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Funcom: "Staff cuts will have little effect on Age of Conan"

Posted: 30.09.2009 by JamieSI

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It was revealed yesterday that Funcom would be cutting 20 per cent of its workforce, which resulted in a delay for its upcoming MMO The Secret World, leaving us with a thought about what it would mean for Age of Conan.

For those of you worried, don't be. A Funcom spokesperson told us that it will have little effect on Age of Conan and its expansion: "What I can tell you is that this will have little to no effect on Conan and the expansion. The Secret World will be delayed with a few months."

Turbine date Siege of Mirkwood add-on, offer more lifetime subs

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Lord of the Rings Online will be receiving its expansion this December 1st, accompanied by a number of pre-order packages from developer Turbine which includes lifetime subs.

For $200 users can simply buy their subscription to the MMO outright, and those who change over to a multi-month sub gets the Siege of Mirkwood free. Cha-ching.

BioWare's Star Wars The Old Republic suffers beta sign up traffic

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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The website for BioWare and LucasArts' Star Wars The Old Republic is feeling the strain as fans flocked to scribble in their name on the closed beta list. The site is a little unstable.

BioWare developers will be "selecting testers" from the fan community based upon a number of factors, and registrants must be over 18. The beta will involve "several phases".

Cloud platform OnLive pegged for "winter", locks major investment

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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OnLive has managed to secure a third round of funding from its existing partners, likely pushing it way over $500 million in valuation, and it's hoping for a "winter" launch in the US.

Currently the Cloud gaming platform service is in heavy beta testing, and Perlman says OnLive's goal is to complete the "last remaining transition" of physical media to digital.

Beta doors open for Uncharted 2 multiplayer, all gamers welcome

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Sony and developer Naughty Dog have finally thrown open the beta to all for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' multiplayer. This comes after a period of intense closed testing.

The new beta period ends on October 12th but until then you can let bullets fly and scrap those knees across four maps through a variety of modes. It also grants access to Machinima mode.

Final Fantasy XIII to exceed 6m, Square want eight titles shifting 2m

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher Square Enix is confident of the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII blowing past 6 million sales thanks to the recent price cuts for the next-gen consoles. It's out December.

At least it's out in Japan anyway. Square also reveal their plans to launch eight titles with each securing over 2 million sales. Two or three of these titles are already in development.

Square Enix date Final Fantasy XI update and Ascension expansion

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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The marathon run that is MMO Final Fantasy XI is getting it's next free update in early November, with publisher Square assuring it's "currently on track" for then.

The expansion known as 'A Shantotto Ascension' is due in October, says a new trailer. It adds new Wings of the Goddess quests, new dungeon-crawling features and more.

Kojima has no problems with Metal Gear remake, even if "foreign"

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Hideo Kojima wouldn't stand in the way of someone trying to remake his original Metal Gear videogame, that being the 8-bit one. The creator would not shun a "foreign" team either.

The original Metal Gear was released back in 1987 on the MSX and achieved globe acclaim on the Nintendo game system. A young hotshot with maybe "more abilities" is welcome to try.

It is Inafune's "desire" to have multiple endings in Dead Rising 2

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Capcom's Keiji Inafune would love to have multiple endings in the undead sequel, just like the first game did, however they're too early in development to make it definitive.

The Capcom boss "would love" to include them but they haven't reached a point they can decide "one way or the other" yet, he can't officially say "yes or no." Game footage is out.

Gameloft's EarthWorm Jim based on Sega Genesis, hits XBLA first

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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The impending EarthWorm Jim goodness coming to fans through digital channels will be based on the original Sega Genesis version, but will include the bonus 'Big Bruty' level.

The remake will feature several modes of difficulty, better visuals with smooth animations and "some surprises" to be revealed later. Original devs not involved; Perry and Nepal.

Co-creator Grossman coy on a possible Day of the Tentacle return

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Adventure man Dave Grossman has been evasive in his reply to the question many fans want answered, and that is will Day of the Tentacle return? He points to LucasArts.

