Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that a fifth expansion to its Lord of the Rings Online free-to-play MMORPG, Helm's Deep, is slated for release this Fall. The new expansion stretches the story into the western plans of Rohan where players will battle for direct control of Helm's Deep, introducing 10 new levels and advancing the level cap from 85 to 95 in the process.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. That, or tentacles – because it’s certainly not Sarah Kerrigan’s disposition that keeps cowboy-turned-space-marine Jim Raynor chasing after his queen in Blizzard’s Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
We’re not spoiling anything you haven’t already seen on any of the game’s trailers – or box art. Kerrigan is back and ready to lead her squishy-sounding army of Zerg to victory once again, flattening out any speed bumps in her way within one of the three plots Blizzard knows how to write nowadays: The good old Revenge Quest.
Mark your calendars, former WoW addicts. December 7 is your final test. You will be tempted and goaded, and – for the first time in your life – you will feel like a social outcast for refusing to pretend you're a burly, heavily armored orc man. Cataclysm's coming, you see, and while it may herald the beginning of an in-game apocalypse, it doesn't have to be the end of your real life.
"Cataclysm includes the best content we've ever created for World of Warcraft. It’s not just an expansion, but a re-creation of much of the original Azeroth, complete with epic new high-level adventures for current players and a redesigned leveling experience for those just starting out," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With the help of our beta testers, we're putting on the final polish, and we look forward to welcoming gamers around the world to enjoy it in just a couple of months."
Re-creation of Azeroth? Best content ever? Well, we suppose we could maybe give it a quick try... Wait, no! We have to be strong. Resist! Resist like our guild did against Onyxia when our tank went down and we had to hold her off until he charged back in and saved the day!
GlobalFoundries, the chip manufacturing firm that began as a spin-off of AMD, announced plans to expand its semiconductor manufacturing operations with a bunch of new projects.
First up is a new wafer manufacturing facility at Fab 1 in Dresden, already the largest wafer fab in Europe. After the expansion, Fab 1's total output will ramp up to 80,000 wafers per month and add additional 45nm, 40nm, and 28nm capacity, GlobalFoundries says.
In addition, GlobablFoundries will expand the cleanroom shell currently under construction at Fab 8 in New York. Once finished, the company will have the option of increasing capacity of 28nm, 22nm, and 20nm parts and bring the overall site output up to 60,000 wafers per month.
"Our 300mm fabs have been consistently ranked among the most advanced and efficient in the industry," said Chia Song Hwee, chief operating officer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "Now we are taking our heritage of lean foundry manufacturing and world-class fab performance and making it available on a broader scale to meet the demands of the world’s leading chip design companies. With this aggressive capacity build-out plan, we are well positioned to provide new and existing customers with the fastest option to get advanced products to market in the volumes they need to ensure success."
GlobalFoundries went on to say that the big focus for the Fab 1 campus will be on adding new capacity to support additional growth. Put into perspective for sports fans, GlobalFoundries says the fabrication equipment would be able to cover an area equivalent to approximately eight soccer fields. Game on.