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What is Project Beachhead?

We’ve known that a dedicated premium online version of Call of Duty has been in the works for some time now, but Activision’s confirmation that a brand new studio is working on the title certainly came as a surprise. But details of both the game itself and the people behind …

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Cryteks Warface gets gameplay footage

The first ever in-game footage of Crytek’s free-to-play PC shooter Warface has appeared on YouTube – and you can watch it below. The game was first announced at the end of last month, and is currently only planned for release in Korea and other key Asian markets, with Tencent being …

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FIFA Online 2 calls time on China

In a surprise move, it has been confirmed that EA’s free-to-play PC adaptation of its football series FIFA Online 2 has been shut down in China. The9 has entered into mutual agreement with Electronic Arts for early termination of EA Sports FIFA Online 2 license and commercial operation of the …

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WoW welcomes 12 millionth user

Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that PC online RPG World of Warcraft now has over 12m registered players worldwide. The game first arrived in 2004 and has topped the PC charts ever since via sales of the original and its two expansions, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich king. …

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Square Enix and Shanda team up

Japanese publisher Square Enix has revealed a new strategic partnership with online games giant Shanda that will see the Final Fantasy series get its first ever official release in China. The first game to get a release will be MMO outing Final Fantasy XIV, though the date of its arrival …

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The9 founder linked with Liverpool buyout

One of the most powerful men in the Asian video games market has reportedly held preliminary talks with Liverpool FC owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett about a possible buyout of the football club. The Independent reports that Zhu Jun, founder and chairman of Chinese online gaming giant The9, is …

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Chinatown Wars hits iPhone

In stark contrast to the huge fanfare that pre-empts the release of any console-bound Grand Theft Auto title, Rockstar has quietly and with absolutely no public fuss released its GTA: Chinatown Wars onto Apple’s App Store. The game, which works on both iPhone and iPod Touch, was originally developed and …

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CHINA: 230m online gamers by 2012

Online gaming is expected to have an audience of 230 million gamers in China by 2012. That’s according to the latest report from Beijing-based research firm Analysis International, which also predicts the sector will generate revenues of YUAN 73.1 billion (10.7 million) in the next three years. The country currently …

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China warns games ‘too low-brow’

China’s Ministry of Culture has issued a circular demanding that game companies refrain from content that is "not up to standard" or offering "lowbrow cultural content that is having a negative effect on the healthy development of the industry". There are more than 50 million gamers in China, a market …

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CHINA: Shanda in $725m IPO

Chinese web giant Shanda is to sell off a 22 per cent share in its online gaming unit next week, as part of an IPO estimated to be worth $725 million. Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd, the parent company of Shanda Games, has agreed to a Nasdaq-listed initial public offering set …

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