4:45 PM, Friday, May 31st, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Today, Comic Related partook in a conference call with Brian Michael Bendis about the upcoming Marvel Heroes MMO that launches next Tuesday. Bendis was the chief writer for the game working on it on and off for two and a half years.
During the conversation, Bendis talked about the selection of characters, the experience of writing the story for the game, how it compared to his past experience, what's yet to come and so much more.
We'll have the full article right here on CR this coming Monday, the day before the official June 4th launch date.
The game is free-to-play on your PC, and lets you choose from 18 playable characters or make your own custom. It's your chance to play the Marvel Universe YOUR way.
Marvel Heroes is a FREE-TO-PLAY action-packed massively multiplayer online game created by David Brevik, the visionary behind Diablo and Diablo 2. Set in the iconic Marvel Universe, Marvel Heroes combines the core game-play style of Action RPGs and MMOs with the expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. In the game, players can collect and play as their favorite Marvel Superheroes (including Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Spider Man, Captain America and many others). Team up with friends and try to stop Doctor Doom from devastating the world with the power of the Cosmic Cube in a story written by Marvel comic super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis.
Marvel Heroes goes live on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Learn more at MarvelHeroes.com
4:00 PM, Friday, May 31st, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is now available to download for the iPad, Mac game developer and publisher Aspyr Media announced today. The game's mobile debut comes as the acclaimed role-playing game celebrates in tenth anniversary later this year.
"Being able to bring one of the most beloved Star Wars games to iPad for such a momentous event is an incredible honor," said Aspyr's vice president of publishing Elizabeth Howard in a statement. "We have a long history at Aspyr of bringing the best games to Apple platforms, and as bona fide fans of the original release, we've worked to ensure that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for iPad lives up to its prodigious reputation."
Aspyr Media is no stranger to bringing games to Apple platforms. The company has ported various high-profile titles to Mac, including Borderlands 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and BioShock Infinite, among others.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is available today through iTunes for $10. The game brings the "full experience" to the iPad, as well as user interface tweaks for the touch-screen.
The game is compatible only with the iPad 2 or newer models running iOS 6 or newer. The Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic file size is 1.98 GB.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was originally developed by BioWare. It launched for Xbox and PC in November 2003
2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Wizards of the Coast will release Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle, an exclusive D&D Next preview and mini-campaign, at Gen Con. Fans pre-ordering the $29.95 book will also receive a Dungeons & Dragons miniature from Gale Force Nine, which is producing a line of the minis. The product will only be available to Gen Con attendees.
Wizards will not have a presence on the Gen Con exhibit floor; copies of the special D&D Next preview will be available only at the Gale Force Nine booth.
Asked why it is not on the exhibit floor this year, a Wizards of the Coast spokesperson said, "As we continue to focus on creating great play experiences, Wizards has collaborated with GenCon to create a strategy for this year's show that provides great branded play experiences for our players and fans." It remains a co-sponsor of the show, and will have a full slate of Magic: The Gathering and Kaijudo events, as well as its D&D events.
Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle will include four adventures, pre-generated characters, game rules that will allow advancing those characters up to level 10, monster statistics, spell descriptions, magic item descriptions, and info on Daggerford, where the campaign is based.
Organized play for D&D Next will include up to four debut adventures using the playtest rules. A D&D Open Championship using D&D 4th Edition rules will also be held.
On Thursday night, a D&D Next event with players, fans, designers, authors, and other industry luminaries will be held. Last year, a D&D Next keynote was held on Thursday night.
1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Hasbro and Tokyo-based social gaming developer DeNA are furthering their partnership by collaborating on two free-to-play mobile games tied to the G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons brands.
Based on the classic toon, G.I. Joe: Battleground lets players lead and assemble teams of G.I. Joe heroes and that battle various villains. Arena of War, based on Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons brand, is a role-playing game that features in-game events and massive multiplayer competitions
The games are being developed and published by DeNA and will be housed on the company's Mobage mobile social gaming platform later this year for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. The company says the games are being designed to appeal to dedicated fans of the franchises as well as to the cohorts of casual gamers.
DeNA and Hasbro previously teamed on a mobile game based on the Transformers franchise called Transformers: Legends.
8:00 AM, Monday, May 27th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Adventureland Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for a new superhero card game called PACK OF HEROES. It's set in a parallel universe of vintage comic books consisting of 30 different heroes with crazy retro personas, costumes and powers. The cards include stats and bios for each of the characters.
In addition, they have t-shirts, action figures, patches, a playmat and more. You can check out the promo video below.
We actually mentioned this on this week's Hall of Toys podcast (airing Tuesday, May 28th) and said how much fun - even if for the hilarity - it looked to be. I mean you can play as Zombie Lad or Dr. Feel Good. There's even a clown and a trashcan robot. You can't get more retro than that!
The heroes are also parts of teams as detailed here:
Now, their incentives aren't the most generous or creative I've seen, so you'll probably have to really love this game. I would have liked to have seen some of the action figures and t-shirts as incentives, and maybe even a special card based on the person donating to be included as an exclusive.
Their goal is $15,000 and as of this posting this they have funded less than a fifth of that, but there's still nearly 4 weeks to go.
