Gamescom news round-up: August 16

The gaming news round-up gets a revival this week as Gamescom started up in Germany. There were a ton of game announcements and reveals on Tuesday so let's get to them:

  • Electronic Arts has announced Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, a free-to-play PvP based fantasy MMO that will launch later this fall (the monthly subscription based Warhammer Online will continue).
  • Hasbro has taken back the digital game rights to the Dungeons and Dragons franchise. Cryptic Studios' upcoming D&D based RPG Neverwinter has been delayed from late 2011 to late 2012.
  • Funcom will release its next MMO, The Secret World, in April 2012.
  • The fantasy RPG Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning from developer 38 Studios will be released on February 7, 2012.
  • Microsoft and Capcom have announced the Xbox 360 exclusive action game Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. This revision of the original Xbox game will use both a controller and the Kinect camera.
  • Sony's upcoming PS Vita portable console will have support for Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Foursquare.
  • People can now purchase Trackmania 2: Canyon, the next game in the racing-puzzle series from developer Nadeo. The $24.99 purchase allows people to access the current multiplayer beta for the game.
  • Nexus 2, a sequel to 2005's space-based tactical strategy game Nexus The Jupiter Project, has been announced.
  • Crytek will release its free-to-play shooter Warface in the US and Europe sometime in 2012.
  •, the developer of World of Tanks and the upcoming World of Warplanes MMOs, will also release World of Battleships.
  • A new trailer for Battlefield 3, showing off air fighters in a 64-player battle, was shown at Gamescom today. EA also showed PS3 co-op action.
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