Battlestations: Pacific Dated
You’ll be soaring through the skies of the Pacific this May, as Eidos Interactive announced that Battlestations: Pacific will be released in North America and Europe on May 12 and 15, respectively.
The sequel expands upon the strategic combat of the first, offering 28 missions and historically accurate campaigns. Online multiplayer makes appearances in the form of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as new gameplay modes.
The game is due out on PC and Xbox 360.
Square Enix Wants Eidos, Lowers Expectations
With Valentine’s Day incoming, Square Enix has made a swoop for Eidos, making an offer to buy out the company for £84 million, which they say is about a 129% premium on Eidos’ current market value.
Eidos directors will recommend that shareholders approve the deal. Additionally, the company is saying that such an acquisition presents “a highly attractive opportunity for the Square Enix group to create further value” for its shareholders. Eidos has a stable of big-name franchises including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Hitman.
Despite all this, the Japanese publisher today updated its financial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, cutting profit expectations by 62.5%. The company now hopes to see a net profit of $49.6 million, instead of the previously anticipated $132.4 million.
Square Enix additionally confirmed that the Japanese debut of Dragon Quest IX has been delayed until July 11. The game was previously expected on March 28; the delay comes after the discovery of several major bugs.
No Velvet Assassin DLC or Sequel
Straying from the beaten path, Velvet Assassin developer has disclosed its intentions not to release any downloadable content or sequel to the forthcoming World War II stealth-action game.
This was stated at the New York Comic-Con where the game is being shown to the public. Since the game is based loosely on historical figures and events, the developer wants to make sure they are being respectful to the family being presented, thus the absence of sequel plans.
The game is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 soon.
Just Cause 2 This Year
Eurogamer’s German cousin offers word that Just Cause 2 is expected in the third quarter of this year.
The sequel to the open-world action game marks the return of Rico Rodriquez, who is once again tasked with taking down a dictator.
Tomb Raider: Underworld DLC Delayed
On a similar note, the Xbox 360-only DLC “Beneath the Ashes” episode for Tomb Raider: Underworld won’t be making its February 10 release date either. This is due to an “unexpected technical issue”.
Instead, the $10 expansion will be released “as soon as possible”. The second set – “Lara’s Shadow” – is still set for its March 10 debut though.
Tomb Raider: Underworld “Beneath the Surface” Videos
Two new videos from Tomb Raider: Underworld have been released, showing off some gameplay footage as well as developer interviews where they talk about the design of the environments.
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Hit the jump for the second video.
Tomb Raider: Underworld Site Launched
With the game coming soon, Eidos has launched a new website for Tomb Raider: Underworld, made entirely from in-game footage. The site takes players to the depths of the Mediterranean to the deep, hostile jungles of Thailand.
Each section of the website is playable and offers several in-game rewards in the form of unlockable items. You will have to complete those pesky mini-challenges first, though.
Tomb Raider: Underworld Delayed
This report reveals that SCi Entertainment, owner of publisher Eidos Interactive, is taking a loss in the operating fiscal 2008 year. It also discloses that the company does not think it can sell itself for its full value and is thus not holding any talks with potential suitors. However, the bigger news is that the company has pushed back the unannounced Tomb Raider game to this Holiday season
“By moving the release dates — including the new ‘Tomb Raider: Underworld’ game — into the more lucrative 2008 Christmas trading period the company said it would better optimize long term value,” reads the report. Tomb Raider: Underworld is expected to be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Not much is known about the game, but more information is expected soon.
Conflict Gets Release Date
Publisher Eidos sent out word that Conflict: Denied Ops will be released on PC and Xbox 360 on February 12, 2008. The game, originally dubbed Crossfire, focuses on a co-op experience, having players take on the role of one or both main characters.
Tomb Raider Underworld Unveiled
The latest issue of PLAY magazine offers the world exclusive first look at Tomb Raider Underworld, the first next-gen entry in the tomb raiding franchise. Being worked on under the care of Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind the critically well-received Tomb Raider Legend, the game will be a “thrill ride for anyone new to the franchise,” according to the article. “The emphasis is on bringing Lara’s world to life, a lush, vast interactive world that reacts and remembers.”
Some of the major aspects of the game are going to be persistent environments where footprints will be left in mud, dead bodies and destruction will remain and more. A new “hybrid lighting model” was also developed for the game, which will also feature a more fluid Lara Croft, who will have “proper weight and secondary motion”, among other things.
Underworld is expected to be released sometime next year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.