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Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009

Team Fortress 2 Patched

In addition to the Novint Falcon controller support mentioned in the story below, the new automatic update for Team Fortress 2 on Steam offers additional changes as described here. Included are several bug fixes for the Spy and Sniper classes, and an option for left-handed view models for you sinister types.

Valve Adds Novint Falcon Support

Steam News has the announcement that Valve has added support for the Novint Falcon controller to their games, including Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike: Source, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. The Novint Falcon Website now offers The Orange Box in a bundle with the pistol-grip controller, and Steam now offers automatic updates to Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2, saying, "the original Half-Life 2 is playable with the Falcon through a download available from Novint." Going forward they promise updates are coming for Left 4 Dead, Day of Defeat Source, and Counter-Strike: Source. Word is: "Using the Falcon, players feel realistic weapon recoil, enemy attacks, vehicle movements, and interactions with the environment. Novint has also released its must have Pistol Grip accessory, which replaces the standard Falcon grip to create an even more immersive FPS gaming experience."

Ships Ahoy - Overlord II

As announced on the Codemasters Website, Overlord II is now available in North American stores for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, along with Overlord: Dark Legend for Wii and Overlord: Minions for DS. Overlord II is also now on Steam for North America and "additional territories," while the action/adventure sequel from Triumph Studios "will be available in Europe and UK on the 25th and 26th." The recently released Overlord II demo is available for those interested in a sample, and they also promise a new developer diary movie with gameplay footage on The Overlord Website, but our minions have not been able to locate that for us, as the site has been hijacked by "The Overlord Show."

The Witcher 1.5 Patch Next Month

The Witcher Official Website has word that the promised version 1.5 update for The Witcher will be released on July 8, removing the game's DRM and adding fan-created missions. Word is: "Moreover, our website will be enriched with new graphic and music bonuses; also, a new section will appear, namely ‘Modifications’, which will enable you to download a mod to change the game’s difficulty level, created by Andrzej 'Flash' Kwiatkowski. Gradually, new items will be issued there as well."

Merchants of Brooklyn Patched

Steam announces the automatic availability of a new update for Merchants of Brooklyn. The new version includes bug fixes, balance tweaks, a new weapon, and two new levels.

Two-player Co-op in MW2

Infinity Ward: Two-player the 'magic number' for co-op on VideoGamer.com has reflections from Robert Bowling at the Modern Warfare 2 developer that two is the "magic number" for co-op in the shooter sequel, with one being obviously too few, and making the case that any more than two is too many. He describes the decision to skip a co-op campaign in favor of a two-player Special Ops mode: "We don’t do co-op in our story because we’re crafting a very specific experience and we don’t want to ruin that by cramming co-op into it. We take the moments that work really well with co-op, we bring them out and we put them in Special Ops."

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The Lord of the Rings Online Patched

Turbine announces the Book 8 update for The Lord of the Rings Online is live in North America, and will launch for European subscribers of the MMORPG on Thursday. Word is: "Book 8 delivers the next installment to the epic story for Volume II of LOTRO, a new 12-player raid, several rich new instances for small fellowships, major gameplay enhancements, and the Summer Festival."

Fallout 3 Patches

New patches are now available for Fallout 3, updating the various language editions of the post-apocalyptic RPG sequel to version 1.6. The English patches can be found on the Official Fallout Website, where they also have links to the French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Austrian pages with localized patches. The update notes indicate that the new version adds new achievements for the new Broken Steel DLC. Some or all of the various downloads are mirrored on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and The Patches Scrolls.

Aion in September

The Aion Website has release dates for Aion, announcing the MMORPG will launch in North America on September 22, 2009 and in Europe on September 25 of this year. They say in addition to a retail release, the game will be released digitally via NCsoft.com, Direct2Drive, and Steam. Since those who preorder the game can access the closed beta, they also send along an updated beta schedule:
Friday, 3rd July to Monday, 6th July
Friday, 17th July to Monday, 20th July
Friday, 31st July to Monday, 3rd August
Friday, 14th August to Monday, 17th August

Realtime's Second MMOG

Realtime to announce second MMO next year says Realtime Worlds CEO Dave Jones revealed at the GameHorizon conference that they will reveal a second MMOG project next year, even as work continues on All Points Bulletin. Details are scants, but he calls the second game "a very ambitious project" that they are "very excited" about. They also report that this game, not APB, was the project the company originally set out to create when they raised $30 million USD in 2005.

Warner Closing in on Codemasters?

