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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  

Ad Says Guild Wars 2 Next Month

Kotaku has a photo of an ad found in in a Fry's store in Texas promoting preorders of Guild Wars 2, offering a June 28, 2012 date for ArenaNet's MMORPG sequel. Noting that GameStop lists a June 26th date for the game, they reached out to NCsoft and received the following response: "We have not released an official launch date within 2012 as feedback from our closed and open marketing betas will help us determine an exact release date. We will release Guild Wars 2 when it is ready."

Gaikai to Debut Hawken

Cloud gaming service Gaikai and Meteor Entertainment announce plans to debut Hawken via Gaikai before the previously announced December 12th release date for Adhesive Games' free-to-play mech combat game. They do not specify exactly when this will happen, but that: "Powered by Gaikai’s high performance open cloud platform, HAWKEN will be available to try instantly before its 12/12/12 launch date on www.playhawken.com and other websites, with no downloads or installs required." Signups to beta test the game are still being conducted on the Hawken Website. "HAWKEN wants to be free and it wants to be everywhere - and with Gaikai, it will be," stated Mark Long, CEO at Meteor Entertainment. "Their tech is the next level. It's mind blowing to see HAWKEN running on a tablet!"

The Old Republic Free Weekend

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website announces a free weekend for the Star Wars MMORPG (thanks VG247). Here's word:

BioWare and LucasArts are happy to announce that this weekend will be another Weekend Pass Free Trial, giving people interested in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ the chance to take the first steps in their personal Star Wars™ saga for free*! This Weekend Pass Free Trial will begin on Thursday, May 17th at 12:01AM CDT / 5:01AM GMT, and end on Monday, May 21st at 2:00AM CDT / 7:00AM GMT.

People who haven’t taken part in any previous trials for The Old Republic will be able to take part in this Weekend Pass. Individuals can download the game as soon as the Weekend Pass begins, and players will be able to register their accounts to play until 2:00AM CDT / 7:00AM GDT on Sunday, May 20th.

Ubisoft Financials

Gamasutra has details on Ubisoft's full-year financial reporting, where they show $47.7 million in profits, an improvement over last year's loss of $73 million, attributing this in part to a "leap" in digital and online sales. Word is: "€578 million ($739 million) of Ubisoft's annual revenues came from core titles like Assassin's Creed: Revelations and the aforementioned The Settlers Online, while €483 million ($618 million) was attributed to casual titles like the company's popular Just Dance series and Rocksmith."

THQ Financials

THQ Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results, saying: "Q4 Non-GAAP net sales were $170.7 million, at the high end of revised guidance of $160 - $170 million," and "Q4 Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share was ($0.12), consistent with revised guidance of ($0.10) – ($0.20)." The results also include word on their digital growth: "THQ’s digital revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $18 million, 44 percent higher than the year-ago quarter. Digital revenues for the four quarters of the 2012 fiscal year were $59 million, 62 percent higher than the 2011 fiscal year." They also state the Saints Row franchise has sold more than 11 million units, that Saints Row: The Third has shipped more than 4.25 million units, and that Saints Row: The Third has generated the highest digital revenue of any console title in the company’s history.

Diablo III Launch: Error 37 Gains Infamy

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Into the Black

Ships Ahoy - Diablo III

Battle.net announces the extended wait for Diablo III is now over, and the action/RPG sequel should now be available worldwide. For anyone getting error messages from the game, this article may help you work out what's wrong, and here's word on the release:

Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated and banished from the world of Sanctuary. Now you must return to Tristram and investigate rumors of a fallen star, an omen that the End Times have begun.

Diablo III is now live and available at a store near you -- or you can click here to purchase a digital copy directly through Blizzard. The game is available at retailers in both a standard and Collector's Edition. Visit our Diablo III game information page or search the Game Guide to learn more about this highly anticipated third installment in the Diablo series.

Ships Ahoy - Game of Thrones RPG

ATLUS announces the North American release of Game of Thrones, the RPG based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels (apparently Game of Thrones: The Game was just a working title, awesome as it is). Here's the news:

ATLUS, a brand of Index Digital Media, Inc., today announced that "Game of Thrones™," the RPG based on the internationally bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and the critically acclaimed HBO® television series, Game of Thrones®, is now available in stores across North America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC via download.

Replete with the authentic political intrigue and complex narrative the acclaimed fantasy series is known for, this captivating interactive adventure gives fans a new and exciting way to lose themselves in the world of Westeros. With an original story written under the watchful eye of George R. R. Martin, who recently stated, "I've sampled the work Cyanide has done, and I'm largely happy with it. I think many of my fans will share that feeling," the "Game of Thrones" RPG is filled with characters and locations straight from the pages of the beloved fantasy novels. Moreover, the game includes the likenesses of fan favorite characters from the television adaptation. "Game of Thrones" promises to deliver the ultimate interactive roleplaying experience for fans of the series and its gritty, sophisticated medieval drama.

The Secret World Beta Event This Weekend

Funcom announces they are launching the second closed beta event for The Secret World on Friday. All who have preordered the conspiratorial MMORPG will be entitled to participate, and they are also handing out beta keys through some European websites, which are listed on this page. Here's word on the event:

Funcom is excited to announce that the next Beta Weekend for its upcoming modern-day massively multiplayer online game ‘The Secret World’ will start on May 18th at 9am PDT / 6pm CET and run until Sunday May 20th at 11.59pm PDT / May 21st 8.59am CET. During this Beta Weekend players get to pick up where they left off with the same character they played during the first Beta Weekend, as they get to meet all-new characters in Kingsmouth each with their own unique missions and storylines.

The best way to gain access to the Beta Weekend is to pre-order ‘The Secret World’. This grants access to all Beta Weekends leading up to launch. Funcom is also teaming up with major websites all over Europe this week to conduct a massive giveaway of keys for this weekend only, and this is a great way for gamers to have a look at the game before pre-ordering.

TERA Patched

The North American TERA Website and the European Website for the MMORPG both announce the launch of a new patch for the MMORPG, bringing the game to version 1.0.29 in Europe and an inexplicable version 17.29.01 in the Americas. Here are the North American patch notes and the European patch notes.

Infinity Ward Collects $42M in Royalties

The Verge has word that Activision has paid out $42 million in royalties to the group known as the "Infinity Ward Employee Group" who sued the publisher in 2010 over unpaid royalties from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Word is this is not a settlement, and the group is entitled to pursue their litigation as they say they are still owed more money. The group's attorney calls the payment a "cynical attempt to look good before the jury trial," and "although it is a meaningful payment it is only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation. It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract." The story suggests Activision was withholding these payments in the belief they might harm their case in their ongoing legal battle with former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella. Thanks Develop.

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Out of the Blue

Well it seems some game or another is live as of today. I know some are not on board with Diablo III, but after the memorable experiences with the first two games, my friends and I are not going to be resisting the allure of New Tristram any more than we did the old one. We even considered trying to play on launch until we learned that was going to be midnight Pacific time (which did not deter everyone), so we avoided the initial crush, and will just have to content ourselves with the secondary crush today.

Crushing Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Recursion.
Offspring Fling.
Stories: Aussie Olympic hopeful loses bet over 'mankini' at opening ceremony. Thanks brother19.
Science: Solar Eclipse 2012: 'Ring Of Fire' Set To Appear May 20.
Images: High-Resolution Image From Electro-L Satellite Shows Planet In Single Shot.
Media: Why the "Star Trek" Universe is Secretly Horrifying.
Bizarre display of soccer fashions and dancing, Germany 1970.



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