos Online offers rare graphical quality for its small client size, and will be accessible to a vast range of computers with minimal requirements. Videos demonstrating graphics and gameplay are now available on the official website at www.karosgame.com, and more features will be revealed as the closed beta test, scheduled to start in mid-August, gets underway.

Karos Online is scheduled to launch in English this autumn, followed by German and Turkish versions. NHN confirms that additional languages are being considered.

Battleforge Expands with the Battleforge Renegade Edition

July 27, 2009 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Players worldwide will be able to have access to 60 more cards to build their army

Phenomic™, an Electronic Arts Inc studio, announced that the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game, BattleForge™, is now expanding with the BattleForge™ Renegade Edition card set beginning August 25th. Players will have access to legendary units and monumental buildings from the Southern Wastes region of Nyn with over 60 additional cards that will be available through “Renegade Booster Packs” in the in-game store.

Two new playable factions will be revealed, the Bandits and Stonekin, along with a host of innovative new legendary creatures. With over 60 new units and buildings being added to the BattleForge card pool, players will now be able to make their army even stronger. BattleForge is also adding dual orb cards and special affinities that will deepen and enrich the strategic possibilities for the players’ decks and combat.

Also this week, the Renegade map campaign continues with the release of Oracle, a new single player PvE scenario. In this new map, Moon provides a prophecy that will guide players to unite the fire tribes. While Moon delivers a terrible performance as an oracle, players need to provide impressive effects. When Blight’s Witch Doctor senses your plot, he interferes and will add some unforeseen challenges to the goal of uniting the fire tribes.

BattleForge is a Play4Free game that combines strategy, fantasy, trading cards and magical spells in a dynamic online environment. Combining the strategic, real-time gameplay of classics such as Command & Conquer™ with a fully enabled, online collectible community, BattleForge pioneers strategy gaming with its online multiplayer design and community features set. The collectible cards in the game are the tools of war — each representing a spell, unit or building that is conjured directly onto the battlefield real time in stunning 3D graphics. BattleForge features single-player scenarios and cooperative scenarios supporting 2-12 players, as well as Player vs. Player (PvP) ranked and unranked duels. With co-op play, chat rooms, and a robust marketplace featuring direct trade, an auction hall and in-game mail, BattleForge is the first RTS to combine the social and community aspects of an MMO with an exciting RTS.

The new BattleForge Renegade Booster Packs are available at the in-game store and can be purchased for 250 BattleForge points or $2.50. To download the Play4Free version of BattleForge, players can visit www.battleforge.com and click Play4Free. Players can also follow the game on Twitter at @battleforge. BattleForge is available exclusively for the PC. There is no subscription fee. Developed at Phenomic Studio, BattleForge has been rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and 12+ for PEGI. For more information about BattleForge, visit www.BattleForge.com.

Online Strategy Game Announces Sale to Help Recession Hit Fans

July 26, 2009 · Filed Under News, Online, Strategy · Comment 

Hail of Bullets Software, Owners of Online Strategy Game; Ferion.com, Announced Today a Price Reduction of Their Arena Keys by 60% During the August Period to Help Recession Hit Fans of the Game.

Ferion owners, Hail of Bullets Software, announce a price reduction of their arena keys by 60% during the August period to help their cash strapped players during the summer holidays.

Each key normally costs 5 Euros and bundles of 10 keys are normally 40 Euros but with a 60% sale over the August period, each key will cost only 2 Euros and bundles just 16 Euros.

“We have seen an increase in returning players and felt that, with the recession biting, now was a good time to help out our loyal fans” said Iain Key, Technical Director at Hail of Bullets Software.

Ferion (http://www.Ferion.com) is a 4X spaced-based free online game running since 1999 that has seen over 371,000 players and has been translated into 11 different languages.

Players take on the role of the leader of a space-faring race that has been transported to an arena of star systems by a malevolent alien race where they must battle it out against hundreds of other players for survival and kudos in a game of deep strategy.

There are usually many arenas running at the same time and players are free to join any arena while it is in the start up phase.

Each arena often lasts approximately a month meaning a bad start in one arena doesn’t harm a player in the long term.

Each arena is completely free to play but players may purchase premium keys that can be used to unlock extended sections of the technology tree and give them an advantage in that arena.


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Dreamland Online Tests the European and American Waters

July 25, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Dreamland Online (http://do.igg.com) is beautifully crafted 3D side-scrolling MMORPG being brought to you by IGG, the gaming developer and developer with more than 8,000,000 registered users.

This game is the latest addition in a string of IGG produced titles that include Galaxy Online and their debut project, GodsWar Online. With Dreamland Online enjoying acclaim for quality and playability during the 3rd Alpha Test of its Chinese Version, the English Version is set to be released in the European and American markets by the end of this year and is expected to do very well.

