Microprose, a division of Cybergun S.A, has announced its latest title Special Forces: Team X, a team based 3rd person tactical shooter. It will be available for both the XBox 360 and PC and as a digital download, later this year. Atari will publish and distribute all versions of the game under an exclusive license agreement.
Special Forces: Team X (STX) is a team centric 3rd Person cover based shooter, featuring brutal firefights between elite squads of special force operatives. STX takes place in tomorrow’s world, one that is infested with conflicts amongst the geo-political power brokers. A world in which conventional warfare is dead, diplomacy is an affront to the hidden agenda of national objectives, and global strategy is accomplished using clandestine military power.
Initially revealed at by G4 at Gamescom in July, it has since won two show awards at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle in August for “Best Surprise Reveal” and runner up for “Best Shooter”.
Created by world renowned independent developer Zombie Studios, STX puts you in the role of an elite soldier in a Special Forces squad. The game features a unique map selection system, enabling players to shape the battlefield by selecting individual environmental pieces, resulting in over 100 combinations of combat zone. STX allows players to vault, mantle and traverse through the environment with the game’s intuitive cover and clambering system. Read more
Berlin-based publisher, RNTS Media Deutschland GmbH opens the gates to the world of Granado Espada Resurrection for all European players. The Fantasy-MMORPG sets adventurers an entirely new breed of challenge when they are looking to find power, fortune and glory in IMC Games’ sumptuous free-to-play title. European players can download the game and form their family, a group of unique heroes, and conquer the new world.
In the newly discovered land of Granado Espada, players can form a powerful family of pioneers to adventure and retake the continent from barbaric creatures roaming the wilderness. As they gain power and fortune, players decide whether to support the Queen of Vespanola’s rule, or battle for an independent Granado Espada.
For the first time in a MMORPG, players are no longer limited to playing one character at a time. They can control up to three characters at a time and instantly switch between their favorite character classes or control them simultaneously. Enjoy the variety of options for the characters, unique skills and get a chance to be different from the rest of the families by recruiting non-player characters (RNPC). Your three Heroes are controlled through a combination of point-and-click and hotkey use to guide their movement through the ornately rendered environment. XAI calculates the best route every time using the revolutionary PATHEngine path finding AI. Granado Espada offers you a unique MMORPG experience with its revolutionary gameplay, realistic graphics, and soundtrack. Read more
Infinite Game Publishing and Piranha Games launched the Commando Hero Mech killing machine, Death’s Knell into the MechWarrior Online store. The true meaning of the newest Mech in the InnerSphere – a ringing of a bell to announce death – is an appropriate pre-cursor for those who challenge this Mech on the battlefield. Available now, this fast and agile Mech packs 176 points of armour and four medium lasers – two in each arm.
More details about Death’s Knell and its original pilot history is available at http://mwomercs.com/game/battlemechs/hero. A video of Death’s Knell in action with the Bitching Betty startup sequence can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBxm7xzSUtY&feature=youtu.be
Starting today, players will also be greeted by the familiar and long-awaited Bitching Betty startup sequence, “Reactor Online. Sensors Online. Weapons Online. All Systems Nominal.” The official female cockpit voiceover from the original MechWarrior games first returned to MechWarrior Online late last year, but the famous greeting is newly available, adding another authentic element from the series, which continues to evolve with fun and valuable content updates.
“Whether I choose to pilot a familiar or totally new Mech, such as Death’s Knell, hearing Bitching Betty at the start really brings back fond memories while I get pumped for the action on the battlefield,” said Bryan Ekman, creative director, Piranha Games. “We are excited to see how players utilize this speedy and deadly Mech, which excels at taking the fight to the enemy, and escaping before they can retaliate.”
Sign up for MechWarrior Online and jump into the free-to-play action immediately: www.mwomercs.com.
mangi Studios today announced that Temple Run 2 was downloaded over 20 million times in its four days of availability on the App Store. The game rocketed to #1 Free App just eight hours after release, and is currently the #3 Top Grossing App. Free to download, Temple Run 2 is the sequel to the mega-hit original endless runner, Temple Run, which has been download over 170 million times across the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Marketplace.
“The response from fans has been overwhelming,” says Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi. “We are thrilled players want more of the Temple Run universe, and we hope to grow and expand the game over the coming months.”
In under one week, Temple Run 2 has accumulated over 210 million sessions, which garners a combined time of over 1,775 years of gameplay.
Featuring high-res graphics, new obstacles, abilities, player powers, and achievements, Temple Run 2 takes place in an entirely new and infinitely more challenging world filled with curvy roads, hills and valleys, where players must fly down zip lines and speed along in mine carts to get away from the temple dwellers and retain control of the idol. Read more
Infinite Game Publishing and Piranha Games launched one of the fiercest and quickest Mechs into the InnerSphere as the Spider Mech made its way into the MechWarrior Online store. Available now, Spider is one of the most maneuverable and agile of all Light Mechs with a whopping eight jumpjets and an unmatched turning radius. Spider pilots can create nightmares for pilots of heavier Mechs on the battlefield; this is the time to watch your back!
In addition to the Spider becoming available, an exciting 3-day in-game event is coming Friday, January 18 at 10 am Pacific – the first-ever MechWarrior Online Double XP event. Scheduled to run the duration of the weekend, MechWarrior pilots will hunker down at home in order to defend and conquer in the InnerSphere. The event concludes on Monday, January 21 at 10 am Pacific. To truly maximize XP earning potential, MechWarrior pilots can stack up other XP-boosting techniques such as their Founder benefits, Premium Time and Hero Mech XP-boosts to unlock powerful pilot enhancements quickly.
