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Jeff Kaplan Leaves for a New MMO

1001While the news that Blizzard is working on a new MMO isn’t exactly ‘news’ since rumors have been rempant ever since they posted new job offers for a “new MMO project” about two years ago.

However yesterday we got news that Jeff Kaplan, the lead designer on World of WarCraft, is effectively moving on to this new project. He will still keep an eye on his 11 million subscriber baby though.

No one knows exactly what the new project will be about since Blizzard has denied numerous time that it will be a World of StarCraft, or a project related to Diablo. Now I’d love to see Blizz try their hand at a Sci-Fi themed MMO and the potential battle between Star Wars: The Old Republic and World of StarCraft could be a fun one but aside from another brand new license there are still some old franchise that could fit the bill.

Lost Vikings is the first that pops to mind but I don’t see it and the protagonists would be too similar to the WarCraft Dwarves. One that could be really is Blackthorne, an old awesome game that came out on the PC and 32X. It was modern/futuristic, dark…in essence very different from WoW.

Anyway at this point it’s all wishful thinking so let’s wait and see…

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February 13, 2009 Posted by | Industry News, PC News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Free Games On Gog.com!

I already talked about Good Old Games a few months back (see here). It is a very noble endeavor by Polish CDProjekt to propose old games for $5-10 that are entirely compatible with XP and Vista and DRM-free.

That being said they just released two old school point ‘n’ click for download, entirely for free!
These two games are Beneath a Steel Sky and the infamous Lure of the Temptress, both developed by Revolution Software.

In order to enjoy these classics just head over to Good Old Games (see the link on my sidebar) and download the games.

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December 19, 2008 Posted by | PC News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holy @%#&! Frostmourne Replica!

logoI recently came up on this gorgeous, amazing replica made by Epic Weapons. The infamous cursed sword (no not Stormbringer) which corrupted the good Arthas and made him “succeed” his father and betray all humans….and more.

The gorgeous piece is officially licensed by Blizzard and comes at a nice 47″ and 16lbs. The blade is made of stainless steel (sadly it doesn’t have a blueish hue around it) and the grip is wrapped in leather.
Of course such quality comes at a price, namely $379.00 through Weapon Masters.

Right on time for Christmas right?

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December 16, 2008 Posted by | Video Game Merchandise | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Chronicles of Riddick Screens, Trailer and Details

assault_on_dark_athenaWhen Activision and Blizzard merged for a short period the remake of the highly acclaimed Riddick game, Escape from Butcher Bay, was left hanging but thankfully Atari came to the rescue Assault on Dark Athena and announced they would release the game which was “just about done”.

We now have a few more screens and a shiny new trailer to wet our appetites until March 2009. The Multiplayer mode is also getting details.
Aside from the classics Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag there are going to be two more modes.

  • Pitch Black: one player plays Riddick in a ‘pitch black’ room. He obviously has his night vision and the other players are armed to the teeth with a simple flashlight in order to kill him. The lucky one to kill the Furyan will in turn become Riddick and so on.
  • Butcher Bay Riot: involves three groups of four people. The inmates, guards and mercenaries who will all have to reach a generator. The mode will have a Counter Strike system which will allow you to buy weapons, ammo and more.

Be sure to check out the HD trailer here.

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December 9, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Atari Acquires Cryptic Studios

cryptic_studiosWhen Phil Harrison took over as head of Atari he announced that he had plans to take the firm towards the MMO space.

Today it was announced that they bought Cryptic Studios to develop online games for the French company and will keep its 150-odd employees as well as their current projects. In the past Cryptic Studios created the successful City of Heroes and City of Villains which was subsequently bought by NCsoft.

As a result the three current projects, Champions Online, Star Trek Online and a yet unknown game will be released under the Atari banner in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Atari seems to be going through some major restructuring this year. After being on the verge of bankruptcy they acquired the rights for the Ghostbusters game and the remake of Chronicles of Riddick which were orphaned after the Activison Blizzard merger.
They also announced a desire to revive their big licenses like Baldur’s Gate and Dungeons & Dragons.

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Industry News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grand Theft Auto IV DLC for Feb. 17

gtaivld_screen002Well it is finally announced. The add-on will be called “The Lost and Damned” and will feature a whole new ‘hero’ called Johnny Klebitz, a member of a biker gang known as The Lost.

While you won’t play as Niko Bellic he will make some cameo appearances throughout the add-on. Dan Houser, said that he didn’t want to give the plot away but that Johnny is a very different person and character than Niko and that players will see Liberty City in a very different light.
Meanwhile the screenshots remind me a lot of the FX show Sons of Anarchy (I just watched the last episode which was great by the way) and this can certainly allow for some lovely language and action scenes.

Sam Houser also mentioned that there will be two episodes and that “We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode.”

So far no price has been given but it’ll be interesting to compare sales of the add-on to those of Street Fighter IV which comes out the same day.

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

World of Warcraft Breaks Another Record

lich_king_by_ranemanBlizzard has always been an amazing company delivering quality title after quality title. Not even mentioning the great series like Diablo, WarCraft and StarCraft, games like The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne were great games in their own rights as well.

But then four years ago things changed, World of WarCraft came out and took the world by storm, I know, I barely slept for two weeks. The game now claims more than 11 million players! When The Burning Crusade came out it sold 2.4M copies on day one! And it’s happened again, The Wrath of the Lich King, which came out last week, sold 2.8M copies on its first day making it the top-selling PC title of 2008….in 24 hours.

Moral of the story? What is happening? “Succeeding you…father”!

November 20, 2008 Posted by | PC News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments