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Friday, August 29, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (PS2/PS3/X360/PC)

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is an explosive open-world game set in a massive, fully destructible Venezuela and features over-the-top action, characters and explosions. Showcasing the latest, and most-dangerous, civilian and military hardware, Mercenaries 2 screams: if you see it, you can buy it, steal it or blow it up. The game represents an impressive new standard for destructibility within an open-world action game and also features a seamless cooperative multi-player mode that allows friends to enjoy the entire action-packed experience together online.

"Can I? Yes I can! That is what we set out to achieve in Mercenaries 2 and I am proud to say that is what we are delivering," said Josh Resnick, President of Pandemic Studios. "With Mercenaries 2, we are bringing our signature style to a truly epic, fun experience with tons of weapons, airstrikes, and vehicles, wrapping it all up in a virtual Venezuela that should provide endless larger-than-life moments."

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, rated "T" by the ESRB and "16+" by PEGI, will invade retail shelves in North America on August 31st for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the PS2. The PC version will arrive in stores on September 4th. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames will be available in Europe on those platforms September 5th.

Azada: Ancient Magic (PC)

Following the success of the original hit Azada, the first puzzle-adventure game developed for online digital distribution, the sequel, Azada: Ancient Magic raises the bar for games in this emerging casual genre to new heights.

“We all agreed that we didn’t want to do a quick sequel with just more one-page puzzles; we had a responsibility to the fans to take things much further,” said Emmanuel Marty, director of Big Fish Games Studios Europe. “Where Azada had pages, Azada: Ancient Magic has entire books, over 20 of them including a secret book exclusively for players who completed the original Azada.”

“Azada: Ancient Magic uses the best elements of the original game and transports players into a much deeper experience,” said Patrick Wylie of vice president of studios at Big Fish Games. “Incorporating heroes, villains, and legends from classic stories gives the game a dramatic appeal and a feeling of familiarity.”

Azada: Ancient Magic is the second title in the critically-acclaimed Azada series, and is available exclusively at BigFishGames for $19.99 (U.S.).

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