Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead enlarged by new update 1.57

December 28, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Bohemia Interactive extends its reputation for post-release support with new updates and a Christmas gift for A2:PMC owners!

As a continuous supporter of its titles, dedicated community and customers, award winning independent developer, Bohemia Interactive, is pleased to announce the release of a new update, version 1.57, which improves upon the Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead gaming experience and delivers an Christmas gift to all Arma 2: Private Military Company fans – 4 new singleplayer missions, completely for free!

Included alongside several improvements and stability tweaks detailed in the attached change-log files, this update also brings new engine improvements, such as improved netcode (better locality handling), new scripting commands as well as four brand new scenario missions for owners of A2:PMC. One showcase and three distinctive single-player missions add extra weight to PMC’s substantial co-op campaign playable content:

  • Infiltration: Sneak under the cover of darkness to destroy a rocket artillery test site.
  • Reaction: Battle through the mist to recover missing clients.
  • Provision: Take to the air to deliver a crucial cargo drop for UN troops in central Takistan.
  • Showcase: Enjoy the diversity of the PMC faction in a showcase mission.

The update is available for immediate download from project´s homepage at www.arma2.com

Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead and its expansions are available now! Check out the project´s homepage and learn more about Arma 2: Combined Operations – a unique collection of the original Arma 2 and the massive standalone expansion pack, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.

RuneScape opens petition to reinstate The Wilderness and unrestricted Free Trade

December 27, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

As part of RuneScape’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, Jagex pledges to reinstate Free Trade and an enhanced Wilderness player-versus-player combat area provided a vast number of players cast their support at www.RuneScape.com/wilderness

Jagex Games Studio, developer of RuneScape, the world’s most popular free-to-play MMORPG, announced the launch of an unprecedented petition for players to decide whether to reintroduce unrestricted Free Trade and the Wilderness to RuneScape.

Jagex has launched the online petition www.RuneScape.com/wilderness to offer the RuneScape community the unique chance to directly influence and shape the future of the game as the studio gears up for RuneScape’s 10th Anniversary celebrations in January 2011.

“We want to celebrate RuneScape’s 10th anniversary by offering our loyal community the chance to decide, once and for all, the future of Free Trade and the Wilderness,” said Christoph Vietzke, Head of RuneScape. “Never before has an MMO developer given their community the platform to decide on an update as game changing as this and we are confident that our players will make the right call – whatever it may be. We will only make the changes if the community really supports it, so if you are in favour of bringing back the Wildy, pledge your support straightaway.” Read more

Special Limited Edition version of The Sims Medieval is available for pre-order

December 21, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

A special Limited Edition version of The Sims Medieval is available for pre-order today at www.TheSimsMedieval.com.

The Sims Medieval Limited Edition will launch in spring 2011 and feature exclusive content that will grant players access to three all-new, themed throne rooms with Barbarian, Dark Magic and Princess themes. Limited Edition owners will also get two exclusive outfit sets, the Monarch set featuring a royally decked out king and queen and the Executioner set, complete with a leather apron and an intimidating black hood.

“With the Limited Edition version of The Sims Medieval, we are giving players several great bonuses for being among the first to experience our new standalone franchise within the world of The Sims, said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio.

The Sims Medieval is a brand new standalone game from The Sims Studio, creators of best-selling games such as The Sims™ 3, andmarks a departure from the traditional The Sims games with all-new features and gameplay. Set in medieval times, players now have the opportunity to build up a medieval kingdom, go on quests, level-up their characters and fulfill storyline elements. Players will find their Sims, the characters unique to The Sims games,   in a variety of situations previously unknown to them like duels to the death, choosing whether to poison a witch or marry her and punishing Sims by having them thrown into the Pit of Judgment. Every quest plays out differently depending on which Hero Sim the player is controlling.

Everything in The Sims Medieval is crafted to create an immersive medieval world, from the quest-based gameplay, to the medieval objects such as swords and stocks and thrones, right down to the warm look of the characters and the painterly approach to the world itself.  Players can choose to customize every new Hero Sim that comes to the kingdom, including selecting their traits and their fatal flaw. Players get close to their characters, not only sending them on epic quests, but also making sure they carry out their daily responsibilities such as healing the sick, trading for exotic goods, or forging armour.

