Through the company’s investor conference call, EA let out that the upcoming game-movie tie-in Superman title has been delayed along with Medal of Honor: Airborne.
Originally set to hit stores alongside the movie’s release this June, Superman has been delayed to coincide with the movie’s DVD release this Holiday season. Quality concerns were cited as the reason behind the delay.
The same can be said for MoH: Airborne which was scheduled to hit this Holiday season. Now, Airborne is expected to drop in the fourth quarter of EA’s fiscal year (January to March 2007). The “very ambitious design” and “game quality” were alluded to as the reason for the delay.
Cenega’s owner, 1C Company has announced its own lineup for E3, declaring that five of its titles is headed for the US for the first time ever.
This years titles include Whilrwind of Vietnam, a helicopter flight simulator from the producers of IL-2 Sturmovik; a fantasy RPG with turn-based battles in full 3D; a third-person stealth-action game titled Death to Spies; a first-person action game dubbed You are Empty; and Theatre of War, claimed to be the “most accurate” WWII strategy game ever.
1C also has a couple of other games that are not mentioned here. The company is located at booth #6059 in the Kentia Hall. It will not be open for public viewing; appointments and approved journalists will be escorted to private meeting rooms where the titles will be discussed.
British publisher Midas Interactive will be present at E3, showcasing their lineup of World War II and PS2 titles.
First up are two World War II titles – Battle over Europe and Pacific Warriors II. They’ll also be showing off Tank battles. The following PS2 games will be present at their booth: Zoocube, World Super Police, The Cue Academy and WWI: Aces of the Sky.
Midas will be showing off their lineup at booth #2800 in the West Hall.
With all publishers sending out their E3 2006 lineups, CDV (#7007, Kentia Hall) announced theirs, revealing a Panzer DS game, among others. Below is the full lineup:
War Front: Turning Point: A gripping alternate history WWII RTS focusing on new battles and a variety of secret and experimental weapons. Genre-defying graphics and a refreshing plot will keep gamers pinned to their PCs as they attempt to alter or ensure the outcome of vastly different World War II.
War Leaders: Clash of Nations: In War Leaders, gamers will assume the role of historical commanders as they attempt to lead their nations to victory in World War II through economic, diplomatic and military means. The game will balance strategic and global decision making with action-oriented, tactical combat. Players must lead their nations both on and off the battlefield, negotiating with allies while crushing those who dare oppose them.
Panzer Tactics DS: CDV’s first handheld title, Panzer Tactics DS, will also be the first World War II turn-based strategy title developed for the Nintendo DS handheld system. Combining intuitive gaming with historically-inspired battles, would-be commanders will lead their forces to victory or defeat in three exciting single-player campaigns, or compete in multiplayer games via Nintendo-WiFi Connection or wireless multiplayer. Multiplayer games will also offer a competitive ladder system to rank the best online commanders.
Heroes of Annihilated Empires: A unique combination of RTS and RPG gameplay in which players build massive armies and develop a heroic character in a rich fantasy world filled with magic, myth and monsters. Four distinct races will battle for domination using both swords and sorcery. Heroes’ new 3D engine shows the astonishing beauty of the created world, reflecting the peculiarities of various races’ territories.
DarkStar One: A space-faring action adventure title from Ascaron Entertainment where players will take on the role of a young hotshot space pilot determined to solve the mystery of his father’s untimely death. The fast paced, open ended action takes place in a dangerous universe of some 400 distinct planets, unique alien races and a fully customizable starship, the DarkStar One.
Pacific Storm: Part turn-based strategy, part RTS and part arcade-action game, Pacific Storm offers gamers a refreshing new approach to World War II action in the Pacific Theater. Players will take on the role of a senior commander as they manage resources and troop movements, and then switch to arcade mode to battle in the skies and on the seas in individual combat against an unrelenting enemy.
Yes, another World War II title has been announced, and this time it’s from IDDK and G5 Software. Titled “WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger,” a tank simulation, the game tells the story of the great triumph of the Soviet army during the summer campaign of 1944. According to the announcement, players will be able to experience “Operation Bagration” in two playable campaigns – both Russian and German – where control over the Russian T-34 or the German Tiger can be taken over.
Players will fight in realistic locations, modeled after the Belorussian landscape during the time period. The tanks were built using the “most detailed technical documents”, resulting in realistic tank movements, transmissions, gear-ratios and other such terms familiar to gear-freaks.
Battle Tanks will feature a non-linear mission structure, large scale missions and multiplayer support via LAN and Internet. The game is scheduled for release in Q1 2007 in Russia. No North American dates were revealed.
This Autumn will see the release of yet another World War II title from Eidos Interactive – Battlestations: Midway. In development for PC and Xbox 360, the game follows the story of naval recruit Henry Walker, whose first assignment as a gunner at Pearl Harbor is the starting point of an incredible career at the heart of the US Pacific Fleet in 1942, in what was to become one of the most inspirational military campaigns in history.
For the first time, relive the intensity of massive air, sea and underwater WWII battles in a unique mix of intense action and tactical gameplay. Directly control dozens of highly detailed warships, aircraft and submarines in a ‘free-control’ environment as you design and execute the best plans of attack. Command the colossal firepower of a fully armed battleship, engage the enemy in fierce dogfights through flak-infested skies or utilise the stealth of your submarine to unleash deadly torpedo attacks on unsuspecting enemies.
The long running Castlevania series is back for another round – Konami has announced Portrait of Ruin for the DS.
Letting the player take control of two different characters – vampire hunter Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Orlean, a young girl with magical abilities – the game has them working together to thwart a plan to resurrect Dracula’s Castle within a World War II setting.
The new setting captures the chaos and suffering the era, with thousands of lost souls wandering the world in search of salvation. Desperate to escape the limbo within their exist, the misguided spirits seek to rebuild Dracula’s Castle from its ruins, and are lead by a pair of evil Vampire sisters out to resurrect their master’s home for their own nefarious plans. Thrown together, Jonathan and Charlotte must combine their unusual skill sets to defeat the plans and restore harmony.
Retaining the same 2D platform realms for which the series is famed, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin uses a side-on view to oversee the scrolling stages. Players can switch freely between Jonathan and Charlotte as they progress through the levels, using their skills when appropriate. In addition to Jonathan’s weapon expertise and Charlotte’s spell-casting, both characters can utilise all-new ‘Summon’ attacks to raise demons to assist them against the Vampire sisters’ army. Similarly, more conventional weapons can also be found on route, and saved for use against the hardier monsters that await in the shadows.
The game features all-new locations and over 100 different enemies. More information is set to be revealed during E3.
10tacle Studios and Stormregion have announced plans to bring the Codename Panzers franchise onto next-gen consoles as well as portables. Their announcement covers the Xbox 360 and PS3, with PSP and DS versions announced for handhelds.
The companies also announced Codename Panzers: Cold War for the PC; it will be the first game in the series to have a different setting than World War II.
No other details were announced, but more is expected at E3.
Following the revelation of the game in a recent magazine article, Gearbox has upped the Brothers in Arms 3: Hell’s Highway website. The site currently offers two screenshots and an overview of the game, with a third screenshot being blurred – users will have to answer the given question to view the image.
Below are the first two screenshots: