Weekly Video Game News and Game Trailers – 05/04/2013
By PDG Staff
PlayStation Debuts Beyond: Two Souls at Tribeca Film Festival
This week the Tribeca Film Festival played host to the official screening of Sony’s Beyond: Two Souls gameplay which included a panel discussion with Game Director David Cage and the Hollywood cast on Saturday. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 by award-winning studio Quantic Dream, creators of PS3’s critically-acclaimed Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls has been recognized as an Official Selection by the Tribeca Film Festival for its impact on the Future of Film. Releasing in North America on October 8, 2013, the game takes players across the globe on a journey that explores 15 years of Jodie Holmes’ life. The original story seems to have jumped right from the silver screen, as main character Jodie, aided by scientist Nathan Dawkins discovers a connection to a mysterious entity, setting off a thrilling journey to discover the truth about life, death and who she is – a central theme that provides a rich and evocative narrative.
Defiance Announces They Have Exceeded Over 1 Million Accounts
Trion Worlds announced this week that players have created more than one million accounts in Defiance since the launch of the open world shooter one month ago, they also had the following to say in regards to the TV show on the Sci-Fi channels, sans actual numbers – “TV viewers are tuning in at record cable numbers for the first two episodes”. Trion Worlds also released some unofficial stats for the game stating that more than a half-billion hellbugs have been killed, 50 million miles have been driven, and Ark Hunters have engaged in triggering and battling back over one million Arkfalls.
Mars: War Logs – Official PC Launch Trailer
Month-long Celebration of Community Events in TERA: Rising Announced
En Masse Entertainment has announced a celebration of the first anniversary of TERA. The game launched in North America last year on May 1, 2012 to much fanfare. TERA offers a true action MMORPG experience by featuring a real-time contextual action combat system, and has established a dedicated community of fans over the past 12 months with over 1.5 million registered users. En Masse Entertainment re-launched the game under a subscription-free model in early 2013 as TERA: Rising, the next evolution of the award-winning action MMORPG. En Masse will be celebrating TERA’ s first birthday with a host of in-game events in TERA: Rising throughout the month of May. Fans are invited to take place in all events, including a loading screen contest which will feature winning fan submissions as loading screens in the game, daily in-game tasks which reward players with raffle items, a new 10- and 20-person Kelsaik raid and in-game mystery boxes filled with rare and valuable prizes.
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep – Borderlands 2 DLC Confirmed
Gearbox Software confirmed the fourth and final expansion for Borderlands 2, called Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. The DLC features Tiny Tina herself as the host of a board game, or to be more precise, a tabletop RPG entitled Bunkers & Badasses. It will launch June 25th and for season pass holders it will come as part of the package but for everyone else it’s $9.99.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag – The Watch Official Trailer
Camelot Unchained Surpasses $2 Million Crowdfunding Goal
According to City State Entertainment its crowdfunding campaign for Camelot Unchained (a working title) has reached its target of $2 million. The TriRealm RvR-focused MMORPG will now receive $3 million in additional funding, including $2 million from studio co-founder and online game industry pioneer Mark Jacobs. The process of ramping up to full development is already under way. Here is what Jacobs had to say regarding the project – “The last 30 days have been an incredible journey, we believed there’s an audience for a highly focused game like ours, which has now been proven. What we didn’t expect was how our community would come together so quickly and avidly. Not only is our average pledge off the chart, our backers have been just as intensely supportive in other ways, from providing immense amounts of helpful feedback to translating information into four languages (German, French, Japanese and Korean), and more. Our entire team is grateful beyond words for the way they have inspired us with their fervent interest and amazing enthusiasm.”
SEGA and Gearbox Respond to Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit
Gaming website Polygon has obtained an official statement from Damion Perrine’s attorney’s, who is suing SEGA and Gearbox for false advertising in relation to the botched sci-fi horror game Aliens: Colonial Marines. According to Perrine, there was noticeable differences between the advertising and the actual game. Edekson LLC, the law firm representing Perrine, issued the following statement to Polygon – “The gaming community had a strong reaction to the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines, we think the video game industry is no different than any other that deals with consumers: if companies like Sega and Gearbox promise their customers one thing but deliver something else, then they should be held accountable for that decision.”
Well in response, SEGA and Gearbox had the following to say to Kokaku this week when pressed for comment on the lawsuit – “SEGA cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously.”
“Attempting to bring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation.” – Gearbox representative.
Ride to Hell – Route 666 Announcement Trailer
Marvel Heroes Powers-up Iron Man 3 Open Beta Weekend on May 4th – 6th
In honor of the upcoming launch of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 movie, in theaters May 3rd, Gazillion Entertainment will be kicking off a Marvel Heroes “Iron Man 3” Open Beta Weekend beginning on Saturday, May 4 at 3.00 AM BST / 4.00 AM CET PM through Monday May 6 at 18:00AM BST / 19.00 CET. In order access the Marvel Heroes “Iron Man 3” Open Beta Weekend, players need to register at www.MarvelHeroes.com. As part of the “Iron Man 3” Open Beta Weekend, new players who participate will be able to select an Avenger as their starting hero – including Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow. There are over 14 Iron Man armors that will be available in Marvel Heroes spanning the Golden Avenger’s illustrious career in comics and movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers).
Scott Stuber Signs on for Gears of War Film
In a recent article by Variety, Scott Stuber has signed on to produce and begin developing the script for a “Gears of War” film with the videogame’s creator, Epic Games. Talks to adapt Epic Games’ third-person shooter Gears of War for the big screen have been underway for several years. Stuber has an extensive resume in the movie industry having been involved with producing “Ted”, “Identity Thief”, “Safe House” and the upcoming “47 Ronin”. Stuber reportedly has a first-look deal with Universal Studios.
Resident Evil Revelations – Developer Diary 1 “Heritage and Horror”
From the PunchDrunkGamer Forums:
* Soul Sacrifice, Legendary Designer Keiji Inafune’s Sprawling Action-Adventure and 4-Person Multiplayer Epic, Brings Its Larger-Than-Life Battles and Dramatic Player Choices to North America Exclusively for the PlayStation Vita System
Bonus Game Trailer: Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon Launch Trailer
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