Vietnamese developer Emobi Games announces 7554, a single-player, military first-person shooter set in 1954 during the conclusion of the French Indochina War. The game is expected in February 2012, and we have a few screenshots and the following details:
Emobi Games is proud to announce 7554. 7554 is the first major video game developed by Vietnamese company and made available in North America. 7554 is currently set for a February 2012 release date in North American and will be available exclusively for PC for $12.00 USD. The title of the game, 7554 (7 May 1954) represents is the day the French army in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam surrendered to the Vietnam People’s Army thereby withdrawing occupation of all Indochinese colonies.
“There has never been a video game of this size and scope from Vietnam and that fact alone gives us a lot of national pride. It is our privilege and our challenge to create a first person shooter that gamers will enjoy playing. And though 7554 is based on historical events, it is not an attempt to recreate the past, but rather it is a vehicle meant for entertainment,” said Nguyen Tuan Huy, Director of Emobi Games.
Steam News announces the free weekend is now underway for Killing Floor on Steam, coinciding with a sale offering 75% off on the co-op survival/horror first-person shooter. This also marks the beginning of their Twisted Christmas event, which features "Christmas themed monsters, achievements, music, an all new level 'Ice Cave' as well as seven all new weapons!"
Steam News announces the release of a new patch to automatically update Serious Sam 3: BFE, the fist-person shooter prequel. This incorporates a lengthy list of bug fixes, as well as a free Santa Sam multiplayer character skin. "We’ve been incredibly pleased by the positive reception from gamers with the release of Serious Sam 3: BFE on PC," said Davor Hunski, Chief Creative Guy at Croteam. "To celebrate, we wanted to give our fans a little holiday gift and thank them for being so supportive of Croteam and the Serious Sam series for all these years."
Matrix Games announces the release of Grand Campaign ’41, the third DLC pack for Panzer Corps, Lordz Games Studio's World War II strategy game. Here's word on what the pack offers: "The largest invasion in the history of the world, Operation Barbarossa, is about to begin! Before it can, however, the Balkans must be secured! Take command of your forces once again and lead them to victory in this next installment of the Grand Campaign! This DLC features 15 all new scenarios, massive, multi-stage encirclement battles, new campaign features, unique objectives such as establishing sieges and escorting vital air transports, and the capacity to save your core force for use in future campaigns!"
A new Dev Blog 1 for MechWarrior Online tackles the topic of Community Warfare in Piranha Games' upcoming MMO BattleTech game, focusing on the Inner Sphere and Faction Warfare. This includes an explanation of how their living world will operate, as every day on the real calendar corresponds to a day in the game's future timeline, and every day players will get a news feed keeping them abreast of current events.
Here's a new trailer from Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, the upcoming turn-based strategy remake in the works at bitComposer. Here's word: "The new trailer showcases some of the story and gameplay from the upcoming title, which challenges players to recruit, manage and command squads of mercenaries as they fight to free the island of Arulco from an evil dictator." Continue here to read the full story.
A new version 1.07 of The Dark Mod was released last week, and can be found on Mod DB, where they describe this as an "enormous" update for this Thief-inspired modification for DOOM III (thanks Ant). They outline the new localization options and other changes in the new version, and also explain how this does not yet take advantage of the recently released DOOM III source code:
This release does not include a new Doom 3 executable nor any improvements from the GPL release of the Doom 3 source code. You must install TDM in the same manner as with previous versions. The Dark Mod team will begin the process of integrating the Doom 3 source code shortly but it will take time to fully merge the code bases. The Dark Mod can not be a standalone release until all the Doom 3 art assets and animations have been fully replaced. If you wish to help with that effort, please visit The Dark Mod forums and post in the "I Want to Help" sub-forum.
Mod DB offers a recently released fixed version of the Crysis 2 co-op mod, which enables AI in multiplayer for cooperative gameplay through the single player campaign in Crytek's shooter sequel. Thanks Ant.
A new GTR3 Teaser Website is live, indicating another installment in SimBin's racing series is on the way. The site currently hosts a multimedia experience that mainly consists of listing to high-revving race car engines. According to Eurogamer: "more details will emerge when the developer's official site is refurbished on December 15."
Wargaming.net announces another concurrent player milestone for World of Tanks, their MMO shooter:
The MMO action game dedicated to armored warfare has demolished its own Guinness World Record for Most Players Online Simultaneously on One MMO Server, when the number of concurrent accounts logged on to the game's Russian server totalled an impressive figure of 250,000 players this November.
Wargaming.net team is about to introduce the Update 7.0 and multicluster technology. The latter will significantly increase the overall possible number of active server players by allowing gamers to choose the game cluster with optimal in-game comfort and providing them with a better connection and performance.
"We are more than happy to watch our World of Tanks win over hearts and minds of gamers all around the world," said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming.net. "The multicluster technology will enable us to move steadily towards new milestones and records."
A new teaser trailer from Confrontation shows off this upcoming tactical RPG from Cyanide Studio based on the related board game system. Word is: "This video teaser will immerse you in the heart of Aarklash, the world of Confrontation, while the Rag'narok, announcing the end of this world, has just begun. The Path of Light (the Griffin), Path of Destiny (the Wolfen and Orcs), and Path of Darkness (the Scorpion) are preparing for battle: lead by their champions, the Incarnate, the armies of each faction are getting ready for a merciless war. The reward? The winners will impose their own vision of the Rag'narok... and will survive the others races." Continue here to read the full story.
ThinkGeek offers sales of Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and other Steam Powered Stories, a 200+ page hardcover book. Word is: "There are over 200 pages of comics from the bestselling Valve series and it's a must-read for folks looking to further explore the worlds of the games they love." Thanks Ant.
8-Bit Funding hosts a crowdsourcing initiative for Cargasm HD, Candella Software's upcoming Windows racing game. Those who contribute will get a discount on the finished product, as well as the following:
Mention in the game Credits as Joint Executive Producer
Exclusive game content
Inclusion of your own avatars in Cargasm Harem
Creative input into the development of the final product