EA announces that beta testing of Battlefield 2142 will open up to another
10,000 testers tomorrow, with a paid subscription no longer required to test DICE's coming shooter sequel, though a
free registration is:
The Battlefield 2142 public beta period has been
extended until Tuesday, September 12. In addition, due to the overwhelming
response to the beta, DICE and EA have opened 10,000 new slots to the public.
The 10,000 new slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting
Friday, September 8th at 10am PST. A free GameSpy ID is required to participate.
A new version of the tuning beta is also available now, which already includes
more than 1,000 changes to the game based on feedback from the beta to date.
Current players will need to download the new client, but no new access key is
The beta has been a huge success over the past two weeks, with more than 65,000
gamers participating, helping DICE secure a clean launch for the game on October
Atari sends word that review copies of Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales are
ready, and the game has a ship date of September 18, 2006, so we'll go out on a
limb and say this signifies Akella's RPG is gold. Here's the description of the
game they sent along:
Age of Pirates: Caribbean tales is a completely
fully featured pirate-based role playing adventure game. Offering a rich gaming
experience with deep character development and extensive open ended quests, Age
of Pirates is truly the most advanced and fully featured pirate game ever made.
Age of Pirates takes full advantage of cutting edge PC graphical technology and
boasts a visually stunning 3D setting. The storyline offers players a passionate
and involved plot without forcing linear play and player will find the game
extremely open ended. In terms of action, the game offers both land and sea
battles, from bloody sword fights on the Caribbean shores to epic naval battles
with squadrons of warships blasting each other out of the water.
The Stalin Subway Red Veil
Product Section reveals that the Cold War shooter sequel will be arriving
earlier than expected, a rarity in an industry in which delays are the norm. The
site formerly listed I quarter 2007 as a release window, but that has been
updated to read IV quarter 2006. Thanks Frans.
NCsoft announces Chapter Five of Lineage II is now live and automatically
available to North American and European subscribers to their MMORPG:
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 7, 2006óNCsoft has released Chronicle 5: Oath of
Blood to Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle, the marketís premier
player-versus-player (PvP) massively multiplayer online PC game, in North
America and Europe. The expansion is free to all Lineage II subscribers.
Chronicle 5 offers players both playable content and refinements of existing
systems that make gameplay at every level more exciting. The Chronicle 5 content
includes new hunting grounds, castles, clan halls and monsters. The changes to
existing features are a result of feedback from Lineage II players, which Studio
E&G has used to revitalize multiple systems to appeal to new players and enrich
the experience of veterans.
The sweeping systems changes mean that new and lower level players will progress
faster. New items and other enhancements have been added to make the game more
rewarding at those levels without sacrificing the challenge that Lineage II is
known for. Additionally, the new Academy in the gameís clan system helps clan
members rapidly train up and become powerful members much more quickly than
Highlighting the challenges for mid- and upper-level players is the addition of
Rune and Schuttgart castles, plus several contestable clan halls that are ripe
for the taking. In addition, there are many powerful beasts, like the maniacal
Prince Frintezza, who controls an insanely scary monster called Scarlet von
Halisha by playing an ornate organ in his lair, and the formidable Benom, who
lurks in the depths of Rune castle.
In addition, revitalized PvP systems and an increased level cap give players of
all classes the ability to be successful and even more to aspire to.
FiringSquad and Frans) is live as a viral teaser site for Portal, Valve's
upcoming Source-engine puzzle shooter. Get started by typing "login", picking a
username, and using "portal" as the password. Then remember your old DOS
commands and check out the nuttiness.
Medieval II: Total War Another new movie shows off more of
Creative Assembly's RTS sequel in high resolution and a good portion of the
clip is narrated by designer Dan Toose discussing religion and crusades. The
download is available on
Super-Bikes Riding Challenge Another new movie from
Milestone's upcoming racing game, showing a Honda CBR 1000RR hauling ass on
the Assen circuit. Available on
3D Gamers and
NBA Live 07 Electronic
Arts Germany offers a new trailer for NBA Live 07 with thirty-some
seconds of hi-rez footage from the coming hoops sequel. Thanks Frans.
CellFactor: Revolution CellFactor:
Revolution Preview on 1Up offers a Q&A with Jeremy Stieglitz of
Artificial Studios about their upcoming shooter: "Physics are the basis of
this game, and the core mechanics wouldn't be possible (or at least as
interesting) without thousands of physical objects in play. What good are
psychic powers if there isn't a ton of stuff to interact with? Of course,
the PhysX hardware lets us push the boundaries even further than we
anticipated, which is why in Revolution we've moved towards implementing
destroyable environments in addition to pre-placed objects. This means that
pillars, bridges, scaffolding, and various other structural elements now are
potential hazards, weapons, traps -- creating emergent scenarios for
Raph Koster Raph
Koster to game biz: evolve or die on GameSpot recaps the Austin Game
Conference session by the former COO pf SOE where he outlines the challenges
he feels the industry faces: "Our signature moments are things like The
Drew Carey show reaching in, pulling out The Sims and putting it on a TV
show, things like some psycho kid reaching in, grabbing [Grand Theft Auto],
and turning it into a court case. Those are our signature pop-culture
moments right now. The high-grade achievements of gaming are not the ones
that are going out to the mass market, I'm sad to say."
I really like the place I took the doggies today, it was very pleasant, and the
people there seemed particularly kind. I am also comforted knowing they have
each other for familiar company (they are sharing a private room). They'll be
fine, but I miss them already.
Games announces Civilization Chronicles (thanks Frans), "the most
comprehensive civilization collection ever made" planned for release next month
for an MSRP of $69.99. The anthology will include extras like the Civilization
card game, a 96 page book on the series, a DVD on the creation of Civ IV, and
more, as well as the entire turn-based strategy series:
The set will
include: Sid Meier's Civilization I, Sid Meier's Civilization II, Civilization
II: Fantastic Worlds, Civilization II: Conflicts in Civilization, Civilization
II: Test of Time, Sid Meier's Civilization III, Sid Meier's Civilization III:
Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests and Sid Meier's
now offers downloads of
new patch for Shadowgrounds for non-Steam users, updating the top down
shooter to version 1.05 (thanks Frans). Word is: "The latest patch is a unified
1.05 patch that removes copy protection from all versions, fixes minor technical
and gameplay issues and has some features aimed at helping modders."
GabitaSoft Entertainment now
offers a game trailer from HyperBall Racing, announcing preorders of the racing
game are now being accepted. They also quietly offer the release of a demo for
the game on their
downloads section. Word on the game is: "You can race on different islands,
each in a new setting. Go treasure hunting on the isle of the pirates or race
along ancient historic temples and through vast bamboo forests on the isle of
The recently released beta patch for Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War
(story) has now been given the seal of approval for final
distribution, and is now available automatically via the game's auto-update
function (thanks Frans).
The patch notes (featuring one of the longer URLs you'll see) offer details
on what's new and different after the update.
2 Games Press Release (thanks Frans) reveals a change in publishers for
Jade Empire for the PC (the Game's
console publisher was Microsoft), revealing "Special Edition" as the project's
new subtitle, and saying to expect the game's release in January 2007. Word is:
Jade Empire: Special Edition will be exclusively available for the PC and
will feature increased graphic resolutions with new visual effects and fighting
styles, as well as new monsters and enemies with enhanced AI. The game will also
include customizable, intuitive controls and an all-new art book as part of the
Special Edition bonus content.
New Ship Simulator 2006 retail patches are now available, updating the seafaring
sim to version 1.4. The new version adds a new texture, improved controller
support, and bug fixes (thanks Frans). The patch is available on the
Shipsim 2006 Downloads
A teaser The Mark Website is now live
as the stub for the upcoming counter-terrorism first-person shooter. The site
offers some screenshots as they hold that spot open for the launch of the full
site, said to be "coming soon." Thanks Frans.
A new Company of Heroes movie offers another look at Relic's upcoming World War
II real-time strategy game. The clip offers in-engine cinematics, available on
3D Gamers and
GameSpot. Also, The Crazy Machines
II Website now offers a the first teaser trailer from the coming sequel to
the game of mental mechanicals. The clip is just under 4 MB. Thanks
Star Trek Legacy The
Star Trek Legacy Update Q&A on FiringSquad continues their Star Trek
week by talking briefly with Mad Doc's Gary Conti about the coming game that
features all the captains from the various Trek series: "We currently donít
plan on releasing a demo for the game, and we canít give specifics on
modding tools yet."
Hellgate: London The
Hellgate: London Q&A on
HellgateGuru offer their third Interview with Ivan Sulic, tiring him out
to the point that the answers are shorter than the questions: "No. Hellgate:
London is very much focused on London and general European mythos. If we go
Eastern with an expansion pack or sequel, then we will certainly incorporate
Far East classes to represent that."
I am off at some point today to take the doggies to their little vacation
getaway. As you probably know all-to-well by now I am a little mental about the
dogs' wellbeing, but these people seem really nice, and I'm sure everything will
be fine. Of course that's not preventing me from stressing about it, but if it
was rational, I wouldn't be mental, now would I?