How is everyone’s Orc slaying going, 5-skulled all the missions? Killed over 30,000 Orcs? Dared to brave nightmare mode? Well, no matter where you are on your quest, things are set to get even more interesting with the announcement of two DLC packs for OMD on Steam. Details of the first DLC pack include two exciting new traps and two exciting new magic powers – so lets check them out! Read more
Great news for everyone who has been eagerly awaiting the release of Orcs Must Die on Steam – Robot just released the game one day early! Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment announced today:
“The pre-launch buzz around Orcs Must Die! has been outstanding, We have an opportunity to release the game a little bit early so we jumped at the chance to let players start massacring orcs a day early.” Read more
So the date is finally upon us – October 5th the release date of Orcs Must Die! (OMD) on Xbox Live Arcade. I have been playing OMD! over the last few days and have been extremely impressed with the game. OMD is the first original IP game to be launched by Robot Entertainment. For a number of people at the studio who worked previously at Ensemble this is the first game outside of the traditional RTS field. For those people this game is a breath of fresh air allowing for a new type creativity to flourish, and it certainly has done. OMD is a third person action strategy game. The goal of the game is simple – kill Orcs, kill them in any way you can. Players can choose between weapons, traps and magic to do the job. The Orcs must be killed before a certain number reach the rifts at the other end of the level. Otherwise its game over! Read more
Great news for all PC players on Steam – the War Mage has landed and Orcs Must Die! The demo of Orcs Must Die has hit Steam and is available for download right now! At 1GB in size you’ll soon be able to jump in on the action in no time! The demo features 3 playable levels from the game and some of the initial traps like the floor spikes and boom barrel. Equipped with your sword and cross bow – its time to go out into battle and defend the fortresses from Orc invasion!
The creative minds at Robot Entertainment have now released the prequel comic book for Orcs Must Die! The comic takes readers through the prequel back story and tells us all about the history of the important rifts and how the Orcs came to ravage the land. It also tells us alot about the kind of character the war mage is and his history.
I’m not going to spoil it too much as you really should check the comic out – its full of humor too! Not only does the comic detail the back story up to where the game starts – it also has a bunch of exclusive artwork from some of the bots at Robot and some community art pieces. It’s really interesting to see how different artists can paint different pictures of the Orcs Must Die world.
Ian Vogel the design lead at Microsoft of Age of Empires Online has announced an overview of the upcoming patch to Age of Empires Online. This patch has been in great demand of the community and the pressure has been on to develop this patch quickly. There has been some dis-content with the Age Online community about how long this patch has taken to develop and how it has potentially impacted on player numbers. Age of Empires Online was pitched as an “evergreen” game with the possibility of regular updates, its been a shame that updates thus far havent been pushed out in speedy time. Hopefully in order to ensure community continuity patches will be smaller and faster to release rather than this first patch which appears to be pretty large. There is indeed alot coming in this patch, from gear changes to PvP and Crete. Also mentioned in Ian’s latest post is that the Persians will soon be on their way as a playable civilisation, they are currently on schedule for October, so look out for them soon!
Robot Entertainment just announced some orktastic news! The release date for the studios highly anticipated original IP game, Orcs Must Die has just been announced! This is a big moment for many of the staff at Robot who have been itching to break away from previous strategy IP like Age. So here it comes, October 5th will see the launch of the first brand new original game from Robot Entertainment, Orcs Must Die on XBLA. For PC fans, OMD will be heading your way just one week later on October 12th. For PC the game will be available on Steam.
Robot Entertainment has managed to pull out the best video game trailer I have ever seen. The latest Orcs Must Die video showcases up to 30 possible avenues when completing a single level of Orcs Must Die. In order to demonstrate the huge number of gameplay possibilities Robot has leveraged the annotations feature of YouTube which allows viewers to click and choose a path of their choice. This path might be choosing between floor traps or fighting hand to hand you can now check out the interactive Orcs Must Die video to see just how the game performs with a path of your choice. Read more
Its been an exciting week for fans of studios formed out of Ensemble Studios. This week saw the launch of both Age of Empires Online from Robot Entertainment and Atomic City Adventures from Windstorm Studios. Part 1 and 2 of the Age of Empires Online review are currently online at Remember ES, with further parts on the way, plus reviews for Atomic City. As these games have come out so close together Remember ES is playing catch up to get this content out for you! Read more
Robot Entertainment has today announced that Orcs Must Die will be playable at Gamescom in Germany August 17th to 21st . Gamescom is one of the biggest gaming events of the year, it was previously used by Microsoft and Robot Entertainment to announce “Age of Empires Online”. This time Orcs Must Die will be playable at the Microsoft booth, who were recently announced to be publishing the game on Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. So if you’re around in Germany be sure to stop by the booth in Messe, Hall 8. Read more