features Jade Raymond introducing Ubisoft Toronto, the new development studio that's now open for business with a staff of more than 80, and two projects in production. She shows off their spiffy office, and discusses their prospects for growth over the next decade, as they plan to eventually have a staff of over 800. She also casually throws out that one of the projects they are currently working on is Splinter Cell 6
, simply saying: "We're working on Splinter Cell 6, the next iteration of the blockbuster franchise, and we're doing it entirely here in Toronto. Thanks Develop
A playable demo is now available for Gray Matter
, the long-in-development RPG from Gabriel Knight
creator Jane Jensen. The game is now available in Germany
and due elsewhere in February
, and while the installer for the demo uses the German language, there are options to install it in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. The download is available on WorthPlaying
SEGA is changing the naming convention for the Total War series, reports Eurogamer
, saying the title of the next installment in Creative Assembly's real-time strategy series is now known as Total War: Shogun 2
rather than Shogun 2: Total War
. They seem to think whatever confusion this may cause will help clear up confusion: "Both Creative Assembly and SEGA have intended to invert the Total War naming convention for some time," a SEGA spokesperson tells them. "The Total War series of games spans over 10 years of titles. We wanted to identify all of these as one series using a more obvious naming convention for players."
A new patch is now available for Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
to update the association football/soccer game to version 1.02. The new version is available automatically from within the game, and there is also a manual patch available from The Patches Scrolls
. The change list for the new version follows. Continue here to read the full story
now offers a new patch for Combat Mission Shock Force
to update the military strategy sequel and its various modules to version 1.31. They have a list of mirrors where the patch is hosted, and these patch notes
outline all the new version entails. The list of what's changed follows. Continue here to read the full story
offers a new patch to update War in the Pacific Admirals Edition
to version 1.01.06i, which in spite of the wonkiness of the version number, is described as a "significant new update" to the World War II strategy game. They say this includes: "dozens of fixes and improvements through the game data for equipment, ships, planes, units and scenarios. Please note that you will need to start a new game to see the full effect of these data fixes and improvements. A few code fixes are also included, which will apply to all games."
The StarCraft 2 Uber-Interview on Games On Net
talks about the real-time strategy sequel with Blizzard's Bob Colayco and Chris Davey. One of their main concerns is the amount of money spent on marketing StarCraft II
in Korea, and how the game's sales compare to the original StarCraft, which is an institution in that territory. While they continue to cultivate the game in the Korean market, there is an admission that it's been slower going than anticipated. "Yeah, it's fair to say that it didn't come out of the gates as well as we'd hoped," Colayco tells them. "But we're working on some things, such as the GSL with our partner GomTV, and some other initiatives to try and continue. There's definitely a lot of interest there, we're definitely in the top 10 as far as the played games in the IGR's and we're seeing some upward mobility there so we're doing what we can to prop that up."
The Super Crate Box Website
now offers a Mac OS X edition of Super Crate Box
, the throwback arcade game. Here's word on the Mac edition, which, like its Windows counterpart, is free: "We wanted to get it out there to you people, so we got everything working, except for the online highscores, some minor sound glitches and limited gamepad support. There might be some other problems we don’t really know about yet, but we’ll try to fix those soon, before we get too busy with our next project."
An update to the Star Wars: The Old Republic HOLONET
provides new information on "inhabitants," the teeming masses of the universe in BioWare's upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. Word is: "From the civilized Core Worlds at the center of the galaxy to the uninhabited wilds of the Outer Rim territories, the galaxy is teeming with life. This archive contains summaries of several of the galaxy’s inhabitants, organized for convenience into three categories - humanoids, creatures, or droids."
Steam's Give and Get Sale
offers daily deals, and each day 30 customers will get the top five games on their wish lists. On Direct2Drive
1-in-5 orders is free. Also, there are a bunch of strategy games on sale on Matrix Games
. Finally, there are also several items on sale in the Valve Merchandise Store
But all kidding aside, I actually like turkey salad sandwiches.