NewsSpots: WOW, Xbox demos, Persona 3, more

Blizzard hits new milestone; XBL gets more game trials; demon-slaying RPG delayed; F.E.A.R. 360 gets downloadable maps; Forza 2 to get add-on car packs.

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WOW: Now serving 9 million
The beast, it thrives. Blizzard today announced that its massively multiplayer online game that needs no introduction has surpassed the 9 million worldwide subscribers mark. Debuting in November 2004, World of Warcraft has consistently been in a league of its own as far as installed user base. Earlier this year, the game's first expansion, The Burning Crusade, set PC-game records by selling a staggering 2.4 million copies within 24 hours of release. The publisher anticipates it will continue to acquire waves of new subscribers, noting The Burning Crusade is currently being prepped for launch in China.

All-Pro 2K8, NASCAR 08 demos dash onto XBL
Despite the rocky deployment of demos on Xbox Live earlier this week, it appears two more have made their way to Microsoft's online service. Demos for 2K Games All-Pro Football 2K8 and NASCAR 08 are now available for download. While the All-Pro 2K8 demo theoretically weighs in at 681MB, a widely reported error seems to be preventing the demo from downloading. Clocking in at 589MB, the NASCAR 08 demo drops racers into the driver's seat at the Daytona International Speedway. The Darkness demo also appears to have reappeared on the service after going dark for a brief period of time. The Dynasty Warriors: Gundam demo, however, still has not surfaced on Xbox Live.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 shelved until August 14
Originally slated to appear this week, the latest update to the demon-slaying Shin Megami Tensei role-playing series has been delayed. Atlus today confirmed that Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 for the PlayStation 2 will now make its journey to store shelves come August 14. The delay stems from an issue with the reproduction of an art book that was planned to be packaged with the game. According to the publisher, "Without the art book, the outer box would lack the structural integrity to endure shipping; all extras would need to be discarded." Atlus notes that the new ship date is still tentative, barring any other manufacturing issues.

Five new maps to feed F.E.A.R.
In June, Sierra Entertainment updated its supernatural shooter with a pair of multiplayer game types, control and conquer mode. At that time, the publisher also revealed it had several map packs planned for release this summer. The first of those map packs is available on Xbox Live today, and a couple of the maps included are for the new modes. Titled the Synchronicity Pack, the latest add-on features five new multiplayer maps. Three of the new playfields can be used for capture the flag and conquer all game modes. The remaining two maps are designed for deathmatch games and control mode, respectively. The Synchronicity Pack is a 316MB download and will cost gamers 550 Microsoft points ($6.87).

Forza 2 gets tune-up, mods set for August
Despite boasting more than 300 different automobiles in its most recent racer, Turn 10 is ready to expand Forza Motorsport 2's car list even further. Posting to its Web site, the developer recently revealed that the Forza team "definitely have DLC up our sleeves and will release a series of car packs and new tracks starting in August and running probably through a good chunk of fall." The studio also outlined Forza 2's most recent patch, which includes a number of fixes and tweaks to its online game.

Discussion

36 comments
w4rgasm
w4rgasm

It's only like $12/month if you pay for 6 months worth.

packernation31
packernation31

I sorta wish I could play WoW, but it's $15 a month, which is ridiculous, it's not like they couldn't make money charging 9 mil ppl $5 a month

Anteraan
Anteraan

Forza 2 tracks? MOST AWESOME! I can't wait.

Sim_genius
Sim_genius

No!! Persona 3... oh well it´ll give me more time to save money :P

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

I kinda' wish MMOs were fun. I mean, WoW would be ok, but it really isn't all that attractive. The gameplay is alright, but it's not really as skill based as I like my games, it's another adventure rpg, so you're rolling the dice a lot. I'd much more prefer a title with skill based combat. I don't want to get killed in a fight simply because you're a higher level than I and have better gear from playing more. I didn't like the game that much. Sure beats FF XI though.

13wanderer
13wanderer

Maybe Microsoft is going to release the Gundam demo as part of their Comic Con Bring it Home thing.

bourne2083
bourne2083

you know i'm glad to see more demo's but why can't they put WoW on xbox 360 i mean they put that peice of crap final fantasy xi why not a good one

brianquiles
brianquiles

Forza 2 needs more tracks. Cool!! more cars!!!

Delta_BITR
Delta_BITR

I kinda want to try out that Gundam demo. Hope it comes out soon.

faytal-ehtee
faytal-ehtee

why release burning crusade in china. it will be filled with empty servers. all chinese players roll on eu and us servers and farm gold lol.

LegionOSH
LegionOSH

..almost forgot.. Glad to hear Forza 2 has some extra content coming..here's to hoping it doesn't end up costing 50% of the game price for all the content... Kevin legionosh@msn.com

LegionOSH
LegionOSH

This is slightly off topic, but WHERE IS THE ETERNAL SONATA demo? It's in this months OXM (Official Xbox Magazine), and it's been available in Japan for a little while. I just want to play the demo sometime before the game comes out (not that it will affect my decision as I am buying it regardless, but still..) I could buy the OXM but I don't feel like paying $10 for a DEMO.... Heck Blue Dragon came out the week of E3..so where is Eternal Sonata? So instead we get Juiced 2? All Pro football 2K? (tried it but just didn't like it. Heck, I enjoyed playing the Madden 07 demo more than All Pro 2K. All the smack talking is !#!$ retarded and SEVERELY detracts from the gameplay IMO. The Madden 07 demo graphics are better IMO as well.). Nascar? downloaded it..not too bad a demo. The Bigs? Except for the SSX series, I star FAR away from "extreme" sports titles, as they tend to either suck or be shallow...or both..lol... So in short...GIVE ME MY ETERNAL SONATA DEMO!! (end rant..lol) My two cents. Kevin legionosh@msn.com

darkchaostitan
darkchaostitan

Cheap map pack for fear, awsome. Nascar not so much.

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

can't wait to see the reactions and more-than-likely positive reviews for the DW: Gundam game, from the same people that shun every other version of DW/SW because they are 'all the same'. And they won't go play the earlier ones after seeing how cool the Gundam one is either -- they'll just believe it's that cool because they added 'more' to it since it's Gundam. No, actually, the gameplay is just like every other DW/SW game, but looks sci-fi.....same exact gameplay and elements, with different characters and moves. it just seems so closed-minded for people to be waiting for this version, when it's nothing different compared to the originals.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Where are the PSN demos?? :lol:

seamusb
seamusb

With each passing day Blizzard comes one step closer to controlling the world. :twisted: Who can save us from them? ... ... ... Perhaps we don't want to be saved.

FiddleStick
FiddleStick

sweet! a nascar demo! i cant wait to drive in a circle making left turns for an hour!!! awesome!!

Nuke_trooper
Nuke_trooper

cool, Forza2 could do with some more tracks

ARKARON
ARKARON

OH jezz Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 has been delayed until august 14. well we all only been waiting about a year an half for this game to come out , whats another 3weeks.

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

I'll be the first to say that I loathe Nascar. I hate everything about it. What it stands for, the works. Nothing against the people who enjoy it, just... it makes me feel dirty just talking about it. Was required to review '07 and, contempt for the franchise aside, gave it a solid review because it was a solid game. Now, that in mind, having tried the '08 demo, I still wouldn't purchase the game but... that is a damn good demo. Period.

Phizzo89
Phizzo89

where the hell is my god damn gundam demo?

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Wow, grabbing Nascar demo now !

zath5
zath5

forza 2 and xbl demos wahooo

Z_scorpio_Z
Z_scorpio_Z

w00t!!! ya baby more tracks and cars for forza. i'm so excited can't wait.