Adventureland Games has produced several other indie games as well, so you may want to check out their main website here:
7:00 PM, Sunday, May 26th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Cryptozoic Entertainment will allow select retailers to begin selling its new The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game before the official street date. To qualify, the stores must participate in Cryptozoic's Game Premiere Night program.
To participate, the retailer must pre-order the "Game Premiere Night Kit," which includes a promotional poster, a reduced-cost demo copy of the game to play, and six copies of the game to sell. The kit will ship to arrive on Friday, June 14, giving the participating store an entire weekend to sell the game before the official June 19 street date.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Board Game was designed by Reiner Knizia. The Game Premiere Night program was announced as part of Cryptozoic's Diamond-Alliance exclusivity arrangement, which went into effect in March.
8:00 AM, Sunday, May 26th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Over a year ago came the announcement of Young Justice: Legacy, a video game based on the popular animated series from Cartoon Network. Now the full trailer for the game has been revealed and you can watch it in the player below!
In Young Justice: Legacy, fans can look forward to an original storyline set in between Seasons 1 and 2 of the television series, written in collaboration with show writers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti. The game is packed with fan favorite playable characters, cameo appearances by popular Justice League heroes and villains, and includes online multiplayer as well as local multiplayer modes.
The game's roster includes Nightwing, Superboy, Miss Martian, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Artemis, Zatanna, Tempest, Beast Boy, Robin, Rocket, and Batgirl. Players will face off against Lex Luthor, Sportmaster, Cheshire, Icicle Jr., Killer Frost, Black Manta, Psimon, Riddler, Blockbuster, Bane, Klarion, and a yet-to-be revealed villain.
Originally slated for an early 2013 release, Young Justice: Legacy will be released for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS on September 10, 2013.
12:00 PM, Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
WizKids has announced eight single-ship Expansion Packs for its Star Trek: Attack Wing miniatures game that it plans to debut at Gen Con in August. The new game will be played with ship miniatures using the FlightPath maneuver system from the Star Wars X-Wing CMG under license from Fantasy Flight Games.
The Star Trek: Attack Wing game is a stand-alone game that is not compatible with other games that use the FlightPath system. Star Trek: Attack Wing miniatures will be sold in non-blind configurations, with three-ship starter box sets, and single ship (visible) expansion packs. The first eight expansion packs for the Star Trek: Attack Wing game are:
1:00 PM, Friday, May 17th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Electronic Arts is distancing itself from the struggling Wii U, the Battlefield and FIFA publisher has confirmed with Kotaku.
"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown said, noting that this could change in the future.
As Kotaku points out, during Nintendo's 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata welcomed then-EA CEO John Riccitiello to speak, where he talked up the console.
"What Nintendo's new console delivers speaks directly to the players of EA Sports and EA Games," Riccitiello said at the time. "Nintendo's new console will produce brilliant high-definition graphics and new gameplay opportunities. We look forward to seeing great EA content on this new platform."
EA launched several titles for the Wii U early during the platform's life cycle, including Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and new installments in the Madden and FIFA franchises. Brown told Kotaku that these offerings were indicative of EA making good on its E3 2011 partnership.
The original Wii saw steady support from EA, as the publisher launched 78 total titles for the platform, according to the company's website. EA has released just four games for the Wii U.
The Wii U has officially sold 3.45 million units worldwide as of March 31. Nintendo has attributed the platform's slow adoption rate to a lack of major titles and marketing failing to communicate the novelty of the system.
Nintendo plans to spark system sales by launching key first-party titles on a more regular basis moving forward, beginning with Pikmin 3 in August. The company also aims to reduce manufacturing costs to make the Wii U profitable.
8:00 AM, Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Fantasy massively multiplayer online game Rift will adopt a free-to-play business model beginning June 12, developer Trion Worlds announced today.
According to the developer, free-to-play gamers will be able to experience the entire game world of Telara, which includes every dungeon, every zone, and every level. Free-to-play users will also receive "full access" to all content future game updates.
Rift creative director Bill Fisher explained that business model switch came in response to fan feedback.
"We have been listening to feedback from our players and watching the continuously developing MMO community, and are now ready to launch Rift as a premium free-to-play experience," Fisher said in a statement. "After taking our time and planning a careful transition; we are very excited to bring an enhanced game experience to everyone, without barriers."
When Rift goes free-to-play next month, Trion Worlds will launch an expanded in-game store offering up various mounts, boosts, and wardrobe items for purchase. Gamers who continue to pay a subscription will receive a series of "Patron" benefits, including extra currency, increased mount speed, and bonus experience, among other perks.
Trion Worlds will mark the June 12 free-to-play Rift re-launch with content update 2.3, called Empyreal Assault. This update will open an new zone, world event, chronicle, and more. A detailed breakdown of the new free-to-play version of Rift is available at the game's website.
Rift launched in March 2011 and introduced the Storm Legion expansion the next year. A Rift Lite version was made available February 2012 that allows gamers to play for free until level 20. Blizzard Entertainment offers a similar service for World of Warcraft. Rift generated $100 million in revenue during its first year.
It is the latest MMO to adopt a free-to-play business model after launch, following Tera, Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, EverQuest II, Aion, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Bethesda has not said if its upcoming MMO game The Elder Scrolls Online will carry a subscription fee, though consultant Nicholas Lovell believes the game will launch with a subscription before going free-to-play.