Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Funcom have also released the best screenshots of the game.
Durham, USA – July 8th, 2009 – Funcom is proud to announce the launch of the first re-evaluation campaign for its best-selling MMO ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’. Anyone with a previously active account can now reactivate and play for two weeks – completely free of charge and with no strings attached. With the slew of massive updates and improvements done to the game since launch, Funcom is eager to let players experience what the press have already dubbed “the second coming of Conan”.
The list of additions, changes and improvements are many, and a new website that aims to inform press and gamers everywhere about how ‘Age of Conan’ has improved since launch is now live.
The new re-evaluation website can be found here.
“For anyone with an inactive account who ever thought about giving it another try, this is your chance,” says Morten Larssen, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Funcom. “After the hugely successful launch last year we immediately started working on updates that would make the game better and provide more content for players, and that is what we have been doing this past year. With the most recent update just out the door, this is the time to ask players to come back and see the results!”
The re-evaluation offer is valid from July 8th to July 22nd and is available to anyone with a closed account in good standing. Reactivating at any time within this period will open for two weeks of free play – regardless of when you choose to act within that time period. There are no costs associated with this offer or any subscription obligations. It is also important to note that the free trial campaign will temporarily be closed to ensure the best play environment for all returning players.
Since launching last year ‘Age of Conan’ has been lovingly improved by a dedicated development team who has launched several major updates to the game. These updates have all added a wealth of new content such as the massive outdoor area of the giants known as Ymir’s Pass, the huge dungeon Xibaluku, and the vast new cityscape of Tarantia Commons among others. All of these areas have added countless hours of adventure through new quests, enemies, and rewards. New features have also been implemented such as an extensive player vs. player notoriety system that allows players to become murderers and hunt each other down for exclusive rewards, improved DirectX 10 graphics technology that allows for some spectacular visuals, and a massive revitalization of the core role-playing system.
“It has been quite a journey for the entire team getting to where we are today,” says Game Director on ‘Age of Conan’ Craig Morrison. “I think that players have always seen the great potential in ‘Age of Conan’ and we have put a lot of effort into realizing that potential. The game has improved tremendously since launch and we look forward to having players come back and seeing the changes for themselves!”
Funcom is also running a major give-away in cooperation with Eurogamer.net and MMORPG.com this week. Each site are giving away one thousand full copies of ‘Age of Conan’ each – including 30 days of free playtime – so head on over if you want to secure a free passage into the savage world of Conan!
Launching in May last year ‘Age of Conan’ quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.2 million copies around the world. In North America, the most prominent online gaming market in the west, ‘Age of Conan’ became the third best-selling PC title of the year only beaten by ‘Spore’ and ‘World of Warcraft’. In the weeks after launch ‘Age of Conan’ simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. ‘Age of Conan’ is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and is being prepared for launch in Korea as well.
THQ have announced All Star Cheer Squad 2 For the Nintendo Wii, A Sequel to All Star Cheer Squad, which is set for a fall release.
The game will feature 14 locations, and instead of starting out new, players are the captain of the Tiger Squad. The game makes use of the Wii Balance Board for executing moves, as well as using two Wii Remotes. There are more customisation options for makeup, hair and uniforms. You can challenge friends over WiiConnect24.
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – April 30, 2009 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that All Star Cheer Squad™2, is currently in development exclusively for Wii™ and is scheduled for release this fall. Tony G, world renowned cheer choreographer best known for his work on the Bring it On movies, will once again serve as chief consultant for the title.
In All Star Cheer Squad 2, 14 exotic locations from around the world will serve as the backdrop for global cheer competitions. No longer a newbie, players will start out as the captain of the Tiger Squad, leading the team to victory by utilizing an all-new diverse move set that includes real-world aerial stunts, tumbling, formation changes and advanced moves on the Wii Balance Board™ accessory. Moves can be executed by using two Wii Remotes™, allowing for greater mobility. Players will select their squad members and then choose from more customization options including new makeup, hairstyle and uniforms. Because every routine needs a good beat first, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will feature even more original cheer music. Combined with an upgraded routine editor featuring a music mixer, a choreography editor and the ability to challenge friends via WiiConnect24™, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will allow players to live the ultimate cheer experience.
*Source: The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service; Title – All Star Cheer Squad
All Star Cheer Squad 2 is being developed by Gorilla in Tampa, Florida. For more information on this game, as well as additional THQ titles, please visit www.playthq.com.
