Wednesday Demos and Patches
Two patches were released on Wednesday, which I’m late at reporting on Friday. First up is a Company of Heroes patch, updating the WWII RTS to v1.71. The update includes general fixes and tweaks and balance changes. Grab it from the official website, 3D Downloads, ActionTrip, FileFront and Gamer’s Hell. Owners of the Steam version of the game will get the update automatically.
On Strategy Informer is the v1.1 update for various language edition of Space Force: Rogue Universe.
As for demos, only two were released: a LAN demo (direct link) for ThreadSpace: Hyperbol. Just like the online demo which was released a while back, this offers a chance to check out the game on networks that do not have any Internet access. Finally, a second playable demo for CivIV: Beyond the Sword is also available, offering the chance to play the first 100 turns of the Charlemagne campaign. Grab it from ComputerGames.ro, Gamespot and Gamer’s Hell.
Commander – Europe at War Patch
Today’s lonely patch comes from Matrix Games, who has updated Commander – Europe at War to v1.02. This update brings many improvements ranging from PBEM and TCP/IP multiplayer fixes and enhancements to interface tweaks, balance changes and more. It can be downloaded from Matrix Games’ website.
Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Announced
Yet another World War II game is headed our way. EA has announced Medal of Honor Heroes 2, a new game built from the ground up for the Wii and PSP.
It’s June 6th, 1944, and the war is in your hands. Step into the boots of OSS Operative John Berg and infiltrate Normandy from behind enemy lines to undermine the Nazi regime. On both the Wii and PSP system, choose to tackle all-new missions in traditional single player campaign or engage in massive, 32-player online, continuous-joining multiplayer battles where you can jump into the battle at any time! The Wii version also features full support of the Wii Zapper (name not final), allowing for a more immersive WWII experience than ever.
In addition to a fully-fledged single player campaign, Medal of Honor Heroes 2 also features an all-new mode designed specifically for the Wii that simplifies gameplay for players of all skill levels for easy pick-up-and-play action. This mode plays like an old-school rail shooter – the Wii moves you around, while you do your part-taking enemies out and achieving objectives. For the PSP, Medal of Honor Heroes 2 will deliver the most comprehensive shooter experience to date on the PSP, with robust single player campaign and on-the-go 32-player multiplayer capability that allows you to battle it out, anytime and anywhere.
The game is in development at EA Canada and will be released for the aforementioned platforms sometime later this year.
Call of Duty 3 Gets Map Packs
From the North Pole comes word that two waves of maps for Call of Duty 3 are heading towards Xbox Live, one of which will be free.
The free map, dubbed “Champs“, will take players to Port Royal de Champs, France for infantry-based combat; it is said to be great for small to medium-sized online games. The Valor Map Pack, which will be purchasable for 800 points, will contain five multiplayer maps that take players through a maze of French locales, offering “intense close-quarters action, whether via online, split-screen or System Link play.”
Both map packs will be accessible after the holidays.
Medal of Honor Vanguard Announced
The PS2 hasn’t been forgotten by EA, or so it seems: the mega-publisher has announced Medal of Honor Vanguard, the latest in the WWII shooter franchise, for the PS2 as well as Wii.
Step into the boots of Frank Keegan, Corporal of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From Operation Husky on the shores of Sicily to Operation Varsity inside Nazi Germany, you’ll fight behind enemy lines in the epic WWII battles that turned America’s first paratroopers into heroes of WWII. Featuring spectacular graphics adding to epic combat intensity, Medal of Honor Vanguard makes you the driving force in the struggle to liberate Europe. As the first game in the Medal of Honor series to be released on the Nintendo Wii platform, players can expect Medal of Honor Vanguard to take full advantage of Wii’s one-of-a-kind controllers.
The game is in development at EA Los Angeles and has no release date at the moment. No other details or media was released either.
Attack on Pearl Harbor!
