Gamespot carries word from Nihilistic that the other Conan game, an action title in the likes of God of War, will be released on September 28, a whole month earlier than its previous date of October 26. The game will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360 and will retail for $59.99 in the US.
Meanwhile, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, the highly anticipated MMORPG, is set for release on March 25, 2008. It was previously expected to hit stores later this year.
Confirming rumors of a delay to the game, Ready at Dawn revealed to Gamespot that God of War: Chains of Olympus will be released on March 4, 2008. The developer also revealed that in addition to the demo disc being sent to those who signed up for it earlier this year, they will also release a second UMD demo of the game, including a section from the Cave of Eos section as well as “making of” footage. No release date was provided for the second demo.
They hope on making the first demo available later this month. It wasn’t revealed how the second demo will be distributed once released.
Gamespot claims that Haze has gone fully exclusive to the PS3 and that development on the other versions has halted. Apparently, Ubisoft told the site that “PC and Xbox 360… are not confirmed,” though it does note that it is open to “new partnerships.”
The game, in development at Free Radical, the studio behind the TimeSplitters franchise, was announced to be exclusive to the PS3 for this year only. However, it now seems that the game may just be released for the platform only. Ubisoft is yet to fully confirm these details.
Gamespot reports that the second expansion pack for Galactic Civilizations II is in development. Dubbed Twilight of Arnor, the add-on is expected to be released later this year. It will add a lot of new content to the game; it will also offer new spaceship customization options and new technologies for each of the game’s alien civilizations to explore.
The site also has an interview with Stardock’s Brad Wardell who offers some more information on the upcoming title.
Gamespot reports of Prototype, the next project by Radical Entertainment, the studio behind The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Revealed in the latest issue of Game Informer, the game will follow on from its precursor, featuring free-roaming destruction as an integral part of its workings. It follows the trials and tribulations of Alex Mercer, who has acquired superhuman abilities from a science experiment gone wrong.
Radical’s unique twist on the Grand Theft Auto style of play is that as Mercer kills people, he absorbs their memories, abilities, and appearance. As a result, players gain the ability to shapeshift into any one they’ve absorbed, and they also gain knowledge and skills. Absorbing dead foes and innocent bystanders alike also augments Mercer’s biomass, making him stronger and giving him the ability to morph his body into a weapon or harden his skin in defense.
Prototype will use Radical’s proprietary fourth-generation Titanium game engine. The game takes place in Manhattan, and depending on whether players employ brute force or stealth tactics in the game, the city either acts as a labyrinthine maze or becomes a decimated warzone.
The game, as per the article, will feature online two-player co-op, letting players use tag-team moves and powers. Prototype is headed for release on PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year.
This year’s biggest news was on E3: the event got downsized… literally. Since then the search for the next ‘E3’ began, but it is only now that we’ve (apparently) found the Holy Grail. Gamespot reports that IDG, a huge publications group that owns dozens of tech magazines (PC World being my favorite), will produce a new games show in Los Angeles next year.
As per the article, the event will be dubbed GamePro Expo Show and will be more like the “E3” that recent years saw: craziness, booth babes, dazzlingly expensive booths, standing in line for hours, and more. It will be held around mid-October 2007 at the LA Convention Center, the old home of E3.
The show will be endorsed by the ESA which will ensure visibility and will have trade show, consumer and game competition components. IDG is expecting to attract 30,000 attendees, marking it as a show that will possibly equal the old E3 in terms of size.
No publishers have officially announced their participation, though there have been rumors of many publishers coming on board. Further information is expected as the event’s date nears.
Gamespot reports that Spore will not be released until the second half of 2007. This comes straight from Will Wright, the guy behind the game (and The Sims), who states that this release window is “for now”, implying that the release hasn’t been set in stone yet.
The site also reports that the highly anticipated next-gen entry in the Alone in the Dark series has been delayed. Atari, the game’s publisher, revealed that the game is in development for release during its fiscal 2008, which runs from April 2007-March 2008. Curiously, the company only mentioned the title’s presence on PS3 and Xbox 360; the PC edition went unmentioned.
Those who were looking forward to The Red Star (me included) before Acclaim went bankrupt in 2004 can now breathe a sigh of relief: the game has been picked up by XS Games who plans on publishing it this August on the PS2. The game was also slated for release on the Xbox, though the possibility of that is currently being examined by the publisher.
XS Games also announced that it had recently acquired Taito’s Raiden III, an arcade top-down shoot-em-up. This one is also slated for release this August and will carry a budget price tag. The same can’t be said for The Red Star, which is said to be somewhere in between the budget range and a full-priced game.
The publisher had this to say: “Although there is no title currently in development, this is something we are considering at this time and we will update accordingly.”
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