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Ultima Online : Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge Hits Europe!

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 1:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts announced that Ultima Online Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge, the latest version in the award-winning Ultima Online series, will be in European stores from April 5th. The game, created by Origin Systems, an Electronic Arts development studio, introduces 30 new monsters designed by Grammy and Emmy–winning Producer and Director Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, McFarlane Toys and Spawn.com. Alongside the new game, Origin Systems has also announced the release of Ultima Online GameTime, which allows players to buy periods of prepaid time in Ultima Online without the need for credit cards.

F1 2002 (GameCube) - Product Info & First Screens

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 1:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Put your driving skills to the test in the first game to feature the new 2002 Formula One season-vie for the coveted Formula One driver’s title as the real season unfolds. The world’s best drivers pilot the world’s sexiest racing machines, with the high-tech, high-intensity panache that could only come from EA SPORTS™. Muscle your way to the front and enjoy every heart-stopping moment as you battle for every inch of track against the superstars of the sport. Choose to race in a champion’s car or challenge yourself by taking the wheel for an up-and-coming team-just make sure you have what it takes, because your opponents drive just as hard as you do. Take the wheel in F1 2002 and take aim at the 2002 Formula One World Championship.

Moto GP: Ultimate Racing Technology - Art & Screens

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 12:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

We just received a bundle of screenshots showing the special unlockable features. This looks like some of the THQ developers smoked some heavy pot to come up with the psychedelic colors and effects this resulted in ... woah! Beware! Scheduled for the PC and Xbox somewhere in June 2002.

Game On Exhibition

by Thomas on March 26, 2002 @ 12:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Anyone who thinks that computer and video games are a "low brow" form of entertainment should think again, says ELSPA. The trade body for the UK interactive leisure software sector believes that a forthcoming major exhibition, Game On, which examines the history and cultural impact of computer and video games, will open the eyes of many people to the influence of games on popular culture and fine art. The exhibition will be held at the Barbican Gallery in London (16 May - 15 September) and the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (October 2002 - February 2003).

Strategy First Signs Another Two MSTS Add-Ons

by Thomas on March 26, 2002 @ 12:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and NBG announced today that they have signed a North American publishing agreement for Pro Train I and II, two Microsoft Train Simulator add-ons.

'NEW WORLD ORDER' - Beta Delayed

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 12:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Project Three this morning announced it has halted the countdown for the Public Multiplayer Beta of New World Order on T - 03.25 Hrs before intended release. Arrghh NOOOOOOOO!!! I hate bad news!

Prey Digital Studios ‘Stung!’ - Characters & Screens

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 11:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

You are an insect!!! A genetically modified, highly trained killer bug, with a bad attitude, an arsenal of deadly weapons and an itchy trigger finger! ‘Stung!’ from Prey Digital Studios, is a new action kill ‘em up which offers groundbreaking new gameplay elements, realistic environments and a cast of crazy, creepy crawly characters. Stung is being developed for the GameCube, PC, PS2 and Xbox. Everybody happy, now check the new screens!

'UFO: Aftermath' - Developer Diary Part 1

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 10:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Welcome, dear reader, to this first installment of the developer's diary for UFO: Aftermath. I hope that you will find it both enlightening and light-hearted; I abhor the dreary dullness of the hype-filled marketing-made buy-this-game "diaries" just as the self-indulged ego-trips of the developers who believe anybody is at all interested in their minutest whims. As a result I am not going to talk much about my work as such but rather about the game we are working on; and I will try not to hide from you any doubts, sacrifices, dubious decisions and the like as they happen along the way. This is not to say that I will not be holding anything back, but I will try to be as honest and open as possible, under the circumstances. Thanks to Altar's Jiri for passing this on!

Strategy First Set To Publish 'G.I. Combat'

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 10:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fans of the Close Combat series had a lot to talk about today, after Strategy First and Freedom Games announced that they have entered into a North American publishing agreement for the G.I. Combat series, the next generation of real-time historical strategy gaming. The first release will be G.I. Combat: Episode I, Normandy.

'Global Operations' Has Shipped!!!

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 10:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After an exciting couple years, the game is shipping! We all had a lot of fun during the development and can't wait to play against you all. Check your local stores in the next couple days to pick yours up! A special thanks to all the beta testers and server hosts for their hard work in helping make this game great! Global Operations is a stand alone, team based, first person shooter based on a significantly modified version of the LithTech 2.5 engine,. Although it is being developed as a multiplayer experience for up to 24 players, there will also be a single player game with AI controlled teammates and opponents. We'll be bringing you some screens and info as soon as we got it in the mail.

Big Huge Games 'Rise of Nations' - FAQ

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 1:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Big Huge Games just put up the FAQ on their upcoming RTS "Rise Of The Nations. Items such as release date, demo, public beta and many other goodies are discussed .. Here's a snippet ...

Q: How is Rise of Nations different from Age of Empires?
A: While both are "historical RTS games", the two products are very different. In particular, Rise of Nations covers the sweep of human history, not just one specific time period. Players can guide their civilization from the stone age to the modern era, all in the span of an hour.

