Game Connection Europe is back with its 10th edition in Lyon, France, November 16th to 18th, 2010 and announces 4 additional featured events. Game Connection has a history of bringing together leaders in the video game industry, and these four events will to expand visitors networking circles and help them connect.
In less than three months, the entire interactive entertainment community will be welcomed to the most effective and productive business event in the industry. Lyon will once again be the international center stage for experienced developers, cutting edge service providers, powerhouse publishers, and worldwide distribution partners. The trade show addresses all platforms, all genres, all services in one place and with one goal: to get business done.
For the last past years, the trade show has shaped itself into reflecting the latest market tendencies, with special focus on Online, Social and Casual games. With the upcoming event, Game Connection will provide an even broader international scope in sharpening its audiences and cover more areas of the video game market. With the launch of four additional events, Game Connection will respond to every game industry leader’s concerns or needs, from premiering projects and raising funds, to improving professionals’ individual skills and connecting national trade organizations to one another.
Game Connection Europe 2010 now features: Read more
Bohemia Interactive, the award winning independent developer, is pleased to announce the release of a patch for Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, which updates the game to version 1.54.
Among the variety of tweaks and fixes detailed in the attached readme file, this patch brings a number of specific new features, such as a taste of British Armed Forces units, vehicles and weapons, compatibility with the forthcoming add-on Arma 2: British Armed Forces, various improvements and fixes alongside engine upgrades – including an extension of the Engineer’s role – and the ability for players to effectively operate and command artillery and mortar units.
Patch 1.54 highlights:
- Arma 2: British Armed Forces Lite – all units, vehicles and weapons from Arma 2: British Armed Forces are included in this patch with lower quality textures and audio files. The full version of Arma 2: British Armed Forces with high resolution textures and packed with a new campaign and large selection of new single player missions is available for purchase, see http://www.arma2.com/baf for more information about the content of Arma 2: British Armed Forces.
- Numerous stability and functionality fixes and improvements. Read more
Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase.com announced that World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), will launch in mainland China on August 31, 2010.
“We appreciate the continued passion and support that Chinese players have shown for World of Warcraft, and we’re working hard to ensure that they have a topnotch gaming experience when Wrath of the Lich King is released,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion contains some of the best content we’ve ever created for the game, and we’re excited that Chinese players will soon have a chance to explore everything it has to offer.”
“World of Warcraft is one of the most popular online games among Chinese players, and we believe that the new content in Wrath of the Lich King will generate even more excitement,” said William Ding, CEO of NetEase. “We are fully prepared on all fronts to provide great service and support to all of the new and returning players throughout China, and we look forward to welcoming them to Northrend.” Read more
Shattered Horizon will release as a Premium Edition in the UK on 27th August in an exclusive retail boxed format.
EXCLUSIVELY IN THE BOXED EDTION
1. The full Shattered Horizon game plus Moonrise Maps and Firepower Weapons expansion packs with printed game manual
2. Handy Keyboard and Mouse Controls guide card: Save time and lives – colour coded for instant access and rapid command find
3. 16 piece character and debris sticker-set with ISS panorama scene card booklet: Create your own zero gravity space battles
We’re celebrating the August release of Shattered Horizon in a special premium boxed edition with exclusive goodies in the box. It ‘s called Shattered Horizon Premium Edition. Have a bit of fun with the sticker set, which you can reuse again and again. Plus give yourself an extra little advantage with the controls guide by your side at all times. Read more
Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts are looking for video game enthusiasts of all ages and fans of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series on Cartoon Network to be the first to get hands-on in the open BETA testing for Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. Get a sneak peak of the highly anticipated free-to-play online virtual world and provide feedback to help put the finishing touches on the final game scheduled to be released later this year on September 15th.
The ultimate virtual destination for a new generation of Star Wars fans, Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed virtual world where players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competition. Clone Wars Adventures lets players duel iconic adversaries with their own custom Lightsaber, speed through the galaxy in a custom Starfighter, defeat enemies and take down starships.
Clone Wars Adventures is a free-to-play game, but players who want to take the galactic action to the next level can purchase a monthly Membership subscription for $5.99, while a variety of epic items can also be purchased through Station Cash micro-transactions. The Clone Wars Adventures Galactic Passport is scheduled to be available at thousands of retail locations in North America later this fall and will include a 90-day membership, 500 Station Cash, the ability to unlock the Togruta playable character, a Yoda monitor topper, and more. Read more
Ubisoft announced the return of the popular Might & Magic franchise with the development of Might & Magic Heroes VI, which will be available worldwide on Windows PC in 2011.
Developed by Black Hole, Might & Magic Heroes VI will include all the characters and features that have made the brand a worldwide success, in addition to a wealth of new innovations.
“Might & Magic is a powerful franchise with an amazing 20-year legacy,” said Caroline Stevens, brand director at Ubisoft EMEA “Players will be able to enjoy the Heroes experience like never before. The amazing creative teams at Black Hole are keeping the original Heroes spirit, while enhancing the RPG elements of the game.”
The Might & Magic Heroes VI adventure begins 400 years before the events in Heroes V, showcasing a family of heroes in a thrilling, epic story where Angels plot to revive an unfinished war. A legendary Archangel general who was killed during the war of the Elder races returns to life with a vengeance. Under the cover of preparations for an upcoming Demon invasion, he unites the peoples of Ashan to eradicate his ancient enemies. However, he underestimates the power of the all-too-human dynasty of the Griffin Dukes.
