Shotgun News 8/29: Merc Elite, SOE Layoffs, Stronghold Crusader 2, and More
By Shannon (Leliah) Doyle, European News Editor
Wargaming Unified Premium Accounts Goes Live
Starting today there is a new option for Wargaming accounts to be unified under one premium account. It is now live for World of Tanks and Warplanes with plans to include all future Wargaming titles as well. The new account will allow players to pay once to receive premium status in Wargaming’s games.
Merc Elite Reveals Details on Recon
The first of five playable classes has been revealed for Bigpoint’s upcoming browser based MOBA Merc Elite. Recon comes equipped with ninja swords, and light weight automatic weapons which go along with his speedy and hit-and-run attacks. Recon relies on stealth to get the element of surprise to get the job done. Find out more by watching the trailer below.
Layoffs at SOE Confirmed
John Smedley has taken to twitter and reddit to discuss layoffs which have taken place at SOE. Throughout both he assures that production won’t be affected any any of SOE’s current or future projects. The layoffs are part of cost cutting efforts.
Stronghold Crusader 2 Crowd Funding Launched
Firefly Studios has introduced a new crowd funding project for the sequel to Stronghold Crusader. The studio is hoping to raise €100,000 in the next 30 days for the new RTS. Reward tiers for the project on Gambitious include everything from a digital copy of the game to access to the multiplayer beta as well as art books, soundtracks and much more. It is expected to release on PC in March of 2014.
Rhode Island Suit Against Curt Schilling Can Proceed
A judge has ruled that Rhode Island can sue Curt Schilling and other former 38 Studios executives for the studio going under, leaving the state with $75 Million in loan guarantees. The charges will include fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, racketeering, conspiracy, as well as others.
Games mentioned in this article
- World of Tanks - World of Tanks is a 3D tank based MMO shooter where players take control of World War 2 era tanks. Gameplay is action packed, but requires teamwork and strategy
- World of Warplanes - Take a first look at World of Warplanes, an online strategy game from Wargaming.net featuring historically accurate planes and more.
- Merc Elite - Jump into battle with Merc Elite, a new MOBA from Bigpoint.
- EverQuest Next - Join Sony Online Entertainment as it reimagines EverQuest with content being controlled by the players, and built from scratch with a new generation of MMOs in mind.
- PlanetSide 2 - PlanetSide 2 is a 3d MMOFPS developed by Sony Entertainment Online. Its a direct remake of the original PlanetSide and pits 3 player factions against each other in sprawling open world combat.