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.
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.
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.
Blizzard announced today that Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty will be shipping around the world on July 27th. Only 85 days to go…
Gears of War 3 is one of those games that everybody knows is coming. Sure, neither developer Epic or Microsoft have said a word about the next entry in one of the highest profile series in the video game world, but just because there’s no news doesn’t mean the team isn’t already hard at work. According to Edge magazine, Epic apparently already has a timeline in place; according to a “trusted US publishing source”, Epic will announce that Gears of War 3 will reach the public in April, 2011.
According to the source, Epic will be unveiling the game at E3 this June, with a teaser trailer being leaked just before. Apparently the game could have been ready for this holiday season, but with a very heavy winter lineup, (Halo: Reach, Fable 3 and the Project Natal launch) Microsoft has opted to hold the game back until the next spring.
As of now, the announcement is purely speculative. When asked about the statement, Microsoft declined to comment on rumors. On the other hand, Epic VP Mark Rein said that the studio will not be releasing a game in 2010: while that doesn’t confirm anything, is does support Edge’s assertion.
Publisher Take-Two announced today that they will be delaying the release of Rockstar’s upcoming western, Red Dead Redemption, by a about a month. The game was originally set to ship on April 27’th, but Take-Two said that resetting the launch to May 18’th would be; “…the optimal time frame to release what is being hailed as the next generation of sandbox games.”
The only notable change between the two dates is that “Redemption” now falls in the third quarter of Take-Two’s fiscal year: Most likely, Take-Two shifted the release to somehow make the company look better for its shareholders. Since Rockstar had nothing to do with the shift, it makes sense to believe that the delay was not over development issues.
After multiple delays, Sega and Obsidian Entertainment have announced that Spy RPG “Alpha Protocol” will land on store shelves on June 1’st. The game was supposed to come out last February, but was pushed back to October, and then again to “Spring 2010”, without any explanation. As a result, many are reasonably skeptical of the so-called firm date.
Also contributing to the skepticism is the lack of information about the game. Alpha Protocol will supposedly be a stealth-adventure game in the vein of Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell that features “RPG Elements”. The delays could stem from the fact that stealth and adventure games are departure from the developer’s comfort zone: As a developer, Obsidian is known exclusively for it’s RPGs, including “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2” and “Neverwinter Nights 2”. In other words, don’t think that you anything about what this game will be like or if it will be good; there is absolutely no way to tell.
After Alpha Protocol, Obsidian’s will presumably dive head-first into the next entry in the “Fallout” series, “New Vegas”.