“After a much-needed break over the holidays, we’re raring to go with exciting 2013 content updates,” said Bryan Ekman, creative director, Piranha Games. “The addition of community-focused features such as the Double XP event, new Mechs and performance tweaks let’s us kickoff the New Year in a big way. This is just the beginning of a huge year for MechWarrior fans.” Read more
The “MMO of the Year”, along with main sponsor GameGenetics, leading distributor of free-to-play online games, today revealed the 2013 nominees. The prize is among the most prestigious and influential in the booming genre. The complete list of nominees can be found at http://www.mmooftheyear.com.
The “MMO of the Year” awards the best massively multiplayer online games. That means online games with thousands of simultaneous players in a single game world, some of them being played by millions of people.
“The nominees represent the best in massively multiplayer games. I’m looking forward to January 15th 2013, when voting finally starts.” said Christian Justus, producer of the award. “Being organized for the 8th time this year, ‘MMO of the Year’ is expected to attract millions of visitors from all over the world and tens of thousands of participants in the people’s choice voting, underlining its position as one of the most important honors for online games.“
Berlin-based game marketing company GameGenetics is presenting the award. “Quality and popularity of MMOs made a big leap in in 2012. MMOs are hotter than ever and are conquering international markets. As the leading distributor and marketer of free-to-play games, GameGenetics is proud to support the ‘MMO of the Year’”, commented Alexander Piutti, CEO and Founder GameGenetics. Read more
SUBATOMIC STUDIOS is launching the PC version of their hit tower defense game, Fieldrunners 2, on Steam! Starting Thursday, January 10th, fans can download the ultimate tower defense game for USD$9.99. Better yet, it will be discounted 10% for launch week, bringing the price down to USD$8.99. Prepare your defenses – the fieldrunners have arrived!
Get ready to DEFEND THE WORLD! The biggest sequel in tower defense history is finally here: Fieldrunners 2 has arrived! From Subatomic Studios, creators of the award winning classic strategy game comes an all new adventure that was years in the making. Build epic mazes out of powerful weapons to defend the world from the invading fieldrunners!
Strategic-Action-Puzzle-Defense has never been this fun and addicting! Defend your world from the invasion by building winding paths out of imaginative, new weapons. Call in airstrikes and set explosive traps to hit the enemies where it hurts. Over 20 new levels span the grassiest fields, driest deserts, sparkling cities, and even an infernal volcano lair! Challenge your mind with the exciting new gameplay styles in Puzzle, Sudden Death, and Time Trial levels. Are you ready to stop the fieldrunners once and for all? Join the defense, now! Read more
Gameforge AG announced that in February 2013, the much-loved fantasy MMO TERA will be switching from the former subscription model to free-to-play. Korean developer Bluehole Studio already announced this switch in December. Now Gameforge follows suit as publisher of the European game version.
“We are very pleased to be able to in future offer the game content of TERA to its fans for free and in addition, to offer all who are interested the opportunity to see the quality of the game for themselves”, said Eva Schmitt, Product Director of TERA.
TERA goes free-to-play
The free-to-play model of TERA will have two base account types: the free user and the veteran.
The free user will be able to charge into adventure for free and will receive complete access to the entirety of TERA’s game content. This includes the races, classes, instances, equipment items and player versus player content for example, but also unique features such as the political system. Limitations exist for free users merely in the form of functional option restrictions, such as the number of character slots or the number of safe deposits available. Read more
UnitedHealthcare and KONAMI Digital Entertainment announced at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a joint effort to reduce childhood obesity through KONAMI’s new DanceDanceRevolution (DDR) Classroom Edition, the latest iteration of the wildly popular dance game that has shown to encourage physical activity among adults and children.
DDR Classroom Edition is an interactive video game, also known as an “exergame,” that combines physical activity with energetic music and visuals. The game and associated hardware technology, which was developed by Performance Designed Products, enables up to 48 students to participate simultaneously, using wireless mat controllers that feature a smart card reader that tracks each student’s individual progress. While students move to the beat, teachers receive vital information about their students’ health including, steps, body mass index (BMI) and caloric burn rate.
KONAMI and UnitedHealthcare launched the game at three schools located in Longwood, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; and Fresno, Texas. The participating schools, with assistance from KONAMI and UnitedHealthcare, will use the game to track its impact on students’ health, well-being and exercise habits. Read more
NetDragon has just announced several elaborate elements to be included in its newest FPS, Absolute Force Online. At the end of 2012, AFO successfully finished its closed beta testing phase, and officially began to allow open registration in open beta, demonstrating the company’s great new addition to its gaming lineup.
In the near future, there will be new holiday and special event weapons added, as well as a Spring Festival themed map, and new ‘Heroes’ will all be there for players to choose from. What’s more, a stronger and deeper customization function will also become available for players to make their in-game characters unique and exciting.
Players will have the ability to change their faces, hair style, skin, and tattoos from among the numerous styles available. As for weapons, players can enhance the looks of weapons, and paint them with special patterns that can be unlocked. A character development system will also be available in the future, bringing players the ability to gain special titles, fulfill in-game achievements, and strengthen the various weapons and equipment. Read more