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
Closing out a year of significant growth and numerous company milestones, Exent, the world’s largest Games on Demand provider, has released its 2012 Game Industry Predictions.
Below are five industry developments that Exent’s Head of Content Programming, Rick Marazzani, says are coming in 2012:
Android tablets go mass market and gaming along with it!
“Led by the Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle Fire, Android tablets will be on more night stands and in more purses and school knapsacks than ever before. As powerful and easy to use as most portable gaming consoles, these tablets offer affordable, massively appealing games like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds, plus they can be used for web surfing, reading, and playing music and movies. With the extensive functionality and low price points of these tablets, look for them to take a much bigger slice out of the iPad’s market share in 2011.”
Location-aware mobile gaming will break out
“Your smartphone is always online and GPS location-aware. Game developers will harness this fact to deliver gameplay that will change and offer challenges based on where you are. Social game makers like Zynga, Mocospace and Booyah will make their games more social by tapping users’ social graphs in locations to enhance the mobile versions of their games.” Read more
ProSiebenSat.1 Digital is expanding its online portfolio with another high-quality title.
In the first quarter of 2012, European gamers will receive the new online action RPG (online action role-playing game) “Fortune Online.“
Developed by Gazillion Entertainment, “Fortune Online“ is playable directly online through the player’s internet browser, regardless of the available hardware.
ProSiebenSat.1 Digital continues to expand line-up
Thanks to the new license, European gamers will finally get to enjoy the epic fantasy extravaganza too. “We look forward to adding a new fantastic top title to our portfolio of free-to-play games with Fortune Online. Together with Gazillion Entertainment, we will be able to present the community with a first-class browser game rivaling the quality of the latest console games as early as spring 2012,“ says Markus Büchtmann, Managing Director of ProSiebenSat.1 Digital. David Brevik, President of Gazillion Entertainment and designer of the legendary Diablo, is equally confident: “Our new project combines the gameplay of a modern dungeon crawler with the best elements of an MMO. Fortune Online lets users experience a brilliantly realized adventure anywhere and at any time.“
“Fortune Online” – the next generation of browser games
As an innovative Flash game, “Fortune Online“ raises the bar for the browser game segment. The online action RPG enables players to immerse themselves in an epic fantasy world with spectacular real-time battles and high-end graphics seen from an isometric perspective. “Fortune Online“ dishes out only the best gameplay ingredients, which make for a unique gaming experience. Users will discover a storyline full of self-irony where fiendish demons are in for some serious punishment. On their journey, they will complete countless quests and fight against hordes of enemies and huge bosses in dungeons. All the while, players will need to collect innumerable weapons, pieces of equipment, potions and mounds of gold, and gain experience points in a manner typical of the genre. By allowing free development of skills, the online action RPG also offers a multitude of customization options. Fans of multiplayer gaming get to go into battle against Evil with up to three friends.
Game Bridger Entertainment announced today that its upcoming MMORPG Brawler, Aida Arenas, will launch its closed beta test this Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 4:00 PM GMT. Players can catch a glimpse of just what the closed beta holds in store for them in an all new gameplay trailer released today. To learn how YOU can participate in the Aida Arenas closed beta, visit: http://www.AidaArenas.com. Space in the beta is limited, so join now!
CREATE a hero, EXPLORE dungeons, FIGHT monsters, COMPETE with friends, and DISCOVER hidden treasure in Aida Arenas, the new MMORPG Brawler from GamerKraft! Combining elements of the classic beat em up arcade genre with the character progression and social features of modern MMORPGs, Aida Arenas offers an action-packed gameplay experience unlike any youve seen before! Aida Arenas is coming to GamerKraft in spring 2011.
Aida Arenas is free-to-play. Visit the Aida Arenas homepage at: http://www.AidaArenas.com or follow Aida Arenas on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AidaArenas.
Indie Developers Offer Bargain Bundle of Downloadable Games at Less-than-New- Socks Cost
Independent developer Lunar Workshop, in conjunction with indie teams around the globe, announced the Five for Five bundle, a collection of five independent games offered for five US dollars. Beginning today, players can download five engaging and unique titles for less than it would cost to watch some jerk fly around with a magic green ring for two hours.
“I’m always looking for new ways to please our fans, so I wanted to bring these fun indie games to a broader audience,” said Jorge Rodriguez, Lunar Workshop CEO and organizer of the sale, “For the cost of a quick lunch or a movie rental, you’re getting countless hours of entertainment. I challenge you to find a more fun way to spend your next five dollars.”
With games that range from casual to hardcore, Five for Five offers something for everyone while showcasing the talents of the global independent developer community. The Five for Five bundle includes: Read more
One of the best ways to improve equipment in GodsWar Online (http://gw.igg.com) is inserting Holy Stones. Until now, players have had a hard time finding high-level Holy Stones to keep their gear up to snuff. Using a new feature allowing players to trade a few Holy Stones for the next level Holy Stone now makes it much easier to keep up as you advance.
Holy Stones can be inserted into equipment using available sockets. Once the process is complete, the item ends up with the Holy Stone’s attribute. Since this attribute is mainly determined by the Holy Stone’s level, it’s important to have the best Holy Stones available. Before players would have to ask an NPC to upgrade their Holy Stones, and there were many pitfalls involved, such as lower chances of success for higher levels of Stones or greater chances of the Stone being downgraded.
The upcoming patch will allow players to take 4 Level 5-9 Holy Stones of the same level and type and turn them into a single Holy Stone at the next level. For example, 4x [Heated Holy Stone 5] upgrade to 1x [Heated Holy Stone 6].
Not all Holy Stones can be inserted into items; only Stones that have been filled with Holy Spirit can be inserted. There are two types of Holy Spirit. One improves attack and the other improves defense. Remember, equipment items can only take on certain attributes, so make sure you know which Holy Spirit you need before you add it to a Holy Stone.
