Changchun 2

February 26, 2010 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

WeMade unveiled three new Massively Multiplayer Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) at Gstar 2009: NED, Changchun, Zwei Online. Amongst three highly-anticipated games, Changchun kicks off a Closed Beta test (CBT) first.

Changchun2 is a hybrid between targeting and non-targeting system and maximized game control in MMORPG. Using non-targeting system, a player can attack multiple enemies at the same time if they are within attackable area. A majority of monsters move together in the game to make one vs. many combat possible.

Changchun 2 demands a high level of game control from users because a user can attack others yet effectively defend at the same time if s/he controls a character in a right way. This will satisfy high level users in the targeting system. Because of that, fighting multiple monsters in Changchun 2 provides the best of entertainment and thrill in a unique way.

In Changchun 2, character classes including Magician, Swordman, Blademan all have unique powers. PvP contents and Hero Spawn will be added to the game later on.

For more information, visit http://changchun2.wemade.com

Legend V: Heroes of Alexandria for fantasy MMORPG Silkroad Online

February 25, 2010 · Filed Under Fantasy, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Exciting Update Includes an Increased Level Cap, Dangerous Dungeons, and Plenty of New Adventures for Players of Silkroad Online

Joymax announced Legend V: Heroes of Alexandria, an update for historical fantasy MMORPG Silkroad Online. The Legend V expansion includes a new level cap of 110, never-before-seen weapons and armor, a sinister tomb, and a dangerous temple, providing plenty of exciting new gameplay for players hoping to be the next hero in Silkroad Online.

The land of Egypt in Legend V: Heroes of Alexandria is a land of golden cities, dangerous foes, and rich treasures. Characters must be at least level 100 to visit the new region, which includes the imposing city of Alexandria, the Desert of Storms and Cloud, the Valley of Kings, and two massive dungeons known as the Tomb of the Pharaoh and the Temple.

Players can choose from three difficulty levels before entering the Tomb of the Pharaoh with their party, and may visit up to twice a day to hunt for the powerful eleventh-grade weapons and armor that reside within its walls. The Temple, meanwhile, is an instanced dungeon for characters level 105 and up where PvP combat is always permitted. Be prepared to fight off both vicious monsters and competing players if you decide to venture into its depths.

Legend V also offers players a brand-new game system, Set Items. Gold and Silver Coins earned in Alexandria’s dungeons can be traded to merchants for unique Set Items that share a seal and provide big bonuses when worn together as a full outfit. Between these and new eleventh-grade weapons like the Reaper Ghost Sword and the Angel Breaker, every would-be hero should be well prepared for the trials and adventures that await them in Legend V: Heroes of Alexandria!

To find out more about Silkroad Online and the Legend V: Heroes of Alexandria update, visit the official website at http://www.joymax.com/silkroad/

To see the new Legend V trailer, head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTTW42vEEUI

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 from Jangan, China to Constantinople, Europe, 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 IV Plus: Hotan Fortress, provides players with a revamped Fortress War System and adds an imposing Hotan Fortress to the game. This grand structure at the heart of the Oasis Kingdom has been captured, and only the furious warriors will be able to free the current inhabitants!

Freestyle: Street Basketball Big spring festival to be held in March

February 24, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Sport · Comment 

Major contents update on March 2nd and various events to attract users

MMO sports game FreeStyle Street Basketball, serviced at global game portal GameKiss, will launch a big-scale update and special events to celebrate the coming spring of 2010. The fourth major update since the game’s commercialization in May 2009 will faithfully reflect users’ feedback and provide many benefits to participants.

This big-scale update which will be carried out for three times from March 2nd includes nearly 100 items that will satisfy users’ needs. A new decorative item, 16-Level special character slot and a face-customizing item will allow users to express themselves better in more diverse ways. Also, in order to live up to the diverse, fast-changing fashion trend, items that were permanently sold will now be sold during a set period. The price of the items will go down instead, reducing users’ financial burden. Among newly added FreeStyle Skills is the “Power Rebound” which has been requested mostly by centers and big guys. The items are expected to become very popular after its release.

Furthermore, reflecting users’ needs for new courts, FreeStyle will add five brand-new courts for the first time since the game’s launch. Winter versions of two popular courts, the Big Flow and the Factory Yard, were added, and The Palace whose background is an antique European palace will add new energy and style to the game.

Many bugs will be also corrected in this update. Some ranking bugs, single player errors and other minor item bugs will be corrected, improving the game environment to another level.

