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The Might & Magic Heroes VI Website offers a new playable demo for the latest installment in the Might & Magic series of turn-based strategy games. The demo offers three different campaigns, a tutorial, a solo map, and a multiplayer hotseat campaign. The download is mirrored on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell and Worthplaying. The outline of what the demo includes follows. Continue here to read the full story.
GameInformer reports on plans to limit the number of copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic sold upon the game's launch: "According to the representative speaking at this demo, EA and BioWare made the choice to limit the number of copies of the game available for purchase in order to assure a smooth launch. It's fairly common for popular MMOs to suffer from long wait times and server crashes for the first few months after launch because of the stress put on servers. EA says it would rather make sure the experience is quality for the first gamers to get in than to sell as many copies as possible but ensure a subpar experience for everyone." How many copies they will sell is not specified. On a related note, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website has a new trailer from BioWare's upcoming MMORPG introducing the sport of Huttball. Here's word on this in-game sport: "A new event has captured the hearts and minds of the citizens on the Smuggler’s Moon of Nar Shaddaa. Known as “Huttball,” two teams clash for the amusement of the masses and to win favor with the famed Giradda the Hutt in this new video that highlights just one of the Player-vs-Player (PvP) Warzones in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!"
A new unofficial patch is now available for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, continuing the community support for this action/RPG since the demise of Troika, its developer. The new patch is referred to as a beta version 7.7, and as always, it can be found on what's supposed to be its exclusive home at The Patches Scrolls, where they have patch notes describing what it does, which are reproduced below. Continue here to read the full story.
Following the cinematic trailer that accompanied the announcement of WildStar comes a new video with over eight minutes of actual gameplay footage from this sci-fi MMORPG in development at Carbine Studios. The clip is available for download from Gamer's Hell, and there's a streaming version on the YouTube (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun), where there's also this video interview in which Chad Moore answers questions about the game, describing it as "Firefly meets Indiana Jones." The embedded version of the gameplay footage follows. Continue here to read the full story.
A new video interview on PC Games.de talks with Valve honcho Gabe Newell about DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike Global Offensive during Gamescom. At around the 15:00 mark they ask if Counter-Strike Global Offensive will support cross-platform gaming like Portal 2 does between PC and PS3, and he explains that this is their goal:
Hothead Games announces the release schedule for The Baconing, saying their latest comedic action/RPG starring DeathSpank will hit PCs and consoles by the end of this month, with the Windows and OS X editions due on August 31 through Steam. Here's word:
Matrix Games announces the release of Field of Glory Eternal Empire for Windows and OS X to expand the strategy game Field of Glory with new content. Word is: "With the release of Eternal Empire, the Field of Glory system now boasts an impressive 124 historical battles with 1,235 different battle groups! Launching at the same time as the Eternal Empire expansion is also the comprehensive 1.6.0 update for the Field of Glory system. The update includes fixes to the engine and D.A.G. as well as a few rule tweaks." The launch price of this is $19.99 USD, and after a week it will go up to $24.99.
Battleblog #7 has details on the themed co-op campaign DICE is working on for Battlefield 3, their upcoming military shooter sequel. Here's a bit on how this works:
A new interview on GameSpy talks with Anton Sitnikau, producer of World of Warplanes, Wargaming.net's upcoming free-to-play MMO aerial combat game. Along the way he talks about the lessons they've learned from the launch of World of Tanks, talks about aircraft and timeframes covered, and more. He also explains the game's flight model:
2K Sports announces the full roster for of the players on the "NBA’s Greatest" team in NBA 2K12, the upcoming installment in their basketball simulation. Word is: "Each of these 15 basketball legends has been meticulously recreated with an uncanny level of detail, including period-specific depictions of their arenas, team uniforms, signature moves, and even historically accurate broadcast presentation styles in NBA 2K12. Gamers will now tap into the legacy of these legendary athletes by utilizing their signature moves, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s unstoppable skyhook, to rule the virtual hardwood." Here's the list. Continue here to read the full story.
I'm getting set to be on the road for part of the weekend, so I'll ask in advance for your patience for whatever disruption this causes. After heading out this afternoon it's most likely that this evening will only afford me the chance to cover any major gaming tidbits that pop up, rather than a more typical full update with the techie bits and all. I should be able to catch up on that stuff tomorrow, and Sunday's update may be on the late side, but that's not unprecedented, so I'm hoping the impact of all this will be fairly minimal.
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