Mount & Blade: Warband pre-orders begin

March 24, 2010 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

Pre-order marks the start of the single player Beta

Take the reins and prepare for all-new equestrian warfare with the opening of the pre-order for Mount & Blade: Warband, the upcoming sequel to the beloved Mount & Blade from Paradox Interactive. Gamers who pre-order Mount & Blade: Warband will gain immediate access to the single and multiplayer beta.

Mount & Blade: Warband is available for pre-order via participating retailers: http://www.mountandbladewarband.com/buy

Developed by TaleWorlds, Mount & Blade: Warband adds multiplayer battles for the very first time, as well as a new campaign and complete graphical overhaul. Both on foot or mounted upon wild stallions, the bloodthirsty fight for the throne of Calradia rocks medieval battlegrounds once again on March 30th in North America and via digital retailers. Other regions will follow shortly thereafter.

View footage that highlights new singleplayer aspects in a newly released trailer for Mount & Blade Warband: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCkz2e9Bz4

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.
• Graphical overhaul: 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.
• 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.
• New campaign allows you to become the ruler of a faction and convince lords to become your vassals.
• New 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.

Armada 2526 is coming to Europe

March 23, 2010 · Filed Under News, Strategy · Comment 

Premier videogame publisher Iceberg Interactive and Ntronium Games have announced that they have struck a deal, with Iceberg securing the rights to publish Armada 2526 in European retail. Armada 2526 is an exciting and deep hybrid ‘4x’ space strategy game for PC. The game is currently in its final tweaking stage and set for a retail release in June 2010 across Europe.

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder says: “We are really looking forward to once again step into the world of 4x space strategy with this challenging and great looking strategy game. Be ready to conquer the universe not just by sheer force, but by cunningly negotiating with alien races until you are strong enough to defeat them.”

Ntronium Games CEO Bob Smith says: “We are extremely pleased to be working with a veteran publishing team like the people at Iceberg, who have played and successfully published in the 4x genre before. Exciting times lie ahead when we will see localized boxed versions of our game on European store shelves.”

Armada 2526 continues the great tradition of space opera games. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys, until it becomes a mighty galactic empire. Along the way, you’ll explore the galaxy, conduct research, diplomacy and trade, find new colonies, maneuver mighty star fleets, and fight epic battles.

Although the game is complex, and the possible strategies endless, powerful help and advisor features, help you get up to speed quickly. Unlike many games in this genre, Armada 2526 focuses on providing a game that can be finished in a reasonable time, and emphasizes battle and strategy over economic micro-management.

The game consists of two sections. The Star Map is where you run your empire: manage your colonies, deploy your fleets, do research, and conduct diplomacy. It uses a turn based system, so you can take as long as you wish to plan your actions. However, once battle is joined, you switch to the battle module and fight it out in a real-time 3D system that brings to life the beauty and visceral carnage of space combat.

Armada 2526 Features

• Turn based star map for moving fleets, managing colonies, performing research, and conducting diplomacy.

• Customizable map size and number of players, allowing you to construct tight 2 player confrontations, or huge galaxies with 50 or more players, and thousands of stars. Map designer included.

• Twelve animated alien races to play and battle against.

• Full featured diplomacy system, with a highly intelligent AI and options to ask favors, make demands, and issue ultimatums.

• More than 100 technology items to research, including advances in ship construction, ground defenses, biological warfare, and psychic powers.

• 3D Real-time battle system for fighting huge battles with 100 or more ships per side.

• Ground combat is integrated into the combat system, allowing marines to be landed to battle ground defenses while ship combat rages overhead.

• More than a hundred beautifully crafted ship models, including mighty dreadnaughts, long range missile cruisers, fighters, carriers, and asteroids for bombarding planets.

• Tough A.I. opponents.

Runes of Magic celebrates first anniversary

March 22, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

The online role playing game surpasses three million player mark

Right on time for its first birthday on 19th March 2010, the free to play online role play game Runes of Magic is able to announce the reaching of another milestone: Three million registered users in the USA and Europe are now exploring the game world Taborea.

Players on 23 servers in six different language versions have to date experienced more than 500 million quests in the fantasy world. To facilitate this the Berlin-based localisation team has translated over 4.5 million words for the European languages alone. Whether in the UK, Spain, France, Poland, Germany or the US − the desire for a communal gaming experience is the same in every country. Thus players join together worldwide to form guilds, build their own castles and go into battle against other player groups, or overcome sinister boss opponents. Over 7.5 million of these dangerous creatures have been defeated in one year by brave adventurers using their united powers. The Demon Lord – the powerful top villain of the first two chapters – has had his wings clipped just 24 times.

