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Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 8, 2009 @ 6:33 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:

ArmA II (PC)

Bohemia Interactive brings ARMA II to the PC, with the ultimate military simulator powered by the 3rd generation of their original Real Virtuality engine. The engine is so realistic that it's also used to train soldiers in countries all over the world.

"It's very exciting to add such a strong title to Bohemia's line of successful ArmA games," said Marek Spanel, Bohemia's CEO. "The North American audience has been anticipating this game and we are confident they will find it worth the wait."

"Bohemia's developement expertise and strength in realistic military games ensures that ARMA II translates into a captivating ultra relalistic military gameplay experience," said Got Game Entertainment President Howard Horowitz. "We're excited to bring this game to the North American market and are proud to offer such a high-quality title to gamers all over the country."

ARMA II offers the ultimate realistic combat simulation experience in a modern day setting. With unprecedented freedom of movement, actions and tactics, unbeatable detailed weapons and military hardware, easy-to-use built in mission editor and one of the most dedicated online communities around. The game will allow players to immerse themselves into the battle as never before.

ARMA II, rated M for mature, is now available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Battlefield 1943 (PS3/X360)

Battlefield 1943 is an all-new download-only multiplayer actiongame that brings DICE's first-class WWII action to gamers for just $15 or 1200 MS Points. Gamers can get a taste of the epic large-scale battles by downloading the free trial version on Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network.

Battlefield 1943 is a critically-acclaimed First-Person Shooter (FPS) multiplayer game that GamePro magazine describes as "a triple-A title at a quarter of the price" and GameSpot says is "a rock-solid value at $15."

Battlefield 1943 introduces two thrilling new modes where 24 players can compete across four classic WWII Battlefield maps: Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Coral Sea. These maps are inspired by Battlefield 1942 game, but have been redesigned and reengineered using the DICE Frostbite engine allowing players to rain havoc and destruction via land, sea or air. The free trial version will feature Wake Island and give players the freedom to choose from the full arsenal of weapons and vehicles on both sides of the battle, either the US Marines or Imperial Japanese Navy.

The Coral Sea map will be unlocked as part of a worldwide community challenge, where players will work together to reach 43M kills on both Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network. The official countdown begins on July 10, 2009 at 19:43 GMT.

"We are excited to witness the intense battles that are going to take place on these tropical Pacific Theatre maps, ripping them to shreds and leaving nothing but debris behind," says Gordon Van Dyke, Producer on Battlefield 1943. "Reliving these classic maps with the DICE Frostbite engine's destruction capabilities and full FPS gameplay ups the ante on what can be done in downloadable games. We're proud to be able to provide this experience to shooter fans for just $15."

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