The Sims Medieval as well as the Limited Edition for PC/Mac will be available in March 2011 for $49.99 and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

Need for Speed World Races Past Three Million Registered Users

December 20, 2010 · Filed Under Action, News, Online, Racing · Comment 

EA Play4Free Racing Game Finds its Audience and Adds New Features

Black Box announced that Need for Speed World, the Play4Free online PC action racing game, has now eclipsed three million registered users.

With numerous hours of high-speed, high-stakes Need for Speed multiplayer action, Need for Speed World is one of the world’s most popular, free to play racing games. Today EA builds on the game by adding an all-new dynamic day/night cycle and an advanced vehicle performance customization tuning system. Players can go under the hood to upgrade and tune their vehicle with an extensive list of car parts ranging from tuned engines to top-tier suspension systems to create a high-performance race machine.

Need for Speed World brings together best in class action racing with an unparalleled social experience for the PC. Players can compete against their friends and family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits. Gamers race the way they want in an ever expanding world that continues to grow with a constant stream of new content, cars, and features.

In addition to English and German, Need for Speed World has now been localized for France, Russia, Spain and Poland markets. Players worldwide can feel the rush of illicit street racing as they speed their way through a white-knuckle socially-connected Need for Speed experience. They will also be able to purchase SpeedBoost which they can use to acquire in-game items such as Booster Packs, Power-ups, XP accelerators and even exclusive exotic cars via the in-game store using a variety of local payment options including credit cards and SMS billing.

Fiesta Online: Xmas Party 2010 is announced!

December 17, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

gamigo announced the 2010 Xmas Party for Fiesta online.

From the 12-16 until the 06-01-2011 Fiesta Online’s community team invites all the players to discover and enjoy the numerous events they created for them!

– A European Artwork contest started the 09-12-2010 and will last until the 31-12. During this time, all the players are invited to submit an artwork they created! Every valid participation will be rewarded and the 10 best Artworks of each language will get an additional prize.

– 5 new Xmas quests were specially designed for this occasion and will allow the players to get an exclusive Xmas Item as a reward.

– Of course cities will be decorated and snow will fall in the world of Isya enchanting this fantasy world a little bit more.

– Last but not least, the Mystery vault has appeared! This new event will allow the players to win Premium Items each time they reach a certain level. This event will be available to players from level 1 to 105 and will last indefinitely!

Avalon Heroes: huge update for the most wonderful time of the year

December 16, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online, RPG, Strategy · Comment 

On December 22, publisher burda:ic will release the biggest patch in the history of the free-to-play online RTS RPG highlight.

Is it Christmas already? Not quite, but the free-to-play game Avalon Heroes will indeed be bringing the big day forward this year – by several days! Fans of the online RTS RPG will receive a superlative update on December 22: two quick-witted heroes, an improved guild system, the game modes “Elimination” and “Deathmatch”, plus many smaller updates, as well as plenty of yuletide spirit. Thus, Avalon Heroes is really cranking it up toward the end of the year, and is sure to have strategists and role-players alike glued to their screens.

Fighting for honor and glory here is just pure enjoyment! The new “reconnect system” being introduced on December 22 for the first time allows hero and game data to be saved, enabling players to reconnect to matches they started previously. The guild system will also be completely overhauled: The “guild war system” in battle mode will allow extra EXP to be collected; the “guild benefit system”, reminiscent of a popular MMO system, holds additional rewards in store for successful guilds. Moreover, there are two brand-new game modes to discover. In “Elimination”, the team still standing after 25 minutes of playing wins. In “Deathmatch”, on the other hand, the aim is to defeat more heroes in a given period of time than the opposing team.

