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News Archive 2006

26/12 · Xpand Rally Xtreme contest started

Techland studios have announced the start of a contest called Xtreme Speed Maniacs, with prizes valued at $1600.In order to win, you have to get the best time on the World Rally, stage 4 track, in Arcade mode.The contest ends on the 28th of February, 2007.

23/12 · Command & Conquer 3: Kane Edition announced

Electronic Arts has announced that it will launch a special edition of the real time strategy Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, titled Kane Edition. Besides the normal content of the retail material, the package will contain:

  • An exclusive bonus DVD featuring a behind the scenes documentary, deleted scenes and a Blooper reel from the live action video shoots
  • A series of gameplay strategy videos from the game designers themselves
  • Five new multiplayer maps
  • Three unique unit skins - one for each of the three factions in the game
  • Five exclusive wallpapers

Command & Conquer 3: Kane Edition will cost $59.99 and will be available in retail shops starting from Martch, next year.

21/12 · Battlestations: Midway announced

Eidos Interactive has announced that the naval combat game Battlestations: Midway will be launched in american retail shops on the 30th of January,2007.

16/12 · CSI: Hard Evidence announced

Ubisoft and CBS Consumer Products have announced that Telltale Games studios are currently working on CSI: Hard Evidence, a new title based on the Crime Scene Investigation franchise.

The players will join the CSI team in Las Vegas, beeing able to play improved mini-games in order to collect and examine evidence.CSI: Hard Evidence will be launched in 2007.

10/12 · Galactic Command - Rise of the Insurgents announced

3000AD studios have announced that they are currently working on A new space combat game called Galactic Command - Rise of the Insurgents.

The game will be episodic, each episode will contain up to 16 missions and will include both space and earth based battles. The first episode will be launched on the first quarter of 2007.

10/12 · Crysis delayed

The CEO of CryTek studios, Cevat Yerli, has announced on the official forum inCrysis that the long-expected shooter based on DirectX 10 - Crysis - will be launched later than initially expected. The CEO did not offer a precise date for the new lanch date.

08/12 · Archlord is now free

Codemasters Online Gaming has announced that starting from the 4th of January 2007 there will be no monthly fee for their MMORPG Archlord.

05/12 · Free expansion for Eve Online announced

CCP Games studios have announced the launch of a new major expansion for the popular MMORPG EVE Online: The Second Genesis, called Revelations.

Among the improvements brought by this update we can notice a better in-game voice communication system, new Battleship and Battlecruiser classes, new tactical tools for fleets and more skills for the beginners, 8 new regions and hundreads of new locations.

03/12 · IL2 Sturmovik: 1946 is now Gold

Ubisoft has announced that the IL2 Sturmovik: 1946 simulator, developed by 1C: Maddox Games studios, is now Gold and will be launched on the 7th of December. The game will include all the IL2 series content but will also introduce new missions, maps, planes and campaigns, three of these campaigns will be based on a hypothetical war between Germany and Soviet Union in 1946.

27/11 · Left 4 Dead Announced

Valve Software has announced that Turtle Rock studios, the ones responsible for Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, are currently working on a new co-operative multiplayer action game called Left 4 Dead.

There are no other details at this time regarding gameplay but the producers have mentioned that the game will use the most advanced version of the Source game engine. The game will be launched next year.

21/11 · Rise of the Witch-King is Gold

Electronic Arts has announced that The Rise of the Witch-King - the expansion for the real-time strategy Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth 2 is Gold and will be launched in retail stores in the United States Of America on the 28th of November.

20/11 · Fireglow Studios extends

Fireglow Studios have announced that they have formed their own distribution and publishing division that will handle the North America and Western Europe, called Fireglow Casual Games.

At the same time, two new game studios will be formed, Fireglow Casual Games and Fireglow Online Games. The manager of Fireglow Games Publishing will be Christoph Syring, the former CEO of CDV Entertainment AG.

17/11 · Half-Life 2: Episode 2 - Delayed... again

In an interview on CVG, Doug Lombardi from Valve Software has announced that Half-Life 2: Episode Two will be delayed again, the new release date is now in the summer of 2007.

