Wednesday, February 17, 2010

THQ And NVIDA Announce Metro 2033 Will Feautre DX11, NVIDIA 3D Vision, And NVIDIA PhysX Support

THQ and NVIDIA have announced that the upcoming shooter from 4A Games, Metro 2033, will have Advanced DX11, NVIDIA 3D Vision, And NVIDIA PhysX Support. They reveal that 4A Games and NVIDIA worked together on the 4A Engine so it could take full advantage of DX11.

The benefits of DX11 support are advanced Depth of Field Effects and Full Tessellation on Character models. THQ Have released in-game screenshots from Metro 2033 showing the benefits of DX11 Support.

Direct X 11 Screenshots

Press Release

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Feb 17, 2010 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and NVIDIA today announced that Metro 2033TM, the upcoming first person shooter from 4A Games, will support a number of advanced DX11 features with the latest generation of DX11 graphics cards, as well as NVIDIA 3D Vision support. Metro 2033 will also feature advanced, hardware accelerated physical effects using NVIDIA PhysX.

Gamers with DX11 cards will experience advanced Depth of Field effects as well as Full Tessellation on character models. You can see the results on the officialMetro 2033 Flickr Collection at

"Our engineers have been working closely with 4A Games to ensure that Metro 2033 takes full advantage of some of the spectacular effects made possible with the next generation of DX11 hardware," said Tony Tamasi, Senior Vice President of Content and Technology at NVIDIA. "The 4A Engine is one of the most advanced game engines we’ve ever worked with, and with DX11 enabled, Metro 2033 is undoubtedly one of the best looking PC games of 2010. Combine this with NVIDIA 3D Vision and PhysX and you will experience mind-blowing visuals."

Metro 2033 is scheduled for release in North America and Germany on the 16th March, Australia on the 18th March, and in the UK and the rest of Europe on the 19th March, on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC.

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About Metro 2033
Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.alyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.

You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.

About THQ
THQ Inc. 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 THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, the Xbox logos, and the Xbox Live logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be "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"), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the Metro 2033 video game, and are based upon management's current 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, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2009, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. 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 are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

Sony Online Entertainment Release A New Trailer For EverQuest II Sentinel's Fate And Announce Its Out Now

Sony Online Entertainment have released a new trailer for EverQuest II Expansion, Sentinel's Fate. this trailer is a launch trailer and is made from in-game footage of the expansion. the trailer shows some of the new Encounters, Zones, Creatures, And Items that come with this expansion.

Sony Online Entertainment have also announced that Sentinel's Fate is out now, from certain retailers, for the suggest retail price of $39.99. a Digital release, at, will be released on 23rd February.
Click the Read More/Comment section below to view the new features and pre-order bonuses for EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate.

Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – FEBRUARY 16, 2010 – Gamers worldwide can now log-in and immerse themselves in EverQuest® II Sentinel’s Fate™, the latest expansion from the massively multiplayer online game by Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE). Sentinel’s Fate is the sixth expansion for the groundbreaking EverQuest II franchise. This all-in-one compilation pack will be available at select retail stores on February 16, 2010 for the suggested retail price of $39.99 USD plus applicable tax and via digital download beginning February 23, 2010.

“Sentinel’s Fate is the result of inspiration derived from both the original EverQuest franchise and suggestions made by our dedicated player community,” said Alan Crosby, Producer, Sony Online Entertainment. “By honing in on what’s important to our players, we have been able to refine the overall gameplay experience and ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy in this expansion, new players and veterans alike.”

EverQuest II Sentinel’s Fate transports players into a universe of legend and lore where exploration is just the beginning. It includes many highly-detailed areas that are fondly remembered from the original EverQuest®, as well as brand new areas to discover. Players can now explore the fabled lands of Odus, filled with epic quests, magnificent dungeons and limitless content provide the ultimate MMO experience for new players and seasoned veterans alike. Sentinel’s Fate presents the next chapter of the EverQuest II legacy which has been written by the passion of players and fueled by the hunger for adventure. Retail customers will enjoy up to a 7-day head start of gameplay access before the digital release. Customers who purchase the Collector’s Edition will receive an exclusive Armored Highland Stalker in-game mount with matching pewter figurine.

Finally, current EverQuest II subscribers with characters level 80-90 can now participate in the ultimate PVP with the complimentary addition of Battlegrounds. Battlegrounds allows players to engage in the most exciting and intense PvP battle against their friends or foes, regardless of server, and provide thrilling group-based, competitive matches in three all-new zones.

