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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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.
2K Games has announced the sequel to the 2007 cult-favorite shooter The Darkness. Taking the reigns for Darkness 2 from original developer Starbreeze is Digital Extremes, a supporting developer who has contributed to many high-profile 2K games including Dark Sector and both Bioshock and Bioshock 2. 2K did not give any reason for the change in developers.
Returning to the story of possessed vigilante Jackie Estacado, Darkness 2 promises to break the FPS mold with a new “Quad-Wielding” game mechanic. Yes, you read that correctly. Jackie will have two normal, gun-toting arms and two demon arms that can attack, grab or, presumably, hold two more “darkness weapons” like those in the original game. Similar to the first game, there will also be mechanics that revolve around the use of light and darkness – in the original game, Estacado became more powerful depending on how poorly lit his surroundings were.
2K says that Darkness 2 will be ready in time for a Fall 2011 release.
Unbelievable. Developer Gearbox Software announced this past Friday that Duke Nukem Forever will, in fact, see the light of day. Amazing as it is that DNF has a hard release date at all, what’s truly unbelievable about the news is how soon the game is being released.
Duke Nukem Forever will be offending your mother on May 6th.
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.
After months of rumors, Sony has confirmed that “Killzone 3” is on the way and that, yes, it is being designed with 3D in mind. Series developer Guerilla gave Gamepro the exclusive first look, which will be featured in their upcoming June issue. Luckily for us, their readers have wasted no time in shouting the news to anybody who’ll listen. According to one reader account, noteworthy features the abundant use of jet-packs, “diverse terrain” (though the feature seems to focus on an “arctic” setting), and a plot that’s even more epic than its predecessors.
So by now you may have heard that Activision plans to release a second set of “Modern Warfare 2” maps. The “Surplus,” like it’s predecessor, the “Stimulus” Pack, features five new maps – three original maps and two updated versions of maps from the original “Modern Warfare.” The map pack will run you 15 bucks, (1200 MS points) also just like the original. Can’t wait? Well, here are a few images showing off the maps for you to drool over until the DLC is released on Xbox Live on June 3rd.
Unfortunately for those of us playing MW2 on PS3 or PC, the wait is a little longer. Due to an exclusivity agreement between Activision and Microsoft, “Surplus” won’t be released for PS3 or PC users right away. Assuming the agreement is similar to the one made for “Stimulus”, PS3 and PC gamers should expect to get their hands on “Surplus” until early to mid July: “Stimulus” was exclusively available on Xbox Live for 34 days before being released for other forms of download.
As for the maps themselves – Activision is bringing back “Strike” and “Vacant” from MW, and adding three new and decidedly unorthodox locations for the originals. The names “Carnival” and “Trailer Park” pretty much speak for themselves, don’t you think? The last map, “Fuel”, well it isn’t actually so unorthodox – it’s set on an oil rig. Woo Hoo.
Remember that time “Gears of War 3” debuted on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?” Well, before we knew for sure that it was going to be GoW3 on the show, some speculated that Epic Games might decide to show off their other project, which they had also just announced right before the show. Just as EA disclosed when the game was first made official, “Bulletstorm” focuses on getting players to kill in inventive and stylish ways.
If that description seems a little vague to you, then the trailer will fill you in. Sure, there’s a plot and a setting and artwork – but once you see almost twenty different ways to kill your opponents using a combination of telekinesis and cool sci-fi guns, you’ll come to understand that none of that other stuff matters.
EA announced today that their modern revamp of WWII shooter “Medal of Honor” will hit shelves on October 12th. Developer EA LA has described this game as more “authentic” modern war scenario. There’s a special new trailer for anyone with an EA account at Medalofhonor.com… And you guys.
Remember when I said that the next Call of Duty game would “most likely” be set during the Vietnam War?
Yeah, well… Sorry about that.
Activision announced today that the next game in the Call of Duty series will be “Call of Duty: Black Ops”. As previously expected, the new game will be developed by secondary Call of Duty studio Treyarch. On the other hand, rumors and loose indicators that that the new game would be set in Vietnam turned out to be misleading, as the title strongly indicates a modern setting. In their press release, Activision declares “Black Ops” to be; “an entirely new chapter in the groundbreaking and record-setting, No. 1 first-person action series of all-time.” The decision to follow Modern Warfare 2 with another modern-themed game makes sense, maximizing any and all similarities between the two to draw a larger return audience.
In their release, Activision also dated the new game, and apparently they will be keeping their promise of making “Call of Duty” an annual phenomenon: “Black Ops” will be in stores on November 7th.