Developer Auran and publisher Gamecock sent out word that Fury will adopt a new business model of “free to download, free to play” with the December 14 release of the “Age of the Chosen” update.
“FURY was built around giving players options that suit their play style and their wallet,” said Tony Hilliam, CEO of Auran. “With the AotC update, we are introducing a new player category called “Chosen”. As one of the Chosen, players can access all game types, equip all weapons and unlock all 400 abilities – and they can play as much as they like absolutely free. This is a fantastic opportunity for players to jump into battle with their mates and discover the frenetic pace of the fastest RPG combat ever. Chosen will earn less gold and essence, and will not be able to trade with other players.”
Chosen players will be able to purchase gold from the game’s store or upgrade to “Hero” status to earn more essence and gold. The add-on also features two new game types – Carnage and 1v1 Elimination.
Gamecock sent out word that it will publish Crackpot Entertainment’s action-adventure title Insecticide for the DS on February 12, 2008, with the first bisodic downloadable PC episode available soon after.
The game brings the gritty feel of old-school detective films on either platforms, having players embark on an adventure as rookie detective Chrys Lyst and take on the biggest case he has ever handled. It features interrogation, crime scene investigation, puzzle solving and various other gameplay devices.
Austin-based Gamecock plans on opening a new office in the UK. “It’s mostly about us trying to give our developers the best deal we can across the PAL territories too,” said company CEO Mike Wilson to Next-Gen. “When doing a co-publishing deal, it’s really hard to do that.”
The second office will make the company an international publisher and offer its enterprise of developers the opportunity to reach out to European gamers.
Atari has entered an agreement with Gamecock to co-publish Legendary: The Box, an upcoming first-person shooter, in PAL territories. The game is in development for release during Summer 2008 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
In development at Spark Unlimited, the game tells the story of a thief who is duped into stealing the mythical Pandora’s Box. Upon opening it, hordes of creatures storm the real world and it is up to the player to send them back to where they came from.
Some new screenshots were released to celebrate the announcement.
The WWII-based stealth-action title Sabotage has finally sabotaged a publisher – Gamecock. The upcoming Replay Studios shooter features real-life British secret agent Violet Szabo as she risks her life behind German lines during the second war. The game is expected to ship to stores on PC and Xbox 360 next Fall.
The game experience plays out through Violet’s mind as she lay prostrate in a hospital bed towards the end of the war. Gameplay takes on an air of surrealism that affects every detail, from the washed out backdrops to vivid combat sequences. Violet’s strengths lie in her hand to hand combat, clinical marksmanship and a few other surprises she’s got tucked in her sleeve.
A worldwide preview event for Fury, Auran’s upcoming PvP MMO, is coming up on July 27 and will run up to July 29. The servers will be open for 60 hours from midday Friday July 27 and up to 200,000 login accounts will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis. You have to visit this link to get your very own beta key for the period.
“After the fantastic press demos last week in LA, and the great feedback we’ve seen from the closed beta testers, we believe it is now time to unleash Fury upon the broader public,” said Harry Miller, Head of Development at Gamecock, the publisher of Fury in North America. “We love indie developers because they innovate, and sometimes the best way for people to discover more about exciting new games is simply to let them experience it first-hand.”
“This Beta Preview Event will allow new players to experience Fury’s unique combat and multiple game types as well as the challenge of mixing and matching more than 400 abilities to create their ‘perfect’ incarnation,” said Adam Carpenter, Fury’s Lead Designer. “In addition, our existing beta players can see the progress we’ve made in the past weeks with improvements to matchmaking, player training and starter ability selections. And of course with all the extra players, there will be shorter wait times and evenly matched battles for everyone.”