'Hitman II' & 'Dungeon Siege' - Release Dates

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 1:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Following up a recent report that Hitman 2: Silent Assassin was delayed, Eidos sends word that "in our effort to make Hitman 2 the best game it could be" the contract killing sequel is now scheduled for release September this year, in order "to give additional time to the development team." In other release-related news, Microsoft has posted a Dungeon Siege International Release Dates schedule giving an idea when the game is expected in your area. Loaded Inc. posted a preview of Dungeon Siege based on the press beta build

Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II - Screen Gallery

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 1:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II is a dynamic single and multiplayer action experience that continues the saga of the once powerful Jedi Knight, Kyle Katarn, as he struggles with the power – and dangers – of the Force. Through a multitude of complex and richly detailed Star Wars environments players face a variety of powerful enemies and once again fight for the Rebel cause. Armed with the power of the Force, and an arsenal of weapons, including a Jedi Knight's signature lightsaber, players hold the fate of the Star Wars galaxy and the destiny of Kyle Katarn in their hands. I'm battling my way through the game and i must admit ... i am impressed! The graphics are great .. the AI is good, the animations are crisp and above all .. the level design is fabulous ... tricky, hard, and big levels ... a few more days patience people ... it is da coming! In the meantime take a glimpse of what to expect and check the screens ... a whopping 60 and more coming as i slash my way through the game!

Grand Theft Auto 3 - Screens

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 12:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Since we announced it earlier today that Take2/Rockstar are coming up soon (May 2002) with the PC version of GTA3, people starting hunting down some screens ... Gamespy got 2 nice one's and ign managed to dig up 3 others... Check em out!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While looking for a little Asheron's Call 2 news, I noticed that the AC Vault posted a Q&A of sorts with Turbine, which is based from developer responses that took place over the past week. HomeLAN kicks off the week right with an Q&A with Ingo Horn of Westka Interactive talking about their sci-fi genre blender, The Y-Project (powered by the Unreal Warfare engine). Gamehelper.com offers a status report on Gearbox Studios upcoming Counter-Strike game, Condition Zero. Black Moon Chronicles Q&A #8 on RPG Vault chats with Benoît Papy, lead game master at Vircom on their upcoming MMORPG based on the French comic, discussing his goals for the servers under his control. There's a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Chat Transcript on Games Domain recapping Friday's chat session with BioWare's team creating this upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. The log is in an easy to follow color-coded Q&A format. There's a Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness Q&A on The Electric Playground talking with Core's Adrian Smith about the Lara Croft franchise, the movie spin-off, the future of the series, and more. There's a Cameron Spence Q&A on BarrysWorld talking with this former SAS operative about the expertise he's lending to the team creating Conflict: Desert Storm.

'Warrior Kings' Will Storm the US - Its Gold

by Rainier on March 25, 2002 @ 8:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Warrior Kings...come out and pla-ay! Microïds sends word that the US version of Warrior Kings, their 3D RTS game that's already invaded Europe, is gold. The game is expected to be in stores throughout North America by April 15.

'Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee' Coming To GameCube - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2002 @ 8:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The largest movie franchise of all time ­ all 180 feet of it -- will stomp into gamers’ living rooms around the globe this Fall.. Infogrames, Inc., a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment software, is bringing Godzilla®: Destroy All Monsters Melee, to the Nintendo GameCube in a global launch slated for Fall 2002. Based on the classic movie license from Toho Co., Ltd. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the fighting game challenges players to punch, kick, stomp, throw and blast each other to claim the title of King of the Monsters.

UbiSoft Goes 'Pack'Crazy - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2002 @ 7:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft seems to be slapping games together like there is no tomorrow ... We now have word (and proof *g*) that they are planning to release a Real Time Strategy-pack (named RTS including Battle Realms, Settlers IV and Shogun: Total War), a EverQuest Gold Edition (including classic Everquest, The Ruins Of Kunark, The scars Of Velious and Shadows Of Luclin), a Worms Battle Pack (containing Worms 2, Worms Armageddon and Worms World Party) and last but not least Myst Trilogy (Myst, Riven and Myst III: Exile). Talk aout value for your money ... check the boxshots so you know what to look for ;)

The Reckoning Is Coming - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2002 @ 7:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital Mayhem, a division of Interplay Entertainment Corp., announced that the highly anticipated upcoming action game Hunter: The Reckoning is scheduled to ship on June 2002 for the Xbox. Hunter: The Reckoning is a fast and furious action game based on the characters and fiction found in the popular role-playing game Hunter: The Reckoning and the immersive World of Darkness created by White Wolf Publishing, Inc. It will be distributed by Virgin Int. in Europe.

Octagon Entertainment Represents Walker Boys Studio

by Rainier on March 25, 2002 @ 6:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Octagon Entertainment has signed a representation agreement with Walker Boys Studio and is seeking a worldwide publishing deal for its debut title, Civil War: War Between the States. Brothers Eric and Chad Walker, who once served as conceptual artists and designers at Ensemble Studios, formed the development team in 1999 with the goal of creating computer games that raise game industry expectations.