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Monday, May 31, 2004 Memorial Day (USA)

H&D2: Sabre Squadron Unveiled

Frans sends along the fact sheet for a Hidden & Dangerous 2 expansion that was included in the Gathering's E3 brochure, though the project itself was not being demonstrated at the show. Here's the deal on Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron, due this fall:
Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron
Developer: Illusion Softworks
Genre: First/third-person squad-based tactical shooter
Platform: PC
Ship date: Fall 2004

Formed in 1940 to cause havoc and mayhem behind enemy lines, the British Special Air Service soon became some of the most feared troops on the battlefield. Now you can join the ranks of the SAS and command a squad of these highly trained, lethal soldiers. Sneak past enemy lines, infiltrate heavily guarded bases and outposts, and utilize superior tactics to eliminate the opposition.

Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron is an expansion module to Hidden & Dangerous 2, which was released on PC in October of 2003.

* Play through nine new single-player missions.
* Three new multiplayer missions.
* New weapons including: the German Panzerschreck (bazooka), SAS flare gun, the French MAS MLE 36 (used by the Resistance), Parabellum with silencer, and the German G43 rifle.
* Improved AI - enemies and squad members will react realistically to different situations; they will run for cover, set up ambushes and do what they can to preserve their lives.

Loose Cannon Lives?

Though the most recent passing mention we recall of Loose Cannon in over three years is now more than a year old (story), a Whois Search (thanks NoFrag) reveals that Ubisoft just recently secured the French Loose Cannon domain, providing an indication that that this game of road rage may still yet be in the works. Ubisoft acquired the rights to Loose Cannon in 2001 (story) following Digital Anvil's absorption into Microsoft (story).

Monday Q&As

  • Battlefield 2
    HomeLAN Fed's Battlefield 2 Q&A talks with Scott Evans, producer on the upcoming multiplayer shooter sequel. Along the way they probe for information about solo play: "We'll have an enhanced single player experience in Battlefield 2, but we haven't released the details yet. Battlefield has always been and will continue to be primarily about providing a great multiplayer experience."
  • KOTOR II
    Chris Avellone talks about KOTOR 2 and life in the industry is part one of a two-part conversation with the former Black Isle designer about Star Wars: KOTOR II: The Sith Lords, the upcoming RPG sequel in the works at Obsidian Entertainment.
  • Wish
    Stratics Central's Wish Q&A Part 1 talks with Dana “Lepidus” Massey and Matthew Newhook of Mutable Realms to kick off a conversation about Wish, their upcoming "UMMORPG."
  • The Roots
    The Roots Q&A. Part II on RPGDot talks further with Tannhauser Gate's Piotr Krzywonosiuk about The Roots, their upcoming 3D RPG. The conversation probes for details about combat, magic weather, sounds, and more.

Game Movies

The Pathologic E3 movie is now online, a 78 MB clip showing off almost two minutes of gameplay from Ice-Pick Lodge's horror role-playing game. The movie can be found on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, and GenGamers. Also from publisher Buka is the Pacific Storm E3 movie, showing off some cinematics from Lesta Studio's upcoming World War II tactical action game. The 14 MB clip is available on 3D Gamers and ActionTrip.

Dragon Empires Chat

Codemasters sends news of an IRC session this evening to discuss Dragon Empires, their upcoming MMORPG: "There will be a Stratics House of Commons developer chat tonight (the 31st of May) at 8pm GMT and 10pm PST (please note the new west coast US time). To learn more about Stratics chats head to http://chat.stratics.com. On the night connect to irc.stratics.com #de-devchat to take part. The chat will be moderated."

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Out of the Blue

Our young charges are safe and sound at home, seemingly none the worse for their experience with our amateur childrearing. We had a terrific experience spending a couple of days with the tykes, and since they seemed to enjoy themselves as well, we are already looking forward to the next time they come over, in spite of not yet being quite over the exhaustion of chasing them around this time.

This does give us a day to ourselves on this Memorial Day weekend... being the actual Memorial Day itself here in the States, we will also try and give thought to the true intent of the occasion, as honoring fallen soldiers and contemplating their causes takes on an added weight during a time of conflict.

Links of the Day: Ramen Recipe Database. Thanks David Webber.
Stories of the Day: Drivers Want Code to Their Cars.
Beware of 'the Dwarf' and 'the Big Tamale'.
Science!: Link proved between senses and memory.
System converts smokestack heat to electricity.
Dino impact gave Earth the chill.
Media of the day: Strong Bad's Mount Ridesplace USA. Thanks Ant.
Images of the Day: Intel Prescott CPU heatsinks the size of small elephants. Thanks -=(Maverick)=-.
Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412. Thanks Jim Chaney.
Follow-ups: Hubble's Hope: I, Robot.
Can Prints Lie? Yes, Man Finds to His Dismay.
Thanks Mike Martinez
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