News Archives - October 11, 2000 - October 19, 2000
|Advanced Tutorial Review|
1 of the forumers on the official board, Max Steele, has posted a review of the advanced tutorials which you'll find in Zeus: Master Of Olympus. Well worth a read - it might convince you that tutorials aren't just in a game for the sake of it .
|Official Site Updates|
Impressions have updated the official site with some new goodies for y'all to take a look at. First off, there are a couple more hero-monster battles (Achilles v Hector and Theseus v. the Caledonian Boar). There are also 3 new bits of concept art.
|Gods Info Updated|
I've updated the ZH gods summary to include all the bad things the Olympians can do to your city.
Kraken (no, not the one who comes with Poseidon's Sanctuary ) has posted the following note to the official forums regarding the possibility of a map editor for Zeus being released in the future:
We haven't said if or when we might release an Editor for Zeus, nor are we going to do so now. Should we come up with such a plan, we'll announce it here.
|God Info Added|
I've just posted some information concerning all the gods that you'll find when playing Zeus. You can find it (apart from at the link above) under the "Game Info" section of the menu on the left hand side of this very page.
Impressions have added 3 new screenshots to their media page, depicting...ooh, all sorts of Zeus-related loveliness .
Grumpus the Elder sends word that he's opened his brand new site, Which Way To Troy?, dealing with (you've guessed it) Zeus. Well worth a look .
|Zeus hits stores!|
Today's the day, folks - Zeus: Master Of Olympus has started to appear on store shelves in North America. As a result, I've opened a Zeus Game Help forum to aid any of you out there who might be a little stuck.
As for the rest of the world, the only word I've seen anywhere is on Sierra's German site, which lists November 15th as the projected release date in Germany.
|Release Date Speculation|
Reports seem to be coming in pretty consistently now to the effect that Zeus will hit quite a few store shelves tomorrow. Here's a statement spotted by Innovandora which was originally posted to Usenet by a relation of Impressions's Marketing Weseal (a pretty good source of information, then):
I'm told Zeus should be on the shelves in some stores tomorrow, the 17th. If you're looking for it tomorrow would be the time to start calling around.
Reports suggest that EB will get it tomorrow, and Wal-Mart might also receive a shipment or 2.
Kraken posted the following follow-up to his earlier comments regarding warehouses and trade:
Regina: that's basically right. Caravans only visit Trading Posts, and trade ships only go to Piers. Traders only visit the single facility dedicated to their own city, so the actual exchange of imports and exports is highly dependable. No trade occurs at Storehouses, but they're still vital for diffusing goods throughout your city.
|4 new gods|
There are 4 new gods to be seen on the official site today - Aphrodite, Athena, Hades and Hermes.
|Core Rewards Clarification|
Impressions's Marketing Weasel has posted some clarification on the official forum regarding the Core Rewards contest they're running at the moment:
According to the rules, only the first entry of a domain name will count towards the contest. That means that once someone posts a link to a preview on Gamespot, no other entries from Gamespot will count. And since Gamespot is under the ZDNET.COM domain, that also covers all other entries under ZDNET. That's why you have to be quick. Ares wants people to search far, not deep.
|Different sized warehouses?|
Impressions's Kraken took some time out to post on our forums today regarding the different sized warehouses which some people have spotted in some of the screenshots:
The smaller "warehouse" is a Storehouse. It's equivalent to the storage facilites in our earlier games, although with slightly improved protocols. The larger one is a Trading Post. All trade facilities come with their own storage and deliverymen. Trading Posts and Piers are each dedicated to one trade partner, and you can have only one trade facility per partner.
|New Look for Heaven|
Now that things seem to be settling down a bit here on our new server (yes, we know about the occasional IS errors, and are working to fix them), it's time to introduce a couple of new sites to the place we all call HeavenGames.
First off, welcome to SCNPunk, AOK scenario designers extraordinare - if you're looking for news on AOK scenario making, then they're the guys to see about it.
We are also proud to present Empire Earth Heaven, dedicated to the upcoming RTS by Stainless Steel Studios. Feel free to head over and give Angel Park a warm welcome to Heaven .
1 more thing - a new logo has also been created to mark our new beginning. For the moment, you can see it here, but it will be put on all Heaven sites over the next few days .
|No Day 10 Today|
Impressions's Reed just posted the following to the official forum:
...they are going to polish the final day some more. In other words; No update on it today, sorry.
Yesterday, Impressions posted day 9 of the countdown. So, final day today - any guesses on what's going to happen?
Demo would be nice
|Official Site Updates|
A truckload of new stuff has been added to the official Zeus site:
Impressions have started up a new contest-type thingy - Core Rewards.
At the moment, you can win a signed and framed copy of the Zeus box; all you need to do is to post the URL of a website which links to the official site to be in with a chance of winning.
First come first served, and Zeus Heaven has already been posted, sorry .
|More box art revealed|
The countdown progresses inexorably towards October 16th, with day 7 now being visible (thanks, Sinuhe).
As of now, there will be no more updates here for a couple of days while we move house - normal service will resume when we're settled on our new server (hopefully before the 16th ).
Day VI of Impressions's countdown to Oct. 16th has now been posted. A few more buildings are in there, and it seems like the masons are polishing off the box art .
|New Zeus Screens At GameSpot|
Blue's is reporting that GameSpot has posted 6 new screenshots to celebrate Zeus going gold.