Midway announced that Thomas E. Powell, its executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer, has resigned to take a position with another firm, and has appointed Ryan O'Desky, vice president – finance, controller, and assistant treasurer, as interim chief financial officer until it finds a permanent replacement.
Today's Big Story
After a delay, delay & layoffs Gods 'n Heroes cancellation, further delays, more layoffs, shuffling things around, fraud lawsuit, it has finally come down to this, Perpetual Entertainment, recently known as P2 Entertainment, is no longer developing Star Trek Online and will instead focus on casual games and promote its MMO backend server technology. While details are vague, Warcry broke the news and indicates that another Bay Area/California developer has taken over the Star Trek Online project, and it's unclear whether any former Perpetual people are involved.
Another day, another batch of game trailers was released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for:
- God of War: Chains of Olympus [PSP] - Trailer #6
- Condemned 2: Bloodshot [PS3/X360] - Trailer #2
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [NDS] - Trailer
- Highlander: The Game [PS3/X360/PC] - Trailer
We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...
Hot on the heels of its recent Unreal Tournament 3 release, Epic Games plans on building a dedicated office for 3rd party game testers (who license the Unreal Engine) right next to its current headquarter on a 5 acres plot it has bought last month for $1.57 million according to The Raleigh News-Observer. Dozens of testers visit each year, setting up at temporary workstations and trying to work out the kinks in Epic's latest games, so having them right next door would improve the feedback loop.
Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE puts the player in the cockpit of an Echo fighter, where they'll lead the Galactic Command squadron in massive scale aerial and space combat engagement. Players will be challenged as Elite Force Pilots tasked with leading a series of defensive and offensive missions against the insurgents occupying friendly territories.
Conflict: Denied Ops, previously called Crossfire, is a new paramilitary themed co-op FPS from Pivotal Games, putting you in control of two of these merciless operatives, each of them highly specialized in both weapons and military tactics.
Rising Eagle: Futuristic Infantry Warfare is a tactical multiplayer shooter set in 2040, where you participate in the conflicts of tomorrow. Equipped with exoskeleton suits, C&C systems and an obscene amount of fire power go visit your dream locations: Paris and China, and then blow them to pieces!
War Leaders: Clash of Nations will expand upon the RTS genre by placing gamers in the roles of the major leaders of WWII, including Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. Political, diplomatic and economic decision making will be key to success, while sound tactical strategies will ensure victory on the battlefield.
Codemasters Online announced that its new blockbuster MMO game, scheduled for release in late 2008, will be unveiled at the forthcoming Connect 2008 online gaming event. The new MMO will be fully playable for the first time at Connect 2008 in a world exclusive for the event!
Belief & Betrayal is an adventure game putting the players into the role of the journalist Jonathan Danter, who - after the mysterious death of his uncle - gets involved in a dangerous church conspiracy. This first patch fixes a few sound and DirectX/Vista issues.
Eat, Sleep, Play, founded by God of War's David Jaffe and Warhawk's Scott Campbell, is working on Twisted Metal: Head On featuring enhanced graphics, playable Sweet Tooth character, lost levels from the never released Twisted Metal: Black Part II, new Twisted Metal: Head-On level, and a documentary on the series.
We just received this short statement from Take-Two, "2K Sports has decided not to continue negotiations with the CLC for the license for its top-rated College Hoops franchise, which would have been released next in November 2008. We are committed to providing fans with high-quality, critically-acclaimed sports games, but given our disciplined approach to the business, we do not believe the current discussions would result in an acceptable outcome." Rumor has it that EA has something to do with this...
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer takes place in a fantastical version of feudal Japan and stars a masterless samurai named Shiren who travels with a weasel named Koppa. Together they are on a quest to discover the mystical Land of the Golden Condor, said to be the home of the legendary city of gold known as El Dorado.
cdv Software announced the acquisition of a 75% majority share of cdv Madrics Media S.A.S, a newly-founded firm, with options to acquire additional shares. This newly acquired firm will be responsible for the marketing and distribution of games-related software and hardware, as well as accessories for France and the Benelux.
Players will take control of WALL-E and EVE through a fast-paced adventure based on the upcoming Disney/Pixar film. The game will allow fans to relive some of the movie’s most thrilling moments as they explore 10 worlds filled with non-stop action and adventure, along with head-to-head multiplayer challenges.
