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Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012

  

Halo 4 To Work on Surface Tablets

Microsoft exec Don Mattrick told attendees of the GameBeat 2012 conference that Halo 4 will work with Microsoft's recently announced Surface tablet. They say they were able to confirm Surface support for the upcoming first-person shooter sequel after the panel, but have no further details on how this will work at this time.

Source Filmmaker Open Beta

Valve announces the Source Filmmaker is now in open beta, offering everyone the chance to try their hand at machinima production. Word is:

Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the open beta release of Source Filmmaker (SFM), for free, to everyone.

The SFM is a storytelling tool Valve developed inside the Source Engine to create all its animated short films, including those in the "Meet the Team" series of Team Fortress 2 shorts. The SFM condenses the production pipeline of an animation studio down onto a single gaming PC. To help the community get started, the SFM includes all assets from Team Fortress 2 along with assets from two of the "Meet the Team" short films.

To see the newest and top-rated work being done by the community in the SFM, please visit www.steamcommunity.com/sfm.

For more information and to download the SFM, please visit www.sourcefilmmaker.com

The Secret World Content Plans

A State of the Game Letter for The Secret World has word on the launch of Funcom's new MMORPG. This update from producer Ragnar Tørnquist also outlines plans for monthly content updates. Here's a bit on those:

We're going to be releasing fresh and tasty new content FREE to our subscribers on a regular, monthly basis. The first update is due on Tuesday, July 31st, and we will be releasing more details about that particular update later this week -- including a couple of fun surprises. (You're going to love it.)

So what will these updates contain? I'm glad you asked! I won't spoil too much, but here's an overview of some of the things we have in the pipelines:

* Mission packs on a monthly basis! The first few packs will contain new investigations for every adventure zone in the game -- but we also have more action and sabotage missions planned for the near future. These missions will feature fully voiced cut-scenes and new media pop-ups, and will match the quality of the missions currently in the game. Oh, and like everything else in our monthly updates, these packs are FREE for our subscribers!

* New weapons! We will be announcing our first auxiliary weapon soon (one clue: bigger, slower, more explosions) and new auxiliary weapons will be released on a regular basis. Combat in The Secret World will continue to evolve, and it will pay to expand your character in multiple directions!

* Raids! We're well into production on our first raid, and there will be more information about that in August! But as a teaser: The Big Apple will never be the same

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Trailer

This trailer introduces the main villain in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the upcoming military shooter sequel. Word is: "Treyarch has revealed more information, and the first glimpse of Raul Menendez, the most insidious villain in Call of Duty history. With the likes of David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises) and featuring the theme by Trent Reznor (Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network), this new trailer provides the greatest look yet at what awaits players in Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Continue here to read the full story.

Primal Carnage Character Trailer

This trailer from Primal Carnage offers the first character reveal for this upcoming multiplayer shooter. The clip introduces the Pyromaniac from the human team and the Carnotaurus from the dinosaur side. Word is the game is approaching the beta testing stage as preparations continue to release it by the end of this year. Continue here to read the full story.

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Link of the Day: Best Trick to Teach Your Dog. Thanks Ant.

Diablo III Patched

The Diablo III Website announces a new automatic patch is now available for Diablo III to update Blizzard's action/RPG sequel to version 1.0.3.b. This is for the Americas, and users are warned this will interfere with cross-region play until all territories are in sync. Here are the patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

LucasArts FPS Plans?

A job posting on Gamasutra indicates LucasArts is developing an unannounced first-person shooter, as it calls for a senior animator for a FPS title. The listing doesn't include a lot of hints about what this involves except to say "Unreal experience a plus." Thanks NeoGAF via Computer and Video Games.

Wasteland 2 to Include Original

The release of Wasteland 2 will also include the original Wasteland, reports The Verge, quoting Brian Fargo saying that the inclusion of the original version of the post-apocalyptic RPG was the number one request they received during the fundraising campaign for the sequel, and that EA has been cooperative in making this happen. "It is great to be able to make Wasteland available for those feeling nostalgic or who want to experience it for the first time," says Fargo. "It certainly will not be a pre-requisite to understand Wasteland 2, but it adds some extra flavor if you did play the prequel." Thanks VG247.

Brothers in Arms Furious 4 Delayed

There's word of a delay to Brothers in Arms Furious 4 on Computer and Video Games, saying the military shooter sequel will not be released next year as was announced, though they don't say when the game is expected. Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford tells them development of the shooter sequel is "going great," but that it also has changed direction: "The game has evolved, I think people are going to be surprised by what they'll see, and it's still evolving. One of the reasons why we're not talking about it now is that it's evolving and we need to make further changes before we can start talking about it."

Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming West Next Year

The SEGA Blog details the plan to bring Phantasy Star Online 2 to western audiences in 2013 as a free-to-play title in North America and Europe. Here's the Phantasy Star Online 2 teaser website, and here's a bit:

Ultimately, the game is shaped around the core idea of players extensively customizing their individual weapon combos and upgrading their own skills, combining the character progression of an RPG with the flat-out combat prowess of an arcade-action game. Mix in Phantasy Star’s unique and extensive style and incredible customization, and you have the recipe for an online multiplayer experience unlike any other.

For those of you who have traveled with us in the past, through the original RPGs, through the original Online or Portable adventures, or across the Universe: We hope you will make the journey with us to this exciting new realm. If you are new to Phantasy Star, we hope you will join us for a new adventure unlike anything else Online.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Film Plans

CBS Films is planning a film adaptation of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, reports Variety, saying Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are producing the movie. "As is clear from the wild success of the game, Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal know how to exceed their audience's expectations by engineering incredible worlds," said Terry Press, co-president of CBS Films. "No one knows 'Human Revolution' like the team that created it, and we look forward to working with them from day one to make a film adaptation worthy of the 'Deus Ex' name." Thanks Eurogamer.

DCS: Combined Arms Pre-Purchases

The Digital Combat Simulator Website now offers pre-purchases of DCS: Combined Arms, saying those who make this advance commitment to the action/strategy hybrid will also receive access to the beta version. Here's word on how this will work: "Play DCS: Combined Arms as a real time strategy game, a first person armor warfare game, or direct the ground battle from the cockpit of a DCS aircraft like the A-10C Warthog, Ka-50 Black Shark, or P-51D Mustang." This trailer shows off a pre-alpha version of the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Reznor Writing Black Ops II Theme

There's an interview on Game Hunters with Trent Reznor talking with the Nine Inch Nails founder and composer of the QUAKE soundtrack about his return to video games as he is creating the theme song for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the upcoming military shooter sequel. He discusses his background as a gamer, the difference between scoring for films and games, and his other current music projects. Thanks Videogamer.com.

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Out of the Blue

This morning we escaped a nasty side effect of the heat wave that's engulfed our area when the garbage was collected. The problem was a chicken carcass that was a little far gone when it was thrown out right after the garbage was removed last week, so it sat around baking ever since. The extreme heat accelerated its return to nature considerably, and the smell from the garbage became so foul (no pun intended) it was almost unbearable. I just can't imagine what it must be like to be a sanitation worker at this time of year.

I'm still on DSL, as the new cable modem didn't fix things, so a repair guy is coming today. Fingers crossed.

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