Guild Wars hits 3 million sold

Guild Wars has just hit 3 million units sold, although this sounds impressive, and it is, it isn’t as impressive as you may think. This includes expansions, which users like me have bought the original and both expansions. Realistically there are probably 1.5 million accounts. Watch out World of Warcraft!

Press Release here 

E3 Murdered

E3 has just been downsized by almost a tenth (50,000 to 6,000) and has been moved out of LA. Additionally the date has been changed to June as opposed to May, but this is more a blessing for developers than a curse.

Read more here.

Portal, Prey and Episode 2

For all of those who have really been asleep lately, Portal (and Team Fortress 2) are being released from valve with their next installment of the Half Life 2 episodic content. I highly recommend anyone/everyone to get the preview movie, and you’ll see its almost like the gravity gun for revolutionary gameplay. Alot of people have been saying that Valve have copied Prey’s portals and done a one up, well…

With Valve’s recent announcement of Portal coming so close on the heels of the release of Prey, some have accused Valve of copying an innovative and trendy gameplay element, much like many developers rushed to include variants of Half-Life 2‘s own “gravity gun.” However, Portal seems to have been in development for some time; at least since the hiring of Narbacular Drop‘s developers, thus before the release date of Prey, long delayed and thought to be vaporware, was publically announced. To counter this criticism, it has been pointed out that although Prey does feature portals, they are not under player control, do not take into account momentum, and are not as integral to the gameplay of Prey as they are to the gameplay of Portal. Prey is also not the first game to feature portal technology: Descent and the original Unreal both featured them in functional, if not pretty, form.

(from wikipedia)

Episode 2 is another highlight right now, with trailers floating around and rumours being speculated. Firstly I would like to state that Alyx won’t die, I am about 90% sure of it. Valve cannot kill a major character like her without some huge reason (and someone to replace her as main character). I think she is either knocked out or maybe the she is dead but the vortigons do their magic.

Team Fortress 2 is looking good too: although I haven’t watched the preview movies yet, the screenshots speak for themselves and I love the style they are going for.

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Signing off i would like to say that LAN parties are probably the best way to spend 24 hours, and the most exhausting way to! Screw it this is an extreme sport!

Guild Wars: Nightfall Confirmed

July 18, 2006 (BELLEVUE, WA) — ArenaNet®, developer of the world’s leading subscription-free online roleplaying games Guild Wars® and Guild Wars FactionsTM, and NCsoft® Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announce today the title of the next game in the award-winning franchise, Guild Wars NightfallTM. Further, Guild Wars Nightfall has entered the beta testing stage and Guild Wars players worldwide are invited to participate in an exclusive, first-look player-versus-player (PVP) event, July 28 — 30, 2006.

During the PVP Preview Event, both Guild Wars and Guild Wars Factions® players will get a first look at Guild Wars Nightfall, and will be able to try out the two new professions being introduced in the game; the Dervish, a scythe-wielding holy warrior, and the Paragon, guardian angel of the Elonian people. In addition to testing out the new professions and arenas, players will also be able to compete for items that will be exchangeable for a variety of rewards throughout the weekend event.

Although we all knew, its nice to hear it from the publishers mouth, especially when you’ve been addicted to their game for the last 2 weeks (sorry that honestly is the only purpose of my life right now). The two new classes sound interesting and far better than the Factions classes, but I predicted the Dervish a few days ago – not that complicated of an idea for the Middle East style world they are crafting now.

This weekend we all get to try it out, and hopefully soon Ian will write up a review of Guildwars – but I am 99% sure if will be completely biased because this came is so freaking awsome…. yes erm… Cya all soon.

Games Addiction in Progress

I’m addicted to Dawn of War (Warhammer 40k RTS) again and Ian is addicted to Guildwars, we’re both going to write reviews of the games once we get over it, and once we settle more back into school after exam leave (which was wisely spent starting this site).

In hardware news, the Intel Core Duo 2 processor has been released for the LGA775 socket. Results look good, its faster than the AMD FX-62 and costs a small fraction. Also the Geforce 7950 X2 has been unleased which I previewed earlier.

In gaming, a few new games are being released soon that should be highlighted: First, Titan Quest from the co-creator of Age of Empires, Brian Sullivan. Seems to be another singleplayer RPG to consume time lately. Also Prey is coming out next month and, while sounding odd, looks technically sound. (something about a Cherokee Indian getting into big portals and loads of magic etc)

Well thats it, tune in later!

Industry Update

With all the chatter of PS3 and Wii, nothing really has surfaced for pc gaming lately. All the major sources have been blank so I'm just going to highlight anything of interest.

First we have something odd that Gabe Newell from Valve said, seeming to show that Half Life 3 will be episodic…

Eurogamer: Why did you change the name from Aftermath? We liked the name.
Gabe Newell:
Errr… I… I think that Aftermath was almost a temporary name. I always thought of it as Episodes One through Three because that's how we planned the products out. I think people thought we'd need a name for them, and Aftermath ended up being more confusing than helpful. Probably a better name for it would have been Half Life 3: Episode One, but these three are what we're doing as our way of taking the next step forward, but Half-Life 2 was the name we used.

Next, it seems an expansion to the huge space mining simulator MMORPG Eve Online is coming out at the end of the month titled "The Path to Kali".

Lastly the Half Life 2 mod, Fortress Forever, apparently is going to released soon based on the huge amout of finished looking screenshots on the mainpage. Three Cheers there!