Weekly Video Game News & More E3 2012 Trailers – 06/09/2012
By Patrick Newman
Angry Birds coming to Consoles
In a development that seems long overdue, Activision is developing a console version of Angry Birds, which was previously only available on iOS. According to an Activision representative’s interview with The Escapist, “We’ll have some news for you in about two weeks… Wait until you see Angry Birds on consoles in HD.” Company spokesperson Dan Amrich later confirmed this on his blog, making this new iteration of the hit puzzler official.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge – E3 2012 Trailer
No COD XP Convention in 2012
Unfortunately for Call of Duty die-hards, there will not be an XP convention this year, the possibility of a follow up to the first Call of Duty gaming convention being pushed to 2013. Activision gave no reason for the discontinuation, which was first revealed to Polygon on June 7th.
Left 4 Dead Prequel in the Works!
Overkill Software, the development team behind Payday: The Heist, is at work on a prequel to Valve’s zombie multiplayer hit Left 4 Dead. Though no additional details were provided at press time, it’s safe to assume that the prequel would track the origins of the zombie outbreak explored in past Left 4 Dead titles. This comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Overkill and Valve were teaming up for some continuation of the multiplayer franchise.
Warface – E3 2012 Gameplay Trailer
Fire Emblem in North America
Japan’s popular 3DS title Fire Emblem: Awakening has recently been given a domestic release, though the specific date is still unclear. Announced recently by Nintendo on Twitter, the game will likely be identical to its Japanese counterpart, featuring vibrant turn-based combat and a detailed fantasy realm as its backdrop.
Dawnguard for Skyrim Details
In a recent report from Joystiq, the first DLC pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is on track for release later this month (June 26th), according to Bethesda’s Todd Howard. Titled “Dawnguard,” the DLC, which was recently anointed with a spectacular new trailer, will reportedly introduce crossbows and snow elves to the world of Skyrim.
Wii U – New Super Mario Bros. E3 2012 Trailer
DOOM 3 – BFG Edition Debut Trailer
The Last of Us Delayed
Naughty Dog’s promising-looking The Last of Us – a post-apocalyptic survival game that follows young heroes Joel and Ellie through a ravaged United States – is being pushed to 2013. Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida, which is also bringing the newest God of War title to consoles in 2013, said as much in an interview with VG247. The game’s demo was premiered to massive applause at E3’s stage show this year.
Dead Island Sequel Update
Dead Island publisher Deep Silver revealed this week that the follow up to that first zombie carnage game, titled Dead Island Riptide, is being developed at Techland for both consoles and the PC. An “extensive reveal” of some of the game’s more notable details is in the works for debut sometime this summer. The game, which sold over 3 million copies in 2011, was met with mostly positive reviews.
LEGO: Lord of the Rings – E3 2012 Trailer
Ghost Recon Online still in the works for Wii U?
Though there wasn’t any E3 presence for the Wii U version of Ghost Recon Online this year, Ubisoft insists that the version is still in the works, but will be released only after the PC version drops. Citing quality control as the reason for the delay, Tony Key – the senior VP of sales and marketing – told IGN that, “The team is taking a little bit longer than they thought they would to get Ghost Recon Online to the level and quality that they want, and that definitely has had an impact on how much time they’re able to spend on the Wii U version, because we want to make sure we get it right.”
ZombiU – E3 2012 Gameplay Trailer
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