Cryptic Studios super-hero MMO, Champions Online, began its free-to-play service today. The game allows players to create a hero and go on all of the adventures the base, original game offered at no cost. If you would like to proceed into the special ‘adventure packs’, then you will have to fork over some cash. Also announced was that the Cryptic Points used for in-game micro-transactions is merging with Atari’s point system, becoming ‘Atari Tokens’. The company has stated this conversion is a 1:1 process, meaning 1 Cryptic Point is equal to 1 Atari Token.
THQ has revealed the box art for its upcoming WWE title, WWE All Stars. Due out March 29th in North America and April 1st in Europe, the game features an arcade-style of gameplay and over-the-top action (hence the exaggerated characters). WWE All Stars is being developed by THQ’s San Diego studio, which was acquired from Midway Games in 2009.
Kalypso Media has launched the official website for their upcoming strategy title, Dungeons. The game puts players in charge of running one of those traditional RPG dungeons, fending off would-be ‘heroes’ from invading it. Dungeons is due out on February 8th on Windows PCs.
Checkout three new screenshots of the game, After the Break!
Paradox Interactive has announced that their latest entry in the Europa Universalis series has hit the Steam platform on Windows PCs. Europa Universalis II Divine Wind retails for $19.99 and puts players in command of the empires of the Far East.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced the release date and revealed the box art for NetherRealm’s upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot, Mortal Kombat. The game is scheduled to hit stores, worldwide, on April 19th on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. The game sees the return of many series favorites from the first three Mortal Kombat games in an alternate re-telling of the IP’s mythos. So far, seventeen playable characters have been announced, with more to come.
Mortal Kombat is rated RP for Rating Pending by the ESRB.
SNK PLAYMORE USA has announced the release of an updated version of Metal Slug Touch on the Apple App Stor for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch platforms. The game retails for $1.99 as a limited time launch price. This updated version features two different control schemes: the ‘fixed’ and ‘flexible’ pad options, as well as use of available device accelerometers.
EA has sent over a new trailer for the limited edition of their upcoming racer, SHIFT 2. The game is due out on March 29th for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC platforms and features over 130 different vehicles and 100 different tracks to race on. EA has also promised a new focus on racing realism. The limited edition will ship with include three exclusive vehicles as well as 40 addition career events.
Electronic Arts has announced that their upcoming The Sims 3 will be available during the Nintendo 3DS launch window. The handheld variant of the game will take full advantage of the Nintendo 3DS’ 3D display technology as well as implementing ‘karma powers’ with the device’s input options. For instance, you can create an earthquake by shaking the handheld or cause a ‘bouquet of butterflies’ by blowing into the 3DS microphone. The game will also make use of the Nintendo 3DS facial recognition system.
From the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot department comes this poster for Triple-H’s upcoming ‘film’, The Chaperone. Due out in select theaters on February 18th, the creepy subtitle for this one pretty much sums it up: ‘Her dad did time…now he wants quality time’ – Seriously?!? Creepy! So creepy it could actually have been the tag line for a horror movie that probably would have been far more entertaining.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a new gameplay trailer from their upcoming Mortal Kombat, featuring the character of Mileena as she tears apart her oponents – mainly, her sister Kitana. Mortal Kombat is a reboot of the franchise due out in April on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. A Windows PC release has been rumored, but not officially announced.