Today Nintendo added two more classic games to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with high-speed Internet access can redeem Wii Points to download the following titles: Pac-Attack, and Riot Zone.
Boogie Bunnies is the next evolution in match-3 puzzle games! Match bunnies from three different sides – left, right and from the bottom. The longer you take, the further the bunnies march to the bottom of your screen where dangerous pitfalls await.
While continuing in the popular vein the original Sudden Strike is so famous for, Sudden Strike 3: Arms For Victory will push the boundaries of the RTS genre with some notable interface innovations, huge troop numbers and enormous map designs that will demonstrate that size does matter.
Silverfall is a fantasy RPG set in a world of magic, machines & mayhem, the choices you make during the game take you along the path of nature or technology. Known in Germany as Guardian of the Elements, the addon features an updated engine with improved gfx/performance, 2 new races, over 50 new pieces of armor, 42 new weapons, 20 new maps, and optimized multiplayer.
Ubisoft announces that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Japanese development studio Digital Kids. With offices in Nagoya and Osaka, Digital Kids currently has a team of 20 developers specialized in games for the NDS which has worked regularly for a number of Japanese publishers and developed several titles for Ubisoft’s Petz line of games, including Hamsterz Life.
Spell of Play Studios announces T.W.T.P.B, a shoot 'em in which you must protect the Empire from the numerously superior heretic alien forces. The word and force of the Emperor still rules the galaxy.
Gravity, known for Ragnarok Online, announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with 20th Century FOX for an exclusive seven-year worldwide right to develop and publish Ice Age Online, an online game based on FOX's Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown blockbuster films.
Take the future of an empire into your hands in Imperium Romanum. Sequel to Glory of the Roman Empire, this historical strategy game sees the player take the role of a governor of a Roman province and strive to build a well organized, prosperous and commanding settlement.
In Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2, an ancient organization which was long thought disbanded is alive and in search of several orbs to resurrect a mechanical horror that will ravage the land. It's now up to Naruto and all the Hidden Leaf Genin to join forces with those of the Hidden Sand Village to stop this menace.
Midway Games' NBA Ballers: Chosen One marks the return if fast-paced one-on-one and two-on-two action as players can select from more than 65 NBA superstars to be the next "Chosen One". Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic has been selected to appear on the cover, together with Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.
The SCEA San Diego Studios development team went into this season looking to raise the level of authenticity and realism, and create the perfect blend of features and unique gameplay opportunities.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Nintendo's latest incarnation in the popular Super Smash Bros. series of titles, featuring all-new characters ranging from Kirby and Wario to Samus and even Metal Gear Solid's Snake.
While Blueside barely released KUF: Circle of Doom, it is already working on the next title in the franchise. Kingdom Under Fire Dominion will be a Massively Multiplayer Online Action RTS (MMOARTS), and is currently scheduled for 2009. The new title will have a new story line, new characters/NPCs, and promises a shocking ending. The action will be improved upon and much larger in scale with thousands units fighting, siege warfare, and players will compete to dominate the world. There will be three sides, Light, Dark and one yet to be announced faction.
Featuring all new authentic tricks, FIFA Street 3 provides new gameplay experiences by making over-the-top moves and skills even bigger in this fast-paced sequel, now on the next-gen platforms. Line Producer Joe Nickolls tell us more about the art direction and style concept.
Perimeter 2 is a real-time strategy game built on the concept of territory seizure using detailed terraforming and on the subsequent encircling of these zones with a special protective perimeter.
SouthPeak Games announced a new twist on the racing genre in the form of Iridium Runners, placing gamers in a futuristic world where they are literally running for their lives.
by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Jan. 14, 2008 @ 1:19 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews
Keep your hands steady and your mind focused – this time around there's a lot more on the line. Every cut of the scalpel, every pinch of the forceps, each and every second that ticks by is of the absolute greatest importance.
Experience high-speed racing at it's best, with high-performance super-cars. Reach incredible top-speeds, cause spectacular crashes. You must do whatever it takes to become the worlds champion!
by Daniel Whitfield on Jan. 14, 2008 @ 12:45 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews
Ratatouille offers a fresh and exciting take on the platform action genre, engaging players in deep, fluid, and fast gameplay through fun filled mini-games, daring heists, frenzied pursuits and wild chases, providing constant fun and challenge.