On the three million accounts for Runes of Magic fans have created approximately six million characters. Attempts by so-called ‘Gold Sellers’ to endanger the game economy were dealt with severely by Frogster’s Support department: in the past four months alone, more than 15,600 accounts of illegal sellers have been permanently excluded from the game.

A video which is being released today presents a roundup of the Runes of Magic feature palette which has been regularly extended with free updates on a monthly cycle. The video and more information about the one year birthday festivities can be found on the official website: www.runesofmagic.com/en/one-year-anniversary.html. Among other things, for today only, there is a free pet for all players who log on.

Runes of Magic has redefined the standard for free-to-play MMORPGs in terms of gameplay, fun and quality. The online role-playing game has an exciting, multi-layered story, driven by more than 2,300 quests set in the fantasy world of Taborea. To date, Runes of Magic has attracted more than 3 million registered users, making it one of the most successful free-to-play titles on the market, and a must play game for all fans of RPGs and MMO games.

Runes of Magic features a unique dual class system enabling players to combine one of eight primary classes with a secondary class. The result is a deep player experience that expands upon the game’s broad customization offering. There are two different playable races, Elves and Humans, from which players can choose. Each dual class combination produces its own powerful elite skills. Another popular feature is the opportunity to furnish your own virtual home, and guilds can construct guild castles, which can be expanded with additional buildings. Thanks to comprehensive crafting and reputation systems, gripping PvP features, deep customization and demanding dungeons, Runes of Magic has something for everyone. Taiwanese developer Runewaker regularly expands the game world with new free content and challenges.

Runes of Magic Features
– Dual class system with eight classes and unique elite skills
– Individual furnishing of player housing and guild castles
– In-depth story experienced through over 2,300 quests laced with epic quest-lines
– Gripping Player-versus-Player duels in arenas and on the battlefield
– Easy travel using portal stones and a wide range of mountable animals
– Challenging boss-combat in dangerous and extensive dungeons with up to 36 simultaneous players
– Entertaining mini-games offering variety to the hero’s routine
– Dynamic crafting and customization of items
– Regular comprehensive free updates with new game content
– Free-to-Play: No monthly subscriptions, free to download the game

Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game

March 17, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Protect or Threaten The Galaxy, The Choice Is Yours

LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) announced the release of Threat of the Conqueror, the latest expansion in the successful Star Wars Galaxies™ Trading Card Game. Players can aid the Alliance Renegade Squadron as they gather intelligence and locate the Empire’s modified Star Destroyer – dubbed the Conqueror – which holds within itself the ability to destroy entire planets, or they can take the side of the Empire’s elite storm commandos as they work to crush the Rebels and ensure the maiden voyage of the Empire’s newest deadly weapon. No matter what side they choose, ten new story scenarios will pull them into the fight in this pivotal battle between good and evil. This new set also brings the ability to boost gamers’ light or dark side deck with all-new special-forces themed cards, as well as all-new Bith and Duros avatar race cards.

The Threat of the Conqueror adds more than 200 new playable cards, including 30 new loot cards, to the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game, bringing the total number of cards in the game to more than 1,800. The new playable cards will feature unique keyword abilities that:

  • Grant “Intel” labeled units additional bonus powers when they come into play, allowing for more tactical options within a round
  • Enable stacking “Reinforcement” bonuses which adds the ability to play additional reinforcement units as the length of gameplay increases

In addition, this expansion introduces new cards to the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game, including:

  • Player-Created Art Cards – The Star Wars Galaxies Galactic Civil War Photo Contest winners are unveiled. One Rebel-themed winner, one Imperial-themed winner and one neutral-themed winner have had their submitted screenshots turned into art cards in Threat of the Conqueror.
  • New Loot Cards – More than 30 new special-forces themed loot cards will be available, including the AT-PT Walker Vehicle, the Vehicle Garage and the imposing Republic Gunship Vehicle Collectible Item.

The Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game marks the first-ever Star Wars® trading card game offered exclusively online. Available to both current and former Star Wars Galaxies subscribers*, the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game provides players with an entirely new gameplay experience by combining the challenge of a trading card game with the adventures and community of a massively multiplayer online game. Players can build their own virtual decks to fight in story mode, and participate in epic one-on-one matches, cooperative heroic encounters and official tournaments.

In addition, all Star Wars Galaxies subscribers with current, valid, paid accounts in good standing are automatically eligible to receive five digital trading card booster packs each month included with their paid Star Wars Galaxies subscription at no additional cost, providing a quick and easy way for them to build their decks.

Anyone wishing to try the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game can do so at no charge through a downloadable trial that includes limited access to a tutorial and practice games with a provided virtual starter card deck.

The Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game may be also be accessed from inside Star Wars Galaxies and is available to trial players as part of the Star Wars Galaxies 14-day trial. This trial, offered at no charge for up to two consecutive weeks, also includes all the content of the base game, Star Wars Galaxies™: An Empire Divided™ and its first expansion, Star Wars Galaxies™: Jump to Lightspeed™. Available by download from www.StarWarsGalaxies.com, the 14-day trial gives players a chance to become a part of the Star Wars galaxy, and meet and fight with or against their favorite Star Wars characters as they explore this massive online universe filled with thousands of other Star Wars fans.

More information about the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game and its seventh release, The Threat of the Conqueror, along with the game’s trial can be found at www.StarWarsGalaxies.com/tradingcardgame.

Heroes of Three Kingdoms

March 16, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Rewrite History in One of the Greatest Battles of All Time

Perfect World Entertainment announced that the 3D MMORPG, Heroes of Three Kingdoms, will be coming to North America. Known as the Chibi in China, Heroes of Three Kingdoms is based on one of history’s greatest battles and not only gives players the opportunity to experience the chaos first hand, but also the chance to rewrite pivotal moments in Chinese history.

“With Heroes of Three Kingdoms, we’re going back to our roots and transporting players back in time to experience an era that helped shaped modern China as we know it today. Fans of the popular literature based around the Three Kingdoms era will be excited to be able to meet their favorite heroes and villains in our game,” said Andrew Brown, Product Manager of Heroes of Three Kingdoms. “Heroes of Three Kingdoms does an excellent job encapsulating the excitement and thrill that has led this era to have such a huge following.”

Highlights
Motion Captured Combat – Using advanced motion capture technology; combat is brought to life martial arts specialist, making the action exciting and realistic. Experience in-game combat as if it were real life.
Eighteen Weapon System – With a unique cool down system, players will have eighteen types of weapons available during the Three Kingdoms era in China to choose from.
Kingdom War System – Join the Wei, Shu or Wu and choose to wage war or create alliances against one another.
Historic Instances – Go back in time to experience historical battles and pivotal moments that helped shape the Three Kingdoms era and modern China.

Players interested in learning more about Heroes of Three Kingdoms as well as signing up for the closed beta can visit http://HOTK.PerfectWorld.com

Online Gaming Mode and Ultimate Version announced for Cricket Heroes

March 11, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online, Simulator, Sport · Comment 

Codegen Studios announces Online Gaming Mode for Cricket Heroes. This online mode will allow users to play a match against a real opponent. Online Gaming Mode will be available in the paid version of the game that is, Ultimate Version. The Ultimate Version will be a bit advanced than the freeware version of the game.

“As online gaming has become popular, we are happy in announcing the online mode in Cricket Heroes. We hope people will like this 2D game with online mode.” – Said Anand Singh, the producer of Cricket Heroes.

Cricket Heroes is an Advanced 2D Cricket simulation and Arcade game for PC providing gamers an authentic and unscripted gameplay along with latest features. Cricket Heroes will be released in mid July.

Runes of Magic expands with new siege mode

March 10, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

New PvP feature expands the world of Taborea with castle-battles and siege weapons

Frogster is pleased to announce that the time for epic battles in Runes of Magic has now arrived. The introduction of Siege Wars will further expand the online world of Taborea as guilds compete against one another to capture their opponents’ castle. The upcoming content update on 11th March will see the launch of the beta phase of the new Player vs Player mode. The definitive launch of the Siege Wars will then follow with the launch of ‘Chapter III – The Elder Kingdoms’.

From the launch of Runes of Magic, guilds have been able to have their own strongholds, with building extensions and furnishings to complete their homes. To launch a Siege War all you need is two guilds, two castles and one simple objective – destroy your opponent and their castle. As a part of Chapter III, the Siege Wars will include new bonuses such as increased running speed and the ability to build an arsenal of weapons including catapults, rams and arrow throwers.

To succeed guilds will need to capture energy nodes on the battlefield to provide the necessary resources for the construction of battle weapons or towers. Should a team break through the enemy’s castle walls and make it to the throne room, then the defenders will have to protect the energy crystal which is kept there. If the team should seize all of the opponents’ crystals as well as their resource nodes, then the battle is won. Special rewards and titles beckon for victorious guilds.

