Blizzard has officially announced, after much speculation, that it’s currently developing Starcraft II, a title that fans around the world hope will meet their ever-increasing expectations.
The president of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime says, “With StarCraft II, we’ll be able to do everything we wanted to do with the original StarCraft and more [...] We recognize that expectations are high following the long-running popularity of the original game, but we plan to meet those expectations and deliver an engaging, action-packed, competitive experience that StarCraft players and strategy gamers worldwide will enjoy.” And, judging from the in-game screens, it looks like Starcraft 2, if nothing else, will adhere to the sort of visual and gameplay standards that Starcraft established.
Here are some of the official Starcraft II screenshots and concept art. Check out the official website for more Starcraft II multimedia (including official trailers) and downloads.
We can’t wait for this to drop!!!
Here is the official Japanese Final Fantasy III trailer. The CG is very well done, and its accompanying ambient music makes this one a winner! Available for the Nintendo DS.
Valve claims that their new single-player FPS, Portal, “changes how players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities of any given environment in a manner similar to how the Gravity Gun changed our approach to how an object may be leveraged in any given situation.” Sounds to me like a rehashing of yesterday’s ideas… but that’s just me. You can view the Portal trailer here.
Arkane Studios, the developer of Arx Fatalis, has been working on a new game recently, a game that is steeped in the fanciful tradition of Might & Magic, a game that is called Dark Messiah. To make such a game, they used Valve’s Source engine, thus rendering the absurd not only plausible, but also compelling. Please note that this also means that Steam is required to play DM. At the E3 convention of ‘05, “G4TV awarded Dark Messiah their Best PC Game for E3 2006. In addition, G4 also nominated Dark Messiah for Best Overall Game.” You can view the video here. Three trailers, Assassin, Warrior, and Wizard, exist, but they all require Steam installed to view. Go here to access the trailers.
The main features and characteristics of DM: Wizard are:
- Cutting-edge technology: the power of the enhanced version of the Source TM engine from Valve, makes it possible to create extraordinary special effects and environments. Discover an innovative first-person view, while handling the entire body of the character, its realistic animation and impeccable physique, which makes this game the leading heroic-fantasy game with a complete first-person combat system.
- Never-ending action: fight the forces of Evil in 12 huge levels, with the help of over 40 different weapons and dozens of devastating spells. Engage in hand-to-hand combat with swords, bows, staffs and other daggers, or summon magic to combat the legions of darkness and sneak in the shadows to attack by surprise wicked creatures. Hardcore action, where your future depends solely on your combat skills.
- The dark side of the Might & Magic® universe: explore the secluded region of Ashan, where fearless orcs, wild goblins, dreadful undeads, elusive trolls, gigantic dragons and many other creatures stunning in both size and depravity. This is a new and darker than ever side of the legendary universe of Might and Magic®, where the forces of evil are stronger and more cunning than ever.
- A rich and deep heroic-fantasy storyline: to prevent the prophecy of the Dark Messiah from coming true young Sareth was trained by a powerful magician, who taught him the art of magic and war. But some unexpected revelations about his past could change the course of events and reveal an unexpected destiny for our hero.
- Subtle touch of RPG: by gaining experience through combats, the player will unlock new powers or equipment to improve his general performance (health, speed, resistance, injuries, etc.) and to broaden his possibilities during combat: perform awesome combos or deadly attacks, summon new spells.
- A revolutionary and fascinating multiplayer mode: join the humans or the undead and choose from four categories of characters. Participate in combats involving up to 32 players, in various game modes, from deathmatch to the revolutionary “Evolution” mode, which enables the player to accumulate experience and gather new equipment across dynamic online campaigns.
Ever since Half Life 2 went episodic on its fan-base, people have been interested in plot developments, screenshots, and all sorts of media and information. What this means, in the words of marketing director Doug Lombardi, is that there will be a regular flow of content that will be delivered by Steam, or purchasable in stores, for the new expansion of the Half Life series. Here are the official trailers for both Episodes 1 & 2: