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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

  

Take-Two Financials - XCOM Shooter Delayed

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012, saying the losses for the year were in line with projections. Here's word: "For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, net revenue was $825.8 million, as compared to $1,136.9 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, which had benefited from the release of Red Dead Redemption. GAAP loss from continuing operations was $107.7 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP income from continuing operations of $53.8 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, for the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP net loss was $59.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, as compared to Non-GAAP net income of $94.3 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, for the prior fiscal year." There's also news of a delay to 2K Marin's planned XCOM first-person shooter, which was most recently delayed to their fiscal 2013. Now word is: "2K Games now expects to release XCOM, its shooter version of the franchise that is in development at 2K Marin, during fiscal year 2014," so this additional one-year setback means the game may not be released until March 31, 2014.

Mech Warrior Online Beta This Week

The MechWarrior Online Website announces Operation: Inception, a pair of founder's program packages for Piranha's upcoming online mech combat game, also announcing this week will see the launch of the game's closed beta test. Word is that those who purchase one of these bundles will get guaranteed access to the beta. This post clarifies details about this, including that they will not prevent those outside of North America from participating:

You've probably seen our big news today - Beta signups are official! But how, you ask?

First, log onto the forums; then click profile and it's right there! For greater clarity closed beta starts today! we will be inviting users as soon as tomorrow.

Secondly, how the Founders program beta/early access works: The program is purchasable on June 19th and you gain guaranteed access to the closed beta on July 17th.

Thirdly, the reason this announcement stated 'North America' is that it's for North American servers – As we have mentioned we are working very hard to launch MechWarrior Online in every region worldwide. We may also run a similar Operation for other regions, therefore we are required to recommend that for the best play experience you register and play in your region in the near future. However There is no IP blocking. You can signup from everywhere just keep in mind that if you are outside of North America we cannot guarantee your play experience.

Thanks for being the most awesome fanbase ever, and we hope this clears up your questions.

Blizzard on Diablo III Security

Blizzard has posted a message in response to the perception that recent reports of account hacking in Diablo III represent an uptick in such incidents. They say the number of compromised accounts does not represent anything unusual for their games, and that they continue to recommend the use of the Battle.net Authenticator or the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator for best security of your Battle.net account:

We'd like to take a moment to address the recent reports that suggested that Battle.net® and Diablo® III may have been compromised. Historically, the release of a new game -- such as a World of Warcraft® expansion -- will result in an increase in reports of individual account compromises, and that's exactly what we're seeing now with Diablo III. We know how frustrating it can be to become the victim of account theft, and as always, we're dedicated to doing everything we can to help our players keep their Battle.net accounts safe -- and we appreciate everyone who's doing their part to help protect their accounts as well. You can read about ways to help keep your account secure, along with some of the internal and external measures we have in place to help us achieve our security goals, at our account security website here: www.battle.net/security.

We also wanted to reassure you that the Battle.net Authenticator and Battle.net Mobile Authenticator (a free app for iPhone and Android devices) continue to be some of the most effective measures we offer to help players protect themselves against account compromises, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of them. In addition, we also recently introduced a new service called Battle.net SMS Protect, which allows you to use your text-enabled cell phone to unlock a locked Battle.net account, recover your account name, approve a password reset, or remove a lost Authenticator. Optionally, you can set up the Battle.net SMS Protect system to send you a text message whenever unusual activity is detected on your account, keeping you aware of important (and possibly unwanted) changes.

For more information on the Authenticator, visit http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/battle-net-authenticator-faq

For more on the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator, visit http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/battle-net-mobile-authenticator-faq

For more on Battle.net SMS Protect, visit http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/battlenet-sms-protect

Continue here to read the full story.

Spaceships Ahoy - EVE Online Inferno

The EVE Online Website announces Inferno is now live, offering the 17th expansion for CCP's MMORPG:

The war-themed expansion includes a wide variety of features, fixes and changes designed to ignite conflict and increase player co-operation and interaction. A whole new war declaration system with new War Reports will document your legacy and keep track of your progress in war while new interactive Kill Reports will make each kill that much sweeter. A new Ally System allows you to call in allies to fight along your side in a more formal way than before. Factional Warfare has been completely revitalized and made more rewarding than ever. New modules have been added, ships have been re-designed and re-balanced and EVE’s User Interface continues to be upgraded and improved. The cherry on top are the new missile launchers and missile effects which look absolutely stunning. For more information about EVE Online: Inferno, please visit the Inferno Feature Page, and the patch notes page..

