Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sony Online Entertainment Announce That EverQuest Underfoot Is Now Available For Pre-Order

Sony Online Entertainment have announced that EverQuest Underfoot, the 16th expansion for EverQuest, is now available for pre-order. you can pre-order the game from
it has a release date of December 15th 2009, and has a pre-order price of $39.99.

EverQuest Underfoot has all previous 15 expansions for EverQuest, and content, and brings 12 new zones for the Underfoot Expansion. there are also new weapons and armor, a special in game item called the Mark Of Brell which gives users the ability to teleport to the Underfoot Zone, and an achievement system which displays and manages you progress in Norrath.

Press Release

WHAT: The legendary journey continues into the undiscovered depths of Norrath with EverQuest® Underfoot™, the 16th expansion from the groundbreaking EverQuest franchise. The expansion, scheduled to launch on December 15, 2009, is now available for pre-order for the suggested retail price of $39.99 (plus applicable taxes).

ABOUT EVERQUEST UNDERFOOT: EverQuest Underfoot presents a mysterious world unlike anything previously experienced in Norrath, providing the ultimate MMO gaming experience for players. This all-in-one compilation is the next volume of Norrathian adventure following last year’s success of EverQuest® Seeds of Destruction™. Now in its unprecedented tenth year, EverQuest takes its tradition of exciting worlds, challenging dungeons, inventive new creatures and thrilling monsters underground!

EverQuest Underfoot features:
* All Previous Expansions - Includes the new expansion pack and all 15 previous expansions and content
* Amazing new zones – Players can dig into 12 new zones throughout the realm of Brell Serilis
* New Alternate Advancement Abilities - Optimize your character's power and strength with all new alternate advancement abilities
* New weapons and armor - Outfit characters with hundreds of new options
* Master Tradeskilling – Players can create powerful new weapons, armor and more with thousands of new recipes
* Extended Target Window - Track friends and foes with greater accuracy
* Achievement System - Display and manage your progress through the world of Norrath
* Mark of Brell in-game item – Users can teleport directly into the Underfoot zone (one per account, non-tradable)
* Legends of Norrath™ - Includes digital card game client and game scenario
* 500 Station Cash™ - Select unique virtual items from the in-game EQ Marketplace (no trade/non-transferable; no cash value)
* 30-day subscription included for New EQ Accounts - Included with valid purchase for new EQ accounts only (excludes existing EQ and Station Access accounts)

EverQuest Underfoot is available for pre-order beginning today at

For more details, new screenshots and the latest information on the
Road to Underfoot events visit

Sony Online Entertainment Announce That Dire Covenant Is The 12th Expansion For PoxNora

Sony Online Entertainment have announced that the 12th expansion for PoxNora is called Dire Covenant, and it currently has a mid-November release.

Dire Covenant brings 72 new runes, 50 new abilities, and player avatars can now reach level 40. there will also be a new interactive world map.

Press Release

WHAT: Mysterious forces collide in Dire Covenant, the 12th expansion of PoxNora. A new campaign introduces four encounters to take players into the mystery behind the cataclysmic events taking place after a disastrous earthquake drives fear into the heart of every faction. Enemies become allies and former allies wage war against each other.

Who is the mysterious figure behind these dark events? Join the battle to find out!

FEATURES: Gain a detailed look at the world of PoxNora and explore like never before with a new, fully interactive world map feature that takes players from the mountains of Ironfist Stronghold to the bogs of Forglar Swamp.

Dire Covenant features:
• New Runes: Utilize 72 new runes, including new champions, spells, equipment and relics.
• New Abilities: Over 50 new abilities, including the new “Channel” mechanic allowing players to spend Nora for a temporary stat boost.
• New Player Avatars: Player Avatars will now be able to reach a level of 40, increasing their power and bringing powerful allies to the battlefield.

WHEN: Dire Covenant, currently in development at Sony Online Entertainment’s Tucson studio, is scheduled to launch mid-November.

