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Blizzard turfs Titan

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 24 September 2014No Comments

Blizzard’s first MMO, World of Warcraft, is about to receive its fifth major expansion.

In what is likely to be regarded as the biggest cancellation news of the year, Activision and Blizzard have pulled the plug on their long awaited Titan MMO. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime has confirmed that the project, which the company has never discussed in detail, is being abandoned. “We didn’t find the fun,” Morhaime said. “We didn’t find the passion.” Titan had been in development for seven years.

While widely celebrated for its work on the StarCraft and Diablo franchises, Blizzard is perhaps best known as the company behind the World of Warcraft MMO. At its peak, the game fondly known as WoW attracted more than 12 million paid subscribers. Over the past few years, the audience has declined by about 50%. The lack of a WoW sequel on the horizon had many assuming that Titan would represent Blizzard’s next big push in the MMO space, but it now appears that Blizzard is taking a break from the genre. “I wouldn’t say no to ever doing an MMO again,” Morhaime said. “But I can say that right now, that’s not where we want to be spending our time.”

Triad Wars to expand the world of Sleeping Dogs

Posted by Stephen Foote On Tuesday 23 September 2014No Comments

Canadian developer United Front Games has announced the projected 2015 release of Triad Wars, an online multiplayer action game that will follow on from its 2012 hit Sleeping Dogs.

Exclusively coming to PC, Triad Wars is described by Design Director Steve Ferreira as the “flip-side of Sleeping Dogs”, and will focus on the rise of players from Hong Kong gang enforcer to crime boss, stepping away from the undercover cop aspect of Sleeping Dogs’ protagonist Wei Shen.

Many of Triad Wars’ gameplay aspects will be familiar to players of Sleeping Dogs, with hand-to-hand combat, driving and racing all making a return. Expanding on the criminal angle, Triad Wars offers a myriad of illegal activities to engage in, including counterfeiting, extortion and smuggling. As an online only title, Triad Wars will also add aspects more conducive to online play such as the need to engage in turf wars with rival players to advance.

United Front Games is currently offering places in the closed beta for Triad Wars at the official site.

Bloodborne to be unleashed in February

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Monday 22 September 2014No Comments

The next few months are set to be dominated by blockbuster sequels, but with the critically divisive Destiny now in the rear vision mirror, some are now slowly turning their attention to the next wave of original IPs. Few untested titles are generating as much hype as Bloodborne, a grisly fantasy action game from the studio responsible for the diabolical Dark Souls saga.

The awkwardly named From Software has teamed with Sony to deliver Bloodborne on Friday 6 February 2015. While Sony hasn’t yet listed an Australian release date, history tells us that it will most likely fall within a day or two of this overseas mark. The online buzz surrounding Bloodborne has been building nicely in recent weeks, suggesting that Sony’s latest PS4 exclusive is likely to find a significant audience if it can deliver on its promise.

The release date announcement was accompanied by a violent and bleak new trailer for the game.

Destiny Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 21 September 2014No Comments

Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Activision l Developed by Bungie l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-16 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Destiny is a game that will polarise players. For some the excellent shooting and wonderful level design will allow them to have an amazing experience. On the other side of the coin, the empty areas, poor story, broken loot system and boring early game will be enough to put some off for life. It may be that Destiny is a proof of concept for future entries in the franchise and that the best is yet to come. Read the rest of this entry »