Yet another World War II-change-history game is headed our way thanks to Legendo Entertainment. Dubbed Attack on Pearl Harbor, the game has players fighting for either sides, defending or attacking the historical harbor. Here’s the deal:
In Attack on Pearl Harbor, players can sign up for either side as they are offered the role of daring US gunner turned pilot Douglas Knox or Japanese ace Zenji Yamada. History’s yours to shape: Either nation can win the war depending on your actions as players battle for supremacy behind the cockpits of some of the most prolific fighters, bombers and torpedo-bearing aircraft of the WWII Pacific Theater. Playable planes include Japan’s Mitsubishi A6M “Zero”, the D3A1 Aichi “Val” and the B5N Nakajima “Kate” as well as America’s Chance Vought F4U Corsair, the Douglas SBD Dauntless and the Grumman TBM Avenger.
Attack on Pearl Harbor features four campaigns, plus a “quick play” dogfight game mode. In addition to the initial Japanese attack on Hawaii, the game also offers a host of famed and challenging scenarios such as the Battle of Midway, Iwo Jima, Burma and Manila. Each campaign spans several months during 1941-1945, offering an exciting and varied selection of missions each 30-day period.
“Thanks to the talented team at 3D People, we’ve produced a gorgeous “pick up and play” aerial combat experience that recreates all the intensity and atmosphere of the Pacific War,” said Bjorn Larsson, CEO, Legendo Entertainment. “We look forward to bringing this stunning game to the masses in early 2007.”
Peter Nagy, project manager at 3D People, continued, “We’re thrilled to partner with Legendo on this exciting new title. Attack on Pearl Harbor isn’t just amazing-looking. It’s also been designed from the ground up to be fun and accessible to the widest possible audience.”
Chris Bateman, Managing Director of International Hobo Ltd, which provides game design and dialogue scripting services for 3D People and other clients added: “It’s been a delight to see this game come together. The title provides a very different perspective on World War II by affording audiences the chance to see the conflict from either side while remaining brilliantly playable.”
- Intuitive Controls – Pick up and play the game via a simple, straightforward control scheme that’ll have anyone flying in seconds.
- Jaw-Dropping Graphics – Widescreen gaming support coupled with dazzling special effects provides a beautifully rendered backdrop of the Pacific.
- Choose Your Side – Play as the dashing Douglas Knox of the USAAF or fighter pilot Zenji Yamada of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service.
- Riveting Action – Take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the most prolific fighters, bombers and torpedo-bearing aircraft of the WWII Pacific Theatre!
- Historical Campaigns – Fight the selfsame battles that determined the outcome of the war, from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima!
The game is set for release during Q1 2007.
Red Orchestra Gets Collector's Edition Treatment
The Collector’s Edition craze continues with Tripwire Interactive‘s Red Orchestra, as it is being re-released with a bunch of new features. The re-released WWII FPS will feature two new maps, four new weapons, two new vehicles, a bonus DVD featuring ten of the best maps made by the community, sixteen strategy cards, an official metal dog tag and other content including wallpapers, trailers, artwork and more.
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Collector’s Edition will be available soon for $20.
Carriers at War Announced
Matrix Games and SSG have announced Carriers at War, a recreation of the classic wargame. The game is a simulation of fleet carrier air and naval operations in the Pacific theater from 1941 to 1945, and will let players engage in the greatest naval wars of WW2, including Pearl Harbor, Midway and more; multiplayer games over Internet and LAN; historically accurate ship and aircraft profiles; and more.
It is set for release later this year.
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Activision's Launch Titles for PS3 and Wii
Activision CEO Robert Kotick revealed the launch titles for both the PS3 and Wii. This coming November will see both next-gen consoles launch with three games from the publisher, with both consoles receiving Call of Duty 3 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. The last title will be Tony Hawk’s Project 8 on PS3 and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for Wii.
In related news, he noted that most PS3 titles will be priced at $60, keeping in line with pricing of Xbox 360 games.