Atari to distribute Sacred 2: Fallen Angel in North America

October 23, 2008 by  
Filed under News, Playstation 3

PRESS RELEASE:

New York, NY and Cary, NC. October 22, 2008 – cdv Software Entertainment USA, a premier North American publisher of video games, and Atari, Inc, a leading distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment, today signed a multi-year third-party distribution agreement. Through the deal, Atari will serve as the exclusive North American distributor for key console, handheld and multi-platform video games released under the cdv USA brand.

To launch the partnership, Atari, Inc will initially release several of cdv USA’s key titles, including the upcoming action-RPG Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (Games For Windows®, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system), I Heart Geeks! and My Little Baby (Nintendo DS™). Sacred 2: Fallen Angel will ship for PC on November 11, 2008, and will be released for consoles on February 17, 2009.

Tom Gross, CEO and President of cdv Software Entertainment USA said, "Atari’s extensive distribution network means consumers will have ready access to our exciting list of upcoming titles on console and handheld. Atari offers us the support of a leading sales and distribution partner, while our top-notch line-up that mixes hardcore and casual titles will significantly strengthen Atari’s third-party distribution business.”

“We are pleased to join forces with cdv in North America to release great titles such as Sacred 2: Fallen Angel to the marketplace. This new relationship further demonstrates Atari’s commitment to growing our retail distribution business in North America,” said Jim Wilson, President and CEO, Atari, Inc.

Metroid 2 PC Remake Demo Released

October 23, 2008 by  
Filed under News, PC

Samus is back and this time its on the PC. Before Nintendo take this down, be sure to download this remake of the most popular Nintendo shooter. Click here to download.

Far Cry 2 Bioshocked!

October 23, 2008 by  
Filed under News, PC

A member over at the official Ubisoft forums has come up with an issue with Far Cry 2 that had previously plagued BioShock during its release. Seems obvious like the devs cut the top and bottom of the screen to fit widescreen resolutions. We’re still waiting for an official word from Ubisoft. In the meantime, head over here and vent your steam if you’ve been affected.

Oasis Joins forces with Guitar Hero World Tour to Bring New Album as DLC

October 20, 2008 by  
Filed under News, Playstation 3

PRESS RELEASE:

SANTA MONICA, CA – October 17, 2008 – Gamers looking to shred, drum and wail away to the new sounds of beloved, multi-platinum UK rock band, Oasis, need not wait much longer as music from the band’s critically acclaimed Dig Out Your Soul album will soon be available for download in Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® World Tour.

Featuring “Bag It Up,” “Waiting for the Rapture” and the hit first single “The Shock of the Lightning” from the band’s seventh studio album, in Europe the Oasis Track Pack will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for two weeks starting November 6th.  The track pack will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system in Europe on November 20th.  In addition, the three tracks will be released as single downloadable songs for Xbox 360 on November 6th and the PLAYSTATION 3 on November 20th.  The Dig Out Your Soul album, in it entirety or via individual singles, will be available for download in 2009.

When the house lights go down on October 26th, a new generation of guitarists, drummers and fearless frontmen will come together and rock with Guitar Hero World Tour.  The latest installment in the #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero’s signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online* and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player “Battle of the Bands,” which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online for the first time ever.  The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock ‘n’ roll anthems.  Music creators will also be able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunesSM where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations.

Guitar Hero World Tour is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system.  The Wii version is being developed by Vicarious Visions.  The PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system version is being developed by Budcat. The game is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information, visit http://worldtour.guitarhero.com

Oasis Joins forces with Guitar Hero World Tour to Bring New Album as DLC

October 20, 2008 by  
Filed under News, Xbox 360

PRESS RELEASE:

SANTA MONICA, CA – October 17, 2008 – Gamers looking to shred, drum and wail away to the new sounds of beloved, multi-platinum UK rock band, Oasis, need not wait much longer as music from the band’s critically acclaimed Dig Out Your Soul album will soon be available for download in Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® World Tour.

Featuring “Bag It Up,” “Waiting for the Rapture” and the hit first single “The Shock of the Lightning” from the band’s seventh studio album, in Europe the Oasis Track Pack will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for two weeks starting November 6th.  The track pack will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system in Europe on November 20th.  In addition, the three tracks will be released as single downloadable songs for Xbox 360 on November 6th and the PLAYSTATION 3 on November 20th.  The Dig Out Your Soul album, in it entirety or via individual singles, will be available for download in 2009.

When the house lights go down on October 26th, a new generation of guitarists, drummers and fearless frontmen will come together and rock with Guitar Hero World Tour.  The latest installment in the #1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero’s signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online* and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player “Battle of the Bands,” which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online for the first time ever.  The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock ‘n’ roll anthems.  Music creators will also be able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunesSM where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations.

Guitar Hero World Tour is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system.  The Wii version is being developed by Vicarious Visions.  The PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system version is being developed by Budcat. The game is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information, visit http://worldtour.guitarhero.com

COD:WW PC Beta Detailed

October 18, 2008 by  
Filed under News, PC

Treyarch Community Manager, JD, has revealed that the PC Beta is very very close. Unlike the 360 Beta token, he has confirmed that the PC Beta will be open to EVERYONE that has registered with the www.callofduty.com website. So, before anything, get yourself a spot and join the carnage!