17/11 · RACE will be available on Steam

Valve Software has announced that the auto simulator RACE developed by SimBin studios will be available on the online service Steam, starting from the 24th of November. The retail version of the game will also use Steam for matchmaking, updates and anti-piracy upgrades.

08/11 · Medieval 2: Total War is Gold

SEGA has announced that the real-time strategy Medieval 2: Total War is Gold and will be available in retail stores starting from the 10th of November in Europe and the 14th, on the United States Of America.

08/11 · Rogue Warrior announced

Rogue Warrior, a tactical first-person shooter currently in production at Zombie studios, will be distributed by Bethesda Softworks. The game story will be based on a series of books by Richard Marcinko, an ex member of SEAL troups.

02/11 · Neverwinter Nights 2 available now

Atari and Obsidian Entertainment studios have announced that the RPG game Neverwinter Nights 2 is available in retail stores, at a reasonable price of $49.95.

28/10 · Spliter Cell: Double Agent is Gold

Ubisoft has announced that the long awaited spy-action game Splinter Cell: Double Agent is Gold and will be launched on the 6th of November.

In this new edition of Splinter Cell, Sam Fisher has to infiltrate a terrorist organisation in order to stop a devastating attack. However, during the game, he will have to take important decisions that may change the course of the story. The game's missions will take place everywhere on Earth, in Asia, Europe or United States of America,each mission having dual objectives: you can either help NSA or the terrorists.

28/10 · Dark Messiah of Might & Magic available via Steam

Valve Software has announced that Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, already available on retail shops, will now be available on Steam, at a price of $49.95.

22/10 · Anno 1701 is Gold

Aspyr Media has announced that their real-time building sim-ul Anno 1701 is Gold and will be launched in Europe on the 26th of Octomber.

Compared to the first two titles of the series, Anno 1701 will include an improved multiplayer engine, 100 sub-quests and lots of options to personalize the single and multiplayer playing experience.

15/10 · IL2 Sturmovik: 1946 announced

1C: Maddox Games studios have announced they will launch IL2 Sturmovik: 1946 in the next month, a gane that will include all the content of the IL2 series but will also introduce new maps, missions, maps and campaigns. Three campaigns will be based on a hipothetical war between Germany and Soviet Union in 1946.

11/10 · Belief & Betrayal delayed

Anaconda, the publisher responsible for Belief & Betrayal, has announced that the adventure game currently in production at Artematica studios will be delayed until the first months of 2007.

05/10 · Heroes of Annihilated Empires in now Gold

GSC Gameworld studios have announced that their RTS/RPG hybrid Heroes of Annihilated Empires is Gold and will be launched on the 6th in UK.

30/09 · American Conquest Anthology announced

CDV Software has announced that they'll launch American Conquest Anthology in November 2006. The compilation will include American Conquest, American Conquest: Fight Back and American Conquest: Divided Nation. The anthology will also offer over 100 missions, 25 single-player campaings and LAN/Internet multiplayer.

23/09 · Gothic 3 not yet Gold

Pirahna Bytes studios have announced that they're working on a new Goldmaster version for their role playing game called Gothic 3, because they need to correct lots of problems recently discovered. For the moment, the release date remains unchanged: the 13th of Octomber.

23/09 · Need For Speed: Carbon soundtrack playlist released

Electronic Arts has released the soundtrack playlist for the racing simulator Need For Speed: Carbon:

  • Dynamite MC - Bounce
  • Dynamite MC - After Party
  • Eagles Of Death Metal - Don't Speak (I Came to Make A Bang!)
  • Ekstrak feat. Know-1 - Hard Drivers
  • Every Move A Picture - Signs Of Life
  • Gary Numan/Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric
  • Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - Scorpio
  • Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse (Serge Santiago Remix)
  • Kyuss - Hurricane
  • Lady Sovereign - Luv Me Or Hate Me
  • Ladytron - Sugar (Jagz Kooner Remix)
  • Ladytron - Fighting In Built Up Areas
  • melody - FEEL THE RUSH (Junkie XL Remix)
  • Metro Riots - Thee Small Faces
  • Part 2 feat. Fallacy - One Of Dem Days (Remix)
  • Pharrell feat. Lauren - Skateboard P Presents: Show You How To Hustle
  • Priestess - I Am The Night, Colour Me Black
  • Roots Manuva - No Love
  • Spank - Rock What It Look Like
  • Sway - Hype Boys
  • The Bronx - Around The Horn
  • The Presets - Steamworks
  • The Vacation - I'm No Good
  • Tiga - Good As Gold
  • Tigarah - Girl Fight (Mr. D Hyphy Mix)
  • Tomas Andersson - Washing Up (Tiga Remix)
  • Valient - Thorr Heatseeker
  • Vitalic - My Friend Dario
  • Wolfmother - Joker And The Thief
  • Yonderboi - People Always Talk About The Weather (Junkie XL Remix)

