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Friday, Mar 04, 2011

Five Race 07 Expansions Announced

SimBin announces plans for five expansion packs for Race 07 to be released via digital distribution on Raceroom.net and Steam, saying the first pack will be free, and the other four will be "between five and ten Euro/USD each." They say: "The theme based expansion packs are a tribute to the lively community of the game, as they focus on highly requested content from the fans." Here's word on the freebie that will kick things off:
The first expansion pack is named “Formula RaceRoom” and it includes the high powered Formula RR, SimBin's fastest car to date, and three layouts on a new and highly detailed version of Hockenheim Ring. More information and the official release date will be announced soon. This pack is exclusive to RaceRoom Online members and is completely free of charge, sign up and receive it upon release.

Happiness is a Warm Gun

The Warm Gun Website is online, offering an intro trailer for this upcoming UDK multiplayer class-based first-person shooter that shows a wild west meets Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic flair. The game is planned for release on Windows, iPhone, and iPad in May. Word is: "This spun western lets you take control of 6 original characters; choose from weapons new and strange and a wider range of modern contraptions with primitive power. Classic and innovative, undoubtedly original, every FPS player will find happiness with Warm Gun." Thanks Joao.

Depth Revealed

Depth is a new multiplayer stealth/action game using the UDK to set a team of divers versus sharks. The Depth Website is online, offering a GDC Gameplay Trailer showing the depths to which the game is willing to sink. Here's an overview of the game: "Off the coast of present day Mexico a team of fearless divers are preparing to loot sunken treasure from shark infested waters. To emerge with their limbs intact, they must use every trick at their disposal to outsmart, avoid, or disable a pack of vicious man-eating sharks. Depth is a competitive multiplayer game which blends heart pounding hide-and-seek gameplay and visceral action in a dark aquatic world. Predator, or Thief, which will you be?" Thanks Joao.

Retail Trapped Dead in U.K., Scandinavia, and Benelux Next Week

Iceberg Interactive announces they will release a boxed copy of Trapped Dead next week in the U.K., Scandinavia, and Benelux territories, offering a boxed version of Headup Games' zombie real-time strategy game. The game, which is available via digital distribution from GamersGate, is due on March 11 in those territories, but we are not aware of retail plans for the game in other regions.

Dungeons Patched

Kalypso announces a new automatic patch is now available for Dungeons via the Kalypso Launcher, adding new content and fixing bugs while bringing the bad-guy strategy game to version 1.2.1 (thanks Gamer's Hell). Word is: "All currently available and future Content Updates and free game expansions will be available for download via Kalypso Launcher exclusively." The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

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Evening Previews

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution on GameBanshee.
  • Dragon Age II on IGN. Combat classes video preview.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic on the Official Website. Bounty Hunter report.

Evening Screenshots

Into the Black

Hats off to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for coercing Wikipedia into reinstating their article on Old Man Murray.

Free-to-Play Ryzom

The Ryzom Forums announce another change in direction for Ryzom, the futuristic MMORPG, saying a version 1.11.0 patch that will go live next Wednesday (March 9th) will add a free-to-play element to the game. Word is: "free trial accounts are now limited to a maximum level of 125 in all different skills, enabling everyone to sample all aspects of Ryzom and to discover what makes this MMO unique. When you reach level 125 in a skill you can still continue playing, but you will gain no more experience points. The second limitation is storage: you cannot own any mektoub packers, use the inventory of your apartment or take any items from a guild hall." They add: "Despite the freedom of this new system, we would like to remind you that Ryzom can only live on through your paid subscriptions." The new patch also adds a new boss enemy and a new role-playing sequence.

Sword of the Stars II Interview

A new video interview with Martin Cirulis features the CEO of Kerberos Productions and lead designer on Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter discussing graphic and gameplay improvements in the upcoming 4X strategy sequel, which he calls the "Age of Empires of the SotS universe." Word is: "Cirulis gives an introduction to the dangerous Lords of Winter and underlines how the Sword of the Stars II universe has evolved since the first game. Learn how Kerberos uses mechanics to enhance narrative and get an introduction to what the new Mars 2 engine brings to the table. Cirulis also talks about the different ways to kill your enemies and how diplomacy has evolved to take into account the needs of an established empire."

Call of Duty: Black Ops Double XP Weekend

Activision announces a double XP weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops will commence on all platforms about 30 minutes from now, at 1:00 pm EST:
Black Ops's second Double XP Weekend hits all platforms this weekend. Get double the reward for your efforts, and watch that rank fly. Participate in the glorious mayhem starting approximately at 10am Friday PST and continuing through 8am Monday PST.

Gold - Homefront

THQ announces that Homefront is gold, and Kaos Studios' now-complete first-person shooter is on track to meet its promised release dates of March 15 in North America and Europe, March 17 in Australia, and March 18 in the U.K. Word is: "In advance of release, THQ is preparing hundreds of dedicated servers in multiple locations across the globe to support Homefront's epic multiplayer mode." Here's a bit on the game:
2027. A once proud America has fallen, her infrastructure shattered and military in disarray. Crippled by a devastating EMP strike the USA is powerless to resist the ever expanding occupation of a savage, nuclear armed Greater Korean Republic.

Abandoned by her former allies, the United States is a bleak landscape of walled towns and abandoned suburbs. This is a police state where high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles. A once-free people are now prisoners... or collaborators... or revolutionaries.

Mass Effect Speculation

In addition to the normal thrills and chills associated with such clips, a Dragon Age II "unboxing" video shows that the game includes a Mass Effect-styled leaflet that says "The Arrival Has Begun." This has lead to speculation that this is a tease for the rumored Arrival DLC for Mass Effect 2, or possibly Mass Effect 3. Thanks Strategy Informer.

Guild Wars II Trailers

A series of four pretty steady ShakyCam Guild Wars II clips on GameTrailers show character creation and the starting areas in ArenaNet's upcoming MMORPG sequel. They are Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV. Part III features the just-revealed thief class, showing dual-wielding, how the thief uses initiative rather than cool down timers, stealth (invisibility), shadow step (teleportation), and weapon stealing. Thanks Cutter.

IL-2 Sturmovik Patch

The 1C Forums offer the release of a patch for IL-2 Sturmovik, updating the combat flight simulator to version 4.101. The patch includes no fewer than 95 fixes, and the change list also offers a preview of some of the changes planned for version 4.11. Thanks jimnms.

Arma 2: Reinforcements Next Month

The Arma II Website announces plans for Arma 2: Reinforcements, an upcoming standalone DLC release for Bohemia Interactive's military first-person shooter (is it Arma, ARMA, ArmA, 2, II? They don't seem to know themselves). The disc will offer both the British Armed Forces and Private Military Company packs which are already available via digital delivery. This is due "exclusively for PC" on April 1st, though it's not clear if this is due outside of Europe, since they only list its price (29.99) in euros. "We´ve received numerous requests from our customers and the community to deliver both expansions on DVD. We´re always trying to deliver something more and here it is, new campaigns, dozens of units all completely standalone to be played solo or to be combined with our other great military simulators into one ultimate pack," says Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Španěl. "And that’s not forgetting the hundreds of superb community made addons/mods/campaigns which are fully compatible with all versions of our games including Arma 2: Reinforcements."

Morning Previews

  • Risen 2: Dark Waters on GameSpot. Thanks Acleacius.

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