Weekly Video Game News & Trailers (Mid-Year Mega Edition) – 07/13/2012
By Patrick Newman
Gears of War: Judgment Street Date
Gears of War: Judgment, Epic Games’ newest entry in the massively successful shooter series, will be hitting shelves in March 2013. Rod Fergusson, the director of production at Epic, posted the announcement on gaming TV show X-Play’s Twitter account. Gears of War: Judgment is being developed exclusively for the Xbox 360.
PC Gamers will have to wait for Assassin’s Creed 3
In an unfortunate bit of news for PC gamers, Assassin’s Creed 3 is being delayed on that system for well past its original October 30th release date. Alex Hutchinson, a creative lead at Ubisoft, revealed this recently at the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con.
Halo 4 – ‘Forward Unto Dawn’ Official Teaser Trailer
GTA V Update
Developer Rockstar, the gaming titan behind such revolutionary titles as Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne, recently answered numerous questions about their development process on their company website. In addition to apologizing to gamers for the long gestation period of their titles, they dropped new details about Grand Theft Auto V, and included two new screens. The first is a helicopter soaring over the city of Los Santos, and the second depicts two characters sitting on a placid dock. There will apparently not be any beta testing for Grand Theft Auto V.
Tomb Raider Controversy
The Tomb Raider reboot has been met with a huge degree of skepticism, due to key revisions of Lara Croft’s character and an attempted rape in one of the game’s trailers. Assuaging some fan anxieties is the recent revelation that Rhianna Pratchett, who wrote the phenomenal, female-driven Mirror’s Edge and Heavenly Sword, has been working on the project as a lead writer for two years. On the Tomb Raider blog, Pratchett posts, “I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her.”
Dead or Alive 5 – New Character Reveal
Spartacus Legends Announced
Spartacus Legends, the third-person fighting game based on Starz’ popular TV show, is coming to next generation consoles in early 2013. Ubisoft’s new game seems more ambitious than most TV-based game properties, as it tracks the life of a gladiator through training, strategic weapon choices and even a detailed create-a-gladiator mode. Liam McIntyre, the lead of the show, is lending his vocal talents to the character Spartacus.
God of War Film News
The film adaptation of God of War continues to develop at Universal Studios. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, two writers from the Saw franchise, have been recruited to rewrite the script. Though the likeliest candidate for the film’s director is still a mystery, Brett Ratner was attached to make God of War at one point, and might still be in the running.
Hitman: Absolution – Vivica Fox Interview
Fortnite to Consoles?
Fortnite, the “sandbox survival game” by Epic Games, will be the first game on the marketplace to use the Unreal 4 Engine. Cliff Bleszinski, the designer of Fortnite, said at the San Diego Comic Con that while PC exclusivity would definitely be in place in the game’s early outing, he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of platform incarnations later.
NetherRealm may Expand
Ed Boon, the creative director at NetherRealm Studios, said in an interview with the PlayStation Blog that he wants to branch the company away from its tendency to make only fighting games. The degree of success reaped by NetherRealm’s upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us would determine whether future non-fighting ventures would be risks worth taking. Boon told the Blog, “If it does well, we would like to see our next step be a non-fighting game, maybe something unique in its own right. This is our first step in that direction.”
Final Fantasy XI – ‘Seekers of Adoulin’ Announcement Trailer
Final Fantasy VII Reloaded
Even though fourteen years have passed since Final Fantasy VII’s first outing on the PC, the game’s release on that platform was plagued with glitches and bugs. Square Enix’s new version, recently announced, fixes those problems, as well as adding 36 new achievements and a “character booster,” which gives players the option of boosting their HP, MP and Gil to maximum levels. No release date is available for the new Final Fantasy VII at this time.
Fall of Cybertron Coming Early
Transformers fans seem to have arrived at their beloved franchise’s golden age. Not only is Michael Bay returning to direct another installment of the film series, but Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is arriving ahead of schedule. Whereas earlier reports indicated an August 28th release, a recent trailer for High Moon Studios third-person shooter lists the release date as August 21st. This follow-up to 2010’s War for Cybertron will supposedly feature an inflated multiplayer campaign, where players can customize their bots before rolling into battle.
More Walking Dead Episodes in the Works!
The downloadable adventure game based on AMC’s The Walking Dead will soon be receiving more episodes, according to developer Telltale Games. In addition to the upcoming episodes four and five, which haven’t been assigned release dates yet, a second season can be expected to follow at an unspecified date. As detailed by Telltale senior VP of marketing Steve Allison, “Following the digital release of our fifth episode we will also be coming to North American retail shortly thereafter and this will not be the last The Walking Dead game series that we do.”
Nintendo 3DS XL Comic-Con Trailer
Dead or Alive 5 Collector’s Edition
The brilliant, breast-obsessed fighter Dead or Alive 5 will soon be anointed with a collector’s edition, according to Tecmo Koei. Arriving in stores as a GameStop exclusive, the souped-up version will contain a copy of the game as well as a hardcover book of concept art, downloadable swimsuits for the female fighters, a Kasumi poster, and soundtrack CD. Featuring an impeccable steel casing, the game will cost $79.99, and hits stores on September 25th.
Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
Capcom is wisely re-releasing two of its greatest efforts – Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes – as a single title called Marvel vs. Capcom Origins. Each game will be polished with an online mode, 8-player lobbies, replay saving, and new in-game challenges as well as an assortment of HD filters. Available for $15, or 1,200 Microsoft points, the compilation is due in stores this September.
Microsoft disses Nintendo
In a bit of PR sure to infuriate the administrators at Nintendo, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer recently told GamesIndustry International that their Wii U would only be on par with current generation consoles. Referring to the processing power of Nintendo’s newest-generation system as well as the Pro Controller unveiled at E3 2012, Spencer flatly stated, “They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability.” The Wii U will be available worldwide this holiday season.
Sleeping Dogs – The Making Of No More Fun and Games Contest
Gaming innovator Peter Molyneux will be unveiling Curiosity, his first post-Microsoft title, on iOS, Android and PC this August 22nd. First promoted at E3 this year, this game will be the first in Molyneux’s “22 Cans” experiment, which will see 22 mini-games released in succession over the next few months. Curiosity revolves around a giant black cube, which players are tasked with breaking apart piece-by-piece in the pursuit of a “life-changing secret.”
The Walking Dead FPS Announced
Yet another Walking Dead game is en route to stores, this time packaged as a first-person shooter. Developed by Terminal Reality of Kinect Star Wars fame, the game follows Robert Kirkman characters Daryl Dixon and his brother Merle through post-infection Atlanta, where they apparently encounter “a slew of other characters” likely derived from the series. The new shooter will see release in 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Saints Row The Third – Genki Girl DLC Pack
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