On this day in history, August 3rd …
Sega Enterprises assumes control of Sega’s coin-operated systems sales division from Sega Gameworks but is quick to assure the public that the reorganization will not affect its operations or result in layoffs.
Koei releases the hack and slash game Dynasty Warriors 2 as Shin Sangokumusou for the PlayStation 2 in Japan. Sega releases the role-playing game Grandia II for the Dreamcast in Japan.
Capcom releases the single-player fantasy-themed roleplaying game (RPG) Breath of Fire IV for the PlayStation in PAL regions. It is the fourth game in the Breath of Fire series. The game will become well-known for being a stylistically outstanding game. It features 3D graphics, anime-style art, and a critically-acclaimed musical score recorded by video game music composer Noriyuki Iwadare. (ELSPA: 11+, OFLC: G8+)
Capcom releases the single-player platform game Mega Man X5 for the PlayStation in Europe. It is the fifth game in the Mega Man X series.
GameStop begins accepting pre-orders for bundled versions of Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox video game console at prices ranging from US$599.91 to US$1,199.78. The console will be released in North America on November 15th at an introductory price of US$299 or CAN$449.
THQ releases the single-player roleplaying game (RPG) Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage for the Nintendo 64 (N64) in Europe. Despite being one of very few roleplaying games released for the N64, the game’s planned sequels will be canceled due to The First Mage’s failure to meet sales expectations.
id Software releases the first-person shooter (FPS) Doom 3 for Windows in the US. Despite its name, the game isn’t a continuation of the original Doom series storyline, but rather a re-imagining or reboot of the original games. It features a completely new game engine and improved graphics. (ESRB: M)
SCi releases Galleon for the Xbox in North America. The game was developed by Toby Gard, one of the principal designers behind the original Lara Croft game in 1996. Gard struck out on his own shortly after the release of Lara Croft to create Galleon, which was originally to be released in 1997. However, after its official announcement in Edge magazine, Galleon turned out to be one of the most infamous instances of vaporware in gaming history. The game was repeatedly delayed. Its creators were forced to port the game first to the Sega Dreamcast and finally to the Xbox system from the original PlayStation platform for which it had been designed. The end result is a set of graphics that appear very crude compared to other games designed for the Xbox. Despite the long wait, the game does introduce a number of innovations which draw critics’ – if not consumers’ – attention. Namely, Galleon is arguably the first commercially successful fully-3D platform game. Though the 2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the 2004 Prince of Persia: Warrior Within do traditionally mark the beginning of 3D platformers for the Xbox, both games present most paths against walls and in fairly straight lines, really only offering 3D perspectives on what is essentially 2D platform gameplay. (ESRB: Teen)
The Incredibles, based on the animated film of the same name, becomes a part of Sony’s Greatest Hits collection for the PlayStation 2.
Capcom releases the 3D platform game Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in Japan. It’s the first game in the series, which began with the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins in 1985, to feature 3d graphics or a roleplaying-style inventory screen. CERO: A (All ages)
D3 Publisher releases the single-player puzzle game PQ2: Practical Intelligence Quotient 2 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in Europe. In it, players must guide an avatar through one hundred platform-game-like levels, performing certain combinations of action, such as blocking laser beams, moving boxes, or toggling switches, in a certain order to proceed. The game employs a method of gauging human intelligence quotients (IQ) developed by Dr. Masuo Koyasu of Kyoto University. (PEGI: 3+)
On the first day of BlizzCon gaming convention in Anaheim, California, Blizzard officially announces the second expansion pack for World of Warcraft, its popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) – World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. No official release date is set, but it is initially expected in the first half of 2008.