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EVE Online Gets Next-Gen-Looking Expansion – Trinity
Saturday 27 October 2007 - 02:59:19

CCP developers of EVE Online have just confirmed an upcoming expansion of their MMO game entitled Trinity and featuring a next-generation graphics engine. But even though the expansion clearly enhances the visual experience of the game the great array of content additions is actually what every EVE Online gamer is waiting for. Of course, this expansion too will be free of charge to all EVE Online subscribers.

The use of this new graphics engine basically aims to fortify the MMO game's position in the video games' market even further, leveraging Shader Model 3.0 technology to enable rich dynamic range imaging, including bloom, shadows and enhanced geometric detail, while maintaining a high frame rate (on platforms that can handle it of course). Visual changes entail a bunch of remodeled and retextured ships, stations and stargates.

"CCP has been on a continuous quest to offer cutting-edge virtual world experiences to engage the most advanced users on the Internet," said Halldor Gudjonsson, chief technology officer of CCP. "With the launch of our next-generation graphics engine and gameplay improvements, we aim not only to enhance the in-world experience of our dedicated EVE players, but also to capture the interest of new gamers. While EVE Online has been arguably one of the most visually appealing MMOGs, the quality of the images enabled by our advanced graphics engine sets a precedent for visuals that blurs the line between a computer game and a movie."

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World of Warcraft's Console Version, a “No-no” for Blizzard
Monday 03 September 2007 - 14:00:57

Will we ever see a console version of the famous WoW? According to the game developers at Blizzard the title "was never designed for a console experience", so we should stick to the PC if we're die-hard MMORPG fans. Also, Blizzard's vice president of game design, Rob
Pardo mentioned that porting the MMO to one of the famous consoles on the market would be a "Herculean effort".

However, all of these polite ways of saying "No!" still don't sound like a proper denial, so there's still hope left if you own a PS3 or an Xbox 360. Since WoW is getting old, but it's still one of the most popular games in the world, we might just get to see another MMO surfacing on all major consoles, and taking over the rule of the multiplayer games genre. That's not only a speculation, since this info comes directly from the same Rob Pardo, giving us all hope for our own little console MMORPG.

There is no such thing as a "no-port" title these days... Just look at Final Fantasy and Metal Gear: at first they came out as one of the best PSX and PS2 titles, with the producers sticking to their decision of releasing console-only follow-ups. We've played a Final Fantasy VII PC title since then and saw Snake battling it out on the PC as well and there's that MGS 4 coming on the Xbox 360.

I would believe Blizzard if they said that they're 100 percent sure that there will never be a Wii version of WoW, since Nintendo's console can't be compatible with such a title, but I can imagine playing an Xbox 360 or PS3 version of the famous MMO. Since Blizzard mentioned a new game, what about Diablo 3? Will we see its release in the next 2 or 3 years?
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