is reporting that Codemaster's new title Rise of the Argonauts will ship in November 2008. The official web page lists Fall 2008 as the currently scheduled release of the game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC.
Capcom is raising the bar in how many people it takes to produce an AAA game by announcing that it have more than 400 people involved in the production of Resident Evil 5. Gamekyo is reporting on the extremes that Capcom has gone to in the production of this game, by quoting a Capcom report as saying that the "staff visited Africa, a new backdrop in the series, to experience the real Africa where the contrast between light and the darkness is stunning" and that it has "more than 400 people including company employees and outside contractors working on (Resident Evil 5)".
The Capcom shareholder report for fiscal year 2008 has revealed a new strategy for the game maker. While Capcom has previously published titles exclusively for one home console system like the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, from now on the company says that "All major titles launched during the next fiscal year or thereafter will be developed as multi-platform games".
Microsoft's Director of Games for Windows, Kevin Unangst, recently announced on the official Microsoft Gamerscore Blog
that while the company will be closing the Ensemble Studios group after Halo Wars is published, Microsoft will be retaining the Age of Empires intellectual property. He added that “As a company, we’re very excited about the future potential for Age of Empires”
which clearly hints at a future iteration of the AoE franchise.
2K Games has launched the official website
for the PlayStation 3 version of BioShock, and it contains information on a demo that will be available from the PlayStation Network on October 2nd.
We really enjoyed BioShock on the Xbox 360
, so we would recommend this one to any PS3 user.
You can visit the official website by clicking here
Iron Tower announced last night that it's currently working on a second project, a turn-based RPG that is currently in pre-production and has been named Cyclopian, inspired by, and to a large extent based on, the stories and mythos of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, which takes place in 1923 Western Massachusetts.
The popular PlayStation Network game PAIN has just received a new patch that updates the game with trophies, which players can win in addition to making many of the trophies easier to obtain than previously announced.
The patch is huge however (325 MB) since it also includes additional content that can be unlocked via a purchase from within the game. This additional content includes a new area, the Amusement Park, as well as three new characters and new game play modes.
is announcing that the upcoming PlayStation 3 game Wipeout HD will be priced in the UK at £11.99, bargain. Release information for other markets including the United States has not yet been announced, although it is expected soon. The game is currently expected to release late September 2008 and will be available via the PlayStation Network.
Microsoft announced at E3 08 in July that the Xbox 360 would receive an update to its dashboard feature in the fall of 2008. Part of the announced redesign is to include customizable avatars that can indicate a users online or offline status, and even be imported into some games as playable characters. In other words, it's a lot like the Nintendo Mii characters for the Nintendo Wii.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has posted a reminder on the Stargate Worlds news page that the closed beta for Stargate Worlds is about to begin. If you haven't registered for a chance to participate in the closed beta you have just a little time remaining.
Shortly after opening registration for the closed beta Cheyenne Mountain announced that they had over 65,000 users register for a chance to play the game first. More information can be found at the Stargate Worlds community page or by registering for the closed beta.
Microsoft has recently posted a job opening
for a Program Manager with their Halo Studio development team. The job posting gives hints at working on the next generation of software gaming technology and is clearly looking for someone that will "lead the development of the engine that will power future experiences for the next generation of gaming platforms."
Ok it's time for a new competition! We've managed to get approval for 5 free games from GamersGate for this competition. Hence, the winner of this competition will get to pick any game from GamersGate of his/her choice. They got a lot of great up to date games over there so be sure to check them out.
With gamers getting angry about copy protection and DRM procedures being implemented into games, Ascaron has sent out a press release with details about the CP solution for its upcoming action-RPG Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel.
Konami announced today that PES 2009, the next instalment to the Pro Evolution Soccer series, will be released in Europe on October 17th for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Agreements have also been signed with Liverpool FC, Manchester United that will see both clubs being featured in the game, along with an official UEFA Champions League game mode, adding extra playability.
LucasArts announced today that it will be releasing the official demo for its upcoming action game Fracture on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network on Thursday, September 18.
The demo will introduce players to the revolutionary gameplay behind Terrain Deformation, a key gameplay mechanic that allows for the dynamic creation of on-the-fly cover and geographic manipulation.
Gas Powered Games announced today that the Demigod Pre-Order Beta test is now live. Demigod's publisher Stardock will continue to provide limited access to the Betas through pre-order signups.
If you missed the first set, head on over to the official Demigod website
to find out when the next cycle begins.
WildTangent boss Alex St John has told GI.biz that he thinks Microsoft is ramping down on first-party development as they move into a cost recovery phase, and that Sony is doing the same.
"You will clearly see Sony and Microsoft ramping down their investment in those platforms... What's interesting to note is that Microsoft (Game) Studios: the number of titles they're producing is in decline. So they're investing a lot less in the Xbox, and Sony is doing the same, because they're in a cost recovery phase," he explained.
2K Games has confirmed you won't be able to jump straight into the action as a mandatory install pop-ups up before your descent into Rapture.
This allays concerns that the installation was to take 24 minutes but apparently it should take 5 minutes and 24 seconds, if a BBFC list is to be believed.
The publisher has finally released the full specifications of what's under the hood in their Crysis-PC rig. They tease with some icy new game screens too.
The PC is known as the 'Ultra Optimized PC' from Ultra PC, though I think 'Crysis-PC' has just a little more impact. Delivering Warhead at 30 FPS it comes to $699.
With Google's increasing interests in things non-search related, Forbes' Chris Morris ponders whether the giant might be looking to get a piece of the gaming pie.
Given Google's "policy of encouraging side projects" it's likely that someone is bouncing the idea around having already acquired in-game advertiser Adscape.