NCsoft, developer of the renowned Guild Wars franchise, announces that the revolutionary online roleplaying game Guild Wars 2 will also be supporting Mac OS X.
From today, Guild Wars 2 will be available for Mac in a beta version to anyone who purchases Guild Wars 2. The Mac beta version of Guild Wars 2 is still being optimised and, unlike other betas, is connected to the live servers allowing everyone to play together on both Mac and Windows based computers. Users will be able to access the Mac beta client through the Guild Wars 2 account management website after activating their game code.
As one of the most successful game launches of the year, Guild Wars 2 delivers an unparalleled gaming experience set in a magical world of high fantasy. Like its predecessor, Guild Wars 2 features a subscription-free business model that allows players to enjoy the entire online experience for just one initial purchase. Read more
Joymax, leading online game developer and publisher widely known for Digimon Masters and Knight Age, celebrates the birthday of their anchor title, Silkroad Online! With an almost unheard of fifteen years of service, Silkroad Online is one of the oldest running MMORPGs, without any long-term service interruptions. To celebrate this monumental occasion, Joymax is sponsoring a variety of contests and in-game parties for its loyal community. Players new, old, or returning can register or log into their account on the official site at http://www.joymax.com/silkroad/.
“When we opened the doors to Silkroad Online in 1997, we had no idea we would one day be celebrating fifteen years of active service!” said Nam-Chul Kim, CEO of Joymax. “It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the tenth anniversary, which in and of itself is a huge milestone. We give our most heartfelt thanks to all of our players for your ongoing interest and support.”
Silkroad Online was one of the first MMORPGs on the market to hit the coveted 100,000 concurrent logged in users, and at the time it was a plateau that was widely thought to be unreachable for any titles beyond a few big budget offerings. For a free to play to reach such a status was practically unheard of, but Silkroad’s success continues to this day. Read more
Indie Royale returns with the Back to School Bundle featuring seven indie games, including an exclusive debut for Bunny Must Die! from Rockin’ Android.
First up is Ronimo Games’ side-scrolling real-time strategy game, Swords & Soldiers and its Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. [NOTE: Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC is not available for Linux users.] This beautifully crafted game offers wit and solid gameplay while controlling the Vikings, the Aztecs or the Chinese in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods. The Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC offers ten new campaigns, an improved challenge mode, and plenty of new spells and units. GameSpot praises Swords & Soldiers: “its simple controls and abounding good humour are likely to engage even those who have never dipped their controllers into the strategy pool.”
Next up is a space simulation game from Shovsoft, Lunar Flight, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. This full 3D game is a re-imagining of the classic Atari game Lunar Lander and offers mission types involving transporting cargo, acquiring data at survey locations and locating lost cargo. DIYGamer raves about Lunar Flight, stating that it “sets the bar for Lunar Lander-likes (…) Shovsoft have created a fresh-faced and wonderfully playable space simulator that I urge everyone to try.” Read more
Ubisoft announced that Might & Magic Duel of Champions, the Might & Magic online free-to-play card game, is now available on Windows PC and will arrive in October for iPad. Every European player can access the game, in English, French, German or Polish.
Might & Magic Duel of Champions is being developed by Ubisoft Quebec and includes hundreds of new, detailed, collectible cards all set in the Might & Magic universe. As players develop their skills and strategies, they’ll be pitted against each other in epic battles and be challenged to earn new cards and grow the strength and abilities of their chosen hero’s army. Players also can enhance their experience and replenish their card supply by visiting the game’s online store.
Players can compete against each other online across platforms, and post updates on their progress to Facebook and Twitter from within the game. The game also features an in-game messaging system, guild building and social features. Read more
Matrix Games, Slitherine and VR Designs announced the release of the comprehensive v1.50c update for the critically-acclaimed operational strategy game Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris. The update contains many important fixes and improvements to overall gameplay.
In the update, players will be able to implement any of the rules from Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue into the full scenario editor, such as logistical centers, air supply missions, or artillery stockpiles. Additionally, the update brings with it improvements such as the inclusion of divisional highlighting, artillery radius and aircraft intercept radius, and mouse-wheel zoom support.
For the full changelog, visit the Matrix Games forums. To get the update, visit the download page for Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris or run “Check for Updates” from the game menu. The v1.50c update is comprehensive and will bring all version of the game to 1.50c.
For more information about Decisive Campaigns: The Blitzkrieg from Warsaw to Paris, visit the official product page on the Matrix Games or Slitherine website. Read more
Firefly Studios announced that Stronghold Kingdoms has remained the second most popular free-to-play game on Steam for over six months.
Stronghold Kingdoms has made a name for itself on the Steam platform since its launch on the service six months ago. Claiming the number two spot in Steam’s free-to-play section ahead of titles like APB Reloaded and Age of Empires Online, Kingdoms has remained the second most popular free-to-play game for more than six months now.
Instantly popular with Steam users and showing few signs of slowing down, Kingdoms has managed to hold off against newcomers to the free-to-play space. Well-received games like Tribes: Ascend and Blacklight: Retribution have since entered the charts, but have done little to dethrone Kingdoms from its spot at number two. The game has even managed to break into the overall top ten played games on Steam, a chart that includes popular Steam choices like Dota 2, Counter-Strike and ARMA II, required to play the popular Day-Z game modification. Read more
Werewolves, vampires, witches, and fairies … oh my! The Maxis Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced that The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Pack is now available at retailers nationwide and for digital download on PC and Mac. In The Sims 3 Supernatural, players will experience the madness of the werewolves’ full moon, the menace of vampires, the magic of witches, and the mischief of fairies as they explore the new world of Moonlight Falls. Intoxicating magic and spellbinding surprises await players as they fully embody a supernatural life, playing as new types of Sims with mysterious powers and enchanting traits.
“This expansion pack adds a new, magical dimension to The Sims experience, opening up a world of storytelling possibilities,” said Kari St. John, Senior Producer for The Sims Studio . “We’re excited to put creative tools in the hands of our players, giving them the ability to tell contemporary stories inspired by this supernatural theme.” Read more
UIG Entertainment has announced that nKPro Racing, one of the most realistic racing simulators of the year, is set to release on PC in October.
Developed by Italian racing-simulation specialists Massarutto, nKPro Racing is a thoroughbred racer featuring a cutting edge physics engine. This hyper-realistic driving experience also includes realistic weather which effects racing conditions, such as an aquaplaning simulation for those tricky wet weather races, interactive cockpits and telemetry screens providing accurate data output and analysis.
With nine racing car classes encompassing Prototypes, Single Seaters and GT, multiplayer support for up to 15 players, along with a track editor that allows the online community to create and upload their own tracks, nKPro Racing is the ultimate racing challenge.
Ladies and Gentlemen – get ready to start your engines…
“For the ultimate in realistic driving physics, currently there are only two choices: iRacing and netKar PRO.” – SIM HQ