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Streamline Studios Currently Accepting Outsourcing Projects

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 11:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Streamline Studios today announced that the company is currently seeking additional outsourcing projects in the videogame industry. The company’s founders include original team members from game developer Rewolf Studios, who developed the Half Life Mod; Gunman Chronicles. Streamline Studios is dedicated to providing outstanding creative and engineering services for next-generation gaming systems including PC.

'Universe Unlimited' (UU) MMORPG Announced

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 11:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ethereal Evolution, Inc. is proud to announce it's upcoming title, Universe Unlimited (UU). UU will be a Massively Multiplayer online role-playing game that takes aspects from many genres such as flight sim, first person shooter, and strategy. UU is a sci-fi resfresher from the long dominated online world of Medieval adventure. You will immerse yourself in a constantly expanding and player expendable game universe that is not randomly generated but based on a trade secret process. You will be able to colonize planets, control portions of the universe, help fellow players, or even join the UED military. UU is expected last quarter 2003.

Raven Shield ZEN Map

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 11:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Amon, Raven Shield dev team member, has released his Raven Shield 'ZEN' map. According to the official German and Italian Raven Shield web sites, this Zen map along with his previously released Close Quarters Map (included in the map-pack) are now considered "official maps." Download this map here (1.3MB) !

No One Lives Forever 2 - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 3:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

H.A.R.M. is back with only one obstacle to thwart their quest for domination: Cate Archer, the beautiful but deadly UNITY operative who foiled their last nefarious plot. The world’s most deadly assassins are summoned with one simple objective: kill Cate Archer. Meanwhile, the United States has uncovered a top secret Soviet project that, if successful, could bring about a third World War. Can Cate Archer avert a nuclear holocaust and simultaneously stay out of H.A.R.M.’s way? Sierra has just released a multiplayer demo offering three maps from the full game. Available modes are : Co-Operative, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Doomsday modes. The package includes a dedicated demo server so you can host your own game. Read more for download links ...

'Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy' - Community Update

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 2:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kenn Hoekstra send out word that he posted an update on the RavenSoft forums giving some more details about what we can expect in 'Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy'. ReavenSoft is working on the title for LucasArts (NA) and Activision (world wide). He gives details about multiplayer, engine, AI and so on .. Check it out!

Japan Charts: Final Fantasy XI Add-On Goes In At #1

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 2:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gameindustry reports that Square's online experiment doing well despite all the stumbling blocks.. The first official add-on disc for Square's PS2 online RPG, Final Fantasy XI, has debuted at the top of the Japanese charts with week one sales of over 90,000 units, proving the continuing popularity of the title. The add-on pack, Vision of Ziraat, is priced at 3980 Yen (€30), and sold 92,000 copies according to official figures, while a bundle featuring the full game and the add-on pack entered the charts at number 31 with unit sales of about 4,500. According to Media Create's figures, FFXI has sold 150,000 units to date, meaning that around 60 per cent of players picked up the add-on in its first week on release - indicating that there's still a very keen level of interest in the game, which Square Enix charges a monthly subscription fee to play.

'Vietcong' Fourth Part Of Developer Diary

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 2:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The fourth part of the 'VIETCONG' diary provides you with an insight into sound, speech, and music. Sounds interesting? You can read the developer diary here. (thanks Unrealik)

Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel Announces Game Product Line At E3

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 2:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Auravision LLC, a pioneer computer peripheral developer, today announces it has signed Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, the three-time World Champion Gamer from the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), to endorse his own line of Gaming products and other lifestyle merchandise. Fatal1ty (spelled with his signature number one as the letter i) will be present in Auravision's E3 booth in Kentia Hall #6656.

Take2 May Bid For Vivendi Videogames Unit

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 2:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is mulling a bid for the videogames business of Vivendi Universal SA, which the French media conglomerate has put up for sale to reduce its borrowings. Take-Two Interactive, based in New York, would make a bid for VU Games with financial partners, according to a person familiar with the situation.

