East London gets a Soul Calibur makeover
A video of Shoreditch, London being given a Soul Calibur V-themed makeover was released today. Namco hired Jim Rockwell to create a graffiti mural in East London to celebrate the game’s release. The following time-lapse video shows off the entire process.
The game is due out on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow in the US and Friday in the UK.
Hellgate: London London Tube Tour Video
A second London Tube Tour video from Hellgate: London is now available. This one shows off the Charing Cross Station section from the game.
Hellgate: London Soundtrack Composers
As the game nears release, Flagship Studios sent out word that renowned video game composers Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan have created the original soundtrack for Hellgate: London. It will be available within the game‘s collector’s edition, which will be released alongside the standard edition on October 31.
Hellgate: London Trailers
Two new Hellgate: London videos have been released, showing off some major gameplay from the upcoming action-RPG. The embedded video below shows off the Covent Garden Underground Station level, which includes a boss battle. I haven’t hosted the other video, which is a Quest Design document demonstrating two in-game quests, but it can be found on Gametrailers.
Hellgate: London Lifetime Subscription Offer
This Hellgate: London pre-order benefits page drops word that preorders for the game would include a “Founders Club” lifetime subscription offer. It’s a $149.99 price tag for those interested to savor the game’s premium multiplayer features for life, though it notes that the lifetime offer is valid for the span of the game, rather than that of the player. Interestingly, this span is completely undetermined, as it can be “cancelled at any time, without any refunds or other compensation to the user.”
The offer is valid until November 30, after which it will no longer be available.
Hellgate Gets Voice Chat
Bringing voice chat to its upcoming action-RPG, Flagship Studios announced that it will integrate Xfire’s peer-to-peer communication system in Hellgate: London, allowing players to easily communicate and strategize with each other. Additionally, players will be able to login to Xfire from within the game and easily add their friends and other gamers into a voice chat room, talking away as they play.
Founded by the creators of the Diablo series, Flagship is staying on the beaten path with Hellgate: London, which plays a lot like Diablo. The game is set in post-apocalyptic London, letting players loose on demons with over 100 magical and sci-fi weapons. It makes useof “random generation”, allowing players countless hours of replayability. The game will be out soon.
London Games Fringe Announced
This year’s London Games Festival is shaping up to be quite an event, with over 40 events taking place all over the British capital, it will become mighty crazy. The organizers of the event are now calling independent game developers, distributors and smaller players to participate in the event. Here’s the deal:
In addition to events from large publishers and hardware manufacturers, London Games Festival will include a number of exciting events exploring aspects of interactive entertainment as culture, creative form and new markets. The fringe is designed to recognise that many computer games and most digital play falls beyond the scope of the games industry.
The Fringe will reflect a spectrum of activity: independent game development and distribution, participatory community play, the future of game design, artists’ games, live action role-play, augmented reality games, casual games, interactive storytelling and more. The Fringe will involve performance, exhibitions, master classes and seminars, participatory workshops and, of course, opportunities to play.
The London Games Fringe is open to anyone who wants to get involved. The festival is looking for people who are keen to create their own events under the ‘London Games Festival Fringe’ umbrella and will support these satellite events through online and print promotion, marketing support, partnerships and venue space. These may be seminar events, street games, performances or exhibitions.
Fringe events including a week long Game lab – developing new concepts and ideas, Sense of play – a game design symposium, and Head Trauma – a cinema based alternate-reality game. The festival runs from October 22 to 26.
Hellgate: London Multiplayer Priced
Word comes from Leipzig that Flagship Studios has announced the pricing structure for the premium multiplayer component for Hellgate: London in Europe.
The game will come with both standard and subscription multiplayer accounts, the former of which is free. Those who wish to have the ability to play co-operatively with thousands of other players, trade items, join guilds and enjoy other benefits including voice chat and buddy lists will have to dish out €9.99/£6.99 per month. Subscribers will also get new game modes, new character classes, areas, monsters, items and raid content.
Hellgate: London is set for release in Europe on November 2.
One of those ultra-rare Linux gamers? Then check out this page where you can sign up to beta test the Linux edition of X3: Reunion, the latest entry in the space combat series. On LinuxGames are details on participation.
For Windows gamers, there’s the Hellgate London beta. However, this won’t be free, as interested parties will have to pre-order the game through Hellgate Resistance, who notes that buying the game will include a chance to participate in the game’s beta testing: “Signing up for the pre-order will also automatically register your name on the waiting list for the Hellgate: London beta test.”
Flagship Seattle Forms; Mythos Announced
The studio behind the upcoming action-RPG Hellgate: London has expanded itself with the formation of a new development studio: Flagship Seattle. With that they also announced the studio’s first game: Mythos, an online RPG that will be used to test the networking technology behind the multiplayer component of Hellgate: London. Mythos will be digitally distributed globally sometime next year.
Flagship Seattle is being led by Travis Baldree, who previously worked at Wild Tangent as the Lead Designer on the popular free-to-play game Fate. Other members of the studio have worked on a range of titles including Dungeon Siege, Total Annihilation and SWAT 3.