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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, Upgrade Game to Next-Gen, Toon Link, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, Might and Magic: Duel of Champions, Microsoft Eyes Valve’s Steam Machine, Activision, Nosgoth, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Rayman Legends.
September 29th – October 5th
Monday, September 30th
Young Justice Legacy will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.
Ethan: Meteor Hunter will be available for the PS3, PC, MAC and UNIX.
Mystic Chronicles will be available for the PSP.
Sully: A Very Serious RPG will be available for the PS Vita and PC.
Tekken Card Tournament will be available for the Android.
Mistborn: Birthright will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and MAC.
Road To Hell: Route 666 will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Theme Park Studio will be available for the PC.
Skylander Swap Force will be available for the 3DS.
Drift Mania: Street Outlaws will be available for the PC.
Flipnote Studio 3D will be available for the 3DS.
The Wolf Among Us will be available for the PC.
Terraria will be available for the PS Vita.
Echoes of Eternea will be available for the PC.
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will be available for the Xbox 360.
Path of Exile will be available for the PC.
Black Gold Online will be available for the PC.
Monarch will be available for the PC.
Senran Kagura Burst will be available for the 3DS.
Good Bye Deponia will be available for the PC and MAC.
The Inquisitor: The Plague will be available for the Android.
Steel Storm 2 will be available for the PC.
ZRun will be available for the PS Vita.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World will be available for the MAC.
Haunted Memories will be available for the PC.
Tengami will be available for the PC and iPhone.
Starlight Inception will be available for the PS Vita.
Grepolis will be available for the iPhone and Android.
Teslapunk will be available for the PC Web.
Spat will be available for the PC, MAC and UNIX.
Attractio will be available for the PC and MAC.
The Novelist will be available for the PC and MAC.
Contract Work will be available for the PC.
Bit.Trip Presents…Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien will be available for the PS Vita and iPhone.
Icycle on Thin Ice will be available for the iPhone.
Royal Revolt! will be available for the PC.
Sports Friends will be available for the PS3.
Tuesday, October 1st
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy will be available for the Xbox 360.
Etrain Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be available for the 3DS.
Family Tales: The Sister – Deluxe Edition will be available for the PC.
NBA 2K14 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Rain will be available for the PS3.
Realms of Arkania: Blades of Destiny will be available for the PC.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Trilogy will be available for the Xbox 360.
Arma Tactics will be available for the PC.
Rune Factory 4 will be available for the 3DS.
Flashback will be available for the PC.
Wednesday, October 2nd
Rain will be available (in UK) for the PS3.
E.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX will be available for the Xbox 360.
Thursday, October 3rd
Agarest: Generations of War will be available for the PC.
Friday, October 4th
F1 2013 will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Just Dance 2014 will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and Wii U.
The Legend of Zelda: Windwalker HD will be available for the Wii U.
Batman: Arkham Duel Pack will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Expect to lose progress
There has been some excitement surrounding the upgrade deals of Microsoft and Sony that let you buy the next-gen version of a current-gen game at reduced cost. However, do be warned, you won’t be able to carry your single player progress over to the next-gen version.
Representatives from Ubisoft, EA, and Activision have all confirmed that your single player progress in current-gen versions of Call of Duty Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Fag, and Battlefield 4, won’t carry over to the next-gen versions of the games. However, your multiplayer progress, which tends to be the main draw for many gamers, will indeed carry over for those games.
Even having the carry-over for multiplayer is unprecedented, and it really isn’t that surprising that transferring a save file from one platform to a much more advanced second platform just isn’t as doable as it sounds. So if you are looking to make an immediate transition from current to next-gen console, keep in mind the upgrade offer for new-gen versions of your games, may not be all you expected (or hoped) it will be.
The new playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and the Wii U, as confirmed by Nintendo, will be Toon Link, a cell-shaded version of The Legend of Zelda star.
Super Smash Bros. will launch for the 3DS and the Wii U sometime next year, no specific date or release window has been announced just yet.
Ubisoft recently announced that gamers will now be able to “use the weapons and gear of Splinter Cell lethal operative Sam Fisher to fully customize their in-game character for all three classes,” offering a Splinter Cell crossover for Ghost Recon Online.
Additionally, Khyber Stronghold, a new map for Ghost Recon Online, will be set in the Middle East. According to Ubisoft, this is “the most ambitions map we’ve developed to date.” Corey Facteau, Ubisoft’s Shanghai producer, stated “The spies of Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon Online’s Ghosts can now go toe-to-toe with the Phantoms. Our community is more than three million strong, who we work to continuously provide new content for. Our goal is to keep their experience fresh and dynamic so we’re looking forward to seeing how they explore Khyber Stronghold and use Sam Fisher’s items in-game.”
Ghost Recon Online is a free-to-play game with sign-ups available on Ubisoft’s official site. This is the second time that a crossover has launched this year. The first was an Assassin’s Creed crossover last February.
Expansion now out
The newest expansion that is currently available for Might and Magic: Duel of Champions is titled Forgotten Wars. The expansion adds 150 new cards and a new Academy faction that offers “high risk high reward gameplay.” The Academy creatures “have high requirements and specific vulnerabilities, so players will have to use them strategically.”
Forgotten Wars also includes the Alter of Wishes where you can “exchange Wildcards with the Djinn, Nur, for any card they desire. The Wildcard cost for each card is based on both its rarity and its series.” Additionally, “series of cards are unlockable at the Altar of Wishes by collecting 200 Cards from that series.”
