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Friday, Feb 03, 2012


Team Fortress 2 "Secret Project" Plans

The Team Fortress 2 Blog has a big update on upcoming plans for Valve's multiplayer shooter. This includes word on plans to finally release the Pyro installment in the series of "Meet the Team" shorts. the Second Annual Saxxy Awards, a Steam Workshop Blog, and a "secret project." Here's what they are revealing about this secret for now:

A Secret TF2 Project!
The TF2 team is working on something brand new for 2012. We can't tell you what it is, because they won't tell us, but what they WILL say is that it isn't a hat, it isn't a map, and go away. From this we can only conclude that the TF2 team is working on some ungodly hat-map hybrid that you can wear on your head while you run around in it. You heard it here first. Also last, because they just told us it's not that either. But it's really cool.

Skyrim Creation Kit & "Surprise" Tuesday

Bethesda's Pete Hines tweets that nod support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released on Tuesday., along with a "surprise." Word is: "For our Skyrim PC fans, the Creation Kit is on track for release on Tuesday. And, we also have a special surprise with it." Thanks Joystiq.

BF3 DLC Announcement As Early As Next Week

BF3blog has word that EA says that Battlefield 3 sold 10 million copies worldwide across all platforms through the end of last year. They also share indications that new DLC for the military shooter sequel will be announced as soon as next week: "You’re going to hear some announcements from us on Battlefield actually as early as next week in an event we’ve got in New York."

Dawn of War II: Retribution Patch "Soon"

Dawn of War II Forums offer notes for a new patch that's in the works for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution that will update the far-future real-time strategy sequel to version 3.19.1 (thanks Gamer's Hell). Here are the notes on the patch, which they say will be released soon: Continue here to read the full story.

EA Vancouver Layoffs

There's a confirmation of cuts at EA Vancouver on IndustryGamers, where they have a statement on the topic from EA:

EA in Vancouver is transforming its studio to align with EA’s transformation to high-growth digital formats, including online, social gaming and free-to-play. Employees in our BC studio are learning new skills and working on digital games and services, and there are many examples. Developed at the EA SPORTS studio in Burnaby, the FIFA Soccer franchise represents the cutting edge of AAA gaming integrated with multiplatform extensions and online features. The Need for Speed World team in Burnaby is leading the digital transformation with 11 million registered players. As the BC studio makes this transformation, a small number of employees are being impacted while most others are being retrained, redeployed and rolling-on to new projects.

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Warren Spector Lifetime Achievement Award

The Game Developers Choice Awards announce that Warren Spector will be the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards next month. Here's a blurb on how he eared this honor:

With a career in games spanning nearly 30 years, Warren Spector has earned a reputation in the industry as a seminal designer and a champion for the proper execution of ideas in video games. His work on the career-defining Deus Ex took place while he was serving as a partner at development company Ion Storm and running their Austin-based office. Upon its release in 2000, Deus Ex received wide critical and industry acclaim and in 2009 was named "Best PC Game of All Time" among a list of 100 other titles in PC Gamer magazine.

Take-Two Financials

Take-Two Interactive Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results are online. Whip out your calculator, here are some numbers to crunch: "For the nine-month period ended December 31, 2011, net revenue was $677.7 million, as compared to $954.6 million for the year-ago period. GAAP loss from continuing operations was $41.7 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, as compared to GAAP income from continuing operations of $76.2 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net loss was $8.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, as compared to Non-GAAP net income of $108.8 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, for the year-ago period."

SEGA Financials

MCV has SEGA's financial reporting, saying Sega Sammy's income has dropped due to "sluggish video game sales in Europe and the US." Word is: "For the nine months ending December 31st 2011, the publisher's net income was £284.7m, a slight drop of 6.6 per cent compared with the year before."

New Natural Selection 2 Beta; Trailer

The Natural Selection 2 Website announces that a new build of the Natural Selection 2 beta is now available to those who have preordered Unknown Worlds' upcoming action/strategy sequel. The update is codenamed "Gorilla," as it includes the Onos, the game's fifth, and final alien race. This is accompanied by screenshots, a new gameplay trailer and complete patch notes for the new beta.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website offers new patch notes for new hotfxes now live on the server-side of World of Warcraft, offering balance tweaks for the MMORPG. There are tweaks to dungeons & raids, events, quests & creatures, and items, but not to character classes.

Yesterday Website; Screenshots

A new Yesterday Website is online as home to Pendulo's upcoming adventure game where all your troubles seemed so far away. The site offers information about the game, as well as three new images showing off its stylized graphics.

Op Ed

GameFront - Why Every Defense of Online Passes Has Been Bullsh**.
I am not going to go into the many better ways that publishers could be coping with used sales, nor am I going to reiterate exactly how bad the online pass scam truly is. I’ve done that many times, all over the Internet. However, I want to make it clear that the situation affects many, many more people than have been represented lately. It’s not just about people getting mad that they can’t buy games used anymore. As a reviewer, I get most games free, so this affects me less than most, and I’M still pissed off by online passes. I am pissed off because they’re a bad idea, with many negative implications, and it sickens me how gleefully the white knights have glossed over those implications to focus on the ONE issue that they’re vaguely correct about.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Groundhog Day! Let's get right to our rodent weather correspondent, as apparently Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which is supposed to portend another six weeks of winter (or at least winter weather, the calendar remains static). This is in contrast to how mild the winter has been so far, but how could something as scientific as shadow spotting be wrong? Well, actually, according to that article, this is open to debate, as they note that while the official website of Punxsutawney Phil claims the forecaster is 100% accurate, AccuWeather says he is right about 80% of the time, while places his accuracy at 39%.

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