A lucky Uruguayan player becomes a virtual medieval millionaire!
NGD Studios is proud to announce that Regnum Online has reached 1.000.000 registered users.
The Free to Play MMORPG featuring intense Player vs. Player and Realm vs. Realm action has been growing steadily since it’s re-launch in 2010.
Now featuring a new engine and new graphics the game plays and looks better than ever. Major updates such as the Warmasters expansion allowed for new strategic gameplay and better player coordination.
“The release of Regnum Online as Realms Online in North America with Game Samba as our publisher helped us reach this mark that seemed impossible for an indie MMORPG made in Argentina” said Andrés Chilkowski, Studio Director at NGD Studios.
A lucky user from Uruguay who will be kept anonymous is now the happy winner of 1.000.000 Ximerins, Regnum’s premium currency.
NGD has great plans coming up for Regnum Online this year so stay tuned!
In Angels Online (http://ao.igg.com), cooperation and teamwork are crucial if you want to get the most out of the game. When the going gets tough, the members of a good party work together if they want to survive. Of the many challenging locations that stress the importance of cooperation, Botti Palace is one that will make a lasting impression.
Even the bravest of warriors find that Botti Palace can send a chill down the most battle-tested spine. Though it is situated in a remote location, Botti Palace is no ghost town. It has been home to a wide variety of monsters for many years. The white, glowing halls of Botti Palace are filled with strange claw marks and paw prints, and are carpeted in a layer of dust. Beyond the stairwells lurk many monsters, constantly patrolling the grounds for any signs of intruders, which they see as the perfect snack. Savvy players will notice that with every step into these dark passages, the monsters’ attack patterns change dramatically. With each battle, players are faced with greater resistance, but they will also begin to uncover the secrets of Eden’s history.
The Botti Warden
The Botti Warden is the first boss guarding the hallways of Botti Palace. Powerful magic holds the stony Botti Warden together and also gives him with incredible regenerative powers. The warden is a melee fighter, equipped with strong close-quarter combat abilities and skills. One of the most effective ways to take him down is to concentrate your fire and maintain a continuous attack. This tactic can overcome his regeneration. Read more
Since we introduced pets to GodsWar Online (http://gw.igg.com), players have become increasingly passionate about what makes a perfect pet, how to get them, and even bragging about their own. As pets have quickly grown so important to the players and the game alike, we’ve been working hard on improving the pets released so far and introducing new pets that give players even more choices when it comes to finding that perfectly loyal companion. Since so many players have been wondering what’s next, we figured it was only fair to throw you all a few bones about what we’re working on.
Sometimes badder is definitely better, so we’re planning to make all creatures in the game tamable, even gigantic bosses like Medusa and Hydra. As cool as it will be to tame one of these tough bosses and bend them to your will, just imagine what it will be like when this new pet fights for you using a powerful spell that has tortured you in the past. Naturally these pets won’t be physically as big as the creatures they started out as. After all, if everyone’s pets were that large, they’d blot out the sun in any high-population area. Still, we think you’ll have a blast finding and taming just the right creature for your needs.
Besides existing creatures, we will also be introducing some new pets. In fact, there will be many more strange faces than old familiar ones among the pets you’ll be seeing. Wait until you get a look at the Cerberus, griffin, tyrannosaurus and more. Like the bosses, even the most ferocious beasts will end up being rather cute and mild, because you’ll want them to be docile enough to take orders and become a steadfast companion rather than mindlessly destroying everything they pass. If you prefer the more delicate-looking creatures, don’t worry; they’ll be just as cuddly as ever.
We’re not just expanding the number of available pets. We’re also adding new pet talents and pet skills. Pets will play an even greater role in the game as the system evolves, which means we must be careful to consider a number of issues as we design pet talents and skills, particularly when it comes to balance. This won’t happen overnight, but stay tuned for more exciting news as we start revealing more details. In the meantime, we want your suggestions and opinions about pets and the pet system. We need your help to keep improving GodsWar Online, so don’t forget to log in and take your pet out to play. After all, we can only make it fun for you if you tell us what works. Enjoy!
Visit http://gw.igg.com for the latest on the pet system and other GodsWar features.
In commemoration of the second anniversary of its launch, MMO basketball game FreeStyle, a popular game provided by a global game portal, GameKiss, added a new special character to its team members. The update is an outcome of full accommodation of opinions suggested through forums in the Website of FreeStyle.
Unlike existing special characters, the new special character ‘Garcia’ allows users to decide its position and height as they wish. And exclusive items for ‘Garcia’ will also be updated, satisfying thirst of users of GameKiss who have been demanding to have customized special characters.
As a Latin American with a concept of tough wrestler, ‘Garcia’ is a member of Rio Hot Carnival Team. Since most characters in FreeStyle are confined to Asian and North American athletes, game users around the world have been craving for characters from wider regions.
FreeStyle consists of two U.S. teams, a Japanese team, a European team and a Latin American team (new) with 24 men and 24 women ‘basic characters’ as well as 13 ‘special characters’ with different individuality. FreeStyle plans to add ‘special characters’ and teams representing more regions in the future.
Moreover, it will introduce ‘limited edition gift box items’ during the period of second anniversary events. These gift box items consists of new special costumes, which are not available in the current store of FreeStyle game, will be sold only during the period of this event. It will give a good chance for users who want to set their characters in their own unique style.
PM Roman Lee of GameKiss said, “FreeStyle is an online game that evolves steadily like a real-world basketball game. Ever diversifying demands of users are driving force that takes the game to the next level. So we are making our best effort to meet demands of users as fast as possible while monitoring their needs at the same time. We expect the second anniversary update will fully satisfy needs of users.”