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Codemasters announce FUEL: largest environment in race gaming

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313w ago - Codemasters has today officially announced FUEL. Set to revolutionise multi-terrain racing with the largest environment ever created in race gaming, FUEL will present players with an astonishing no-boundaries playfield that's over 5,000 square miles (14,000+ kmē) in size.

Creating the ultimate competitive go-anywhere racing experience, FUEL will have players competing across wildly different terrain and executing spectacular death-defying stunts as they race dozens of varied two and four-wheeled rides and explore this epic world on an unprecedented scale.





FUEL is set in an alternate present in which whole swathes of the globe have been ravaged by the effects of climate change brought on by decades of environmental abuse. Here oil prices have rocketed and yet a new breed of racing junkie takes to the wastelands, pitting their grungy home-tuned vehicles against each other in an all-new extreme sport as they compete to win fuel supplies.

To triumph means travelling the wastelands to challenge the best; from the tsunami-wrecked pacific coast through the Nevada wastelands, including the Grand Canyon, up treacherous snow-capped mountains, thick forests, arid deserts, abandoned lakeside resorts and much more.

Bringing this vast, open ended...
 

Hydrogen-powered plane takes off

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333w ago - The first manned, hydrogen-powered plane has been successfully tested in the skies above Spain, its makers say.

The small, propeller-driven craft, developed by aviation giant Boeing, made three short flights at an airfield south of Madrid, the company said.

It was powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which produce only heat and water as exhaust products.

The tests could pave the way for a new generation of greener aircraft, the company said.

Boeing's chief technology officer John Tracy said the flights were "a historical technological success" and "full of promises for a greener future".

Small future

Three test flights of the two-seater aircraft took place in February and March at an airfield at Ocana, south of Madrid. The plane was modified to include a hybrid battery and fuel cell system developed by UK firm Intelligent Energy.

The fuel cells, which create electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen, were used to power an electric motor coupled to a propeller.

During take-off the plane's batteries were used to provide an additional boost, but whilst in the air, the plane relied entirely on the cells.

Boeing said the plane has a flying time of 45 minutes but tests were limited to around half that time.
 

THQ cancels Frontlines: Fuel of War for PS3

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343w ago - THQ announced today that it has canceled PS3 version of Frontlines: Fuel of War(TM) and also the PS2 version of Destroy All Humans!(R): Big Willy Unleashed.

Two unannounced titles for Xbox 360 and PS3, scheduled for 2010, have also been canceled. The Concrete Games studio, which was working on one of the unannounced titles, will also be closed down.

To quote: However, the company expects to report approximately $20 million in accelerated amortization expense related to the underperformance of certain previously-released games, including Stuntman(R):Ignition(TM), Ratatouille and Conan(R). In addition, consistent with the company's previously-announced quality initiatives relating to product development and its product pipeline, the company expects to record non-cash charges of approximately $27 million related to:

1) the cancellation of the PlayStation(R) 3 (PS3) version of Frontlines(TM): Fuel of War(TM) and the PlayStation(R) 2 (PS2) version of Destroy All Humans!(R): Big Willy Unleashed;

2) costs associated with two unannounced titles for Xbox 360 and PS3 that had been scheduled for release in fiscal 2010; and

3) the company's decision not to pursue its Juiced(TM) and Stuntman(R) intellectual properties.

The company also announced the closure of its...
 

THQ indicates Fuel of War has been delayed for PS3, not cancelled

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344w ago - Recent rumors suggested that THQ had totally scrapped Frontline: Fuels of War for the PS3. However, a THQ PR rep has told one website that the PS3 version is not canceled and has just been delayed.

The team is reportedly working as normal to finish the Xbox 360 and PC versions in time for a February launch while the PS3 version is scheduled for a release later on in the year.

To quote: Some rumors posted on other Web sites have reported that the PS3 version of Kaos Studios and THQ's upcoming multiplayer shooter Frontlines: Fuel of War has been cancelled. FiringSquad has checked in with THQ's PR contact for the game who told us today that the PS3 version had not been cancelled but has been delayed.

According to our contact Kaos Studios is working to finish the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game for release in February. The PS3 version is still scheduled for release later in 2008.
 

Frontlines: Fuel of War for PS3 Preview!

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357w ago - It's 2024, and the Caspian Sea contains the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. In order to secure them, the world's superpowers converge on the oil towns of Turkmenistan with jets, Humvees and tanks. Powering all this military hardware just for a few barrels may seem a bit wasteful, but in the future global economy you'll have to spend oil to earn oil.

In Frontlines: Fuel of War's single-player campaign, you'll use an array of weapons and vehicles to beat back the combined military forces of Russia and China. Various strategic objectives are scattered around the maps, and as long as they're not too far into enemy territory, you can approach these in any order you choose. Dying in the single-player mode doesn't force a reset, either, as you'll simply take control of another teammate at the front.

Leading the charge are over 60 playable vehicles (which, by the way, will never run out of gas). Similar to the Battlefield series, vehicles are scattered around maps two-to-four miles in size, and in either the single-player campaign or multiplayer mode you can hop into a tank or helicopter and fight however you see fit. For example, there's the "battle bus," a Land of the Dead-inspired coach that holds a team and comes with barbed wire barricades and a gunner's nest on the roof.

The vehicles...
 
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