The game storyline centers on the Courage Source. Dreamland was a peaceful place once, but this fairy tale world was turned upside-down when the Evil Fog brought about a deadly plague. Desperate to save themselves, the people of Dreamland were rewarded for their faith by the appearance of a huge branch of the life tree, known as the Courage Source. The branch pierced the cloud of death and gave the people a special gift: Hero Faith that can endow the brave with power. The people summoned heroes to take up arms and use the power of Hero Faith to defend their homeland from monstrous threats. War had come to Dreamland, but with it came hope.

The main feature of Dreamland Online is its pet system. In Dreamland pets play a central role – they can assist players in fighting monsters and completing quests, but they are also loyal companions on lonely adventures. Also, there is the unique Change Apparel system which enables players to customize their character’s style as they like, from clothes and gear to hairstyles and eye color. In addition, a competitive PVP system makes Dreamland a place that is not as friendly and whimsical as it might first seem.

There is a ton of captivating content available in Dreamland Online, so if you want find out more visit their website (http://do.igg.com) for all the latest game information.

Closed Beta For Highly Anticipated Fighting Online Game Mini Fighter

July 24, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, Fighting, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Thousands of Pre-Registered Players Rush in to Join the Exclusive Beta Test

CJ Internet announced the launch of the Mini Fighter closed beta test and released a new gameplay trailer showcasing in-game battles. In the short week leading up to the launch of the beta, thousands of players pre-registered for beta keys and downloaded the Mini Fighter client. Eager players will now have the opportunity to explore various battle zones – including tag match, free battle and gem catch – and battle opponents in 14 different modes, as well as participate in a variety of community events throughout the closed beta phase.

“Players will have a lot to experience in the first beta test of Mini Fighter,” said Youngjong Jung, President and CEO of CJ Internet. “We’ve been hard at work developing these rich new zones and inaugural events in the game, and it’s exciting to see players enter into the game for the first time and truly engage with the world and its inhabitants.”

During the closed beta phase, players can explore the following new areas in Mini Fighter: battle room, coliseum and single play mode. In addition, players have several play modes to choose from including Survival and Tag Team, and can engage in Village Grapple and Siege Warfare battles with over 200 players at a time.
Additionally, CJ Internet will host two special events during the closed beta. In the first event, called “Achieve Level 25,” players who reach level 25 will receive a colorful character name upgrade that carries over to the full version of the game. In the second event, called “Phoenix Pet Griffith,” players who collect 20 gold carp and visit the Jiang Taigong NPC can exchange the carp for a special addition pet.

To view the new gameplay trailer for Mini Fighter, please click on the following link: http://global.netmarble.com/minifighter/Download/videos.asp

For more information about Mini Fighter and to register for entry into the closed beta, please visit the official Netmarble website at: http://global.netmarble.com/minifighter/

Mini Fighter

Mini Fighter is a frenetic, side-scrolling fighting game that features massively multiplayer online battles of up to 210 combatants. Players can level-up their fighters and compete in a wide variety of modes, from Survival and Tag Team matches to Boss fights and daily Siege Warfare. Take a break from the fisticuffs to compete in a variety of minigames, including the brain-busting Quiz Village. Combining a simple user interface with action-packed gameplay, Mini Fighter is sure to be a blast no matter what kind of MMO player you are!

PES 2010: Master League Evolves

July 23, 2009 · Filed Under Consoles, News, Sim, Simulator, Sport · Comment 

Konami reveals expanded managerial elements, including new fiscal, sponsorship, and youth team elements

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has outlined significant advances to the Master League section of its forthcoming PES 2010 title.

Master League has proven one of the key attributes to the PES series’ longevity, and PES 2010 will introduce a number of new elements that will contribute to the overall realism and lasting appeal of the new game.

On selecting the Master League option, players are now presented with a menu split into three areas: ‘Club House’, ‘Stadium Walk’, and ‘Office’. Each of these is an umbrella for different parts of a manager’s role, with ‘Club House’ used for tactical and match day options, ‘Stadium Walk’ for main game settings, and ‘Office’ for scouting and player acquisition dealings.

The in-game menus are now much simpler to navigate, and players can jump between the three areas with ease. The Club House element has also seen the creation of an all-new Youth Team section, which works alongside the first team squad. As the game progresses, the player can opt to invest in talented members of their youth team to fast-track their development. This burgeoning talent can then be introduced into the first team, as with so many real-life ‘academies.’

The Office area is where all transfer and financial dealings take place. Real currency is now used in PES 2010, and additional monetary routes are also available. Sponsorships can now be negotiated, with player securing big money deals with companies that can be used to invest in the team and youth set-up. Results on field affect the direct value of the club tio interested parties, and fan clubs are also used as a barometer of the club’s success.

www.konami-europe.com

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