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Tuesday, Dec 02, 2003

PlanetSide Server Mergers

The latest PlanetSide Producers' Letter is online (thanks Frans), in which our friendly neighborhood TSlothrop offers some details on upcoming changes in the MMOFPS now that the Core Combat expansion has expanded. These include an upcoming vehicle, changes to cert costs, and an outline of the Battle Concentration Initiative, which involves the merging of four servers into two.

Evening Q&As

  • Dragon Empires
    The Codemasters Q&A on Computer And Video Games (thanks Frans) talks with Codemasters' Peter Tyson, discussing the general game design and how beta testing is progressing. Meanwhile, RPG Vault's Dragon Empires Q&A #38 is online, continuing this epic series of conversations about the upcoming MMORPG. In this installment: "Rob Adams tells us about The Aspect War, the lore explaining the five diverse dragons in Codemasters' game."
  • Conan
    The Conan Q&A on Gamer's Hell discusses the upcoming Conan game with Cauldron's Marian Holler. The conversation goes into detail about plans to bring the fictitious barbarian to life across multiple game platforms.
  • Railroad Tycoon 3
    The Railroad Tycoon 3 Q&A on GamerDad choo-choo chews the fat with Phil Steinmeyer of Pop Top Software about their railroad mogul simulation, discussing what makes adults yearn to play with trains, historical accuracy, what they still need to tweak following the first patch, plans for new content, and more.
  • Wish
    Warcry News Network's Wish Q&A chats with Dave Rickey, lead designer on Mutable Realms' upcoming MMOG, discussing various aspects of the project, including what makes it an "ultra" MMORPG.
  • Dominion
    EGCore's David Allen Q&A chats with the CEO of Pharaoh Productions about MMO game design in general, as well as a couple of specifics about Dominion, their upcoming MMORPG.
  • Realm Wars
    The Realm wars Q&A on the Junkyard talking with Logan Foster about this Torque-engine shooter that's now under public development. They discuss the nature of this project, Logan's new post as lead designer, other changes to the development team, and more.

Evening Screenshots

Postal 2 Movies

There's a new movie showing off some of the multiplayer mayhem from Postal 2: Share the Pain, the upcoming multiplayer-enabled version of Running with Scissors' born-to-be-bad Unreal-engine shooter. The 29 MB file can be downloaded from ActionTrip and GameSpot DLX (registration required). There are also a handful of smaller Postal 2: Share the Pain movies on ActionTrip.

Ships Ahoy - DX: Invisible War Redux

Following up on yesterday's "shipping tomorrow" PR (and presumably preceding tomorrow's "in stores" confirmation), Eidos and Ion Storm's Deus Ex Invisible War Infiltrates Store Shelves Across North America Today is the announcement that both the PC and the Xbox versions of the Deus Ex sequel have shipped to stores. Here's a bit:
In Deus Ex: Invisible War players create a compelling alter ego through the selection of futuristic biomods, powerful weapons and hundreds of useful objects. As in the original game, character choices, weapons and objects work in combination with a richly interactive world to give players freedom to solve game problems the way they want to, rather than the way the designers want them to. Gamers can sneak, hack, bribe or kill their way past any problem encountered within the game world.

Battle Mages Demo

A Battle Mages Demo is now available from Buka Entertainment, offering a sample of this upcoming fantasy-themed RTS game with RPG elements. Mirrors of the 198 MB download are available from 3D Gamers, Computer Games Online, Gamer's Hell, Loadedinc (registration required), and Worthplaying.

Ships Ahoy - NWN: Hordes of the Underdark

This forum thread has word that the Hordes of the Underdark expansion for Neverwinter Nights is now available, just as was promised (story). The post breathlessly announces: "Hordes of the Underdark has shipped to stores in North America and many other parts of the world! Check with your local retailer and then head out and buy it this epic expansion!" Thanks Maximus.

Commandos 3 and Civ III: Conquests Patches

This Eidos Interactive UK Support Page now offers downloads of a new patch for Commandos 3, updating Pyro Studios' World War II tactical combat game sequel to version 1.42. The 6.1 MB update is mirrored on 3D Gamers, Gamer's Hell, Loadedinc (registration required),, Strategy Informer, and Worthplaying. Also, though it has never appeared on the game's Official Website, there's a new Civilizations III: Conquests patch to update the strategy game expansion to version 1.02 available as a direct download and mirrored on The Adrenaline Vault, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying. The update addresses some bugs, and can be applied to the English, German, Italian, Spanish, and French versions of the game.

Joan of Arc Demo

A demo of Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc is now available, the sample of the upcoming historical action strategy game arriving as a bonus on the retail CDs of X²: The Threat. The demo is a 201 MB download, available on 3D Gamers, Boomtown, Gamer's Hell, GameSpot DLX (registration required), Loadedinc (registration required),, and Worthplaying.

