|This week we have a super duper awesome show for you! It’s extra long, but packed with the most awesome stuff on the planet.. or OFF the planet for that matter. We not only have the usual gaming news, reviews, discussion and such but we’ve got an awesome interview with 2 of the fine folk over at CCP (EVE Online). CCP Manifest and CCP Jasonitas grace our humble “virtual studio” and reveal all the deep dark secrets that are lurking out there in the void of space.. (well, not really). Yeah, the show is long, but it’s worth every minute!|
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Interview with CCP Manifest and CCP Jasonitas from CCP Games
Darcy and Russell had the opportunity to talk with CCP Manifest (PR Associate) and CCP Jasonitas (Content Team) from CCP Games, the developer of EVE Online. They provided us with some great information regarding the unique sandbox game world of New Eden as well as some of the challenges of running the universe on a single shard. CCP Manifest and CCP Jasonitas discussed their current roles and how they got started with CCP Games. CCP Jasonitas shared which mission he wrote is his favorite, and what their favorite aspect of the game is. We also took a look at the relationship between the developers and the player community, especially in regards to the Council of Stellar Management (CSM), which gives elected players a chance to meet face-to-face with developers to discuss issues, concerns, and suggestions. We lightly touched upon the highly anticipated Incarna expansion and the console MMOFPS DUST 514 which are currently in development. Of course, we confirmed they have been Polygamerized as well. Oh! And we even asked CCP Jasonitas about the Mothman.
For more information about EVE Online you can visit their website and check out a 14 day trial.
This Week in Gaming
- Everquest 2 Expansion!
- (GameProNews) Developer Red Eagle Games announced today that Obsidian Entertainment would be joining the production efforts on a PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Wheel of Time game to be published by EA.
- (Games Industry.biz) News: PSP continues to lead Japanese hardware chart
- (GamesRadar) Uncharted 2 closing on 3 million; MAG over 500K copies sold (MAG)
- (GamesRadar) Layoffs, Loss of ‘Guitar Hero’ at Neversoft (Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock)
According to sources at both Activision and Neversoft, the next ‘Guitar Hero’ will be the last one Neversoft does before the franchise is handed over to Vicarious Visions. Vicarious Visions has been the studio who has ported all the prior ‘Guitar Hero’ games to the Wii
- (GamesRadar) Dead Rising 2 dated for September 3 in Europe (Dead Rising 2)
- (GamesRadar) No Final Fantasy XIII system bundle for PS3 (Final Fantasy XIII)
Microsoft says that the Xbox 360 will be the only system bundled with Final Fantasy XIII outside of Japan.
- (GameIndrusty.biz) News: NCsoft experiences 11-fold profit increase in Q4NCsoft’s net income soared in the fourth quarter of 2009, increasing 1009 per cent on last year.According to the South Korean company’s latest results, net income grew to KRW 71.22bn ($61.5m / £39.3m) for the three months ending December 30, compared with KRW 6.42bn ($5.5m / £3.5m) a year ago.
Sales almost doubled year-on-year, from KRW 87.32bn ($75.4m / £48.2m) to KRW 197.28bn ($170.4m / £108.9m).
- (Gamasutra) EA: Rock Band Deal Ending, But EA ‘Hopeful The Business Will Continue’
Electronic Arts’ distribution deal with Viacom-owned MTV Games, which has seen the two companies co-publish Harmonix’s Rock Band games since 2007, comes to an end this March — but EA says it is “hopeful of continuing a relationship with Viacom.”
- (Gamasutra) Layoffs Hit Activision Studios, Radical, Luxoflux, Neversoft Affected
Layoffs have apparently hit Activision studios — over 50 percent of the staff at Prototype creator Radical Entertainment has been let go, Guitar Hero developer Neversoft has seen an unspecified number of staff cuts, and licensed game studio Luxoflux is to close, our sources claim. Gamasutra sources confirm reports at consumer weblog Kotaku that some 90 employees have been let go at Radical.
- (Edge) Activision Closes Red Octane Red Octane is the original Guitar Hero publisher and creator of the franchise’s plastic instruments. Kotaku has reported that Red Octane had been completely shut down with those employees responsible directly for the series’ hardware to report straight into Activision. The website estimates that about 30 to 40 people were shown the door.
- (Gamasutra) NPD: U.S. January Retail Video Game Sales Sink 13 Percent
As widely expected by analysts, U.S video game retail sales during January were down for the year, as New Super Mario Bros. Wii outsold January’s epic RPG, Mass Effect 2 from BioWare. (goto article for more info)
- (Gamasutra) Bejeweled Sales hit 50 Mil.
PopCap’s classic match-three gem puzzler, Bejeweled, is 10 years old today — and to date it’s sold 50 million units, the company says.
- (Gamasutra) Rent-By-Mail Service GameFly Files For IPO
Video game rent-by-mail subscription service GameFly has announced its filing for an initial public offering, with the intention of making its shares available for the public to buy for the first time since the company’s 2002 founding.
