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Round-Up: XBL Starter Kit, Conflict Change, Dead Seeks Living

Today's round-up includes news on a fresh version of Microsoft's Xbox Live Starter Kit, a name change for Eidos' Conflict: Global Terror in selected territories, a...
Today's round-up includes news on a fresh version of Microsoft's Xbox Live Starter Kit, a name change for Eidos' Conflict: Global Terror in selected territories, and a new publisher search for the title currently known as George A Romero Presents: City of the Dead, as well as the latest product news, a little more controversy in Letters to the Editor, and today's Gamasutra job postings. - Microsoft has released a new version of the Xbox Live Starter Kit, likely the last one until the company's Xbox 360 launches in November. Like the old Starter Kit, the updated one contains a 12-month subscription card for the Xbox Live service and a voice headset for use in online games, but the included online game has been switched out as Project Gotham Racing 2 replaces Crimson Skies. The new Starter Kit also contains the basic Xbox Live Arcade software, an online service enabling users to pay to download smaller downloadable titles such as Bejeweled or Mutant Storm. A slimmed-down version of the starter kit, with a three-month card instead of a 12-month subscription and demos of MechAssault 2 and OutRun 2, will be available later in August. - Eidos Interactive has changed the name of its upcoming Conflict: Global Terror to the less allegedly controversial Conflict: Global Storm in European territories. The change seems to have occurred to ensure that the title is not reminiscent of 'terror events' such as the railway bombings in London, according to an un-named Eidos spokesperson. The title is the fourth series in the franchise that helped build original publisher SCi into a power significant enough to successfully gain control of Eidos, and is intended for release on September 30th. - UK Battalion Wars developer Kuju Entertainment, working with law firm Ernst & Young, the interim receiver of Hip Interactive Inc., has announced that it is seeking alternative publishers for its survival horror title George A Romero Presents: City of the Dead, following Hip's insolvency. "There have already been several interested parties in the game, the team and the technology and we are hopeful that some elements of the project will continue beyond the unfortunate demise of Hip Interactive Inc," said Kuju managing director Jonathan Newth. The game, should it find a publisher, will be released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC. - Also updated today: product news including Maxon's upgrade of both Cinema 4D and BodyPaint, two new Letters to the Editor, from Philip Minchin and from columnist Ernest Adams, both taking issue with a recent letter criticizing Facade, and the latest Gamasutra job postings from companies including 12Snap Germany, Black Ops Entertainment, BlockDot Inc, Blue Fang Entertainment, Blue Tongue Entertainment, Gameloft, Sony Computer Entertainment and Stormfront Studios.

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