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ghostrecon

If you found the free-to-play shooter Ghost Recon Online to be an interesting game, starting this month you will be able to help manufacturers create new content.
Ubisoft announces that through Project TOPOS: Beta Map Testing the community can play an active role in the development of game maps. Participants will have access to maps that are still in progress and will be able to share their views on the official forum’s dedicated threads.
Initially only three maps will be available, and to participate in this program you must be a member of a clan as maps can be played only in the Clan Match section in Ghost Recon Online.

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Ubisoft develops an NCIS game

Today,Ubisoft® and CBS Consumer Products announced the development of an all-new video game based on the top-rated drama series, NCIS. The game will be available worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC and Nintendo Wii™ system on October 27. A Nintendo 3DSTM version of the game also will be released exclusively in EMEA territories.

For the first time ever, the world of the NCIS TV drama series comes to life on home and portable gaming consoles and Windows PC. Fans can play as their favorite characters from the NCIS series and search for clues to solve complex murder, espionage and terrorist cases. The game features four original NCIS episodes written and developed with the writers of the hit TV show.

• PLAY AS THE CAST, BE PART OF THE FAMILY – Take on the role of your favorite character from the NCIS team and use their special skills and field expertise to solve the crime. Investigate crime scenes as agents Ziva David and Tony DiNozzo, conduct forensics analyses as Abby Sciuto, perform victim autopsies as Ducky Mallard, interrogate and break suspects as special agent Gibbs, and use satellite tracking to apprehend bad guys on the run as special agent McGee.
• EMBARK ON YOUR OWN NCIS ADVENTURE – Written with the writers of the hit TV show, embark on an all-new NCIS story arc complete with four original NCIS episodes. Travel to exotic environments, from a casino in Atlantic City to a luxury hotel in Dubai. Discover exciting connections between the four cases as you crack each one, and work toward solving the entire investigation.
• TOTAL IMMERSION INTO THE WORLD OF NCIS – Use your guts and cutting edge technology to solve cases. Engaging mini-games and activities keep you on your toes: scour crime scenes for clues, collect evidence, use the latest forensic tools to perform autopsies, and conduct dramatic interrogations of your most promising suspects. Put the clues together using your wits to deduct the truth!
• EXPERIENCE NCIS TEAM CAMARADERIE – Bond with your favorite NCIS characters and experience the group’s humor, personality quirks and defining characteristics. Interact with the characters through compelling layers of storyline and dialogue designed to make you an integral member of the team.

Ubisoft titles at GamesCom

Ubisoft informed us that at GamesCom, that will take place in Koln, Germany between August 17-21,will present the next titles:

  • ANNO 2070
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Far Cry 3
  • From Dust
  • Might & Magic Heroes VI
  • Rayman Origins
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Also, the guests will be able to play The Settlers Online and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online. TrackMania 2 will be presented at Electronic Sports League.

Rift low prices

Trion Worlds provides reduced prices during this month on subscriptions for MMORPG Rift. So those who choose to prepay for 3 months will pay 11.29 euros / month for 6 months the price will be 9.29 euros / month and for one year only 7.99 euro / month.

War Inc. Battlezone beta-test

Warmongers announced that on July 18 will start open beta test for free-to-play third-person shooter War Inc. Battlezone that will be released in partnership with [a]list of games.

Created on the basis of Eclipse’s engine used by Riot Games for League of Legends, will put players in the role of mercenaries who fight in a world dominated by chaos. There will be over 140 weapons and plenty of opportunities to customize the heroes, players will participate in multiplayer matches of 8 vs. 8 or 16 vs. 16.

Also the minimum system requirements were announced:

  • OS:         Windows XP SP3
  • CPU:       Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz
  • RAM:      2GB
  • HDD:      2GB space
  • VIDEO:   nVidia 9600 or ATI 512MB
  • VIDEO:   Pixel shaders 3.0

On August 11, EA will close some servers, of some older games. On that list we can find Battlefield 2142 Demo for PC and Need for Speed Most Wanted for PC and Xbox 360.

The Decision was made because of the few players that were on those servers.

Today, Ubisoft announced the acquisition of free-to-play game developer Owlient. The team at Owlient has extensive expertise in the management of online game-playing communities, and their Howrse brand has almost two million monthly active users.

Founded in Paris in 2005 Owlient, with its 40 team members is a forerunner in creating free-to-play games. The company set itself apart for its ability to develop the expertise and technology necessary to manage and entertain an online game community.

