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SCi Buys 'Conflict: Desert Storm' Developer Pivotal

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

UK-based game publisher SCi Entertainment has acquired Pivotal Games for 2.36 million pounds (approximately 3.9 million dollars). Pivotal is the developer of the Conflict: Desert Storm series of tactical shooters and The Great Escape. Pivotal is completing the third game in the Conflict series and has begun development of the fourth. Pivotal Games was previously a subsidiary of Kaboom Studios – which recently closed its doors due to the poor performance of other components of its business. Pivotal currently employs approximately 70 people. The move is a unique one for SCi - which operates a business model generally based on outsourcing development to third parties.

'Universal Combat' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A playable demo is expected in the first week of October. Universal Combat brings the greatest components of war together in a single game. Conceived in late 2001 as Battlecruiser Generations, the fifth in the Battlecruiser series, the game has grown into much more than a massive space simulation. Universal Combat is due to be distributed by Mindscape in the UK in November 2003.

'Schizm: Mysterious Journey' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It is the year 2083. Ten months ago the first humans landed on Argilus. They found cities, towns, industrial installations - all deserted. Doors unlocked... meals unfinished... strange machinery still operational... but no people. Scientists were brought in, research bases set up. Four months later, your supply ship the Angel, has been sent to check these bases. But when you hail them from orbit, theres no answer. The scientists too, seem to have vanished. Check out some new screens ...

'Forever Worlds' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Journey to an island of robots, a mysterious abandoned desert dwelling, and the sparkling glass towers of the Merari, an ancient sea people who are involved in the resistance against the Balial, to solve the mystery behind The Far Realm. Read more for some new screens ...

CIA's Plan To Make 'Training' Game

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The CIA is set to spend several million dollars to develop a video game aimed at helping its analysts think like terrorists, The Washington Times has learned. The agency's Counter Terrorist Center, or CTC, is working with the Los Angeles-based Institute for Creative Technologies on a project designed to help its analysts, "think outside the box," a CIA spokesman said. The project is close to approval, but officials wouldn't comment on the exact cost of the program.

'Jack the Ripper' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Jack the Ripper is a “warp advanced game” that features the story of James Mortimer, a reporter of the “New York Today”, investigating on murders that strangely look like Jack the Ripper’sstylein White Chapel15years earlier. The game includes 3D characters, full 3D animations in real time and 3 different types of gameplay: Exploration, Discussion&Puzzles. Check the new screens ...

'Dungeons & Dragons Heroes' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari today announced the highly anticipated Dungeons & Dragons Heroes, the first Dungeons & Dragons branded adventure ever to hit a next-generation game console, exclusively for the Xbox has shipped to retail this week. Dungeons & Dragons Heroes features revolutionary four player coop play that allows up to four players to join or leave a game at anytime and play cooperatively through the single-player campaign.

'Cypher: Sequel To Traitor’s Gate' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The world has seen all kinds of weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, chemical and biological. Now the threat is digital. A virus, simple in concept yet catastrophic in effect, has been developed. Its target is the communication systems of the world. It will shut down all digital entertainment, economic trade and cripple the military, causing breaches in all security systems and global mass chaos. There is only enough time to send one operative. His codename: Raven. His mission: to find the virus, copy it and then destroy the research lab where it is located. A new batch of screens just arrived ...

'Black Mirror' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

British nobleman, Samuel Gordon, has just returned to his homeland after a self-imposed twelve year absence. Reluctantly returning to his magnificent home, Black Mirror Manor, he is desperate to prove that the untimely death of his ancestor, William Gordon, was not just an ‘unfortunate incident.’ Samuel reads William’s private diary and quickly discovers that there have been a number of mysterious deaths, and as he gets closer to these crimes, he realizes that he is very much at the centre of the mystery. Samuel must do all he can to solve the mystery and keep himself alive. Check a few new screens ...

'Cleric' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the rich historical tapestry of sixteenth century Russia, Cleric puts you in the role of a faithless ex-priest in this first person survival horror title for the PC. Cleric will immerse you in a world of rich visuals, strong dramatic story lines, highly interactive characters, and challenging gameplay. Read more to check a few new screens ...