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  • The Hundred Days War...

    GameSpot has the last installment of the developer journals on their site that give us a glimpse of the lore behind ArchLord. This week's addition talks about the Hundred Days War.

    1.15. Dulan 522--The Beginning of the Hundred Days War

    By now Ugdrasil had gone very far down the dark path the prophet had spoken of. He saw ultimate power as the only source of peace, and from his studies into the darkest corners of Elemental magic he began to crave the ultimate power of an ArchLord.

    Get clicking to read more. Share your thoughts with us in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer about ArchLord and all your favorite MMOs!

    News
    Wed, Aug 30, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Looks like Big World isn't so big after all. In this press release that we got today, Cheyenne Mountain, the developers of our highly anticipated Stargate Worlds, announced that they are indeed going with Epic's Unreal 3 engine. Here's the scoop.

    Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment Licenses
    Epic’s Unreal® Engine 3 Technology for Stargate Worlds Games

    MESA, Ariz., August 28th , 2006 — Game developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment (CME), and Epic Games today announced a license agreement in which CME will use Epic’s Unreal® Engine 3 technology for the development of the upcoming, highly anticipated Stargate Worlds and future multi-platform games.
    Based on the popular science fiction television series “Stargate: SG-1” and “Stargate Atlantis,” Stargate Worlds is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) which is scheduled to launch in late 2007.
    “The combination of a robust graphics environment with extensible development tools allows us to deliver ground-breaking game content for Stargate Worlds commensurate with the quality of the #1 rated sci-fi franchise and future multi-platform games,” said Joe Ybarra, vice president of product development for Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment. “Our development team is very excited about using the Unreal Engine 3.”
    “MGM is committed to finding ways to extend the Stargate franchise and this is a logical step,” said Travis Rutherford, executive vice president, MGM Consumer Products and Location Based Entertainment. “Stargate Worlds will be the premier Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) developed by CME. Combining Unreal Engine 3 technology with Big World’s™ client server technology ensures an exceptional MMO experience for Stargate fans and gamers on a global basis. Furthermore, these partnerships will maximize CME’s resources and efforts, allowing the developer to create the most fantastic worlds, the best characters and the most compelling game play possible.”
    “Combining these technologies (Unreal® Engine 3 and Big World™) provides Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment the strategic advantage to deliver highly anticipated, top quality games where the focus is on making great gameplay and immersive worlds,” added Tim Jenson, chief executive officer of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment.
    “We have a lot of Stargate fans around our company, so we’re thrilled to see that Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment is creating a massive multi-player game based on Stargate,” said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games Inc. “To have that MMO created using Unreal® Engine 3 extends the excitement even further for us.”
    “BigWorld looks forward to working with Epic and Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment to enable the exciting goals of Stargate Worlds. Our highly available secure server architecture is the perfect companion to the Unreal 3 client engine.” said Gavin Longhurst, director of business development for BigWorld.
    Officially licensed by MGM Interactive, Stargate Worlds is being developed by Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment.

    C'mon, you know you want to do the cabbage patch right now. You KNOW you want to.

    News
    Tue, Aug 29, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • No Justice For the Masses?

    Do you play EVE Online? If not then lets get you up to speed. Gamers deposit momeny in a bank, similar to real life banking expecting to earn a bit of interest for a raining day. But one day that bank turns up missing. Should there be some forum of recourse?

    Normally, if bankers make off with all the money that clients have entrusted to them and mysteriously skip town, there's outrage, an FTC investigation, and a nasty jail sentence involved. If they get away with the crime and no authority's doing anything about it, it must be the plot of a "Deadwood" episode, right?

    Read this report to learn more. I know you have an opinion about this...don't be shy! Head over to the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer and sound off.

    News
    Tue, Aug 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • From $1.1 billion in 2005 to $4.4 billion in 2010

    This number crunching press release ran across the desks today here at Ten Ton Hammer and we though we would share it with you. It tells the world what gamers have been saying for a while now...We are here to stay, this isn't a phase!

    New market research detailing the growth of the online game industry will be announced at the Austin Game Conference (AGC) next week on September 6th, 7th, and 8th in Austin, Texas. The online game market in will grow from $1.1 billion in 2005 to $4.4 billion by 2010 in North America, according to a new study conducted by Parks Associates, a Dallas-based market research and consulting company, who will discuss their new data at AGC. Currently PC gamers spend an average of 18.5 hours playing each week - more than console (13.6 hours), portable (8.9 hours), or mobile games (4.6 hours). Of those PC gamers, 70% play some form of multiplayer online game.

    At a time of exponential growth in online games, the fourth annual Austin Game Conference will bring together over 2,400 game industry professionals from 20 countries representing more than 520 companies. Additional market research, forecasts and current industry trends from researchers Parks Associates, NPD Group, and MMOGCHART.COM will be discussed in detail at the Austin Game Conference.

