Auto Club Revolution introduces wet conditions

March 28, 2013 · Filed Under News, Online, Racing · Comment 

Gateshead, UK, Free-to-play online racing game Auto Club Revolution, has added a new racing dynamic to its tracks; wet conditions.

With the roads now wet, the soaked conditions bring a whole new dimension to the game, offering challenges to both new players and veterans alike. Players will be putting their racing skills and reactions to the test with the option to speed through the urban settings and licensed circuits in the slick wet setting. Wet kerbs and grass will prove hazardous and players will have to re-evaluate the risks of gaining these precious few seconds.

Not only adding to the gameplay, the damp tracks also provide a new atmospheric style Racing with limited visibility and reduced grip, players will have to keep their eyes on the road while taking in the distinctive new visuals.

“Wet environments offer racers a dynamic way to race in Auto Club Revolution. Weather conditions are a premium feature and being able to deliver this level of content in a free to play game show ACR’s continued commitment to the ensuring we offer premium content to our players. We have taken time and care to create our wet track system, so that it has a real effect on the player experience. The wet surroundings will have varying affects across a range of surface types, we wanted the player to have to rethink their racing styles and adapt to this new feature.” Mark McClumpha, Technical Director, Auto Club Revolution. Read more

Guild Wars 2: Third instalment of the four-part Flame and Frost series has just arrived

March 27, 2013 · Filed Under News · Comment 

NCSOFT and ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2 team wanted to let you know that the third instalment of the four-part Flame and Frost series has just arrived. In addition to the continuing Living Story, which sees a hybrid army erupt through fiery portals in the Shiverpeaks, this update also brings exciting new updates to the Guild Mission systems and World vs. World content:

  • Guild Mission Updates – Take on ‘Guild Bounty Target’ missions, cash in for new rewards and many other system improvements
  • New Guild Mission Type – The ‘Bounty Hunt Training’ missions are designed to provide small and casual guilds with an avenue for accessing and unlocking guild content
  • World XP and World Ranks – Participate in WvW events and defeat players to earn World Experience (WXP) and unlock special World Ranks
  • World Abilities, Titles and Scoreboards – Improve your characters, show off your expertise to your enemies through titles and new improved scoreboards

Flame & Frost: The Razing is now live, check out the full details here https://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/releases/march-2013/

EVE Online: Odyssey arrives on June 4th

March 26, 2013 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

CCP Games announced EVE Online: Odyssey, the 19th free expansion to the award-winning sci-fi MMO EVE Online will be released on June 4th, 2013. In the tradition of the Apocrypha expansion, Odyssey greatly expands the opportunities for players to explore all corners of the massive EVE Universe and its 7,929 solar systems.

EVE Online: Odyssey will take the exploration of space to a whole new level with an entirely revamped scanning mechanic, a fresh and accessible user interface and enticing new rewards for finding and interacting with sites hidden among the stars. All of Odyssey’s exploration changes are designed to make space feel even more alive and they will make it easier and more compelling for pilots to forge their path through the mysterious and dangerous universe.

Universe-wide resource redistribution and ship rebalancing will shake up the entire EVE metagame across social, economic, military and political levels, leading to new types of conflicts, fresh strategies and shifting allegiances amongst EVE’s player alliances. EVE Online: Odyssey will also debut new ships, star base improvements, graphics updates and a few surprises to be unveiled in the future.

Odyssey is an expression of our love for space and exploration,” said Andie Nordgren, Senior Producer, EVE Online. “It brings changes that will wake the wanderlust and taste for adventure in both new and veteran pilots.” Read more

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

March 25, 2013 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Pull up a chair across from an old friend at the tavern table and prepare for a few rounds of lively card-vs.-card warfare. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. laid its virtual cards on the table today with the unveiling of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a new cross-platform free-to-play game for Windows, Macintosh, and iPad.

In Hearthstone, players build card decks centered around one of nine iconic Warcraft character classes and duel each other for fun, glory, and the chance to win awesome new cards. PAX East attendees are able to go hands-on with Hearthstone this weekend, and Blizzard will begin beta testing for the game very soon—no, seriously.

“We’ve always loved collectible card games at Blizzard, so it’s been exciting to bring everything we love about the genre to life in Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re putting a lot of focus into creating a fun new game that’s easy to pick up and play, but also has a lot of depth. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. Whether players prefer to wield magic or arms in battle, strike from the shadows or head on—or have never given any of that much thought—they’ll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the card-slinging action. Read more

More than 1.1 million viewers tuned into StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launch broadcast

March 22, 2013 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Blizzard Entertainment announced a trio of milestones achieved during the launch week of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. More than 1.1 million viewers tuned into the company’s 21-hour, global broadcast of launch events and community celebrations around the world, with peak concurrent viewership reaching over 125,000, as reported by Twitch. As of the end of its first two days of sales, Heart of the Swarm had sold through approximately 1.1 million copies worldwide, including both retail and digital sales.

Last weekend, more than 1.1 million viewers tuned in to see the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament at the Major League Gaming (MLG) Winter Championship in Dallas, Texas. Heart of the Swarm reached a peak concurrent viewership of more than 157,000 viewers, as reported by Twitch.

“We want to thank the global StarCraft community for the incredible passion and support they’ve shown for Heart of the Swarm, said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to a brand-new single-player campaign, we added a ton of enhancements with this expansion to make StarCraft II even more fun to play, and more exciting to watch. We’re pleased to see gamers and eSports fans around the world enjoying Heart of the Swarm.”

StarCraft II has been a premier game at Major League Gaming events since Wings of Liberty was released, said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO of Major League Gaming. “Heart of the Swarm has generated even more excitement, and we’re all looking forward to what the future brings for StarCraft II eSports.” Read more

Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog Updated to v1.0.1

March 19, 2013 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Matrix Games announced the release of the v1.0.1 update for the latest title in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series: Panthers in the Fog.

The v1.0.1 update contains numerous improvements and bug fixes including vehicle path-finding, the multiplayer UI, and multiplayer connectivity (uses a direct connection if possible). The AI has also been improved to increase the chance it will choose to act aggressively and replacement animations for marker smoke (artillery, mortar support) have been added.

To download the update, players can run “Check for Update” via the game menu or on the game’s download page.

Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog

Close Combat: Panthers in the Fog is the latest release in the critically-acclaimed Close Combat series.  It details the desperate German counter-attack at Mortain, the last chance of the Wehrmacht to stave off defeat in Normandy.  Can you match the tenacity of the American defenders of Hill 314?  Or can you succeed where the Panzers failed, driving through to the sea and changing history? Read more

Crossover between Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 revealed

March 18, 2013 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Capcom and Valve are pleased to announce the Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2 project. This crossover project between two of the interactive entertainment industry’s most respected publishers will see characters from Left 4 Dead™ 2 featured exclusively in the forthcoming PC version of Resident Evil 6, while enemies from Resident Evil 6 will invade the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2. All content will be made available completely free for fans of either game to access and play.

Owners of Resident Evil 6 PC will be able to select one of four survivors from Left 4 Dead 2’s iconic cast – Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle – when playing PC exclusive mode, The Mercenaries No Mercy. Each character will have a special customized weapon load-out created just for use in Resident Evil 6.  In addition to the four survivors, two of the infamous Special Infected zombies from the Left 4 Dead franchise – the Witch and Mini Tank – will also make a cameo appearance in this mode, relentlessly attacking players regardless of whether a character from Left 4 Dead 2 or Resident Evil 6 is chosen. This new and exclusive content will automatically be downloaded in the background to all owners of the PC version of Resident Evil 6 from April 5.

Making the leap to the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 will be some of Resident Evil 6’s most fearsome enemies – Lepotitsa, Napad and Ogroman. All three characters were brought to life in Left 4 Dead 2 by Valve’s renowned developers using its Steam Workshop tools. Owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 will be able to face a new deadly challenge when Resident Evil 6 characters infect Valve’s classic zombie title this spring. Read more

The Industrial Age Unfolds in Forge of Empires

March 15, 2013 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

InnoGames launched the eighth era to be introduced to the popular online game, Forge of Empires. The Industrial Age takes players past the Colonial Age, and further into the future, bringing with it modern chemistry, hygiene and railways for fast transportation. Also joining the period is a continent map of The New World – complete with eight provinces waiting to be conquered.

Players will find the age’s modern ballistics and bullets to be useful on the battle fields of Forge of Empires, as well as its powerful Howitzers. Two Great Buildings are ready to be built in cities, representing important architecture from the time period: Royal Albert Hall and the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington. Like past Great Buildings, these can only be built in cooperation with other players, but offer valuable goods and production bonuses.

Forge of Empires is a browser-based strategy game, where players, tasked with leading their own city to prosperity can research new technologies, build impressive historical buildings and enlarge their sphere of influence through military campaigns and skillful dealing.

With about 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal Wars, The West and Grepolis.

Masters of the World: Geopolitical Simulator 3

March 11, 2013 · Filed Under News, Simulator · Comment 

Eversim is announcing the release of Masters of the World, the third version of Geopolitical Simulator for PC.

The Mac version is planned for the end of March.

You can watch the trailer on this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdLo_kx_OHI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Geopolitical Simulator Concept
In this geopolitical simulation of today’s world, players can play as heads of state or government (president, king, prime minister, etc.) of a country that they choose when they begin. They can take action in a number of areas: economic, social, military, political (domestic and foreign), environmental, cultural, transportation, etc. All the countries of the world are represented with their own variables and ways of functioning. The game includes phases for economic management, trade, wargame, construction, espionage, simulation, and political manipulation.

The simulation’s database has over 100,000 data elements, updated on January 1, 2013, and 15,000 dialogues and scenario scripts. The simulation tools developed by Eversim are used in serious gaming by several organizations, such as NATO. Read more

Age of Wushu will launch online in North America on April 10, 2013

March 5, 2013 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Snail Games today announced that the highly anticipated martial arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Age of Wushu will launch online in North America on April 10, 2013. A retail box version will be available later in April.

Age of Wushu offers a unique, versatile sandbox experience in ancient China where players can relive more than 2,000 years of Wuxia tradition. Players will soon have the opportunity to channel their inner Wuxia and fulfill their hero’s destiny as they journey to master the ancient art of Wushu.

Age of Wushu brings an authentic presentation of Chinese martial arts to devoted players, and with its innovative combat, cultivation and offline play, the game creates a unique martial-arts experience,” said Tyler Rawlins, Age of Wushu content generation lead at Snail Games. “The beta has been a great way to connect with the player community and introduce a real world of Wushu to the Western audience. We received and incorporated an abundance of player feedback during beta and can now announce an official launch date for Age of Wushu.”

Age of Wushu‘s upcoming U.S. launch follows immense success in China — where there are more than 10 million registered players — and brings one of the most visually stunning MMOs to North America. A full retail box version of the game will be available in late April for $20 at select retailers and will include more than $75 of in-game bonuses. Read more

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