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Owning Fall of the Samurai not required for multiplayer against those who do

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Gamers who don't own the upcoming Fall of the Samurai expansion for Total War: Shogun 2 can still enjoy Fall of the Samurai multiplayer, provided they're playing someone who owns the expansion. A few other games share this mechanic, such as Magicka.

Pitchford: Aliens: Colonial Marines will favor realistic grittiness over action

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has revealed in an interview with PlayStation US Blog that the upcoming science fiction shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines will focus on realism and grittiness than arcade action.

When asked by the blog on if the game would favor "grittier and more realistic" gameplay, Pitchford replied, "I would say that the player’s experience for Aliens: Colonial Marines will tend closer to the gritty realism side."

BioWare tease it wouldn't be a "bad idea" to keep Mass Effect 3 saves

Posted: 03.02.2012 by Technet2k

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The Mass Effect trilogy is almost complete but the series isn't. BioWare have hinted they might have plans for Mass Effect 3 save files, so fans should make sure they stay safe.

Producer Mike Gamble "can't say anything" about specific plans that may or may not exist for Mass Effect, but it "wouldn't be a bad idea" to keep that data. The galaxy 'our character'?

Capcom date Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition Ver. 2012, out February 21st

Posted: 03.02.2012 by Technet2k

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The buffet of game changes coming to Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition is due for release February 21st on Xbox 360 and PS3. It doesn't alter the "nature of the game" says Capcom.

It does however give fans a "more perfect version" of SSFIV Arcade Edition. A full list of changes in the Ver. 2012 update has been listed. A PC version is also due out sometime.

Zelnick: "Strong become stronger" with next-gen transitions

Posted: 03.02.2012 by Technet2k

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Take-Two has "never been in better shape" boasts Strauss Zelnick, publisher boss. They've also "never had more important franchises" than ever before - ready for next-gen.

He cautioned they have to be "thoughtful about how we manage our portfolio" when new platforms start-up because of "low install bases". It's "a little pre-mature" to worry too much about it.

Reckoning has over 200 hours worth of content, dev wonders if they overdid it

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JustCommunication

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has well over 200 hours of content, the developer has revealed.

Speaking to Strategy Informer at a recent EA Showcase Ian Frazier, the game's Lead Designer, mentioned how a recent content completion playthrough clocked in a high amount of hours...

THQ "actively seeking a partner" for Dark Millenium Online

Posted: 03.02.2012 by Technet2k

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Publisher THQ has announced during its investor call that they're "being realistic about our resources" and won't be funding the Warhammer 40k MMO all by themselves.

They want a company to partner with them to share the burden of cost. Darksiders' Vigil Games is making Dark Millenium Online alongside Relic Entertainment.

EA Partners site mentions titles due FY2013, Populous among them

Posted: 03.02.2012 by Technet2k

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Some Internet sleuthing has uncovered a wiki page that was labelled 'EAP Marketing FY13 Home Page', and it mentioned a number of upcoming projects due out next fiscal year.

April 1st 2012 is the official start date of EA's FY2013. The now removed information revealed Funcom's The Secret World, Insomniac's Overstrike, Populous, Outernauts and Respawn.

Valve working on secret Team Fortress 2 project

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JamieSI

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Valve teases that it's working on something new for Team Fortress 2 in 2012, although it isn't ready to tell us exactly what that is yet.

"The TF2 team is working on something brand new for 2012. We can't tell you what it is, because they won't tell us, but what they WILL say is that it isn't a hat, it isn't a map, and go away." read a blog post on the official Team Fortress 2 website.

Remedy Entertainment adds Alan Wake to Origin, joining six other publishers

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Electronic Arts' digital distribution service, Origin, has gotten seven more publishers to distribute their games on it, including Remedy Entertainment, which means Alan Wake will be available on it.

THQ announces Metro: Last Light delayed until 2013

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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THQ CEO Brian Farrell has announced that Metro: Last Light, the sequel to Metro 2033, has been delayed til 2013. The game had been scheduled for Fall 2012.

The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour coming to Good Old Games

Posted: 03.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Two of the most famous full-motion video (FMV) adventure games will be coming DRM-free to Good Gold Games: Trilobyte's spooky The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour.

THQ Q3 report: uDraw performs badly, Saints Row: The Third ships 3.8 million, busy slate for 2014 despite troubles

Posted: 02.02.2012 by JamieSI

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THQ has reported its financial results for the third quarter ending December 31, 2011, resulting in a loss of 55.9 million, which is a huge increase from a loss of $14.9 million over the same period last year. Despite weeks of worrying news about the companies financial health, the publisher has revealed a busy release slate for fiscal year 2014.

Reports suggested that THQ's 2014 line-up would be cancelled, but these financial results reveal that Dark Millenium Online is still scheduled for launch in "fiscal 2014 and beyond" along with Homefront 2, inSANE and an unknown title from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets. An unnamed title from Turtle Rock Studio is also listed.

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection now available on Steam

Posted: 02.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection has finally made its way onto PC, as it is now available on Steam for an MSRP of $9.99 USD. There is a special launch 15% rebate on the game, lowering its price to $8.49 USD.

Struggling videogame retailer GAME gets respite from lenders

Posted: 02.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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GAME has received a brief respite from its lenders and stockholders, under new conditions that were enumerated during a brokered deal that was just finalized. One of those conditions is that it "operate within lower limits of its existing facilities than was previously available", and that the lenders will now have a say in the videogame retail chain's operation.

Alan Wake PC gets 16th February release date

Posted: 02.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Nordic Games, which recently announced it had the distribution rights to the PC version of Alan Wake, has announced that the game will be released on the 16th February on Steam, then through other digital distributors at a later date. The game will cost $29.99 USD for the game and all of the DLC content, and $34.99 USD for the Limited Collector's Edition.

7.2 update detailed for World of Tanks

Posted: 02.02.2012 by JonahFalcon

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Wargaming.net has revealed the details for the upcoming 7.2 update, which will feature the largest content increase for the free-to-play MMO tank sim World of Tanks. The update will include two new maps, 20 new crew skills, an interactive tutorial, and some vehicle changes.

Ubisoft announce server host switch, lists games affected

Posted: 02.02.2012 by Technet2k

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The third-party data center that holds many of Ubisoft's servers providing online capability for its titles will be ditched in favour of a new facility. That means some online downtime.

Six titles in total will be unplayable during the transition with an even split on PC and Mac. H.A.W.X. 2, Might & Magic : Heroes VI and The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom are named.

Disney moves in on UTV, gains majority stake

Posted: 02.02.2012 by Technet2k

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From February 6th Disney will be delisting UTV from local stock exchanges in order to complete its acquisition of the company, likely taking around 90 percent ownership.

UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala will be named managing director of The Walt Disney Company India. They'll also acquire UTV's Indiagames, their mobile games arm, and UTV Ignition.

HMV hasn't rage quit on games yet, will "fight back" this year

Posted: 02.02.2012 by Technet2k

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The video game market share was reduced for retailer HMV, especially after last year's rocky financial landscape, but they're strong footed once more after landmark deals with banks.

HMV combined games and tech together in the company, which they boast will give them "higher profile and will prove a real advantage." They want to be close chums again.
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