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.
Sad that the “Halo: Reach” beta is over? Well, Bungie doesn’t plan to keep you hanging for too long. According to the Associated Press, Halo: Reach will be in stores on September 14th. Bungie and Microsoft had already said publicly that the game would be released in September – the announcement simply adds the day.
Then again, any news about “Reach” is big news, after the massive success of the beta. 2.7 million people played the “Reach” beta over the course of 18 days, racking up around 16 million collective hours of playtime and over a billion kills. If those statistics serve as an indicator, “Reach” has a chance to be crowned “most successful Halo game.” Not an insignificant title, to be sure. “Halo 3”, the current high-flier, sold around 5 million copies in the first week.
If you own an Xbox 360, but haven’t started playing the “Halo: Reach” multiplayer beta, then either you’re a very busy person or a very stupid person. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!
Go stab guys in the back!
Use a Jet-Pack!
Ok, so maybe you avoid that last one. Anyways, if you’re interested, but don’t have a beta code, you can still get one by buying a copy of “Halo: ODST.” The Halo: Reach beta starts today and ends on May 19th. The full game will be released some time next fall.
So the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta opened up to a limited number of users yesterday. For all of you out there drooling at the prospect of playing the game even a second earlier, here are some really nice screenshots. The wide-scale beta opens on May 3rd. The full game, however, won’t drop until some time in September.
It seems like the best things to come from “Halo: ODST” were those live-action ads Microsoft made. Well, they’re continuing the trend for Halo: Reach. Titled “Birth of a Spartan”, the trailer shows how a Spartan III is made. Halo: Reach drops September 1st, but for everybody who bought ODST, the “Reach” multiplayer beta opens on May 3rd.
UPDATE: Here’s the extended version of the trailer. Frankly speaking, the longer version doesn’t add anything particularly interesting – the same event transpires, but with extra camera work. That said, feel free to check them both out and see for yourself.
Whats better than Starcraft II? A Starcraft racing game! Everdraed, a Starcraft II beta participant, built a map and organized a race, complete with “sweet-ass go karts”.
Following in the footsteps of “Halo: ODST“, the recently unveiled trailer for “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” trades the chance to entice players with gameplay footage in exchange for a more cinematic, live-action trailer. As cool as this trailer is though, does it really make you want to buy the game, especially once you consider that it tells you nothing about it? Like Halo, Ghost Recon is an established franchise, so fans can trust that this game will live up to their standards, despite not knowing what the series has in store.
Bottom Line: It’s pretty damn cool.
In case you notice (or watch til the end), while there’s no talk of a release date for the game as of yet, the trailer announced that a multiplayer beta will begin over the summer. Beta invitations are a bonus for anyone who picks up a copy of Splinter Cell; Conviction, which hits stores April 13’th.
This trailer for Halo: Reach shows a lot of new features, from the previously rumored assassination abilities to new things like jet-packs and “headhunter” mode. The multiplayer beta starts May 3’rd; if you haven’t picked up a copy of Halo: ODST, I’d consider running out right now.
Are people still playing Final Fantasy XI?
I’m kidding. But for those who may not realize, the Final Fantasy MMORPG experiment has an extremely loyal fanbase that has kept the game up and running for eight years. To celebrate the game’s eighth anniversary, Square announced at this weekend’s “Vana Fest” fan convention that they will be releasing three new expansion packs that will be released over the course of 2010. The three packs, named “Vision of Abyssea”, “Scars of Abyssea” and “Heroes of Abyssea”, will each cost 10 dollars, and will be released on all platforms simultaneously. Players must already have the game’s two larger expansion packs, “Rise of the Zilart” and “Wings of the Goddess” in order to play them. The first pack (Vision of Abyssea) will become available this summer.
At the same time, Square also announced that the first beta for their NEXT MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, will begin on March 14’th. The beta is apparently very small and PC-only. Square consoled upset applicants who didn’t get invited to the beta, saying that they plan to call in more players for an expanded beta in the future. Fans who are sad because they didn’t even know Square was taking applications in December shouldn’t feel left out either: FFXIV is currently expected to be a 2010 release.
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