    Read the full press release to learn more about these exciting numbers. Do you think they are accurate? Let us know right here in the forums at Ten Ton Hammer your one stop resource for all the latest news, information and communities for all your favorite MMOs.

    News
    Tue, Aug 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Not Your Average Recruit...

    The official site for Tabula Rasa has been updated with a look at the skills and abilities of the Recruit.

    THE RECRUIT is the entry level (Tier 1: Levels 1 - 10) classification for all new Allied Free Sentients (AFS) force members. It is at these levels that basic weapons, combat abilities and protocols are introduced and mastered. The Recruit is the foundation on which a military career is built upon. Once a Recruit has successfully demonstrated proficiency in the required skills and abilities, he or she will be prepared to enter the Soldier or Specialist career path.

    Keep reading to learn more. Is sci-fi more your speed when it comes to MMOs? Tired of elves and dwarves wandering around in the forests? Stop by the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    News
    Tue, Aug 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Konichiwa, Gelatinous Cube!

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach has made its localized debut in Japan:

    Following on the launch of DDO in North America and Europe, Turbine and SAKURA worked together to localize the award-winning game for the Japanese market including the development of Asian-themed armor, weapons and content. DDO is a unique experience where players must use their combat skills and wits to survive dangerous dungeons, fiendish traps and foes that punish the foolish. The game seamlessly combines the beautiful world of Eberron®, the classic D&D® v3.5 version rules, and the latest innovations in online technology into a breathtaking gaming experience.

    Read the press release in toto |HERE| or, as always, check out the latest on DDO on the Ten Ton Hammer DDO Community Site.

    News
    Mon, Aug 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Ever Wanted to Be A Guide? Now's Your Chance...

    Posted on the official site for EQ2 is a news item looking for those brave few who wish to become a Guide. If you like helping your fellow players then you will want to check this out...

    The last thing you remember was reaching out for Zuzzil the Enchanter's Wand, then darkness... You begin to awaken and feel somehow different. You look down to find...

    ...everything is normal. Wait, no...something is not right. My hands! I cannot move my hands! Nor my feet! Nothing! I cannot move anything! What is going on here? My eyes feel as if they are glass, yet I can still see. My lungs still function and my brain is still lucid. What has happened to me? Hmm...perhaps I am still dreaming. No, that cannot be since I feel the cool breeze of wind across my face and arms. "Hahaha! Another sorry adventurer to add to my collection! You'll make a fine addition to my garden, yes, a fine addition. Such an elegant pose and unique features. If I dare say so, you are my finest piece of art!" A piece of art? What does this mad man mean? Can it be true, am I nothing but a piece of art? My feet and legs do look different, almost grey and lifeless. I can barely strain to see my torso, yet from the corner of my eyes it also appears grey, almost...stone like. Oh gods, am I what I think I am? "Such a fine statue. I could not have commissioned a more perfect sculpture!"

    Ever wonder what happens next? Do you want to find out? If so the Guide Program is looking for more adventurers.

    Get clicking to learn more! Have you joined the community at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer yet? Jump on in and share your thoughts with us.

    News
    Mon, Aug 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Second Edition of Behind the Scenes on the Official Site

    This week's edition of Behind the Scenes on the official site for Age of Conan gives us an in depth look at how a design team works...

    This week we catch up again with Age of Conan lead designer Ole Herbjornsen as he explains a little more about how the design team works.

    Hi again! Following up from my previous article I wanted to go into the other designer ‘classes’ that we have in Age of Conan. (Especially since I don’t want anyone feeling left out!) So today we look at the roles of the item, special effects, quest and system designers.

    Keep reading to learn more! Can't wait for Age of Conan to launch? Tell us why in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Aug 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • June 2007 Launch Date

    That's right matey's. Hot off the presses...erm wire. News just in from PAX Flying Lab software has announced the release date for Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Fighting across land and sea, players of Pirates of the Burning Sea will experience intense tactical ship combat and swashbuckling adventures, where every player is the captain of their own ship. British, Spanish, French, and Pirate captains battle it out for glory and power, engaging in both PvE and PvP game play that has the power to truly change the game world. Compete to conquer enemy ports, pursue 1000+ missions, engage in a fully player-driven economy, and earn ships, skills, and gear to become the most famous -- or infamous! -- captain on the Burning Sea.

    Read the full press release to learn about the features, history and background for the game. Think this is the game for you? Tell us why in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Fri, Aug 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Sams still confident of winter ship date for Burning Crusade

    Gameindustry.biz has posted a preview of their interview with Blizard's COO, Paul Sams. It seems that we can expect Blizard to produce an expansion a year for WoW...

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company plans to release a new expansion pack for multi-million selling MMO World of Warcraft every year.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview, Sams said, "Starting with The Burning Crusade, every year thereafter we plan on bringing out a new expansion set - so every 12 months."

    Head over and read more. Be sure to drop in tomorrow when we'll bring you the full interview once it's posted. Are you ready for all these expansions? Let us know in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Fri, Aug 25, 2006
    LadySirse
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