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EVE Online: Commissioned Officer Edition Coming This Fall
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

CCP has announced a new boxed retail edition of its award-winning science fiction MMO, EVE Online. This fall the game will be arriving in an updated retail package with improved support for new pilots in the EVE Online: Commissioned Officer Edition.

This latest boxed edition will include an exclusive in-game item, the Cerebral Accelerator, which is a military-grade implant that significantly increases a new pilot’s skill development. While they are a very strong boost to nearly all abilities, these bonuses are temporary and are only effective for the first 30 days of a pilot’s life as they get up to speed in the universe.

The Commissioned Officer Edition also includes a CD key for starting a new account, 30 days paid game subscription time and an EVE poster with helpful hints and tips for getting started on the reverse side. This edition can be used to start a new account or to convert a free trial or buddy program trial account into a full account with the access and benefits afforded to all EVE subscribers. The Cerebral Accelerator will be delivered to the first character created on the account and cannot be acquired through any other source.

“The Commissioned Officers Edition is the best way for a new player to get a running start in the highly competitive environment of EVE Online” says Sr. Producer Arnar Gylfason.

CCP has partnered with Atari for publishing and distribution of EVE Online: Commissioned Officer Edition in North America. EMEA market publishing and distribution plans of this edition will be announced at a later date.

The Commissioned Officer Edition can be pre-ordered at a number of leading game retailers. This edition, the finest ever for a new EVE pilot just getting started, will not be available via digital distribution.
Head over to the links below to learn more about EVE Online

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New Din's Curse Demo Available
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Soldak Entertainment has released a new demo for its action RPG, Din's Curse. Demo version 1.008 includes the latest updates to the game as well as an increase of the demo level limit to 6.

In Din's Curse players take the role of an adventurer cursed to walk the lands in a quest for redemption. The game features 141 possible class combinations, an infinite number of dynamically generated towns, and a game world directly impacted by player choices.

Some changes in version 1.008:

  • fixed weapons with 0 min damage not showing dps (Pendler)
  • fifixed pricing on weapons with 0 min damage (FloodSpectre)
  • fiincreased difficulty of higher difficulties
  • fifixed Cave Fish plural (Colonel Blimp)
  • fifood and potions are no longer ever considered crappy (Archon/Amberjoy)
  • fiadded uvMod Rotate to shader system (not tested well yet)
  • fichanged stairs up/down graphics on mini map & world map to arrows so they are easier to see (Oasisbhrnw)
  • fifixed a collision mask issue in canReservePosition
  • fifixed world collision getting in the way of shutting doors
  • fifixed a lock issue with shutting doors (Archon)

Head over to the links below for a full list of changes and download links.

Din's Curse Demo
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City Of Heroes Issue 19 Trailer Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NCSoft and Paragon Studios have released a new trailer showcasing the upcoming Issue 19: Alpha Strike for the comic book inspired massively multiplayer online game, City of Heroes. The trailer features a new task force for higher level players.

We announced a ton of exciting features coming with Issue 19 at our New York Comic-Con panel. One of them was a brand new Task Force for our higher level players involving the return of a much talked about but never seen character who is now making the transition from Comic Books to the game!

Apex is back and he is organizing a new team to help stop an invasion from Praetoria. Find out more in the Apex Task Force Trailer now!
Visit the page below to read more.

City Of Heroees: Apex Task Force Trailer
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Building Battle.net 2.0
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Gamasutra recently posted a new article about Battle.net 2.0, Blizzard Entertainment's recently revamped matchmaking and social networking service for StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, and future game titles. Blizzard's Greg Canessa and Matthew Verslyus, in a discussion at the GDC Online conference, discussed the difficulties encountered when crafting the new Battle.net.

The new Battle.net didn't only have to integrate with StarCraft II, but also with the pre-existing World of Warcraft. The Battle.net team had to listen closely the that huge fanbase, try out social features, and try to developer deep integration without disrupting the MMO's audience or the game itself.

"Integrating with a community of 12 million users and not screwing it up is a huge challenge," said Canessa. "…Integrating a game service and an MMO is just challenging from a technical and compatibility standpoint across the board."

Battle.net technical director Matthew Verslyus added, "This is easily the most complicated launch I've been a part of at Blizzard."

Since its inception, Blizzard's Battle.net team has expanded from one person to about 50 people. Blizzard will be expanding its team substantially in the coming years. As part of what Canessa called a 10-year roadmap for Battle.net, Blizzard plans to create a "living game service," tightly integrate the network with each Blizzard game and development team, and "build and scale a Battle.net team to pull it off."
Read the full article at the site below.

Gamasutra: Battle.net 2.0
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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