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    Monday, September 30, 2002
     Updated Arx Fatalis Demo (English) - Dan - 5:45:49 PM EST
Remember that buggy old demo we loved anyway because it was as cool? Yeah, the old Arx Fatalis demo (the english version, natch.) :)

Well Arkane has released an updated version of that very demo, but with bug fixes to bring it up to date with the version that just went gold.

Thank you, 3DGamers for telling me about the demo (hint: Download it from their site - they're cool).






    Thursday, September 26, 2002
     ARX Gold Status Confirmed - Darkwarrior - 8:45:33 PM EST
JoWood officially announced today that Arx has gone gold! There's still no official release date, other than "just a few weeks."

Here's the formal announcement:

In only a few weeks one of the most absorbing and immersive RPGs ever created will hit stores! Destroy the secret cult of Akbaa and bring back order in the world of Arx. Now it is your turnů
You can see it for yourself at the Official Arx Fatalis Website.

GoneGold.com says October 22nd for a release date, and they're typically reliable. So I'll actually have something to do this Halloween! :)

Also, Arkane announced on the Arx forum that tommorrow the 1.13 patch will become available for the French version of the game, which has already been released.

Just to catch our French friends' attention...

Aussi, l'Arkane ont announce au se forum pour l'Arx Fatalis cet ils vont relacher le patch pour le version 1.13 au demain (27 Septembre).

Je regrette des erreurs grammaires (et l'absence des accents aigu, et caetera).






    Tuesday, September 24, 2002
     Arx Fatalis North American version goes Gold - Dan - 7:08:37 PM EST
I don't have any official link or press release to show you, but word around the block (Blues News AVault) is that the english version of Arx Fatalis has gold gold, and will be hitting North American in late October. That's still a hell of a long time to wait, damnit! I am not sure what this means for UK players or French players, however. I hope I'll have more news for you soon.






    Monday, September 23, 2002
    Cool Arx Screenshots - Dan - 7:09:24 PM EST
I stumbled upon a german review of Arx Fatalis, and while I can't read a word of it (well, I know that ja and nein mean yes and no, but I don't know which one is which!)* the screenshots are really new and really cool. Click here to view them. Nice stuff!

* Actually yes I do know. That's just an UW1 ref. ;)

I also hear that Arx has been featured on Tech TV. I didn't see it myself, but I hear that the guy who previewed the game is really excited about it!






    Sunday, September 22, 2002
     Twisted Software Name Change - Darkwarrior - 11:50:22 AM EST
Twister Software has changed their name to Twisted Labs, and so their new IRC channel is now #twistedlabs. They're on Quakenet for anyone who's interested in chatting with them.

You can also access their website by pointing your browser to www.twistedlabs.com.






    Monday, September 16, 2002
    Looking Glass Studios... The Book? - Dan - 1:23:44 PM EST
I have a message to relay to you all:
To all Looking Glass fans everywhere:

Hi folks. I'm a gaming journalist who's written several articles about Looking Glass Studios, Thief, and related subjects in recent years, for both gamer and mainstream publications. I'm now working on an opportunity that should be of great interest to a lot of you, and my friends at TTLG have generously agreed to help out with that:

I am talking with a major tech publisher about writing a book on the history of Looking Glass Studios: its rise, its fall, and the developers who now carry on in the Looking Glass spirit. It'll be in-depth and personality-intensive, but also include a lot of technical and creative nitty gritty for industry members and gamers, especially regarding LGS's major games like Thief, System Shock, and Ultima Underworld. Because Looking Glass' fans are such an integral part of their success-- and because the Fan Mission developers are doing such amazing things-- I also plan to devote a chapter to TTLG, its spinoffs, and the FM community.

The trouble is, while the publisher really likes the book proposal, they're not sure there's a large enough audience to justify an entire book devoted to Looking Glass Studios. (The book would be for an imprint primarily catering to the game industry, which somewhat narrows its potential audience.)

That's where you come in: I'm convinced that there must be thousands of hardcore LGS fans who aren't necessarily in the game industry, but would love to buy and read such a book. And I would love your help, to prove that to the publisher. If we can, it'll boost our chances of committing the Looking Glass story to posterity-- a rare thing, in the notoriously short-attention span of the gaming medium. But if computer games ever stand a chance of truly becoming the new medium of the 21st century, the story of Looking Glass is something that needs to be told.

So check out the poll to the right, register your vote, and make yourself heard! (And send your fellow gamer friends this way, too.)

Many thanks,

Anonymous Journalist and Dedicated Thief Lover

There you have it. We need over a thousand votes. If you are registered in the forum, Go here and vote, rather than using the website poll. If you are not registered on the forums, and don't want to be, then please use the poll on TTLG.

Please do not vote more than once, either by using multiple forum identities, voting on the site and the forum, voting on multiple sites (i.e. TTLG & The Circle) or other various and easy-to-do ways of voting more than once. We need a thousand real votes... not a bunch of fake votes.

Please do tell all your friends, and as many other gaming sites as you can. Spread the word out. Let people know we need votes.

Thank you.






    Tuesday, September 10, 2002
    Arx U.S. Sooner - Dan - 10:01:25 PM EST
I got an email from Garrett (no, not THAT Garrett) saying that Arx will be out in the U.S. in October, not in November as previously said. Whew!






    Thursday, September 05, 2002
    Arx Delayed Again - Dan - 1:31:32 PM EST
I noticed this on RPGDot:
JoWood's Product Manager Stefan Berger let us know, that the English language version of Arx Fatalis has the following release dates now:

  • UK: Oktober 18th 2002
  • US: Mid-november 2002

    The english version will have all the changes and new features from the upcoming German pach 1.13 already, incl auto re-equip weapon on break or auto-inventory-sort.

  • So now it's a Christmas release. Okay, well, hopefully means that it will sell more units... and hopefully it means we will start seeing magazine ads (which is where the real advertising is).

    I also got word from Arkane that the US/UK versions will be the very most up to date, polished, and bug-free version possible. They've done some revising to the control scheme to make it closer to what we're used to in other 1st person games, and have had tons of feedback from German players resulting in bug fixes and tweaks. That's the good news. :)







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