However, no Avalon Heroes update would be complete without new heroes! There is Humbaba, an exemplary melee fighter capable of taking on several enemies at once. Or you might prefer Rukselam, whose HP and defense stats are excellent. Whichever of these two heroes a player might choose, collecting and mastering the skills of these unique heroes is about to become more motivational than ever, as the plaza market is resplendent in white, and new costumes will almost allow certain heroes to pass for Santa Claus on the battlefield.

Avalon Heroes is free to play! The games client is available for free download at www.avalonheroes.alaplaya.net/download.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 3.3 million copies sold in 24 hours

December 14, 2010 · Filed Under Business, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Latest expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game reaches a record 3.3 million copies sold through as of its first 24 hours of release

Blizzard Entertainment announced that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the third expansion for the critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), sold through more than 3.3 million copies as of its first 24 hours of release, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time. This milestone eclipses the previous record of more than 2.8 million copies sold in 24 hours, set in November 2008 by Blizzard’s second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King .

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was simultaneously released in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7, and became available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on December 9. More than 10,000 stores throughout the world opened their doors at midnight to welcome players who wanted to be among the first to obtain a copy of the expansion. In addition, approximately 15,000 players attended official launch events hosted by Blizzard and key retail partners in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the region of Taiwan. Read more

Tibia major game update released

December 13, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Tibia, one of the oldest MMORPGs worldwide, is facing its annual winter update. The major game update consist both of map enhancements and feature additions.

The most exciting addition is without any doubt the introduction of mounts. For the first time in Tibia’s 13 year old history, players are now able to choose between several creatures (i.e. midnight panthers, war bears, etc) which can be tamed and ridden. More mounts are already planned and will be introduced with future updates.

For Tibia’s community, map enhancements have always been an important and inherent part of every new update. This time, two big free-to-play areas (Kazordoon, Outlaw Camp) have been completely overhauled and polished.

In addition, many new world quests have been introduced with this winter update, which will all be launched during the course of next year. World quests are time consuming challenges, which can only be mastered if many players of one game world work together in a coordinated and peaceful manner – sometimes for many days in a row.

As usual, the update is accompanied by the introduction of new items, spells achievements, quests and many more.

Europa Universalis III Divine Wind Goes Gold

December 9, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Paradox Interactive announced that Europa Universalis III Divine Wind, the majestic new expansion for Europa Universalis III set in the ancient Far East, has gone Gold. The expansion will release on December 14th with a recommended retail price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99. The pre-order has now started on all major leading digital distribution platforms.

The fourth expansion to the classic historical strategy epic, Europa Universalis III Divine Wind is set in the Far East and will enhance every aspect of the original game to create an even deeper and more rewarding experience. Requiring Europa Universalis III Complete as well as the Heir to the Throne expansion to play, Divine Wind introduces a new graphical style, a more detailed map, and a wealth of new oriental provinces to control.

Europa Universalis III
Europa Universalis III, which delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy, is an epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis III gives players freedom to rule their nation from an impressive choice of over 250 historically accurate countries.

The Divine Wind ”Meet the Team” video can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysZvGygU1Qc

Atlantica Online to Release New Dungeon, Battle System, and Journey Updates

December 6, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Atlantica Online, a strategic turn-based MMO, will be launching a large scale update that is set to include a new dungeon, an overhauled Tactical Battle System, new journeys, and more for the month of December.

The independent dungeon, “Ancient Lava Valley,” allows players and up to two friends join together to battle the Flame Guardians. Defeating all monsters within the given time limit will award players exciting new items and treasures.

Fans will also be able to try out Atlantica’s Tactical Battle System facelift, which features a bigger and bolder interface. Camera angles, alert messaging, and battlefield grid indicators have undergone major modifications so players are able to efficiently manage in-game activity. Additionally, a Solo Mode battle system has been added to the Trojan War Missions, which will offer solo players faster paced action, better speed upgrades, and stronger attack power.

Several new storylines and journeys have also been added to Atlantica Online, providing more adventures for players to enjoy. Additionally, players will see a new change to their mansions with the addition of stables.  Players will now be able to house 2 of their mounts for display at their mansion for all to admire.

For the holidays, players can look forward to Santa’s Villa, which will feature special Christmas-themed quests and items.

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