By Eli Green
February 22, 2007 - 19:55
Anybody who had been looking for a copy of Arena Football: Road to Glory and had not been able to find will probably be glad to know that the game is now readily available in stores. While some stores were touting a Tuesday release for the game, most received their copies today. Those of you looking to get your hands on the game should have an easier time now.
Electronic Arts today announced a new Wing Commander game coming only to Xbox Live Arcade. Wing Commander Arena, currently under development and scheduled to go live this summer, will be a fast paced space combat game for up to 16 players. The game will feature four gameplay modes including single player, multiplayer free for all, multiplayer duel and multi team. It will include eight maps, which will have team maps, free for all maps and dueling maps. We'll bring you more information on the game as it becomes available to us.
The people behind Siggraph 2007 announced an interesting, and interestingly named, animation competition today. FJORG! – that's pronounced Forge, not Fyorg or F-Jorg – will be a 32 hour competition consisting of sixteen, three member teams working to create their own character-driven animated sequences, all before a live audience at Siggraph. The shorts will have to be a minimum of 15 seconds in length and will be based on specific themes as picked by the competition's judges.
The teams will be competing for the title of “FJORG! - 2007 Viking Animator” and various, currently unnamed prizes. The teams will be judges by various industry professionals, also currently unnamed. Any interested participants will have to submit demo reels, between March 1st and May 1st, along with a $30 USD submission fee. Anybody interested in submitting material should check out the official rules and regulations of the competition first at http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/presenters/fjorg/, and don't forget that submissions need to be made by teams of three people. Once you've checked out the rules and regulations, head over to http://www.siggraph.org/s2007/presenters/forms/ to submit your demo reel. Siggraph 2007 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA from August 5th to 9th. Good luck to all who enter.
Novint Technologies announced its plans to release 3D touch drivers for Half Life 2 and the Novint Falcon. Better yet, the drivers will be available for free at Novint's website starting June 18th. Since the Novint Falcon allows players to feel things like shape, texture, weight and force when playing games, it will certainly give a very different experience during gameplay than what players are accustomed to. For more information on Novint and the Novint Falcon, you can check out www.novint.com.
THQ and Juice Games, one of THQ's internal studios, announced the sequel to Juiced today. Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights will feature even more customization than the original game, fast paced drift racing and the brand new Driver DNA system, which tracks players' personal driving traits. The game will include tracks taken from real-world locations from around the world, allowing players to test their skills against new modes liked drift and powerslide races. Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights is currently under development for Nintendo DS, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, Xbox 360 and PC.
Electronic Arts and Pandemic Studios have announced that Mercenaries 2: World in Flames will be making its way to four platforms – PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 2 and Playstation 3 – and is set for release holiday 2007. What? You thought there was more? That's it for News Pop! today.