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Monday, March 29, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 5:59 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:


We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom (PC)

“The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom takes the series to the next level by offering players a far more immersive experience with integrated social networking and more customization options than ever before,” said Adam Novickas, director of marketing for Ubisoft. “Combined with the innovative victory point system, customizable maps and other user-generated content, players will have an experience that they will want to play over and over again.”

Key Features:

  • Rich gameplay mechanics: The deep building and production system allows gamers to expand their kingdoms village by village, sector by sector, optimizing their creation by fine-tuning production chains and transport systems.
  • Variety of gameplay: Gamers will be able to choose the best path to lead their kingdoms to victory around three main pillars:
    • Military: by building strong armies and defeating opponents with sheer military power.
    • Technology: by being the first to develop new and beneficial technologies.
    • Trade: by occupying the best trade routes to become the wealthiest player on the map. Unlockable Content: Gamers will be able to earn coins to unlock a variety of new and unique possibilities, changing the way they build and customize their own kingdoms.
  • All-new victory point system: The new victory point system brings more tension and competition to the game. Victory points are awarded in many different ways depending on the choices gamers make throughout the evolution of their kingdoms.
  • Online multiplayer: Gamers will be able to play online and face opponents in classic adversarial and teamplay modes. Online features include downloadable content, in-game feeds and various leaderboards.
  • A new graphic engine and improved AI: A brand-new graphic engine will let gamers experience the beauty of their kingdom in a never-before-seen level of detail. More than a dozen AI profiles, each with unique behaviors, will add enhanced variety to the game like never before.
  • Build your own castle: Bring even more customization to your game as you assemble your castle from a wide range of styles, designs and architectural details.
  • Social networking integration: Deep social networking integration with Facebook lets you bring your gaming experience to your social circle.

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, rated E 10+, is now available for purchase on Mac/PC for a suggested price of $49.99.

Distant Worlds (PC)

Now gamers can experience a “living galaxy” with endless options and replayability, command  vast empires that span many star system and engage in research, diplomacy, ship design, espionage, trade, combat and more!

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Distant Worlds has already assembled a considerable fan base on previews and promotional videos alone. We’re thrilled to see this excited community get their hands on Distant Worlds and start conquering the galaxy!”

Distant Worlds is a vast, pausable real-time, 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of large turn-based strategy games, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.

Vast galaxies are made to order: up to 1400 star systems, with up to 50,000 planets, moons and asteroids. Galaxies are so deep, fun and immersive that you won’t want to finish the game... Build, expand and improve your empire endlessly. The galaxy is packed with life and activity. Encounter other empires, independent alien colonies, traders, pirates and space monsters. Explore star systems, asteroid fields, gas clouds, supernovae, galactic storms and black holes. Discover evidence of civilizations long since past, uncovering secrets about the galaxy's troubled history...

Best of all, you can play the game your way: enjoy a quick, intense game in a crowded galaxy or take your time in an epic game spread across a vast galaxy!  You can run the game as slow or as fast as you like, with intelligent advisors and many different settings for warnings and auto-pause triggers to help you manage your empire at your own pace.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley (Wii)

“Our aim is to give families the magic of Build-A-Bear Workshop at home, anytime they want,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing.

Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop, added “We are pleased to be working with Activision to introduce these exciting games for Build-A-Bear Workshop and Nintendo fans. Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville encourage friendship and creativity while allowing families to share in the Build-A-Bear Workshop experience at home.”

In Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii, players set out to make Friendship Valley furbulous by decorating the town and competing in mini-games with their special furry friend. They can choose one of 13 different stuffed animals then can take pictures of their friend and use the pictures to decorate the village.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley, rated E for Everyone, is now available for $29.99.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville (NDS)

“Our aim is to give families the magic of Build-A-Bear Workshop at home, anytime they want,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing.

Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop, added “We are pleased to be working with Activision to introduce these exciting games for Build-A-Bear Workshop and Nintendo fans. Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville encourage friendship and creativity while allowing families to share in the Build-A-Bear Workshop experience at home.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS allows players to create a new friend, just like in the stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop mascots Bearemy and Pawlette Coufur® guide players through eight different mini games, some of which allow players to construct their own Cub Condo, build their own vehicle or personalize their own new friend.

Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville, rated E for Everyone, is now available for $29.99.

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