'EverQuest: War on Faydwer' For Pocket PC Now Available For Download

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 2:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE) announced today that its latest title for Pocket PC, EverQuest: War on Faydwer, will be available for download on April 28 for $19.99. This title marks the third installment of the on-going EverQuest saga on Pocket PC.

'Homeworld 2' - Trailer Available NOW

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 1:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Years after the Higarans reclaimed their Homeworld, there is still no peace. Now a new war, a prophecy, and a deadly new enemy threaten to make the recent journey home all for nothing. In Homeworld, you helped them reclaim their home. Now, help them reclaim their destiny. In addition to the engrossing single player experience, Homeworld 2 allows competition with five other players via a LAN or over the Internet. Homeworld2 also will support mod groups by making the tools to create your own content available via download at www.homeworld2.com. Developed with the RTS community in mind, the game technology includes robust support for mods and high levels of customization. Read more for download links ...

'One Must Fall: Battlegrounds' - Trailer Available NOW

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 12:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

OMF: Battlegrounds promises to deliver the next-generation of hand-to-hand robot action-combat bringing players the most intense and visually stunning 3D fighter on the PC. Building on the growing popularity of PC fighting games, OMF: Battlegrounds features unique, out-of-this-world characters; stunningly detailed graphics; lightning-paced and fluid gameplay; and a unique 3rd person fighting point of view. Today we got a brand new game trailer the wrath of new robots such a Chronos, Mantis and Katana, who have yet to be seen in any other Diversions movie like this kind. The movie will showcase new fighting techniques for each robot, as well as some of the fighter’s individual special and super attacks that are enhanced as the game action intensifies. Also highlighted in the new movie are the new arenas space station and volcano.

'Chariots of War' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Publisher Strategy First Inc. and developers Paradox Entertainment and Slitherine Strategies announced today that their new strategy title, Chariots of War, has gone gold.

'TRON 2.0' - Screens

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 12:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Inspired by TRON, the groundbreaking science fiction film, TRON 2.0 is a story-driven, first-person action title that digitizes gamers into the computer world. Playing as Jet Bradley, son of ENCOM programmer Alan Bradley from the film, gamers will race on light cycles, battle corruption both inside and outside of the computer world, and explore locations including the Internet Hub, Firewall and light cycle Game Grid. Read more for some new screens ...

'Burnout 2' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 11:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

"Ask any racer out here and they'll tell you that it doesn't matter whether you win by an inch or a mile, winning is winning." - Vin Diesel Sure Vin, it's easy to say that when you're only competing against 3 other drivers and you're driving in a straight line. Try pinning the speedometer through oncoming traffic, around tight corners, over huge jumps, in a variety of weather conditions and against over 100,000 other racers. You might have been the best kid on your block, but what happens when you have to compare your stats with the rest of the world in Burnout 2: Point of Impact - Developer's Cut? The Xbox version is coming next week, in the meantime, read more to check out some new burning screens!

'Second Life' - Public Beta Test

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Linden Lab announced today that its private beta test of Second Life is now open to the general public. Second Life is a burgeoning new online society, shaped entirely by its residents. Participants can explore a constantly-changing 3D world, create anything they can imagine, connect with friends and acquaintances, and compete for fame and fortune. The public beta follows a successful limited beta test that has been in progress since November 2002. Beginning today, anyone who wants to become part of this exciting, emerging world can begin their "Second Life" by registering at www.secondlife.com.

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 10:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set for the first time in the Pacific Theatre of Operations from 1941-1944, Medal of Honor Rising Sun gives players a sense of the courage it took to fight the Japanese from Pearl Harbor to the shores of the Philippine Islands. Players will assume the role of Marine Corporal Joseph Griffin, as he survives the attack on Pearl Harbor, leads the assault of Guadalcanal, and finally rescues his brother from a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines. Read more for some details and screens ...

