BioWare and LucasArts announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic will officially launch in 38 additional countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Starting today, fans in those regions will be able to purchase the critically-acclaimed massively multiplayer online game and enjoy the story-driven experience that has captivated critics and fans since the game’s historic launch in December.
Players will be able to choose from the Standard Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic at Origin.com and participating retailers located in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. For a complete list of participating retailers and for pricing by territory, please visit http://buy.swtor.com. Read more
The fantasy MMORPG Runes of Magic can now be played in a browser. Players can choose between the normal client version and the browser version thanks to the implementation of Kalydo streaming technology by Dutch gaming specialist, Eximion. Game quality is not compromised in the new version, and RoM can now be played on any PC that meets the technical requirements without having to download the full client. For now the browser version will be offered in Europe only.
Downloading the browser version is fast and only requires the transmission of a small data package before players can get stuck in. It generally takes around 30 seconds before they reach the main menu and can move onto character creation.
The browser version runs on the same servers as the client version, so players can still get together in familiar surroundings. The platforms currently supported include Windows 7, Vista and XP with Service Pack 2 installed. Supported browsers include the most up-to-date versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
More information on the browser version as well as how to get started in the game can be found at: http://browser.runesofmagic.com.
S2 Games, creators of the award-winning MOBA title, Heroes of Newerth (HoN) – announced plans for a massive multi-regional tournament series, DreamHoN, officially sponsored by Alienware Arena and set to headline at the world’s largest LAN event, DreamHack Summer 2012.
DreamHoN will feature five-man teams from around the globe facing-off in the massively popular session-based MOBA title, Heroes of Newerth. Teams from North America, Europe, South East Asia (SEA), Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Korea will all vie for their shot at over $60,000 in prize money and the pride of representing their home territory live at DreamHack Summer 2012 in Jönköping, Sweden. It all kicks off with separate North American, European, and Oceanic qualifiers starting April 23rd.
“We are dedicated to increasing the exposure of our game on a global scale”, said Phil Haller, Director of eSports at S2 Games, “There’s no better way to do that than taking the best HoN players in the world to one of the biggest eSport events on the planet and let them do what they do best.” Read more
PC shooter fans looking for a new twist on online multiplayer games are certain to find it this summer in Mercenary Ops. The new title combines the best of the tactical gameplay elements from conventional third-person shooters with the fast-paced competitive and cooperative team matches found in online multiplayer titles – and adds to the mix a deeper layer of character development and customization.
“In a third-person shooter, the online multiplayer aspect of the game always seems to be an after-thought to the single-player experience,” said Mercenary Ops Producer, Jason Sharp. “Because of this, we decided to concentrate on creating an entirely different online experience by looking at every facet of game design from that perspective. This decision resulted in a unique style of play that enhanced traditional tactical combat by requiring players to have a quicker, more aggressive attitude.”
Like other third-person shooters, Mercenary Ops implements cover-based mechanics and an active reload system as the foundation of the game’s design. Along with these familiar gameplay elements, the developers added the precise control and aiming abilities found only on the PC. In addition, the game was enhanced by adding destructible cover, an encumbrance system and maps designed with multiple threat vectors to shake up the stop-and-pop gameplay often found in third-person shooters. Read more
Joymax announced a bevy of events for their sister titles Silkroad Online and Silkroad-R. Contests galore begin today alongside a special gift package and much, much more!
Silkroad-R: New Players’ Gift Basket, Design A Pet
Welcome to your new home in Silkroad-R! Awaiting your auspicious arrival is a four part gift package that will help you on your way. Prizes include the New Saint Knight Outfit (given to all new players at level 1), the Fairy Outfit (earned by reaching level 30), and an extra, secret item that players will receive after their first Silk purchase. Veterans are not left out, as the “Design your fellow” contest begins today. Entries will be accepted today until May 16th, when a community vote will take place. If your creative idea is one of the three chosen, your pet will be added to the game! Read more
Independent videogames publisher Iceberg Interactive and game development company Gaijin Entertainment today announced that they have come to a distribution agreement for the hack-and-slash steam punk action game Blades of Time: Limited Edition, which they are spinning towards PC and Mac players starting end of May 2012.
