Merscom has released its casual game Hospital Hustle as a download for the PC. The game has players taking on the role of Nurse Sarah helping to diagnose and treat patients in this time-management-style game.
Sony Online Entertainment is including an online trading card game within its upcoming virtual world aimed at younger gamers, Free Realms (currently in beta-testing). Sony has worked out a deal with The Topps Company (owned by The Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners) such that in the first half of next year, The Topps Company will offer a physical counterpart to the virtual card game available within Free Realms. The physical Free Realms trading card game will include loot cards that unlock items in the virtual world.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment plans to release a video game at the same time the film Terminator: Salvation reaches theaters. Terminator: Salvation - The Videogame will be a third-person shooter that will also reach theaters on May 22, 2009. The game will have players taking on the role of John Connor, battling the forces of Skynet for the survival of humanity.
Commodore Gaming is resurrecting the classic computer brand as a new PC builder, and has finally opened up its doors in North America. The company is opening up its North American headquarters in Long Island, New York, with that office being headed by Eyal Akler, the former CEO of Hypersonic PC. FI was able to see some of Commodore's products in the summer of 2007, and the PCs looked impressive. Now the company is finally setting up to operate outside of Europe.
Atlus USA's game Luminous Arc 2 is now in North American stores for the DS. This role-playing game has players caught up in a conflict between warring witches.
Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts have launched the latest major content update for their massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies. Chapter 11: The Battle of Echo Base allows players to participate in combat missions for either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire on Hoth, battling over the rebel base featured in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
THQ Wireless has launched Star Wars: The Clone Wars for java-enabled mobile phones. The game has players taking on the role of a clone trooper battling through 15 missions against the droids of the seperatist army.
Gamecock Media Group has shipped its game Legendary (formerly known as Legendary: The Box) for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. The game follows a thief who opens Pandora's box, unleashing mythical creatures on an unsuspecting world. The PC version should reach stores next week.
Left 4 Dead from Valve (and distributed by Electronic Arts) is now available for both the PC and the Xbox 360. Using Valve's Source Engine, the game has several players working cooperatively to survive a zombie onslaught driven by a new and nastier strain of the rabies virus.
PopStar Guitar from XS Games is now in stores in North America for the Wii and PlayStation 2. The game includes around 50 songs that can be played with any non-USB guitar peripheral on the PlayStation 2 or with the "AirG" peripheral that snaps onto the Wii Remote.
Harmonix (part of MTV Games) in conjunction with Electronic Arts, has shipped the Rock Band Track Pack: Volume 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2 to stores in North America. This pack features 20 songs that can be played as a standalone game. While the pack is aimed at those who can't access downloadable content, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners can export all the tracks to their console for play with Rock Band and Rock Band 2.
The Shadow Odyssey, the fifth expansion for Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II is now available in retail stores or as a download.
Publisher GamesCampus has signed an agreement with MLB Advanced Media that will allow GamesCampus to integrate Major League Baseball league and club logos into its upcoming online game MLB Dugout Heroes. The game itself will be a persistent-world baseball game that is expected to launch in time for the 2009 baseball season.
Crytek, the developer behind games such as Far Cry and Crysis, recently opened an office in South Korea that will focus on supporting licensees of the Crytek's middleware. The office is led by Young Mok Park.
Candella Systems has released its game Pyroblazer as a download for the PC through several download portals. Pyroblazer has players racing anti-gravity vehicles that happen to be armed to the teeth, and eager to blast fellow racers off the course.
Matrix Games, together with developer AGEOD, has released World War One: La Grande Guerre as a download for the PC. The game includes four campaigns and a variety of scenarios based on the military and political situation in Europe during the First World War and allows players to take control of any of eight nations.
CCP Games has launched the content expansion Quantum Rise for its massively multiplayer online game Eve Online. The expansion includes a server migration that should dramatically improve the scale and speed of player battles, adds a variety of quests and changes the starscape (moving a variety of jump gates and changing stargate routes).
