Category Archives: Industry News

Bioware is Hesitant to Unmask Tali for Mass Effect 3

In an interview with CVG, Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson said that the design of Tali’s true face has been a subject of serious stress for Bioware. As fans of the series know, Tali has been perpetually masked since the original Mass Effect, and what’s underneath the mask is one of the series’ great mysteries. Apparently it’s a mystery to Bioware as well: Hudson says that the Mass Effect team hasn’t even decided if they’ll show Tali without her mask, forget about what she’ll look like.
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Gears of War 3 Build Leaks Through Torrents, Youtube

According to Neogaf, a developer build of Gears of War 3 has been leaked onto torrent sites. The leaked version allegedly includes both the full single-player campaign and multiplayer modes.
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Gears of War 3 Chainsaws your Face on September 20th

After a long period in limbo, Gears of War 3 finally has a hard release date again.  Epic Games announced today that Fenix and Co. will be back in action on September 20th.  Epic had been saying that the game would be released this Fall since they retracted their original projected release date, April 5th.

If September feels like an unbearably long time to wait, then go pick up Epic’s newly-released shooter Bulletstorm.  It’s supposed to be a great game, (I’ve only played the demo, which I really liked) AND buying the game on Xbox 360 gets you access to the GoW 3 multiplayer beta.

Via Joystiq

Red Faction: Armageddon will explode in your hands on May 31st

THQ announced that the next entry in the Red Faction series, Red Faction: Armageddon, will be in stores on May 31st.  Unlike previous games, Armageddon trades the story of a proletariat revolution on Mars for one about killing aliens on Mars.  Of course, who you kill, aliens or oppressors, isn’t that important; as long you can blow holes in walls and make buildings crumble.

Via Joystiq

Bulletstorm DLC Announced

Bulletstorm has been on shelves for less than 24 hours, but the game already has DLC on the way, according to EA.  The announcement is helping to hype the game, which is receiving tremendous reviews.  DLC for AAA titles is often announced on day one, so it’s not a surprise, really.

The Bulletstorm “Gun Sonata” map pack will include three anarchy maps and two echo mode maps.  “From the wretched Sewers of Stygia to the dilapidated ruins of Hotel Elysium and the open spaces of Villa, the Gun Sonata Anarchy maps provide even more settings for players to work together in order to pull off fantastic team skillshots,” said EA.  The Echo maps are called “Crash Site”, “where Final Echo soldiers must deal with the ramifications of their crashed ship,” and Guns of Stygia, “in which a captive commando escapes from an enemy prison.”

The “Gun Sonata” Pack will cost 9.99 on PSN or 800 MS points.

Via Gamesradar

3DS Launch Lineup Detailed

 

Nintendo released the finalized launch-day lineup for the 3DS today.  In their statement, Nintendo confirmed that most 3DS will cost 40 dollars (US).  There will be 16 launch-day games (18 if you include AR Games and Face Raiders, which come installed on the console.) when the 3DS hits shelves on March 27th.  There are 3 first-party games; Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, and my personal favorite, Steel Diver.  Highlights of t third-party offering include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D and Madden Football 3D.

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Rumor: Modern Warfare 3 Will Be a Ghost-Centric Prequel

According to the UK edition of Official Playstation Magazine, the next Call of Duty game, “Modern Warfare 3”, will actually be a MW prequel to the series revolving around supporting character Ghost.  Fans of the series have been clamoring for more of Ghost since MW2, and rumors of a spin-off or prequel starring Ghost began circulating since January.  In their rumors section, OPMUK mentions “insider whispers” alleging that; “Infinity Ward’s next Modern Warfare title will be a prequel, with Ghost in the lead role.”
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Telltale’s Fables Series Kicks Off in Early 2012

Following the announcement that Back to the Future/Jurassic Park developer Telltale Games will be developing two more serialized games based on the comic series The Walking Dead and Fables, Telltale recently added that the first episode of Fables will be released during the first quarter (January-March) of 2012.  Telltale also said that episodes of both the Fables and The Walking Dead will be released over multiple years.

That’s not a lot of information, I know.  Telltale said that we’ll be hearing more about both adaptations at Comic-Con this summer.

Via Joystiq

Medal of Honor Sequel in the Works, EA Confirms

Danger Close producer Greg Goodrich announced that the studio has begun working on a sequel to the FPS.  Despite mediocre reviews, EA’s modern Medal of Honor reboot apparently sold a lot of copies…  Like 5 million copies.  Given that, it seems odd that, rather than making the announcement with an official press release or some grand announcement event, the news came in an oddly casual post on the Medal of Honor blog.  “Yes, Danger Close is currently working on the next Medal of Honor.”  Wrote Goodrich; “Just recently, EA announced that the reboot of Medal of Honor was a big success with over 5 million copies sold…  Since our launch last October, we’ve studied, listened and absorbed much of your feedback and are very excited to be marching forward on the next title.”  Yea, so Medal of Honor 2 is on its way.
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Youtube Looks to Produce Video Platform for Consoles

Google has put up a want ad for programmers and designers from the gaming industry to create a “next generation game-console-based TV experience with YouTube video content.”  There is already a YouTube portal available on Wii and PS3, YouTube XL, but it’s somewhat unwieldy and works through the consoles’ respective internet browsers.  Presumably this new program would be similar to console “apps” like Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN.  Qualified candidates should have “deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii.”

A proper YouTube portal is long overdue, especially considering how many gamers put up speed runs and random clips from games.  Finally, no more cameras pointed at the TV!

Via Joystiq