No Velvet Assassin DLC or Sequel
Straying from the beaten path, Velvet Assassin developer has disclosed its intentions not to release any downloadable content or sequel to the forthcoming World War II stealth-action game.
This was stated at the New York Comic-Con where the game is being shown to the public. Since the game is based loosely on historical figures and events, the developer wants to make sure they are being respectful to the family being presented, thus the absence of sequel plans.
The game is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 soon.
Resistance 2 Unveiled
The February 2008 issue of Game Informer is host to the world exclusive unveiling of Resistance 2, the sequel to the best-selling PS3 launch title. Scheduled for release this Fall, the game will continue the story from the original, continuing the exploits of protagonist Nathan Hale as well as following the adventures of a separate squad.
According to the magazine, the game will now support online campaign co-op with up to 8 players, one of the original’s most requested features. Surprisingly, Insomniac Games are hoping to deliver up to 60 player support in online matches, allowing players to split into individual squads. There will be various classes in the game, including a tank-like soldier and the ubiquitous medic.
Further information and online media unveiling is expected soon.
Blitzkrieg 2 Anthology Coming
Hoping to cater to battle strategy gamers, Ascaron Entertainment sent out word that it will release a Blitzkrieg 2 Anthology next month. The set includes Blitzkrieg 2 and its two expansions – Liberation and Fall of the Reich.
The original game let players command German, American and Russian WW2 armies, taking charge of more than 250 types of historically accurate units, including 60 types of ground infantry. There are over 80 missions and 15 multiplayer maps. The add-ons expand on this by offering two more campaigns, three major offensives and more.
Heroes (Flying) Over Europe
Red Mile Entertainment sends word that it is publishing Heroes Over Europe, the next installment in its Heroes flight combat franchise. In development at Transmission Games for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, the game will follow the stories of three allied pilots and their actions in the war, from the invasion of France to the devastation of Berlin in 1945.
“‘Heroes of the Pacific’ established Red Mile as a leading publisher in the air combat genre,” said Glenn Wong, President and Chief Operating Officer of Red Mile Entertainment. “Transmission Games is building on the excellent groundwork it laid with the first game, and based on what we’ve seen so far, it looks set to deliver a truly stunning follow-up that will thrill armchair pilots everywhere.”
The game is due out during Fall 2008 for PS3 and Xbox 360, with a PC version shipping soon after in early 2009.
War Leaders Go Beta
Developers of War Leaders: Clash of Nations send word that the upcoming strategy WWII game will soon enter beta status. The game combines both real-time and turn-based strategy modes to enable players to wage battle and maybe change the course of history during WWII. Its website has more details.
Company of Heroes Beta
Signups for the Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts beta is now open to all registered members of FilePlanet. Interested parties are asked to meet the minimum hardware requirements before applying.
Demos and Patches
A demo for Call of Juarez can now be downloaded for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live. The game, which was released last year on PC, is set in the Wild West and follows the exploits of Billy and Reverend Ray.
In patch news, an update for Dungeon Runners is now available. Referred to as “Chunk #1”, the update for the game includes PvP worlds, support for multiple characters, item linking over its chat system, a new high level dungeon and a variety of new skills and quests.
A v1.27.0 version of the MMO World War II Online has been released. This forum thread offers word on what’s new on the patch, which is available automatically from within the game, as well as through this page.
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.
Attack on Pearl Harbor Goes Full Steam Ahead
Steam has gotten yet another title thanks to CDV. The publisher has made available Attack on Pearl Harbor through the service; it is being sold for $24.95 with an additional 10% discount until August 27.
Attack on Pearl Harbor is an aerial combat game that allows players to relive the dogfights of the Pacific Theater of WWII as both Japanese and American pilots. It features arcade-style play, extensive tutorials and up to 12-player LAN and Internet multiplayer action.
Red Orchestra Update Teaser
On the Red Orchestra website is a tease of an upcoming summer update for the WWII FPS. Here’s the deal:
The first “BIG” announcement we have is a massive new map entitled – Krivoi Rog. This map is an all out long range tank slugfest featuring a playable area over 4 kilometers long by 4 kilometers wide and a viewable range of 3000 meters. Set on the plains of the southern Ukraine the level pits the heavily armored Tiger and early war Panzers against the speedy T34/76. The update also features a new tank variant – the Panzer IV G, as well as a new option to manually reload tank main guns, choosing the next round type first before reloading.
Next up we have added several new graphical enhancements to the game. The game now features an all new adaptive bloom system that aside from looking amazing also simulates the effect of the eye adjusting when looking at bright areas. For those of you that experienced a “blurry” effect with the old bloom system (especially at low resolution) you’ll be happy to hear that the all new bloom effect is crystal clear even at low resolutions. And for even more eye candy, Anti-Aliasing and Anistropic Filtering settings are now configurable in-game. Many of the devs and testers have commented that with these new settings RO almost looks like a new game!
Finally, the next update will include many new server admin requested features as well as a string of bug fixes and community requested tweaks. As this is just a teaser we won’t go into all of those just yet, but keep an eye on www.redorchestragame.com for more details coming soon. We will also be looking at opening up some beta testing for the community shortly, so keep a good look-out for news on that!