Crusader Kings II Ruler Designer DLC Announced

March 30, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

The past is littered with the names of fallen monarchs, mad kings and usurped rulers. Ignominy is their legacy. Now is the time to create history’s greatest ruler in your own image as Paradox Interactive have today announced a brand new DLC for their hit strategy game Crusader Kings II allowing you to create and customize the most loved or most feared king or queen the world has ever known!

Who do you want to be today in Crusader Kings II? It is the question that every player faces; still finding that perfect character to play is always the challenge. You may have found the perfect place but well the man who has it just isn’t quite right. A stat is a little too low, that trait is a little annoying, he could really do with an heir, the less said about the nose the better, and why does he have such a stupid name?

With the new Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer DLC all these are in your hands. Customize your character your way. Tweak and change any aspect of the character or even create an all new character and dynasty to play with. Create your portrait, change the name and dynasty and even customize your coat of arms. Change traits and stats at will and decide the size of the immediate family. The game that lets you choose your goals will now let you choose your character.

Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer DLC will be released on the 17th of April to a suggested retail price of 4,99 USD.

The strategy/RPG Crusader Kings II is available via all major distribution platforms and selected retails outlets with a suggested retail price of $39.99.

WW2: Time of Wrath is Updated

March 28, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Matrix Games and Wastelands Interactive announced the release of the 1.90 patch for the turn-based grand strategy game WW2: Time of Wrath. The patch adds a host of fixes to the game and to the AI, as well as the addition of a new event method.

Fixes include adjusting the AI to react to enemy convoys in the Mediterranean and correcting problems with duplicated naval vessels ID, which were causing crashes in the game.

The full 1.90 changelog for WW2: Time of Wrath:

Fixes

  • Fixed problems with game crashing after retaking some ports by enemies
  • Fixed crash after entering reports as neutral country
  • Commander of unit killed during the naval transport is returned to HQ
  • Fixed possibility to perform air carrier strike on own units
  • Fixed recon effects, enemy units now stay visible after save/load
  • Corrected problems with duplicated naval vessels ID, causing CTD Read more

The new ‘Careers’ feature should bring jobs to the Sims Social

March 22, 2012 · Filed Under News, Simulator · Comment 

The Sims Social

Sims characters in The Sims Social are finally bringing home the simoleons! On March 22, EA/Playfish will launch Careers, a new game-changing feature in The Sims Social that gives players a whole new way to engage with their Sim and play with life.

Since its launch in August 2011, The Sims Social, the award-winning free-to-play social game on Facebook, has been captivating players by enabling them to engage with every aspect of Sims’ social lives – from building friendships to falling in love – and now with Careers, players can unleash career ambitions for their Sims and watch them rise to success as they embark on exciting new opportunities. Read more

Everquest Makes Transition To Free-To-Play

March 20, 2012 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Sony Online Entertainment announced that it is celebrating the 13th anniversary of its landmark massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), EverQuest(EQ),  by transitioning the game to a free-to-play model. Recently inducted into the GDC Online Awards’ Hall of Fame, EverQuest now offers a variety of options that cater to players’ different needs and preferences so they can choose to play the game in a way that suits them best – such as recurring vs. non-recurring subscriptions and Free through Gold memberships.

“Through 18 successful expansions and countless other game updates, EverQuest has forged its place in history amongst the MMO and online game elite,” said Dave Georgeson, director of development of the EverQuest franchise. “With one of the most loyal player communities in the industry, we believe that after 13 years we need to provide them with a wide variety of ways to play the game on their terms. Players can now choose to play in a way that suits them best and continue to expand their game experience…until the next milestone birthday!”

To celebrate its 13th birthday and move to free-to-play, beginning today EverQuestplayers will be treated to a variety of amazing in-game activities and game updates, including: Read more

Worms Reloaded Game of the Year Edition now Available on Steam

March 18, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Britsoft stalwarts Team17 have announced that their highly popular 2010 return to 2D worming on PC, Worms Reloaded, is available now from Steam in a gargantuan Game of the Year edition.  Consisting of a crate-load of content, the Worms Reloaded GotY includes the original European Games Awards 2011 ‘Best European Strategy Game’ winner Worms Reloaded, and an arsenal of additional DLC from the last twelve months of madness.

