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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

EA To Publish id's Rage
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Electronics Arts has announced an agreement with id Software to publish the upcoming Rage, the first game to make use of the id Tech 5 engine. Combining elements of racing games with first person shooters, Rage will pit players against an oppressive government in a post-apocalyptic world.

From IGN:

Carmack said that early in development the company received a sight-unseen offer from Activision to publish the game, but id decided to hold off until it could develop the game further. That way, it could better gauge the game's potential and value. The company then shopped it around to various publishers and received bids. id had worked with EA on the Orcs & Elves mobile games, and those connections helped develop a relationship that led to signing the deal for Rage.

This a short-term deal based solely on Rage, but it's clear that both companies are treating this as a test for possible future collaboration. David DiMartini, the head of EA Partners, said that EA would love to publish future id games.

Meanwhile, Carmack noted that it didn't leave Activision in a lurch. He said that id maintains a strong relationship with Activision, noting that the two companies have a deal to work on the next Wolfenstein game together.
GameSpot and IGN have both posted interviews with John Carmack about the details of the publishing agreement. More information about Rage will be available at QuakeCon 2008 in Dallas, Texas later this year. Follow the links below to learn more.

id Software
Rage: Campaign Edition
Electronic Arts
IGN: EA's Rage Deal
GameSpot: John Carmack Q&A
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Europa Universalis Coming To The iPhone
2:46 PM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Hendrickson Software Components (HSC) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Virtual Programming Ltd. (VP) to port the best selling game, Europa Universalis, to the iPhone. Europa Universalis is a historical empire title, setting the player up as a leader in Europe over 500 years ago.

According to HSC owner Jeff Hendrickson, "... one of the companies long term goals has been to branch off into computer gaming. We've typically been involved in the production of applications software, along with supporting an active consulting practice. The Virtual Programming Ltd opportunity allows us to work with the best supporting their iPhone game porting efforts for this exciting game, along with actively supporting software development using the new iPhone SDK."

The Europa Universalis game delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy. This already classic Strategy title is characterized by immense depth and historical content that charge its challenging gameplay with incredible replayability value.
The game will be ported to iPhone using the new iPhone SDK. Click on the links below for more information.

HSC Website
Virtual Programming

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IMG Reviews Real Estate Empire
9:38 AM | Marcus Albers | 8 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Real Estate Empire from Red Marble Games. Here's a clip from the review:

The game consists of checking out houses that have real estate signs in front of them, reading the news bar to ascertain current market conditions, and then buying a property. Then you can click on some buttons to fix it up. Eventually you turn around and sell it. You’ll start with trailer homes, move on up to double-wides and low end tract housing, and if you play your hand right (i.e., read the news ticker to see where the market is heading), you’ll soon be working the ritzy McMansions up in The Loop. Just be prepared for the housing bubble to burst, because the game is predictable enough to throw that in every time as well.
Follow the link below to read the rest of this review.

IMG Review: Real Estate Empire
Real Estate Empire
Red Marble Games
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Venture Arctic Released For Mac OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macgamestore and Pocketwatch Games have announced the release of Venture Arctic for the Macintosh. Polar bears, wolves, and more need the player's help in this ecosystem sim game.

Unlike other Tycoon Games, there are no people in Venture Arctic. You won't have to build hot dog stands, hire janitors, or balance your checkbook. Build your ecosystem however you want to! Use wind to blow the smells of a beached whale to a starving wolverine or control your caribou population by creating a lemming explosion. Nature is at your command.

* 20 Unique Species including Polar Bears and Orcas
* 12 Innovative Forces of Nature at your command
* Normal Mode and a more sandbox style "kids mode"
* 4 Difficulty modes including Climate Change, Deforestation, and Extinction
* Cheat codes, high scores, and more!
Venture Arctic for the Mac is available for $19.95 USD through Macgamestore. It requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. A free 60 minute trial demo version of the game is available for download.

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Super Monkey Ball Developer Opens iPhone Division
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Other Ocean Interactive, the developer of Super Monkey Ball, has announced it will be creating a specialized iPhone division at its studio in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Other Ocean is one of many company's looking to expand into the burgeoning iPhone games market.

"Our experience working with Apple's SDK has been extremely positive and the iPhone, with its accelerometer, opens up exciting opportunities for game development on this platform," explained Gordon Wood, Other Ocean's technical director and senior programmer. "The iPhone platform has generated a lot of attention and people are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead."

Mr. Wood will head the technical elements of Other Ocean's new iPhone division whilst Chris Sharpley, senior artist on Super Monkey Ball, will lead the division's art and design department.

Other Ocean worked alongside SEGA® of America to develop the Super Monkey Ball game.

“Choosing Other Ocean as our development partner to bring Super Monkey Balll to the iPhone was absolutely the right decision,” said David Cobb, Sega’s Vice President of Product Development. “Other Ocean’s dedicated and talented team has established itself as an industry leader on this new platform.”
For more information about the company follow the link below.

Other Ocean Interactive

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Bioware Celebrates 4 Million Registered Members
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

BioWare, developer of the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series, announced last week that it had reached 4 million registered community members on its website. To celebrate the milestone the company has released a Baldur's Gate retrospective article featuring comments from developers, a new Aribeth's Farewell wallpaper for NWN fans, and a contest to win a trip to the Penny Arcade Expo.

From Baldur's Gate Ten Years:

Luke Kristjanson, Senior Writer:
"I remember when our publisher realized the scale of what we were making. They took 8x10 sheets of paper out to their parking lot and laid out a map of the game areas. Then they reevaluated the testing plan. Ten years since release—over twelve since I signed up to help write the thing—and I remember long nights, way too many kinds of pizza, and feeling like I was being allowed to make custom monkey bars for my favorite playground. I wanted to show there was a history to the place, that because of all the detail—and despite it— you could take it new directions and make it your own. The most gratifying thing is the enduring love or hatred for the characters we created. If that sprite/portrait combination can seem genuine or get under your skin, that's a story well played. Swords for everyone!"
Head over to the links below to read more.

BioWare: 4 Million Members Reached
Baldur's Gate Ten Years
Aribeth's Farewell
Who Wants To Be A BioWare Minion?

Mac Games News for Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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SolarQuest Now Available For iPhone6:00 AM
THQ Releases de Blob For iPhone6:00 AM
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