COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – May 14, 2013 – Ubisoft reveals that all English speakers fan will have now the opportunity to play to the open beta of the game. Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, Anno Online® is a free-to-play strategy simulation game which combines the popular gameplay of the Anno franchise with brand new features suited to a persistent, web-based game.
The closed beta of Anno Online® was a great success due to the high stability and the good performance provided by the game. To celebrate the end of the closed beta player’s current account won’t be wiped and active users will receive automatically a decorative gift to thank there involvements: a nice deco statue. Players, who will carry on playing the game on the first week of the open beta, will be rewarded and will get an exclusive in-game item: a premium ship. This boat gives access to some nice features: as it can carry more freight and is faster than usual ones.
From now on Ubisoft and Blue Byte offer to all English speaking players the ability to create their own account on the official website available at this address: Anno Online
London (May 14, 2013): RIFT®, the award-winning online game from Trion Worlds, will adopt a free-to-play business model starting June 12, 2013. Players will be able to experience the entire game world; every dungeon, every zone, and every level and get full access to all current and future game updates.
“We have been listening to feedback from our players and watching the continuously developing MMO community, and are now ready to launch RIFT as a premium free-to-play experience,” said Bill Fisher, Creative Director of RIFT. “After taking our time and planning a careful transition; we are very excited to bring an enhanced game experience to everyone, without barriers.”
All players will be able to explore the entire world of Telara for free and will have access to the expanded in-game RIFT Store where a variety of services–mounts, boosts, wardrobe items, and more–will be available for purchase. An optional subscription will still be available that grants a slew of “Patron” benefits and bonuses to maximize the RIFT experience. Trion will celebrate its current and previous subscribers with loyalty and currency rewards for their time spent playing RIFT thus far.
“As a gamer’s game, a super fun and fair experience is of the utmost importance to us,” said Fisher. “Players will have the opportunity to buy customizations and boosts to heighten their play experience; however the best gear in the game will always have to be earned through playing RIFT.”
RIFT free-to-play kicks off with massive content update 2.3, Empyreal Assault, which will open up an unforgettable new zone, world event, chronicle and much more. Empyreal Assault launches on June 12th, 2013 for all Ascended of Telara.
For full details on RIFT F2P visit: www.riftgame.com
The Flash bio
Universe of Origin: Prime
Beloved by the people of Central City and gifted with a brilliant mind, the Flash uses super speed to dash from threat to threat.
A police scientist in Central City, Barry Allen was caught in a chemical explosion when a lightning bolt crashed through his laboratory windows. Able to control the motion of every molecule in his body, Barry moves at extreme speeds, phases through solid matter, and whips up whirlwinds.
The Flash moves faster by using powers and does more damage the faster he is moving. His playstyle centers around hitting hard and fast and then getting out after securing a kill or dealing significant damage.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN– May 9, 2013 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today revealed the release date, final pack art, pre-order bonus and Collector’s Edition for Total War™: ROME II.
The global release date for the most keenly-anticipated Total War game yet will be September 3rd, 2013 across all territories on both physical and digital formats.
The game is now available for pre-order from the SEGA Store (http://download-store.sega.com/eshop/total-war/rome-2-3418.html) and other retailers world-wide http://www.totalwar.com/preorder
Those gamers who pre-order any edition from participating retailers will receive ROME II’s first DLC for free alongside the game on release day. This first DLC, the Greek States Culture Pack, adds three additional playable factions to the game; Epirus, Athens and Sparta.
These factions have their own unique units, buildings, missions and win conditions alongside a distinct tech tree and, in the case of Sparta, will present a considerable challenge to the advanced player wishing to restore the famous city state to its former glory.
The Total War™: ROME II Collector’s Edition will be produced in a single, extremely limited run; only 22,000 individually numbered copies will be manufactured.
The CE contains a wealth of custom, Roman-themed games and items, bound in a leather-effect presentation box, complete with gold logo and magnetic closure; including:
· Numbered copy of Total War™: ROME II
The most ambitious and expansive game in the Total War™ series to date, ROME II brings the statecraft, politics, intrigue, diplomacy and epic battles of the ancient world to life in thrilling detail. This version comes in a debossed Steelbook™ case, laser-etched with your unique collector’s number in Roman numerals.
