Modern Warfare 3 is looking good, but Battlefield 3 good? The jury is still out on this one.
Hi-Rez Studios has posted the first two gameplay screens from Tribes Ascend on the game's Facebook, so be sure to keep an eye out on that page for more Tribes goodness. There are way too many good FPS in the pipeline for me to possible handle by myself. This multiplayer-only, download-sized successor to Tribes 2 is due out before the end of the year on PC.
Blizzard's Mike Morhaime gave Diablo fans some great news during Activision's quarterly earnings call. He said had this to say about the status of the long awaited sequel, "We began internal company-wide testing last week," Morhaime confirmed. "The game looks great, and we're currently targeting a Q3 launch for external beta testing." He also said that they wanted to release the game by the end of the year, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. This is Blizzard we are talking about here, we will see the game when it is ready.
Super Meat Boy just got a bit more super, if you have the PC version that is. The level editor is now available for the general populace as a free update on Steam. You can access the editor by right-clicking on Super Meat Boy in your Steam library, selecting Properties and adding "-devmode" to Super Meat Boy's Launch Options. I can't wait to see what kind of deadly labyrinths people put together. I will probably be making a level myself soon enough, stay tuned for more info!
Zoo Entertainment, best known for gems like Silly Bandz and Hello Kitty Seasons, announced that they are working Wanted Corp., an original 3rd person shooter slated for PC and PSN. The game puts up to two players in control of Neal H. MadDogg and Irina Zimoy, who must use over the top weapons and their psychic powers to kill or capture over 20 different kinds of extra terrestrial enemies. As an added bonus, PS3 users will be able to use the Move controllers to aim their weapons. The game is set to come out this Summer for the low price of $9.99. Check out the trailer after the break!
Anybody who has seen Crysis 2 in action has likely been wowed by the graphics. Come this August Crytek will be offering the CryEngine 3 SDK for developers to use for free, with sample code from Crysis 2 included. The engine looks like it is capable of spectacular things (trailer), so the sooner more developers use it the better. While using the engine is free, those interested in releasing their creations commercially will still be required to pay licensing fees.
You might have heard that BomberGames finally released their labor of love remake of the Streets of Rage trilogy that first appeared on the Sega Genesis recently, only to quickly receive a cease and desist from Sega. Well Sega has now provided a statement as to why they made that decision:
"SEGA is committed to supporting any fans that take an interest in our games, and where possible we do so by involving them in Beta tests and other development, marketing or research opportunities. However we need to protect our intellectual property rights and this may result in us requesting that our fans remove online imagery, videos or games in some instances."
I wonder why they let these guys toil away on this game for years without saying something about it, it's not like the fact that this game was in development was a secret. They even went to Sega last year in attempt to find a way to legally release the game. I am still holding out hope that they are able to work out a Steam release or maybe even port it to iOS, that is too much good work to let go to waste.
Did you know that establishments like Sinclair Spirits and Robertson’s Tobaccoria in BioShock were named after staffers Scott Sinclair and Shawn Robertson? Irrational Games is launching a contest that might get your name in Bioshock: Infinite. You could end up as the namesake of a building, a character or whatever else their artists come up with. All you have to do is enter your name and e-mail on the webform located here.
Duck and Cover has gotten the exclusive scoop on new DLC for Fallout: New Vegas. There are a couple of small images and a logo available on their forums for your perusal. The new DLC, titled Honest Hearts, looks like it will once again strip player's items from them, much like the Dead Money expansion. That may be a potential downer for some, but how hard would fighting wasteland savages be if you could always run around in your Enclave armor? A new trailer is said to be coming soon.
Source: Duck and Cover
Yet another developer has jumped on the social games train. Factor 5, best known for the Rogue Squadron games and the horrendous bomb that was Lair on the PS3, has announced the creation of a new studio focused on social games, TouchFactor. The studio is committed to building social games that will "bring people together on all mass market platforms." Julian Eggebrecht, former president of Factor 5, as well as several other high profile names from Factor 5 are coming together to make some of the most beautiful Facebook games ever seen. Just kidding on that last part.
via press release