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Pre-Order Campaign for 'City of Heroes' and 'Lineage II'

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation announces the beginning of its pre-order retail box campaign for Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle and City of Heroes in North America. The boxes will begin to appear on store shelves this week at computer game retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Both games are expected to launch commercially this spring.

'Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight announced today that its highly anticipated title Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc is now available in retail stores across North America. Inspired by the legendary story of Joan of Arc, Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc sends players to medieval France to experience the most epic battles of the Hundred Years War.

'Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The official add-on Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon, throws you in even more dramatic battles of WWII. Burning Horizon offers a huge 18-missions-campaign around General Rommel, giving you the opportunity to play famous battles like Ardennes, Tripolis, Tobruk, El Alamein, Sicily and, of course, Normandy. Furthermore, the add-on contains 8 single missions, with an entire new nation at war: Japan. Read more for details ...

Hip Interactive Acquires LSP

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

European videogame publisher L.S.P. announced today that Hip Interactive Corp. completed the acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of L.S.P. Hip Interactive Corp. is a leading North American provider of electronic entertainment products. In fiscal 2003 Hip generated sales of Cdn $361,3 million, producing net income after taxes of $11 million.

Vivendi & Radical Sign Deal For Six Multiplatform Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games and Radical Entertainment today announced a worldwide development agreement under which Radical will exclusively develop products for VU Games. The two companies will collaborate on the development of six multi-platform titles based on new and existing entertainment franchises. VU Games will also obtain a royalty-free license to Radical's proprietary game development technologies, as well as an option to purchase the company during contract's term. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

'Space Hack' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 4:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Space Hack is a sci-fi RPG/action title with Diablo-inspired gameplay mechanics. The storyline puts you on board of a quite 'peculiar' spaceship, trapped inside a space warp. Being a tough guy, whose axe is almost as quick as his wit, it's not surprising that you promptly find yourself confronting angry monsters, one wave after another. Space Hack is scheduled to be released in first half of 2004. Rebelmind just informed us that they have reached Alpha (playable) stage, and sent us some screens to celebrate it.

'Squad Assault: West Front' - Update Patch & Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 4:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games has released a new patch for Freedom Games's 3D WWII strategy title Squad Assault: West Front, as well as an updated demo with the latest code. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.60 (available for US & UK editions) and includes more Windows 98/ME enhancements, LOS and targeting improvements and solutions for some map-specific issues. Also included for download are the new v1.60 demo, with all the v1.60 fixes, an extra map and a demo update for those with previous demos. Read more for detailed fix list and download links

'Virtual Skipper 3' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital Jesters has released the first patch for Nadeo's sailing simulation game 'Virtual Skipper 3'. This update brings your retail game to v1.1 and adresses a tons of issues suchs as creating of profiles, ISAF rules, various network code optimizations, graphics & sound issues etc. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'SAHARA' (Console/PC) Announced - Details

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TKO Software, Inc. today announced an agreement for the exclusive rights for developing a PC and console game based on SAHARA -- Paramount Pictures and Crusader Entertainment's blockbuster movie. SAHARA is based on the international best-selling novel by Clive Cussler, and stars Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn. TKO Software will invest $7 million in developing a 3D action adventure game to launch with the film in late 2004.

'Champions of Norrath' (PS2) Ships In North America

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced that Champions of Norrath has shipped to North American retail stores. Champions of Norrath, available exclusively on the PS2, brings gamers into its immersive fantasy universe as they experience exciting hack-and-slash action. Champions of Norrath has more game features than any other game in the genre, including five playable character types, randomly generated dungeons and voice chat during online, four players co-op action. Champions of Norrath carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Resolution Interactive Acquires Games Rights From Daydream

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resolution Interactive has acquired full rights from Daydream Software to computer games Clusterball and X-Team Racing, and the game concepts Scarcefreak and Billion Dollar Disc. The agreement includes code, design and community servers, as well as customer databases. One exception is South America, where Daydream keeps the Clusterball and X-Team Racing rights for 3 years in order to complete unfinished business. Daydream is also allowed to use existing Autobahn code in its future production.

'Onimusha 3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The year is 1582 and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Samanosuke is the man who has just returned. The stage is set at the burning Honnoji Temple, as the famous Onimusha warrior Samanosuke Akechi fights. As he faces the demons in front of him, Samanosuke is compelled to move forward by hatred for his true enemy, the undying Nobunaga Oda, ever pursuing his crazed ambition. Samanosuke prepares for the long-awaited final battle against Nobunaga. Read more for a few new screens ...

'Burnout 3' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Burnout 3 takes the series even further, now featuring a unique 'crash and burn' racing concept and a one-of-a-kind special effects engine that delivers spectacular visuals. The intensity heats up as players race, and often crash, their way through oncoming traffic in an attempt to claim the top spot. Boasting multiple single-player, multiplayer and online* crash and race modes, Burnout 3 offers players the opportunity to race through busy city streets and be rewarded for taking risks that result in heart-pounding action and electrifying crashes.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA Sponsors 'Electronic Sports World Cup'

by Mark Crump on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 1:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it will be the main sponsor of the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC). NVIDIA also participated in the official press conference that took place in Paris last week. Read more for details ...

'eXtreme Demolition' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 7:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Simply Gaming PR is proud to announce eXtreme Demolition, The most over-the-top demolition game ever! Cars and levels are more varied than any other. High tech eXtreme level designs will have you ramping between skyscraper rooftops and dealing with artificial gravity that changes direction and makes driving up walls and on ceilings an option. Add to this a bevy of game modes, ranging from single player to online team modes, and you have a demolition experience like no other.

'Hidden & Dangerous 2' - MP Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 6:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Take 2 UK has now also released a multiplayer demo for Illusion Softworks' third person tactical shooter Hidden & Dangerous 2. You lead a small squad of Allied soldiers deep behind enemy lines, to carry out secret missions during World War II. The demo features an Occupation map called Normandy3 as well as an Objectives map titled Czech, which are compativle with the retail version of the game (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Dead Man's Hand' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 1:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In "Dead Man's Hand," players will step into the boots of El Tejon, a master gunslinger riding with one of the roughest gangs in the West, known as The Nine. When the ruthless leader of The Nine betrays El Tejon, El Tejon turns to a life of vengeance, vowing to put every member of his former gang six feet under. Through an epic single player story of vengeance and betrayal, the player will travel the American Frontier, experiencing bar fights, shoot outs, stagecoach chases and other definitively Western scenes.Read more for some new screens ...

'Pitfall: The Lost Expedition' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 12:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Take an adventure as Pitfall Harry, the daring, risk-taking explorer who laughs in the face of danger. Featuring over 50 levels of fast-paced action and puzzle solving adventures, the game challenges players to swing, fight, climb and crawl through eight types of treacherous South American environments including lush jungles, dark tombs, ancient Aztec ruins and glacial mountains. Check out some new screens ...

'Shadow Ops: Red Mercury' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 11:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Using the latest Unreal Technology from Epic Games, developer Zombie Games is creating an ultra-realistic game world spanning Middle Eastern cities and towns to the secret military bases in the frozen backcountry of Russia to other global hotspots in the Philippines, Bosnia and Western Europe. Check the new screens ...