Weekly Video Game News and Trailers – 08/10/2012
By Patrick Newman
Assassin’s Creed III Release Date Updates
The PC release date for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III – November 23rd, 2012 – has been set at somewhat reasonable of an interval from its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts. PC users were forced to wait five months after the release of the first Assassin’s creed for the third-person actioner to port over, and four months after Assassin’s Creed 2 and Brotherhood. Assassin’s Creed III will also be coming to the Wii U at that console’s launch.
Lego Batman 2 DLC News
Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, being a title that thrives off its variety of gameplay and the breadth of its homage to its title character, is receiving two DLC packs that play directly into that notion. Titled “Heroes” and “Villains,” the packs introduce Nightwing, Katana, Shazam, Zatanna, and Damian Wayne (new Robin) on the heroes side, as well as Bizarro, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, Black Manta and Black Adam on the villains’.
PAYDAY: The Heist – Wolfpack DLC Trailer
Silent Hill HD Patched
The Silent Hill HD Collection, which contains re-mastered versions of both Silent Hill 2 and 3, finally received a patch for numerous gameplay glitches on the PlayStation 3 recently, but unfortunately plans have been scuttled to deliver that same patch on the Xbox 360. The patch, which was formulated to correct framerate issues and audio synching, is being shut down by Konami, which issued the following statement: “Plans for an Xbox 360 title update have been cancelled due to technical issues and resources.” This hopefully doesn’t signal the beginning of a new trend for Konami, which made a similar move recently by not fixing their patch for Fez.
Fergusson Leaves Epic for Irrational
Rod Fergusson, the director of production at Epic Games who most recently had his hands on the Gears of War franchise, is moving on from Epic to join Irrational Games – the developer behind Bioshock Infinite. Fergusson tweeted the following this week, confirming the development himself: “Yes it’s true, I’m leaving my family at Epic to join my new family at Irrational in Boston starting tomorrow. And yes I’ve played Infinite and it’s amazing! Can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on it.” Though Fergusson has been handed no official title in the trades yet, it’s a safe bet to assume he’ll be replacing Irrational’s recently departed Tim Gerritsen as director of product development.
DmC: Devil May Cry – Gameplay Trailer (Japanese)
Thief 4 in 2013?
The long-in-development Thief 4 (first officially announced in 2009) might finally land on next-generation consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 as early as next year. According to Official Xbox Magazine UK, Thief 4 would see release in late 2013, around the same time Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles would be dominating holiday sales. As of press time, Square Enix hasn’t yet confirmed the third person stealth game’s tentative release window.
Grid 2 Next Year
The sequel to Codemasters Racing Studios critical darling GRID has finally been set for release on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year. A new handling system has been developed for GRID 2 that aims to bridge the gap between detailed driving simulation and lower-maintenance arcade thrills, called the “sweet spot” by developers. In addition to a continent-spanning single-player career mode, drivers can also race head-to-head via split screen, or in a new, RaceNet configured online mode.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection #3: Chaos Pack Gameplay Trailer
In another sad case of gaming fanaticism gone awry, Blizzard’s Battle.net was hacked on August 4th, potentially compromising the passwords and security questions of an untold number of gamers. Law enforcement officials, as well as Blizzard itself are investigating the breach, reporting that Battle.net’s North American servers were harmed the most significantly. A message has been sent out by Blizzard, warning users to change their security credentials, though no evidence yet suggests that financial information was taken.
More Innovation Likely for Madden NFL 13
In a moment of confession, EA Sports executive Andrew Wilson spoke with GamesIndustry International and said that his Madden series (specifically Madden NFL 12) has been unacceptably low on innovation in recent years, and that he hopes to turn that trend around through Madden NFL 13. Though the pre-order numbers for Madden NFL 13 are experiencing a 25 percent boost from its predecessor, Wilson recognizes that his team needs to keep pushing ahead to stay competitive. “We recognize a need to fundamentally innovate in Madden. We have a brand new leadership team: Cam Weber, Roy Harvey and these guys. Roy Harvey did a fantastic job with NCAA; he made it the best football game on the market at the time. I think he did it this year with Madden,” Wilson said in the interview.
Far Cry 3 – Co-Op Gameplay Walkthrough
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