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Scrapland Goes Gold

Enlight, a global publisher of PC and console games, today announced that the PC version of the highly anticipated action-adventure game American McGee Presents Scrapland has gone gold and will ship to retail stores nationwide in early November. Scrapland will carry a MSRP of $39.99 and has been rated T for Teen. Scrapland is a unique blend of breathtaking graphics, open-ended gameplay and an engaging narrative that creates a fun and challenging experience that is a refreshing change of pace from the abundance of violent games currently on the market. The one of a kind game design and solid story … Continue reading Scrapland Goes Gold

Xmen Legends Sequel Already Planned

Based on strong consumer response to its action role playing game X-Men Legends, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that the company is developing a sequel based on the ever-popular Marvel (NYSE: MVL) franchise with Raven Software. The original game challenges players to master the attributes of their favorite X-Men by creating, customizing and controlling teams of four mutants as they embark on a quest to stop the extinction of mankind. The title is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. "For 40 years Marvel's X-Men have captivated … Continue reading Xmen Legends Sequel Already Planned

Fable Still Setting Sales Records

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Fable, the ground-breaking Xbox roleplaying adventure game developed by Lionhead Studios, had an incredible launch month at retail stores in North America. Fable was the best-selling console title across all platforms in September, more than doubling the sales of the second best-selling title across the U.S. After its record-setting first week in which the game sold more than 375,000 units in North America, Fable has continued to demonstrate huge success with the best launch month ever for any Xbox game in U.S. According to The NPD Group, Fable sold more than 600,000 units in … Continue reading Fable Still Setting Sales Records

Gamers Ready To Vote

One of the most important presidential elections in history is about to take place, and according to a recent study conducted by the ESA, gamers are going to be lining up at the polls in great numbers. According to a recent poll conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), 88 percent of adult computer and video game players plan to vote in the upcoming presidential election. This compares to just 56 percent of Americans who are generally projected to vote. Whether or not this means that gamers will "rock the vote" remains to be … Continue reading Gamers Ready To Vote

The Witcher Week Begins

Authors of the Witcher have prepared numerous attractions. Today is the first day of The Witcher Week devoted exclusively this promising title. For next seven days new materials concerning The Witcher will be published at www.TheWitcher.com. Among them – two brand new videos, many conceptual arts and screenshots. Moreover, the website itself will have some sections added. Here is what the authors are planning for the first day: The latest main concept art presenting final appearance of the main character A visit at one of the darkest ‘dives’ in the game 3 brand new conceptual arts A new wallpaper Introduction … Continue reading The Witcher Week Begins

Eidos Sings Avalance Studios

Eidos plc, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces it has signed a development deal with Swedish based Avalanche Studios. Avalanche Studios specializes in the creation of innovative game concepts using its cutting edge proprietary technology. It is developing an action game entitled Just Cause for Eidos, which will be released in 2005 on the video game consoles and PC. Martin Alltimes, head of European external development at Eidos, says: "Avalanche Studios offers a great fit to Eidos’ product strategy of developing original content utilizing ground-breaking technology. Building on the excellent work to date, I … Continue reading Eidos Sings Avalance Studios

Codemasters Gets New Chief Executive

Codemasters, a leading developer and international publisher of computer and video games, today announced that Nick Wheelwright has been appointed Chief Executive of Codemasters Group Ltd. Wheelwright joined Codemasters more than 11 years ago as finance director. He became managing director in 1996 and led the company's international expansion and growth through the to the $100 million developer and publisher of today. David Darling, Codemasters' Chairman, announced the appointment today: "Nick plays an integral part in Codemasters' success and I'm delighted to have him as Chief Executive. His management and market understanding are valuable assets as we work towards some … Continue reading Codemasters Gets New Chief Executive

Second Sight Moveing to PC

Already acclaimed as one of the most original and gripping games of the year, Codemasters today announced that a PC edition of Second Sight, the stealth action epic from Free Radical Design, is coming out in late November. Second Sight will be the first PC title from Free Radical Design, creators of the TimeSplitters series. Second Sight gives players control of a character endowed with incredible psychic abilities. The game offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramatic gunplay, psychic powers or a combination of all three. The ability to psychically influence characters and remotely manipulate objects and … Continue reading Second Sight Moveing to PC

Half-Life 2 Gets Ship Date

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that Half-LifeĀ® 2, the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed PC titles in gaming history, will ship to retail outlets around the world in November. The Company confirmed that Half-Life 2, developed by Valve Software, has gone gold with a planned retail street date of November 16, 2004. The countdown to the highly anticipated retail street date has begun around the world, as VU Games completes plans to ship localized versions of Half-Life 2 simultaneously in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese. "Half-Life 2 … Continue reading Half-Life 2 Gets Ship Date

Buka makes Italian Deal

Buka Entertainment, one of the leading publishers in Russia, is pleased to announce that it has inked a contract with Bryo, one of the well-known PC games publishers in Italy. Bryo selected The Entente (the Italian name – "la Grande Guerra") for their X-mas 2004 line-up. Thus on 20th November the Italian-speaking gamers will be able to buy Buka's WW1 game in Italy, Vatican, San-Marino, and canton Ticino. Bryo's Managing Director Pietro Montelatici stressed that "the game has certain mass market appeal and that it perfectly fits Bryo's wide distribution network that covers more then 25.000 retailers and kiosks." "We … Continue reading Buka makes Italian Deal