News Archives - April 1, 2001 - May 22, 2001
|Poseidon Release Date|
Kraken from Impressions took a little tour of our forums earlier this afternoon and landed up in here, where he posted some info concerning the relase date of Poseidon, the upcoming Zeus X-pack:
It will be all too soon in some ways, and not soon enough in others!
|E3 Poseidon Screenshots|
Although Poseidon wasn't being shown at this year's E3, Sierra still included some nice screenshots in the press pack they gave out to members of the media. Those Poseidon screenshots can be viewed here.
|New Poseidon Piccies!|
I don't know what these look like, since the official site keeps timing out or crashing on me, but Impressions have posted some new Poseidon concept art and some new Poseidon screenshots.
Eagle-eyed Laocon pointed this thread over at the official forum, in which King Kraken states that Poseidon will ship with a nice 6-pack of new adventure goodness:
Poseidon will ship with six all-new adventures, plus several new open-play adventures, if you prefer to stick with Impressions scenarios.
|No More Beta Signups|
As expected, today sees the closure of the application period for those interested in participating in the Poseidon beta test. This from the official site:
The Beta Sign-up period is now closed. Judging by the number of applications we received, you are just as excited about Poseidon as we are! If you were chosen to participate in the beta test, you have been notified by email. Thanks to all who applied!
|Cossacks for the taking|
Remember a post a few weeks ago about a Cossacks contest? Well, you can still sign up for a chance to become the lucky owner of a copy of
All you have to do is sign up.
|The Clouds are Moving...|
I've been meaning to mention this for a couple of weeks or so now, but for some reason have kept forgetting. Must be a sign of getting old .
Angel Draco, one of the great stalwarts of the Citybuilding sites here at HeavenGames, and the man to blame for getting me involved in all this, has opened a new site under the Heaven umbrella. You might have already checked it out, but if you haven't, be sure to pay the old chap a visit at Age of Wonders Heaven.
|Want to Beta Poseidon?|
If so, then here's your chance:
Applications are now open for wannabe Beta Testers for Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon, an add-on for our latest city-building hit: Zeus: Master of Olympus. We'll choose up to 250 people for a test period running from May 18th through June 1st. Sign up at http://beta.impressionsgames.com/poseidon/.
I noticed whilst broswing over at VE that Strategyplanet has posted a preview of Poseidon (the upcoming Zeus x-pack, if you've been away for the past week).
|Support Your Local Heaven|
Here's a request from Up High.
We don't ask a lot of you, other than to behave nicely on the forums but we do have an other request. You can help us keep HeavenGames up and running by having a look at the following page: Heaven Games Merchant Partners.
So if you need to get something from one of our partners, please use the provided links, as they will help us to keep these sites from disappearing into oblivion.
|Poseidon Forum Redux - Racetracks|
Redux time again, as Kraken comments on the racetrack building, which will be present in Poseidon:
The Racetrack is among the larger innovations in Poseidon. Racetracks are an Aesthetic structure whose benefits increase with the track's length. Racetracks produce income for your treasury, among other effects.
|Contest Winners Announced|
Forumer Degas has announced the winners of the first Zeus competition:
Click here to view the full post. Congratulations to Lawrence and Nero Would for coming out on top of their respective divisions, and a round of applause to all who competed .
|Poseidon Forum Redux|
I got back from Easter vac earlier today, and will be going through and responding to emails received since April 11th over the next couple of days, so if you're awaiting an answer, hang in there !
Well, the big news happened while I was away (Zeus add-on being announced, in case you've been out of action as well), so I figured I might hit the official forum to see if there were any goodies from the golden ones (or the blue ones, depending on which forums you frequent). Well, I wasn't disappointed - here's a little Q&A involving Kraken:
Q. Are there only 2 new gods, 3 new monsters, and 2 new heroes that will be added to the game? Or are there more?
Here's the thread that little exchange came from. You can also take a peek here for the following little tidbit:
Hera and Atlas are indeed present in Atlantis.
Update: Kraken posted the following about extra types of fruit in Poseidon:
[quote]Oranges are a new food type, added for variety.[/quote]
Well, we've opened another slice of Heaven: Age of Wonders Heaven. AoW is a fantasy, turn-based strategy game, based on the old Masters of Magic. Currently we host a bit of forum and scenario downloads, focusing on Play By Email games.
I also found out a little bit more about the Cossacks 'Contest'. Basically it's a free for all, luck of the draw contest. No tasks to perform, no puzzles to solve, or stores to write. Just sign up, and hope you're lucky
There's a contest over on our sister site: Cossacks Heaven. I haven't quite been able to figure out what you have to do, but for prizes they are giving away five copies of Cossacks. I'll see if I can find some more information.
To sign up details, click here.
|More gods and goodies|
I just recieved an email telling me Impressions have announced the Zeus Expansion: Poseidon.
In Poseidon, players
The expansion is planned for release this summer.
Screenshots at Impressions and GameSpot show some interesting new features such as science, oranges and stone bridges.
Now when was summer supposed to be...?
|Gamasutra on Localisation|
What with this month and a half wait for the European version of the Enhancement Pack, I was interested to see whilst perusing VoodooExtreme that Gamasutra has posted an article on localising games for the European market:
As the industry is slowly gearing up for the spring and cranking out those all-important E3 demos, this year's first Eurospeak delves into the issue of game localization; an issue that is becoming more and more important in the EU markets.
|Zeus Expansion on July 1st?|
Intertesting little tidbit here to keep you going today ...
Looking around on Amazon.com this afternoon, I turned up this page here. What's so special about it? Let me quote what's on the page:
Zeus Expansion Pack
Very interesting. It would seem to confirm the news we posted last week about a Zeus add-on being listed on a Swiss Sierra supplier's site. The most interesting part of all this, of course, is the release date they list - only 3 months away!
If you see any news or rumours about the mystery expansion, then please let me know .
|No Swedish EP|
Kraken was the bearer of unwelcome news to those of you out there with the Swedish version of Zeus when he posted the following bit of news in this thread on the official forum:
As I understand it, the localizers chose not to create a Swedish version of the Zeus EP. This was not Impressions' decision. We wish that it had been different, but localization is a separate business unit with its own budget to follow, and their budget for free products is minimal.
|Hard Times? Not if you win!|
The guys and gals over at CBC.net have unveiled their very first Zeus contest. So, if you fancy getting your hands on some signed Zeus posters, move your mouse this way to enter.