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2:50 PM on 06.07.2012

E3: TopWare announces Sacrilegium, with screens

Creepy religious symbolism: cool. Survival horror: awesome. What happens when you put them together? Heck if I know, but TopWare Interactive is uncovering this mystery with its newest title, Sacrilegium. Known best for its po...

Ryan Perez

4:30 PM on 05.04.2012

Exploring the brutalities of pirating in Raven's Cry

With the recent release of Risen 2, we saw a rare, solid swashbuckling game for those of us who love to go a’ pirating. Well, pirate fans may be in for another unexpected treat with the upcoming Raven’s Cry, whic...

Steven Hansen



Transcripted mixes shooting, puzzles, and science photo
Transcripted mixes shooting, puzzles, and science
by Darren Nakamura

One of the more recent trends in gaming has been to take two seemingly unrelated genres and mash them up, creating a sort of remixed videogame. Match-three puzzle elements have been combined with role playing and platforming elements in Puzzle Quest and Henry Hatsworth, respectively. Transcripted aims to take Zuma-esque match-three puzzling and blend it with a twin-stick shooter. Like the previously mentioned titles, the concept seems bizarre on paper, but it works pretty well in practice.

Also, it takes place inside a living organism, which is totally sweet.

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1:30 PM on 10.01.2011

Live show: Mash Tactics special at TopWare Interactive

Mash Tactics is breaking free of its usual Monday-Friday schedule to bring you a special broadcast from the U.S. headquarters of TopWare Interactive, developers of Two Worlds II. Today from 12:00-5:00pm Pacific, Jon Carnage w...

Bill Zoeker

5:30 PM on 09.28.2011

Live show: Mash Tactics at TopWare this Saturday

Mash Tactics will be live today, playing... something. But, we want to use this time to let you know about a special edition of Mash Tactics airing this Saturday, October 1st, from 12 to 5 PST. This event will be Pico Mause's...

Bill Zoeker



Preview: Scivelation photo
Preview: Scivelation
by Maurice Tan

In a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, a Judeo-Christian fanatic group called The Regime has taken control of the entire world. Meanwhile, a global organization of resistance cells called the GRN (guess what it stands for) tries to fight The Regime and its army of genetically enhanced super soliders that have crosses imprinted on their armor.

Previously known as a Source-powered game called Salvation, the Unreal-powered Scivelation (science+revelation) puts you in control of two characters who will shoot, climb, stealth, and stab their way through a third-person action adventure.

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Raven's Cry looks like a proper pirate action game photo
Raven's Cry looks like a proper pirate action game
by Maurice Tan

TopWare showed a rough version of a live-action teaser trailer for Raven's Cry at gamescom this week and I got the chance to learn a bit more about the game. Rather than being yet another pirate-themed role-playing game or strategy game with a pirate ship, Raven's Cry is a third-person action revenge-'em-up.

You play as Christopher Raven who, as a boy, lost his family and his left hand to a pirate attack on the way to the New World. With a raven sidekick to scout for enemies, Christopher sets off on a path of vengeance to find the scoundrels who murdered his dear ones.

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8:00 PM on 07.25.2011

Two Worlds II: Castle Defense adds Eyetracking technology

In readying the iPad 2 version of Two Worlds II: Castle Defense (released on PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad back in May), TopWare has added a really cool new feature. Using the iPad 2's camera, Castle Defense can track the player'...

Bob Muir

11:30 AM on 07.15.2011

Two Worlds II Velvet Game of the Year Edition in October

Topware Interactive is releasing Two Worlds II: Velvet Game of the Year Edition on October 18 and yes, there is velvet.  The velvet covers the entire box -- black for PC and Mac, red for Xbox 360 and PS3 -- along with me...

Jim Sterling

5:45 PM on 07.08.2011

Two Worlds II: Pirates of the Flying Fortress screenshots

We really need a larger character limit for our headlines because games like this really limit my ability to sneak sexual threats in there. Anyway, here are some screens for the upcoming Two Worlds II expansion, Pirates of the Flying Fortress.  You can click on the gallery for pictures of lovely monsters and stuff. Do that if you want. I don't mind what you want to do, really.

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 06.08.2011

E3: Disturbed's John Moyer penning Scivelation soundtrack

While meeting with TopWare Interactive to discuss their upcoming sci-fi shooter, Scivelation, all I was actually shown of the game was its logo. But what I heard of the game brought an interesting surprise. Acc...

Conrad Zimmerman



E3: New information on TopWare's Scivelation photo
E3: New information on TopWare's Scivelation
by Conrad Zimmerman

I met with TopWare Interactive and while they showed me a lot of titles, they weren't quite ready to lift the veil on one of their biggest projects just yet. Scivelation, a post-apocalyptic shooter announced in 2009 has been progressing under the radar at Black Wing Foundations since that time and will get a full reveal very soon. 

For the time being, however, TopWare did give a little bit more insight into what the game is. Scivelation is a third-person shooter set in the days after the biblical Apocalypse. Those wretched souls who remain after the War of Tribulation has ended are under the control of a theocratic one-world government called, appropriately, The Regime.

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E3: Check vs. Mate offers a new spin on Chess photo
E3: Check vs. Mate offers a new spin on Chess
by Conrad Zimmerman

TopWare Interactive showed me this strange little game, already released in Europe as "Battle vs. Chess." It's been renamed to "Check vs. Mate" for the North American release to avoid potential conflicts with Interplay's Battle Chess, which is probably a smart move considering the similarities to that classic game. 

There's more going on here than just a simple Chess game, however. TopWare is claiming that Check vs. Mate features the most sophisticated chess engine to date, based upon Fritz! 11 chess algorithm software. 

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3:30 PM on 06.07.2011

E3: Two Worlds II Pirates of the Flying Fortess explored

In a meeting with Topware interactive today, I was given a first look at the upcoming "Pirates of the Flying Fortress" expansion for Two Worlds II. This new adventure takes place after the events of that game and delves into,...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:20 PM on 02.22.2011

Two Worlds II UK retail release does not seem likely

Two Worlds II has seen a bumpy ride when it comes to its UK release, which was previously pushed months down the line of the mainland European release. Despite being stuck with an English-voiced mainland release if I wanted t...

Maurice Tan



Allegations, sleaze, & treachery: A tale of Two Worlds photo
Allegations, sleaze, & treachery: A tale of Two Worlds
by Jim Sterling

To say Topware has been suffering from bad PR lately is to put it lightly. A number of anonymous sources have accused the publisher of attempting to influence review scores by threatening to blacklist any outlet that gives Two Worlds II less than a 7/10. 

If true, this paints a very grim picture of the company in an industry that already comes under fire for questionable PR practices. Topware has responded to, and denied, many of the accusations thrown its way, but there has been an increasing amount of these accusations from all corners of the business. 

This isn't the first time I've personally heard Topware's name in association with shady behavior. Last night, however, we uncovered a list of allegations that would make even Eidos look like Jesus Christ. 

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