WCG committee picks titles for '06 event

Xbox 360 sequels replace their predecessors; Halo 2 swapped out for Project Gotham Racing 3.

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The World Cyber Games committee today announced the eight games that would serve as the battlegrounds for this year's WCG competition, with only two titles making the cut from last year's batch.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and StarCraft: Brood War will return to October's Grand Final competition in Monza, Italy. They will be joined by a number of new games, albeit largely familiar ones. Half-Life: Counter-Strike 1.6, Warhammer 40,000: Winter Assault, FIFA Soccer '06, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and Dead or Alive 4 all replace the iterations of their respective series that were contested last year, while Halo 2 has dropped from the lineup entirely and was replaced by Project Gotham Racing 3. The Xbox 360 makes its WCG debut with the PGR3 and DOA4 competitions; the six other games are for PC.

The group is also introducing a pair of pan-regional championship events this year. The WCG 2006 Asian Championship will take place during June's PC Show 2006 in Singapore, while the WCG 2006 Pan-American Championship is set for this year's Electronic Gaming Show in Mexico. The returning WCG European Championship will be held at this year's CeBIT event March 9 to 15 in Hanover, Germany.

For more on the WCG, check out the group's official Web site.

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