Archive for January 21st, 2010

Dungeon Bandits, a new Action-MMORPG to begin closed beta tomorrow

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Platform: PC
Genre: Action MMORPG
Release Date: 2009
Developer: Cyanide Studios
Publisher: PlayEnvy
ESRB Rating: RP

Closed Beta1: January 22nd, 2010

Release Date: March 19th, 2010

Background

Dungeon Bandits, the North American and Australian counterpart to Europe’s Dungeon Party, will be published by PlayEnvy, a service of Nvinium Games.  Scheduled to release in March of 2010, PlayEnvy is introducing new, more dynamic content to a game that has already been enjoyed by thousands of European gamers.

Game Description

Dungeon Bandits is a fast paced dungeon crawler that allows teams of up to 5 players to compete against other teams for the right to the dungeon’s treasure.   Players must fight their way past challenging monsters , bosses, traps and face off against the opposing team in order to claim victory in a game that highly dependent on skillful strategy.

The game operates as an instanced dungeon that is entered through a lobby style set up.  You can either join existing instances, or you can form your own.  Instance leaders set the overall terms of the matches, such as; how many players will compete, what type of map, how many matches, how many treasures it contains, and several other factors.  Great support, fun events and ongoing game improvements makes Dungeon Bandits a fun and rewarding experience for anyone.

Product Features

  • Improved Character Control: PlayEnvy has introduced keyboard movement controls for characters, in addition to the previous movement by point and click.
  • New Camera Control: Dungeon Bandits will allow players more camera control, which includes the ability to rotate 360 degrees around the character. Up close 3rd person perspective is also now possible, allowing players to get into the feel of combat like never before.
  • Guild System: Players may form small guilds called Noob Herds which allow players to easily for tournament games and compete for herd rankings.
  • 7 Playable Characters: Wizard, Thief, Executioner, Bard, Amazon, Horsewoman, and Engineer.
  • Customization: Characters are easily customized to the player’s personality through loads of well designed costumes, armor, weapons, accessories, and facial features.  Players can build a truly unique character.
  • Useful skill sets: 13 skills from 3 schools can be earned for each character, all of which are highly useful in combat.  Characters use up to 5 skills in a given match, this allows strategic combination potential as not all players in the same call will be fighting with identical skill set ups.
  • Mini Challenges: In addition to the already fast action combat of the dungeons, games can get a bit more interesting once the room turns upside down or if the lights go off. 
  • Custom Maps: The Map Editor allows players to contribute content to the game by designing challenging dungeons of their own and share them with the player community.
  • Engaging Events: Friendly team of GMs  moderate an aggressive event schedule that rewards players for their accomplishments.  Tournaments, challenges, and other events will occur daily from the PlayEnvy team.
  • Ongoing Improvements: Cyanide and PlayEnvy are committed to bringing new and improved content to Dungeon Bandits.  Players can expect regular content updates which will add new systems and dynamics to the game.

Capcom’s long lost game, Dark Void Zero now on DSiWare

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Capcom’s legendary lost project, Dark Void Zero, is now available to download on DSiWare. The never-before-released game straight from the Capcom vault is hitting one day before its next-generation sequel, Dark Void, arrives on store shelves for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.   Before you get your hands on the new high-flying adventure, check out Dark Void Zero and see where it all began for 500 points on DSiWare.  

To commemorate Dark Void’s humble origins, Capcom commissioned the recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled “Dark Void Zero”, on the DSi platform. Players take on the role of Rusty, the first human born in the Void.  With the aid of Nikola Tesla and his trusty jetpack, Rusty embarks on a quest to prevent the evil alien race, “the Watchers”, and their minions from taking over Earth in this retro 2-D action-adventure.   The game also features an authentic 8-bit soundtrack by famed composer Bear McCreary, the man behind the music of Dark Void and Battlestar Galactica!
Dark Void Zero is available to download today for 500 points on DSiWare and will be coming soon for iPhone and PC!   Dark Void Zero was developed by Other Ocean Interactive

Deep Silver to publish Risen for Xbox360 in North America

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, a worldwide producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, announced today that RISEN will be published for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in North America this February. RISEN features an epic story with over 60 hours of exploration and adventuring.

RISEN is a massive, open-world RPG where every decision counts and every action continuously shapes a player’s reputation. In a medieval setting, the game begins with the player shipwrecked on an island in turmoil, rocked by mysterious ruins rising from the ground. Players will battle dangerous creatures yet the promise of ancient treasures will lead them on an adventure where they must choose to align with either the native Rebel faction, or the mysterious Order and its Inquisition. Only then will they determine just what is truly happening on the “forbidden isle.”

“We’re incredibly excited about RISEN and the opportunity to publish it in North America,” said Geoff Mulligan, Chief Operating Officer at Deep Silver. “What we bring to market is a deep, immersive RPG that Xbox 360 gamers have been clamoring for. RISEN is going to start off this year for RPGs in an amazing way.”

RISEN features a seamless streaming environment that players can explore however they choose, using intuitive controls designed to make exploration and combat easily accessible to both RPG fans and newcomers alike. The game’s central story can be experienced in different ways, depending on the in-game decisions players make.

RISEN is being developed by Piranha Bytes and scheduled for release in February 2010. For more information visit risen.deepsilver.com.

Paradox Interactive Reveals Further Details About Two Upcoming Strategy Titles in Anticipation of the Paradox Interactive Convention 2010

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Paradox Interactive Reveals Further Details About Two Upcoming Strategy Titles in Anticipation of the Paradox Interactive Convention 2010

In anticipation of the Paradox Interactive Convention this week, Paradox Interactive and developer AGEOD unveil additional details about the upcoming strategy title, Rise of Prussia. Following the successful strategy games Birth of America, American Civil War, Napoeleon’s Campaigns and Wars in America 1750-1815, Paradox Interactive and AGEOD invite players to battle it out during the Seven Years’ War in Europe.

Players will have the opportunity to assume the roles of military and political leaders of either the Prussian Kingdom or nations hostile to Prussia (Austria, Russia, and France) in a recreation of the exciting battle that encompassed much of Europe throughout the years of 1756-1763.

Rise of Prussia Features:

* 20 scenarios, including 12 battle scenarios centred on the key battles in The Age of Reason, 7 annual campaign scenarios (one for each year between 1756 and 1763) and 1 grand campaign scenario throughout 1756-1763

* Over two hundred leaders (with individual portraits) and 300 units

* Over 1000 different regions to wage war in

* Scenario-based events and wide set of options for customizing one’s strategy

* Unique Command System allowing for ultimate historical army command, organization and structure.

* Brand new system for the construction of units, allowing players enhanced ability to control and purchase their forces as they wish during the annual and grand campaigns.

Rise of Prussia will be available Q1/Q2 2010.

Additionally, in response to rampant speculations in the wargamer community about the future of Vainglory of Nations – Paradox Interactive now confirms that the game is still scheduled for release towards the end of 2010. Vainglory of Nations, a war strategy title that puts players in control of the Great Powers of the world including; USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, Austria-Hungary and Italy between 1850 and 1920 and offers and an original diplomatic system, as each country will offer a unique personality and agenda for players to engage with.

For more information on the upcoming titles, please visit http://www.paradoxplaza.com where information will be made available during the upcoming days and weeks.