· Tabula set
o The Roman forerunner to Backgammon, this Tabula set comprises 30 bone-effect game pieces supplied in their own burlap drawstring bag; the board itself is built into the base of the Collector’s Edition box.
· Tesserae Dice
o Three replica bone-effect dice for use in a variety of games. The design is based on original Roman Tesserae, found at the archaeological site of Herculaneum.
· Total War Cards™: PUNIC WARS
o Designed from the ground up to echo elements from ROME II, Total War Cards is a game of skill and luck for two players. Involving combat, territorial control, resource management and technological development, PUNIC WARS consists of 58 high-quality playing cards and a game-board printed with the PUNIC WARS tech-tree.
· Canvas Campaign Map
o A reminder of the world you must conquer, this ribbon-tied canvas map depicts each of the 57 provinces of the ROME II campaign.
· Roman Onager
o A complete, fully-functional Onager, or Roman siege catapult. This easy-to-assemble kit is constructed from weathered wood and steel, measures 26cm x 12cm x 12cm, and is capable of unleashing small projectiles at a variety of inanimate objects which may have affronted the glory of your empire.
A remarkable way to mark over 10 years of Total War games and Creative Assembly’s 25th Anniversary, the Total War™: ROME II Collector’s Edition is only available through selected retailers. Follow the link to pre-order from a list of participating stockists: http://www.totalwar.com/rome2_collectors
The award-winning Total War series returns to Rome in 2013 with the hotly anticipated Total War: ROME II, setting a brand new quality benchmark for strategy gaming. Players can become the world’s first superpower and command the Ancient world’s most incredible war machine. Find out more about ROME II at www.totalwar.com
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turbine are excited to announce that on Wednesday, 8th May, the hotly-anticipated multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Infinite Crisis, will start Closed Beta! Interested players are encouraged to sign up for a chance to participate at www.InfiniteCrisis.com.
Infinite Crisis, a free-to-play PC game featuring a deep roster of DC Comics characters clashing in fast-paced, player-versus-player battles, is scheduled to launch later this year.
New Details on the next Closed Beta Update for Dragon’s Prophet
Berlin-based publisher Infernum is publishing detailed information on the third wave of Dragon’s Prophet’s Closed Beta. This week’s patch brings players massive amounts of new content, many improvements related to interface and the complex dragon system, new functions and effects for skills, as well as a revised enhancement system.
In the current patch, players have the opportunity to access the floating islands for the first time; and while they are exploring them, they can also take a look at the highly anticipated housing system. More than 1,000 European guilds are already eagerly waiting to build their first villages and prepare for the upcoming frontier system. Thanks to an optional PvP flag, it is now possible to experience exciting player vs. player combat outside of these zones as well.
Also, with the new instance Dunar Temple, a particularly challenging dungeon opens its gates. This dungeon is the home of a previously unseen Legendary Dragon. Those who pass through this temple alive and manage to tame the legendary dragon can look forward to special rewards and rare dragon skills.
The detailed patch notes can be found on the official website www.dragonspropheteurope.com
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND –April 25, 2013 – CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, has announced that DUST 514® will launch on May 14, 2013. The groundbreaking, free-to-play first-person-shooter launches on PlayStation®3, and players can join the war for galactic supremacy with the ease of a free download.
As with CCP’s first game, EVE Online®, launch is only the beginning of the voyage with DUST 514. Gamers can look forward to an ever-progressing game, built on the experience CCP has gathered over the past decade, as new features and upgrades are rolled out for years to come. The way to victory is now open to any intergalactic mercenary with the guns and grit to accept the challenge.
“Reaching this point has required many years, hundreds of CCP employees, and the engagement of millions of players who contributed fantastic feedback during the beta process,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “Now we start the real journey, which, decades from now, we will look back on with astonishment at all we accomplished. The EVE Universe will outlive us all.”
With the launch of DUST 514, the struggle for interstellar dominance in New Eden escalates as DUST mercenaries forge their path to glory. The power to topple empires will be in the hands of all who choose to seize it. The game’s massive battlegrounds, deadly weapons, and futuristic vehicles form the foundation of the deep first-person shooter action that awaits, while unrivaled customization options allow players to shape their strategic advantage, tactical edge, and combat style with cunning and skill.
