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In response to the pestering rumors constantly making headlines, with regard to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand - most recently from publisher bitComposer - the Kiev-based developer GSC Game World has just come out with a press release stating that it - together with Sergey Grigorovich - remain the sole owners of all the intellectual property rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and the brand overall, including all the trademarks, the game universe, the technology etc. "This can be easily verified with the trademark services online", the studio points out.



S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is a survival/FPS game based on fictional events of the second accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a warning (...)

>  Continue reading 'STALKER Brand Still Owned By GSC Game World'...
Publisher 1C Company has just announced the development of IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, a new entry in this venerable combat flight simulator franchise, planned for an early 2014 release. The game is being developed by 777 Studios (makers of Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War), with whom they have formed a joint venture and a new studio named 1C Game Studios.



This venture brings two of the world's leading combat flight-simulation franchises and development teams together under one banner to form a new, dynamic team led by (...)

>  Continue reading 'IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Announced'...
That "Dementia" trailer from a few weeks ago did a great job at not showing the upcoming sequel Dead Space 2, so this fresh batch of screenshots issued by Electronic Arts should be a welcome addition - as should be the EA Showcase video interview with the game's executive producer, Steve Papoutsis, in which he talks a bit about the game. Yeah, they tend to do that in interviews...



The horror shooter sequel Dead Space 2 is once again developed by Visceral Games for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The story picks up three years after the original, with Isaac Clarke returning for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature plasma cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores epic zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless Necromorph onslaught.

A release date for Dead Space 2 (...)

>  Continue reading 'Dead Space 2 Screenshots, Video Interview'...
Along with yesterday's new teaser trailer labeled "Leave A Message", Electronic Arts also revealed the release date for this year's Medal of Honor shooter: October 12, 2010 in North America, and October 15 in Europe. Being the first game in the series to completely change the theater of operations, leaving the battlefields of WWII for a more contemporary kind of conflict, EA saw fit to reset its title to Medal of Honor - period.



As the publisher's press-release-for-dummies explains, this "emotionally charged trailer" shows "a U.S. Army Ranger platoon heading into combat aboard a helicopter. The chaos and uncertainty of the mission is belied by the reassuring voice of one of the Rangers as he reaches out to his family back home" (insert crocodile tears). Aaanyway...

The setting chosen for this new Medal of Honor is that of war-torn Afghanistan, as seen though the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Players will be introduced to (...)

>  Continue reading 'Medal of Honor Release Date, With New Trailer'...
The game formerly known as ArcaniA: A Gothic Tale has been revealing itself quite nicely over the last few days, first with a batch of screenshots (included way down below), followed this week by a couple of trailers and a high-res cover art. It's been a pretty long time since we've seen Gothic 4 in motion, and although I wouldn't call these trailers impecable, they are impressive enough to make fans forget - if only for a couple of minutes - that the series' original developer Piranha Bytes was abandoned by JoWooD, in favor of another team from Spellbound.



ArcaniA: Gothic 4 is currently planned for release in Fall 2010, on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The story resumes 10 years after the end of Gothic 3, in a slightly changed world: the Southern Islands have become embroiled in a grueling conflict, and set the stage for the player to brave countless adventures in the guise of a nameless hero. Old acquaintances and new faces will aid the hero or attempt to thwart his efforts throughout his epic journey. Especially the members of the fairer sex will play a more important role. Who knows maybe the women will make the hero's life a little more (...)

>  Continue reading 'ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Trailers, Screens, Cover Art'...
Ubisoft's Romanian studio is back at work on what it usually does best: military sims, be they naval (Silent Hunter 3 and above), aerial or otherwise. In this case, aerial, as yesterday brought the announcement of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2. The sequel to last year's "over one million units" selling HAWX is planned for release in Fall 2010, for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii platforms.



Much like the previous game, HAWX 2 also promises to plunge fans into an explosive environment where they can become elite aerial soldiers in control of the world's most technologically advanced aircraft. The game is meant to appeal to a wide array of gamers, as players will have the chance to control exceptional pilots trained to use cutting edge technology in amazing aerial warfare missions.

The game's official website is now ready for a very brief inspection, though offering little more than the above artwork. Which, by the way, had the following amusingly erroneous description embedded in its file: (...)

>  Continue reading 'Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Takes Off In Fall 2010'...
Several years ago (back when we were still posting on this website), it would've been a fitting way to start an article about Star Wolves by writing how underrated it was, how unique of a space-RPG gameplay it offered. But by now, the same can hardly be said about its latest sequel, Star Wolves 3, anymore. Or maybe that's just my EVE Online addiction talking... Anyway, the Russian publisher 1C Company is pushing on with the series, and today announced an upcoming expansion pack called Star Wolves 3: Ashes of Victory.



Developed by the same vodka-drenched bunch from Elite Games Team, the expansion is currently set for a Q3 2010 release. Among its advertised features, there will be improved graphics, a large-scale scenario covering more than 110 solar systems, "thoroughly re-worked" tactical and role-playing systems (a hint at how terribly flawed said systems were in the first place?), new NPCs, new factions, new ships, weapons, equipment, (...)

>  Continue reading 'Star Wolves 3 Expands With Ashes of Victory'...
I came. Then I heard the soundtrack from Dragon Age: Origins' otherwise kick-ass E3 2009 trailer, and went numb again.

 (...)

>  Continue reading 'There Be Dragon Age E3 Screenshots'...
Backtracking through four websites, all the way to a most obscure original source, I can only wonder what the hell am I missing here... Epic's CliffyB made it pretty clear some months ago that they're not doing a PC version "this time around" (unless he meant to say "at this time"), and yet some are desperately holding on to the hope of seeing Gears of War 2 ported to the PC. Conceivable as that may sound.

The rumor resurfaced last night over on IGN, whose syntactically-challenged report claims that "there were plenty of details [about Gears of War 2] that appeared to be pulled from an upcoming press release and even a preliminary box shot with the Games for Windows logo stamped on the front and limited edition details". Said source even offered pre-orders for Gears of War 2, with a release date allegedly set for December 4, 2009.

Bullshit? Oh, you bet! Right now, there doesn't seem to be any reference to the sequel's PC version on said website; not anymore, at least. Kotaku did catch a glimpse of it, though, and what they found out is rather amusing:
"(...) And then there's the fact that the retail codes are all for The Golden Compass. Yes, the UPC code, MPN number, and ASIN identifier all point to Sega's PC version of The Golden Compass, based on the theatrical version of the book, which did indeed feature a war, but instead of gears, we have bears. Bears of war.

Naturally, Microsoft's reps are still denying any plans for a PC version. Seriously, are people that desperate for gaming "news" after the E3 dried out the scene?
And in even more goodies-for-download news, yet another map pack was let loose over the world wide webs. Called "Armored Front", this is the second map pack released by Monolith and Warner Bros. for their shooting sequel F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. It only brings 2 new maps - "Conductor" and "Decoy" - and 4 unique character heads to swap out, but at least the pack's PC version is free to download.

You'll find it on the likes of FileFront, Fileplanet and wherever else you usually get your downloads from, either associated with the "Armored Front" title, or with patch v1.04. Oh and don't bother looking for it if you're running the Steam version: the pack was already released as an automated update via Steam last week.

The "Armored Front" pack follows the earlier "Toy Soldiers" that launched a few months ago, and it will be followed by a third F.E.A.R. 2 map pack later this summer. (...)

>  Continue reading 'F.E.A.R. 2 Map Pack, Armored Front Released'...

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