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New Dev Video on AION’s Character Customization

NCsoft has released a new video talking about their upcoming MMO, AION, and player-character customization. AION is due out on September 22nd for Windows PCs and has already been a huge hit in South Korea, which started playing in November of last year.

EVE Online Developer CCP Trademarks DUST 514 and Logo

Looks like CCP is beginning to stir with activity that points to their next big MMO project (or perhaps a big EVE expansion) called ‘DUST 514‘. The developer has trademarked the name along with a logo, the official description of which says:

‘The mark consists of a masked face with white sunken eyes and a round opening at the mouth. There are two parallel thick lines on either side of the jaw of the face which are a parallel to a third line which runs across the bottom of the face and dips into a V at the center. The ends of each of the lines angle downward towards the face. The word ‘DUST’ and ‘514’ are written across the bottom of the mark in stylized font.’

Rumors abound as to whether or not this is a new IP or just another EVE Online expansion. Either seems plausible at this point – CCP is expected to announce their new game at GDC Europe which runs from August 17th through 19th in Cologne, Germany.

Champions Online Defend Truth and Justice Trailer

Cryptic Studios has released a new trailer for their upcoming super-hero MMO, Champions Online, called ‘Defend Truth and Justice!’. Champions Online is set to release on September 1st for Windows PCs. This morning, it was announced that a pre-order purchase will grant customers the ability to select a lifetime membership plan.

The Agency Execs Start New Studio – Fate of MMO in Question

EuroGamer is reporting that The Agency Exective Producer and Studio Head, Matt Wilson, along with Art Director Corey Dangel and Producer John Smith have left the Seattle studio of Sony Online Entertainment to form Detonator Games.

The SOE Seattle studio was directly responsible for their upcoming spy-MMO, The Agency. With the departure of three high-level execs like this, the fate of The Agency is definitely in question. In development since 2005, The Agency is said to be due out next year for both Windows PCs and the Playstation 3. We have sent an official request for comment to Sony Online Entertainment and will update this post when we hear back.

The GamingShogun crew actually spoke with Matt Wilson at the 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo on The Agency.

EA Sports Rates AFC EAST Teams in their Madden NFL 10 Season Preview

EA SPORTS continues their release of players and team ratings with their Madden NFL 10 Season Preview feature. In this update to the Season Preview, they have announced the player and team ratings for franchises in the AFC EAST. The Madden NFL 10 Season Preview will culminate on August 3rd with a full simulated rundown of the football season.

Checkout some new screenshots from the AFC EAST After the Break as well as the AFC East Sizzle trailer below!

Beneath A Steel Sky Remastered Coming to an iPhone Near You

Remember the 1994 adventure game Beneath A Steel Sky? No? Well if you were just too young to play it or simply missed the opportunity you may be happy to know that Revolution Studios has announced that it is developing a remastered edition of the ScummVM-powered adventure for the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. Due out this fall, the game will feature new animations as well as an enhanced help-system.

Between this and the re-release of the LucasArts titles on Steam, it looks like the age of the adventure game may begin…again.

Full Tekken 6 Character Roster Announced

The full 42-character lineup for Namco Bandai’s upcoming Tekken 6 has been announced. The roster includes eight new additions to the series such as the German Fighter, ‘Leo’, and the spideresque ‘Zafina’. Tekken 6 will be released on October 27th for the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms.

Character Roster:
Anna Williams
Armor King
Alisa Bosconovich
Asuka Kazama
Baek Doo San
Bruce Irvin
Bryan Fury
Christie Monteiro
Devil Jin
Eddy Gordo
Feng Wei
Heihachi Mishima
Jin Kazama
Julia Chang… (cont.)

Via MSXbox-World
Kazuya Mishima
Lars Alexandersson
Marshall Law
Lee Chaolan
Lei Wulong
Miguel Caballero Rojo
Nina Williams
Paul Phoenix
Roger, Jr
Steve Fox
Wang Jinrey
Ling Xiaoyu

Microsoft Announces Forza 3 Release Date and CE Contents

Microsoft has announced that their upcoming racer, Forza Motorsports 3, will be released on October 27th throughout North America on the Xbox 360. They also detailed the game’s Gamestop-exclusive Collector’s Edition variant, which will include the following a ton of additional vehicles not seen in the standard edition.

Should you pre-order you will get a VIP membership to the Forza 3 online community as well as the following rides:
* 2009 Aston Martin DBS
* 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
* 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
* 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
* 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)

Pre-order customers will also get an additional car pack included which includes:
* Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
* Acura NSX (Forza Motorsport Cover Car)
* Nissan Fairlady (Forza Motorsport 2 Cover Car)
* Aston Martin DB9 (Forza Motorsport 2 European Cover Car)
* 2008 Dodge Charger Stock Car (with Xbox 360 livery)

The CE will also feature a keychain and 2GB thumb drive.

EA Sports Passes New NBA LIVE 10 Screenshots Your Way

EA Sports has released some new screenshots for their upcoming NBA LIVE 10, which is due out this fall on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, and PSP platforms. NBA LIVE 10 will feature a new ‘Dynasty Mode’ which allows more franchise-wide control as well as enhanced player-control and AI.

Check out the new screens After the Break!