DUST 514 is also fully integrated with New Eden, the notorious setting of EVE Online, amassive game universe that recently surpassed a half-million subscribers worldwide. As DUST players wage war in this first-person shooter at unprecedented scale, the outcome of each ground battle impacts the persistent universe, shifting the tide of war for legions of participants. Mercenaries can gain the advantage by coordinating with starship pilots in EVE Online, calling in devastating orbital strikes against opposing squads. The fortunes of DUST 514 players will rise and fall as they align themselves with like-minded warriors to make their mark across the EVEUniverse.
Highlights of what players will experience in DUST 514 include:
- Massive Persistent Universe: Wage war on the surfaces of far-flung planets with countless environmental combinations.
- Planetary Conquest: Marshal your forces in a continuous, ever-changing battle to conquer the worlds of New Eden and control their resources.
- Large-scale Warfare: Vie for control of unique sci-fi battlefields with up to 32 players in simultaneous combat.
- Endless Customization: Create custom mercenaries with lethal dropsuits, skills and weapons.
- Vehicles On-demand: Acquire, outfit and deploy heavily armed and armored vehicles, on land and in the skies.
- Social Sandbox: Build a formidable corporation with thousands of players as you seize the opportunities and bounties that come with galactic conflict.
- Connected Experience: For the first time ever, join forces in a cross-platform gaming experience with the immortal starship pilots of EVE Online to conquer New Eden, one skirmish at a time.
On May 14, the uprising of DUST 514’s mercenaries begins and their impact will leave New Eden forever altered.
Mars War Logs, the sci-fi role-playing game from Spiders Studio, will be available worldwide for download on PC in the coming hours, on all major digital download platforms. To celebrate this release, we invite you to watch an impressive launch trailer that immerses us in the game’s universe. Please note that the game will be available very soon on Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Network.
Mars War Logs takes you to Mars, nearly a century after a huge cataclysm that threw Mars and its colonies into chaos. You play as Roy, a renegade caught in the middle of a civil war, while different corporations fight over the most precious resource, water.
Follow an immense main quest in which every choice counts, develop your character and your combat style by choosing among many different talents and skills. In dynamic, real-time combat, face fearsome opponents including some of the most terrifying creatures of Mars. The craft system lets you create and modify your equipment, your weapons and your armor.
Your behavior during dialogues, as well as your choices and decisions will influence your companions and the fate of the people who will cross your path… and maybe the fate of all the colonies on Mars.
Mars War Logs will be available worldwide for download on PC in the coming hours. The game will be available very soon on Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Network.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — April 25th, 2013 —Today, Ubisoft® announced the launch of the 0.11.0 patch for its free-to-play PC shooter, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online®. Continuing to listen to community feedback, the Ubisoft Singapore development team has crafted a patch containing a host of new content, features and game service improvements that will further enhance the Ghost Recon Online experience.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the western plains of Rohan, allow players to take a direct role in the battle for Helm’s Deep and advance the level cap to 95.
“With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine. “Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth, and put players in the center of the action.”
THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: HELM’S DEEP FEATURES:
· Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting at level 10, as your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most massive conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online. Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your aid makes a difference!
· Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan – Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five Ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg, deep within Helm’s Deep.
· Advance from levels 85 to 95 – Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil of Saruman.
· Continue the Epic Story – Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful lordship and defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.
The Lord of the Rings Online™ is the ultimate adventure! This award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places, and monsters from the most famous fantasy of all time. For more information, visit www.lotro.com.
Wargaming, the leading free-to-play developer and publisher, today announced the release of Update 8.5 for its award-winning World of Tanks free-to-play action MMO. This newest update further expands the tank rosters for both Germany and the USSR, as well as introduces new premium feature options for non-playing players. Update 8.5 will release on April 24th in Europe, April 25th in Southeast Asia and the United States, and May 7th in South Korea.
The German tech tree will be updated with new, powerful medium tanks, including the legendary Tier X Leopard 1, while the Soviet tree will be strengthened with three new light tanks.
