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Everquest Prepares To Captivate Chinese Market

by Rainier on Sept. 20, 2002 @ 3:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft and Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced an exclusive publishing agreement to release EverQuest in Mainland China. SOE will bring its already-acquired technological expertise to the partnership while Ubi Soft's online arm,, will provide the necessary local infrastructures to host and operate the game.

Blizzard Announces 'StarCraft : Ghost' - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 20, 2002 @ 3:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official Blizzard web site is getting hit hard now that they have announced their secret title - 'Starcraft : Ghost', a mission based tactical console shooter set in the Starcraft universe, developed by Nihilistic Software andco-published by Capcom and Blizzard Entertainment in Japan. The game is targeted for next-gen consoles for release in late 2003, with no PC releases planned. Read more for details and 20+ screens!

No One Lives Forever 2 - Q&A

by Rainier on Sept. 20, 2002 @ 1:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Along with hosting the official No One Lives Forever 2 Demo, Nvidia has a sweet little interview posted with Monolith's Craig Hubbard (Lead Game Designer) and Chris Miller (Fox Producer). There are some nice screens included as well. Go check it out.

Sammy Studios Hires Big Hollywood Guns

by Rainier on Sept. 20, 2002 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

John Rowe, president of the global entertainment company Sammy Studios, announced today the expansion of its Hollywood presence by establishing a new facility to focus on video game development, animation and all licensing activities, both acquisitions and placement. He also announced the appointment of well-respected industry veteran Michael Haller as Executive Vice President and former DreamWorks Interactive and Walt Disney Imagineering executive Tami Hathaway as Director of Licensing.

Myst III: Exile's Voltaic Age (Xbox/PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 8:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In honor of Myst III: Exile for Xbox and PS2 shipping to retail stores nationwide today, following is screenshots and a movie of Exile's Age of Energy, Voltaic. Voltaic is a U-shaped canyon lined by forbidding sandstone cliffs. Players must get power flowing to the Small Isle connected to the island by harnessing, transforming, or channeling various forms of natural energy to activate a series of mechanisms. Read more to check the screens and download the trailer!

'Men In Black II : Alien Escape' Coming To Gamecube

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 8:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infogrames, Inc. is bringing the Company’s hit PlayStation2 game, Men in Black II: Alien Escape, based on the smash movie franchise under license from Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc., to the Nintendo GameCube. Men in Black II: Alien Escape is a fast-paced third-person perspective action game that features the films’ trademark one-liners and bizarre, humorous situations.

'Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance' Coming To Gamecube

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 7:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Black Isle Studios and leading console game developer High Voltage Studios today announced their plan to bring the Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance franchise to the Nintendo GameCube video game system. The PlayStation2 computer entertainment system version of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, developed by Snowblind Studios, has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

CDV Ships 'Sudden Strike II' & 'Divine Divinity' To Stores In North America

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 7:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV Software Entertainment today announced "Sudden Strike II" and "Divine Divinity" for the PC are now available in stores. Sequel to the worldwide hit "Sudden Strike," World War II real-time strategy "Sudden Strike II" adds Japan as a playable nation and includes 50 new historically detailed units. Called "massive, ambitious, and exciting" by GameSpy, wildly anticipated "Divine Divinity" offers over 200 hours of fantasy role-play.

'Myst III: Exile' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 7:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft announced Myst III: Exile for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox has shipped to retail stores nationwide. For the first time, the intrigue and adventure of the Myst franchise will be fully realized through the power of these next generation consoles. Developed by Presto Studios, Myst III: Exile is the award-winning third installment to the best-selling Myst franchise -- named "Best Adventure Game" by Computer Games Magazine and "Best Game in its Genre" by Gamespot. Exile for PS2 and Xbox is available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $19.99 (PS2) and 39.99 (Xbox), respectively.

UFO: Aftermath - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2002 @ 7:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Altar Interactive is developing a PC game for which old school strategy fans are hungering. UFO: Aftermath combines small squad tactical combat and global strategy pitting the player against an alien threat. The game looks and feels similar to X-COM and Jagged Alliance, but also has interesting new features such as simultaneously planned turn-based combat, randomly generated tactical missions, strong role-playing elements, and an alien setting complete with powerful technologies and unique abilities. Check these 8 new screens!