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Publisher for Alan Wake boxed PC version announced

Nordic Games has announced the signing of the publishing deal for the boxed PC version of Remedy's critically acclaimed Psychological Action Thriller Alan Wake.

'It goes without saying that we are very happy and proud to work together with some of the greatest talents and artists of the games industry', commented Lars Wingefors, CEO of Nordic Games GmbH. 'We are really looking forward to the PC version of Alan Wake, especially as we are talking about a fantastic PC adaptation thereof, rather than a mere porting of the code. We will talk about this in more detail in the upcoming weeks' he added.

The boxed PC version will include both XBLA DLCs 'The Signal' and 'The Writer'. Further information on the exact release date will follow in the next days.

In this story-driven and intense Psychological Action Thriller, players assume the role of Alan Wake, a best-selling suspense author suffering from writer's block, who escapes to a small town only to experience the mysterious disappearance of his wife. Set in the seemingly idyllic town of Bright Falls, Washington, "Alan Wake" draws players into an intense, cinematic world that enables players to explore the hyper-realistic and interactive environments. In this nightmarish world, where the boundaries between reality and fiction become increasingly blurred and ambiguous, Alan Wake must use a variety of weapons to survive, including his most powerful ally against the darkness - light itself.

New Screenshots for Wargame:European Escalation released

Eugen Systems, specialist of the genre and developer of the critically-acclaimed R.U.S.E and Act of War: Direct Action, today unveiled a series of 5 new screenshots.

Wargame: European Escalation is a real-time strategy game built around depth and reflection, the key element of all classic war games.

Set in the rarely explored period of 1975-1985, Wargame: European Escalation pits NATO (USA and Western Europe) against the Warsaw Pact (Soviet and Eastern European countries) in battles that explore "what could have been." The specter of nuclear warfare loomed large over the real Cold War, but this catastrophic outcome was the ultimate last resort as everyone knew that the first one to start nuclear hostilities would end up wiped out just the same. Large, armored offensives through Europe would certainly have been the core of this hypothetical war; and this is what the game's explosive campaign takes you through!

The 5 screenshots released are showing the great capability of the graphics engine developed by Eugen Systems: Lighting, modelling, visual and sound effects, but also the size of the battlefields and number of units... all aimed at creating a grand visual showcase, while still providing a real depth to strategy. Battles are as impressive as there are profoundly tactical.

The game will be released on PC in retail and online stores first quarter 2012.

Trine 2 European Collector's Edition Unveiled

Independent French publisher Focus Home Interactive has revealed the contents of the Trine 2 European Collector's Edition.

The collector's edition of Trine 2 for PC and Mac includes the full game, soundtrack, a gorgeous art book commented by the developers from Frozenbyte, and also the first Trine game. The whole package will be sold for a €19.99 or £14.99 in UK.

Trine 2 takes gamers on another adventure with the powerful knight Pontius, the swift thief Zoya and the crafty wizard Amadeus. The three heroes embark on a new adventure more fantastic than ever, where you will have to survive lethal traps and terrifying monsters, solve many physics-based puzzles and unravel an epic mystery during a challenging campaign that can be played either solo or in co-op with up to 3 players online or offline.

Trine 2 will be available in Europe in December 2011 for PC and Mac, in online and retail stores.

Max Payne 3 Scheduled for Release on March 2012

Rockstar Games has announced that Max Payne 3 will be released in Europe and North America on March, 2012. The game will be available on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 from the first day.

Max Payne 3 continues the tale of former New York City detective, Max Payne. Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

Rise of Immortals to Feature 3D support

Petroglyph studios have announced that their eagerly anticipated Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game Rise of Immortals will feature NVIDIA 3D Vision™ support.

PC gamers with a NVIDIA GeForce® 8-series or higher graphics processing unit (GPU) and compatible 3D Vision ready display will be ready to play Rise of Immortals in 3D when the game is released this summer. Players will simply enable the option in the game's graphic settings and put on a pair of 3D Vision glasses for an immersive out-of-screen experience with the game's eye-popping graphics.

"Creating beautiful, highly intricate setting and characters was one of our goals from the beginning with Rise of Immortals" said Steve Wetherill, executive producer of the game. "But adding NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology on top of it provides a new level of immersion, and makes Rise of Immortals stand out among other MOBA-style games."

Hide and Secret: The Lost World released

Anarchy Enterprises has announced today the release of Hide and Secret: The Lost World, a casual game for PC.

In this new game, the nefarious treasure thief Jacques has kidnapped another damsel, and it's up to the player to stop his evil plans before she is sacrificed at the spooky full moon ritual. Gamers journey through haunted ruins and diabolical traps on their quest to find the secret Golden Treasure, and unravel the mystery of this epic adventure before it's too late!

Hide and Secret: The Lost World features:

  • Strategy Guide included in-game
  • Spooky locations and eerie gameplay
  • Diabolical traps and mini-games
  • Engrossing and mysterious adventure
  • Thrilling plot twists and turns
  • Incredible hidden object scenes
  • Hours of deep, rewarding gameplay

Garshasp release date announced

Game publisher "Just A Game" has announced that their latest project, the PC action-adventure game Garshasp, is scheduled to be released at the end of May 2011,

The game's action revolves around the monster slayer Garshasp from the Persian legend of the same name.

