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Monday, Apr 26, 2010

Trion World Announces MMO Action & RTS Games

Trion Worlds announces their new name to the world, after previously going by the moniker Trion World Network. They also reveal further details on Rift: Planes of Telara, announced as Heroes of Telara, and unveil plans for End of Nations, a new MMORTS game from Petroglyph, offering some End of Nations screenshots and opening both the Rift: Planes of Telara Website and the End of Nations Website, as well as the new Trion Worlds Website. They also reveal more about their collaboration with SyFy, though they are a bit more coy about this, calling their project for the science-fiction television network an action MMO title, and serving up some concept art from the untitled game. Here's more on the two newly announced games:
Trion has also pulled back the curtain on the world’s first premium massively multiplayer real-time strategy (MMORTS) game, End of Nations, which is being developed by Petroglyph Games, the creative minds behind the original Command and Conquer. End of Nations takes warfare to an unprecedented scale, bringing the real-time strategy genre into the online world of connected gaming. In End of Nations, players can choose to engage in solo combat or battle with -- and against -- thousands of other gamers across the gigantic battlefields that make up its persistent world. Gamers develop their own Commanders, build up their headquarters, and deploy a vast array of vehicles, weapons and technologies acquired through combat experience, crafting, and research. End of Nations will be bringing a new class of strategic warfare to PC gamers next year.

The company’s third and most groundbreaking title is currently under development at its San Diego studio, in conjunction with the premier television network SyFy. This action-focused MMO is based on a new intellectual property being developed by both companies, designed to reach a mass audience in a way never before possible. The franchise will debut as both a game and a television show simultaneously, with a shared universe of characters, alien races, organizations, environments, technologies, and more. In this revolutionary connected title, players' actions will influence the course of the show, and events occurring in the show will have consequences in the game. More news and information on this innovative, collaborative project will be coming from Trion and SyFy in the future.

Supreme Commander 2 Patched

Steam announces a new automatic patch is now available for Supreme Commander 2, updating Gas Powered Games' real-time sequel with a bunch of balance changes. The full patch list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

More Infinity Ward Departures has news that the exodus continues at Infinity Ward where character artists Joel Emslie, Ryan Lastimosa, and Brad Allen have parted ways with the Call of Duty developer. All three made their plans known via Facebook, though none have revealed their future plans yet.

Ships Ahoy - Field of Glory: Storm of Arrows

Matrix Games announces the release of Storm of Arrows, the second expansion pack for Field of Glory, Slitherine Strategies' medieval turn-based combat system. Word is owners of Field of Glory "can now wage war with over 100 new unit images, new features, new battles and more!" The add-on requires ownership of the original Field of Glory, which must be updated with the recent version 1.25 patch.

Mount & Blade Warband Patch

TaleWorlds has a new patch for Mount & Blade Warband, bringing the frequently updated action/RPG to version 1.113. As usual there is a patch to update the prior version, which is mirrored on AtomicGamer, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. There is also a new full client, which also serves as a playable demo, mirrored on AtomicGamer and WorthPlaying. Finally, the updated dedicated server is mirrored on AtomicGamer and WorthPlaying.

Impulse Weekly Top 10

Here's the Impulse Weekly Top 10 bestsellers for April 18-24:

  1. Sins of a Solar Empire - Trinity
  2. Armada 2526
  3. Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy
  4. King's Bounty Gold Edition
  5. Sins of a Solar Empire Expansion Bundle
  6. Galactic Civilizations II - Ultimate Edition
  7. Mount & Blade Warband
  8. Total Annihilation
  9. Sins of a Solar Empire - Entrenchment
  10. Demigod

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Canned Unicorn Meat. Thanks Acleacius via Huffington Post.

On Sale

Rockstar Week on Steam. Two hour deals all week long, in addition to the bundle below. Also, Direct2Drive Spring Sale Week Three is underway: "Direct2Drive will be giving gamers $15 in store credit when they spend $75 or more on any titles site-wide during the Spring Sale."