FreeStyle’s GM Roxy said this update intends to reflect every small opinion of users which have been put on hold due to important system patches. “I hope users find small things they needed through this update,” said Roxy of this update.

The “Resurrection of Forgotten FreeStylers” which will start the Big Spring Festival on March 2nd is prepared for newly beginning users who haven’t accessed FreeStyle for more than a month. Together with it, the following “Throw in Extra 2” event will flood users with an abundance of game money, points and items.

March will be a month of a very generous festival.

More details about the new event can be found at the official website of FreeStyle Street Basketball: http://freestyle.gamekiss.com.

Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising

February 23, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

THQ and Relic Entertainment to Deliver Standalone Expansion to 2009’s Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year*, Dawn of War II

THQ Inc. announced Warhammer 40,000TM: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising, the highly anticipated standalone chapter in the critically acclaimed Real-Time Strategy (RTS) series, has reached the gold master stage of development and entered manufacturing. Developed by award-winning internal studio Relic® Entertainment, Chaos Rising features the traitorous Chaos Space Marines army as a playable race, a new single-player campaign, a level cap increase from 20 to 30, more powerful war-gear and a suite of innovative multiplayer options. Scheduled for a nationwide release at all major retail and online outlets on March 11, 2010, Chaos Rising will be available as a Games for Windows LIVE® PC title for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

“Chaos Rising is the perfect follow up to Dawn of War II, 2009’s RTS Game of the Year, offering an incredible amount of new content for an amazing value,” said Travis Plane, Vice President of Global Brand Management, THQ. “Relic Entertainment is the industry’s leading RTS developer and will once again deliver bone-crushing action, breathtaking visuals and unprecedented innovation in the genre.”

“Chaos Rising builds on the success of Dawn of War II to create a truly epic and memorable experience for fans and newcomers alike,” said Jonathan Dowdeswell, General Manager, Relic Entertainment. “The game features an intense single player campaign with 15 action-packed missions and introduces our most brutal multiplayer army yet, the Chaos Space Marines.”

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising
Set in the grim, war-ravaged world of Games Workshop’s vast Warhammer 40,000 science fiction universe, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising transports players into the midst of an intergalactic war between ancient enemies. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising introduces the Chaos Space Marines as a new playable army, continues the single player campaign from the original Dawn of War II with 15 new missions, delivers all new wargear and raises the level cap from 20 to 30. Relic Entertainment will also deliver new multiplayer maps and new units for the Orks, Eldar, Tyranids and Space Marines. For more information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising, please visit http://www.dawnofwar2.com.

Very first 4Story film festival

February 19, 2010 · Filed Under Competitions, News, Online · Comment 

4Story, a popular free-to-play MMORPG developed and published by Zemi Interactive, announced Youtube movie making contest will be commenced.

How to Participate:
1. Create a game play trailer of 4story and upload it on both Youtube, and 4Story official community site at Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/4Story-online-Official-Community/169296962857?ref=mf)
2. Upload the link on the forum, (4Story film festival section) with a short introduction of your video.

Period:
Feb. 19th to Mar. 2nd before the regular maintenance (3rd)

Conditions:
1. The game play trailer must include the game site domain www.4story.com, and the title must include ‘4Story’.
2. The length of game play trailer must be 30 ~ 60 seconds.
3. The game play trailer must only contain 4Story contents, and any other external contents will be disqualified Ex) Screenshot of Playboy Miss November
4. Make sure to Input your character name in the post.

How to win the contest:
It will be fair and simple. The contestant with most views recorded will win the contest.
Winner will be selected during the maintenance on Mar. 2nd and will be announced on Mar. 3rd.

Rewards:
1. First Place: $200 Cash points
2. Second Place: $100 Cash points
3. Third Place: $75 Cash points
4. Participant reward: Race Horse 7 Days Ticket.

More information: www.global.4story.com

2010 Game Developers Conference Europe returns to Cologne, Germany August 16-18

February 18, 2010 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

Europe’s Premier Game Developer Conference to Offer Expanded Exposition, Press Opportunities and Academic Exchange Program

The Game Developers Conference Europe (GDC Europe) has announced that it will return to Cologne, Germany in 2010 alongside gamescom, combining to present the leading European game industry event for developers, consumers, publishers, and trade professionals.

