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  News Archive for January 2005

 January 31, 2005

Age of Empires 3 Heaven Opens!
Posted @ 10:33 AM || Sharpe novel reader

HeavenGames LLC announced today that it has launched Age of Empires III Heaven, the latest in its series of special-interest sites for Real Time Strategy & Citybuilding games.

Currently in development, Age of Empires III is a Real Time Strategy
(RTS) game developed by Ensemble Studios/Microsoft. The game takes place during the discovery and colonization of the New World, covering events from Columbus' discovery of the Indies until the American Civil War. It features eight unique civilizations, including the Spanish, French, and Britis. Age of Empires III's graphics are being developed with the intention of being the best graphics of any game in any genre ever, which are portrayed in a fully 3D world with vertex shaders, pixel shaders, and an advanced physics engine.

Age of Empires III Heaven will be dedicated to featuring extensive coverage of Age of Empires III as the game is being developed. It will bring you the latest news on the game, as well as chats with developers in the forums.

AoE III Heaven will be operated by a veteran staff of five. They are Sergio "Socvazius" Prado, Site Director; Sarah "Angel Sunny" Green, Content Writer; Aaron "Angel Aro" Patterson, Content Writer; Ian "TheShadowDawn" Lyell, Content Writer; Luciano "Elpea" Pereira, Technical Assistant. All have been actively involved in the gaming community for more than 4 years.



 January 30, 2005

New Poll
Posted @ 7:01 AM || Sharpe novel reader

The old poll had been up on the page for quite a few months so I decided it was time for a change. 2656 of you voted in our last poll and an overwhelming ammount of you wanted to see hero units in the game.
The results were as follows:
Yeah, they look cool! 27.3%
Yeah, I want to stab Napoleon! 22.5%
Yeah, I want a bonus for killing the top guy! 19.5%
No, they are just soldiers anyhow! 13.7%
No, they are just some fancy snobs who never did anything! 9.2%
Hmmm... I'm not sure! 7.5%


The new poll is: "Will you be entering the wallpaper contest?"



Cossacks II Render
Posted @ 6:50 AM || Sharpe novel reader

We've received another render video from GSC, this time of the Highlander unit! A you might remember in the original the highlander had no melee attack, despite the highlander units being renowned from their close combat skills, however this has now been remedied!
Come and check out the video clip here and enjoy watching the highlander thrust his bayonet forward ruthlessly.



 January 28, 2005

Cossacks II interview on File Front
Posted @ 1:40 PM || Sharpe novel reader

CDV (Cossacks II's publishers) recently carried out an exclusive interview with File Front regarding the upcoming game. The interview focuses on work done on the game so far in general, abandoned ideas and ideas that influenced the games design.

Mario Kroll the representative from CDV commented on all sorts of things including some of what he thought were the high points of the game:
"Seriously, I think the morale system and the way weapons ballistics and reload times of units are designed including the consumption of resources during volleys and to sustain troops in the field are quite clever and effective. The game leaves the player with a feeling for the era, the tradition of fighting as cohesive, formation-based units, and the import of ample supplies and sound supply chains."


You can find the whole transcript here



Cossacks II Wallpaper Contest
Posted @ 1:14 PM || Sharpe novel reader

CDV have announced a contest in which the three best community wallpaper designers will have their designs distributed by CDV. As well as this the 3 winners will receive Cossacks II 3 days before official release day and an exclusive Napoleon style hat!

To find more details on the competition go here where you will find all requirements and some materials for use in your design.



 January 4, 2005

New movies!
Posted @ 3:02 PM || Sharpe novel reader

The guys at GSC have very kindly given us a couple of new movis of rendered units for us show off. Again every cossacks fansite has received a couple of these movies so yu will have to search around to find them all!
This time we received videos of a dieing egyptian soldier and of an egyptian soldier attacking with a sword. You can find them in our gallery HERE