Also of note in Update 8.5, players will now be able to purchase all premium consumables with credits. Previously, premium consumables were only purchasable with gold, the in-game currency purchased with real-world money. In addition, all players, both paying and non-paying, will be able to create 3-member platoons and companies.
Update 8.5 is further rounded out with the introduction of a new battle arena, Pearl River, as well as visual revamps of the Siegfried Line, South Coast, and Malinovka maps.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND—Apr 10, 2013—CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game developer, today announced the full slate of speakers for the “Make EVE Real” track at its sold-out, annual fan celebration EVE Fanfest (April 25-27). Dr. Richard Obousy (President and Co-Founder of Icarus Interstellar) and Chris Lewicki (President of Planetary Resources) will join Michael Laine (President of LiftPort Group) in sharing their distinct visions for how current science fiction may soon become reality.
The new “Make EVE Real” speaker track is comprised of three luminary speakers and scientific pioneers who will share bold initiatives for humanity and its place among the stars, exploring areas where the tech and science behind EVE’s future universe could become a modern reality. The sessions taking place at this year’s Fanfest are:
Title: Space Elevators – Past, Present, and Future
Speaker: Michael Laine, President, LiftPort Group
Summary: Take a look at the early concepts behind the Space Elevator, its history and evolution, its current status and where humanity goes from here! This multimedia conversation (it’s not a lecture!) will examine social, political, technological and military implications of building “the biggest thing, ever.” Both Lunar (gravity-based) and Earth (spin-based) Space Elevators will be discussed.
Title: Bringing FTL to IRL – The Quest for Warp Speed
Speaker: Dr. Richard Obousy, President and Co-Founder, Icarus Interstellar
Summary: The thought of traveling to distant star systems has captured humankind’s imagination for a millennium… so what is being done to get us there? This lively discussion will delve into the challenges associated with FTL propulsion and tantalizing possibilities raised by the latest research in theoretical physics.
Title: Asteroid Mining: Our Search for Riches Enters the Final Frontier
Speaker: Chris Lewicki, President, Planetary Resources
Summary: First it was the gold rush, then we began hunting for oil and soon, we’ll begin trekking across the solar system in search of new and rare resources. In this session, the Flight Director for NASA’s Mars rovers “Spirit” and “Opportunity” will show us how plotting our resource expansion by rocketing across The Milky Way to mine asteroids is just around the corner. This engaging presentation will discuss the near-future of space exploration and asteroid prospecting.
For those unable to attend, CCP will be live streaming EVE Fanfest and all of the “Make EVE Real” sessions in standard definition for free on their Twitch.TV channel (www.twitch.tv/ccp) and in HD for a one-time fee of $19.95 USD or one PLEX (which can be obtained on the EVE Online in-game market). Viewers will get the latest announcements from CCP, panels, presentations, PvP tournament coverage from both EVE and DUST and the famous Party at the Top of the World amongst other unannounced events. All programming is highly produced and includes commentary and interviews from developers and players in the true EVE community spirit.
The EVE Fanfest high definition stream includes:
- Three full days of high definition programming live from Fanfest
- Access to the HD stream of a series of live pre-Fanfest interviews with CCP developers. Schedule: http://www.twitch.tv/ccp
- A digital copy of the Fanfest “Quafe” Tshirt for EVE Online, which matches the shirt attendees receive
- A choice of one of five pirate faction rookie ships for EVE Online: the Angel Cartel Echo, Blood Raider Hematos, Dread Guristas Taipan, Sansha’s Nation Immolator or Serpentis Violator
- Fifty copies of the Quafe Scout vk.0 dropsuit for DUST 514—a flashy and effective dropsuit for confident mercenaries
While the HD stream can be purchased through CCP or Twitch, only viewers purchasing the stream through CCP’s EVE Online account management system at https://secure.eveonline.com/fanfest/stream.aspx will receive the in-game promo items.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — April 10, 2013 — Today, Ubisoft® and its studio Nadeo announced that the full version of the fast-paced shooter ShootMania® Storm is now available worldwide on PC digital download, on ShootMania.com, Steam and other digital retailers. To celebrate the launch, live community events are organized all over the world as part of the ShootMania 4 All launch party, while the game confirms its position within the competitive gaming scene with a series of high profile tournaments.