For more information, visit

ABOUT: Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games which have entertained millions of players around the globe. SOE creates and delivers compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchise EverQuest®, its successful online trading card game Legends of Norrath®, as well as the recent kids’ phenomenon Free Realms™, SOE continues to raise the bar for online gaming and players worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, with additional studios in Austin, Seattle, Denver, Tucson, and Taiwan, SOE has a slate of engaging, high-quality games currently in development across new genres for all platforms and audiences.

SOE, the SOE logo, Legends of Norrath and EverQuest, are registered trademarks and Free Realms is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Disney Interactive Studios Have Released Screenshots And Artwork For Epic Mickey

Disney Interactive Studios have released some artwork and screenshots for Epic Mickey. they have also officially announced the game. it currently has a release date of Fall 2010. you can visit the official site at

Yen Sid, the sorcerer from the Sorcerer's Apprentice, has created a world for the forgotten Disney creations to live. the first inhabitant is Walt Disney's first cartoon character, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit. however, as the years pass he becomes forgotten and Mickey's popularity increases, Oswald becomes resentful. Oswald has made the Cartoon Wasteland comforter for other forgotten "retired" characters, but when Mickey finds Yen Sids map to the Cartoon Wasteland, Mickey inadvertently devastates it.

In the game, Mickey wields magical paint and thinner in an attempt to shape the world around him. the Paint can create, whilst the Thinner destroys, and every decision you make can have consequences in the Cartoon Wasteland.

you can click on the pictures to see them bigger.

Press Release

BURBANK, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Oct 28, 2009 Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of Disney Epic Mickey, an adventure-platforming game with light role-playing elements for the Wii™ home video game console. The game stars Mickey Mouse who has been re-imagined for videogames by luminary game designer Warren Spector and his Junction Point game development studio. In Disney Epic Mickey, Spector, a life-long Disney fan, taps into Mickey Mouse’s rich history along with the characters and worlds brought to life by Walt Disney to create an edgy and unexpected cartoon adventure.

“Mickey is an adventurous and rambunctious mouse,” said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point. “I want to bring his personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with video game players worldwide. Ultimately, each player decides for him- or herself what makes Mickey cool.”

In the game’s fiction, a sorcerer named Yen Sid creates a beautiful, whimsically-twisted world where Disney’s forgotten and retired creations thrive. Originally, the powerful sorcerer from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” in Walt Disney’s 1940 film “Fantasia” was nicknamed “Yen Sid” by Disney animators, although never named as such on screen. In Spector’s game, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – Walt Disney’s first cartoon star created in 1927 – becomes the earliest inhabitant of Yen Sid’s Cartoon Wasteland after Mickey Mouse is created. Oswald makes the Cartoon Wasteland comfortable for other retired characters as they join him in this magical land. Years pass, and as Oswald dwells in the Cartoon Wasteland, he becomes resentful watching Mickey’s popularity swell. When Mickey curiously stumbles upon Yen Sid’s map, he makes an innocent yet terrible mistake and inadvertently devastates Oswald’s comfortable world. Eventually, Mickey’s mistake pulls him deep into the mysterious Cartoon Wasteland to face the destruction he unknowingly created.

“Having Warren combine creativity and innovation with one of the world’s most famous characters takes Mickey back to his creative roots and allows fans to deepen their engagement with him as a character – especially in video games,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Interactive Studios. “In addition to Warren’s lifelong love of cartoons, films and comics, his visionary approach to game design and storytelling will make certain that this heroic tale of discovery and redemption resonates with Disney fans and gamers alike.”

Players use the Wii Remote™ to wield magical paint and thinner to re-shape the world around them. Paint’s creativity and thinner’s damaging effect give the player robust tools and empowers them to make choices about how they move through the world. Each player’s decisions to use paint, thinner or both dynamically changes the world with consequences that affect the environment, interactions with other characters, and even Mickey’s appearance and abilities.

