Saturday, April 9, 2011
04/09/2011 - Pre-purchase DUNGEON SIEGE III Through Steam and Receive DUNGEON SIEGE 1 and 2 for Free
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PC Version to ship with Steamworks, includes suite of services for gamers around the world
Pre-purchase DUNGEON SIEGE III Through Steam and Receive DUNGEON SIEGE
I and DUNGEON SIEGE II for Free
London (9th April, 2011) – Valve and Square Enix Ltd, the publisher of SQUARE
ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced that customers who pre-purchase
DUNGEON SIEGE® III through Steam® will be given free digital copies of the classic DUNGEON
SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II games that they can access and play immediately. Additionally, all PC versions of the upcoming
epic action-RPG will include a host of Steamworks® features, including auto-updating, Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud
support, downloadable content and more.
In DUNGEON SIEGE III, players assume the role of one of four heroes,
fighting for the sake of their fallen comrades to restore the land of Ehb. Conflict is constant in this action-RPG and decisions
have lasting consequences, allowing players to alter the storyline. Choose to battle along with a companion or fight for honor
with up to four friends via online co-op play. DUNGEON SIEGE III allows for two players to experience the story from
start to finish in local co-op mode. Thanks to the robust AI, DUNGEON SIEGE III’s co-op multiplayer mode allows
players to seamlessly drop in and out of battle without interrupting the action or impacting the campaign.
DUNGEON SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II free of charge through Steamworks is Square Enix’s way of showing appreciation
to the fans of the DUNGEON SIEGE franchise," said David Hoffman, executive producer for DUNGEON SIEGE III. "Selecting
Steamworks to be integrated into the upcoming DUNGEON SIEGE III title made perfect sense as we wanted to provide the best
possible gameplay experience for PC gamers and long-standing fans of the series.”
“DUNGEON SIEGE III is
joining a long line-up of Square Enix titles using Steamworks,” said Jason Holtman, director of business development
for Valve. “Our focus for Steam is on enabling developers to spend time on creating value for our customers, and seeing
the DUNGEON SIEGE franchise re-emerge, with its all-new co-op mode and inclusion of Steamworks, is a great example
Players will experience the much-awaited next chapter in the DUNGEON SIEGE lore from 17th
June, 2011, on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system
from Microsoft and Windows PC. For more information about DUNGEON SIEGE III, please visit the official website at: www.dungeonsiege.com.
Submitted By: E.Thomas
Friday, April 8, 2011
04/08/2011 - Doodlebug - Atari and Amiga platformer re-issued on the iPad
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The classic Amiga/Atari
ST platformer returns 20 years later on iPad!
Mobile Amusements release Doodlebug for iPad
back! almost 20 years on since this classic platform adventure first appeared commercially on Amiga and Atari ST.
Doodlebug offers twenty levels of varied platform action spread across five themed
worlds. Interactive characters within the the game allow Doodlebug to buy submarines, buggies, dragons, helicopters and
space ships to help him on his quest to rescue the lovely Princess Lady Bug.
With the aid of his magic coloured pencils and eraser, Doodlebug can vanquish his foes and traverse the
the levels ahead, by way of quickly drawing umbrellas, balloons, magic potions and time freeze clocks. Pencil eraser smart
bombs also have the ability to wipe out many enemies in one go.
you ready for the adventure to begin and rescue Princess Lady Bug from the clutches of the Evil Slug Boss?... Play on!
Doodlebug is available on the iPad App Store here
- Easy to learn single thumb control pad.
- Unique pencil power-up concept.
- Interactive characters.
- Vehicles that aid gameplay.
- Breakable floors and walls to push open.
- Many inventive
and taxing levels.
- Hidden treasures and bonus items.
- Colourful graphics and catchy themed music.
- Playable and suitable for all ages.
- Game continue
- Persistent HiScore.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Thursday, April 7, 2011
04/07/2011 - EA and Funimation Announce Mass Effect Anime Movie Deal
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EA AND FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT
ANNOUNCE MASS EFFECT ANIME MOVIE DEAL
Home Video Adaptation of Award-Winning Sci-Fi Game Scheduled for Release in 2012
Guildford, UK.- April 7, 2011 – BioWare™,
a division of leading video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and FUNimation® Entertainment, the leading
distributor of Japanese animation in North America, announced today an agreement to create an anime feature film adapted from
one of the video game industry’s most revered franchises, Mass Effec t™. Tokyo-based anime and international
feature film production company T.O Entertainment, Inc. has signed on as a co-producer on the video. Based on the Mass
Effect universe, the anime video will tell the tale of an epic science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled
with dangerous alien life and mysterious, uncharted planets.
Casey Hudson of BioWare, executive producer of the
Mass Effect series, will serve as executive producer on the film, along with FUNimation President and CEO Gen Fukunaga
and Director of Original Entertainment Chris Moujaes and T.O Entertainment’s CEO Takeichi Honda and Yui Shibata.
"Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different
media. Extending the story through an anime medium is another amazing opportunity for us,” said Casey Hudson, Executive
Producer for the Mass Effect series. "Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe
to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for.”
