Archive for July, 2011

Realm of the Titans closed beta key give-away

Saturday, July 30th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the titans dept.

Aeria Games and Games Radar have partnered up for a beta key give-away for BigWorld-powered Realm of the Titans.

The DotA-inspired title went into beta a couple days ago.

Go snatch up a key.

“You can choose to not care about RotT… or you can, like me, look forward to playing another MOBA that attempts to build on DotA, instead of retreading ground that’s already been covered. Right now, this is my most anticipated game of 2011.” – PC Gamer

“If you like DotA-inspired games, Realm of the Titans has given a very good show. It’s got a great variety of seemly well-balanced heroes … The Titans have a lot going for them in sheer volume and different abilities permitting a lot of range of play styles. The map is vast, pretty and well defined with points of interest … which should make strategizing something that well-oiled teams do as they roll over the enemy.” – GameOgre

“By combining familiar DotA and League of Legends gameplay elements, Titans looks to carve out a niche for MOBAs where players can have a hard-core DotA-like experience… with the customization experience found in LoL’s masteries and summoner spells.” – MMOHut

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World of Tanks & The European Games Award

Friday, July 29th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the awards desk

The European Games Award is upon us, and BigWorld-powered World of Tanks is a major contender.

Victor Kislyi, CEO of World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net, has the following message for the game’s ever-growing player community…

The awards ceremony takes place Aug. 13 in Cologne, a week before Gamescom, where Wargaming.net will be officially-unveiling BigWorld-powered World of Warplanes. Come visit us at our booth: 4.2, J 17, Business Area.

Head here to cast your vote.

Wargaming Expands to Europe

Thursday, July 28th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the expansion desk

Wargaming.net, developer of BigWorld-powered World of Tanks, is riding its success into two new European offices.

The Paris office will be headed by Frederic Menou, former European Director for Blizzard. The Berlin office will be managed by Mario Baumann, General Manager for Wargaming.net Europe.

BigWorld is proud to be Wargaming.net’s middleware partner as they continue to grow, both with regards to World of Tanks as well recently-announced World of Warplanes.

And, from the full press release, probably the most succinct summary of Wargaming.net we’ve seen:

Wargaming.net is an award-winning online game developer and publisher, incorporated in the UK. Its 270-strong development team is located in Minsk, Belarus. Since 1998, the company has shipped 13 titles, including acclaimed Massive Assault series, Order of War RTS published by Square Enix, and three add-ons for Blitzkrieg II. At the Russian Game Developers Conference (KRI) in 2009 and 2010, Wargaming.net was named The Best Developer Company from ex-USSR. At KRI 2011 the company was awarded Industry Prize and World of Tanks won the Best Game Award. The company’s headliner project, World of Tanks, gained the Guinness World Record for the Most Players on One Server Simultaneously. Currently, Wargaming.net is developing the next action MMO, World of Warplanes.

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Realm of the Titans Beta Launch TODAY

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the doting desk

Aeria Games is today launching BigWorld-Powered Realm of the Titans into closed beta. This landmark caps the extensive design, development and alpha testing of this DotA-inspired, isometric, free-to-play action/strategy game.

Testing has thus far garnered positive feedback from the testing community and press, and the BigWorld team is proud to see the title mature so quickly.

Whet your appetite with this video and go sink your teeth in!

Netease Gearing Up for ChinaJoy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the festival fervor desk

BigWorld is on its way to Chinajoy, the biggest games conference in China. Most of our partners and licensees will be there, as well as an ocean of cosplayers, booth babes, developers, and press. BigWorld Technology licensee Netease has given us a nice glimpse of what they have planned.

The Beijing-based, 15-year-old internet giant is known for its thorough presence at games conferences, particularly ChinaJoy. On demonstration will be BigWorld-powered Tian Xia II, one of the most popular MMO’s in Asia, as well as a host of the studio’s other titles. Netease also operates World of Warcraft and Starcraft II in China.

Anyone even slightly interested in Netease should find this page useful. They’ve provided all necessary prep material for a visit to their pavilion. You can find a full virtual tour of the booth, the lineup of their booth… ahem, representatives, all the games that will be on showcase (including BigWorld-powered Tian Xia II), and a boatload of other info here.

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Tian Xia II Video: Huang Long Jue Epic Trailer

Friday, July 22nd, 2011, posted by Matt

from the epic archival desk

Tian Xia II, built on BigWorld Technology by Netease, is one of the largest-scale and most popular MMO’s in China.

Interview: Globex President Discusses BigWorld-Powered Secret Kingdoms Online

Thursday, July 21st, 2011, posted by Matt

from the mech mount dept.

secretkingdomCarey Chico (formerly of Pandemic & Activision) is the President & CCO of China-based GlobeX Studios. The company has been developing Secret Kingdoms Online, a free-to-play MMO that focuses on collecting and upgrading combat mounts.

In this video interview on GamerLive.tv, Carey discusses the free-to-play movement, the need for adaptable distribution methods, the game itself, and the studio’s vision. (The video is from E3 2010, but we’d never shared it before).

Secret Kingdoms Online is currently in closed beta.

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