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THQ picks up Unreal winner

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 5 September 2011ADD COMMENTS

The winner of Epic Games’ Make Something Unreal Contest is to receive a commercial release. Created by an international team headed by Michael Hegemann, The Haunted: Hells Reach will be published by THQ budget division ValuSoft (which apparently reduced overheads by dropping the ‘e’ from its name).

This blood drenched third person shooter will pit up to four players against the misshapen denizens of the underworld, or as the press release uncharitably describes them, “the forces of evil”.

The game will feature four modes of play across eight environments and there will be a strong emphasis on upgradable weaponry. ValuSoft are promising to deliver more than 20 enemy types. If the trailer is any guide, most will fall into the hapless cannon fodder category, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The Haunted: Hells Reach is due for release on PC in October, with XBLA and PSN versions to follow in 2012.

New Media 43

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 4 September 2011ADD COMMENTS


Presented in glorious alphabetical order, New Media: Retail Roundup is your indispensible checklist of the home console and handheld titles arriving in stores this week. What will you be playing?

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 Dead Island * NHL 12 * Rise of Nightmares * Wallabies Rugby Challenge * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

NINTENDO Wii The Smurfs: Dance Party 3DS Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights DS The Smurfs

SONY PS3 Dead Island * NHL 12 * Resistance 3 * Wallabies Rugby Challenge * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine PSP Nothing

VARIOUS PC Dead Island * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine


New Media: Downloadable Digest is your handy reminder of the new downloadable titles released during the past week.

MICROSOFT XBLA The Baconing * Mortal Kombat Arcade * Rock of Ages * Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon

NINTENDO WiiWare Nothing eShop Nothing DSiWare 1950s Lawn Mower Kids

SONY PSN 4 Elements HD * The Baconing * Elevator Action Deluxe * TV Superstars Minis Left to Die in Zombhai * Snowy: The Bear’s Adventures

VALVE Steam Achron * American Conquest * American Conquest: Fightback * The Baconing * Cossacks: Art of War * Cossacks: European Wars * Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars * Cossacks II: Battle for Europe * Gatling Gears * The King’s Crusade Collection * Post Mortem * Puzzle Pirates * Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood * Serious Sam: Double D * Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition * Wasteland Angel

Recent instalments of New Media: 28.08.11 l 21.08.11 l 14.08.11 l 07.08.11 l 31.07.11

Team Bondi hits the skids

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 2 September 20111 COMMENT

Did mismanagement kill Team Bondi?

The Australian studio responsible for one of 2011’s most ambitious releases has closed its doors. As reported by Smart Company, L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi has entered into voluntary administration.

The studio’s Rockstar published open world detective drama, which utilised elaborate motion-capture technology, spent an agonising seven years in development. Though it eventually became a bestseller, it is now clear that Team Bondi had dug itself into a hole from which there could be no escape.

There will likely be mixed feelings about the studio’s closure, which was notorious for its poor working conditions. When questioned in May about the punishing hours inflicted on his L.A. Noire developers, Team Bondi founder Brendan McNamara was dismissive, telling IGN that “If you wanted to do a nine-to-five job, you’d be in another business.”

The company was also criticised for its handling of L.A. Noire’s professional credits. According to a website set up by an anonymous Team Bondi employee, more than 100 former workers were excluded or incorrectly credited.

While McNamara’s management style is unlikely to be missed, the closure of Team Bondi constitutes another blow to a local industry reeling from the loss of Krome Studios, Transmission Games and Blue Tongue Entertainment.

If you were involved with Team Bondi and wish to express a view on these developments, please contact us.

nanoBITES 55

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 1 September 2011ADD COMMENTS


NanoBITES captures those small but important morsels of gaming information that otherwise might slip between the cracks.

ITEM! Sonic fans rejoice! One of the most celebrated events in hedgehog history is about to be revisited. Originally released for SEGA’s ill-fated Mega CD system, Sonic CD will be making its way to XBLA, PSN and PC, as well as iOS and Android devices, in late 2011.

ITEM! Uber Entertainment is retooling Monday Night Combat for the free-to-play generation. Dubbed Super Monday Night Combat, the new game will add elements of the burgeoning MOBA genre to the original’s heady mix of tower defence and third person gunplay. Look for it on Steam this summer.

ITEM! Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure is the latest 3DS game to be announced by SEGA. This early 2012 release will see you step into the shoes of Parisian art thief Raphael.  Only by mastering the beat will you be able to find your missing father (makes sense).

ITEM! Portal co-creator Kim Swift has commenced work on a new project, this time with Airtight Games and Square Enix. A quirky puzzle game in which you must rescue your uncle from his own wacky inventions, Quantum Conundrum is due on XBLA, PSN and PC in early 2012.

ITEM! The creators of moody puzzle platformer Limbo are once again in complete control of their creative destiny. As reported by Gamasutra, Playdead’s founders used the profits from their acclaimed debut to buy out their investors.

Recent instalments of nanoBITES: 25.08.11 l 18.08.11 l 11.08.11 l 04.08.11 l 27.07.11