New Steam Client Released

Steam News announces the new Steam client is out of beta, and now available. The accompanying update also says the promised Mac client is "coming soon." Here's word:
The 2010 Steam client is now live! The overhaul changes many things about how information is organized on Steam, and makes it easier to do the most important things on the platform, like play games with friends. We wrote up an overview of what's new, so definitely check that out so that you don't miss anything. As we've mentioned, the beta testing went well - participants suggested valuable changes and reported lots of bugs for us to squash.

We're very interested in your thoughts on the new client, so please stop by the forums to tell us what you think.

P.S. This is the first post in the official Steam Blog. It's hard for us to believe we've never had a blog until now. Anyway, watch this space for thoughts from Steam central. Coming soon: Mac!

Alpha Protocol Trailers

A pair of new trailers introduce a couple of the characters in Alpha Protocol, the action/RPG in development at Obsidian Studios. The "Mina" Trailer introduces Mina Tang, the former NSA agent who is the voice in your ear in the game, though she has some "unanswered questions" to deal with. The other clip tells us the tale of Conrad Marburg, an American former black ops agent who's "as cold as they come." Both clips are embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

StarCraft II Beta Patched

A new patch 10 is now available for the StarCraft II beta, updating the test client for Blizzard's real-time strategy sequel to version The new version fixes two bugs, one where Larva were not dying after being cancelled, and an issue with Banelings, Brood Lords, and Overseers obeying their original Hatchery's rally point.

F1 2010 Simulation Details, Trailer

Codemasters announces new details about the authentic handling in F1 2010, their upcoming Formula One racing simulation. They also offer a batch of screenshots and the cover art, and a new developer diary trailer discussing handling physics. "The preference has always been to go down the simulation path," says Stephen Hood, Chief Games Designer. "You can make a realistic sim easier to play for somebody but it's very difficult to take an arcade handling system and make that appeal to people who prefer simulation handling." The embedded clip follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge Trailer

Publisher Matrix Games and developer Panther Games offer a new video AAR from Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge, showing the “Advance on the Sure” scenario in the World War II strategy game from the Allied perspective. The clip, which "gives gamers a chance to see the intense gameplay on the tactical and operational level," is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

RuneScape Convention in August

Jagex announces plans for RuneFest 2010, a fan event for RuneScape, their subscription-free MMORPG to be held in London, England in August. Tickets are not yet on sale, but they are accepting pre-registration: "Tickets for this event will go on sale later this month, although players are encouraged to register as soon as possible for pre-sale tickets, which will be available 24-hours before the main lines open to the public, in order to cope with the expected demand. Pre-registration opens today at"

Alien Arena 2010 Trailer

The Alien Arena Website now offers a new Alien Arena 2010 trailer. The clip highlights plans for version 7.40 of this free, open-source online deathmatch game, said to be set for release in a matter of weeks. Word is the new version will feature new content and bug-fixes.

Op Ed

Thanks Joker961.

Gamasutra - Be Wary Of The Innovation Bandwagon.
It wasn't too long ago when game companies seemed to believe that in order to make an older franchise relevant, they had to make the next installment an open world game. A lot of these open world games just ended up with a lot of empty space for you to drive, skate or run around in between doing things that were actually fun. So it annoyed me slightly when Tony Hawk and Burnout, for example, got all sandbox on me instead of really focusing on expanding and improving the fun core gameplay. Thanks a lot, GTA. - Are Videogames Art? Time Will Tell.
In the end, though, nothing Ebert or I have to say about videogames and art matters one tiny bit. Ultimately, what’s generally considered True Art by academics and critics is a simple matter of the age of the creation. - CoD's biggest hurdle?
The wonderful communication provided to us on BFBC2 by DICE came, in part, because EA finally realized it had lost touch with its customer base. I am glad to see they finally got it. I do not think Activision has gotten to that point yet. In fact, the whole business with Infinity Ward has them distracted right now.

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Out of the Blue

After having my grilling plans crossed up last week, last night I finally fired off the BlueGrill for the first time this spring. Steak did end up winning the day, as we shared a nice Black Angus porterhouse, which, along with some hot Italian sausage and grilled asparagus made for a fine spread.

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Bret Michaels Rushed to ICU with Brain Hemorrhage.
Restaurant must allow ‘gay dogs’. Thanks Acleacius.
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Food in the U.S. Is Still Tainted with Chemicals That Were Banned Decades Ago. Thanks Acleacius.
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