In 2009, GDC Europe hosted over 130 international speakers, 40 exhibitors and sponsors from 35 countries, 240 media representatives and around 1,500 participants – advancing to become the leading conference for computer and video game developers in Europe. “Of course, we intend to claim this leading role again this year,” said Frank Sliwka, Vice President European Business Development and Event Director GDC Europe. “GDC Europe plans to offer attendees and participants outstanding new opportunities to learn and network. This includes three major updates that will be added to the regular program featuring keynotes, lectures, roundtables & workshops and exhibition area.”

The show producers have expanded GDC Europe’s exhibition opportunities to include both last year’s exhibit areas and a major new space within the gamescom Business Area, which will grant GDC Europe exhibitors additional meeting room and exhibition space during the overlapping gamescom event. This new area – named the GDC Europe Business Lounge at gamescom — will also host a VIP lounge area for GDC Europe Plus members to convene and conduct business.

With German and European companies moving strongly to dominate the online and browser game space, GDC Europe plans to focus the second day of the event, August 17 to covering browser-based, social network and online games, and key emerging markets. Additionally, GDC Europe plans to provide a major platform for “online games companies” to host press conferences at GDC Europe on this day. “Given the international network of the Game Developers Conferences and the UBM TechWeb Game Network, a resounding response is guaranteed for these new conference offerings,” explains Frank Sliwka.

In related news, in March 2010, the UBM TechWeb Game Network will launch a new project called the “Academic Exchange Program,” in cooperation with the North Rhine-Westphalian state chancellery. It’s intended to promote the academic exchange between universities with game degree programs from North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and America. As part of this event, university professors from NRW and their American colleagues will participate at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and exchange information on current teaching programs and best practices. “The games industry will only thrive with qualified labor. Thus, an international program to exchange current training methods on an academic level is very desirable, since the shared knowledge on technical and design aspects of today’s video games are of crucial importance for today’s industry,” Frank Sliwka explains regarding the philosophy of the project.

For more information on GDC Europe visit: www.gdceurope.com.

Transpee an extreme online racing game

February 17, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online, Racing · Comment 

Fans are invited to join the upcoming closed beta test February 19-21

GameHi officially announced Transpee, the free-to-download, free-to-play extreme online multiplayer racing game. Interested players can register at http://transpee.gamehi.com/ to take part in the upcoming closed beta test scheduled for February 19-21.

Transpee offers players a thrilling online racing game boasting innovative 3D tracks, unique cars and characters, and customization options to make each user’s experience different. The addictive multiplayer races are set on six elaborate adrenaline filled maps like the 3D Roller Coaster track featuring massive jumps and cars without breaks! Closed beta testers can get a feel for its easy-to-learn yet hard to master controls, single, team, speed and item racing modes, and endless car modifications. Players can choose among several characters including Denis, the leader of a bike gang, or Arumi, a female cop who chases after him, but soon realizes her passion for racing.

The characters might be cute, but the cars are dangerous offering players the ability to carve up another’s car and use a variety of stunt skills. The car’s surfaces are designed to produce optimum speed using the air-pressure of the cars ahead. Their reinforced durability and physical system enable drivers to use a driving strategy allowing massive crashes with the other drivers. The elements controlling each car’s distinct running characteristics include; weight, wheel size, steering angle, horsepower, tires friction, and engine characteristic curves. These new technologies also allow parts of the car’s bodies to be replaced with more aerodynamic pieces to improve the car’s ability to draft another.

ByteShield

February 16, 2010 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

‘Reclaim Your Game’ Group Again Awards Gold Seal of Approval to ByteShield DRM
ByteShield announced that ByteShield version 2.2 has received DRM watchdog Reclaim Your Game’s Gold Seal of Approval “by passing every area and receiving an overall 99%”.

Reclaim Your Game (RYG) tested the leading DRM provider at the same time as re-testing ByteShield (ByteShield was awarded RYG’s Gold Seal for the first time in May, 2009). The comparative results are shown in the attached table. The RYG test results reproduced in the attached table are also available at: http://reclaimyourgame.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=100&Itemid=158 and
http://reclaimyourgame.com/

PRISM (Players Resisting Invasive Security Measures) and RYG (Reclaim Your Game) DRM testing methodology continues to evolve and ByteShield has been re-tested against their latest DRM Testing Regimen. Quoting the RYG site, “RYG can assertively provide qualitative results for all members of the public with the inclusion of RYG’s very own Rating Method, which also determines whether a certain DRM can gain RYG’s Gold Seal of Approval … as well as provide prospective DRM vendors a chance to see whether their products are End-User Friendly.”

