Weekly Video Game News – 11/11/2011
By Patrick Newman
Valve Corporation Hacked
On Sunday, Valve Corporation, the company behind Half-Life and the wildly popular Portal franchise, experienced a security breach by a hacker collective. According to an official statement by Valve managing director Gabe Newell, the hackers gained access to not only the forums, but the Steam database. The hackers briefly gained access to pieces of information including “User names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses, and encrypted credit card information.” However, Newell has said that there is no evidence indicating that the hackers took any of the most sensitive information, though the company is continuing to investigate the matter. While Newell has advised forum users to change their passwords, he also said that the password change is not mandatory.
COD Elite Program Update
In response to the issues plaguing the recently launched Call of Duty: Elite program, Activision is offering a 30-day extension to recompense premium members for their trouble. The Elite website assures gamers that their match stats are being stored and actual game performance has not been affected by Elite’s current hardships.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut – Carnival Trailer
New Halo MP Maps
The upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition will include a series of new multiplayer maps. There will be a second way of accessing them, though, by downloading the seven maps on Xbox Live for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), and playing them using Halo: Reach. The list of maps includes Battle Canyon, Breakneck, High Noon, Penance, Ridgeline, Solitary, and Installation 04.
Game of Thrones News
Atlus is set to publish Cyanide Studios new Game of Thrones action RPG, a 30-plus hour game that puts players in the shoes of two original characters from the Thrones fantasy universe. The author of the Song of Ice and Fire novels that inspired the game – George R.R. Martin – has reportedly been involved throughout the production of the game, advising on story matters.
Prototype 2: The Art of Combat Trailer
Gotham City Imposters January ‘12
Gotham City Impostors, the new team-based FPS based on the DC Comics Batman franchise, is coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, and the PC on January 10th, 2012. Described as “Batman with guns,” by developer Monolith, the game casts players in the roles of various original characters inspired by either Batman or The Joker.
Star Trek Online Free Next Year
Cryptic Studios’ Star Trek: Online will begin it’s free-to-play service on January 17th. Though originally scheduled for late this year, the addition of free-to-play gives gamers the option of either taking the low-cost route, or paying $15 a month for a Gold membership that includes expanded inventory space and character slots, as well as priority login to the game’s servers.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Love & Hate Relationship Trailer
Drake’s Deception Sales Figures
The PlayStation 3-exclusive Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is being met with great commercial success, as it posted first day global sales of 3.8 million. Since its November 1st North American release, Sony beams that it “has smashed sales expectations.” Uncharted 3 is the first of the series to be available in stereoscopic 3D, and includes new melee and stealth maneuvers on top of other tweaks to the formula.
Wii U Technical Issues
Gaming industry publication Develop has reported that Nintendo’s Wii U is close to overcoming technical issues that will allow for the use of more than one screen-capable controllers simultaneously. Develop’s source speculated that, “At E3 they didn’t commit to this, but they know how important it is to make it technically feasible to support two screens. Even if that affects framerate, as a developer and player, I don’t care. It needs to work. Developers will design appropriate games for this. If you’re building a quiz game you’re not going to give a s*** about the framerate.”