EverQuest II Sentinels Fate Features:
• Level cap increase to 90 to achieve your character’s greatest potential
• Two expansive new overland zones to discover: The Sundered Frontier and Stonebrunt Highlands
• 12 new dungeons to battle through
• 400 new quests based on the legend of Odus
• Five new Heritage Quests with valuable new loot
• Over 2,000 new weapons, armor, and items to enjoy
• All new alternate advancement abilities to expand your arsenal of powers
• Hundreds of new dangerous and cunning creatures
EverQuest II Sentinel’s Fate Standard Edition Retail Box Includes: (Available for purchase February 16, 2010)
• Sentinel’s Fate™ expansion pack, plus the entire award-winning content from five previously released expansion packs and three adventure packs
• Players can explore up to 90 levels of breathtaking content in more than 300 expansive and dangerous environments both new and nostalgic
• Experience the legend and lore of EQII through more than 8,000 quests with over 5,000 savage creatures
• Forge your character’s destiny by choosing from 19 unique player races and 24 distinct character classes
• Customize your character with unique armor sets, exciting weapon advancements, fascinating mounts and collect thousands of items for your home or guild hall
• Includes Legends of NorrathTM strategic online trading card game

EverQuest II Sentinel’s Fate Collector’s Edition Retail Box Includes: (Available for purchase February 16, 2010)
• Up to a 7-day head start of gameplay access before the digital release
• Exclusive Armored Highland Stalker in-game mount to accompany you through your Norrathian adventure
• Collectible Armored Highland Stalker figurine
• Coveted Guarding of the Reasoned in-game armor* to provide extra protection on your journey
• EverCracked! The Phenomenon of EverQuest DVD Documentary
• $10.00 Sentinel’s Fate digital download discount coupon for Station Store
• 500 Station Cash™ to spend on virtual items
• Legends of Norrath™ The Fall of Erudin scenario
• 30-day subscription included for new accounts

EQII Sentinel’s Fate Station Store Digital Download (Available for purchase February 23, 2010)
• Coveted Guarding of the Learned armor* to provide extra protection on your journey
• Legends of Norrath™ The Fall of Erudin scenario
• 500 Station Cash™ to spend on virtual items
• 30-day subscription included for new accounts

EQII Sentinel’s Fate Station Cash™ Purchase (Available for purchase February 23, 2010 through the EQII in-game Marketplace)
• Coveted Guarding of the Learned armor* to provide extra protection on your journey
• Legends of Norrath™ The Fall of Erudin scenario
• 500 Station Cash™ to spend on virtual items
• 30-day subscription included for new accounts

*In-game item: Limit one (1) per character. Non-transferable. No cash value.

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, PlanetSide, and Champions of Norrath are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation Announce That Blizzard Entertainment Have Made A Donation Of $1.1 Million

The Make-A-Wish foundation have revealed that Blizzard Entertainment have made a donation of $1.1 Million. Blizzard Entertainment released a special World of Warcraft in-game pet, The Pandaren Monk, from which 50% of the total sales between November 2009 and December 2009 would be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Blizzard Entertainment made the presentation at their California headquarters were 15 Wish Children were invited to learn and experience the development of World Of Warcraft. The Pictures and captions below were provided with the press release.

Wish kid Jordan Cofinco shares a light moment with Frank Pearce and Chris Metzen of Blizzard Entertainment during an exclusive tour of the company's headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

Blizzard Entertainment CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime presents a $1.1 million donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation on behalf of Blizzard and its World of Warcraft player community. Accepting the donation are Mark Pilon (right), president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, and Jon Stettner (left), Make-A-Wish Foundation International president and CEO

Press Release

PHOENIX --(Business Wire)-- Feb 17, 2010 The Make-A-Wish Foundation today announced a $1.1 million donation from Blizzard Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software. The donation is based on 50 percent of the total sales during November and December 2009 of a special in-game pet, the Pandaren Monk, for Blizzard's award-winning, massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Blizzard made the presentation during a special ceremony at the company's headquarters in Irvine, Calif. Blizzard invited 15 wish children who are also gaming enthusiasts and their families to enjoy an exclusive learning experience with the World of Warcraft development team, including an inside look at how the game is created.

“We've had a long relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we're proud to support the priceless work they do for children,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This donation also reflects the spirit and generosity of our players – their enthusiasm for World of Warcraft and for supporting a good cause made this possible.”

The contribution will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, which serves children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States and its territories, and Make-A-Wish Foundation International, which grants the wishes of children outside the United States in 35 countries.

“Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft players around the world, we will be able to grant the heartfelt wishes of even more courageous children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “This generosity is helping us bring hope, strength and joy to children when they – and their families – are facing an unimaginably difficult time in their young lives.”

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 240,000 wishes worldwide since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America,, and for Make-A-Wish Foundation International, visit

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes eleven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service,®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

EA Have Released New Screenshots And A Trailer For FIFA 10 Ultimate Team DLC

EA Have released new screenshots for the upcoming Ultimate Team DLC for FIFA 10. the screenshots are from both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, whilst the trailer is from the Playstation 3 version only.