In a virtual ancient Persian kingdom, recreated from stone carvings thousands of years old, the player’s task is to save all humanity from evil. The Army of Darkness has retrieved its ancient powers and now threatens the humans' freedom. Deevs, grisly monsters which thirst for human blood have snatched power and now hold sway over mankind. Now it's down to the player to free humanity from the yoke of subjugation. In countless battles with Azhadahak and his terror-inspiring troops, the player can draw upon copious quantities of weapons, combo attacks and crafty special moves to prove their valour. But it's not just monsters that await the player, the way through Khunirath is also peppered with a multitude of puzzles.

Dungeon Siege III release date changed

Square Enix has announced that the launch date for Dungeon Siege III in Europe and other PAL territories is now 17th June, 2011.

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and shipping for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, Dungeon Siege III blends a robust RPG system, an endless variety of loot and a compelling storyline with intuitive action gameplay.

ArcaniA - Fall of Setarrif trailer released

JoWooD Entertainment AG has announced the release of the official trailer for ArcaniA - Fall of Setarrif on their website, offering first insights into in-game footage.

In this new game, a mysterious demon, consumed by hatred, terrifies the population and pools his force against the coastal city of Setarrif. The dramatic situation exacerbates after a volcanic eruption in the mountains nearby. A nameless hero joins forces with his strongest allies and courageously faces the new menace.

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Men Of War: Assault Squad demo released

Eastern and Central European publisher 1C Company has announced the release of a demo for the sequel of the critically acclaimed real-time tactics game [[Men of War].

The Men of War: Assault Squad demo features the first level putting players in the heat of the Pacific War, and once they have proven themselves in combat they can play another skirmish mission in the European Theatre.

The game will available for purchase starting from the 25th of February 2011.

L.A. Noire release date announced

Rockstar Games and Team Bondi Pty Ltd have announced that L.A. Noire will be available for purchase on Xbox 360, PC and Playstation 3 on the 17th of May in North America and the 20th of May in Europe.

Set amid the violence and corruption of post-World War II Los Angeles, L.A. Noire is a crime thriller that seamlessly blends crime-solving, clue-finding, car chases and shoot-outs with revolutionary new interrogation-based gameplay that will allow players to read characters' emotions in order to reveal the truth. Players will take on the role of Cole Phelps, a decorated war veteran, who rises through the ranks of the LAPD by solving a series of gruesome murders and other crimes that bring him face-to-face with the dark heart of Los Angeles during Hollywood's Golden Age.

Developed in a special partnership with Rockstar Games and Team Bondi, L.A. Noire employs ground-breaking new MotionScan performance-scanning technology. MotionScan utilizes 32 high-definition cameras to capture actors' faces in 3D, transferring every aspect of their performance into the game, enabling players for the first time to lip-read in-game characters and to read every facial expression down to the finest detail.

Breach ready for release on Xbox 360 and PC

Atomic Games has announced that their most recent game titled Breach has been certified and is ready to be launched on Xbox 360 and PC.

The military shooter will be launched on the 26th of January and will feature precise and massive destruction that can change the very nature of multiplayer combat. Players will also be able to take advantage of an advanced cover system while everything is destroyed around them or switch to a Hardcore Mode, which attempts to simulate how military operatives train.

Free stress test for Mythos at the end of the month

HanbitSoft Inc. has announced that their new MMO Mythos is ready for the 'Family & Friends' phase, in which the game developers hope to be able to test how well the servers will scale when thousands of players try the game at the same time.

On December 28th, thousands of players that previously register on the official website will be allowed to enter the game world for the first time to test the capacity of the servers, starting from 11:00 CET (10am UK).

Mythos brings the highly successful Hack-and-Slash formula to an action-packed online role-playing game, offering players a virtual fantasy world based on a comic book-style atmosphere where they hunt countless monsters in a variety of dungeons or compete with each other in gripping PvP battles. There is also a choice of four races and three character classes which can be heavily customised.

Mythos, originally developed by Flagship Studios since 2009 and now further prepared for its release in Europe by the Korean publisher HanbitSoft, is due to be launched in early 2011 and will be free to download and play.

Trainz going multiplayer starting January 2011

N3V Games has announced that Trainz players will soon be able to interact with friends and worldwide players with an update titled Trainz Multiplayer.

The open beta will start in January 2011 and every owner of Trainz 2010 that registers the CD key on Planet Auran by the 10th of January will be automatically invited to collaborate, compete and work as part of a well oiled machine, running a huge rail system.

Frontiers Free Weekend

Futuremark Games Studio and Fatshark have announced the Frontiers Pack, a special game bundle that includes multiplayer shooters Shattered Horizon and Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West.

Shattered Horizon is a first person multiplayer shooter that immerses players in the cold reality of zero gravity combat in space. Recent additions to this game are AI bots - three of these bots will be available on special servers during the free weekend to help new players learn the unique tactics possible when playing an FPS in zero gravity.

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West is a third-person shooter that delivers an intense team-based multiplayer experience of the Wild West era. Players can engage in gritty battles in beautifully rendered classic Western settings and test their mettle in genre-specific game modes and levels tailor-made for satisfying team play. Recent additions to this game are a new map and dedicated servers.

The Frontiers pack can be played freely on Steam during the November 4-7 weekend and will also be available for purchase at $12.49, a saving of more than 60% over the regular cost of the two games when bought separately.

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