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Hi everyone,

We’re rapidly approaching the PC BETA, and as such I wanted to lay out a few key features to the PC version of CoD:WW, and what ramifications it will have on the PC BETA.

First, the entire key authentication / master server paradigm is changing for the first time in a Call of Duty PC title. In CoD:WW, you will be authenticating in-game against a more global master server. This server will keep track of and maintain unique Profile names (like a screenname) which will be tied to your CD Key. So while username / passwords will not be required to play our game, you will have globally unique profile names.

Why are we doing this? Because also for the first time ever in a Call of Duty PC title, we’re bringing Friends and Invites (which are typically console staples) to the PC. So we have built-in Friends functionality. You can add friends, filter your servers by Friends (see which servers your friends are playing in), join their servers, etc. You can also invite any online friends to come join you in your current game. We didn’t want the new Squad mechanics we’ve developed to get watered down on the PC, which is ultimately why we decided to bring you Friends & Invites, and thus globally unique profile names.

Now we understand that clan tags can change frequently, and it would be obnoxious and not very user friendly to keep changing your profile name. So we’ve added in clan tag prefixes, which will show up in-game. This should allow you to take full advantage of our Friends & Invites features, and still be able to make yourself more uniquely identifiable in-game.

So what does this have to do with the BETA?

You will be required to enter a CD Key for the BETA, much like you will when you get the full game this November. These PC keys will be available to all registered users of CallOfDuty.com, including any new users who sign up after the PC BETA releases. These keys aren’t intended to limit the BETA to a certain number of players; they are here to allow you to create these unique profile names for our Friends and Invites features.

How will BETA servers work?

The PC BETA will pretty much be a limited MP distribution of our game. So you will be able to host your own servers, and GSP’s will be able to sell BETA servers and put up as many dedicated servers as they’d like. All of this will function as if it were a regular Multiplayer game. It’s important to note, that for the BETA, the dedicated server will be Windows only.

Will our XP / accounts / friends transfer over from the BETA?

No, all accounts will be deleted after the BETA, just like on the Xbox 360.

More specifics on when the BETA will be released, how it will be released, and where you’ll be receiving your keys will be made available in my next update. Rest assured, we want to get you this BETA just as badly as you want to play it, so your patience is appreciated.

Regards,
-JD

Wii Family Music Game

October 17, 2008 by  
Filed under News, Wii

PRESS RELEASE:

The sheer pleasure and creativity of making music – either on your own or as part of a band – is only a few hand gestures away this Christmas with the launch of a unique new game only for Wii – Wii Music.

Easy to play and with no experience necessary – you and your friends and family will soon be jamming for fun and making sweet music across a range of over 60 different instruments on more than 50 tracks made famous by artists from John Lennon and The Police to Madonna and Kylie Minogue and including compositions by Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Beethoven. You can’t make a mistake – if your movement is not entirely accurate, Wii will make the right kind of sound for you.

You can choose to record all instruments yourself or choose your part in a band of up to six members – the others created and controlled by the Wii.
Before you know it, you will be turning out superb sounds on everything from piano, guitar and saxophone to the bagpipes, sitar, beatboxer and even a barking dog! Instruments are played by simulating real-life movements using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk.

Not only can you create beautiful music, you can save your track, personalise it with its own record sleeve and even make your own music video starring your Mii characters. For your very own video gig you can choose your own stage setting from a live club scene to classic concert hall or a beachside driving gig on the back of a truck.

Using WiiConnect24 you can share all your recordings with friends and family who can savour it, rate it and remix it if they wish. Following on from the success of Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Wii Play at connecting families in a fun and social way, Wii Music’s easy-to-follow tutorials help you practice, rehearse, arrange tracks and eventually begin improvising as you get more accustomed to the playing styles.

If the drums are what get your heart beating and your toes tapping, then Wii Music has a realistic Drum Kit where the Wii Remote and Nunchuk act as drumsticks and the Wii Balance Board serves as foot pedals. You can also take to the front of stage in a mini-game where you conduct by swinging the Wii Remote. There’s even a Pitch Perfect Music Quiz to compare people’s musical ears.

The man who created the game, Shigeru Miyamoto, General Producer said:
Why shouldn’t people who like music, but find playing instruments difficult, be able to perform music just by letting their feelings take control and simply waving the controller and pushing a few buttons to the rhythm? With this goal in mind we created Wii Music, which is not quite a game and not quite an instrument, I hope that as people play, they will truly understand the joy of performing and develop a greater passion for music

Wii Music launches across Europe on 14th November.

Rock Band 2 Shipping Date Announced

October 17, 2008 by  
Filed under News, Playstation 3

PRESS RELEASE:

CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 16, 2008 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Rock Band® 2 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will be available on October 19, 2008. In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo will ship in December 2008.

In addition, the Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.

