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EVE Online: Dominion Launched
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP Games has launched EVE Online: Dominion, the 12th free expansion for the company's sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The game expansion focuses on alliance warfare and features an overhauled sovereignty system, new epic mission arcs for pirate factions, new Doomsday devices, and graphics overhauls for the game's planets.

The battlefields of the universe will be gorged with wrecks as the player alliances of EVE, some over five thousand pilots strong, adapt to the new way in which territory is conquered and held. EVE Online: Dominion is designed to catalyze player relationships, whether brief and antagonistic, protracted and mutually beneficial or anywhere along the spectrum—bringing the greatest opponents ever created, other players, into closer conflict.

EVE’s Lead Game Designer, Noah Ward, explains the driving force behind Dominion. “Our goal for EVE is to maximize human interaction and then leverage it to make a more meaningful, interesting game. Dominion was designed to give players more tools to mold their experience with better means of communication and extra rounds of ammunition. Undoubtedly, the compelling intrigue we’ve seen in EVE will never end as pilots fight to bend the universe to their will.”

Sovereignty changes require fresh strategies for those interested in controlling space, doing away with the entrenched siege battles of the past in favor of more active conflict. Alliances will now have unprecedented control over their territory, the power to change them to suit their own goals and playstyles. Their actions in controlled space will affect the valuable resources which become available to them through system upgrades, allowing them to increase the number of wormholes, valuable asteroid belts and even pirate forces within their borders.

Doomsday Devices, the ultimate weapons of the Titan class ships, have been re-engineered to deliver a massive, decisive blow against a single target. This change is the tip of the spear. Many ship classes have re-emerged from the shipyards to carry the pilots that fly them to victory.

Two of New Eden’s most infamous pirate factions have opened up their coffers to those willing to dip into the underworld through two of new Epic Mission Arcs. The Guristas and the Angel Cartel favor speed over might and riches over morality. For those pilots willing to turn their backs on the safety of the Empires of New Eden, the pirate factions represent an expanded opportunity to engage in the cat and mouse games of more dangerous space

CCP is also deploying a Fleet Finder tool with Dominion, empowering pilots to mobilize quicker when a threat lurks on the other side of the gate or when an extra ship is all you need to finish a mission.

Improving existing technology is always a part of every expansion. For EVE Online: Dominion, a new in-game browser based on modern, secure and robust technology, as well as a revamped mail system with standard tagging tools to help keep the mail organized are the foundation of a larger community development initiative that will be deployed early in 2010.

And last, but certainly not least, the planets of EVE are getting a major graphic overhaul as CCP continues its planned graphic upgrades to the game. Varied planets, from desert to ice, glow with unique beauty, orbited by harsh moons that show the scars and craters of their ancient formation. In the distance massive gas giants swirl with chaotic storms, and in the depths of space the stars are revealed in even more glory than before.
More information about the expansion, including the EVE Online: Dominion trailer, can be found at the links below.

EVE Online Dominion
CCP Games
EVE Online

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Awesome Soccer Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Red27 Studios has announced the release of its flagship sports title, <>Awesome Soccer. The game features a unique control system which allows players to bend or swerve the ball during the shot, 12 preset competitions from around the world, Formation and Team editors, and the ability to create custom leagues and tournaments.

Awesome Soccer takes it's inspiration from the genre defining soccer games of the last decade, blasting them into the 21st Century with the graphical realism, features and polish that today's modern gamer demands.

Awesome Soccer features the "Awesome Aftertouch System" - a revolutionary control system that enables you to apply bend and swerve the ball with dramatic effect. It's so sophisticated - yet so simple to use – that you can even bend the ball in MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS during a single shot! Finally, you can bend it BETTER than a certain footballing icon!

The game allows you to challenge for glory in over 12 Preset Competitions from around the World, with yet more in the pipeline that will be available to download free of charge.

But you're not limited to only the preset tournaments - you can create your very own customised Leagues, Knock-out Cups or even 2 Stage Tournaments featuring a staggering 128 teams to satisfy those competitive appetites!

Skilful Players are recognised and rewarded within the game via "Golden Balls". There are over 30 Golden Balls to collect, each one representing a unique achievement from Winning your first game, to keeping a clean sheet, right up to becoming the champion of a 128 team tournament.

Awesome Soccer comes complete with a sophisticated Formation Editor that complements the comprehensive Team Editor allowing total customisation of - or creation of new - Teams, Players, Kits and Badges used in the game.

The game boasts all the latest features one would expect from a high end soccer game, including dramatic penalty shoot outs, interactive Action Replays, a stylish Offside-Cam, Match Highlights and Statistics plus much, much more.
System Requirements:
  • OS X 10.2 or later
  • Processor: 1.4 Ghz
  • Graphics Card: 64MB (128MB recommended)
  • RAM: 512MB

Awesome Soccer costs $14.95 (USD). Additional information on Awesome Soccer, as well as the free evaluation version, is available at the website below.

Red27 Studios
Awesome Soccer

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Avernum 6 Selling Well, Series May Continue
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel has offered a new blog post about the release of Avernum 6, the conclusion of the Avernum series. Set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world, the game wraps up loose plot threads from previous games and reveals the final fate of the underground realm and its popular characters.

I am sending press releases to web sites today too. Why didn't I send them a week ago, like a sensible business owner? I forgot.

I mean, it's sort of expected that programmers and designers aren't so great at PR, but sometimes I'm amazed that I remember to breathe.

Anyway, Avernum 6. Despite my efforts, it is doing very well. So far, it is selling better than Avernum 5. Which sold better than Avernum 4. Which itself sold fantastically well. So I am pleased about that.

And yet, I have a lot of angst, because it is the last Avernum game. Avernum games have always been our best sellers, so it pains me to drop it, but, if I don't start doing new things soon, I will go mad. So I have to step off the sequel-train for a while for my mental survival's sake.

(Though, actually, I have a really cool idea for Avernum Zero. Basically I one-off prequel set in the years before the first game. Maybe in four or five years, if I think I can come up with something actually good, I'll go back to the well one more time.)
To read the full blog click over the page listed below.

The Bottom Feeder: I Released A New RPG For The Mac
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 6

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Adds New Battle System
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Disney Online has announced work on an "expansive new battle system" for its piracy themed MMO, Pirates of the Caribbean Online. The new feature will offer players the chance to join the battle against Jolly Roger and his army of undead soldiers in large scale battles requiring teamwork and strategy. PotCO allows players to experience the adventures made famous in the films and explore beyond those boundaries in a quest to become the most legendary pirate on the high seas.

Disney Online is adding an expansive new battle system to its popular online world, Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Players can now fight against the game’s main villain, Jolly Roger, as he leads an army of undead soldiers onto the beaches of Port Royal, intent on capturing and burning the Governor’s Mansion on their quest to rule the islands. Players must band together to fight off his minions as Jolly Roger himself joins the battle for a thrilling fight that players can win or lose, depending on their numbers and tactics.

“It was our goal to build an epic battle where hundreds of pirates can fight together against Jolly Roger and feel like they’re repelling a massive invasion. Fighting Jolly Roger’s army requires skill and teamwork to win, so it also helps form tremendous bonds within our player community,” says Jason Yeung, the online world’s Creative Director.
For more information follow the links listed below.

Disney Online
Pirates of the Caribbean Online

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