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  • Funcom and SCi/Eidos sign co-publishing agreement for 'Age of Conan'

    This press release was issued this morning...

    The highly anticipated MMO has March to May as new launch window –

    Oslo, Norway - July 24, 2006 – Funcom announces the signing of a co-publishing agreement with SCi/Eidos for ‘Age of Conan’, the highly anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO). Under the terms of the agreement, SCi/Eidos is to publish the boxed product of ‘Age of Conan’ while Funcom retains digital distribution rights. The agreement gives SCi/Eidos distribution rights for North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Funcom will operate servers and provide customer service for the game and collect and retain subscription revenues.

    The two parties have agreed to set the new launch window between March and May 2007. The contract contains specific sales targets, which, if met, will make ‘Age of Conan’ a highly successful game. The PC version of ‘Age of Conan’ is currently in the Beta phase of development and Funcom and SCi/Eidos are pleased with the status of the game. Funcom and SCi/Eidos will also co-operate to bring the game to the console market.

    “We are very excited to work with SCi/Eidos on the publishing of Age of Conan,” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “SCi/Eidos has proven their strength in PR, marketing and distribution with series like Hitman and Tomb Raider, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our co-publishing partner. Our two companies share a strong commitment and ambition for the game, and we feel certain the partnership will increase the likelihood of success and the total sales potential for the game.”

    “We have strong faith in the sales potential for ‘Age of Conan’, and by combining the knowledge and reach of both SCi/Eidos and Funcom we believe the game will become a great success,” said Ian Livingstone, Product Acquisition Director of Eidos. “The many E3 awards, the extensive worldwide press coverage, the vibrant online player community, the strong global brand and Funcom’s extensive MMO experience are all factors which bode well for the future of ‘Age of Conan’, and we will do our best to contribute to making it into a successful MMO franchise in the years to come.”

    ‘Age of Conan’ is a Showcase title for Windows Vista, and the game recently won the “Best MMO of E3” awards from IGN, GameSpot, GameSpy and Yahoo Games. More information, screenshots, forums, newsletter sign-up and a welcoming community portal can be found on the official website www.ageofconan.com.

    What do you think of this news? Click the forum link on the left of the page and head over and tell us. Ten Ton Hammer is committed to bringing you the latest news on all your favorite MMOs including Age of Conan.

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • New Information on Paladins and Shamans

    The World of Warcraft official site has been updated with a new information page that offers a look at the upcoming Burning Crusades expansion. This new page also gives us a look at the Paladin and Shaman as well as a class/race guide. Good stuff huh? Did I mention that there are new screenshots as well?

    As we draw closer to the release of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, more of the secrets shrouding the draenei and blood elves are being revealed. In the upcoming expansion, you will finally be able to play classes that were previously unavailable to your faction. The blood elves have harnessed the power of the Light for their own needs, and the Horde recognizes the value of these renegade blood elf paladins. Meanwhile, the draenei have been granted the wisdom and strength of the elements, and a number of draenei now follow the path of the shaman.

    Read our new information page to learn more about the new class combinations available to players of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    Check this exciting information out and then trot on over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer, the best place to find all the latest news, interviews and information on WoW and all your favorite MMOs, and let us know what you think of the upcoming expansion in the forums!

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Art of Gaming

    This press release was issued today and should be interesting news to gamers, especially those that play WoW...

    GameSide Network Launches Second Issue of "The Art of Gaming" Online Magazine

    Gaming and Entertainment network releases second issue of the free online magazine about art and gaming; teams up with Joystick Junkies to offer prizes and discounts.

    Sacramento, CA, USA, July 24th, 2006 – GameSide Network, a company that has a network of websites that focus on Gaming and Technology, launches the second issue of the free online magazine, The Art of Gaming, which focuses on the art of video game graphics, gameplay, and features artwork from the gaming community.

    The debut issue of The Art of Gaming, which launched in June 2006, has amassed over 4,000 downloads to date. The second issue features the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft.