The Griffin heroes’ destinies will be written by players. In the game, players will be able to:
Enjoy the Critically Acclaimed Heroes Gameplay: Remastered with the well-known developer, Black Hole, and in close partnership with the game’s numerous fans.
Experience the Unique Mix of Turn-Based Strategy & RPG: Explore extra-large adventure maps, collect tons of resources and build extraordinary cities. Perfect your tactics to level-up your heroes, recruit troops and ready them for combat on exclusive battle maps
Shape your Destiny: Lead the Heroes of the Griffin dynasty within intriguing scenarios. Choose your path, assume your choices and customize your gaming experience thanks to a brand new reputation system.
Rediscover the Richness of the Might & Magic Universe: Discover fantastic landscapes and creatures from the world of Ashan. Enjoy revisited 3D designs and an exclusive new bestiary.
Share with the Community: Post content and compete with your friends, using a new and intelligent, online community interface.
FIFA, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor and The Sims Among Top Franchises to Reveal Deep Innovation and New Experiences for Consumers
Electronic Arts announced plans for gamescom 2010 in Cologne. EA will showcase a powerful slate of titles representing a selection of leading franchises across the company’s Games, Sports and Play Labels. Media and consumers are invited for hands on experience with a whole host of innovative game play that highlights the company’s focus on delivering fewer, better games and building direct to consumer digital offerings.
“Gamescom has grown to become the largest show for interactive entertainment, and offers a unique chance for us to engage directly with consumers, retailers and media at one event,” said Jens Uwe Intat, Senior Vice President and General Manager for EA Publishing in Europe. “Our line up demonstrates the intense focus we have on building quality games with deep innovation for our consumers, and it’s great to see the industry coming together to create such a milestone event in Europe”.
Five EA and EA Partner titles at gamescom have already received early recognition for their outstanding quality. The gamescom 2010 award nominations were announced and include: Read more
Tales of Pirates II is making a splash with players in Closed Beta. Pirates around the world can experience the joy of sailing into uncharted waters and battling against many formidable foes in search of lost treasures. While any pirate can demonstrate his might by using brute force against his foes, what sets the great ones apart is their inner strength. This will be put to the ultimate test in the game’s new instance, the Tribulation of Faith.
Tribulation of Faith
Courageous pirates who set out on this spiritual pilgrimage will journey to the plane of their inner soul. There they must face their greatest fears. Wave after wave of monsters from their own psyche will attack until the seeds of darkness and self-doubt planted in the pirates’ souls are overcome. This is no task for the faint of heart.
A Skeleton in the Closet
At the beginning of the instance, a horde of hideous monsters spawns. Players must defeat them quickly, because a new wave of evil creatures will appear every 100 seconds whether the earlier ones have been eliminated or not. As the waves mount, the resulting chaos can overwhelm the most powerful pirates. Even successful pirates can succumb when faced with so little time to rest. During the 10th and 20th waves, the pirates will come face to face with two of their greatest nightmares. If they survive long enough, they will finally meet the seed of evil in their soul, the skeleton in their closet, in the 25th and final wave. Read more
Excalibur Publishing Ltd is due to release ‘Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict’ to the market on August 20th, 2010 in conjunction with Battlefront/Fury software. Wage World War II across the entire planet for the first time using the largest playable map created in the series .
Command the forces of over 60 different major and minor nations and send your troops to battle. Major improvements have been made since releasing the last Strategic Command title, ensuring that the unique nature of World War II on a global scale is portrayed realistically. The new War Mobilisation and Belligerence settings properly model the complex war situations that existed during the conflict. Also, for the first time in the series, Germany can be at war with all of the Allied Powers while Japan may only be at war with China and the UK.
To add historical flavour and re playability, over 200 different in-game events are now depicted and your choices and decisions control the outcome of the game. Over 50 different decision events will guarantee a unique experience each time the game is played. For instance would you as the British Government so desperately need Destroyers against German U-boats that you would give several naval bases to the USA?
Robert Stallibrass of Excalibur Publishing says: “The full Game Editor once again allows you to modify or create your own scenarios, campaigns and maps. Enjoy battling against the award-winning AI or take advantage of full multiplayer support for Hotseat, E-Mail and Network play.” Read more
Continuing to improve upon Hearts of Iron 3: Semper Fi, Paradox Interactive has released a new update that brings numerous refinements to the company’s recently released World War II strategy game expansion.
The patch further enhances the vast AI improvements found in the expansion, brings balance changes to units and weapons, and also improves overall stability. Combined, the changes make it that much easier for players to re-write the history as they lose themselves in their own version of World War II, set their own hidden victory conditions, and manage their allies.
Released in June 2010, Semper Fi marks the first expansion to Hearts of Iron 3, and is available through most major digital distributors, including GamersGate, Impulse and Steam.
Major Changes in 2.03b
- Fixed multiple stability bugs, most related to nations being annexed
- Fixed the missing unit model picture bug
- Fixed the Arcade Mode freeze during “Adapting History”
- Fixed the bug with automated HQs below Theatre level suddenly deciding to defend the whole theatre front
- Convoys should no longer ship either fuel or supplies when none are needed in the area
- AI improvements across the board
For more information and a full list of fixes, visit www.facebook.com/heartsofiron