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Archive for April 15th, 2013


Company of Heroes 2 Closed Beta opens up to Facebook fans

Company of Heroes 2 Closed Beta

Today we are proud to announce that the second phase of the Company of Heroes 2 Closed Beta is now available to fans who click on the “like” button on the game’s Facebook page for a limited time only.

To get access to the Closed Beta playtest, players need to click on the “like” button on the official Company of Heroes 2 Facebook page at, where they will be able to access a key generation tool while the Closed Beta is running. The Company of Heroes 2 Closed Beta is hosted on Steam and players will need the free Steam client to redeem their key and play.

The Closed Beta features the game’s critically acclaimed competitive multiplayer and skirmish gameplay, giving players access to six maps, competitive gameplay, as well as the ability to play alone or with teammates against the AI. Players also get access to the first 40 levels of progression, and the ability to customize their loadouts to suit their play style using the all new Army Customizer.

Greg Wilson, Producer of Company of Heroes 2, commented, “After a successful first phase, we are delighted to be able to open the Closed Beta up to all of our Facebook fans and invite them to help us test and improve the game.”

Be sure to try out Company of Heroes 2 today in the closed beta!


Godsrule: War of Mortals – Gargan Concept Art

Meet your armies — or if you happen to be allied against the Souls of Ascension, meet the big blue brutal who will be slinging boulders your direction: here’s original concept art for the Gargan:

Godsrule: War of Mortals

Commentary as always from Director of Game Design Egill Arnarsson:

The Gargan was actually supposed to be a fire giant and be on the Keepers of the Ancient’s team. Back then, it was called “Scorcher”. When we decided on faction colors and had fleshed out the game’s backstory a bit more, the Gargan switched sides. We couldn’t keep the unit red, so we changed it into an ice giant and adjusted its special ability accordingly.

The unit’s name comes from the word “Gargantuan” and back when it was a fire giant, the references we used was the chained giant from 300 and the fire giant form Age of Mythology.


Strategy: Ranged Glass Cannons

Godsrule: War of Mortals

The bad news is … there actually isn’t a lot of bad news: the Gargan can take a beating (more HP than the standard blue unit, the Brute) and deals more damage than the first blue ranged unit, the Drudge. They even have a decent capture strength (the ability of a unit to capture the relic stone which is the objective of every battle). They do naturally cost more, and take a bit longer to produce, than other units. Some tips:

  • Although they have a decent amount of health, don’t waste them at melee range. Use them like snipers to take out an enemy summoning stone or to support your ranged units. With a relatively low population of 12 (the amount of space they take up in your boat), you can easily pack a few onto any ship.
  • They excel at sniping enemy summoning stones: they have incredibly long attack range and can easily pick off stones even as they flee.
  • They also are one of the best ways for Souls of Ascension to deal with creeps: their range allows them to pick-off and pull enemies one by one, without engaging your main army.

Lastly, here’s the final artwork for the Gargan in-game: as you can see it isn’t a huge departure from the initial concept — fire golems would have been great, but for destruction ice is equally as great, and will suffice:

Godsrule: War of Mortals – Follow Updates and Play Now

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Announcing Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Castle of Illusion - Announcement

SEGA,  in collaboration with Disney Interactive is pleased to announce the upcoming digital release of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a complete re-imagining of the iconic Genesis side-scrolling adventure first released in 1990. Developed by Sega Studios Australia, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be available worldwide for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC in summer 2013.

Castle of Illusion - Announcement

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse first debuted on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive in 1990 to critical acclaim. Excellent controls, music, and graphics helped to bring the magic of Disney to millions of SEGA fans around the world. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will continue this tradition. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Castle of Illusion has stunning visuals and new gameplay mechanics. Fans will enjoy the original storyline as they help Mickey save Minnie from the evil witch, Mizrabel.

Castle of Illusion - Announcement

“The original Castle of Illusion was tremendously entertaining and has a well-deserved reputation as a SEGA classic. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse brings this great game to a new generation,” said Chris Olson, vice president of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “Mickey is back and he looks fantastic.

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