"It is thanks to the enormous and passionate Mass Effect fan base that this movie is made possible," said
Gen Fukunaga, President & CEO of FUNimation. “With production underway on the Dragon Age video, we are
excited to team up with another BioWare team to add an exciting new chapter to this vast sci-fi world.”
of the Mass Effect anime movie has already begun. Digital and home video releases are scheduled for the summer of
The original Mass Effect game and its sequel Mass Effect 2 have received over 250 awards
and 100 perfect ‘10’ scores from critics worldwide. Mass Effect 2 is available now for the PlayStation®3
computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC. Stay tuned for more news about the
continuation of Commander Shepard’s adventure as BioWare will release more information about Mass Effect 3
soon. For more information on the game, please visit http://masseffect.bioware.com/ and follow the development team at twitter.com/masseffect2 or at http://www.facebook.com/masseffect.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
04/06/2011 - 505 Games and Rebellion on Target with Sniper Elite V2
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505 Games and Rebellion
on Target with Sniper Elite V2
Shooter Set for Xbox 360 & PS3 Return
Los Angeles, CA – April 6, 2011 – Publisher 505 Games and developer Rebellion today announced the long-awaited console sequel to third-person
tactical WWII shooter with Sniper Elite V2, coming to Xbox 360® video game and entertainment
system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Sniper Elite V2 will
be a modern take on the critically and publically acclaimed classic Sniper Elite for the current generation of consoles
– revitalizing a genre all of its own when it is released in 2012. Released in 2005, Sniper Elite saw gamers
playing an American OSS secret agent disguised as a German sniper in Berlin during the final days of World War II.
It earned considerable public and critical acclaim with its blend of stealth action - which emphasized
patience and cunning over reflexes alone - culminating in being awarded "Best PC/Console Game" at the TIGA awards
“It’s very exciting
to be working with one of the new breed of major publishers like 505 Games,” said Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion.
“Sniper Elite was an important, genre-defining property and we’re hoping to have even greater success by teaming
up with the talented guys at 505.”
fantastic for us to be involved in the world of Sniper Elite again,” Chris Kingsley, CTO of Rebellion, added.
“We look forward to winning even more awards with Sniper Elite V2 and wowing the consumers with what will be a great
“We’re very excited to be working with Rebellion on
this highly anticipated sequel. Sniper Elite has always been the benchmark of the genre and never been bested....until now,”
said Ian Howe, Managing Director of 505 Games. “We guarantee that the sequel will be the most authentic WW2 sniping
experience ever – not just in terms of weapon ballistics, but also in delivering the heart-pulsing tension of those
do or die moments where one shot really does matter.”
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
04/05/2011 - All Your Base... New Book Celebrates 50 Years of Gaming
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How Fifty Years
of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture By HAROLD GOLDBERG Fifty years since the debut of the first video game, the gaming industry has morphed into a pop-culture juggernaut.
With more than $20 billion in American sales and more than 68 percent of the population drawn to the screen, gaming has escaped
the glow of the basement television set and exploded worldwide across all manner of media. In an era when the average player
is over 35, the face of gaming has changed and Harold Goldberg is the man behind that face.
YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture(Three
Rivers Press paperback original; April 5, 2011), Goldberg draws on three years of research and more than 200 interviews
to tell the story of gaming’s rise to the top of the pop-culture pyramid. A former editor-in-chief of Sony Online Entertainment
and a widely syndicated gaming columnist, Goldberg has made a career out of his favorite pastime and uses his impressive connections
to craft the ultimate insider look at the industry.
The book traces the evolution of gaming, from the first video
game, Tennis for Two, to the much anticipated future of the industry—with 3D technology and holographic home consoles
appearing just around the corner. With interviews from gaming legends such as Sims creator Will Wright and Grand Theft Auto’s
Houser brothers, ALL YOUR BASE boasts an impressive lineup of the industry’s heavy hitters but also
covers some of the lesser known stories. Highlights include:
- Access to Sam Houser—the notoriously media-shy executive opens up about his initial struggle to gain a foothold
in the gaming world.
- An in-depth look at the origins of casual gaming. Jason Kapulka, cofounder of PopCap games, reveals how he established
the “Mom test” for online games, using his mother’s patience with various platforms as a production litmus
- The ups and downs of Ken Levine and the making of BioShock.
Infusing a comprehensive history of gaming with his own anecdotal commentary, Goldberg explores the genius
behind the gaming industry and holds a mirror to modern culture. ALL YOUR BASE celebrates videogames as an
art form, one as influential and pervasive as music, movies and television. Exploring gaming as, at once, individual catharsis,
social connectivity, and an economic goldmine, Goldberg has written a landmark historiography for a generation—several
generations, in fact.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Monday, April 4, 2011
04/04/2011 - SquareEnix Announces Final Fantasy V for PSN
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London (4th April
2011) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive
entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces FINAL FANTASY®
V is currently in development for PlayStation® 3 and the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system
via the PlayStation® Network.
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES FINAL FANTASY V FOR PLAYSTATION NETWORK
hugely popular and critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY V returns, with original fans and new adventurers able to indulge in
a true gaming classic at home and on the move.
Players will experience all-new CG cinematic sequences exclusive
to the PSN edition, and discover the early days of renowned FINAL FANTASY gameplay features including the Active Time Battle
system, mini quests, magic summoning and much more.
About FINAL FANTASY V
day, the Tycoon King, upon feeling an irregularity in the air currents, rushed to the Wind Shrine, only to find the Wind Crystal
shattering to pieces right before his eyes. In addition to this catastrophe, an enormous meteor had fallen to the ground,
causing earthquakes in the surrounding land near Tycoon Castle.
Unbeknownst to them, this event is about to bring
four people from different walks of life together on a common journey filled with new encounters and many mysteries.
About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business
unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in
Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development
studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable
portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST®
which has sold over 57 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the
legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/eu/en/.
Submitted By: E. Thomas