Atlus' game Eternal Poison for the PlayStation 2 is North American stores today. The game is a strategic role-playing game set in a fantasy world that is quickly being overrun by demons.
Russian publisher 1C is planning to release King's Bounty: Armored Princess in the near future. The title will be an add-on for the turn-based strategy game King's Bounty: The Legend, a recently-released turn-based strategy game for the PC.
WizKids, a subsidiary of Topps, "will immediately cease operations and discontinue its product lines." WizKids specialized in collectible tabletop games such as HeroClix and Pirates!. The company says "Topps will immediately pursue strategic alternatives so that viable brands and properties, including HeroClix, can continue without noticeable disruption." Presumably, that means Topps is hoping to sell WizKids' games.
Infogrames, the parent of Atari, announced certain fiscal results for the first half of its fiscal year, a six-month period ended September 30, 2008.
Tri Synergy has shipped its adventure game for the PC Last Half of Darkness: Beyond the Spirit's Eye to stores in North America. The game features a town where all the residents are controlled by an ancient jewel and whose curse can only be broken through point-and-click adventure gaming.
Aksys Games has shipped Princess On Ice for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players building up the skills of an ice skater by tapping on the DS touchscreen in time with the music.
Peripheral manufacturer Nyko has shipped its updated Intercooler line (dubbed the "Intercooler TS") for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Intercooler TS clips onto the back of the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 (different versions are available for each console) and increases the airflow through the console to ensure that the console functions at an appropriate temperature.
Bethesda Softworks, part of ZeniMax Media, is pleased to let everyone know that the company shipped around 4.7 million copies of Fallout 3 worldwide last week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. As Bethesda points out, should all those copies be sold, that would represent retail sales of around $300 million.
Publisher City Interactive plans to open an office in Spain to expand its European business. City Interactive will use funds raised in its recent Initial Public Offering to make its entrance as a publisher in the Spanish market.
Square Enix's Taito Label has shipped Exit DS, not surprisingly, for the DS. The game has players working as professional escape artist Mr. Esc, helping save folks from a variety of extreme (and often strange) disasters.
The United States has elected Barack Obama as the nation's next president. What does this mean for gamers? Probably very little. While Obama has on various occasions encouraged gamers to put down the games, get out and do things, he has also invested in advertising within video games, acknowledging the importance of gamers as a demographic. And he won't be nearly as abusive of games as the alternative candidate, McCain.
Pet Pals: Animal Doctor from Legacy Interactive is now in North American stores for the Wii. The game has players acting as a veterinarian taking care of various household pets using the Wii to diagnose and treat the animals.
Ultimate I Spy from Scholastic Media is now in stores in North America for the Wii. This hidden-object game has players navigating 3D environments to solve riddles that ultimately unlock a mysterious machine.
Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals from Legacy Interactive is now in North American stores for the DS. The game has players taking on the role of a veterinarian caring for a group of zoo animals including penguins, elephants and komodo dragons, using the DS touchscreen to diagnose and treat the animals.
Goosebumps HorrorLand from Scholastic Media is now in stores in North America for the Wii, PlayStation 2 and DS. Based on the line of young adult novels, the game has players experiencing carnival rides and mini-games in a spooky theme park.
Stardock plans to release a game called Elemental: War of Magic for the PC in the first quarter of 2010. The game will set players up as rulers of a kingdom, able to channel magic and lead their kingdoms in a single player campaign or a persistent, online, multiplayer mode.
Monster Lab from Eidos, part of SCi Entertainment, has reached stores for the Wii, PlayStation 2 and DS. The game is "set in the supernatural world of Uncanny Valley" where players must construct monsters to defeat the Baron Mharti who rules over the valley.
Gameloft has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment that will allow Gameloft to start publishing games based on certain Marvel properties starting in 2009. The first such game to be released will be a game based on Spider-Man, due out in 2009, with a game based on Iron Man to be released the following year.