Stephan Jankowski, the producer, stated that “The Duel of Champions community has been requesting a way to obtain specific cards, and it was important that we fulfill the request with a solution that is true to the balanced and fair competitive spirit of the game. We’re excited to see how gameplay changes with Forgotten Wars’ additions of The Altar of Wishes, the Academy faction, and 150 new cards.”
Might and Magic: Duel of Champions is a free-to-play game. You can gather more information about Forgotten Wars and more on the game’s official site.
With “great interest”
The long-awaited Steam hardware initiative was recently spelled out on the Steam site: “Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.”
Valve plans to send out 300 of its prototype kits for users who meet the requirements to beta test. Apparently there will be “hundreds” of games available for the beta test which will be running natively on the new OS (operating system). The prototype kits for beta testing will be sent out this year to those who meet the “Hardware Beta Eligibility Quest,” join the official group, get at least 10 Steam friends, agree to the terms and conditions, play a game with a gamepad in Big Picture Mode, and open a public profile.
Microsoft is watching this situation with “great interest.” Phil Harrison, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, stated “I’m still studying all the facts Valve has released. But Valve is a very impressive company, and obviously we’re going to be watching what they do with great interest.”
Harrison addressed the perception that video game consoles are doomed, stating, naturally, that he disagrees with that perception, adding that each subsequent console generation has been larger than the one before. Now, with Valve announcing what essentially is another game console, Harrison says there is even more reason to believe that consoles still have a sturdy future.
Harrison stated, “I think the death of the video game console was prematurely announced. Clearly there is a lot of excitement around gaming in the living room on the biggest screen in the house, often times connected to a great sound system and creating that real intensely high quality game experience with a very powerful CPU and a very powerful GPU. Our point of view, clearly, is that Xbox One is the best incarnation of that, but competition is good!”
The Steam Machine will launch sometime next year, the limited beta is set to launch later this year, likely around the time that Xbox One launches in mid-November.
Activision has been accused of staying within their little box, sticking with what works and not taking risks finding new ideas. However, Eric Hirshberg, Activision’s CEO, insists that the company does actively take creative risks. “Our strategy is to do a few things and do them exceptionally well. I think that sometimes people misperceive that as somehow being risk-averse, and yet we’re taking some of the biggest risks in new genres and new business models and new IPs than anybody.”
As an example of a risk that Activision has taken, Hirshberg cited Skylanders. He points out that not only is the franchise a new IP, but at the time it was a new genre of game play that wasn’t yet proven successful. Additionally, Activision has high hopes that Bungie’s upcoming shooter Destiny will prove to be a huge success.
Regarding Bungie and their upcoming game Destiny, Hirshberg stated, “I think Bungie is a pretty special group of creative people and they’ve had a very good track record of games that are both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. [You] can see the ambitiousness of the concept and in order to bring that concept to life it’s been a big investment. It’s a partnership that takes both an Activision and a Bungie to bring to life.”
This fall Activision will release Call of Duty: Ghosts, one of those tried and true, low risk, kinds of releases. However, next year, Activision’s big release will be Destiny, something a little bit new and hugely ambitious.
Set in Legacy of Kain world
Last week Square Enix and Psyonix revealed Nosgoth, a team-based, free-to-play third-person shooter that is set in the world of Kain and Raziel. The online game coming to Steam lets you slip into the armor of humans equipped with bows and blunderbusses, or use the twisted abilities of vampires to kill and devour the flesh of mortals.
The “dark and brutal” world of the Legacy of Kain vampire action continues and you can register to participate in the closed beta by visiting the official site.
Multiplayer map revealed
A new multiplayer map, titled Stonehaven, was recently revealed by Infinity Ward for Call of Duty: Ghosts. It’s a huge environment that features a coastal castle with a portcullis that is able to be lowered, altering player routes. Additionally the map contains a windmill and a maze of crumbling peripheral fortifications.
On top of that reveal, the company also spilled some information about the space combat mission that can be viewed in the official campaign trailer for the game. You will don the suit of an astronaut and perform routine maintenance on the Orbital Defense Initiative. The “South American Federation” has overrun the weapon station, launching several devastating attacks on the U.S. which lay waste to the land. Without the maintenance of the Orbital system, a full scale invasion on the nation is eminent.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will launch for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC on November 5th. The next-gen version of the game for the Xbox One and the PS4 will launch later in that same month.
Don’t rule out a 3DS launch
Recently Alain Corre, a Ubisoft executive, was asked about Rayman Legends. While the game will be launching for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, and the PC, it hasn’t been announced for launch on the 3DS. Corre’s response regarding the question of a 3DS launch left a little hope that the Nintendo handheld system could eventually get a Rayman Legends launch.
“When you look at Rayman Legends you see it’s a very big game with a lot of levels. The graphics in 2D are also second-to-none. So, it takes time to squeeze everything and downsize it onto other formats. But we’re not ruling anything out for that format [the 3DS]. We can’t say anything more for the moment, but we can’t rule the format out.”
The 3DS has seen its most successful year ever in the UK. In fact it has outperformed the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in terms of hardware and software revenue. Ubisoft hasn’t released very many of its games for the 3DS since the handheld launched, but Corre admits that there definitely are opportunities for the company to pursue the 3DS market, saying, “The 3DS is a big success, it’s selling a lot of machines in a lot of countries and if we consider a franchise, game or gameplay style that can be developed for it, we’ll consider it.”
Rayman Legends was originally going to be a Wii U exclusive game, however, last February Ubisoft announced that they were switching to a multiplatform format. That resulted in the game’s launch being delayed.