“The core of this game is the idea of choice and consequence, and how that defines both the character and the player,” said Spector. “By putting the mischievous Mickey in an unfamiliar place and asking him to make choices – to help other cartoon characters or choose his own path – the game forces players to deal with the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, players must ask themselves, ‘What kind of hero am I?’ Each player will come up with a different answer.”

Blurring reality and fantasy, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s role is as significant in the game as it was in real life. The Walt Disney-created Oswald appeared in 26 silent cartoons between 1927 and 1928 for Charles Mintz, who contracted with Universal for distribution. At this time, Oswald was primed to be Walt’s first big animated star. When faced with daunting production costs, Walt asked for more money to ensure the quality of the Oswald cartoons. When a deal could not be reached, Walt lost the rights to Oswald and with the rabbit went much of Walt’s staff. Among those who remained with Walt was animator, cartoonist and long-time friend Ub Iwerks, and together they created a new character named Mickey Mouse.

The initial concept behind Disney Epic Mickey originated within the Disney Interactive Studios’ Think Tank. The Think Tank conceptualized Mickey as a cartoon character thrown into turmoil. Spector expanded and refined Disney Epic Mickey’sconcept and built the game for a broad audience fully utilizing the Wii and Wii Remote for accessibility and engaging gameplay.

Developed by Junction Point in Austin, TX, Disney Epic Mickey is slated for a fall 2010 release. The game currently is unrated by the ESRB. For more information, go to

About Junction Point
Junction Point is Disney Interactive Studios’ Austin, Texas-based developer of console games with a focus on games where “playstyle matters.” Junction Point games offer strong, player-driven narratives, opportunities for problem-solving over puzzles and choices with significant consequences. The studio’s goal is to tell stories with players, not to them, allowing them to craft their own, unique experiences. Junction Point was founded in 2005 and joined Disney Interactive Studios in July 2007. For more information on the studio, go to

About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games, mobile games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to

Konami Have Released New Screenshots For Story Book Workshop On The Nintendo Wii

Konami have released new screenshots for their upcoming Nintendo Wii game, Story Book Workshop. these are in-game screenshots which show a couple of the stories in the game as well as a menu screen.

Storybook Workshop

New Zero Punctuation - Brütal Legend

This weeks Zero Punctuation is Brutal Legend. Will he find the RTS part of the game good, will his love of Tim Schafer be stronger than his thoughts on the and fine out.

THQ Announce The Deadline For Them To Renew Their WWE License Has Been Extended

THQ Have announced that they now have until December 31st 2009 to decide if they and JAKKS Pacific want to extend their license for the WWE through to December 31st 2014

Press Release

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Oct 28, 2009 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that it has been notified by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (“WWE”) that the WWE has extended the renewal notice deadline for the videogame license held by the joint venture between THQ and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. to December 31, 2009. The renewal would extend the license through December 31, 2014.

THQ noted that WWE's action provides the company with increased flexibility with respect to the renewal of the videogame license.

About THQ
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at and THQ and its respective logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “THQ”) and are based upon management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products, services and pricing of THQ. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ’s financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2009, and particularly the discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth therein. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

Cryptic Release Part 2 Of The Star Trek Online Video Time-Line

Cryptic Release Part 2 Of The Star Trek Online Video Time-Line. Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 skips a few years a couple of times, focusing less on the Star Trek Online Timeline as a whole, and more on the Klingon's and the events happening in the Empire.

Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

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  • A Survey says that Americans play more videogames for longer periods of time than any european country.

  • PS3: the banned PSN player who lost his case against Sony is now appealing it and asking for $180k

  • Roger Daltrey has said that a Who Rock Band game is coming out next year. its unknown if its a standalone game or pack.

  • Wii: There will be a Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles limited edition in Japan. it has soundtrack and promo DVD.

  • Its reported that borderlands non PS3 and 360 has a online bug which wipes skills and weapons, when joining/leaving a game

  • PC: Dungeons & Dragons Online USA is getting an update tomorrow. there's a new adventure pack, epic difficulty + more

  • PS3: Brütal Legend DLC, Tears of the Hextadon, is coming to the PSN for Free on 5th November, 2 weeks before 360.

