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WildTangent Announces Online Adventure 'FATE' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 6:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

WildTangent announced today that it is nearing the release of it’s new fantasy adventure game FATE. FATE is the first game of its kind to offer a friendly entry point for the casual gamer, as well as game play depth and infinite replayability for the experienced gaming enthusiast.

Elevation Partners, Not SCi, Acquires Eidos

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 6:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Eidos said earlier this month that it had received an approach on March 2nd about a possible offer at 53 pence per share, and ever since, rumors have run rampant all over the web. Ubisoft was mentioned as a contender, and earlier today, reports stated that SCi had bought Eidos. None of it is true it seems, as it has now been confirmed that Eidos has agreed to a 71 million pounds ($135 million) cash offer from a unit of U.S. private equity company Elevation Partners LP. Interestingly enough, Elevation Partners is lead by people such as U2's Bono and former EA President John Riccitiello.

GMX Media Brings 'Beyond Blitzkrieg' To Europe - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GMX Media announced today that it has signed a publishing agreement with Playfirst to bring Beyond Blitzkrieg to Europe in June 2005. Beyond Blitzkrieg is a first-person, massively multiplayer online game where players choose to fight alongside and against thousands of other players on the battlefields of Western Europe.

'PsychoToxic' Blasts Its Way To Retail

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 5:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Whiptail Interactive announced today that the action shooter PsychoToxic has shipped and is available now at retail stores nationwide. The fast-paced PC shooter title shipped in Germany in 2004, where it was well received by both the German games media and fans of the FPS genre.

'Chariots: The First Olympics' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 4:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It is 776BC. The time of the first Olympics in Ancient Greece. The Greek city states of Athens, Sparta, Macedonia, Elis, Crete, Troy, Thebes and Carthage have gathered at Olympia. It is the last day of the historic event. The five full days of frenetic athletic activities are coming to an end. But the pinnacle of all the Olympic events is yet to commence. As one of the competitors, the expectations of thousands rest on your shoulders....

Electronic Arts Revises Sales Estimates, Share Earnings Plummet

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 3:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced revised estimates for the Company's fiscal year ending March 31, 2005. The changes are primarily the result of lower than expected sales in both North America and in Europe. "These results are clearly disappointing," said Larry Probst, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "While our new releases are performing reasonably well, they have not been able to offset a significant falloff in catalog sales."

'Battlestations: Midway' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

'Battlestations: Midway' is a new tactical multi-player game focusing on the naval and aerial battles of World War II leading up to one of the greatest naval victories of all time, the Battle of Midway, which saw the highly outnumbered US Naval and Air forces take on the might of the most powerful naval force in modern history: the Imperial Japanese Navy.

'Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory' - v2.60 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 2:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision has released a new patch for Splash Damage's free team-based multiplayer FPS Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. This release brings the multiplayer addon to v2.60 and optimizes netcode, various server crashes fixed, server can redirect clients to other servers when full, mods menu, and plenty more. Read more for details and download links ...

'The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 1:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set before the events of both Universal Pictures' The Chronicles of Riddick and the 2000 breakout hit Pitch Black, the game tells the story of Riddick's dramatic escape from the previously inescapable triple max security slam Butcher Bay, home to the most violent prisoners in the universe. This demo contains a short tutorial and one level from the full game (thanks GameSpot). Read more for download links ...

Videogame Market in China Explodes Despite Piracy

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 11:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Niko Partners today announced that the videogame market in China is experiencing rapid growth, particularly in the online games segment. According to a new report released by the company, online games revenue is forecast to reach $2.0 billion by 2009. Additionally, China had 28.8 million gamers in 2004 and Niko Partners projects that number to grow to 55.5 million gamers by 2009.