The game is to be released on the 31st of Octomber.

23/09 · Unannounced game news leaked on the Internet

A 2 GB file filled with screenshots, artwork, logos and a tech-demo for Far Cry 2 was leaked on the Internet. The file contains information about games that were officially announced by Ubisoft:

  • Assassins Creed
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry PSP
  • Far Cry Wii
  • Lost
  • Naruto 360
  • Open Season
  • Prince of Persia 4
  • Rainbow 6: Vegas
  • Rocky PSP
  • Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Surf's Up
  • Star Wars PSP
  • Shaun White Snowboarding
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles GBA

23/09 · Age of Pirates: Captain Blood Delayed

According to the official site, the launch date for Age of Pirates: Captain Blood was delayed until the second quarter of 2007. The game was supposed to be released on the third quarter of 2006.

20/09 · BloodRayne 1, 2 and Advent Rising Released Via Steam

Valve and Majesco Entertainment have signed an agreement that will allow Valve to sell BloodRayne 1 & 2 and Advent Rising on Steam. Psychonauts will be also available on Steam in Octomber.

20/09 · Silent Heroes Delayed

Scheduled to launch on the 8th of September, Silent Heroes - the stand-alone expansion for the real-time strategy Soldiers: Heroes of WW2 - was delayed for an unknown period.

13/09 · Gothic 3 is now Gold

[Pirahna Bytes studios have announced that their role playing game Gothic 3 is Gold and that it will be available in stores on the 13th of Octomber.

10/09 · Desperados 2: Conspiracy Announced

Atari has announced that Spellbound studios are currently working on Desperados 2: Conspiracy, an improved version of Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge. The new version will introduce new actions and quick-actions for characters, improved artificial intelligence and a new movie mode.

05/09 · Timeshift Delayed

According to Gaming-Age, the launch of the first person shooter Timeshift, produced by Saber Interactive, was once again delayed, this time until 2007.

03/09 · Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of Fate announced

Ubisoft has announced that Nival Interactive studios are working on Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of Fate, an add-on for the popular turn based strategy game Heroes of Might & Magic V. The expansion will feature dwarfes (a new race), new spells, buildings,artefacts, heroes, missions,multiplayer maps and a map generator. Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of Fate will be launched in November, this year.

30/08 · Scarface: The World is Yours Launch date announced

Sierra has announced that Scarface: The World is Yours will be launched on the 8th of Octomber. The game was developed by Radical Games and contines the events in the movie, but a new world, where Tony Montana is still alive.

30/08 · Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn announced

Electronic Arts has announced that next year they will launch a massive update for the well known MMORPG Ultima Online, an update that will offer new content and a better graphics engine, capable of the latest 3D technologies yet keeping the isometric perspective of the game.

30/08 · Half-Life 2: Episode 2 - Delayed

According to an interview on the site EuroGamer, Doug Lombardi has announced that the launch of Half-Life 2: Episode Two has been postponed. The game will be available on Steam in the second month of 2007.

26/08 · Guild Wars: Nightfall Launch Date Announced

NCsoft and ArenaNet have announced that Guild Wars: Nightfall will be launched on the 27th of Octomber.

26/08 · Bad Day L.A Is Gold

Aspy Media has announced that their third person action adventure Bad Day L.A - developed under American McGee supervision - is now Gold and will be available in shops starting from the 28th of August.

