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Midway file for bankruptcy, Wheelman screeches over to Ubisoft?

Posted: 13.02.2009 by Technet2k

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Midway Games has petitioned for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which means the publisher can keep operating if the US courts agree they stand a chance.

Midway's Matt Booty says it was "a difficult but necessary decision." It seems part of the plan is to hand off Vin Diesel's Wheelman to rival Ubisoft, with retail listings in agreement.

Demigod's "persistent multiplayer" beta beginning February 19th

Posted: 13.02.2009 by Technet2k

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StarDock and developer Gas Powered Games have announced that Beta 3 will commence to test out "Pantheon - the persistent multiplayer universe."

If you want in on the online beta then you'd best get your PC signed up as you've got a week before it kicks off. The dev team also want help to ensure match making "not suck".

US console sales fall 76% with holidays gone, Wii wins games chart

Posted: 13.02.2009 by Technet2k

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With the winter holidays past, January didn't do too well in the US for console sales with an average drop of 76% with consumers.

NPD figures show that even the Nintendo Wii and DS dropped from shoppers' grace. A slight upshot is that PS3 sales beat PSP for once, though still over 100,000 behind Xbox 360.

Free Realms launching on PC in April

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Nakerman

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Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that their free family-based MMO will launch on PC in early April.

Free Realms, which is also in development for PS3, will be released on the PC way before Sony's console. Beta testing will start within "a couple of weeks" according to associate art director Sebastian Strzalkowski.

New Hawk game to tackle Skate set for late 2009

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Nakerman

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Activision announced today that a new Tony Hawk game is set for release in the second half of 2009.

Still without an official name, the title aims to "broaden the appeal" of a franchise that has slowly began to falter, eventually being leapfrogged by the excellence of EA's Skate series.

Paradox Interactive announces Mezmer Games

Posted: 12.02.2009 by JamieSI

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Paradox Interactive today announced the creation of a new label under the Paradox Interactive company umbrella, Mezmer Games. The new franchise is focused on helping indie developers reach a large audience through digital distribution and alternative channels. The titles will range from action to strategy to adventure games and cost between $9.99 - $19.99.

"There are so many high-quality titles out there that show a great deal of potential but never reach the gamers," says Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President at Paradox Interactive. "Our intention is to be a platform for great games that traditional publishers do not want to invest their time and money. By exclusively releasing the products digitally, we'll be to deliver many niche and developing titles to an audience that would otherwise be unable to purchase the products."

First details begin to bleed from early US 'God of War III' previews

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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An avid forum dweller at GameFAQs has listed a few summary points from GameInformer's preview for God of War III, where there's "like 8 pages on it."

Apparently we can enjoy tons more enemies on screen, 15,000 more polygons, cool gauntlets called 'Cestus', smarter and less cloned scumbag opponents and more...

Epic "appreciate" the enthusiasm but there's no "ten-year plan"

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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Gears of War 2 writer Josh Ortega recently announced Epic Games had a decade long vision for the franchise, but VP Mark Rein says "no, we do not."

Of course they have an idea "where we'd like it to go" but ultimately it depends on a "game-by-game basis" and "fan support." He adds that Epic have no plans beyond this gen yet.

Tabula Rasa gets mech suits for last hoorah, 2 weeks left for MMO

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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The science fiction MMO destined to eclipse in just over two weeks has finally gotten content update with mechs included, albeit a little pointless now.

Considering Tabula Rasa is operating free of charge until its server closure you might as well sample its wares before it's gone, possibly for good? February 28th is final day.

Sony: It's "great to marry" game and film on hyrbid Blu-ray PS3 disc

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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For too long has the gamer suffered this inconvenience but no longer, Sony have revealed plans to combine movie and game on future Blu-ray discs.

For videogames adapted from movies it's a great idea and Sony are "actively pushing" to get this in full swing "this year." Blue-ray gives "grander experiences for movies or games."

Activision is not to be "distracted by layoffs and restructuring"

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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Posting a net loss of just $72 million for its fourth quarter, Activision doesn't feel the need to purge staff numbers or chop shop a bunch of studios.

Revenue for '08 saw $5.0 billion for the publisher, an increase of 20%. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick claimed 2009 will see "more products than ever before" from the giant.

Acti: 3 new properties this year; Prototype, Singularity, Bond racer

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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Mike Griffith, publishing president of Activision, has happily cheered they're releasing three new properties for 2009; an open-world, a shooter and a racer.

Radical Entertainment's Prototype, Raven Software's Singularity and Bizarre Creations' James Bond racer are all releasing in 2009. At least two are for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Guitar Hero huge rocking success for Acti Blizz, more on their way

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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In a revelation unlikely to shock anyone, the Guitar Hero franchise is one b*tchin' machine for Activision Blizzard, with it the number one property in Europe.

There's new Guitar Hero for DS coming as well more for consoles in '09. The publisher can't wait for DJ Hero to arrive and predicts it'll innovate. More Euro bands to be included.

StarCraft II beta in the "months ahead," new Battle.net included too

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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The beta phase for the highly anticipated RTS StarCraft II will commence in a few months time, and will include the new Battle.net architecture.

Those who made the pilgrimage to BlizzCon 2008 received a beta voucher giving them access. Blizzard is still remaining elusive to a date for the long time awaited sequel.

Activision pulls next James Bond game back to 2010

Posted: 12.02.2009 by JamieSI

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During a fourth quarter earnings call last night, Activision revealed that its next James Bond game will be delayed until 2010 due to the Q4 2009 release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

A smart move from Activision, as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is likely to be the most anticipated title of fall 2009.

Blizzard reveal "front line release" this year, not saying what it is

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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Blizz COO Paul Sams has revealed they plan on releasing a game this year but drops no hints to what it could be during the conference call.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a front line game and likely the closest to being finished, while Diablo III seems way off. Could team Blizz have another project up their sleeve?

Activision confirms "next Bond" and racer handled at UK's Bizarre

Posted: 12.02.2009 by Technet2k

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Bizarre Creations is developing both the next Bond title in the franchise as well as the upcoming action racer says the publishing giant.

The racer will apparently buckle up sometime this year revealed an Acti Blizz executive. The Brit studio Bizarre as some may know developed the Project Gotham Racing series.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 set for Q4 2009

Posted: 12.02.2009 by JamieSI

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During a fourth quarter earnings call last night, Activision revealed that the next Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, will be released in Q4 2009.

Infinity Ward will be developing it, although no other details have been revealed about it yet. Hopefully we will find out more soon.

Activision reveals summer release for Wolfenstein

Posted: 12.02.2009 by JamieSI

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Activision announced last night during an earnings call that Raven's upcoming shooter Wolfenstein, the latest installment to the classic FPS franchise, will be released sometime in the summer period.

The latest installment of the supernatual World War II series Wolfenstein, players are let loose deep in war-torn Germany. Blending of Nazi technology and the occult once again threaten to turn the tide of the war.

Square Enix reveals £84.3 million bid for Eidos

Posted: 12.02.2009 by JamieSI

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Square Enix revealed this morning that the company has made an official £84.3 million bid for Eidos, which Eidos have agreed to and has promised to recommend the offer to its shareholders.

"Eidos is a talented developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products with a broad portfolio of highly successful mass market franchises, led by Tomb Raider, one of the most successful videogame franchises of all time." Said Square Enix President Yoichi Wada.
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