After years of waiting, fans will get their first taste of Red Orchestra 2 as the beta launches for all those who have pre-purchased the Deluxe version of the game. Pre-purchase numbers for the game have shattered all expectations with gamers around the world voting with their wallets for their shooter pick of the season. Anyone that pre-purchases the deluxe edition before the game launches will get instant access to the beta, so head on over to http://store.steampowered.com/app/35450/ to get your copy and join the fight!
The first phase of the pre-purchase beta will include 3 levels from the game running the 3 gametypes – Firefight, Countdown, and Territory. From the open destroyed cityscape of Fallen Fighters, to the close quarters combat of Apartments, and the wide open tank battles of Gumrak – the beta gives players a sample of the diverse action Red Orchestra 2 has to offer. Apart from the opportunity for people to play the game early, this is our volume and final balance testing, so we are looking for feedback. Head for the Tripwire forums to give us that feedback.
Recommended Server Hosting Partners
In a first for a game of this kind, Tripwire Interactive will be allowing individual server admins as well as GSP’s to host ranked servers for the game. We feel the “walled garden” approach many developers take to server hosting makes it difficult for the clan/gaming communities as well as stifling mod and custom mapping development -two things that are very important to the success and longevity of any multi-player game. We have also put together a list of Recommended Server Hosting Partners that we’ve been working closely with to ensure they provide a good experience for our fans and game server admins as well as meeting the hardware requirements of the game. The list of recommended server hosting partners, as follows: Read more
Eutechnyx announces Silverstone as new licensed track in Auto Club Revolution and reveals Closed Beta progress.
Eutechnyx announced the addition of world famous British race track Silverstone for play by beta testers of Auto Club Revolution. Silverstone, the home of British Motorsport, joins custom race track L.A. River and officially licensed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps totalling three tracks to be added to the beta test since launching at the end of July.
Eutechnyx creative manager Mark Barton said; “As with all of our licensed race tracks, Silverstone has been constructed with an emphasis on authenticity and attention to detail.” He continues; “Tracks in Auto Club Revolution are built using the highest video game production standards meaning we can deliver an experience over and above what players can normally expect from a free-to-play game.” Read more
Interactive Gaming Software has announced that the boxed retail version of highly popular free-to-play MMO game World of Tanks will be available on sale at all major retail chains and independents as of August 31, 2011.
The online version of World of Tanks, created and managed by Wargaming.net, has been played by more than 5 million people, also has more than 130,000 fans on Facebook. On a some days, more than 170,000 users have been playing the game. The retail version of World of Tanks is expected to be extremely popular with users.
The special boxed edition of the game will be available for a suggested retail price of only $19.99. In addition to including the entire game itself, purchasers will also receive a bonus of $30 of in-game items, including a premium account, game credits, gold, and an upgraded tank.
“World of Tanks is one of the most popular online games ever created,” said IGS CEO and founder Paul Lombardi. “We think that players who love the online version of the game are going to discover that the boxed version offers them a lot of incentives to purchase it, and we think that having a retail version will attract even more fans to the wonderful gaming experience that World of Tanks offers.” Read more
Kalypso Media released the Windows PC system requirements for Tropico 4, the upcoming city-building game that has players creating the ultimate island paradise – Tropico!
In Tropico 4, players will be put in the boots of El Presidente, the newly elected leader of the island nation, and will be tasked with turning this small backwater banana republic into a feared and respected world power through economic dominance. Tropico 4 takes the gameplay formula that made its predecessor so popular, and adds new features such as interactive disasters, additional superpowers (including China, the Middle East and Europe), expanded political options and much more.
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In a move likely to shock absolutely no one, Devolver Digital CFO and massage parlor enthusiast Fork Parker has revealed that plans for his company’s digital download game service, codenamed “Krundle”, have been abandoned.
“I think we could have revolutionized how I make a shitload of money,” said CFO Fork Parker. “But the reality is Steam is an amazing digital platform. That’s where we want to distribute our top-tier titles like Serious Sam 3: BFE to generate the kind of revenue it takes to buy things like velvet-covered jet skis. Holy crap, did I just invent those?”
The proposed service was set to radically change the digital distribution marketplace with features not seen in any other online offering:0
- Unconventional preorder incentives like in-game nachos and undetonated Cold War era munitions
- Free-to-Play-for-Fifty-Bucks games wherein the consumer is free to play the game once it is purchased for $50
- Complimentary Portuguese adult films with purchases of $200 or more
While breakthrough concepts found in the now aborted download service may never see the light of day, Devolver Digital pledges to move the industry forward and keep bringing genuinely unique games to the hungry masses.
“I guess consumers could also sign-up for EA’s Origin service if they are into 10-year-old train simulators,” claimed Fork. “But you can be sure those sons of bitches will never deliver in-game nachos.”