TEN's big game guns
The competition in the world of online gaming just got a little fiercer. In its drive to be the best online game service around, Total Entertainment Network (TEN) has announced several upcoming additions to its gaming repertoire--and they're big.
For starters, TEN subscribers can expect Eidos's Big Red Racing and Confirmed Kill, Accolade's Deadlock, and Sirtech's Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games next month. Within the same time frame, SSI's wildly popular war game, Panzer General, will also grace TEN. If that's not enough, later this year subscribers can look forward to such upcoming heavyweights as 3D Realms' first-person action game, Shadow Warrior; Spectrum HoloByte's long-awaited jet simulator, Falcon 4.0; and Maxis's classic, SimCity 2000.
Meanwhile, for strategy buffs, TEN will support MicroProse's galactic God game, Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares. That is, if MicroProse includes multiplayer support in the final product. Finally, TEN's own quirky board game, WizWar, will be available exclusively on the network.
Chris Lombardi, editorial director at TEN, says he is pleased with the company's progress. Growing in one year from a staff of 15 to more than 90, TEN has the will and the ways to make its online gaming experience the industry standard. Those who Duke-Nukem it out over the service can already attest to the company's admirable handling of latency.
Tentatively scheduled to start billing in September, TEN will offer a flat rate for unlimited gaming as well as an hourly option. While exact figures have not been determined for unlimited usage, folks with their own Internet service provider will be charged $7.50 for the first three hours of play and $1.25 for each additional hour. For those without an ISP who need to access TEN through its provider, the Concentric Network, additional hours of play will set them back $2.50.
Also, at launch, look forward to daily updates of player rankings, unique tournament styles, free hours of play for champions, and even more major game support--and we mean major. While refusing to drop any names, TEN representatives made it clear that the service will continue its dedication to action and strategy.