GamesIndustrry.biz received a no comment from Codemasters to rumors that Warner Bros. has completed due diligence and is on the verge of acquiring the developer/publisher. The rumors surfaced on VG247, taking the form of an odd transcript that does not identify the source of the rumor.

Ships Ahoy - Spore Galactic Adventures

Spore Galactic Adventures Beams Down to Retailers Worldwide This Week announces the Spore expansion pack is now on store shelves in North America, with an international release planned for Thursday. Here's a bit on the add-on, and the bonus content for it designed by the creators of Robot Chicken:
Expanding on the original Spore game, Spore Galactic Adventures adds variety and fun by allowing players to get out of their spaceship and explore colorful, wacky new planets. Players will turn their creatures into space captains, battle epic monsters in intergalactic arenas and fight intense planet-side races. In each mission, players earn experience to rank up their captain and earn game-changing items such as the Plasma Pulser and Swarm Magnet. In the box, the game includes 16 off-the-wall missions as well as an “Adventure Creator” tool that players can use to design their own missions. These personally-created missions can be shared with friends online and can be classed in leaderboards that track accomplishments, rank and medals earned.

In addition to the adventures in the box, players can download ten all-new adventures created by the writers of the outrageously funny, pop-culture parody TV show, Robot Chicken. Available for free to all Spore Galactic Adventures owners, the Robot Chicken adventures take players through such wacky quests as a mission to obtain a library card by finding a ruler-yielding librarian her true love, and an adventure to save a princess by battling demonic snowmen in a snowglobe. Conceptualized by Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich, the Robot Chicken Adventures were imagined by the show’s writing team including Matt Beans, Doug Goldstein, Mike Fasolo, Breckin Meyer, Dan Milano, Tom Root, Kevin Shinick, Hugh Sterbakov and Zeb Wells. With such a unique cast of imaginative characters, players can expect to experience missions with exploding poo, angry yetis, and banana wars.

Ships Ahoy - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Activision announces the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen videogame is now in stores, setting the stage for tomorrow's launch of the movie sequel featuring heroic robots attempting to kill villainous Shia LaBeouf for trying to steal Megan Fox from the rest of us. Here's the scoop on the game:
Santa Monica, CA – June 23, 2009 – The fight for global supremacy is officially on with the announcement that Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen game from Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is available now at retail stores nationwide. Developed by Luxoflux under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on the blockbuster feature film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, the Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen game allows players to become their favorite AUTOBOTS® and DECEPTICONS® and engage in massive single and, for the first time ever, online multiplayer battles as they fight to protect or annihilate all of mankind.

“The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen game will give fans the chance to experience the most robust and explosive TRANSFORMERS game ever,” said Rob Kostich, head of marketing for licensed properties, Activision Publishing. “Featuring a huge roster of playable TRANSFORMERS, the game delivers massive firepower in a frenetic single player experience, along with several multiplayer modes players can experience with friends online.”

“Because of our close relationship with Activision, the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen game features an unprecedented amount of content to fully immerse players into the TRANSFORMERS universe,” said Mark Blecher, General Manager of Digital Media and Gaming, Hasbro, Inc. “It is amazing how far interactive entertainment has come – the new video game takes the characters we all know and love and allows for even deeper interaction via online multiplayer across the globe.”

The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen game for the next-gen consoles and PC lets players take on the role of their favorite TRANSFORMERS, picking from the largest, most diverse range of playable characters – each with their own distinct abilities and weaponry. Set in unique environments across the globe such as Cairo and Shanghai, the game allows players to instantly switch between vehicle and robot modes as they drive, fly, fight and blast their way through intense, pressure-packed levels. After engaging in single player action, players for the first time ever will be able to go online and battle friends in all-new multiplayer modes.

New Steam Client

Steam News announces a new Steam client update is now available. The new version improves startup performance and addresses a number of bugs and other issues.

Tales of Valor CD Key Fix

The Company of Heroes Website has news that the issue mentioned last week with case-sensitive Tales of Valor CD keys has been resolved with their latest hotfix. Word is: "The case sensitive key issue has been confirmed as fix on the Company of Heroes live server, so users installing TOV will not run into any error messaging if they use capital letters when inputting their key."

The Sims 3 Interviews

The Sims 3 interview on Fidgit chats with MJ Chun about The Sims 3, the latest installment in the lifestyle simulation. They discuss some straightforward topics concerning gameplay and design choices, but the conversation ends up touching on a wider range including controversial matters like religion, homosexuality, and laundry. There's also a story on IndustryGamers highlighting recent comments by EA CEO John Riccitiello on piracy of the game, and how the game's evolution towards a service is making this a non-issue.

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