Weekly Video Game News & Trailers – 04/13/2012
By Patrick Newman
New God of War
According to PlayStation’s official Facebook page, a fourth installment of the third-person action franchise God of War will soon be released. The listing, which asked via teaser image “Will vengeance bring redemption?”, advertised a date of April 19th. Though maddeningly vague about details such as platform support, story or gameplay modes, PlayStation’s first official tease for the game can be nothing short of invigorating for fans.
F-Zero on the Wii?
The long-dormant F-Zero franchise (absent since 2004’s F-Zero GP Legend) might return on the Wii U, according to Nintendo spokesperson Shigeru Miyatomo. In a recent interview with Edge, Miyatomo said of the project, “With Wii U coming up, maybe we could create something that does make sense, either as a smaller game, or a fully fledged title.” With the driving force of a gaming titan like Miyatomo, the potential of this game coming to fruition is a solid bet.
Lollipop Chainsaw – “Zom Be Gone” Trailer
Dark Souls to the PC
The immensely popular RPG Dark Souls is finally making its way to the PC, with the expanded title Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. According to publisher Namco Bandai, the game will feature bonus content, and should stores worldwide by August 24th. Developer From Software is including a bonus chapter in the Prepare to Die edition, titled “Artorias of the Abyss.”
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Available September 2012
Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which was announced most recently at the Spike VGA Awards, is due for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s current release date will fall somewhere within September 2012, but will also include console-exclusive fighters and a new “fight lab” mode.
Men of War: Condemned Heroes – Launch Trailer
A New Direction for Valve?
In an intriguing development, several job listings on Valve’s website indicate that the company is no longer simply producing software, but aiming to develop new forms of gaming hardware as well. Simply put, one job listing said that “For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences.” While in March, Valve asserted that the shipping of such hardware is still a long ways off, the certainty of the project’s completion has now been officially confirmed.
Georges St. Pierre & Sleeping Dogs
Publisher Square Enix’s new action game Sleeping Dogs is due for an August 14th North American release, followed soon after with a UK August 17th release. The chains GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon are each offering exclusive content for their retail versions of the game to entice buyers. GameStop and Amazon will feature a cops and martial-arts theme, while Best Buy’s version will highlight the game’s consultant (and MMA professional) Georges St. Pierre.
Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – Kitana Live-Action Trailer
Diablo III Beta News
The forever-gestating Diablo III is finally opening its beta version to 275,000 beta testers, who will have a chance to experience the game next month, short of its May 15th release. Blizzard remains cautiously optimistic, however, hedging, “Keep in mind that with such a large amount of invites for our test hardware we fully expect a strong possibility of stress test issues, such as an inability to log in, disconnections, and potential lag/latency. Despite the potential technical hiccups, it is sure to be an exciting experience for those die-hard Diablo fans.
The already incredibly detailed and immersive Skyrim is receiving yet another upgrade on April 23rd, with Kinect support arriving on the Xbox 360 version. The Kinect version of The Elder Scrolls V will support more than 200 voice commands, including commands to save and load games, as well as access the inventory. At this point, it is unknown whether the enhancements inherent in this new Kinect Skyrim package will be coming to other platforms.
Halo 4 – Composing the Worlds of Halo 4 Trailer
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