24/08 · Paraworld Now Gold

Sunflowers studios have announced that Paraworld is Gold. The game will be available in stores all over Europe after the 15th of September. In United States Of America, the game will be distributed by Aspyr Media.

20/08 · Ubisoft Announces Star Wars: Lethal Alliance

Ubisoft has announced that two Ubisoft studios and Casablanca are working on Star Wars: Lethal Alliance, a new adventure game based on a long-term license from LucasArts. The game's action will take place between the third episode - Revenge Of The Sith - and the 4th episode - A New Hope.

Star Wars: Lethal Alliance will be launched in December, on PSP si DS.

20/08 · Prey 2 Announced

According to an interview on Next-Gen.biz, Scott Miller has announced that they're already working on Prey 2. Their main focus is improving gameplay and fight systems.

18/08 · Red Ocean Anounced

The german publisher dtp entertainment has announced that Collision studios are currently working on a new first person shooter called Red Ocean. The gamers will play a treasure hunter, Jack Hard, that discovers by accident a secret russian research lab, deep in the depths of the Arctic ocean. Red Ocean is planned to be launched in February, 2007.

18/08 · Company Of Heroes Is Gold

THQ has announced that the real-time strategy game called Company Of Heroes - developed by Relic Entertainment - is Gold and will be available in retail shops on the 14th of September.

12/08 · Stranglehold Delayed

Along with the release of a few screenshots, Midway has announced that their action game called Stranglehold, supervised by the well-known movie director John Woo, will be delayed until the first first quarter of 2007.

12/08 · MiST Land - South changes its name

According to the publisher GFI, the name of the MiST Land - South studios is now GFI Russia. The studios are currently working on two games, Jagged Alliance 3D and Warfare.

09/08 · Dreamfall: The Longest Journey nominated at MTV Video Music Awards

Funcom - the creators of the adventure game Dreamfall: The Longest Journey - have announced that their game is nominated for Best Video Game Score at MTV Video Music Awards.

09/08 · Unreal Tournament 2007 Delayed

Midway has announced that the expected first person shooter will be delayed until the first half of the next year. The game was supposed to be released this year.

02/08 · Battle for Middle-Earth II: The Rise of the Witch-King Confirmed

Electronic Arts has confirmed that they will launch a new add-on for the popular RTS game called The Battle for Middle-Earth II. The add-on will be called The Rise of the Witch-King.

02/08 · Dark Messiah Of Might and Magic & Spliter Cell: Double Agent Delayed

According to the latest financial report of french publisher Ubisoft, both Dark Messiah of Might and Magic & Splinter Cell: Double Agent were delayed until the month of Octomber, this year.

27/07 · Silverfall Announced

Koch Media and Monte Cristo studios have announced that the fantasy action RPG game Silverfall will be launched in October, this year, and will feature some a vast, open fantasy universe offering complete freedom, over 150 creatures and bosses and over 130 skills and spells.

25/07 · Dawnspire: Prelude Announced

Silent Grove studios have announced they're working on Dawnspire: Prelude, a team-based online action-rpg, placed in a fantasy world. The game will be launched in the third quarter of 2006.

23/07 · New Expansion for EverQuest

Sony Online Entertainment has announced they will launch a new expansion pack for the massive multiplayer online game Everquest soon, introducing a new rase called Drakkin and increasing the level cap for all players to 75.The add-on will be available for download in September at a price of $29.99.

23/07 · TrackMania United Announced

French studios Nadeo have announced they will launch a compilation that will include all the games from the Trackmania series.

Along with a needed update for the Trackmania Nations stadium, the compilation will include improvements for both sigle and multiplayer modes.

19/07 · Neverwinter Nights 2 Delayed

The makers of the famous game called Neverwinter Nights have announced they will delay the appearance of the new game, [[Neverwinter Nights 2], by one month. This would give them the chance to fix more bugs and increase the overall quality of the game.

12/07 · Enemy Territory: Quake Wars delayed

According to a post on his diary, Paul Wedgwood - the Lead Game Designer of Splash Damage studios - has announced that the launch of the class-based shooter Enemy Territory: Quake Wars will be delayed until the first months of 2007.

