Despite a sterling record of always hitting its release targets, Blizzard Entertainment announced that the expected launch window for Diablo III, the next title in the company’s critically acclaimed series of action role-playing games, will be moving into early 2012.
“With every game we make, the temptation is always very strong to launch as soon as possible. However, we didn’t put so many years of work into Diablo III to release a game that was almost ready,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The beta test is going very well, and we look forward to making the most of the extra time we’re taking to deliver an experience that lives up to our vision for the game and the expectations of our players. Next year is going to be an incredibly busy one for Blizzard, and we hope an incredibly fun one for Blizzard gamers.”
Blizzard will use the additional time to extend the Diablo III closed beta test, which began September 20, potentially adding more testers than initially projected. Players who have an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game attached to it should visit Battle.net account management to opt in for a chance to participate in the beta test. Additional testing phases, as well as further details regarding the launch plans for the game, will be announced on the company’s Diablo III community website: www.Diablo3.com.
Serious Sam RPGs To Become the Leading Export of The Netherlands
In a move designed to stabilize the global economy, Dutch indie developer Vlambeer has launched their retro-styled, action-RPG Serious Sam: The Random Encounter on PC via Steam and Get Games. Serious Sam fans around the world are set to lead the iconic video game hero and his oddball cast of mercenaries as they battle the pixilated hordes of Mental’s invading force through nine old-school world maps and an incredibly tough Challenge Mode.
“Admittedly, we don’t have a clue about JRPGs. It seems like we ended up with a game about running backwards and shooting hundreds of enemies in the face with heavy weaponry,” said Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail. “So that’s pretty awesome.”
Part of the trailblazing Serious Sam Indie Series which includes Serious Sam: Double D and Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is available now for $4.99 on Steam and Get Games. Featuring over-the-top battles, an explosive arsenal of weapons, and crazy items like Kamikaze Bait and the Serious Bomb, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is set to blow the doors off the world of Dutch-made JRPGs set in Egypt.
“Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is the greatest Serious Sam RPG to ever come out of the Netherlands,” claimed Fork Parker, Devolver Digital CFO. “Maybe even the world. Quote me.”
Fan Debate and Social Media Campaigns Help Drive More Than 250,000 Fan Votes During Three-Week Facebook Contest
EA SPORTS announced that Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy have been selected by the fans to join Tiger Woods on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 in North America and Europe, respectively. Their victories come on the heels of a three week voting contest that sparked debates amongst golf enthusiasts and campaigning by the world’s top golfers through their personal social media channels. During the final week of voting, Rickie Fowler defeated Bubba Watson by a final margin of 52% to 48% to win the American side of the bracket in the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 Match Play cover vote, while Rory McIlroy defeated Luke Donald by a final margin of 54% to 46% to win the European side.
Similar to previous EA SPORTS cover athlete votes for Madden NFL and NCAA Football, community reaction to the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 Match Play cover vote was overwhelmingly positive for providing fans an opportunity to decide who they think should be on the cover. Showing tremendous enthusiasm and engagement throughout the three week contest, fans cast more than 250,000 votes from over 35 countries around the world.
TeePee Games is inviting applications from individuals to become paid beta testers. The deadline for sign up is at midnight on Friday 28th October, and after this time all new applicants will be put into a waiting list for any future opportunities.
Beta testers will help TeePee Games test out games from some of the largest social and online game developers. Successful candidates will get to play games before they’re released and will be able to tell developers what they think of their games. Testers will also be able to earn money for each title they test and get closer to some of the key development industry figures. Some of the activities beta testers will be asked to undertake include: reporting on bugs and glitches, giving feedback about possible improvements, identifying parts of a game that may cause frustration, providing their thoughts about certain features and helping developers to gauge the general level of interest in a title.
No qualifications or previous experience are needed for the role as all shortlisted candidates will receive some initial training from TeePee Games and will be thoroughly briefed on what is expected from them prior to each beta test. The only requirements are that individuals must be fluent in English, be able to work independently and have an active interest in the games development industry. Read more
Sports Interactive Ltd. & SEGA Europe unveiled the latest version of their successful football management simulation series, Football Manager 2012.
Planned to be in stores before Christmas, Football Manager 2012 will once again allow you to take charge of your favourite football team and put your managerial skills to the test.
The award-winning Football Manager series has now sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide and has topped the UK and many European PC charts for the last seven years, with over 108 weeks at no.1 in the UK to date.
“We’re delighted to finally be able to start talking about Football Manager 2012” said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “It’s another year of evolution, with some revolution thrown in for good measure so we’re pretty sure our dedicated communities, and hopefully lots of new people too, get to play and enjoy the game when it’s released later in the year.” Read more
Aeria Games released new details about Golden Age, its upcoming exclusive browser-based, real-time strategy (RTS) title. At the core of Golden Age is classic, city-building RTS mechanics inspired by true Knights Templar history. Visit the all-new Golden Age Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Aeria.GoldenAge.
Golden Age features a host of expansive role-playing game (RPG) elements, surprisingly in-depth strategy-based warfare, and dozens of instanced dungeons for players. When not fighting other players in the epic Battlefield or conquering pirate encampments for valuable treasures, players must lead armies through challenging instanced dungeons. Players must enter instances by conversing with a non-playable character (NPC) in Sanctum City, Golden Age’s side-scrolling, RPG-style town.
Instanced dungeons in Golden Age allow players to: Read more
Croteam has announced that Serious Sam 3: BFE’s release date on PC has been shifted to November 22nd. The newest release in the icon FPS series will still be released on Steam, Get Games, Impulse and Direct2Drive in addition to retail in select territories.
“Serious Sam 3: BFE is the next evolution in our beloved franchise and the team wants to take a little extra time to make it perfect for Serious Sam fans worldwide,” said Davor Hunski, Chief Creative Guy at Croteam. “The game is playing wonderfully and looks great so we are going through to balance the difficulty and fine tune the code to eliminate any technical issues at launch. And we’ll probably add some more enemies to the hordes to blow your mind.”
Serious Sam 3: BFE is open for preorders on Steam, Get Games and other digital download services with serious discounts and one very special surprise: Read more