Grimm Launches Third Season on GameTap
GameTap has launched volume three of American McGee’s Grimm today with the release of The Frog King, the first episode in the new season.
As usual, the episode is free to play for 24 hours, after which a subscription is required. Here’s the deal: "In this episode of American McGee’s Grimm, a naïve young princess discovers just how messy love can get when she hooks up with an unusually charming (albeit slimy) frog. What would drive her to seek cold comfort in amphibian arms? Violent threats, or dastardly blackmail perhaps? Not quite. Grimm dives into the ooze with Frog King, keeping things greener than St. Patrick’s Day parade through a field of clover!"
On an unrelated and yet somehow related note, Serious Sam 2 has been rotated to their free-to-play area, so if you’ve missed out on the game’s awesomeness, you can do so now for free until February 19.
Grimm Continues With King Midas
The latest installment in American McGee’s Grimm, “King Midas”, is now available through GameTap. It is being offered for free for the first 24 hours after which you’ll have to part with cash to get it.
As one can expect, this installment brings the twisted vision of Grimm to King Midas’ tale of his famous touch which could turn any object to gold.
New Myst Online Episode Released
Today marks the release of “Deception”, the newest episode in Myst Online: Uru Live. Containing new puzzles, new Ages and brand new storylines, the episode is set to serve as a lead-in to the season finale to the game next month.
Sam & Max "Season Two" Trailer
With the first season over, it’s time to move on to the second season, and that’s what the Sam & Max duo will be doing. Developer Telltale Games has released a new trailer marking the occasion and revealed a few upgrades that will be present in the new season. New features include a new driving game with an upgradeable car, mini-games for each episode, a character-based hint system and more dynamic NPCs. Check out the video embedded below.
GameTap Gets Majesco
Majesco Entertainment sent out word that it has released a couple of its games on GameTap, a subscription-based broadband gaming network. Titles from the publisher include Psychonauts, BloodRayne 1 & 2 and Jaws Unleashed, which are all available for subscription play and digital download on the service. These games will also be made available on the GameTap‘s recently launched ad-supported game play website.
“Given the limited shelf space and relatively quick turn of titles at retail nowadays, we consider GameTap to be a valuable vehicle that can help extend the video game lifecycle,” said a Majesco spokesperson.
GameTap and Codemasters Teams Up
Broadband games service GameTap is gaining traction in the industry. The company has announced an expanded partnership with Codemasters that now includes multi-year exclusive rights for their new titles to be featured in the subscription service, as well as for purchase online, both day and date with retail release.
As part of this deal, GameTap will feature DiRT and Overlord as well as upcoming games including Clive Barker’s Jericho and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty on the service on an exclusive basis. These games will also be sold through GameTap’s digital store.
“As Codemasters further expands in North America, GameTap was an obvious choice in delivering our award-winning content to a new audience,” said Geoff Mulligan, president of publishing, Codemasters Inc. “We have secured retail success and this new partnership with GameTap is the next step to expanding our business through subscription play and ad revenue.”
Familiar Voices Hit Myst Online
The newest episode in Myst Online: Uru Live has been launched by GameTap. Dubbed Familiar Voices, the latest addition allows players to continue the journey with all new puzzles, content and Ages as seen in recently released episodes.
In “Familiar Voices,” the newly-elected D’ni Restoration Council (DRC) releases its first Age – Jalak. Though Cate Alexander has been elected to lead the DRC, there still remains a power struggle within the Council which begins to spread throughout the cavern. Rumors of a war continue to grow, but a voice from the past returns to offer new hope.
The newly released Age of Jalak features an ancient arena that was once used for D’ni competitions, allowing players to compete and even create their own games. More information can be found on the game’s website.
Sam & Max: Season Two Announced
The inevitable second season for Sam & Max has been announced by Telltale and GameTap, marking the return of the anthropomorphic duo this Fall.
“Season One was a great success, but it’s just a starting point for us,” says Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors. “The episodic model presents so many opportunities to innovate and engage the audience in brand new ways. Just wait until you see what Telltale and GameTap have in store with Season Two.”
As for the entries in season two, they will be “keeping the general structure and gameplay” and focusing on telling “farther-reaching, crazier stories,” according to Dave Grossman, Telltale’s design director. There will also be improvements based on user feedback.
For those looking to experience season one, a box set will be available next month, offering additional content alongside the episodes.
Sam & Max "Situation Comedy" and Machinima Details
GameTap and Telltale have announced that Sam & Max: Episode Two – “Situation Comedy” – will be released next month. In addition, they also disclosed the premiere of the first original Sam & Max machinima short on GameTap TV.
December 21 will see the release of Situation Comedy on GameTap to its subscribers. This time the duo make their way to a local TV studio to investigate a talk-show taping that has spiraled into a hostage situation. This episode will feature new locations and characters, a new musical score, as well as new puzzles. SituatioN Comedy will be available for sale to non-GameTAP members starting January 5 for $9. Interested parties can also purchase the whole of Season 1 for a meager $35, with buyers getting access to Episodes once they are live.
As for the machinima: it’s a short having the duo tackle a wide range of issues ranging from reality TV to Aristotle, as well as day-trip destinations to turkey franks. New shorts will air on GameTap TV every Thursday; these will also be available on Telltale’s website four days after they have been released for GameTap’s subscribers. In addition to these shorts, the subscribers are also treated to weekly releases of the complete 1997 animated Sam & Max television series and a documentary taking them behind the scenes of “The Making of Sam & Max.”
Sam & Max Dated
GameTap sends word that it will host the “exclusive” premiere of Sam & Max on October 17. The return of the dog & bunny duo’s first episode in the adventure series will show up first on the games subscription service a full 15 days before going on sale on the Telltale Games website on November 1.