Overlord to raise hell on PS3s this summer

Codemasters announces its fantasy adventure--complete with expansion pack--is coming for the PlayStation 3 in mid-2008.

Having already pillaged PCs and Xbox 360s, Overlord is making its way to the PlayStation 3 in the coming months. The original Overlord will be bundled with the Raising Hell expansion pack--previously available as an Xbox Live download--together in one package.

The creation of Dutch developer Triumph Studios, Overlord was released last summer on the PC and Xbox 360, and puts you in control of the Sauron-esque lord and his devoted army of minions hell-bent on wanton destruction.

Codemasters said in a statement that the PS3 version will boast "online co-operative pillaging and head-to-head slaughter...enhanced with detailed visuals, a top-spec audio system with 7.1 surround sound and gameplay refinements, such as the addition of an on-screen mini-map."

No firm release date has yet been announced.

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makemeweak
makemeweak

PS3 owners should be happy - this game was loads of fun last year.

Dryker
Dryker

@ Sammojo Tread lightly sir for you walk the path of ignorance. No game can or should be judged by a demo. I didn't care much for the demo either, but loved the game and highly recommend it. I've purchased the expansion, but have yet to play it. Too busy playing Lost Odyssey ( IMO best traditional RPG ever and I've been playing RPG's since Dragon Warrior for the NES that came with my Nintendo Power subscription) and Call of Duty 4 on Live.

Serious
Serious

I used to think that getting a game later than the competition was bad. but almost every time we do we get it with extra content that Xbox fans had to shell out extra for. I like this trend and I'm willing to wait for games to come out with all of their content in one disc instead of piece mealed out to me for various points equaling up to about 5.99 a shot.

Sammojo
Sammojo

This game was pretty poor i thought, played the demo and was really disappointed. I can't see why they are porting it. I just really hope it doesn't end up like Lost Planet did, getting worse the more times they ported it...

Kenaue
Kenaue

I LOVED this game on the 360. BEST GAME OF THE YEAR when it came out.

LookOutSnake
LookOutSnake

I really try to avoid making comments that sound "partisan" in this console war, but honestly...some of you X360 fanboys are borderline retarded. Do you think Sony is sitting around waiting to get 360 retread? Hell no. All of these old 360 games coming to the PS3 with new content has more to do with Microsoft's business ethic than it does with Sony's laziness. If Microsoft is willing to throw tens of millions at a company to get access to a PS3 exclusive (DMC4), then it's obvious that Microsoft is willing to throw money around to make games 360 exclusives...even if it's just for a few months.

shroom76
shroom76

sweeet! another game not to buy!

Diernes
Diernes

This was a fun game for me but I only rented. May pick this up for ps3 when i get one.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

really great game. perfect rent or if its budget prriced then buy it.

ctg867
ctg867

Wasn't a particularly bad game on 360/PC. Would be cool to see it on PS3 with a lot more content.

SyrusKahn
SyrusKahn

another port to the ps3 with enhancements cuz its the best system. lol. suck on that 360 owners.. mwuahaha ps. im joking, like i really care about this game. its already on pc and 360.

americahellyeah
americahellyeah

never even heard of it, sounds interesting enough though.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Sounds good, I hope the minimap gets patched into the 360 version.

runstalker
runstalker

I would hardly call Overlord, with a 76% average rating from 46 different review outlets a "horrible" game. People overuse 'horrible' these days as much as 'fail' and 'for the win.' Let's not perpetuate cliches. If dozens of reviewers formed a 76% average for the 360 game and the PS3 version is shipping with improved graphics and sound, a new mini-map, bugs removed, and all the 360 expansion content...gee, it might be an 80% range game. Oh noes, is 80% good enough to not be "horrible" or "average scraps"? Jaded doesn't work when it isn't justified.

stuffgamer1
stuffgamer1

Why does everybody on here hate Overlord? It's one of my favorite 360 games, and I've been playing almost nothing else for the past week (especially since Raising Hell was only just released)! The only thing that concerns me about this announcement is the statement that the PS3 version will have an on-screen mini-map. Lack of map was the single biggest problem with the game in all of the reviews I read, so I hope they release it as a downloadable update for the 360 version.

xNJN
xNJN

That game was horrible to begin with...

darkride66
darkride66

Loucetios mentioned "this is codemasters, not sony" I know. What does Sony have to do with this being ported? The way people are complaining you'd think Sony was pulling resources off their other projects to port this over. This has nothing to do with Sony. Rasterror said "Now the PS3 is dying to get the 360's average scraps." Riiiiiight. With over 135 games out now, 90+rated 70% and above (metacritic) PS3 owners certainly won't be falling over themselves to get their hands on Overlord. Codemasters might make an extra buck seventy five though.

runstalker
runstalker

One thing Codemasters has that is a boon to PS3 people is one helluva finely optimized version of their 'Ego' in-house engine. The one that powered DiRT, also in upcoming GRID and Op Flashpoint 2. Like a few other UK devs, they really milk the Cell with that engine. This point is utterly meaningless when it comes to the Overlord engine, but one would hope that CM's engineers have lent a hand for the port.

kobebryantyanic
kobebryantyanic

Who the hell gonna buy this BS for their ps3. I know i ain't, the summer will be especially for mgs4 and haze.

Loucetios
Loucetios

Why are ppl talknig to sony of this thread? this is codemasters, not sony, and sony is giving me too many games on my psp, patapon, GoW and Crisiscore all in basically the same month? ouch, and in 2 months Haze, and MGS4 for my ps3? whoo

Loucetios
Loucetios

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etramleinad12
etramleinad12

First time hearing about this game, its not like they're porting Gears to the PS3 that would get me interested.

msalz1
msalz1

Hey look another 360 port.... Focus Sony... focus. Here is a thought ... work on bringing out titles JUST for your system. That's what will make people buy it....exclusives ... not poop games from another system.

MXVIII
MXVIII

Yeah Overlord was okay. Im kinda dissapointed in the tower building. When I heard about that I thought I was going to reconstruct a runi into a tower of serious doom, but it turns out all Iwas adding were a couple of spikes, a flag, and a brazier, LAME. The minionns are reaaally stupid too, I hate haveing to micromanage with nothing but a simple thumbstick. Sure the game made me laugh, and It had its moments of pillaging and wanton destruction, but its not enough to be worth the next gen price.

rasterror
rasterror

Wow! Now the PS3 is dying to get the 360's average scraps. Next they're gonna port Dead Rising by next year. I guess Sony's future is in the 60's past catalog.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

This game was horrible. Just concentrate on some NEW games, hell how about getting "Home" up and running? How about those accomplishments in place to make each PS3 game just a little bit more fun?

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

Why port THIS GAME? The reviews for it were so-so at best. I never played it so I can't really make a statement on whether it is good or not. I would love to see BioShock brought over to the PS3. I know that the fanbots are going to rake me over the coals for that statement but that game was fantastic and should be played by all. I own both a 360 and a PS3 and think that each system has unique features. I always have to state that in my posts just so that there isn't some tool trying to say that I am bias or something.

darkride66
darkride66

Fantastic. Another 360 game ported over to the PS3 so the 360 fanboys can yell "See how much better the 360 is! Look at those framerates compared to the PS3!" before stopping and bowing towards the direction of Redmont. It's nice that developers are taking notice of a rapidly growing user base, but I'd be surprised if this port is as good as the original 360 version.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--henry4th -- lol...since when was Overlord labled as a 360 exclusive? And the fact is 18-months is one hell of a long time to port a title.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Demo on 360 didn't excite me....not sure a few extra goodies can entice me to get it on PS3.

henry4th
henry4th

It's more like xbox360 lost another exclusive title. But no one cares about this game.

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

Better late then never. To bad that Overlord isnt that great.

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

Yay! Another game making to the PS3 late.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

@gameboy you'll never be a businessman when you say things like that. companys port games and refrain from exclusives not because they didn't make enough money but because they want to increase their revenue as much as possible. why do you think GTA 4 is going on the 360 as well as the ps3? so that rockstar can increase it's revenue and sell as many copies as possible. can fanboys please leave.

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

Funny comment about the 7.1 surround sound.... The PS3 can send a 5.1 or 6.1 Dolby Digital or DTS signal to your receiver. Your receiver, when sending one of these signals, will use your back surround speakers as if they were another set of "regular" surrounds. Your receiver cannot understand nor decode any 7.1 discrete audio signal, encoded or not (which is what PCM is, not encoded). Doing so REQUIRES an HDMI connection. The PS3 can output a 5.1 signal Easily. Games like Call of Duty 4 or probably every PS3 game. It sends an encoded Dolby Digital signal from the optical output, the very same type of signal that's used on the majority of DVDs. But for Blu-Ray discs, there's no way to get 7.1 discrete audio from the PS3 to your receiver.

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

Ports are only done when the publisher didnt make enough money the first time around.

Loucetios
Loucetios

Interestning, if they fix what made the 360 version sub par it might be worth my interest

DullBozer
DullBozer

Well it can't be a good port since it wasn't a good game. Even if they polish it up a little and add some stuff, the game is still over a year old and boring as church.

bdbogart
bdbogart

Another re-hashed 360 game for the PS3 Fanboys :)

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I was thinking about getting it for the 360, but there are better games, I wont get it for the ps3 either. I want R6V 2.

TheKungFool
TheKungFool

*YAWN* my worst nightmare is now coming true: After the PS3 was a year later coming out, companies are going to try and re-flog thier games on it as afterthought ports. We don't need them. The PS3 has fantastic games out, and even more fantastic games coming. We don't need ports of lackluster 360 games. (and yes I've played "overlord"....its bites)

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

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