    The Art of Gaming pays tribute to the art and/or gameplay from the games of the past and present. Each issue features a particular game or brand features artwork created by gamers, as well as questions and comments submitted by gamers.

    The Art of Gaming has also teamed up with Joystick Junkies, a British fashion label which designs clothing based on iconic video games art, to offer readers an exclusive 10% off of Joystick Junkies apparel. Readers will also learn how this UK-based company came to be with an interview with Chris Birch from Joystick Junkies. In addition, readers have a chance to win free prizes such as Joystick Junkies apparel by writing into the magazine.

    Chris Birch said, "fashion labels across the world struggle to find new ideas and themes for each season, we’re fortunate to have such a wonderful world of inspiring imagery that reminds us of classic gaming moments. So it’s great to team up with a magazine that celebrates the very art that is so vital to our fashion range and we fully support the work they are doing to enrich video games culture."

    As with the first issue, The Art of Gaming #2 will also contain reviews of classic games, interviews, general video game information, gamer profiles. The second issue will also sport a new look that improves on the content and layout of the first issue.

    "The Art of Gaming will continue to grow with each issue and we appreciate our comments and suggestions that we receive from readers" says GameSide Network's CEO, Lachelle Talbot-Thomas. "We also want to keep encouraging artists to send in their work, this is your chance to not only contribute to a subject you love, but to also get some major recognition. We are also constantly on the look out to feature community gaming websites, so if you run a site that has to do with an upcoming issue, tell us!"

    The upcoming third issue of The Art of Gaming will celebrate everyone's favorite plumber and his games, Mario.

    Features include:
    - Every issue is free
    - Each issue contains a "Featured Game" that is profiled
    - Artwork for gamers by gamers
    - Comments and questions direct from the gaming community
    - Give-aways for the best "Letter of the Month"
    - Interviews with members in the gaming industry
    - Retro reviews: our favorite games of the past are profiled
    - Art tutorials: learn how to make graphics like the pros
    - The Art of Gaming comes in PDF format for ease of reading and
    printing
    - Releases on the 4th week of every month
    - Exclusive discount at Joystick Junkies

    Upcoming features:
    - Contests and giveaways

    The Art of Gaming magazine is available for download at:
    " target=blank>http://www.theartofgaming.com

    Get clicking and find out more about The Art of Gaming and then let us know what you think of the new magazine in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Exploring Middle-earth: The Withywindle

    The Lord of the Rings Online official site has been updated with another entry of what you may find while exploring Middle-earth.

    From its source in the mysterious Barrow-downs and all along its course through the Old Forest, the River Withywindle is a place of strange happenings and of dark and ancient legends. When adventuring in unknown areas within the Old Forest, travellers would be wise to avoid these winding, slow-moving waters, though doing so may prove difficult – The Withywindle has a way of drawing the unwary toward its deceptively tranquil surface and into its dark depths. It is also said that strange creatures of the forest - and even the very willow trees themselves along the Withywindle's banks - are agents of its ancient evil.

    Read the rest of this article and then head over to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing in Middle-earth!

    News
    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Clan Feature: The Brotherhood of Thieves

    MMORPG.com offers the second in a series of six features that take a look at the six clans of 9 Dragons. This installment gives us a look at The Brotherhood of Thieves.

    This is the second instalment of a six article series exploring the background lore of the clans in the exciting new MMO martial arts game 9Dragons. Today we’ll explore one of the black clans ?The Brotherhood of Thieves.

    The Brotherhood is an organization of thieves, robbers, rogues and brigands, unified by a noble purpose, that of fighting off the Imperial tax collectors and feeding the poor. Hence their common farewell, “Take what you will, share what you can!” Well, that’s how the clan started off anyway. Today, the clan itself is rather corrupt and violent. Coercion is used to ensure loyalty and non-adherence to clan rules is dealt with swiftly and harshly. And so, with true nobility at the root of their clan, and a harsh criminal code of ethics, life in The Brotherhood is sort of like Robin Hood joins the Mafia.

