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MMO market lacks innnovation, says Garriott

NCsoft’s Richard Garriott has opened the main two-day Develop conference with a speech dissecting the MMO genre he helped build, saying games developers have failed to add anything new to online game design since the release of his first game Ultima Online in 1997. He said: "Game design has not …

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WOW numbers hit nine million

World of Warcraft’s ever growing subscription base has reached nine million, ahead of the release of the expansion pack World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade in mainland China. The game has risen to become the most popular MMORPG since debuting in North America in 2004, while The Burning Crusade expansion …

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Ubisoft Q1 sales rocket 90 per cent

Ubisoft’s sales for the first quarter ended June 30 2007 came to a whopping €134 million, up 90.5 per cent. This year’s figure dwarfs the €70 million recorded for the same period last year. For the first quarter 2007-08 79 per cent of the Group’s sales came from games for …

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Ubisoft signs James Camerons Avatar

Although details about Avatar are thin on the ground, the fact that the movie will be James Cameron’s first since 1997’s Titanic will guarantee it huge attention when it arrives in May 2009 – so Ubisoft is rightly pleased that it has snapped up the rights to publish the game. …

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Army of Two targets November

Whilst it may be the company’s newly found love for all things Wii and DS that’s hogging the limelight, EA’s new IP drive also extends to rival formats – and one of its biggest 360 and PS3 titles, Army of Two, has been confirmed for arrival this November. Arriving on …

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SCEE reveals PSP academic development programme

In a session at the Games:Edu day of the Develop 2007 conference, Sarah Lamari, manager of DevNet at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, has announced a deal to allow universities to have access to development-standard PSP tools for teaching purposes. Rounding off a talk dedicated to how SCEE can help universities, …

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Eidos counts the millions

Ahead of the publishing of its FY07 financial results in September, Eidos has heralded the success of a number of its titles and stated its belief in the PS3. Joining Tomb Raider Anniversary in the million-seller club is free-roaming jungle romp Just Cause. Next-gen sea-battler Battlestations: Midway was also highlighted …

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Nintendo storms first half of 2007

Nintendo has had a triumphant first half of the year in Japan, selling a massive 11,119,042 titles from January 1st to June 24th. The publisher sold 8,518,718 more titles than nearest rival Capcom, which shifted 2,600,324 games during the period. The main breadwinners for Nintendo were Wii Sports, Wii Play …

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Metal Gear Solid Online confirmed

Whilst the hype for the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots continues, Konami has unveiled a brand new additional to the franchise – Metal Gear Solid Online. As reported by Kotaku, the PS3 game will see up to 16 players stealthing it about in an assortment …

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