12/07 · Gothic 3 Without Starforce

According to a post on JoWood forums, Ivan Ertlov, the community manager for JoWood Germany, has announced that the long-expected role playing game Gothic 3 will not use the Starforce protection system.

12/07 · Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms announced

Magitech studios have announced they are working on a real time war game based on the "The Three Kingdoms" saga, called Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms.

05/07 · Prey Is Gold

2K Games si 3D Realms have announced that Prey, the FPS developed by Human Head Studios and based on the Doom III engine, has been sent to duplication factories and will be available in shops on the 11th of July in US and 14 of July in Europe.

05/07 · Total War: Eras announced

Sega has announced it will release a collector's edition of Total War called Total War: Eras on the 30th of June in Europe and on the 25 of July in US. The compilation will include:

and exclusive limited-edition content, including:

  • "The Total War Story", a 40-minute documentary detailing the past, present and future of the Total War series, featuring exclusive interviews and game footage.
  • Exclusive preview material for Medieval II: Total War, including trailer, game information, screens and artwork.
  • An art booklet plucked from the Creative Assembly archives detailing the creation and evolution of the Total War series.
  • A glossy A2 poster for Medieval II: Total War.
  • Five art cards covering the whole Total War series.
  • A CD of award-winning music from the Total War series.

29/06 · Empire Announced

Chair Entertainment studios have announced their first project, a first person shooter, that will be called Empire. The game will use the Unreal 3 engine.The main story is based on a novel written by Orson Scott Card, an alternative universe where USA is in the middle of a civil war.

24/06 · Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar announced

Stardock Studios have announced they are working on an expansion pack for the turn based space strategy called Galactic Civilizations 2: Dread Lords. The expansion name will be Dark Avatar and will be launched in this autumn. A new division called Stardock Publishing will be selling digital copies of the game.

24/06 · Merscom to distribute Rag Doll Kung Fu

Merscom has announced that it will distribute the retail version of a the fighting game called Rag Doll Kung Fu.

Rag Doll Kung Fu is available through Steam, at a reasonable price of $14.95.

20/06 · Record sales for Guild Wars

NCSoft has recently announced that their MMORPG game called Guild Wars has been sold in over 2 million copies. Unlike World Of Warcraft, the game does not require a subscription.

17/06 · Beta Test Eve Online In China

CCP Games Studios have announced the start of the beta-test for their space MMORPG EVE Online in China.Over 200.000 players have signed up on the first day.

10/06 · Paraworld Delayed

According to the website Strategy Informer, Thomas Langhanki, a member of SEK studios, has declared that the launch date of the RTS game called Paraworld will be delayed. The game will be ready by the end of September, this year.

07/06 · Titan Quest Is Gold

THQ has announced that the action-RPG called Titan Quest will be available in stores starting from the 26th of June. The game was developed by Iron ore studios.

02/06 · WarPath Delayed

According to a statement on Groove Games' site, the launch date for WarPath, the science fiction game developed by Digital Extremes, was delayed until the 18th of July. The game was initially supposed to launch in June.

30/05 · Jagged Farm: Birth Of A Hero Announced

Game Factory Interactive (GFI) and Monolith Studio have announced they are working on a RTS that will put people at war with pigs.

Pigs want to rule the Earth and the humans are fighting for survival. The game will offer over 20 types of units, 9 types of heroes and customised building for each faction. The game AI will take advantage of different terrains and the graphics will be rendered by the same graphics engine Officers used.

27/05 · Ubisoft Buys Lost license

Ubisoft has announced it has signed a deal with Touchstone Television that will allow them to produce and distribute a game based on the Lost's story. he game will be developed by Ubisoft Montreal studios and will be launched in in 2007.

26/05 · Mystic Wars Announced

1C Company has announced that Ino-Co studios are working on a new turn-based strategy game called Mythic Wars. Players will be able to guide orcs, goblins, humans or elves to victory, recovering artefacts and harvesting magic.Mythic Wars will be launched in 2007.

26/05 · Half-Life 2 Episode One is now Gold

Valve Software has announced that Half-Life 2: Episode One, the first add-on for Half-Life 2 is now Gold and it will be available on the 1st of June, in retail version all over the world or as Steam download.

