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Wasteland 2 being developed as if there's no voice acting

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Brian Fargo has revealed that Wasteland 2 is being developed as if there will be no voice acting at all, even if it is added later in development.

This has come in response to some fans who are worried that voice acting will limit the design of the game.

GameStop: Grand Theft Auto V won't land in 2012

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Major US videogame retailer GameStop in its investor conference call revealed that the company doesn't believe Grand Theft Auto V will be released in 2012. Company president Tony Bartel stated that the game isn't "factored" into the retailer's 2012 forecast.

Vigil: Darkisders II - "We can only get away with it once"

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JustCommunication

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Darksiders II Game Director Marvin Donald doesn't believe they would be able to get away with another parallel story, he told Strategy Informer.

When talking about Darksiders as a franchise, we asked Marvin whether the studio plans to revisit the iconic ending of the first game.

"I think we have to, right?," he said. "Imagining myself from a gamerís perspective, Iíd be disappointed if Vigil did the same thing. Itís just too much of the same. We can only get away with it onceÖ"

nVidia unveils its new graphics card, the GTX680

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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nVidia's VP of corporate marketing Ujesh Desai has unveiled to gamers in a new video the company's newest graphics card, the powerhouse GeForce GTX680, which he calls "the fastest and most efficient GPU we've ever built."

EA "hope and believe" GAME will see a "phoenix rising from the flames"

Posted: 22.03.2012 by Technet2k

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Publisher EA wants retailer GAME to bounce back saying they just need "a different approach" and this will give them the means to do it. GAME Group de-listed from the Stock Exchange.

It's entered administration but will continue to trade for a while. GAME is "albeit historically a very good retailer," says EA. They'd rather there be a GAME but don't need it for UK sales.

Creative Assembly "will do more" to support mods in Total War

Posted: 22.03.2012 by Technet2k

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The Total War series is a much beloved one and it's ripe for the PC mod community to tear into and put together their own historical (in)accuracies. The trouble is mods aren't supported.

Developer Creative Assembly has nothing against them but it's "quite a lot of work," and they've generally skipped over it. They've "no philosophical problem with modding at all."

Report: GAME attracts "five or six" suitors for UK

Posted: 22.03.2012 by Technet2k

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GAME has around 'six' suitors sniffing their freshly administrated corpse, reports Retail Week. There's another 20 or so after their international assets especially in Portugal and Spain.

US rival GameStop is among the top contenders but apparently won't get caught in a bidding war. Comet-owner OpCapita could be back in the running. They've 10 days to find a buyer.

More details needed before UK devs "can get really excited" over tax breaks

Posted: 22.03.2012 by Technet2k

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British developers are left on the edge of their seats right now, as the UK chancellor as announced tax incentives for the games industry. However no specific details have been revealed.

They need "more details about the actual breaks" before partying hard - it all comes down to the "fine print." Many questions remain on what will be eligible. Will it be worth it?

Guild Wars 2 microtransaction scheme revealed by ArenaNet

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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ArenaNet has revealed how microtransactions for Guild Wars 2 will be incorporated into the game. The system was revealed in a blog posting by company president Mike O'Brian.

Mists of Pandaria beta registration has begun

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Blizzard has announced that beta testing for the upcoming expansion World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria will begin shortly, and gamers can register for it via their Battle.net accounts.

The publisher did not say when the beta test would actually begin or how many players would be accepted, but did note that gamers who are accepted in would be informed via email. It did state that WOW Annual Pass holders would receive priority selection.

Ridge Racer Unbounded video shows off the map editor mode

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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It seems developer Bugbear Entertainment is taking a page from TrackMania in allowing gamers to create and share their own race tracks in Ridge Racer Unbounded.

Infinity Ward warns gamers not to exploit Modern Warfare 3 DLC map "Black Box"

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Infinity Ward's creative strategist Robert Bowling has issued a warning to gamers who are intent on exploiting a flaw on one of the new maps from the recent DLC map for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Black Box. If they do, they'll be facing the ban hammer.

In his FourZeroTwo Twitter feed, Bowling tweeted, "There's a glitch in Black Box that allows you to get under the map. Fix already in the works, out by Friday. Don't exploit, we'll be banning."

Minecraft dev expresses desire to make a Firefly-style hardcore space sim

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Markus "Notch" Persson is getting ready to start developing a major new game this coming Summer, and expressed in an interview one concept he'd love to tackle: a hardcore space sim in the mold of the science fiction television series Firefly.

Major Total War: Shogun 2 patch coming from Creative Assembly

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Creative Assembly has announced that a massive patch for Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai is headed down the pike, which will also apply to the original TW: Shogun 2 as well. This will the largest patch since the major update back in September for Rise of the Samurai.

According to the forum post, the major features of the patch include 40v40 battles and 22 brand new Land, Naval and Siege battle-maps, as well as the usual AI improvements and optimisations, which include greatly reduced save-game file sizes, full Steam Cloud support, battlefield load time improvement (approximately 30% dependent on machine spec), and greatly reduced AI turn-time.

End of Nations going to open beta in Summer and launching in Fall

Posted: 22.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Trion Worlds' MMORTS End of Nations has been in the public eye for the last 2 years, debuting at E3 2010 and likely to appear at E3 2012. The game will finally be ready for beta-testing this Spring.

According to Trion, End of Nations will launch its closed beta late Spring, before becoming an open beta during the Summer.

By the Fall, the game will be ready for its official launch.

Sour Patch Kid-licensed World Gone Sour coming April to consoles

Posted: 21.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Capcom has announced that their platform action title World Gone Sour will be "sweetening" PlayStation Network on the 10th April and Xbox Live Arcade on the 11th.

The game is based on the Sour Patch Kids candy, as players take on the role of candy pieces that go on a long, arduous journey to the ultimate destination: the human stomach. Players will guide the heroic candy piece through unique locations such as the sticky floors of a movie theater. Players will deal with solving puzzles while jumping and twisting through obstacles.

Slant Six puzzled by negative reaction to Operation Raccoon City

Posted: 21.03.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City developer Slant Six Games is puzzled at the negative reviews being aimed at the game. The developer hasn't given up on the game, however, and is working to incorporate player feedback into future updates.

Bethesda files 'DawnGuard' patent, Skyrim DLC speculation starts

Posted: 21.03.2012 by JustCommunication

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ZeniMax, the parent company of game studio Bethesda has filed a trademark for 'DawnGuard', for use in "computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices".

This has sparked new speculation that this could be the first of Skyrim's DLC expansions, hinted at last month by Bethesda's Todd Howard. He also said though that any DLC would have to improve the game, not just add content as god only knows there's plenty of it already.

Comet bid for Game Group now less likely

Posted: 21.03.2012 by JustCommunication

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OpCapita, the owners of retail outlets such as Comet, have revealed today that a deal to takeover GAME is now "unlikely".

The company was reported to have made a bid for the company that not only would have eradicated the dying company's debt, but also maintained it as an viabl business. However, a source close to MCV has now all but ruled that out.

UK chancellor George Osborne unveils games industry tax credits

Posted: 21.03.2012 by Technet2k

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Oh George you spoil us. UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has announced there will be tax credits for the British video games industry. TIGA is elated by the news.

This "brilliant decision" by the coalition government is "terrific news" for UK studios, and they call it a "decisive victory won by TIGA" through sheer determination. No more brain drain?
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