Weekly Video Game News and Trailers – 09/08/2012
By Patrick Newman
New Epic Studio coming to Seattle
Seattle-based developer Epic is opening a new studio in Seattle, to focus on development of their Unreal Engine 4. The burgeoning enterprise is currently recruiting new programmers, developers, and support staff. According to Epic Games president Michael Capps, “The proximity to key partners, the density of world-class talent and all the factors that make Seattle an attractive place to live convinced us that it is the perfect locale for Epic’s West Coast operation.”
Spartacus Legends Details Announced
Spartacus Legends, a free-to-play fighting game based on the blood-soaked Starz series, is coming to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network next year. The game, which follows characters Spartacus (voiced by series lead Liam McIntyre), Crixus, or a user-created character through the entire career of a gladiator, can be played locally or via online multiplayer. Special items can be bought by players for competitive play through the game’s “Fame” system.
God of War: Ascension ‘Furies’ Trailer
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger in 2013
In an announcement from Ubisoft, Gunslinger, the fourth Call of Juarez title, is set for release in 2013 on Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, and the PC. Developed at Techland like its predecessors, Gunslinger is set in the Old West, and follows a bounty hunter’s journeys to take down some of the frontier’s most famous gunslingers – including Jesse James and Pat Garrett. Gunslinger features a skill progression system as well the return of quick-draw Concentration mode to the series gameplay.
Killzone Trilogy Details Released
The Killzone Trilogy will soon be released as a PlayStation Collection title, dropping in the US October 23rd ($40) and in Europe (€49.99) the following day. In addition to the 720p re-mastered version of the original Killzone, the pack contains both Killzone 2 and 3 with all the corresponding multiplayer map packs. Also, according to a tweet from the Killzone Twitter account, the HD version of Killzone is being released as a stand-alone title on a future date.
Guardians of Middle Earth – Arathorn and Runsig Battle Trailer
Steam Greenlight Initiative now $100
In a response to a “significant amount of noise and clutter” in the submissions for their Steam Greenlight Initiative, Valve has begun charging $100 for any additional submissions. The user interface for Steam Greenlight has thusly been updated to more accurately reflect players’ needs. Proceeds of this new fee will be donated in their entirety to the Child’s Play charity, which offers toys and games to over 70 hospitals across the nation. Over 700 projects have been submitted to Steam Greenlight since its launch on August 30th.
Bethesda doesn’t like the new Wii U Technology
In news sure to affect the public perception of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, major developer Bethesda (Skyrim) has voiced doubts about the new console’s longevity. Citing that the first Wii also fell short of the company’s ambitions in gaming, Bethesda Marketing Executive Steve Hines told MCV, “”So far the Wii hasn’t fitted into that…Whether Wii U does down the road is [to be determined].” For mainly technological reasons, Hines is hedging his bets with Nintendo’s new direction forward. “The developers are trying to hit a moving technical target, because the platforms are being built. A new console doesn’t just show up a year before launch and is exactly what it will be when it comes out. It moves and iterates along the way. And introducing something like that to games that are in development is always a bit tricky. And that is obviously an element of risk,” Hines said.
Halo 4 – Wargames Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer
EA to Continue Focus on Multiplayer Platforms
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has made clear his company’s intent to focus on internet-supportive titles with social elements, eschewing traditional single player narratives. A promotional pamphlet reported on by Gamespot for the forthcoming Cloud Gaming USA conference indicated as much, as it included the following quote from Gibeau: “I have not green lit one game to be developed as a single-player experience… Today, all of our games include online applications and digital services that make them live 24/7/365.”
Will Zelda Return in 2014?
A story at Wii U Daily reports that the Zelda franchise will make its return in 2014, as hundreds of developers are currently being organized at Nintendo’s Japanese office to mount one of the most expensive projects in gaming history. The as-yet-untitled Zelda project is being produced by series veteran Eiji Aonuma, and will likely not have online multiplayer. The quantity of dungeons will be about the same in 2014’s Zelda, but the scope and quality of gameplay will be much-expanded. Mini games and side quests will also be a part of the action, but no additional details have surfaced.
Realms of Ancient War – The Rogue Trailer
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