Mass Effect will be arriving on PCs this May with significant upgrades over its console counterpart. BioWare senior manager Matt Atwood revealed in an interview that they will be working to bring a PC version of their upcoming sequel "as quickly as possible".
Mass Effect 2 hasn't been confirmed for any platform but the PC at this time so it remains to be seen if Microsoft has managed to secure another launch exclusivity deal.
The super-agent RPG from Obsidian Entertainment has been given the nod by SEGA so it now officially exists within the known universe. Like their previous RPG's (Sith Lords) certain decisions made along the way will have consequences for the character and those around him.
This tale of international catastrophe, that being the premise not the game itself, will be due out next year on PC, Xbox360 and PS3.
SouthPeak Games announced this morning that the first of two downloadable content expansions for Two Worlds is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Titled Tainted Blood, the pack significantly expands the online multiplayer portion of Two Worlds and is available now for 600 MS points.
SEGA is already working with Obsidian on the Aliens RPG so now it looks like they want a Bond/Bauer spin on things. 'Alpha Protocol' is their modern day espionage romp which will hit the PC and the next-gen consoles.
Obsidian will be taking BioWare’s cinematic approach to dialogue and cut scenes but with heavy weight on "once only" NPC conversations. No endless loops? The scandal!
Black Wing Foundation announced this morning that its currently developing a new third-person shooter for the Xbox 360 and PC called Salvation. It's currently set to be released in Q2 2009. Salvation features diversified and various gameplay combining elements of stealth, action and arcade in a totally new, exiting way.
Hmm, that rhymed. Anyway - Pete Hines of Bethesda has told CVG that there isn't a date set in stone for the release of their latest RPG, the post-apocalypse return of the Fallout franchise.
The rumoured September 9 date was from a list given to retailers by Sony on their PS3 software releases.
An independent developer, Demiurge Studios has been working alongside BioWare since before the Xbox360 launch of Mass Effect. They've been working hard to optimise the game for the PC and both studios were not content with simply porting it over.
A new and better inventory system is a major enhancement over its console counterpart, along with better visuals and a new mini-game. It's unclear though whether the PC version will include the upcoming downloadable content "Bring Down the Sky" available March 10.
SouthPeak Games announced this afternoon that it will be releasing X-Blades, a third-person hack-and-slash action title for Next-gen consoles and PC, in Late 2008. In the game, players control an enchanting anime-style heroine that destroys anything in her path using guns, blades, magic, and a healthy dose of cinematic flair.
Mistwalker is apparently developing a sequel to the Xbox360 exclusive which hasn't even reached European shelves yet, though it will tomorrow (read our review here
). Microsoft is reportedly happy enough with its success in the Far East that they eagerly await further additions to the franchise.
Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy, was behind the making of Lost Odyssey which is the Xbox360's second exclusive RPG from the gaming legend, the first being Blue Dragon.
KOEI today announced the release of Samurai Warriors 2 Xtreme Legends as an additional download for Samurai Warriors 2. It will be available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360. Featuring new characters, levels and play modes, Samurai Warriors 2 XL greatly enhances the Samurai Warriors experience, adding a multitude of new features to this legendary series. Samurai Warriors 2 Xtreme Legends is scheduled for release on Xbox 360 via Xbox Live download on March 21, 2008.
With speculation that Age of Conan for the Xbox360 would see retail shelves 12 months after the PC release, Funcom have stated that it's a "rough estimate" at best. Age of Conan has elicited quite the fanfare with its style of MMO gameplay with an action-adventure approach to combat.
The game was meant to be out slaying things with a large axe last year; however the game was delayed until May 20 this year to better fine tune the combat system.
Many people are familiar with the Final Fantasy series of games. With the first release in 1987 for the NES, it has developed a large following (in fact, it is the fourth best-selling game franchise of all time) and crossed genres. Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess is the fourth expansion pack to this the eleventh installment in the series. If you're a fan of FFXI, and considering picking up this expansion, read our review to see if Emmanuel Brown thinks your money will be well spent.
Read the Final Fantasy: Wings of the Goddess review.
Activision has enlisted the rock legends for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, you'll be reliving this legendary band on their path to fame.
According to Best Buy the rocking won't be limited to just strumming the guitar, hinting players will get to fill all the roles of legends Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Steven Tyler.
Codemasters announced today that it'll be releasing new content packs for Overlord, including the game's single-player expansion Overlord: Raising Hell.
The new content is now available from Xbox Live Marketplace and comprises of one free and two premium download packs; the premium packs are available for 800 and 400 Microsoft Points respectively.
Peter Hines, head of Bethesda, has confirmed that Fallout 3 won't be anywhere near as big as Oblivion was in a recent interview with Gameplayer
During one of EA's analysis reports they have let slip that BioWare, who was recently acquired by the publishing giant, is working on a number of projects including a KOTOR title. They also mentioned they're working on a MMO project which would mean that the long rumoured KOTOR MMORPG is never going to see the light of day, much to the greater joy of fans. It would be a stand-alone RPG like the two previous in the franchise.
There's no rumblings yet though on platforms but it would mostly likely hit a next-gen console before the PC if history is any indicator. A New Hope that the BioWare Empire Strikes Back and we see the Return of the Jedi knights of the old republic.
Square Enix general manager, Taku Murata, will be hosting a special GDC 2008 session entitled, “The Technology of Final Fantasy”.
Murata will be talking about the new common technology platform which will be a new game engine that is to be used across a range of titles. Final Fantasy XII is thought to be using this new engine, but we now know that Square is also developing a new MMO title that will take advantage of it.
Ubisoft announced this morning that Assassin's Creed on the PC will contain new content that isn't available to console users when it's released in March 2008.
Ubisoft have entitled this the Director's cut edition, and gamers will have access to four new types of investigations, providing additional ways for players to explore the various locations of the Third Crusade.
Funcom and Eidos announced this morning that over 500,000 gamers from all over the world have signed up to become a member of the Age of Conan: Hydorian Adventures community by either joining the ongoing beta test or by signing up to the Clan of Conan official fan club.
“The massive attention Age of Conan is generating throughout the international gaming community is simply amazing,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. “The game seems to be already striking a chord with gamers across the world and we are thrilled and motivated by all the positive feedback we have been getting from both the press and the community.”
Strategy Informer recently had a chat with Naoki Eguchi of Namco Bandai Games Europe to find out more about the recently announced Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit which is set to be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.