Marvel MMO Revived
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Marvel Entertainment has inked a 10-year deal with Gazillion Entertainment to allow the publisher to make MMOGs based on Marvel characters. The first game up to bat will be Super Hero Squad (really??), set for a 2010 launch and geared towards young gamers. Marvel Universe is also back on the table, the MMOG originally in the hands of Cryptic Studios back in 2006. While the game is slated for the PC and game consoles, there is no definite time slot reserved for its launch. Gazillion is also working on another MMOG, LEGO Universe. An official announcement is due later today, so check back for any updates.
Seattle-based Zombie Studios has suddenly stepped into the spotlight with its upcoming futuristic military shooter that apparently been in development for over a year now. However, the developer has now signed a deal with Fox Atomic, a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, as well as production company Union Entertainment to develop and publish a motion picture, comic book series, and multi-platform video games based on the Blacklight property. According to Zombie, Jason Dean Hall (SPREAD) will write the movie and video game scripts. "From the start, I have envisioned 'Blacklight' as a story that spans all of the forms of media I enjoy most," said Zombie CEO Mark Long. "It's an ambitious project and I've been fortunate to find partners at Fox Atomic and Union who share that same vision. We are cooperating on the comic, game and movie at levels that are unprecedented in the industry." No release dates for any of the properties have yet been announced. The Seattle Times also offers up an article about the project, talking with Mark Long (and provided the screenshot).
Dominions 3: The Awakening Patched
Shrapnel Games has released a patch for its hit fantasy game, Dominions 3: The Awakening, updating the retail version of the game to v3.32. The patch brings a long list of bug smashing, game enhancements, and addresses a few issues regarding MODs. The patch list includes the following: Immortals can no longer die via disease, users can now create a custom skybox for a few situations, improved cheat protection and more.
EverQuest Turns 10, Throws Party
Somehow I missed this PR yesterday: SOE's classic MMORPG finally turns a big 10-years-old. To celebrate the occasion, there will be a weeklong party in both EverQuest and EverQuest II. As of yesterday, subscribers simply need to log in to Legends of Norrath and receive one of two loot cars (one for each MMORPG). SOE said that there will also be five daily events: Forsworn Day (Tuesday), Inquisitor Day (Wednesday), Oathbreaker Day (Thursday), and Ethernauts Day (Friday). Additionally, the SOE Fan Faire will make its return to Las Vegas on June 25-28, with tickets going on sale next month.
As always, more to come throughout the day!