“We are thrilled to welcome the talented team at Owlient to Ubisoft. Over the last five years they have developed an architecture dedicated to delivering and monetizing games as a service, as well as the skills of attracting and retaining online communities,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “This acquisition is the next step in the acceleration of Ubisoft’s free-to-play strategy following last year’s launch of Settlers Online, CSI Crime City and Heroes Kingdoms, as well as the recent beta launch of our ambitious title Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online.”

“Joining the Ubisoft team will allow us to accelerate our international business and to expand our expertise and our games to new platforms. It also lets us integrate our proven online services architecture with Ubisoft’s so that we can help grow their brands online,” affirmed Olivier Issaly, chief executive officer of Owlient. “We are proud of what our team has accomplished and confident that joining Ubisoft will allow us to continue that success. We’d also like to thank our shareholder Innovacom, who has accompanied the Owlient team over the years as we developed.”

Following acquisitions of Massive Entertainment, Nadeo and Quazal, Owlient represents the continuation of Ubisoft’s focus on expanding its online expertise and infrastructure in order to expand its portfolio using new online business models. The recent launch of AAA project Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online in closed beta, the enthusiasm of the TrackMania community, the success of The Settlers Online in Germany and the Uplay online services platform are the most recent realizations of this strategy.

Electronic Arts announced the acquisition of PopCap Games in a deal’s whose value could rise to $ 1.3 billion.

For the studios responsible for Bejewelled, Zuma and Plants Vs Zombies go under the umbrella of EA games industry will have to pay $ 650 million cash in August and $ 100 million in shares, and if the next two years income from PopCap games will be amounted to $ 343 million will have to pay another $ 550 million.
PopCap was founded in 2000, has about 500 employees and last year had revenues of over $ 100 million. About 3 million Facebook members play Bejeweled Blitz daily, while 792,019 prefer Zuma Blitz.

With this acquisition Electronic Arts strengthens its position as the second publisher on the Facebook, with 10 million players. The first position remains Zynga, its games are preferred by 53.6 million players.

Sony Online Entertainment today announced the first Downloadable Content (DLC) pack for DC Universe Online, “Fight for the Light.” Featuring DC Comics favorite The Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and the introduction of the game’s seventh power set – Light, the new downloadable content will be available this summer for both PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

“The Green Lantern has been a mainstay for DC Comics fans for more than 60 years, and is a fan favorite among our players,” said Mark Anderson, Game Director of DC Universe Online. “We’ve listened to the feedback, and fans can now create their own Lantern-inspired characters including the use of light powers.”

In addition to the new light power set, players will also be able to interact with Green Lantern based characters and content in DC Universe Online in these all-new gameplay scenarios:

S.T.A.R. Labs – Deep within S.T.A.R Labs, Brainiac seeks to control experimental devices that will allow him to harness the power source behind the Lantern Corps’ rings. This attack throws the Lantern Corps into chaos, and players must join a fragile truce between the Green and Yellow Lantern Corps to bring the powerful devices back under STAR Labs control.

Coast City – Players must battle their way through the “City Without Fear” to Ferris Aircraft, the home of fighter ace Hal Jordan. Here they face the unbridled rage of the Red Lantern Corps in a showdown to save the city and the Universe.

Sciencells Prison – On the Green Lantern Corp’s home planet Oa, heroes will join with Guy Gardner to stop a prison break that threatens to release the most feared prisoners of the Green Lantern Corps. Villains will fight alongside Sinestro as he attempts to release the Green Lantern Corps’ greatest foes and retrieve the evil Lyssa Drak from her emerald powered prison cell.

Dishonored

Game Informer has made public the first details about Dishonored, a new first-person stealth / action adventure in development at a studio located in Arkan (Arx Fatalis and known for Dark Messiah of Might & Magic).

Among the team members working on the new game is Harvey Smith, who has contributed to Thief and Deus Ex titles, so the game will consist of a series of open ended missions.

Players assume the role of Corvo, killing a bodyguard jailed legendary Empress. Besides its battle skills, Corvo will use a number of supernatural powers and devices that make him a very dangerous killer. Combined with environmental elements and AI, it offers players great freedom in planning actions and for each problem there are several solutions.

Also, there will be a “chaos” system that will keep track of damage done discreetly by the players, virtual world will be changed depending on the characters without them being punished for their actions or have to chose between good/evil.