Battlefront.com has released PT Boats: Knights of the Sea as a download for the PC. This naval simulation puts players in command of a tiny torpedo boat, attempting to turn the tide of battle with a few well-placed shots.
Today sees two new games released through Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360, Polar Panic and 0 Day Attack on Earth:
A lot of games available through the PlayStation Store have gone on sale this week, but Sony has also released a number of new downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP. Games newly available this week include:
Paramount Digital Entertainment has released the Mac version of Star Trek D-A-C through a variety of Mac download portals. The game allows up to 12 players to compete in battles between Starfleet and the Romulan Empire, and is based on the recent Star Trek film. The game has already been released on a variety of other platforms.
Game Developer Research, part of the Think Services Game Group that puts on the Game Developers Conferences, released some of the results of its third Game Developer Census today:
Sony has released a variety of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store. Furthermore, Sony has launched downloadable comics for the PSP through the PlayStation Store. Some of the newly available downloadable games include:
Hasbro, parent company of Wizards of the Coast, has filed a lawsuit against Atari (Infogrames), alleging fraud and multiple breaches of contract relating to Atari's licensing agreement for the Dungeons & Dragons brand. Hasbro alleges that Atari entered into an "unauthorized sublicensing relationship with Namco Bandai Partners". Namco Bandai Partners happens to be a competitor of Hasbro. Hasbro wants to terminate the license agreement and also seeks compensatory damages.
This week, Microsoft has added two more downloadable games to Xbox Live Arcade, Alien Breed Episode 1 and Puzzlegeddon:
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the 16th premium expansion for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest. Called EverQuest: Underfoot, the expansion can be downloaded for $40 and includes new areas (with new quests, encounters, items and related abilities) and new tradeskills. The expansion also extends players' target windows and adds an achievement system to EverQuest.
Graffiti Entertainment has shipped Reader Rabbit Kindergarten for the DS to stores in North America. The game is based on the long-running Reader Rabbit series and is designed to help children learn to read by solving a variety of in-game puzzles.
Sony has released a variety of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store:
This week's addition to Xbox Live Arcade is a port of the classic arcade game QIX, called QIX++. The game can be downloaded to the Xbox 360 for 800 points ($10), and once again has players attempting to box the undulating QIX by cutting off play area with lines. The game is published by Taito, part of Square Enix.
Online game publisher True Games has decided to close its Irvine, California office and consolidate operations in Austin, Texas. While True Games cites the need to have all resources under one roof, the move is, presumably, a cost-cutting measure.
Telltale Games has released Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God as a download for the PC. The game is available through Telltale Games' official site and concludes the story arc of the five-part adventure game based on LucasArts' classic adventure game series.
Tycoon Games, part of the same ownership that includes the publisher Winter Wolves, has released Heileen 2: The Hands of Fate as a downloadable game for the PC. The game is available through various download portals and has players following the interactive story of Heileen in the tradition of simple adventure games.
Exor Studios, together with Akella, has released Zombie Driver as a downloadable game for the PC through the Steam and GamersGate portals. Zombie Driver is a top-down-perspective driving game in which players drive a heavily armed car through streets filled with gruesome zombies.
The Federal Trade Commission released its annual report on the marketing of violent entertainment to children. Needless to say, the FTC and the video game industry had slightly different spins on the report. The Entertainment Software Association (an industry trade group) focused on the areas in which the responsible marketing of video games outpaces that of music and movies. The FTC noted that "the video game and movie industries can do more to limit ad placement on Web sites that disproportionately attract children and teens."
A new selection of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP has been added to the PlayStation Store:
Electronic Arts, like many retail stores, is partnering with a bank (MetaBank) and card issuer (StorValue Card Solutions) to issue a "rewards" Visa debit card. By making purchases at certain stores, card users get points that can be used to purchase EA Sports games. Frankly, it's hard to see users choosing this debit card over all the other options available, but investors can rest, secure in the knowledge that EA is pursuing every available channel to increase sales and income.
Ankama's long-running massively multiplayer online game Dofus has officially leveled up. A major content update, coupled with a rewrite of the game code has resulted in the launch of Dofus 2.0. To celebrate the update, the game is offering double the game's experience rewards and item drop rates through mid-December.
Band REO Speedwagon has launched its casual game Find Your Own Way Home as a download through several game portal sites. Not only is it interesting to see a band release a (slightly-less-than) $10 game to promote new album sales, REO Speedwagon has clearly identified its target demographic by releasing a hidden-object-style mystery game – a style of game favored by older, female, casual gamers.
This week's release for Xbox Live Arcade is Call of Duty: Classic. The original Call of Duty, released in 2003, can be downloaded to the Xbox 360 for 1,200 points ($15). This classic first-person shooter has been remastered to display in HD on the Xbox 360.
Bethesda Softworks has released Rogue Warrior for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores. This first-person shooter has players engaging in a covert operation to disrupt a North Korean ballistic missile program during the Cold War.
505 Games has shipped Picture Perfect Hair Salon for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players running their own salon, doing make-up and hair for customers. As with similar games, players can import photos using the DSi camera and then augmenting the look of those photos with the salon software.
CCP is taking its massively multiplayer online game Eve Online down for much of the day to launch the next major content update for Eve Online, called "Dominion." This update changes how sovereignty works – the way in which players control space and how players upgrade controlled systems. Dominion also adds an epic plot arc for pirate players, new methods for generating planets and balancing for capital ships. Most importantly, the update provides yet another overhaul of the new player experience.