The game will be sold for $19.95.

21/05 · Hitman: Blood Money Is Gold

Eidos has announced that Hitman: Blood Money is Gold and will be available in shops from the 30th of May.

21/05 · Rush For Berlin Is Gold

Paradox Interactive has announced that the real-time strategy Rush For Berlin is Gold and will be launched on the 30th of May in US.

The game will contain five multiplayer modes, from which we can mention R.U.S.H (Relentlessly Utilized Score Hunt) si R.I.S.K (Race-Intensive Strategic Kombat).

16/05 · Blizzard Announces New World of Warcraft Allies Race

Blizzard Entertainment Studios revealed the name of the new race that will join the good side in World Of Warcraft. The race called "The Draenei" will appear when the Burning Crusade expansion will be available .

13/05 · Dark World Online Annouced

Tulga Games has announced that they're working on a modern horror MMORPG, called Dark World Online, un modern-horror MMORPG. Players will be able to choose between three factions - people, vampires and warlocks - factions that are in a continous battle for domination. Each faction will have its own abilities and characteristics.

13/05 · Free Trial For Auto Assault

NetDevil studios are offering the possibility to play their Auto Assault MMORPG for free, without the need of a credit card. The offer is available for 14 days.

13/05 · EVE - The Path to Kali Announced

CCP Games studios have announced they are working on a new expansion pack for the massive multiplayer online game EVE Online, an add-on that will be called EVE Online: The Path to Kali.

Among the new features introduced by the exansion will be Advanced Reactive Content System (ARCS), a module that will allow players to dynamically change the political configuration and the borders of in-game states, depending on their achievements.The video game engine will also be improved, in order to offer full support for DirectX 9. Another version of the game engine will be developed for Windows Vista and DirectX 10.

10/05 · F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point Announced

Timegate studios are working with Monolith studios at an expansion pack for the well known first person shooter F.E.A.R..

The expansion will be called Extraction Point and will contain new locations and add-ons.

The story will continue the one in the original game: the FEAR team will be called again to fight Alma and its servants.

10/05 · Reservoir Dogs Announced

Eidos Interactive has announced that it will produce a third person shooter based on Quentin Tarantino's called Reservoir Dogs. Reservoir Dogs will be available for PC, Xbox and PlayStation 2 in this autumn.

06/05 · Sphere 2 announced

Russian studio Nikita is working on a massive multiplayer online game that will continue where the Sphere's action ended.

Sphere 2 will include 2 main races, 5 guilds and 14 magic guilds. Each guild will offer various bonuses.

02/05 · Preload For Half-Life 2 : Episode 1 Starting Next Week

Valve has announced that Steam users will be able to start the preload process for Half-Life 2: Episode 1 next week. The game will be unlocked on the 1st of July.

30/04 · WarRock Announced

According to the game publisher K2 Network, Dreamexecution studios are working on a new multiplayer first person shooter caller WarRock.The game will have no monthly fee but the players will be able to purchase weapons and skills in order to gain advantage against other enemies.

28/04 · Ship Simulator 2006 Announced

Lighthouse Interactive has announced that they will launch in the middle of June a new naval simulator called Ship Simulator 2006.

Gamers will be able to sail across the world aboard several ships, such as transport vessels, iachts, water taxis or even the well known Titanic.

28/04 · Aion Announced

NCSoft has announced that their NCSoft Seul branch is working on a new online massive multiplayer game called Aion.

They are planning to offer more information at E3.

26/04 · Heroes of Might and Magic V Gold

Ubisoft has announced the release date for the long expected turn-based strategy game called Heroes of Might and Magic V.

The game is gold and will be launched in the United States Of America on the 23rd of May.

21/04 · TerraWars: New York Invasion announced

According to Tri Synergy, Ladyluck Digital Media studios are working on a new squad-based combat game called TerraWars: New York Invasion. The game's action will take place in New York, in an apocaliptic future, when an alien invasion occurs.

21/04 · Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Gold

Ubisoft has announced the launch date of their new PC game, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. The gane will be available in shops on the 3rd of May.