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EA Have announced NERF 2: N-Strike Elite, a sequel to last years NERF N-Strike, For the Nintendo Wii. The game comes out in celebration of NERF's 40th year anniversary with HASBRO.
The game improves on the previous title in nearly every way. there's more blasters, more upgrades, and a new 3-in-1 blaster. the game also has 2 player co-op.
EDWOOD CITY, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Jul 08, 2009 The Play Label of Electronic Arts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that NERF 2: “N-Strike”™ Elite is in development exclusively for the Wii™ video game system. Heralding the 40th anniversary year of Hasbro Inc.’s NERF brand, NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite will deploy this fall, bundled with a newly designed blue NERF SWITCH SHOT EX-3 blaster and attachable decoder lens that will deliver a blend of covert operation elements with over-the-top blasting missions. NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite is the second game in EA’s blaster arsenal following the holiday ’08 hit, NERF “N-Strike” in North America, which was EA’s second best-selling Wii game and a Top 20 Wii title in 2008 by revenue, according to NPD.
“In the world of NERF, more is always better – so that is exactly what we’re going to deliver with NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite,” said Chip Lange, General Manager of EA’s Hasbro Division. “We’re building on the enormous success of the first video game that rocked the market last holiday season as a ‘must have’ gift for Wii gamers. With NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite we’re essentially cranking up every element of the experience starting with a new 3-in-1 blaster that will have kids’ jaws dropping as hidden gameplay elements come into focus through a NERF decoder scope. That, together with more in-game blasters and millions of upgrade combinations, a new army of robots to defeat, and enhanced co-op play, is sure to put NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite on top again this year.”
NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite will feature a classic rail shooter style of gameplay and equip players with a cache of fresh features. With the Wii-remote snapped into the NERF SWITCH SHOT EX-3 blaster and the red reveal lens engaged, players will be able to detect enemy weak spots, solve puzzles and decode secret messages as they blast their way to victory. Boys in the target age range of 8 to 12 will jump into battle as one of four playable characters, each with their own unique customizeable blasters and abilities. For those players who find themselves in a melee that requires back-up, NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite will include two-player co-op, allowing buddies to immediately jump in and join the crusade. Players will also interact with a veritable army of robots including B.O.B., the same recruiting robot from the first NERF “N-Strike” game.
“As Hasbro gears up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NERF brand, the top boys property in the toy industry, EA is poised to arrive at the party with the most innovative NERF digital gameplay experience to date,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Gaming and Media at Hasbro. “NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite will deliver an incredibly innovative and fun NERF-inspired experience that will resonate with tween boys and also get the nod of approval from Mom.”
The NERF 2: “N-Strike” Elite 3-in-1 video game and SWITCH SHOT EX-3 with scope toy bundle is being developed by EA Salt Lake and will launch this fall. For more information, please visit Nerf.ea.com.
About the NERF Brand
The number one toy brand for boys in the 9 to 12 age range, NERF was first introduced in 1969 with a polyurethane foam ball that was marketed as the first official indoor ball. Based on the popularity of that ball came a follow up larger version called the Super NERF Ball. Next a basketball game was introduced and then the football, which became the most popular NERF ball. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the NERF line has continued to expand to include a variety of sports balls, blasters to more recently video games and video game accessories through licensing agreements with Electronic Arts and PDP, respectively.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA Mobile TM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, and Pogo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. HASBRO, NERF and N-STRIKE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Visceral say their game Dead Space was played by 3 million, but only 1.5 million bought it. alot of used sales. http://tinyurl.com/m5vyw6
QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest) http://tinyurl.com/kowneg
PS3: SCEA have trademarked the name Echoshift. not clear what the game is. http://tinyurl.com/mcx2k9
Wii: two Rabbids are playable in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash-up fighting game. http://tinyurl.com/kqqpkc
PS3: Konami ID's won't be used in PES 2010. Konami ID's will not be used in future games. Old games not effected. http://tinyurl.com/ljvsq4
PS3: Firmware 2.80 is rumored to enable Cinematic viewing (21:9) for viewing the XMB. http://tinyurl.com/m7zqwo
iPhone: there are now over 13.000 games on the App store for touch devices. only 22.6% are free. http://tinyurl.com/lmtkkh
PSP: Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo Director, says getting game on PSP was a struggle without compromising it. http://tinyurl.com/mwn9rg
Nintendo's Demo Play is coming to portable games a well as console games. http://tinyurl.com/lcjm3k
PC: King Of Fighters XII has now got a Japanese release date of July 30th. http://tinyurl.com/l7nkfb
QTE Blog: THQ - UK Packshots for WWE Smackdown VS Raw 2010 http://tinyurl.com/lnyyns
PC: Football Manager Live has1.2 update available. can add managers as friends, tactical creator, and more. http://tinyurl.com/nxkaue
QTE Blog: EA - SimAnimals Africa Screenshots For Wii and DS - Press Release http://tinyurl.com/nywtvd
PS3: The Rumored Syphon Filter 5 and SOCOM 4 have been dismissed as errors, eg it was Syphon Filter Dark Mirror. http://tinyurl.com/mrjq9q
Eidos will no longer publish games. it will exist as a developer. Square Enix Europe has been created to publish. http://tinyurl.com/l297o2
QTE Blog: Disney - A Christmas Carol For The Nintendo DS Announced - Press Release http://tinyurl.com/m2dbmr
PS3: The Killzone 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 Bundle is now available for $400 at bust buy and their website. http://tinyurl.com/n99mbn
QTE Blog: Majesco - Cooking Mama 3 Announced - Press Release http://tinyurl.com/mqlwj9
PS3: Sony has said there is no plans for a NXE style overhaul of the XMB. small changes could happen. http://tinyurl.com/ktn7tl
360: XBL activity. 360 live, Halo 3, Call Of Duty WaW/4, Gears Of War 2. Arcade, Worms 2, Magic, King of Fighters http://tinyurl.com/mnjnnj
360: The Animation Reel from a Halo Reach Animated has been found. it has Possible Halo Reach Animation. http://tinyurl.com/lts883
360: Section 8 will feature plenty of post release DLC. http://tinyurl.com/luqnbz
Assassins Creed 2 will last more than 20 hours according to Ubisfot. http://tinyurl.com/n3hjhU
QTE Blog: 2K Sports -The Bigs 2 Released in USA - Press Release http://tinyurl.com/kqe75p
QTE Blog: EA - Screenshots of Federer Celebrating Winning Wimbledon in EA's Grand Slam Tennis http://tinyurl.com/l5njys
PC Champions Online Specs announced. XP/Vista, 2ghz Dual Core, 2GB Ram,NVIDIA 8800/ATI Radeon x700, 5GB HDD free. http://tinyurl.com/kp8w93
QTE Blog: Microsoft - New Halo ODST Maps Screenshots - Press Release http://tinyurl.com/ndg9gk
Wii: High Voltage are working on fixing The Conduit Multiplayer issues. it's difficult post release however. http://tinyurl.com/nxlqj8
PS3: Demon Souls currently has no European publisher, there are no plans to bring it to Europe. http://tinyurl.com/l5dcth
Fight Night 4 will get 2 free DLC packs starting in August with new Gym equipment. September has punch controls. http://tinyurl.com/lapf5l
PS3: Disgaea 3 is getting its USA trophy patch next week. old saved data will not work, trophies not retroactive. http://tinyurl.com/mjsyfc
The planned DLC for Mortal Kombat vs DC has been canned. http://tinyurl.com/klunu5
360: Alan Wake will come out on the 360 before the PC. all focus is currently on the 360 version. http://tinyurl.com/mfeble
Wii: Nintendo power is teasing a new announcement and that Nintendo didn't reveal everything at E3. http://tinyurl.com/n4umlt
360: Lucas Arts is rumored to be bringing a new game called Lucidity to XBLA. it's side scrolling with a twist. http://tinyurl.com/knqf3a
To celebrate the Ashes, Valve has shown a new weapon in Left 4 Dead 2...the Cricket Bat. http://tinyurl.com/n3hkld
PS3: Samurai 3 now has a PS3 USA publisher, will be released same day as 360 version. http://tinyurl.com/lfxueh
PS3: Sony has plans for Games On Demand Service, but not right now. downloading 25-50 gigs is the issue. http://tinyurl.com/mqs3uk
2k Sports could release NBA 2K10 Draft Combine for PSN/XBLA.take potential draftees,train,draft into retail game. http://tinyurl.com/nxcesk
Wii: Wii Sports Resort E3 2008 Demo took only 3 months to be made. the 3 events shown was all that existed. http://tinyurl.com/nbam6p