“Both the new test and the results are industry firsts and I invite everyone to review these results that independently contrast ByteShield and other DRM vendors,” said Jan Samzelius, ByteShield CEO. “Users’ frustration with today’s user-unfriendly anti-piracy systems (software copy protection or DRM) and the developers’ and publishers’ frustration with the unintended negative impact on end users have opened the market for new innovations. ByteShield, developed by gamers for gamers, has turned these issues 180 degrees and made them competitive advantages through a novel approach and design that makes DRM work for all involved (that is, except the crackers). For example, ByteShield insists on full disclosure/transparency to users while offering many key user friendliness features, including unlimited installs, offline use, no hidden files, one-time activation, and full and clean uninstall. With ByteShield, users have an un-intrusive and convenient experience and publishers have an easy to implement and flexible protection solution which also provides sales and usage data. Crackers have a significantly greater work effort.”

ByteShield has now protected over 100 games proving market acceptance and is a low cost choice for Game Developers, Publishers and Digital Distributors. Thus, no need to use solutions that infuriate gamers. Contact ByteShield at info@byteshield.net to start a free trial on either a free game or on your game to test ByteShield’s user friendliness for yourself.

ByteShield
ByteShield’s unique approach to DRM and copy protection provides users with a transparent, safe and un-intrusive solution while giving PC game and PC applications developers, publishers and distributors flexible licensing management with a high level of protection. ByteShield’s proven technology has received customer and industry accolades from organizations such as PRISM/RYG, a gamers group for sensible DRM solutions, who has tested and endorsed ByteShield’s solution. ByteShield has four patents pending in DRM and copy protection and won the 2009 ‘Most Innovative Software for the Software Industry’ award by SoftwareCEO/CompTIA. ByteShield, Inc. is a privately held California corporation, established in 2004, and headquartered in San Francisco. To find out more, visit www.ByteShield.net

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943

February 15, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy, Wargame · Comment 

Excalibur Publishing Ltd is set to release ‘Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943’, a next generation real time strategy WWII battle on February 26. The battle is set in Tunisia in 1943 after the Second Battle of El Alamein.

The German Afrika Korps have finished counting their losses and reinforced by the Italian Army they are preparing to once again battle the Allied Forces. Lead by the legendary General Erwin Rommel the Axis Forces have a small window of opportunity to seize control and go up against the allied forces to secure the sector.

The player will lead Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the final campaign against Eisenhower and Montgomery. Adding to the realism of the game you must control anti-aircraft vehicles and stationary anti-aircraft mounts

Robert Stallibrass of Excalibur Publishing says: “The developers at 1C and Battlefront have put an incredible amount of effort in creating this sequel and making it as realistic as possible. They have listened closely to comments in the gaming world and used these to create this fantastic RTS that will not only appeal to strategy gamers but also to WW2 enthusiasts.”

The product will retail at £29.99, is available on pre-order at www.excalibur-publishing.com and will officially hit the shelves in all major game retailers on 26 February 2010.

Say I Do to special Mount & Blade: Warband wedding interview

February 13, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Love and Marriage, Go Together like a Horse and Combat

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Paradox Interactive presents a special developer interview for all you “lovers” out there of Mount & Blade: Warband.

The multiplayer sequel to 2008’s Mount & Blade will, in addition to intense 64 player combat on horseback, incorporate new gameplay based on marriage into the action RPG that is set to release in March of 2010.

Join Armagan Yavuz, Lead Developer at Taleworlds Entertainment, as he takes players through the new marriage features in Mount & Blade: Warband during the Paradox Interactive Convention.

“It’s a very important aspect of real life and we wanted to translate that into the game,” says Armagan, as he speaks on romance in the title. “It’s a different kind of challenge.”

View the complete interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZacSv_JNCao

Mount & Blade: Warband will be available in the US and via digital distribution on March 30th 2010 and April 2nd in the UK.

Mount & Blade: Warband Game Features:
• Multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Multiplayer modes include Deathmatch, Team
• Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Conquest, Battle, and Siege.
• Seek adventure alone, or recruit and train an army fit for a king. You and your companions will gain experience and skills while your soldiers evolve into a deadly fighting force.
• State-of-the-art rendering technologies combine with a more informative interface, allowing new and advanced players alike to enjoy an unprecedented level of immersion.
• The ability to marry a lady of the realm for romance or cold political gain. Try to win a lady’s heart through poetry or bravery.

For more information visit www.paradoxplaza.com/games/mount-blade-warband

The original Mount & Blade game is currently enjoying a 85%-off sale on Steam until the 15th of February.

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