Firefall Change Plans

This May 2012 Firefall Development Update is a video outlining changes Red 5 has planned for Firefall. Word is: "James and Scott sit down to discuss where Firefall is going. Big changes to the overall gameplay and a focus on more skill-based play. More details will be revealed in a blog soon." Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website has word of staff cuts at BioWare Austin, the development studio behind Star Wars: The Old Republic, the sci-fi MMORPG. The update from Doctors Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka does not say why this is happening, but does that this about the future: "Rest assured that we remain dedicated to delivering a high quality service in SWTOR to you, our fans, and we will continue to support and grow Star Wars: The Old Republic over the weeks, months and years to come." VentureBeat has a follow-up comment on this from Electronic Arts:

BioWare has restructured its studio in Austin today. Of the employees impacted, some will be able to join other projects within EA, others will leave the company. These are very difficult decisions, but it allows us to focus our staff to maintain and grow Star Wars: The Old Republic.

BioWare Austin remains a large and important part of BioWare and EA, working with other studios around the world to continue to deliver a high-quality service and exciting new content for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown in October

2K Games announces a release date for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis' upcoming continuation of this counter-UFO strategy series. The game is expected in North America on October 9, 2012 and internationally three days later on October 12th. The announcement is accompanied by a new deep dive trailer, and includes details on two different special editions:

2K Games announced today that XCOM®: Enemy Unknown, the highly anticipated action-strategy game from Firaxis Games, will be available for purchase in North America on October 9, 2012 and internationally on October 12, 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Additionally, pre-ordering XCOM: Enemy Unknown from participating retailers guarantees receiving the Elite Soldier Pack, a launch bonus offering top-of-the-line soldier customization features that will only be available for a limited time. There will also be a special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown available exclusively for PC that contains a variety of unique XCOM items.

“As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognizing what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. “It’s important to create an experience that is appealing to both existing fans and newcomers to the world of XCOM, which is what we’re doing with XCOM: Enemy Unknown.”

Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warplanes Closed Beta This Month

The World of Warplanes Website announces Wargaming.net's plans for closed beta testing of this upcoming aerial combat game:

Wargaming.net is proud to announce that the Closed Beta Test of the company’s highly anticipated game World of Warplanes will take off on May 31 this year.

Since its Global Alpha launch on February 23, World of Warplanes has secured more than 600,000 applications, with 100,000 received within the first 24 hours. Thousands of players have been granted access to World of Warplanes alpha version, and the army of test pilots will be increased drastically once the game enters Closed Beta.

We would like to stress that all those players who have applied but have not been yet accepted to Global Alpha will have a priority for Closed Beta.

Heroes & Generals Closed Beta

The Heroes & Generals Website is now accepting signups for closed beta testing of this upcoming MMO shooter:

The time to enlist is now! Independent studio Reto-Moto proudly announces the launch of the official closed beta for Heroes & Generals, the upcoming massively multiplayer shooter that features explosive online battles between axis and allied forces in a persistent war for European domination.

Heroes & Generals eliminates the formulaic baggage that weighs down the shooter genre by delivering satisfying strategic action in a full blown first-person shooter experience. Players are transported from the comfort of their browsers to authentic WWII battlefields, where they fight alongside thousands of gamers for persistent progression and military supremacy.

New DayZ Mod

The DayZ Mod Website now offers a new version of this mod for Arma II that's caused such a sensation. This tweet mentions the update, which brings the mod to version 1.5.8.2. Thanks Shok.

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Out of the Blue

Yeah it's more than a little odd being alone here, or alone with the doggies.... And the Gunnar-man is a little thrown by it as well, as he's utterly devoted to MrsBlue. So basically everyone is a little out of sorts with her out of town. Except Hudson the wonder dog, who is fine as long as I'm here (and there are fresh batteries in the smoke detector).

Lonely Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Robot Unicorn Attack Evolution.
Physics Robbery.
Rolling Home.
Links: Guitar Pee: Toilet For Rockstars.
10 years after The X-Files- Where are they now?
Stories: Former CNN Executive Caught Putting Dog Doo in Neighbor's Mailbox.
Science: Pomegranate juice claims deceptive, US rules.
Chemical exposure influences rat behavior for generations.
Images: Diablo III I'm ready for you.
Firefly Easter Egg.
Media: Community Goes 8-Bit.
Custom LEGO Marble Maze.
Saddest Claw Machine in New York.
The Funnies: The Bucket List.



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