Source: Borderlands 2 Announced
Source: Borderlands 2 Announced
stupid_is writes with news that Duke Nukem Forever has now gotten a firm US release date: May 3rd. It will release worldwide three days later. The game was resurrected last fall by Gearbox Software and 2K Games after 3D Realms’ 12-year attempt at development came to an end in 2009 when the company closed its doors.
Chief exec Ben Feder has decided to step down, effective January 1, 2011, in order to pursue plans to travel in Asia with his family for an extended period. Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two’s Executive Chairman, will take on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer.
Karl Slatoff, an EVP of Take-Two since 2008, has been named to the newly created role of COO. Slatoff previously worked with BMG Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company.
Take-Two’s headquarters are in New York City, with international headquarters in Windsor, United Kingdom. Development studio locations include San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto and Austin, Texas.
Take-Two, which wholly owns 2K Games and Rockstar Games, has developed and published many notable games, including the Grand Theft Auto series, the Serious Sam shooter series, the Midnight Club racing series and BioShock.
The company was the target of hostile takeover bids from rival Electronic Arts issued in February 2008. The multi-billion dollar bid expired August 18, 2008.
Launching November 15, Microsoft says the Games for Windows Marketplace will offer PC gamers a “robust lineup of games” and recurring specials such as Deal of the Week.
It names a few publishers on the landing page of the upcoming store, namely Microsoft Game Studios, 2K Games, Capcom, Rockstar and Warner Brothers. In the press release, it also names Square Enix and promises to retail new indie titles in addition.
Microsoft promises that the store will be optimized for speed, allowing for rapid obtaining and gameplay with fewer clicks to actual purchase and download. Gamers will be able to search for and download games on a PC, anytime, and redownload games they purchased at some point in the past if need be.
From the looks of it, you’ll need a (free) Xbox LIVE gamertag, Zune tag or Windows Live ID to purchase titles on the Games for Windows Marketplace. The new store also supports Microsoft Points as well as credit card purchasing.
The store will also feature promotions on select games every time they visit the Marketplace, combined with the “Deal of The Week” and other recurring and seasonal offers. To get a taste of what to expect: right now, the Deal of the Week on Gamesforwindows.com is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for $3.75 (or 75% off).
sopssa writes “2K Games today announced that Civilization V will be using Steamworks for online matchmaking, automated updates, downloadable content and DRM for the game. Steam’s Civ V store page is also available now, revealing some new information about the game. There will be an ‘In-Game Community Hub’ for online matchmaking, communication and for sharing scenarios between players. While including Steamworks might put some people off, it might also indicate better online gameplay than in the previous Civilization games, where it was almost impossible to have a good game without playing with just friends.”
Source: Civilization V To Use Steamworks
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from 1Up:
“Trouble is brewing in Rapture. The recently released Sinclair Solutions multiplayer pack for BioShock 2 is facing upset players over the revelation that the content is already on the disc, and the $5 premium is an unlock code. It started when users on the 2K Forums noticed that the content is incredibly small: 24KB on the PC, 103KB on the PlayStation 3, and 108KB on the Xbox 360. 2K Games responded with a post explaining that the decision was made in order to keep the player base intact, without splitting it between the haves and have-nots.”
adeelarshad82 writes “After eight years of development, remote gaming service OnLive is scheduled to roll out on June 17 for Windows and Mac. The company also announced its service pricing: users will need to pay $14.95 per month, which will allow them access to the service. However, the company did not disclose the price to rent or purchase games. ‘It is partnering in this launch with publishers including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, 2K Games, THQ and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The games will also include new releases like Mass Effect 2, Borderlands, Assassin’s Creed II, as well as a bunch of other titles. Perlman anticipates anywhere from a dozen to 25 titles to be available at launch time, and more after that, depending on how negotiations with other publishers proceed.’”
sopssa writes “2K Games announced today that they will be releasing Civilization V in the fall. For the first time in the series, the square tiles will be changed to hexes, which 2K Games says provides ‘deeper strategy’ and ‘more realistic gameplay.’ Civilization V will also include a new graphics engine, new combat system including ranged bombardment, multiplayer and good support for the modding community. ‘Each new version of Civilization presents exciting challenges for our team. Thankfully, ideas on how to bring new and fun experiences to Civ players never seem to stop flowing. From fully animated leaders and realistic landscapes, new combat tactics, expanded diplomacy and shared mods, we’re excited for players to see the new vision our team at Firaxis has brought to the series,’ Sid Meier said. In addition to Civilization V, the Facebook-based Civilization Network will also be released during 2010.”