Both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 screenshots are in-game, but they both show off the same thing. here menus, squads, and card transfers are shown. in the Trailer, the focus is on tournaments. the trailer goes through some of the different types of tournaments and the different entry requirements for them. the trailer is also made from in-game footage.

PS3 Screenshots

360 Screenshots

New Zero Punctuation - Mass Effect 2

This weeks Zero Punctuation tackles Mass Effect 2. could a game, that many are touting as Game Of The year 2010, that worked hard to remove the parts that didn't work from the First game, that is from BioWare...could Mass Effect 2 be a game that Yahtzee will review well?

D3 Announce They Are Brining The PSP Game God Eater To The USA In Q3 2010

D3 have announced they are brining the PSP game, God Eater to the USA Market in Q3 2010. the game is highly anticipated in Japan with over 1.5 Million downloads of the Demo alone.

The Game is set in a post apocalyptic world, where you play as a human trying to suvive. the game has over 100 missions to play through where you will face up against some of the 35 unique enemy types. The game also features a character creation feature as well as the ability to customise your weapons with items. The game features a co-op option where you can play with the Ai or with 4 other players using AdHoc/adhocParty.

Press Release

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Feb 17, 2010 D3Publisher, a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, today announced that God Eater will be released in North America for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system in Q3 2010.

Offering a compelling and dramatic story of human survival in a desolate post-apocalyptic world, God Eater is a fast-paced action game that will captivate players with more than 100 exciting missions. Players can dynamically change their game strategy at any time by instantly switching between weapon forms to slash, shoot, and devour gigantic enemies and customize bullets to alter the strength, pattern and elemental type for super powerful attacks. Featuring cooperative modes, players can hunt with AI controlled party members or join hunting parties with up to four players via local adhoc mode or connect the PSP system to the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system to play online using adhocParty.

“The anticipation for God Eater in Japan has been tremendous with more than 1.5 million downloads of the demo,” said Pete Andrew, vice president of product development, D3Publisher. “God Eater offers high-speed, stylized action mixed with a deep dramatic storyline that makes it uniquely different from its competitors and we look forward to bringing this title to gamers in North America.”

In God Eater, the earth has been ruined by mutated beasts known as the Aragami and mankind’s only hope against them is the Jinki weapons and the God Eaters who wield them. Players will create their own hero and battle more than 35 unique enemy types to find items to customize their weapons, guns, bullets and shields to increase their strength and stamina. A unique predator mode will add a new level of strategy as players transform their Jinki to beast form to gain a boost in stats and special bullets to launch potent attacks solo or with up to four friends.

God Eater for the PSP system was developed by Bandai Namco Games. For more information in the coming months, please visit

About D3Publisher
D3Publisher, a subsidiary of D3, Inc., is a video game publisher for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. The company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and its technology platform, Vicious Engine®. For more information about D3Publisher, please visit:
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  • PS3: The EU PSN will be down from 4pm (GMT) for around 90 minutes.

  • PSP: many Capcom Street Fighter IV developers have expressed an interest in getting the game onto the PSP

  • PS3: Sony has announced that the Motion Controller will get a hour long showing at GDC, next month.

  • PS3: its suggested that a new Patent from Sony is in response to the GeoHotz PS3 Exploit, to stop code being used

  • Creative Assembly, Mark O’Connell says the Total War series won't come to consoles unless it replicates the PC experience

  • PS3: Torne is coming out in Japan on 18th March for ¥9980 on its own, or ¥42,800 with a 250GB PS3 Bundle

  • DS2: its strongly rumoured that The Pokemon Company was the first 3rd party dev to get kits. the DS2 has motion sensing

  • Final Fantasy XIII producer, Yoshinori Kitase, thinks motion controls and a Final Fantasy game wouldn't work

  • Final Fantasy XIII Director, Motomu Toriyama, thinks reviewers are looking at the game from a western P.O.V.

  • BlazBlue Calamity Trigger has a special EU Pre-order bonus, a limited edition which has 100pg art book, bonus DVD,

  • Vigil games are releasing a 90 Min demo on the PSN and XBL for Darksiders on 25th Feb. it will be the first dungeon

  • QTE Blog: Disney Interactive Studios Announce Toy Story 3: The Video Game And That Its Due For Release On 15th June

  • PSN: Sony CEO Howard Stringer has said that the PSN is coming to Sony Ericsson Mobiles.

  • Visceral Games have said they are working on a patch for the Dante's Inferno Greed Bug.

  • 360: Microsoft have plenty of ideas for more Xbox Programs, like 1 vs 100. they have no problems with advertising

  • Footage from Sonic The Hedgehog 4 has been leaked. gameplay, stages, and menus all shown

  • Bethesda say that it will take hundreds of hours to explore Fallout New Vegas. you start as a injured man in a grave

  • QTE Blog: TimeGate Announce Section 8 Is Coming To The Playstation 3 This Spring Via The PSN