Author - Jerry Paxton

Perfect World Acquires Star Trek Online Developer

Perfect World Entertainment has announced that it is acquiring Cryptic Studios, the developer behind Star Trek Online and Champions Online. According to official press statements, the deal went down for a cool €35.0 million in cash money. The press release does state that Cryptic will continue to support both of its online titles although it is still unclear what will happen, if anything, to City of Heroes.

“We are very pleased to sign the agreement to acquire Cryptic Studios,” commented Mr. Michael Chi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World. “This strategic acquisition will add attractive game titles to our portfolio, which will help us further penetrate into the U.S. and global online game markets. More importantly, Cryptic Studios’ highly reputable development team and its technology platform will further strengthen our well-established R&D capabilities. We deem this as another noteworthy achievement of our global expansion efforts.”


Hamilton’s Great Adventure Gameplay Trailer

Fatshark has released a new gameplay trailer for their co-op puzzle/adventure game, Hamilton’s Great Adventure. The game is out now on Windows PCs via Steam for $9.99.

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War in the North E3 2011 Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the official E3 2011 trailer for their upcoming Lord of the Rings: War in the North. War in the North is being developed by Snowblind Studios and is due out for the Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms come August 24th.

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Turtle Beach Announces Two New Headsets for E3

Gaming headset maker, Turtle Beach, has announced two new gaming headsets in celebration of the coming Electronic Entertainment Expo next week. The PX3 retails for $149.99 while the Z6A retails for $99.95. Each headset will be available this Summer.

“We are the category leader because we are the only headset maker solely focused on gamers’ unique audio needs,” said Carmine Bonanno, President and CEO of Turtle Beach. We redefined what a gaming headset could do when we introduced the PX5 earlier this year.  One message we have heard from gamers load and clear is that they want to control their gaming experience as much as possible. The PX3 allows us to bring many of the PX5’s amazing innovations to an even broader audience, while the Z6A offers PC gamers a competitive edge with a flexible multi-driver surround sound experience that provides the comfort needed for long gaming sessions.”

About Each Headset

  • Turtle Beach Ear Force PX3 Programmable Wireless Gaming Headset – Like its older brother the Ear Force PX5, the PX3 comes preloaded with 18 interchangeable presets that allow for unparalleled customization of the audio experience. The PX3 is also the first Turtle Beach headset to feature a rechargeable battery pack, providing gamers with hours of uninterrupted wireless game play.
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A Multi-Speaker Surround Sound Headset –Powered by a 5.1 channel amplifier with bass enhancement, the Z6A delivers realistic directional audio though eight individual amplified speakers. Creating a professional-grade audio experience, the Z6A is perfect for tournament play, LAN parties and long gaming sessions in front of the PC.


DiRT 3 DLC Pack Out Now, First in A Series

Codemasters has released the first DLC pack for their popular racing title, DiRT 3, on the Windows PC and Xbox 360 platforms. The Colin McRae Vision Charity Pack features a Ford Escort Mk II, the iconic 1970s Rally car made famous by Colin McRae, plus five liveries. The pack marks the first in a series of weekly downloadable content that will become available for DiRT 3, featuring new cars and tracks. The DLC pack retails for 160 Microsoft Points.

Additionally, Codemasters and Ken Block have released another behind-the-scenes trailer for the game, which you can see below.

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Pride of Nations Demo Released

Paradox Interactive has announced the release of the demo for Pride of Nations, their upcoming tactical strategy title putting players in control of an imperialist nation from the time periods of 1850 to 1920. The game is due out on the Windows PC platform come June 7th, 2011.

LINK: Pride of Nations Demo Page