Warhammer 40K owner Games Workshop has confirmed a new licensing deal with Roadhouse Interactive to develop new titles for mobile space based on the franchise. The developer, who is based in Vancouver, describes the new Warhammer title as a side screening action game.
While Roadhouse confirms that the game is in development, the end mobile platforms that will see the released version of the game are still up in the air at the moment; but more information is sure to be coming in the months ahead, according to the studio.
The Warhammer 40K has had others attempts to capture the tabletop war game in video form before. These Warhammer offerings have met with mixed reviews, but this new title from Roadhouse will be a first for Warhammer 40K in the mobile space.
If you are a Warhammer 40K fanboy and have been waiting for the release of the game by publisher THQ. Be advised that Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine you are likely not going to be happy with some of the talk that happening on the official forums. Apparently, while the posting was removed, the word is that multiplayer Co-Op for the game is off the table at release.
The rumors seem to indicate that while the developers are committed to the multiplayer Co-OP and they still plan to add it, they need more time to do it right; and with the crunch to finish the game right now the effort needs to go into finishing the main game.
The word is that the multiplayer Co-Op will follow the release of the game in about 30 days after the game ships in an update of the game. THQ has not confirmed that this is officially the way it is going down, but it seems (despite the removal of the post) those in the forums believe that this will be the case.
The online game is a first-person shooter and players can take part in individual or group missions. The game, which features PLA weaponry and realistic battle scenarios, took 32 months to complete, the newspaper reported.
“I think it is possible the game will be made open online for Chinese military fans to download and play,” an anonymous PLA publicity officer was quoted as saying.
The final version of the game was launched on June 20.
China, home to the world’s largest Internet market by users, has more than 300 million online gamers, according to government statistics.
China’s online game market was worth 8.5 billion yuan ($1,31 billion) in the first quarter.
Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp said first-quarter profit almost tripled, beating forecasts, driven by strong demand for its mobile devices, especially those running on Google’s Android operating system.
The company, which has just overtaken industry giant Nokia in terms of market capitalization, said on Friday that first-quarter net profit was $511 million.
“That its first quarter would be above expectations was well foreseen, Q1 seasonality was better than expected,” said Bonnie Chang, an analyst at Yuanta Securities in Hong Kong.
“For the second quarter everyone is expecting revenue sequential growth in the high teens to 20 percent, shipments will be strong and average selling prices are holding up pretty well.”
Growing demand for phones running on Google’s Android platform will help the smartphone market grow in 2011, boosting companies such as HTC and Samsung Electronics who are betting on the platform.
The smartphone market is likely to grow 58 percent this year and 35 percent the next, according to research firm Gartner.
Android’s popularity has helped Asian manufacturers to rise fast in smartphone rankings. HTC’s market capitalization topped that of Nokia earlier in the week after a 29 percent surge in its share price so far this year.
The shares touched a high of T$1,220 (Tawain Dollar) on April 7 this year, more than triple the T$360.5 on April 6, 2010. That surge has helped turn its chairwoman, Cher Wang, into Taiwan’s richest person.
HTC said consolidated sales for March reached T$37 billion, more than double the same month a year earlier. First-quarter revenues reached T$104.2 billion. The company did not elaborate in its statement.
It has said at the beginning of the year that it expected revenue and shipments would be more than double in the first quarter this year, helped by a new generation of products.
The largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, which posted its third straight quarter of same-store sales declines on Thursday, also forecast a fall in same-store sales in the current quarter.
The lackluster outlook led many analysts to question if Best Buy’s strategy to focus on smartphones and other mobile broadband gadgets will be enough to offset weak demand for TVs, and boost sales over the long term.
Best Buy, seen as a bellwether in consumer electronics, has been hurt by U.S. shoppers showing little interest in newer technologies such as 3-D and Internet-based televisions. The company is concerned about demand going forward too.
“We are fully aware that consumers are still relatively constrained, and some of our major categories are coming off challenging years,” CEO Brian Dunn said on a call. “We are still assuming that some of these headwinds will continue.”
U.S. consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in five months in early March as gasoline prices rose, a survey showed.
Best Buy announced plans last month to open about 150 Best Buy Mobile small-format stores in the United States as it looked to counter the impact of the slumping television business with a big focus on the profitable mobile business. But that has not allayed concerns about its long-term prospects.
“It is very difficult for Best Buy to post positive comps when a category that is 20 percent of their sales is coming down double digits,” BB&T Capital Markets analyst Anthony Chukumba said.
Best Buy said it sees same-store sales performance in the first half, especially in the first quarter, to be similar to the fourth quarter.
Best Buy has consistently lost bargain-hungry shoppers to online retailer Amazon.com Inc and mass merchants Target Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Best Buy’s decision to focus on promoting more expensive televisions backfired in the early part of the holiday season. The retailer advertised cheaper TVs later in the season, but its December same-store sales still fell 4 percent.