Erik Schreuder, CEO of Iceberg Interactive says: “We are thrilled to continue our co-operation with Gaijin Entertainment. With Blades of Time we add a first class action game to our growing range of quality action games for PC and Mac. We feel that Blades of Time will definitely stand out from the crowd with its unique feature of Time Rewind, its stunning graphics and the addition of many extra´s that our version will include.”
“It feels great to have Iceberg Interactive as a partner” says Anton Yudintsev, President of Gaijin Entertainment. “I am completely confident that Iceberg will provide successful retail distribution to bring PC and Mac gamers the unforgettable experience of Blades of Time innovative hack’n’slash and shooting” Read more
Create a family legacy that can rival the Skywalkers! BioWare and LucasArts released Game Update 1.2: Legacy, the highly anticipated content update for Star Wars: The Old Republic. This massive update delivers an incredible amount of new high level gameplay content for players and also includes the evolution of the Legacy System, a feature that ties all of your characters together into one family, regardless of class or faction, and allows them to unlock custom new abilities.
Game Update 1.2 will also include some of the communities’ most sought-after game enhancements including user interface customization and guild banks along with gameplay and balancing fixes.
To celebrate the release of Game Update 1.2 and thank fans for their support, BioWare also announced that it would offer Star Wars: The Old Republic players a number of in-game rewards: Read more
Wargaming.net, the award-winning global videogame publisher and developer, celebrates the first anniversary of its highly acclaimed online action game, World of Tanks, with more than 24 million registered players worldwide.
World of Tanks, officially launched on April 12, 2011, has become one of the fastest growing free-to-play MMO games with servers in Europe, North America, Russia and China and recent expansion into Asia Pacific.
Over the past year, virtual tankmen from around the globe have:
- Participated in more than 350 million battles
- Fired more than 75 billion shells with 48 billion direct hits
- Destroyed almost 13 billion armored vehicles Read more
SteelWar Online, which is set in a vast fantastic universe populated by thousands of robots, is the first free-to-play robot-themed SLG brought by PopPace for web browsers.
This game offers strategy fans the chance to participate in PvE and as well as PvP. Players can conquer others from the opponent faction; besides, they can also join a corps, declare a war to other corps and seize a place on the corps ranking. Here, PopPace team introduced more details about Corps War in SteelWar Online, from which robot fans may acquire some tips to help them win the victory easily.
From corps competition to material planets contention, SteelWar Online team has been leading players to take part in developing their corps and fighting for their honor. Only reasonable strategies and strong willpower can help players become the real fighters in battlefields.
In SteelWar Online, players can feel free to create a corps or directly join one. It requires not only powerful individual but also excellent strategies if a corps seeks to seize the crown of the galactic empire. SteelWar Online offers a platform for robot fans to deploy soldiers, select suitable battle formation and play in hand. Try to recruit brave warriors and launch the unprecedented universal wars now. Only the tacit teamwork and unity can lead your corps to the final victory.
For now, hundreds of corps in SteelWar Online are waiting for players to join. Once a corps leader declares a war to another corps, the corps war can be started at any time. Occupy a material planet to increase the material output. Cooperate with allies to fight against enemies together. Those corps on the top places of the ranking can decide the destiny of the whole universe all the time.
Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier for Microsoft Windows PC will be available in stores and for digital download on June 15th.
PC version specific features:
- PC high standard visuals (DX11 renderer, new Hi-Quality Assets, new Post Process Effects, multi-monitor solutions support, TriDef stereoscopic support).
- DirectX11 enhanced: Tessellation (for soft 3D models), Compute Shaders-based realistic lighting (for Global Illumination), Volumetric Fog.
- Online Widget: Party, Friends and Ghost Feed functionality can be accessed at any moment from any screen.
- Extended party functionality: simplified and more flexible invitation system.
- Party text Chat.
- Uplay Friends system
- Fully customizable controls for the localized keyboards Read more