'Tactical Commanders' Expands Beta Test

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 10:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In the past week the registration for the public beta phase of the online strategy game Tactical Commanders was started with a contingent of 10.000 beta test accounts. In view of the fact that today this mark was broken, the Tactical Commanders Team decided to set up additional servers to raise the number of possible beta testers to 20.000!! Interested players will be given the chance to apply for the beta test till the end of may. The beta test of the so called Massively Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy Game (MMORTS) will be started in june for all german and english speaking areas. Register for the beta test, right here.

'Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu' (GBA/NGC/PS2/Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 28, 2003 @ 10:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Criminals of Gotham City Beware! Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu for the PlayStation2, Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube and GameBoy Advance. Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu makes history as the first video game to debut a brand new Batman character, the villain Sin Tzu. Ubi Soft, DC Comics and Warner Bros. have partnered to showcase the talents of renowned comic book artist, Jim Lee, as the creator and character designer for Sin Tzu. Jim Lee is America's best-selling comic book artist of all time and is currently the artist on the monthly DC comic book BATMAN, which is the nation's #1 comic book. Read more for details and the first screens!

EA Announces 'SSX 3' - Facts & Screens

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 6:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Discover the open mountain in the newest version of the smash-hit SSX snowboarding franchise. Shipping this fall under the EA SPORTS BIG brand, SSX 3 from Electronic Arts is under development for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube, and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. SSX 3 allows gamers to go anywhere gravity will take them. Players will discover a colossal mountain where they can immerse themselves in a free-roaming snow paradise. The ultimate all-mountain experience, SSX 3 features all-new events and courses, awe-inspiring tricks, and a cast of cool, customizable characters. Discover the open terrain, explore its hidden crevices, and conquer its peaks. Read more for details & the first screens ..

THQ Enters Strategic Multi-Property Publishing Agreement

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 6:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that it has entered into a two-property, multi-year publishing agreement with world-renowned PC development studio Relic Entertainment Inc. Creators of critically acclaimed real-time strategy (RTS) titles Homeworld and Impossible Creatures, Relic is regarded as a leader in the RTS genre. Homeworld won PC Gamer magazine's "Game of the Year" honor in 1999 and has franchise sales of more than 1.3 million units worldwide since its release. The first of the two projects included in the agreement is currently in development at Relic and scheduled to release in the second half of 2004. More details on this project will be released later this year.

Iraqi Most Wanted Playing Cards Computer Game Released

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 6:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Silver Creek Entertainment announces the release of Iraqi Most Wanted Solitaire, a free Windows PC Solitaire game combined with the sought-after Iraqi most wanted playing cards that details the Iraqis that the US military is searching for. This solitaire game includes all of the cards from the infamous most wanted deck given to our armed forces. The game makes use of the latest advancements in PC technology to provide America's most played computer game, Solitaire, in a fresh new way.

SEGA's Lineup For E3 - Screens

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 6:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Illustrating its power as an independent content publisher, SEGA today announced its fall and winter lineup of nearly 20 entertainment and sports games to be featured at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2003. SEGA's E3 2003 lineup features a bold and diverse array of titles for the PlayStation2, Xbox, GameCube and the GBA.

Update: We just added screens for about every game in the list, so enjoy!

Nicely Crafted Entertainment At E3

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 4:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nicely Crafted Entertainment Ltd. ("NiCE") today announced that they will be attending this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. NiCE is visiting E3 in association with the Department of Trade and Industry and will be showing their Massively Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy game Time of Defiance on stand 2340, as well as showing off one of their next generation products behind closed doors.

Warthog To Develop 'Battlestar Galactica' For XB/PS2

by Thomas on April 28, 2003 @ 1:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warthog plc Monday announced that it has been commissioned by Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) to create a multi-platform video game based around the classic science fiction TV series, Battlestar Galactica. This is the first time that the franchise has appeared on a games console. The interactive game, for PS2 and Xbox, is a story-driven space action- adventure. The game will be released in Q3 2003.. More info about this game and screens here!