The full line up of features are as follows:

  • Worms Reloaded – featuring Over 60 single-player missions, a fully featured landscape creator, 45+ plus weapons spanning the entire Worms series and a huge currency based customization system – all wrapped up in HD quality visuals.
  • The Worms Reloaded “Puzzle Pack” – featuring 20 mind-boggling single-player puzzle missions, designed to test even the most cunning Worms players.
  • The Worms Reloaded “Forts Pack” – featuring 20 addictive and challenging single-player levels, based upon a variety of fort-based mission objectives.
  • The Worms Reloaded “Time Attack” pack – featuring 20 new heart-pounding single-player race missions designed to test players’ Rope and Jet Pack skills to the limit! Read more

Diablo III to be released on May 15

March 15, 2012 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Diablo III

The end is nigh! Blizzard Entertainment announced that Diablo III, the next chapter in its critically acclaimed action role-playing game series, will be unleashed from the Burning Hells on May 15.

Starting that day, gamers with a thirst for fast-paced action and adventure will be able to purchase Diablo III at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally via Blizzard’s Battle.net website. Read more

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures has 10 million registered players

March 13, 2012 · Filed Under Adventure, News, Online · Comment 

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., announced that Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, the free-to-play, family-friendly, online game based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has more than 10 million registered players.

Clone Wars Adventures is one of our original free-to-play games and it continues to demonstrate the success of the free-to-play business model,” said John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment. “Surpassing 10 million registered players so quickly is an extraordinary achievement and we have no intention of slowing down. Our goal is to continue to create an immersive environment that captures the essence of Star Wars, and we remain committed to further amplifying the Star Wars experience for all of our 10 million-plus registered players.”

Since the game’s launch less than two years ago, Clone Wars Adventures has steadily increased its player base; reaching eight million registered users in one year and continuing to grow. Additionally, Clone Wars Adventures has released a variety of content to maintain its connection with the animated television series, including the summer game series Mission on Iceberg Three, mini-game Aquatic Assault and combat environment Battle of Umbara. Read more

Gettysburg: Armored Warfare opens up for modders!

March 11, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Paradox Interactive and Radioactive Software announced that it will support the mod community with its forthcoming game, Gettysburg: Armored Warfare through an editor and full toolset to be shared via Steam Workshop.

The hybrid multiplayer Third-Person Shooter (TPS)/Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game brings fast paced action to the PC in an alternative reality version of the American Civil War.

Developer Danny Green will work to enable the community to utilize the game’s tools and Steam Workshop to build and release mods based on the game’s powerful Radioactive Engine.

“My producer [Gordon Van Dyke – Paradox] and I share a strong commitment and love for the modding community, my goal is to make Gettysburg: Armored Warfare a great platform to create gamers dream add-ons and scenarios,” said CEO & Lead Programmer Danny Green. “I’m excited to see how far they can take it”, he continued.

Developed by Radioactive Software, Gettysburg: Armored Warfare is scheduled to launch soon, exclusively on Steam.

Listen to Danny Green talk more about Gettysburg: Armored Warfare in this video interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6WPjEOaNOI

Stronghold Kingdoms Reaches 500,000 Registered Players

March 10, 2012 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Firefly Studios, creators of the Stronghold series and free-to-play MMORTS Stronghold Kingdoms, hit a major milestone this week with 500,000 registered players.

Yesterday Kingdoms’ 500,000th player joined ‘World 4’, bringing the total number of Lords and Ladies to half a million.

World 4 is the game’s newest English-language server, launched on Saturday 3rd March to keep pace with the recent influx of new subscriptions that is showing few signs of subsiding.

Achieving this milestone puts Firefly half-way to achieving their goal of one million registered players, which it is hoped can be achieved with new markets and platforms. Firefly does not expect World 4 to be the last opened in 2012.

Here’s to another 500,000!

More information on Stronghold Kingdoms and Firefly Studios can be found at www.strongholdkingdoms.com and www.fireflyworlds.com. Kingdoms can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StrongholdKingdoms and on Twitter @shkingdoms. Alternatively you can follow @AskTheWolf to be insulted by a psychotic medieval warlord.

Tribes: Ascend Release Date

March 9, 2012 · Filed Under News · Comment 

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Hi-Rez Studios announced that Tribes: Ascend will be released on April 12, 2012.

Tribes: Ascend is a fast paced sci-fi FPS for the PC that bills itself the “World’s Fastest Shooter.”

Supporting the announcement Hi-Rez Studios also released a parody trailer titled “Tribes Ascend – Llama Island.”

“Tribes is all about speed and movement,” explains Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer. “In fact the community uses the term llama to refer to a player moving too slowly, like a plodding llama.  So this video demonstrates the perils of trying to capture a flag while going too slow.  The outcome is predictable but no less tragic.”

Tribes: Ascend is currently in Open Beta with over 400,000 players participating.  Hi-Rez has announced that all player progress in Beta will carry over to the release build.

Anyone interested in trying Tribes: Ascend can create an account and download the game from  http://www.tribesascend.com, without the need for a beta key.

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