The reason Monkey Island has taken so long to be revived is because LucasArts "were reluctant." When Darrell Rodriguez stepped in, things got moving on old adventure IP again.

PS3 Resi Evil 5: Alternative Edition content could reach Xbox 360s

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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Capcom might release the extra content included in the Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition for the Xbox 360, though it would most likely be in the form of DLC and not on a disc.

The Alternative version is designed to capitalise on the PS3 motion tech due in the spring, but it also adds the original Resident Evil mansion in a playable sequence, not just a flashback.

Aion's first fortress has fallen, Origine legion claims the honour

Posted: 30.09.2009 by Technet2k

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NCsoft's Aion MMO has had its first fortress busted open and taken by the Origine legion, a group on the European server Suthran. The whole siege took just an hour 15 minutes.

Capturing the fortress gave the Origine legion access to a special dungeon, which they've already pilfered for loot. They used a level 25 raid to accomplish a level 35 objective.

Resident Evil Afterlife set for release next autumn

Posted: 30.09.2009 by JamieSI

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Resident Evil Afterlife, the fourth film in the series, has entered production and will be released in cinemas next autumn, according to ShockTillYouDrop.

Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, and will be supported by Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller, with Ali reprising her role as Claire Redfield and Wentworth as Chris Redfield. Paul W.S. Anderson returns to direct the movie, and is looking to shoot it in 3D.

Sony UK asks PlayTV users to re-scan for channels on 30th September

Posted: 30.09.2009 by JamieSI

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If you own a PlayTV for your PlayStation 3, Sony UK is asking you to re-scan for channels on September 30th to ensure that you are able to receive all the digital channels.

You can simply go to ‘Settings’ choose ‘Set-up’ then ‘Channel-scan’ and you should be finished.

Namco Bandia announces Enslaved for PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted: 29.09.2009 by JamieSI

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Namco Bandia has announced a new title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 called Enslaved. It's a tactical action-adventure game that is planned for release in 2010.

Check the full story for the press release.

Paradox Interactive announces three DLC packs for Elven Legacy

Posted: 29.09.2009 by JamieSI

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Paradox Interactive has announced the Elven Legacy Trilogy, three expansion packs for the Fantasy Strategy title Elven Legacy from Paradox Interactive, releasing in October, November and December 2009.

Continuing the intense tale of a world that pits elf against human, the first of the trilogy, Ranger, is set to release on October 20th and will feature 16 new campaign missions, two new main heroes, along with new artifacts and spells.

Bonus Star Trek outfit for buyers of original show's Blu-ray release

Posted: 29.09.2009 by Technet2k

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When you can't ignore those nerd urges any longer and you buy the Blu-ray re-release of the original Star Trek TV series, the third season to be exact, you'll get a bonus outfit.

It'll be for Cryptic's upcoming Star Trek MMO, and the costume itself is an exclusive Star Fleet Admiral piece for your in-game sci-fi character. Currently it's only confirmed for the US.

Rockstar: L.A. Noire coming along "quite splendidly", details "soon"

Posted: 29.09.2009 by Technet2k

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The highly secretive game known as L.A. Noire is chugging along "splendidly" reveals Rockstar Games, and some details will be shared "very soon" they promise.

This small revelation was made during the developer's latest Asked & Answered session with fans, where we also learn British comedian Omid Djalili voices GTA IV's Yusuf Amir.

Turn 10 denies Forza 3 taps out Xbox 360, "you learn tricks" is all

Posted: 29.09.2009 by Technet2k

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The Xbox 360 doesn't reach its technical limit with Forza Motorsport 3 says developer Turn 10. "Of course not," says game director Dan Greenawalt, it's "a really powerful" platform.

You always use "100 percent" of the hardware, but as they're first-party and have "really clever" developers on staff you "learn tricks" along the way. Greenawalt likens it to Tetris.
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