Rock Band 2 Shipping and Pricing Information:

October 19, 2008

    * Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system) $189.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PLAYSTATION 3 system) $59.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems) $89.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems) $69.99

December 2008

    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PlayStation 2 system) $49.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (Wii) $49.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (Wii) $89.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (Wii) $69.99
    * Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Wii) $189.99

Rock Band 2 for Wii, developed by Pi Studios under the direction of Harmonix, will be fully featured with online modes including World Tour and Battle of the Bands, an innovative character creator, weekly downloadable content and more! With more than 100 songs [1] on the Rock Band 2 Wii soundtrack and an additional 30 downloadable tracks [2] available for purchase at launch, Rock Band 2 Wii owners will have access to the most impressive music catalogue for a music-based videogame on the console. In addition, fans can expect a roll-out of the current downloadable content offering every week until the entire back catalogue is available.

In addition, Rock Band 2 owners (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Wii) will have the ability to export their in-game band avatars to RockBand.com to use as profile images as well as order custom Rock Band merchandise including apparel and figurines.

Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360 was released on September 14, 2008, and has received numerous editor’s choice awards and a combined metacritic score of 93. Rock Band 2 has revolutionized music gaming with the ability to export most of the songs from the original Rock Band disc [3], Online World Tour, daily Battle-Of-The-Bands Tournaments, Auto-Calibration to eliminate TV lag, wireless drums, quieter, velocity sensitive drum heads, support for up to three cymbals (sold separately), No Fail Mode, and a real Drum Trainer.

Rock Band 2 features the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date including over 100 songs [4] on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack with an unrivaled blend of classic and new artists including AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Motörhead and more! With the addition of complete and immediate backwards compatibility for songs purchased from Rock Band’s ever-expanding online music store and the ability to export most songs from the original Rock Band disc, the Rock Band music library will feature more than 500 songs [5] by year’s end.

The Rock Band online music store recently surpassed 21 million paid downloads since the game’s launch in late November 2007. With more than 400 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc), the massive Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks, packs and albums from the vast selection of offerings available as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

Rock Band 2 Shipping Date Announced

October 17, 2008 by  
Filed under News, Xbox 360

PRESS RELEASE:

CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 16, 2008 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Rock Band® 2 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will be available on October 19, 2008. In addition, Rock Band 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo will ship in December 2008.

In addition, the Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will also be available on retail shelves October 19, 2008.

Rock Band 2 Shipping and Pricing Information:

October 19, 2008

    * Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system) $189.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PLAYSTATION 3 system) $59.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems) $89.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems) $69.99

December 2008

    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (PlayStation 2 system) $49.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Software (Wii) $49.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums (Wii) $89.99
    * Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar (Wii) $69.99
    * Rock Band 2 Special Edition Bundle (Wii) $189.99

Rock Band 2 for Wii, developed by Pi Studios under the direction of Harmonix, will be fully featured with online modes including World Tour and Battle of the Bands, an innovative character creator, weekly downloadable content and more! With more than 100 songs [1] on the Rock Band 2 Wii soundtrack and an additional 30 downloadable tracks [2] available for purchase at launch, Rock Band 2 Wii owners will have access to the most impressive music catalogue for a music-based videogame on the console. In addition, fans can expect a roll-out of the current downloadable content offering every week until the entire back catalogue is available.

In addition, Rock Band 2 owners (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Wii) will have the ability to export their in-game band avatars to RockBand.com to use as profile images as well as order custom Rock Band merchandise including apparel and figurines.

Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360 was released on September 14, 2008, and has received numerous editor’s choice awards and a combined metacritic score of 93. Rock Band 2 has revolutionized music gaming with the ability to export most of the songs from the original Rock Band disc [3], Online World Tour, daily Battle-Of-The-Bands Tournaments, Auto-Calibration to eliminate TV lag, wireless drums, quieter, velocity sensitive drum heads, support for up to three cymbals (sold separately), No Fail Mode, and a real Drum Trainer.

Rock Band 2 features the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date including over 100 songs [4] on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack with an unrivaled blend of classic and new artists including AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Motörhead and more! With the addition of complete and immediate backwards compatibility for songs purchased from Rock Band’s ever-expanding online music store and the ability to export most songs from the original Rock Band disc, the Rock Band music library will feature more than 500 songs [5] by year’s end.

The Rock Band online music store recently surpassed 21 million paid downloads since the game’s launch in late November 2007. With more than 400 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc), the massive Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks, packs and albums from the vast selection of offerings available as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

Far Cry 2 Uses SecuROM DRM

October 15, 2008 by  
Filed under News, PC

Ubisoft has confirmed that the PC version of Far Cry 2 releasing this October 21st will use a slightly different configuration of the DRM found in Spore and Crysis: Warhead.

Ubisoft forum manager bukowski113 posted the deatils on the game’s official forum:

- You have 5 activations on 3 separate PCs.
- Uninstalling the game "refunds" an activation. This process is called "revoke", so as long as you complete proper uninstall you will be able to install the game an unlimited number of times on 3 systems.
- You can upgrade your computer as many time as you want (using our revoke system)
- Ubisoft is committed to the support of our games, and additional activations can be provided.
- Ubisoft is committed to the long term support of our games: you’ll always be able to play Far Cry 2.

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