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Sony's online-game hub relaunches; online-focused conference keynoted by lead FFXI dev; Titan Quest dev appoints prez, hires designer.

New look, free games parked in SOE's Station
Sony Online Entertainment announced this week the relaunch of its online game portal Station.com. Aside from a redesigned layout and retooled functionality, the site now hosts free trials for the majority of SOE's massively multiplayer online games. It also now houses demos for casual games such as Bejeweled 2, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune, and for mobile games such as Q*Bert, Snoop Dogg Cruisin', and God of War: Betrayal. Sony's Station Pass, which includes action games Tanarus, Cosmic Rift Online, and Infantry Online, is also now free for all users. Previously, monthly Station Pass access cost users $6.95.

Hiromichi Tanaka opens Austin GDC
Square Enix executive officer Hiromichi Tanaka will deliver the keynote address at this year's Austin Game Developers Conference. Best known as the lead developer on Final Fantasy XI, the massively multiplayer online iteration of Square Enix's long-running fantasy series, Tanaka will address issues arising from developing a multiplatform MMOG. The Austin Game Conference was brought into the Game Developers Conference fold last October, and was subsequently renamed Austin GDC in February. The online-game-focused developer powwow will take place September 5-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

Goodsill to rule Iron Lore, Marvin annexed
Iron Lore Entertainment sent word this week that Jeff Goodsill has been promoted to president of the company. In his new role, Goodsill will oversee the studio's day-to-day operations, while also leading strategic planning and improving team management. The developer also announced today that it has enlisted Steve Marvin as design director. Marvin's most recent credits include lead designer on EA Mythic's upcoming massively multiplayer online game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Established in mid-2005 in part by Age of Empires cocreator Brian Sullivan, Iron Lore has thus far released two games: Titan Quest, and its expansion pack Immortal Throne.

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15 comments
Riavian
Riavian

Sounds like square are having problems with the next FF online :P lol

RX220
RX220

Does this mean the MAJOR bug in Titan Quest/IT will get fixed? Probably all us angry TQ/IT fans care about.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Austin has a game show...well a game conference. Please Miami get something with gaming over here. Hey Shaq was huge and he moved from LA to Miami, E3 could do the same

vaejas
vaejas

Ghostbusters Mobile = 4W3S0M3! :P But seriously, that God of War Betrayal video is El-Oh-El funny. Worth a peek.

Pete5506
Pete5506

sony, ok sounds different

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

Sony's station sounds pretty cool

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

A pretty good choice for a keynote addresser. Hope GDC turns out well.

call1
call1

Go Austin!!!

Goliathvv
Goliathvv

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KomboChameleon
KomboChameleon

sounds like good stuff. do not have a ps3 yet but maybe later on down the road

JamesL007
JamesL007

Sounds like some good news, now if they would add more content too the Playstation Store I would be happy.