Posts Tagged ‘Blue Byte’

Build And Battle: The Settlers – Kingdoms Of Anteria

I would settle for this

The new Settlers game, Kingdoms of Anteria, is about ‘persitent city building’. Hurrah! The news arrives in the form of a press release from Ubisoft, who will be presenting Kingdoms at Gamescom next week. There are other elements alongside that city building though.

Players will work to build up, control and optimise their production chains and economy to unlock building upgrades and new sectors, resulting in kingdoms growing larger than ever before. They will also have the opportunity to face-off against fierce enemies and frightening bosses in tactical battles to earn resources and special loot as they level up. Players can choose the champion class and skill set that best suits their play style from the thousands of different combinations possible.

So what am I? A town planner or a champion?

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Anteria Decorating: The Settlers – Kingdoms Of Anteria

And so it has come to pass. Revelation chapter thirteen tells of the beast that rose from the sea, “upon his heads the name of blasphemy”, and old blaspheme-bonce is followed by other portents of the end-times. The final chapters of Revelation introduce yet more incredible signs of doom, so incredible in fact that they have long been considered apocryphal. Take this excerpt from chapter 47: “Yea, from the mountain a rumbling, a crack in the firmament, a host cried out in anguish and looked upon the plummy terror of a third-person Settlers action game. Or maybe even a sodding MOBA.” Can it be that we live in those times even now? A trailer for the newly announced Kingdoms Of Anteria caused me to tremble and gnash.

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Hexing: Panzer General Online Open Beta Deployed

Nyoooom!

In the vain hope of whipping Team RPS into a lean, mean, organised video game words-writing machine, I have instituted use of collaboration software. We have a nice big virtual pinboard covered in useful notes like “Panzer General Online enters open beta,” under which we can write insightful comments such as “Is it any good? Does anyone care? I have no idea.” But is it, and do you? I genuinely don’t know. Be a pet and sign up then let us know, won’t you? (Hot insider gossip: Alec’s first post on the board was a picture of the Chuckle Brothers.)

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War Browser: Panzer General Online Trailer

Neawwwww.
Trailersoft, a division of Ubisoft that was funded when Yves Guillemot’s cat stood on his keyboard and added an extra zero to the trailer team’s budget, has been very busy lately. The pressure of releasing the hourly reminders that they have Splinter Cell and Assassin Creed games coming out has tired the poor folk out. They’ve gone a little bit avant garde with this trailer for the newly unveiled Panzer General Online. The game is a free-to-play turn-based wargame for browser generals. You will stare at your hexagons and make tactical decisions about the Battle of Omaha Beach, the Battle of Monte Cassino, and more. The trailer shows that off with a plastic army man fighting off a tank.
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Anno Online Is Even More Online: Open Beta


Hey, everyone! What’s free and now available to everyone with an internet connection? Hang on, my phone’s ringing… What? She’s crying! You’re right, I should stop and think before posting open-ended questions to a popular website. No, I guess I didn’t think it through. Look, Dad, there’s no smoke withou – okay! Jeez. Tell her I’m sorry. Hey, everyone! What game’s now free and now available to everyone with an internet connection? Everyone answering Anno Online, I appreciate your ability to see past a “your mother” joke. You’ve made a retirement age lady very happy.
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Deep Transmissions: Silent Hunter Online Dev Diaries

vrooooooooooom

John was manning the RPS periscope when he spotted what appeared to be a Youtube video bobbing about in the ocean. Upon closer inspection, we discovered that the sodden flotsam was a development diary that explains fleet management in Silent Hunter Online. The specific submarines in a fleet can be chosen, repaired customised and crewed, which I kind of assumed would be the case but it’s nice to have confirmation, I suppose. The man sounds terribly bored as he tells us these things. There was a previous diary too and a quick glance into the murky depths suggests we neglected to post it. It’s also below and contains a more excitable man and some (distant) explosions. Signups for the closed beta are open now.

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Anno Online Sets Sail For New F2P World

Remember, if you don't think you can split your attention between God and Mammon, on this island Mammon is our bro.

Two things immediately jumped up and waved pointedly when I heard about Anno Online. First, ‘Online’ isn’t a year – that name is Silly. Second, doesn’t Ubisoft/Blue Byte already have a historical, economics focused city-builder game called The Settlers Online? For the first, the answer was ‘Nobody likes a padent’. As for the second, yes, there are definite similarities, but Anno Online takes a rather different approach to creating the perfect society…

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