Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sony Online Entertainment - Legends Of Norrath Ethernauts Saga is Ending - Press Release



Sony Online Entertainment has announced that the legends of Norrath Ethernauts Saga is ending with the release of Legends of Norrath Storm Break. This expansion concludes the Ethernauts Saga.

Press Release

DENVER – July 9, 2009 – The final chapter in the compelling Ethernauts saga comes to a dazzling finish with today’s launch of Legends of Norrath™ Storm Break, developed by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).
The new expansion concludes the tale of centuries past, when horrible beasts from the Void poured into Norrath. A small band of heroes, the Ethernauts, seeks to repel the invasion, but are greeted with mistrust by the peoples of Norrath, and ultimately forced to make heroic sacrifices to save the world.

“Over the past year, the Ethernauts saga has taken players deep into the world of Norrath,” said Scott Martins, director of development for SOE Denver. “Storm Break is the final chapter in a three-set arc, filling in the back story of last year’s EverQuest II release, The Shadow Odyssey.“

Storm Break features:
• New Cards: More than 240 new game cards adding new strategies and gameplay.
• New Loot: Incredible loot cards, including new horse and hydra mounts, an illusion that will turn EQ players into a flying dragon and, for your daily EQII raids, a cloak that repairs all your items once per day!
• Continuing Storyline: The continuation of the epic Ethernauts storyline that is the groundwork for The Shadow Odyssey™.

Developed at SOE’s Denver studio, Legends of Norrath is the only online trading card game based on and playable from within SOE’s popular EverQuest and EverQuest II MMOs, as well as from a free stand-alone client using a free SOE Station Account ID (available at www.station.com). Players can challenge opponents on their game server and across other EverQuest and EverQuest II servers.

To get started, players can download the client for free, test their skills 24 hours a day against AI and real opponents, and then head over to the tournament lobby to compete. Tournament eligibility is limited and subject to Official Rules. Residents of certain territories are ineligible to participate in LoN tournament play. Please see the EULA for details. For a schedule of events, rules and further details, see the LoN Events Page. For more information on Legends of Norrath, visit the website atwww.legendsofnorrath.station.sony.com.

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Tucson, AZ and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

UK PSN Update 09/07/09

PS3 Games
Battlefield 1943 [£9.99]
Dynasty Warriors 6 – Additional Music Set [Free]
Motorstorm Pacific Rift – Adrenaline Expansion pack [£4.79]
Skate 2 – Maloof Money Cup pack [£1.59]

Demo's
Battlefield 1943 Trial
Fuel
Ghostbusters

Guitar Hero - World Tour
Victory Records Track Pack [£4.39]
“Bomb The World” by The Sleeping [£1.59]
“I Am The Arsonist” by Silverstein [£1.59]
“NJ Legion Iced Tea” by A Day To Remember [£1.59]

Rock Band
Green Day Pack 01 [£2.49]
“21 Guns” by Green Day [£0.99]
“East Jesus Nowhere” by Green Day [£0.99]
“Know Your Enemy” by Green Day [£0.99]
Ten Bonus Pack [£2.49]
“Black Magic” by Slayer [£0.99]
“Conquer All” by Behemoth [£0.99]
“Disposable Teens” by Marilyn Manson [£0.99]
“Embedded” by Job For A Cowboy [£0.99]
“Empire Of The Gun” by God Forbid [£0.99]
“Hammer Smashed Face” by Cannibal Corpse [£0.99]
“This Is Exile” by Whitechapel [£0.99]
“What A Horrible Night to Have A Curse” by Black Dahlia Murder [£0.99]

Videos
inFamous – Duality Trailer

Wallpaper
NONE

Theme
Overlord II - Minions

PS1 Classic
NONE

PSP
Archer Maclean's Mercury [£4.79]
Final Armada [£7.99]
King of Pool [£7.99]
Little Britain The Video Game [£11.99]
Championship Manager 2006 [£3.19]
Rock Band Unplugged - “Here Comes your Man” by Pixies [£0.99]
Rock Band Unplugged - “Pride And Joy” by Stevie Ray [£0.99]

Koei - Warriors Orochi 2 Coming Out On PSP August 25th 2009 - Press Release


Koei has announced that Warriors Orochi 2, on the PSP, is set for a August 25th 2009 release in the USA. they also announce that the USA version will feature the Japanese language track, New characters, and new scenarios.
The game has 96 playable characters, some from Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series and does feature ad-hoc multiplayer for up to two players.




