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Telltale Delays Jurassic Park Video Game

Telltale Games CEO, Dan Connors, has released an official statement regarding their upcoming video game based on the hit film series, Jurassic Park. The game, which was supposed to be released this month on the Windows PC platform, will instead be released this Fall for ‘every platform’ (which, while not mentioned in the release is most likely the Windows and Mac PC platforms as well as iOS. The reason for the delay, according to Connors, is simply so that they can make sure the game provides the best gaming experience possible for the players. Customers who pre-ordered the game will be issued a 100% refund on their purchase as well as their choice of any Telltale Game, free of charge!

 

Official Statement

April 25, 2011

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Telltale Games and in particular for pre-ordering Jurassic Park: The Game for the PC. We expect 2011 to be big year for us with lots of exciting changes ahead and we couldn’t be doing it without the support of great customers like you. With Jurassic Park: The Game, in particular, we are moving in new directions, expanding our game mechanics and pushing our storytelling beyond anything you’ve seen from us before.

Our goal was to release the first episode of Jurassic Park: The Game this month, and currently we are very excited about how the game’s creation is progressing.  The game’s mechanics and storytelling have come together in such a way that we see great potential, so much so that we feel we can push these elements to the next level if we spend some extra time working on them.  It is because of this that we are delaying Jurassic Park: The Game on PC to ensure PC players get the best possible gaming experience.

We’ll be investing the extra time into making the game great and it will be released simultaneously on every platform this fall. We regret any disappointment on the part of our fans but we are confident you’ll be pleased with our decision when the game comes out.

This has been a hard choice for us, but it is the right decision. To thank you for your continued support of Telltale and for your pre-order for Jurassic Park: The Game we are going to issue you a 100% refund. In addition to your refund, we are also giving you your choice of any Telltale game free of charge because you are important to us. We will begin issuing the refunds over the next couple of days and will reach out to you with information via email on how to get your free game.

Sincerely,

Dan Connors

Dan Connors
Chief Executive Officer
Telltale Games

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword Goes Gold

Paradox Interactive has announced that their upcoming medieval wargame, Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, has gone gold and is on track for a May 3rd release date. Additionally, Paradox has released a new trailer for the game showing off some “siege” gameplay. The game is set for release only on the Windows PC platform.

Red Faction: Armaggedon Demo Available May 3rd

THQ has announced that the playable demo of its upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms on May 3rd. The demo puts players into the boots of protagonist Darius Mason as he helps fight off wave after wave of alien invaders on Mars. The game takes place about 50 years after the events of Red Faction: Resistance. The full game is due out on the Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3 platforms on May 31st, 2011.

LucasArts Signs Multi-Year Agreement for Unreal Engine 3

EPIC Games has announced that LucasArts has signed into a multi-year agreement to license EPIC’s Unreal Engine 3 for multiple upcoming titles. The exact titles they are using this engine for are not known just yet but, with their August acquisition of former Ubisoft Creative Director Clint Hocking, it is a safe assumption that his unannounced project will be one of them.

“Unreal Engine 3 is a forward-looking solution that shortens the path between inspiration and execution on a wide variety of gaming platforms,” said Zak Phelps, director of technology at LucasArts. “We are thrilled to add another exceptional tool to our technology mix.”

“LucasArts is now primed to capitalize on Unreal Engine 3’s ability to scale across platforms, from mobile, through PC and console all the way up to the next generation of games,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “We can’t wait to see what happens when LucasArts combines their talented workforce and amazing intellectual properties with Unreal Engine 3.”

 

EA Sports Announces SSX Character Voting

EA Sports has announced that fans of their upcoming SSX title will be able to vote on characters to be featured in the upcoming game. The voting will last for three weeks and will take place exclusively on the EA Sports Facebook page. The new SSX is said to be a “stunning re-invention of the series” and is currently in-development by EA Canada for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

Voting Schedule:
Week of April 25 – Kaori, JP, Moby, Viggo
Week of May 2 – Zoe, Mac, Nate, Allegra
Week of May 9 – Psymon, Eddie, Griff, Tyson

Two New Mass Effect 3 Screenshots

Electronic Arts and BioWare have released two new screenshots from their upcoming sci-fi epic, Mass Effect 3, which is due out during the upcoming Holiday season. The game is being developed for the Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3 platforms and will effectively wrap up the first trilogy of the IP.

Men of War: Assault Squad Gets Patch

1C Company has released a huge patch for its wargame, Men of War: Assault Squad. Weighing in at 388 megabytes, the patch includes a multitude of fixes for the game, which puts players in command of a squad of troops in a tactical environment set during World War II. Men of War: Assault Squad is available exclusively on the Windows PC platform and retails for about $34.95.

LINK: Official Patch Download (Right-Click and Save As)

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THQ Announces Warhammer 40k License Extension

THQ has announced that they have extended their exclusive license of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40k IP, which includes all video game and social platforms. THQ recently released the expansion to Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II, called Retribution.

“The complex, futuristic war-torn universe created by Games Workshop equipped THQ’s award-winning development teams with the material to create one of the most loved PC franchises – Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War,” said Brian Farrell, THQ President and CEO. “Our envisioning of the Warhammer 40,000 universe will continue to grow with top quality games across all platforms, including the upcoming launches of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online.”

“The impressive translation of the Warhammer 40,000 universe from the tabletop to the video game space by THQ certainly highlights the potential of our most successful intellectual property in the right hands,” said Mark Wells, Games Workshop CEO. “We know that the depth of the storylines, characters and imagery of the Warhammer 40,000 universe positions the IP to excel across many media platforms – and extending our agreement with THQ will help ensure that Warhammer 40,000 maintains a strong and growing presence in the video game space.”

THQ will be bringing at least two new Warhammer 40k games this year – Warhammer 40k: Space Marine and Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium Online.

Gears of War 3 Beta Schedule Released

Gears of War 3 Trenches Map

EPIC Games has released the official beta test schedule for their upcoming Gears of War 3 beta program. The program begins on April 18th with team deathmatch and wraps up on May 15th. Gears of War 3 is due out on the Xbox 360 platform on September 20th, 2011.

As we near the full Gears 3 beta release on April 25th, many fans are curious what maps and game types will be unlocked and when. See our full schedule below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments!

April 18th – April 24th:  TDM on Thrashball and Checkout.
April 25th – May 1st: TDM and KOTH on Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches and Old Town.
May 2nd –  May 8th:  TDM, KOTH, and CTL on Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town.
May 9th –  May 15th:  TDM, KOTH, and CTL on Thrashball, Checkout, Trenches, and Old Town.

LINK: Official Beta Schedule

PlayStation Network Outage Continues

Sony has been steadily updating its official PlayStation Blog with news on the rebuilding of its PlayStation Network online services after a brutal attack last week that some say even resulted in large amounts of customer information being compromised. What is definitely known is that this outage has left many games, such as SOE’s DC Universe Online, unplayable as well as even halted the distribution of Infamous 2 beta codes.

Latest PlayStation Blog Update

PSN Update
+ Posted by Patrick Seybold // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media

I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience

You can checkout more as Sony releases it over at the official PlayStation Blog.