From the launch of the feature, which will arrive on 11th March with the update ‘Patch 2.1.7. Siege Wars’, Runes of Magic players will have one month to give the battles a thorough test. Frogster will be ultimately implementing the new PvP mode into the online game world to its full extent within the framework of ‘Chapter III – The Elder Kingdoms’. There is more information available about the Siege Wars on the official website: www.runesofmagic.com/en/siegewars-patch.html. A trailer gives some first impressions: http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/videos.html

Runes of Magic
Runes of Magic has redefined the standard for free-to-play MMORPGs in terms of gameplay, fun and quality. The online role-playing game has an exciting, multi-layered story, driven by more than 2,300 quests set in the fantasy world of Taborea. To date, Runes of Magic has attracted more than 2.5 million registered users, making it one of the most successful free-to-play titles on the market, and a must play game for all fans of RPGs and MMO games.

Runes of Magic features a unique dual class system enabling players to combine one of eight primary classes with a secondary class. The result is a deep player experience that expands upon the game’s broad customization offering. There are two different playable races, Elves and Humans, from which players can choose. Each dual class combination produces its own powerful elite skills. Another popular feature is the opportunity to furnish your own virtual home, and guilds can construct guild castles, which can be expanded with additional buildings. Thanks to comprehensive crafting and reputation systems, gripping PvP features, deep customization and demanding dungeons, Runes of Magic has something for everyone.

Taiwanese developer Runewaker regularly expands the game world with new free content and challenges.

Runes of Magic Features
– Dual class system with eight classes and unique elite skills
– Individual furnishing of player housing and guild castles
– In-depth story experienced through over 2,300 quests laced with epic quest-lines
– Gripping Player-versus-Player duels in arenas and on the battlefield
– Easy travel using portal stones and a wide range of mountable animals
– Challenging boss-combat in dangerous and extensive dungeons with up to 36 simultaneous players
– Entertaining mini-games offering variety to the hero’s routine
– Dynamic crafting and customization of items
– Regular comprehensive free updates with new game content
– Free-to-Play: No monthly subscriptions, free to download the game

King of Kings 3 conquers North America

March 9, 2010 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Epic battles, sprawling cities, and warring kingdoms locked in a never-ending struggle for power. King of Kings 3, the newest instalment of the popular Taiwanese MMORPG series, is considered one of the best releases of 2009 and captivates millions of players in Asia. In addition to holding the European publishing rights, gamigo is proud to announce that it now holds the North American license for the game.

“As a globally-focused publisher, our aim is to be able to offer our games in all key markets,” says Patrick Streppel, member of gamigo’s executive board. “King of Kings 3 is one of the highlights of our portfolio. The emphasis of the game is on PvP battle and the extensive guild features, such as the building of guild towns and guild warfare, are unparalleled in the realm of free-to-play gaming.”

The game’s developing studio, Lager, and gamigo have been working hard the past year to localise the game for Western markets. The plot of the game has been completely rewritten and the seven fantasy realms are based on medieval powers, giving players from Europe and North America the opportunity to go into battle for their nation. A complete re-balancing reduces grinding and now allows players to reach the highlights of the game, PvP and guild gameplay, more quickly.

Thanks to the game’s complex and multilayered guild system, guilds band together first to form legions, next kingdoms, and finally alliances to wage war against enemy kingdoms and territories. Up to 10,000 players compete simultaneously in truly epic RvR battles to determine the fate of the guild towns and realms. Only the bravest warrior will come out on top and become the ruler of the entire realm, the fabled King of Kings.

King of Kings 3 is expected to go into Closed Beta testing in the second quarter of 2010. To participate in Closed Beta testing, visit the game’s official website: http://kok3.gamigo.com

2010 Classic Gaming Expo

March 8, 2010 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

Video Game Designers, Players, Collectors and Fans Will Invade Vegas This Summer

CGE Services Corporation has announced that the 2010 Classic Gaming Expo will rock Tropicana Las Vegas on the weekend of July 31 and August 1, 2010.