Ships Ahoy - Lords of EQ & Devil Whiskey

Sony Online Entertainment's Fantasy Real-Time Strategy Game Lords of EverQuest(TM) Available Now is the press release announcing the North American availability of the EQ RTS. Word is: "Set in the rich fantasy universe of EverQuest and featuring a deep and intricate plot centered around the fabled Lost Age, Lords of EverQuest delivers more than 75 hours of exciting single-player gameplay. With SOE's new service, Lords of EverQuest offers free online multiplayer matches while bringing the award-winning magical realm of EverQuest to a new audience." Also, The Devil Whiskey Website has news: "that the full release of Devil Whiskey is now available! Purchase for download, or pre-order the boxed edition, and download the game today! Check out our Goods page to order the download version or pre-purchase your boxed copy of Devil Whiskey - the boxed edition will ship as soon as we have enough sales to cover the production costs." Thanks Frans.

Driver 3 Goes 'l33t - PC Version Crashed?

Atari's DRIV3R to Feature Major Hollywood Talent (thanks Frans) has word that Driver 3, the upcoming wheelman sequel, has gotten a 'leet makeover, and will now be titled DRIV3R. The release highlights the participation of Hollywood voice talent Michael Madsen, Ving Rhames, Mickey Rourke, and Michelle Rodriguez, but also seems to indicate that the PC version of the game may not be making it out of the garage: "DRIV3R is being developed by Atari's Reflections Interactive for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft."

DX: Invisible War Q&As

A triple-play: RPG Vault's Deus Ex: Invisible War Q&A, Part 3 talks with Kent Hudson, Ricardo Bare, Warren Spector, Matt Baer, and Jared Carr asking a few last questions to cap off their conversation about ION Storm's impending FPS/RPG sequel. There is also a DX: Invisible War Q&A on Gamehelper talking with ION Storm's Harvey Smith, asking a variety of questions, including whether they are considering switching to Half-Life 2's Source engine on the eve of the game shipping. Finally, the Deus Ex 2 Q&A on Firing Squad also chats with Harvey "Witchboy" Smith going into more detail about the game's design and production.

Morning Q&As

Morning Previews

Perimeter Video and Rights

Codemasters' Official Perimeter Website is now online, announcing the new publishing deal for Russian developer K-D LAB's upcoming science fiction RTS game. The site offers a new batch of screenshots, and a new teaser video in high and low resolution formats.

Morning Screenshots


A post to the Forums has links to a mod that allows for a first-person point of view in UFO: Aftermath. The first-person view is described as being impractical for playing the game, but an excellent way to capture screenshots.


Game Guidance

LucasArts Entertainment's Armed and Dangerous Technical Reference Guide (thanks Frans) is online for the imminent third-person action game. Also, version 1.0 of the official Xenus FAQ is now online, offering an extensive list of questions and their corresponding answers about Deep Shadows' upcoming first-person shooter. Also, SimHQ's Hog Basics RAF Bentwaters Tactics Guide, 1982 offers tips from an A-10 pilot on how to pilot the Warthog in Lock On: Modern Air Combat.

Game Development & Mods

The Machinima Production Kit version 0.3 is a free software kit to support the creation of movies using the Quake II engine. The "MPK includes map and model editing software, Machinima production software, and video editing software, as well as free sample content from Strange Company and to get you started on making Machinima yourself!"

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

Wow, it was like someone turned a switch around here to commemorate the coming of December... the weather early in the day was sunny and warm, but it was quite chilly and gloomy by the end of the day with spots of freezing rain, and by this morning, we already had our first dusting of snow. I saw a neighbor's lawn being mowed yesterday morning, and wondered how much longer that would be practical, and now I have my answer. Today's layer of frost could be cleared by a good sneeze, but this reminds me of my resolve to finally get a snow blower this year. I've joked about this in the past, but it's no laughing matter... the number of middle-aged guys that keel over in their driveways shoveling every year is positively frightening, and I see no need to contribute to that state of affairs.

Play Time: Let them sing it for you. Thanks Rich Paxman.
Link of the Day: Internet mapping project weaves colourful web.
Stories of the Day: Joey Ramone has a New York street corner named in his honour.
Newest tattoo trend: Removal. Shooting for that unusual no-ink look.
Secret Energy Haunts Coral Castle.
Science!: Research on Ecstasy Is Clouded by Errors (registration required).
Researchers invent walking wheelchair.
Modem moguls' paths diverge. Thanks John W. Simms.
Auction of the Day: Antique Roman Gaming Die. Thanks John W. Simms.
Follow-up: Segways May Become War Machines.
Gator foe bitten, but still not shy.
Thanks Mike Martinez.
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