In a stunning development this evening, Celestial Heavens learned that nearly two thirds of New World Computing's staff was layed off today. In a move that one business resource called a "...the start of a death spiral, if accurate...", most of the Might and Magic team, all but one of the Heroes 4 lead designers, and key members of the management team could "either move to San Francisco to work on 3DO titles, with no moving expenses paid, and a maximum allowed time for the move of 2 weeks (which must come out of accrued vacation time), or they could accept a month's severance pay." Full story over at StrategyPlanet.
Here follow some reviews to check out.. GameSpot tossed up a review from Might & Magic IX (PC), GameAxis checked out Dungeon Siege (PC), Avault tossed up one from Warlords Battlecry II (PC), Freedom Force (PC) is available to check out over at GameZone, EuroGamer got an review up from Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (PC) and WomenGamers tossed up an review from The Sims: Hot Date (PC).
Voodoo let us know that there is an important poll running right now in the Neocron forums. Help Reakktor to choose the cover for the massively multiplayer online RPG Neocron! Would you rather want to see the game in an orange or a green box? Click here to head over to the official site and vote. Want to check out the covers before you head over there? Then click read more below!
Get "behind the scenes" with Gas Powered Games as they discuss what it was like to create the masterpiece that is Dungeon Siege. Included in the Windows Media Video are brief interviews with Level Designer Sarah Boulian, Producer Jake McMahon, and Chris Taylor. In addition, there is plenty of great gamplay footage mingled in between the interviews. The movie runs for 3.4 min and you can grab this 19MB video interview from MS here.
The Asheron's Call 2 Insider site on Zone.com has been updated with a huge amount of new videos, screenshots, articles and more. Be sure to get your daily fill of Asheron's Call 2 news today.
Activision, Inc. and Raven Software are giving gamers a chance to test their grit with the announcement of the Soldier Of Fortune II: Double Helix multiplayer compatibility test. The test, which will initially be available exclusively from GameSpy's FilePlanet on April 18, 2002, gives gamers a chance to compete in one map across four different game modes including deathmatch, team deathmatch, elimination and infiltration.
Eidos has just announced that they released a new 'Blood Omen 2' patch updating their vampire action adventure game to v1.02. This upgrade only improves the game's stability in addition to all the fixes from the previous patch. The patch weighs in about 2.9mb and a warning about save games not being compatible is given. Get it off the worthplaying server here, or grab it off the eidos server here. (thanks blues)