Lucy Lawless joins the cast of Hunted

We are happy to announce that Lucy Lawless has joined the cast of Hunted: The Demon’s Forge!

No stranger to titles with colons, fans will know Lawless from her work on such shows as Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar: Galactica and Spartacus: Blood and Sand. In Hunted she’ll play Seraphine, the adventurer-turned-temptress that guides our heroes Caddoc and E’lara through the dark dungeons of Dyfed.

Hunted is an incredibly dark, intense game and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work on such a thrilling project,” said Lawless. “After playing the heroine for so long it’s refreshing to portray such a villainous, seductive temptress!”

For more on Hunted, check out the recent round of hands-on previews.

New Hunted Trailer — It Was Found

An ancient evil has been unleashed deep in the heart of Kala Moor, and two mercenaries are pitted against the growing power of a dark army. This is Hunted — and hey, we’ve managed to find a new trailer for it. Check it out above.

Hunted will be available June 1st across North America and on June 3rd in Europe, and is slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Hit up www.huntedthegame.com for more info.

News Roundup, Pt. 2: RAGE and Hunted

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Hot off the heels of releasing new screenshots at RAGE.com, Gamespot features five new screens in their Most Anticipated of 2011 feature. Check out the feature here.

For more on RAGE, check out these links.

After the break, we’ve got Hunted news, a new interview with Pete Hines, and more…

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News Roundup, Part 1: Brink, New Vegas

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It’s been awhile since our last “Around the Web” update. So long that when I was compiling it, the beast grew a second head. Up first, we conquer news on Brink and Fallout: New Vegas.

Back in December, Time.com’s Techland writer, Evan Narcisse, visited Splash Damage and posted a quick-look preview and interview with Richard Ham and Paul Wedgwood. This week Evan’s back with two more interviews — one with lead writer Ed Stern and another with lead artist Olivier Leonardi. Both interviews feature concept art and new screenshots (like the Predator-esque image above).

Here’s a quick snippet of Evan’s interview with Mr. Stern…

There seems to be a lot of sociological commentary churning in the game’s environment and story. Where did you go for inspiration for that?

We want Brink to be sticky: both to draw players in and keep them imaginatively engaged, even when they’re not playing. The test of any character or scenario is whether it lives on in your imagination even after you’ve stopped playing the game, so we wanted to incorporate real world thematic content into the storylines for Brink for players to become engaged.

After the break, we’ve got more coverage on Brink — plus updates for New Vegas.

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Hunted Dev Diary – Know Your Enemy

Celebrating Hunted’s release date (June 1st in North America, June 3rd in Europe), we’ve got a new developer diary from design director Chris Keenan. In the diary, Chris shares details on Hunted’s main enemy type — the Wargar. These persistently nasty bad guys will attack you in a number of ways throughout your adventure. In this diary details their strategies and provides pointers on how to thwart them.

Take it away, Chris…

Every action game has a core enemy that the player fights consistently throughout the adventure. Some games have infantry soldiers, while others present drones that will feverishly attempt to prevent the player’s forward progress. In Hunted : The Demon’s Forge, the Wargar fill that role. Wargar BattleKnowing that the player will be fighting different packs of Wargar for much of their play experience, we made sure that the enemy behaviors prompted the players to change their play style depending on the type of Wargar that made an appearance. With Caddoc being a melee-focused player and E’lara’s proficiency in ranged weapons, we knew we had a challenge to create enemy AI that provided interesting situations for both of these player characters. For this reason, we broke the Wargar tribes down into multiple classes with drastically different behaviors. The main classes are melee Wargar (Soldiers, Warriors, Guardians and Zealots), ranged Wargar (Archers, Scorchers and Blastcasters) and Casters (Infected). Notice how these classes mirror the player’s abilities to offer challenges to different play styles.

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Release Dates announced for Brink, Hunted

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Mark your calendars!

In a press release that just went out, we’ve announced the release dates for Brink (May 17th in North America, May 20th in Europe) and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (June 1st in North America, June 3rd in Europe). The two games complete our Class of 2011 lineup, which also includes join RAGE (September 13th in North America, September 16th in Europe) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (November 11th worldwide).

For more information, read the full press release below…

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES BLOCKBUSTER
2011 VIDEO GAME LINEUP

Brink and Hunted Release Dates Announced

January 27, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the release dates of four multiplatform AAA titles shipping in 2011. Brink™, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge™, RAGE™, and The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™ are all slated for release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows.

Brink, an immersive first-person shooter under development at Splash Damage, will be available in North America on May 17th and in Europe on May 20th. Brink was named as the ‘Game of Show’ at Eurogamer Expo 2010, while G4TV.com declared “Brink takes shooters to a whole new level.” Blending single-player, co-op, and multiplayer action into one seamless experience, Brink features dynamic battlefields, extensive customization options, and an innovative control system.

Hunted, a fantasy action game, will be available in retail stores across North America on June 1st and on store shelves in Europe on June 3rd. Hunted is a fresh take on the classic dungeon crawl experience that delivers the intensity and action of a modern-day shooter. Hunted, under development at inXile Entertainment, has been called “A Dungeon Crawl for the Gears Age” by Kotaku.com and has been described by Eurogamer as “violent, deceptively thoughtful and witty.”

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Hunted: New website, assets, and your last chance to win the ultimate co-op sweepstakes

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our new website for Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. In addition to the latest video, The World of Hunted, the site has new concept art, a bestiary, and profiles for the game’s heroes — Caddoc and E’Lara. And in the coming weeks and months, we’ll have plenty more to share.

Also a reminder: tomorrow is the last day to enter GameStop’s Ultimate Co-Op Sweepstakes. Those who enter will have a chance at the following:

  • Two 50” HDTVs
  • Two Home Theater Surround Sound System
  • A choice of (2) Xbox 360 or (2) PS3 Consoles
  • Two Copies of Hunted: The Demon’s Forge

For more details, read the sweepstakes rules.

Your hopes for TES V, and other 2011 excitement

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When it comes to multi-faceted open world RPGs, everyone has their own priorities. As evidence of this phenomenon, we’ve been enjoying the following articles that guess/hope at Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim features:

In other list news, click through to check out some of the many “Best of 2011″ articles that talk about Skyrim, RAGE, Hunted and Brink.

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