    Learn more about this brotherhood and then head over to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and tell us what you think about 9 Dragons.

    News
    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • How Is EQ2 Faring?

    Gamespy.com has published a state of the game article. How do you think EQ2 is doing? Read on to see how Gamespy feels...

    The original EverQuest is indisputably the grandpappy of MMOs as we know them today. It wasn't the first of its kind, and it was far from perfect, but there's no denying how pervasive its influence was. EverQuest II, on the other hand, entered the market at a very different time. It launched alongside the stiffest competition possible -- World of Warcraft -- but still garnered positive reviews, mostly due to its progressive, accessible gameplay, and rich, bustling, detail-rich world.

    Learn more about this article and then head over to EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer to get all the latest information, news and community input. Add you thoughts in the forums.

    News
    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • BUTTE, MT - (July 20, 2006)

    EI Interactive (EI) has acquired the game Horizons: Empire of Istaria from Tulga Games effective July 21, 2006. Horizons is an online role-playing game originally published in 2003 by Atari, Inc. and winner of multiple game show awards. Horizons has gone through a genesis, emerging today as a world class MMORPG providing a very stable and intrinsically interactive persistent universe for play.

    The quality of the Horizons community and the potential of the Istaria world defines this game as a flagship property. EI is committed to maintaining the integrity of the Horizons way of gaming and will continue the Horizons support in a new Phoenix, Arizona office.

    “The magic of Horizons is not only in its uniquely supportive community, but also in the deep potential this game has for a player’s participation in building the environment and growing the storyline”, said EI Chairman Edward C. Andercheck, “the success EI has had in building the Savage Eden community is a great testimony to our in-game event team’s efforts, we look forward to the same experience in Horizons”

    EI Interactive is a Butte, Montana division of EI Communications Corp., an established publisher of online content, including MMORPGames, casual games, web based game portals and information sites. EI Interactive combines an intense customer service culture, broad gaming experience and in-depth technology skills to provide a uniquely strong platform for a superior customer experience.

    News
    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • SOE Gets Unreal

    Today we see perhaps the first sign of collaboration between Sigil Games (who licensed the Unreal Engine 3 for use in the development of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes) and Sony Online Entertainment. SOE has just announced that they've licensed Epic Games' flagship technology for use in future MMORPG projects, including the DC Comics-based MMO SOE-Austin is currently working on.

    “Our development teams are very excited about harnessing the power of Unreal Engine 3,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “The combination of a top-notch graphics engine and a robust set of design tools will enable our teams to deliver incredible and innovative game content for next-generation consoles and the PC.”

    To read pretty much the same thing with more verbage, check out the official press release!

    News
    Thu, Jul 20, 2006
    Ethec
  • New Section on Races

    We got a heads up from the folks at Codemasters today that they have updated the official Archlord website. What did they do? They added a section for the races that you will see in the game. Currently there are links to information on humans, orcs and moonelves.

    Head over and check it out for yourself and then come back to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think about the changes, the game...heck anything at all!

    News
    Thu, Jul 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Who Is Rollin Hafner?

    The official site for Stargate Worlds has been updated with another developer profile. This time we get to learn about Rollin Hafner.

    The Allegorical Autobiography of Rollin Hafner

    Once upon a time there was a young man; tall and lean with the hair of a 14th century painting. He was unique in all the world, for although nature has a sense of humor, it seldom repeats a joke. This man was a llama tamer and hedgehog philosopher, the sort of man that made his imaginary friends worry about his mental state and occasionally have interventions with him. He liked wild things, like thunderstorms and birdsongs and he knew many of the clouds by their nicknames.

    Keep reading to learn more about Rollin Hafner. Are you looking forward to playing Stargate Worlds? Let us know about it in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Jul 20, 2006
    LadySirse
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