19/04 · Disciples 3: Renaissance Announced

According to Strategy First's press release, Akella and .dat Studios will be working together to create the third title of the famous series, Disciples 3: Renaissance.

The game will use the Virtual Dream engine and will initially contain three factions: The Empire, The Legions of the Damned si Noble Elves, each with their own city architecture and units.

The game style will be turn-based, as the old games were, but will contain lots of improvements such as an initiative system for units. Also, the heroes will be able to use magic on the battle field and units will gain experience as they survive battles.

17/04 · Open Season Announced

Ubisoft has announced Open Season, a game based on the movie with the same title.

The game will be launched in the middle of September and will be available for both PC and consoles.

15/04 · Neverwinter Nights 2 Launch Date Announced

Shane K. DeFreest, one of the developers inside Bioware, has announced on the official forum that the RPG called Neverwinter Nights 2 will be launched in September this year.

15/04 · Paradise City Delayed

Sirius Games studios have announced that Paradise City, the sequel to the arcade action game Gangland, will be delayed until 2007. This is the result of a new distribution contract with Focus Home.

11/04 · Half-Life 2 Official Site

The official site of Half-Life 2: Episode 1 is now available to the public. The site contains lots of news, pictures and videos about the game that will be released on the 31st of May, this year.

11/04 · Microsoft Buys Lionhead

Microsoft has announced the purchase of Peter Molyneaux's Lionhead game studio. The purchase price or conditions are not available.

09/04 · Special Edition Of Heroes of Might and Magic V

Ubisoft has announced that Heroes of Might and Magic V will be available for purchase as a special edition that will contain the game along with III and IV, modified to be fully compatible with Windows XP.

Three new maps, a new unique hero called Aurora, exclusive images, sound track - all these will be included with the DVD in this special edition.

07/04 · World of Conflict Announced

Massive Entertainment, the makers of Ground Control, are working on a new real time strategy game called World of Conflict. The action will take place during a war between Soviet Union and United States.

06/04 · Sega buys two game studios

SEGA has purchased Secret Level and Sports Interactive Games, the studio responsable for the great Football Manager series. Sega wishes to create its own sport games in the future and, at the same time, assure a good franchise on the european market.

06/04 · Bet On Soldier: Blood Of Sahara announced

Kylotonn studios are working on a new expansion for the first person shooter called Bet On Soldier: Blood Sport, expansion that will be called Bet On Soldier: Blood of Sahara. There will be five new levels in North Africa, two new multiplayer maps, a new game mode and new skins.

06/04 · Shadowgrounds is now Gold

Meridian 4 and Frozenbyte studios have announced that their action shooter, Shadowgrounds, is now Gold and will be available in United States, from the 25th of April.

The game action will be in a distant future, where the main character will have to hunt and destroy alliens that attack a human colony. The weapons will be improved and the lightning system will have a great impact on the gameplay.

06/04 · Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot Announced

Bold Games studios have announced that they are working on Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot, a game that will continue where Wings Over Vietnam stopped. The action will take place in another universe, where Russia invades West Germany, thus starting the Third World War.

The game will be available this month in the United States.

02/04 · Ubisoft buys FarCry & CryEngine rights

Ubisoft has purchased all the intellectual rights to Far Cry and the CryEngine version used in the game. This will allow the publisher to develop sequels, addons and other commercial products based on the game.

02/04 · Silverfall announced

KievGames studios have announced Silverfall, a new RPG game, according to this press release. The game will be distribuited by Monte Cristo Games.

02/04 · Desperate Housewives - The Game

Buena Vista Games has announced that they're working on a game version of the famous TV series. The game will be produced by Liquid Entertainment.

02/04 · Sega & Obsidian will work on a new RPG

Sega & Obsidian, the makers of Knights of The Old Repblic 2: The Sith Lords, have announced that they will work together on a new multi platform RPG game. The game will be officially introduced to the public on E3 and will run on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

26/03 · Infernal announced

Metropolis Software has announced that a new fantasy shooter called Infernal is in the works. The game will support PhysX and will be distributed by Playlogic.