Press Release

KOEI’s Tactical Action Tour de Force is Coming to PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system with New Characters, Scenarios and Japanese Language Option

Burlingame, CA, July 09, 2009 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that the best-selling WARRIORS OROCHI®2 is coming to PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system on August 25, 2009.

With four different storylines featuring characters from SAMURAI WARRIORS® and DYNASTY WARRIORS®, WARRIORS OROCHI 2 includes three new game modes: Dream, VS and Survival, as well as “Tag Team”-style matches that pit fighters in head-to-head arena combat.

A star-studded lineup boasts 96 playable characters from the DYNASTY WARRIORS and SAMURAI WARRIORS series including the massive boar-like Gyuki and the faceless Dodomeki. New playable characters not found in the original console release include the graceful San Zang and the warrior-monk Benkei.

New features exclusive to the PSP system also include: 2-Player VS mode plus Co-op play in Story, Free and Dream modes, 12 new scenarios in Dream mode, and a Japanese and English voice option.

Gamers can pre-order the game now from Amazon.com, GameFly, and GameStop.
For the latest updates, follow @KOEIcorp on twitter or visit www.koei.com.

About WARRIORS OROCHI 2
Shattering time and space, the venomous Serpent King Orochi kidnapped history’s greatest warriors in a scheme to test his might. The heroes eventually defeated Orochi and his menacing army. Now the slain Orochi lies in the netherworld, and a mysterious alliance is hatching a plan to resurrect Orochi.

Key features include: 96 playable characters from the DYNASTY WARRIORS and SAMURAI WARRIORS, 2-Player VS mode plus Co-op play in Story, Free and Dream modes, a Japanese and English voice option, 12 new scenarios in Dream mode, an install function to improve loading times, and improved graphic draw distances.

WARRIORS OROCHI 2 for the PSP system is developed by KOEI Canada and based on an original work by Omega Force. Play is for 1 to 2 players. Multi-player play is via ad-hoc wireless only. This game is rated “T” (Teen – Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence) by the ESRB.

About KOEI Corporation
Based in Burlingame, California, KOEI Corporation established operations in 1988 as the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan. KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Warriors series of games have generated a combined 18 million units in global sales.
KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2008, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $286 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the U.S., the UK, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Lithuania. More information about KOEI and its products can be found atwww.koei.com.
WARRIORS OROCHI, DYNASTY WARRIORS, SAMURAI WARRIORS, and the KOEI logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of KOEI Co., Ltd. ©2008-2009 KOEI Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. “PlayStation”, “PS” Family logo and “PSP” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold separately) for certain functionality. Multiplayer play supported by ad-hoc wireless only. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

EA - Command And Conquer 4 Announced - Press Release


After yesterdays Accidental Twitter leak, EA have announced today that Command And Conquer 4 is being developed. The game will conclude the Tiberium Saga.
The game will feature many innovations, whilst keeping true to its core gameplay, whilst ultimatly providing fans with answers they've been looking for.
The game is set in 2062, after the previous game, and humanity is on the brink of extinction as the crystal Tiberium will render the earth inhabitable in 6 years.
The game will also feature a new 5v5 objective based multiplayer mode as well as a cooperative mode.
The game is currently slated for a 2010 release on PC, with debuet trailers coming 23rd July and exclusive information on the 24th July.

Press Release

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Jul 09, 2009 Behold disciples of Nod, the end is soon upon us. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that, after almost 15 years and 30 million games sold, EALA is bringing the award-winning Tiberium series to an epic conclusion with Command & Conquer™ 4. Shipping in 2010, Command & Conquer 4 will introduce a multitude of innovations to the to the classic fast and fluid Command & Conquer gameplay while retaining the core compulsions that fans have come to love over the series’ history. Introducing new class-based gameplay, mobile bases and persistent player progression throughout all game modes, Command & Conquer 4 offers players new, innovative and compelling strategic depth.
“Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with an amazing 15-year legacy. We are thrilled to bring the dramatic Tiberium saga to a conclusion in Command & Conquer 4. This game is designed to give fans all the answers they’ve been looking for,” said Mike Glosecki, Lead Producer of Command & Conquer 4 at EA Los Angeles. “With its objective-based multiplayer mode, persistent player progression and all-in-one mobile base, players will experience Command & Conquer like never before.”

The story of Command & Conquer 4 takes place after the events of the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars™. The year is 2062 and humanity is at the brink of extinction. With only six years left until the mysterious crystalline structure Tiberium renders the earth entirely uninhabitable, the two opposing factions – Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and the Brotherhood of Nod – inevitably find themselves in desperation for the same cause: to stop Tiberium from extinguishing mankind. The unthinkable becomes reality and Nod’s enigmatic leader Kane takes off for GDI headquarters. What is Kane planning in the heart of his enemies’ base? Command & Conquer 4 draws the epic conclusion to the beloved Tiberium universe, where fans will learn the fate of Earth, Nod, Tiberium, GDI and most importantly, Kane’s motivations behind his decade-long plan.

In addition to the two campaigns on the epic battles of GDI and Nod, which players will get to conquer alone or in a cooperative mode, Command & Conquer 4 will also feature a new 5v5 objective-based multiplayer mode, promoting teamwork and cooperation and delivering a social real-time-strategy experience never seen before in a Command & Conquer game.

Command & Conquer 4 is being developed at EA Los Angeles and will ship to retailers in 2010 for the PC. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI. For more information about the game, please visit www.commandandconquer.com or follow the community and development team on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ea_apoc. The July 24th episode of BattleCast™ PrimeTime will give fans the latest news and exclusive information on Command & Conquer 4. Additionally, Gametrailers TV will exclusively reveal the first cinematic trailer for Command & Conquer 4 in its July 23rd episode on SPIKE TV.

About Command & Conquer
The groundbreaking Command & Conquer franchise was one of the first to introduce players to the modern RTS genre, has spawned over a dozen PC titles, and ranks in the top 5 best-selling PC franchises of all-time according to the NPD Group. Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium WarsTM was the number #1 selling PC RTS of 2007 and won numerous awards, including the “Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year” award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Additionally, Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 and Command & Conquer Generals were the number one best-selling* PC RTS titles in 2000 and 2003 respectively. Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3 won the 2008 “Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year” award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Collectively, the series has sold more than 30 million units worldwide to date. The franchise boasts one of the largest and most active fan communities in the world. For more information on Command & Conquer series, please visit www.CommandAndConquer.com.

* According to NPD Group

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA™, EA SPORTS™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO, Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars and BattleCast are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



EA - FIFA Manager 10 Features Online/LAN Play Against Other Managers - Press Release

EA Have announced that for the first time in the FIFA Manager series, FIFA Manager 10 will have a online/LAN mode enabling player to play against other people.
They also mention that they have made over 400 offline improvements based on user feedback, including Deeper AI, new ingame presentation, a 3D mode and resolution support up to 1920x1200.
The game has a database of 3,600 clubs and 31,000 players.




Press Release

For the first time in the franchise’s history, the football management simulation EA SPORTS™ FIFA MANAGER 10 will feature an online mode that will allow gamers to play against each other via LAN or online.

"We’re incredibly pleased to be able to give fans what they’ve been asking for with the new online mode in EA SPORTS FIFA Manager 10," said Gerald K√∂hler, Lead Designer of the FIFA MANAGER series. "This is the first time that they will be able to compete against each other and really find out who’s the best manager. The online mode is free and you can play at least two seasons with up to eight players in one session.”

Additionally up to 40 international leagues will be available in FIFA Manager 10 and players will also benefit from over 400 enhancements within the offline mode, many of which are based on feedback from the fan community.
These include:
- Deeper AI, player development
- In-game presentation and financing
- New experiences like the FIFA World Player Gala, an almanac with team photos and squads, the revised game website, the manager diary in which the player can collect photos of cups, stadiums and players, and the new "stadium infrastructure" where players can fine tune details of their facilities
- The 3D mode has been expanded by several hundred new animations and is now based on the latest FIFA 09 animation system
- FIFA MANGER 10 supports resolutions of up to 1920x1200 now, and the player’s manager desktop is individually customizable with up to 30 widgets and more than 50 desktop objects.

FIFA MANAGER 10’s vast database is an accurate reflection of real life licensed league, club and player data from over 40 countries. It contains more than 3,600 clubs and 31,000 players, more than 9,000 of which are displayed with original pictures. More players can be added with the Editor tool, which is part of the full game.

FIFA MANAGER 10 is developed by the Cologne-based studio Bright Future for EA SPORTS™. The game will be released for PC in 6 languages this autumn.

Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)





New Zero Punctuation - Ghostbusters

Opps, forgot to post this earlier. Anyway, this week Zero punctuation reviews Ghostbusters...it doesn't go well, lol.





And here is the rest of it.