  • PS3: Tetsuya Nomura says there will be a big showing of Final Fantasy VS XIII at E3 2010

  • DSi: Nintendo dismiss reports of a larger screen DSi coming out as "Speculative"

  • PS3: Insomniac don't believe the PS3 will be maxed out for another 2-3 years.

  • iPhone: Beneath A Steel Sky has sold nearly 20,000 units since its launch. they expect 70,000 sales in first year.

  • PSP: The German Ratings board have rated The Red Star as coming to the PSP. its expected to be a port of the PS2 game

  • 360: Gears OF War 2 received it's 5th title update. there will also be a double EXP event this weekend.

  • 360: Sky and Microsoft have revealed the pricing for the Sky Player. you need Xbox Live Gold Membership. cheapest is £15

  • PS3: Sky was asked if the Sky Player is coming to the PS3, they didn't confirm it or deny its coming. they're neutral

  • PS3: RT @SonyPlayStation: No need to import - 3D Dot Game Heroes for PS3 is DEFINITELY coming to NA! Spread the word, more to come.

  • Critter Crunch Devs, Capybara Games, are working on a new Game, tentatively titled Zombie Tactics. its a survival game

  • 360: S'plosion Man has received a title update which fixes multiplayer lag and acitvates Avatar Awards

  • Oyoji Games is working on SteamPirates for PSP and iPhone/iPod Touch. screenshots at link.

  • QTE Blog: Crave Entertainment Announce They Are Developing Games Based on Man Vs. Wild And The Deadliest Catch

  • PC: The PC version of Brink will have Dedicated Servers.

  • PC: Aliens Vs Predator devs, Rebellion, refuse to say if the game will have Dedicated Servers.

  • A Study has found that 25% of UK Gamers pay for DLC. 7% of console gamers buy digital versions, 14% on PC.

  • QTE Blog: Konami Have Released New Screenshots Of The Playstation 3 Version Of Frogger Returns

  • QTE Blog: Konami Have Released New Screenshots Of The Nintendo Wii Version Of Frogger Returns

  • There will be free DLC for Fairytale Fights for those who buy the game within 90 days of its launch.

  • PS3: There are two Vidzone exclusives. both are Jamie Cullum videos, "old Joanna” and “Don’t Stop the Music”

  • Madden NFL Arcade is based on the Nintendo Wii version of Madden NFL 10

  • PS3: God Of War Collection is coming out on November 17th. link has list of trophies for both games, there's 2 platinum's.

  • PSP: There will be a Phantasy Star Portable 2 demo released in Japan in November. 50,000 gamers will get download codes.

  • PC: left 4 Dead 2 Demo from steam appears to have been delayed until tomorrow.

  • PC: a "low-Violence" version of borderlands was uploaded to Australia Steam instead of the normal game.

  • 360: Sky Player has been pulled from the 360 “due to an unforeseen technical issue”. they hope to have it up tomorrow

  • Wii: The Boxart for The American version of Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars has been released

  • A Mutliplayer patch is coming to the 360/PS3 versions of Call Of Juarez, Bound In Blood. set to fix balance issues.

  • DSi: Germany's Ratings Board has rated Rayman for the DSiWare. nothing else is known about the game.

  • DS: the Boxart for the USA and PAL versions of the legend Of Zelda Spirit Tracks Have Been Released, both are different

  • Miyamoto likes the Star Fox series, is disappointed that its not big in Japan.

  • Wii: The Official UK Nintendo Magazine have a unboxing video of the black Wii.

  • Insomniac have said that the Ratchet And Clank Series will be only on Sony Consoles, Sony owns the Rights

  • QTE Blog: Screenshots And Videos Of The Upcoming Xbox 360 Video

  • PS3: RT @SonyPlayStation: New Post: Call of Duty: World at War Map Packs 50% Off, New Playlists!