Weekly Video Game News & Trailers – 02/17/2012
By Patrick Newman
Guild Wars 2 to hit Consoles
A console iteration of the fantasy MMO game Guild Wars 2 is being prepared by NCsoft, according to gaming news outlet Gamespot. A “small development team” is apparently hard at work porting the title over, which places players into a continuously unfolding fantasy realm. Though a fee is required to register the game, a monthly subscription will not be required in order to play.
Sazh: Heads or Tails for Final Fantasy
The ever-popular Final Fantasy series is receiving its newest update (for XIII-2 Sazh) on February 28th. Called “Sazh: Head or Tails?”, the package allows players to control the Sazh character in a story that runs parallel to the main narrative of Final Fantasy XIII. It will cost 400 Microsoft Points, or $4.99 on the PlayStation Network.
The Darkness II – Executions “Inside & Out” Trailer
New Xbox codenamed “Durango”?
Kotaku, that online wellspring of far-flung gaming rumors and speculation, has reported that the successor to the Xbox 360 is being codenamed “Durango” by Microsoft. In addition to being a Mexican state, “Durango” is also the name of a city in Colorado, for all the good that does at evoking the console’s attributes. At this time, reports have surfaced of everything from Blu-Ray capability to tablet controllers that will be featured with the new console, which will likely be announced at E3 this year.
Free COD on Steam
The multiplayer campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is being offered for free download on Steam, and will last throughout the weekend. As a promotion for the game-download service, a post on the Steam site states that the company “will let you play the entire multiplayer portion of the base game.”
SSX: Uber Mondays – Moby Jones Trailer
More Gears of War 3 DLC
Forces of Nature, the upcoming DLC for Gears of War 3, will hit the online marketplace March 27th. This new pack of content contains three new multiplayer maps, as well as revised versions of Raven Down and Jacinto. It also features four new characters and seven new weapon skins (two of which need to be unlocked).
Black Ops 2 News
While the announcement has not been officially made by Activision, it has indeed been confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the next installment in the military FPS franchise, after fervent speculation suggested a variety of directions the series could go. According to GameBlog, a product listing from the game was posted, and then pulled, from Amazon France after Activision contacted the site and told them to continue keeping the project under wraps. With this mess finally bringing the nature of the new Call of Duty to light, it’s fair to expect an official press release soon.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss – Launch Trailer
No PS4 Announcement for 2012
Despite the insistence of many that 2012 would be the year that Sony unveiled its PlayStation 4 console, SCEA President Jack Tretton has made an announcement that claims otherwise. In an IGN interview, Tretton plainly said, “I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year,” and “Right now, we’re focused on PlayStation 3, and I’ve got another platform (PlayStation Vita) to get out the door in seven days, so I don’t want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology any time soon.”
New TMNT game in the works?
If the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure photos on ToyArk are to be believed, Activision might be pushing forward a new game based on the popular characters. The key bit of evidence in the photos is a sign implicating Activision in licensing and cross-promotion. Activision hasn’t yet confirmed if it would be tackling the Turtles franchise for consoles.
Dark Legends – Teaser Trailer
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