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    Two new games from AD 3000

    http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=62589

    3000 AD, the studio behind PC series Battlecruiser and Universal Combat, has declared itself a sellout after announcing that it's currently hard at work on two new Xbox 360 titles.

    The first of these is Hostile Intent - Planetfall which, according to studio president Derek Smart, is "a pure action game which eschews most - if not all - of the sim and complex elements which have been the hallmark of our previous BC/UC games.

    "Make no mistake, this game was NOT designed for - and is not targeted at - the traditional BC/UC afficionado. You have been warned."

    Naturally we're promised much better graphics, improved AI and "nail biting scenarios," and although the game universe is smaller than you might expect for a 3000 AD game, it's still be larger than the worlds you get to explore in most console titles.

    Scenarios will include "space and planetary excursions; first person and vehicular combat as well as a skill based progress system (e.g. from pilot to commander) through a revised campaign system." According to Smart, "The idea is to blend the fun factor of your favorite multi-genre fp shooters (e.g. Battlefield, Joint Ops) with our high-end technologies which includes seamless space and planetary combat."

    Next up is KnightBlade - Line of Defense, an all-new IP which is described as "ground breaking", just for a change.

    It's the first title in a trilogy "Which tells the story of a band of renegades in a stolen experimental GALCOM craft - the GCV-KnightBlade who - against overwhelming odds, are the last line of defense against an embattled Earth."

    There are 14 people in the KnightBlade crew, including the commander, navigator, combat pilots and a few marines. Expect first person, aerial and vehicle combat, all rendered in glorious 3D.

    The new games were announced on the 3000 AD website in a statement which conceded: "Yep... We're in the process of a major console sellout. Who knew?!?"

    But the studio isn't abandoning the PC completely. A PC version of KnightBlade - LoD is due out a few months after the console version, and "plans are also in the works to release Battlecruiser 3000AD - The Last Decade sometime next year."

    Apparently, "This will be the final BC/UC franchise stream and is a culmination of every scenario from all six games in the series, starting with the very first title, Battlecruiser 3000AD (1996) to Universal Combat - A World Apart (2005).

    "In other words, a huge game. Based on the UCAWA engine, it will also feature several graphics and gameplay tweaks and will mark the final curtain for our legacy franchise."
    And here is the link for AD 3000s website.
    http://www.3000ad.com/gnn/
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