26/03 · Dominions 3: Awakening announced

Shrapnel Games studios have announced that the space strategy game called Dominions 3: Awakening is almost ready for sale and can be pre-ordered. Designers have mentioned that the game will probably reach the "Gold" stage in June.

26/03 · City of Villains will support PhysX

NCsoft and Cryptic studios have announced they will offer an update for the City of Villains MMORPG, in order to use the processing power of the Ageia PhysX add-on card. This way, the game will offer more realistic physic effects and a more immersive gameplay.

22/03 · Terra: Formers announced

Star Cave Studios Limited have announced they're working on a project that will combine FPS, RTS and RPG in one game, called Terra: Formers. The game will contains single-player and multiplayer maps, large as the ones found MMOGs.The action will take place in 2157, a period when humans try to terraform other planets of the solar system after Earth can no longer offer its valuable resources.

22/03 · The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff officially announced

Electronic Arts si Maxis will launch in April a new expansion pacl for Sims 2, called The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff.This new expansion pack will put in first place the family life of the sims, from clothes to bedroom decorations.

22/03 · New addon, Cossacks II: Battle for Europe

CDV Software Entertainment will launch in June an addon for Cossacks II: Napoleon Wars, called Cossacks II: Battle for Europe.

Action will take place in the 19th century and will offer new units, buildings and missions, along with three new nations.

22/03 · Undercover announced

Sproing Studios are working on a project called Undercover, am adventure game that will be officially available in september. The action will take place during the second world war and will offer the player an alternative to the events in that period.

22/03 · Age Of Empires: The WarChiefs officially announced

Ensemble studios have officially announced the title for the new Age Of Empires 3 expansion pack, The WarChiefs. You can check their official site.

20/03 · THQ buys Unreal 3 engine license

The well known publisher THQ has purches the license that will allow them to use the Unreal 3 engine in future PC and next-gen consoles.

20/03 · Electronic Arts Buys Dice

According to this press release, the DICE studios have been purchased by Electronic Arts. DICE studios are responsible for the success story that Battlefield is.

19/03 · Black & White 2: Battle of The Gods Announced

Lionhead studios have announced they are working on an expansion for the well known Black and White 2.

The expansion will be called Battle of The Gods and will contain among other things a new creature, two worlds, four miracles and six challanges.

19/03 · The Godfather is now Gold

The long awaited game is now Gold. EA Sports has announced that the game will be available next week for PC, Xbox & Playstation 2.

17/03 · NCSoft announces Dungeon Runners

NCSoft has announced that a new MMORPG, called Dungeon Runners, is in production. Players, alone or in a party, will have to explore dungeons, in order to discover new items and powers. The dungeons will vary in size, from small dungeons to huge locations.Registrations for the closed beta test will start on the 14th of April and the beta test will run during May and June.

17/03 · Battle For Europe is now Gold

Black Bean studios have announced that the flight simulator called Battle of Europe is Gold and will be released this month. The game's action takes place in the Second World War.

17/03 · Nival Interactive moves offices to United States

Nival Interactive studios will move their administrative offices to the United States, under a new management formed from veterans of the industry. The new CEO of the company will be Kevin Bachus, the former Microsoft chief executive officer.

17/03 · Square Enix to design new MMORPG

According to Total Video Games, Square Enix studios are working on a new MMORPG. All that is known at this time is that the game will be designed for Windows Vista and next generation gaming consoles.

09/03 · Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds Relaunched

Kru Interactive Studios have announced the relaunch of Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, one of the first ever online multiplayer games, that first appeared in Koreea 10 years ago.

Nexus already has 500.000 players and newcomers will receive an in-game gift from the producers as soon as they're registered on the official site.

09/03 · Age Of Empires 3 Expansion To Be Released In Autumn

Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios have announced the launch of an expansion pack for the real-time strategy game Age Of Empires 3 in this autumn.

The yet untitled addon will include a new single player campaign, new units and content for european civilizations. Also, a new faction will appear, the Iroquis Confederation and new maps and gameplay elements.

08/03 · Gothic 3 Delayed

According to this press release, Gothic 3, the long awayted RPG from Piranha Bytes studios will be postponed until the end of September, this year.

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