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Ignition Entertainment producer gives update on company

2010 was a very rough year for publisher Ignition Entertainment. The publisher shut down its Florida-based development studios and greatly reduced its London offices. The US operations of the company are now in Austin, Texas which are shared by its sister company, the free-to-play game developer-publisher UTV True Games.

In an interview at Siliconera, Ignition Entertainment exec Shane Bettenhausen states, "We're kind of combining our resources and re-upping and rebuilding Ignition. Clearly, I think we have a big lineup coming, throughout the year and we're going to be announcing more titles at E3."

True Games finally launched its free-to-play game Mytheon earlier this year and has another game, Faxion Online, in beta testing.

Ignition Entertainment consolidates US offices to Austin, Texas [Update]

The saga of UTV Ignition Entertainment continues. The game publishing arm of India's UTV has announced that it has decided to consoldate its US operations to one single location in Austin, Texas. It's apparently in the same office location that's also being used by the free-to-play game publisher UTV True Games. The company said today the move was made to "better combine resources and become more efficient and streamlined."

That means the company's publishing offices in Glendale, California will be moved to Austin while its Florida-based internal development studio will also be moved to Austin. The press release said that the studios long-in-development console first person shooter Reich is in fact still in development and will continue to be made in Austin. The press release said Reich's development wil be lead by "key personnel" and will seek new team members that "will create a new internal development team."

Update: Gamesindustry.biz reports that the CEO of Ignition Entertainment, Vijhay Chadha, was "terminated" last week

Ignition Entertainment to shut down London development offices

Technically we are out of a recession but that doesn't mean that things are all better in the economy. Today Gamesindustry.biz (free registration required) reports that publisher Ignition Entertainment will be shutting down its internal development studios in London by the end of October. Staff members at the studio will be laid off as a result but there's no word yet on exactly how many people will be affected. Ignition still plans to staff a London corporate office for its publishing ventures.

Ignition Entertainment still has a number of internal development studios including teams that are making free-to-play games in Austin and Beijing. The company published Zombie's multiplayer shooter Blacklight: Tango Down earlier this summer and has plans to release Hothead Games' next title, Swarm, in 2011.

Exclusive: Zombie confirms Blacklight: Tango Down 2 in the works

Although the PC version of Blacklight Tango Down has just released, you can expect much more from the franchise. The $15 multiplayer shooter is apparently a solid sales hit on Xbox 360, and developer Zombie is already getting ready to expand the series. In a brief phone chat, Zombie CEO Mark Long told us that there are no plans to offer any downloadable content for Blacklight, aside from bug fix updates.

Instead, Long confirmed to Big Download that Zombie has already started production on Blacklight Tango Down 2. While details are slim at this point, Long said the sequel will feature improvements from the original game, including larger maps and controllable mech-like vehicles. At the moment Zombie is hoping to release Blacklight Tango Down 2 in the summer of 2011.

Blacklight Tango Down now available for PC via Games For Windows Live

While there's no indication of this on the official Games For Windows web site, the PC version of Blacklight Tango Down is now available to purchase and download via Microsoft Games For Windows Live client. At the moment this is the only outlet to get the PC port of the multiplayer themed near-future first person shooter although we have been told by the game's developer Zombie that it will also appear on Steam and Direct2Drive as well. The game costs $14.99 to download.

Just a reminder: This game is developed by Zombie and published by Ignition Entertainment with support for customizable weapons, 12 multiplayer maps for support up to 16 players and four co-op themed maps that can also be played alone with AI support. Zombie hopes this game is the first salvo in a Blacklight multimedia franchise. A one-shot comic book is already available and there are plans for a motion picture based on the franchise.

[Thanks TheWeaponeer]

Update: The game is now available on Steam and Direct2Drive.

Blacklight: Tango Down dev diary builds custom weapons


The first Blacklight: Tango Down developer diary explained how players would be fighting a futuristic Netwar. In this latest addition, the developers discuss how players can express their personalities through the weapon customization system. By earning different achievements, players unlock interchangeable upgrades to improve performance. There will also be decorative charms available to attach onto guns that also provide special stat boosts. Blacklight: Tango Down will release later this summer.

Download HD Blacklight: Tango Down Developer Diary #2 (146 MB)
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Big Download's E3 2010 PC Game Highlights - Episode 4


The last episode of PC game highlights at E3 2010 is also the most action packed! On our final day, we ponder what it means to be human in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Then we continue the future war with a look at Blacklight: Tango Down before completely changing gears for an up-close look at the dark fantasy role-playing game, The Witcher 2. We're still trying to decide whether F.E.A.R. 3 is a story of brotherly love or sibling rivalry, but nothing can stand in the way when super reflexes, guns, mechanized armor and psychic powers all work together.

In MMOs, we explore the land of TERA and learn to build a kingdom from scratch in LEGO Universe. We see how well Lara Croft plays well with others in Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light. Finally, the bullets really start to fly with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Altogether, it's a supersized final episode.

For press conference coverage, check out Episode 1, then be sure to watch Episode 2 and Episode 3 for more show floor coverage.

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E3 2010: Swarm finds a publisher in Ignition Entertainment

Developer Hothead Games is best known for their work on the Penny Arcade Adventures games as well as the upcoming Deathspank. However the team has also been working for some time on a game called Swarm. The game is about controlling those blue characters above as they try with smart AI to overcome puzzles and challenges.

This week at E3 2010 it was announced that Ignition Entertainment had signed a deal to co-publish the game with Hothead for all digital platforms. The game will be released sometime in 2011 but at the moment that's all the info we have on this deal.

[Via email press release]


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Blacklight: Tango Down gameplay trailer slips on the Hyper Reality Visor


When fighting a NetWar, it's imperative to know everything that's going on on the battlefield. That's where the Blacklight: Tango Down's Hyper Reality Visor (HRV) comes into action. As demonstrated by this video, the visor allows players to see through walls and objects to spot enemy positions. However, we're guessing that the decorative keychain hanging off the assault rifle is a slightly less crucial part of future warfare. Players will get a chance to see how all these things add up with the game releases later this summer.

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Blacklight: Tango Down dev diary reveals info about waging a NetWar


This developer diary for Blacklight: Tango Down spotlights practically every aspect of the game and its features, from the story to level design. The game, which will be available exclusively through digital distribution, is expected to release later this summer.

"Blacklight: Tango Down takes place 25 years into the future. The player takes control of an elite covert ops team that is sent after missing American Colonel Klein and his personal BlackLight team. The game will feature four single player/co-op levels that support up to four players at once, 12 multiplayer maps, seven game types and literally millions of weapons customization combinations. As the team advances through regions that consist of old world architecture over laden with ubiquitous modern holographic advertising, the trigger based dynamic AI offers an intense and varied experience every time the game is played."

Download HD Blacklight: Tango Down Developer Diary (178 MB)
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