“We are really excited to launch ShootMania Storm today”, says Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA VP sales and marketing at Ubisoft. The game has something for everyone from FPS gamers to pro competitors, as well as community tools to stream out to Twitch or make your own customized modes and maps.”
ShootMania Storm is a fast-paced shooter for PC, designed to open competitive gaming to everyone. Easy to access but hard to master, ShootMania Storm is part of the ManiaPlanet platform and ecosystem that gives to gamers the powerful tools they need to create their own experience by building user-created maps, game modes, graphic assets and videos , but also allows them to create and manage their own teams and tournaments, and interact with the lively ShootMania Storm community.
Launched in Open Beta in February, ShootMania Storm welcomed hundreds of thousands of players on its servers, who created close to 40.000 maps to date, along with dozens of custom game modes. Listening to player feedback, Nadeo opened new creation tools, allowing players to create their own 3D characters or environments, while continuing to improve the core game experience with more content and tweaks.
In celebration of the launch of the game, communities from all around the world are gathering today for both live and online events as part of the “ShootMania 4 All Launch Party”. From France to the US, Germany to Ukraine, Norway to Canada, everybody has the opportunity to take part in the celebration or follow the dedicated livestream. For more information about the ShootMania 4 All Launch Party, check out the dedicated website here
ShootMania Storm is available worldwide as a digital download on PC. Purchase can be made through the game’s official website shootmania, as well as the UPlay Store, Steam and other digital retailers. For more information about ShootMania, TrackMania and the ManiaPlanet platform, check out the official website at maniaplanet.
LONDON, UK, 5th April 2013 – The training bibs are off, the boots are on and the orange slices at the ready. Fish Eagle and game developer Geniaware, today launch Lords of Football available for download via www.lordsoffootball.com, Steam, Green Man Gaming, GamersGate and other leading digital vendors.
Lords of Football takes you out of the arm-chair and straight into the dugout. Take your team from Sunday league slouchers to world legends.
Lords of Football is a whole new sports lifestyle simulator, played in God Mode. The everyday routine of football is brought to life, simulating footballers’ training to improve their skills and all the drama and real-life distractions that unfold during a normal season. With easy drag-and-drop navigation and by learning each footballer’s personality, you must oversee all your footballers and resources to bring the team up to international competition level. The game takes place in an immersive 3D world with a customisable team, and rewards success with club upgrades to expand this exciting, vibrant football simulation.
Gianluca Vialli, consultant for Fish Eagle said: “We are all really excited about the launch of Lords of Football today. It has been a long time in the making and we are really proud of the final product. The game gives users a completely unique approach to a football sim, putting them directly in the hot seat, controlling everything on and off the pitch.”
The all-new website www.lordsoffootball.comfeatures all the latest news and information for fans of Lords of Football.
The mid-level zone Laedis of Infernum’s upcoming fantasy MMORPG Dragon’s Prophet takes players between level 31 and 40 to higher grounds. Laedis is a continent of floating islands, situated high in the clouds. Before the invention of flying ships, it was an extremely isolated place and the only Osira inhabitants were placed there by an Eternal Dragon, during the First Dragon War. While the Second Dragon War raged on, the continents were continuously fractured and Laedis was flung high into the sky, where it remains to this day.
Laedis’ capital city Arteicia lies at the foot of the hallowed Longra Mountain, the highest point of Laedis that is surrounded by nothing except sky. The capital does not only serve as the main center of trade for the locals and travelers but also hosts a portal that teleports players to the PvP and housing area, called Auratian Sky Archipelago, where they can challenge other warriors or build and customize their own domiciles. Giant flying airships frequently transport passengers from places like Glumar and Mangard to Underworld Port and Droan Town, another merchant village on the smaller island of Ornost, situated not far from the main island of Laedis. The citiy of Ishtar with its fishermen, Karuna’s Blessing and the Sea of the Lost with their breathtaking natural beauty also make for adventurous journeys.
However, heroes should not be tempted into overlooking the dangers of the floating islands. Not only unexpected gaps in the footpath that lead into oblivion should make sure that adventurers move with caution. Dragons lurking in the shadows of the Misting Jungle and other winged beasts wait for their prey in lofty heights, only to come diving down on their enemies.
Dragon's Prophet new areas