- (GamePro) Research firm: Mass Effect 2 outsells other games in January 6 to 1
- (GamePro) Activison Blizzard plans new Spider-Man, StarCraft II, & Cataclysm expansion in 2010
- (Shacknews) StarCraft 2 Beta Launching This Month, Final Game Still Targeting Mid-2010 Release
- The fate of Dead Space 2 on PC apparently still hangs in the balance, according to EA.com editor in chief Jeff Green on Twitter, as plans for a PC version are not outright scrapped–as had been as had been thought–but are only “under consideration.”
- (Gamasutra) Dragon Age: Origins Sells In 3.2 Million Units
BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins has shipped more than 3.2 million units worldwide since its Fall 2009 release, publisher Electronic Arts announced
- (GameSpy) The Old Republic Won’t Launch Before April 2011
- (Shacknews) Free EverQuest II: Battlegrounds Update to Arrive Alongside ‘Sentinel’s Fate’ Expansion
The free add-on, called Battlegrounds, enables up to forty-eight questers to engage in player-versus-player combat matches that can be joined from any server. When the free update launches on February 16, players can duke it out in three new zones in an attempt to unlock a new Chaos armor set.
More info we have intercepted in the Mass Effect Universe:
Subject: Weekly Update
Ratch! How are things back on Tuchanka? Isn’t it pyjak mating season right now? Oh that’s right it’s always pyjak mating season HAHA! Anyway as I said in my last message my Blue Rose and I have been having trouble. She thinks I don’t know that our children will be asari but I don’t care. When we first met I knew right away that she was the one for me. I saw some turians bugging her, damn turians don’t they have any damn manners. It’s the female that makes the mating requests! But you should have seen my Blue Rose in action. After I took down three of the turians the last one pulled a gun on me, but my Blue Rose lifted him into the air with her biotics and threw him half way across the hangar. Just imagine how strong our children will be. But it’s more than that, I love her Ratch. I’d do anything for her and I want to be with her till the day I return to the soil.
But look at me ramble like a whelp talking about their first varren pack kill. I think I figured out a way to get my Blue Rose to take me back. While I was at Eternity(local bar here, I like the bartender, her father was krogan) I met this human female named Kasumi. She overheard me talking to the bartender and told me all I need to do is be romantic. She borrowed my omni-tool so that she could upload some poetry and songs to it for me. Probably shouldn’t have let her borrow it since I have a lot of security clearance codes but she had it back to me the next morning and nothing seemed tampered with. Humans are funny like that, always need to see or do something themselves to make sure it gets done right.
This is what I’ve wrote so far, hopefully my Blue Rose will see how sensitive I can be and take me back.
Blue rose of Ilium,
You have blossomed in a tower of glass and plastic,
But beauty under glass is untested and weak.
Where are your honored dead to fertilize the ground that you might grow strong?
On the rocky plains of Tuchanka,
I will build you a garden from the bones of my ancestors.
Blue rose of Ilium,
Let your roots dig deep into the hot soil of Tuchanka!
Let our scorching sun and sheeting rain turn your supple beauty into strength!
For if our love is to survive,
It must grow thorns to pierce the hand of any that would uproot it!
Blue rose of Ilium,
Leave eternity unembraced and grapple with the glorious struggle that is us,
Here and now!
I am speechless, not with blood rage but with love,
And I stand here humble and mute, to offer you a home.
Come with me Blue rose of Ilium, let our three hearts beat as two.
I’ll let you know how things go. If she takes me back I’ll bring her to Tuchanka so you can meet her. And who knows maybe our children could take the Rite one day. I know they’ll never be accepted as part of the krogan people but maybe they could be a part of an Urdnot krantt while they take their Rite. I know they’ll always be seen as asari but I want them to be proud of their father’s heritage too.
Subject: Re:Weekly Update
Charr I know the Clan Leader made me promise to look after you and you’ve always been like a bloodbrother to me, but I don’t know anyway else to tell you this.
I DON’T CARE!
….but even if it doesn’t work out come visit. Urz misses you.
5 Deals in 5 Minutes
- GoHastings.com wants to be rid of its used games and pass the saving to YOU. Xbox360 games start at $1.38, PS3 games at $2.76. Tons of titles like Guitar Hero 3 for less than 5 bucks, and Project Gotham Racing 4 for only $7.58. Oh and did I mention if you buy 2 used games you get a 3rd used game for $1. Yeah its that good folks.
- Electronic Arts (EA) is offering all Command and Conquer games for FREE download, 5 command and Conquer games in total all available for dowload. They are giving you the complete ISO image so make sure you have the software to burn those to a disk or a virtual drive to load them on. Cant get much cheaper than that.
- Gamestop is taking 15% off preorder Wii games plus Free shipping with online coupons. Games like the upcoming metroid or Zelda projects can be had for $42.49 by entering the coupon code (LUVNU) after that snag free shipping on all items with the coupon code (SAVER)
- MacMall.com is offering refurbished xbox360 20 gig hard drive consoles (Like the one I have) for $138.00 and $12 dollars shipping. Most of us who owned those original models are all playing on refurbished consoles anyway due to the Red Ring Of Death, so even the poor people can now annoy their friends with endless achievements.
- THQ Complete pack via Steam. 18-game bundle. It includes Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Full Spectrum Warrior, Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Red Faction, and more. If you bought these individually it would cost $354.82 so your saving alittle over 300 dollars! (Although steam does offer the package deal itself for $99)