Now in its 12th year as the ultimate destination for retro-gaming aficionados, Classic Gaming Expo introduces the pioneers of video game design to the players who grew up with their creations. In previous years, the special guests at CGE have included such dignitaries as Ralph Baer (the “father of home video games”), Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari Inc.) and million-selling game designers like Al Alcorn (Pong), David Crane (Pitfall!) and Rob Fulop (Demon Attack). Luminaries like these will present keynote speeches at CGE 2K10, where they will reveal the behind-the-scenes stories of their greatest hits, answer questions and sign autographs for fans. Please check the official CGE Web site at www.cgexpo.com for an updated list of “alumni” who are expected to appear at this year’s show.

A major portion of the expo is devoted to retailers and collectors who buy, sell and trade games, peripherals and gaming memorabilia. The main floor is a giant showroom for vintage game vendors as well as publishers who create new games for classic systems. Classic Gaming Expo regularly attracts hardcore video game collectors from around the world; many of the rarest and most valuable games have changed hands at CGE. Yet there are also plenty of bargains to be had. Parents can introduce their kids to the Atari games they played as teenagers…collectors can fill the holes in their Nintendo libraries…amateur video game historians can learn about rare prototype games and game systems. Classic Gaming Expo meets all of these needs and more.

One of the show’s most eye-opening exhibits is the CGE Museum, where over 1,000 of the most desirable video game artifacts are put on public display. These are the “holy grails” of video game collectors—one-of-a-kind prototypes, limited-edition collectibles, rare hardware and ephemera. In previous years, the CGE museum has proudly displayed such precious items as the ultra-rare Stadium Events NES game (a copy recently sold for over $13,000), the Nintendo
World Championships 1990 cartridge (both the gray and gold versions, valued at $18,000 and $5,000 respectively), unreleased Atari systems and much more.

Other attractions at Classic Gaming Expo: live music, a variety of game tournaments, dozens of classic arcade games set up for “free play” (no tokens or quarters necessary!) and plenty of classic home game systems available for attendees to walk up and play at their leisure. Another popular highlight is the Saturday-night CGE auction, where rare games, systems and memorabilia are sold to the highest cash bidder in a raucous atmosphere of collector camaraderie and one-upmanship.

Classic Gaming Expo 2010 is open to the public; gamers of all ages are welcome. The “Early Bird” admission price is $25 for a weekend pass if you register on the CGE Web site before May 31st. The second-tier “advance registration” price will be $30 between June 1st and July 1st, or passes can be had at the door for $35. Admission is free for children 8 years old and under. Click the “Discounts” tab at www.cgexpo.com for information on Tropicana Las Vegas’ special room rates for CGE attendees.

Order of War: Challenge demo released

March 6, 2010 · Filed Under Demo, News · Comment 

Wargaming.net, a strategy game specialist, reveals that ORDER OF WAR: Challenge demo is now available on the Steam official demo page.

The demo will allow players to lead any of the three nations – the USA, Germany and the USSR – and test their skills in battles against each. Packing six competitive multiplayer modes – Secure the Base, Mercenaries, Survival, Expansion, Instant Battle and Free-for-All – the demo will provide a wide range of gameplay options.

“We’ve worked hard on creating a really deep and action-packed multiplayer experience”, says Nick Katselapov, the game producer. “With this extended demo we wanted to give players a true idea of what Order of War: Challenge will deliver”.

Order of War: Challenge will be available on Steam on the 12th of March.

Order of War: Challenge:

ORDER OF WAR: CHALLENGE is a multiplayer stand-alone game in the world of ORDER OF WAR™, published by Wargaming.net, packing even more intense World War II real-time strategy action. With 6 extended modes, 12 unique maps, and hundreds of units under player control ORDER OF WAR: CHALLENGE gives players a battlefield experience of epic scale. With a focus on fast-action gameplay, and featuring exclusive bonus content, ORDER OF WAR: CHALLENGE is the ultimate way to experience online RTS gaming. With a new advanced gameplay system and including fog of war, ORDER OF WAR: CHALLENGE redefines combat mechanics and gives players a tense battlefield experience with plenty of room for wide-ranging tactics.

Key Features:

  • 12 Unique Maps — Each map features different types of cross-country terrain and urban areas to provide great replayability.
  • 6 New Multiplayer Modes — With these new modes you have the opportunity to prove you are the best commander on the online battlefield in a variety of ways.
  • Command troops of the USA, Germany or the Soviet Union — Grasp your units by knowing their strengths, weaknesses and discover how to exercise their power to defeat your enemies.
  • 4 Co-op Survival Missions — Play shoulder to shoulder with your comrades-in-arms to defend your headquarters from enemy attacks of increasing intensity. To get extra income and new reinforcement types, capture control points that appear randomly throughout the map but only stay for a short time.

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