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Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012


Street Fighter X Tekken PC DLC This Week

Capcom Unity announces that a "mix of paid and free DLC" will be released for the PC edition of Street Fighter X Tekken, saying this "should arrive by the end of the week." They also suggest that the next round of DLC for the PC edition of the brawler is probably coming around the end of September, saying:

Quick update for PC SFxT players - a big blast of DLC is on its way, and should arrive by the end of the week. As with the console versions, this batch is a mix of paid and free DLC... The full list is coming, but you can look forward to the replay analyzer, gem capacity expansion and extra colors, as well as a deluge of new gems and alternate costumes for all released characters.

Regarding other patches and the 12 additional DLC characters (which now arrive 7/31 on consoles), the timing has been roughly two months from console to PC. So, while I don't know the precise date for further updates, you can generally assume it'll be ~60 days after the consoles get it.

We're trying to shorten that gap as much as possible - apologies for the wait, guys. <3

Capcom Vancouver Layoffs

Speaking of Capcom (above story), CapcomVancouver Tweets that rumors of their demise are "greatly exaggerated," but they also do announce some layoffs, saying "Capcom Vancouver has let go 7% of our employees as a result of unsuitable fit with the studio goals." However, the Dead Rising 2 developer also adds they are We’re still growing and aggressively seeking great talent. Thanks GameInformer.

World War Z Game TMs

Paramount Pictures filed trademarks for World War Z in the U.S. to cover downloadable electronic game programs; Electronic game software for handheld electronic devices; Video game cartridges and discs and for entertainment services, namely, providing online electronic games, suggesting game tie-ins are planned for the upcoming film to go along with action figures, metal busts, boxer shorts, and waste baskets. Thanks VG247.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Trailer

This trailer offers a behind the scenes look at development of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, looking at the talent that's been assembled to support the game including musician Trent Reznor and Hollywood screenwriter David S. Goyer. Here's word: "To create a game like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Treyarch assembled some of the greatest talents in the world. David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises), Trent Reznor (Academy Award-winning composer of The Social Network), join Studio Head, Mark Lamia and the game's Director, Dave Anthony, to discuss the relationship between movies, music and games, as well as the creative process behind Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Steam Sale Day Seven

Steam summer sale day seven is now underway. Here are the new one-day specials:

  • Age of Empires Online: Summer Sale Bundle on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Carpe Fulgur Collection on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Indie Bundle VII on Steam. Save 75%.
  • L.A. Noire on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Sins of a Solar Empire- Rebellion on Steam. Save 25%.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Super Meat Boy on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Thief Collection on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Total War Mega Pack on Steam. Save 75%.

MechWarrior Online Community Day Contest; Trailer

This trailer offers a reveal of the Centurion in MechWarrior Online, the free-to-play shooter in the works at Piranha Games, and there's more on this mech on this page. Meanwhile this page offers a tale light mech on light mech violence, as it describes a battle between a cicada and a spider. Finally, the GeForce Website has details on how to get an invite to a MechWarrior Online Community Day next week in Santa Clara, California, where "fans will experience first-hand what it’s like to pilot a mech and fight for survival in the InnerSphere while playing on the newest and best hardware at the bleeding-edge of gaming." Those 21 or older can submit a 100-word essay on why they deserve to attend. Those selected must supply their own transportation.

Mass Effect 3 Earth DLC Released

The BioWare Blog announces the free Earth DLC for Mass Effect 3 is now available, offering this trailer showing off what this adds to the action/RPG sequel. Here's word:

The fighting is fiercest when it’s your home at stake! Mass Effect 3: Earth adds mods, gear, and new maps for Rio, Vancouver, and London. It features 3 new weapons: Piranha assault shotgun, Acolyte pistol, and Typhoon assault rifle. Six new human N7 classes are also available: Destroyer Soldier, Paladin Sentinel, Demolisher Engineer, Slayer Vanguard, Shadow Infiltrator, and Fury Adept! Each come complete with new and powerful abilities and melee attacks.

BF4 Beta in Fall 2013: MoH Not Required

EA's BF3 Community Manager took to Reddit to clarify details about the just-confirmed Battlefield 4 beta (thanks VG247). Word is beta testing should commence in Fall 2013 and that there will be ways to get into the beta besides preordering Medal of War Warfighter, though they are not revealing what they are at this time. Here's word:

Hey Guys,
Seeing a lot of questions about the BF4 beta announce and thought that'd I make a thread where you can find official, definitive information and help to address some concerns that I'm seeing.

  • The beta will be in Fall of 2013. We don't have a BF4 release date yet but, of course, it will be after the beta.
  • We will continue to support BF3. DICE and EA are dedicated to continuing our support for Battlefield 3. Just as we've continued to support and maintain Bad Company 2, we intend to continue providing the best Battlefield 3 experience we can well into the future and past the release of End Game and Battlefield 4.
  • There are several teams at DICE. Starting work on Battlefield 4 does not mean that we will be abandoning Battlefield 3 or working any less hard to bring you the best expansions we can.
  • Your feedback absolutely matters. We will continue to use it to improve BF3 and to make Battlefield 4 even better from day one.
  • Official details regarding BF4 will always be on We expect there to be a lot of rumours and speculation - don't fall for it! ;)

Let me know if you guys have other concerns. Obviously, at this point there are some things that we don't know or that we're keeping under wraps.

Today's a busy day so it may take me some time to get back to you - thanks for your patience!

  • Ian

EDIT: Additional points of clarification

Continue here to read the full story.

Developer Avatars in Big Head Bash

A Spicy Horse Game Dev Update on Kongregate announces the addition of avatars representing several famed game developers to Big Head Bash, American McGee's free-to-play deathmatch game. McGee himself is one of them, along with Tim Shafer, Will Wright, Ian Livingsone, and John Romero, making this the first shooter to give the Romero a big head since Daikatana was in development (apologies John, couldn't resist). The latest update to the game also adds some new toys and weapons, and a new gameplay mode called Capture Point.

Raimi Off World of Warcraft Film

Sam Raimi will not be directing a film based on World of Warcraft, CraveOnline reported from Comic-Con last week, saying the movie will need another director now that he's signed on to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful. This seems to indicate he was officially connected with the project, but reports emerged early this year that he would not be wowing us with a WoW film. Thanks VG247 via IGN.

Hero Academy TF2 Item Details

The Hero Academy Website has new screenshots and details for the "Steam-exclusive Team Fortress 2 heroic team" coming to the game. Word is:

Robot Entertainment has released new screenshots and details that offer players a first look at the unique abilities of the upcoming Steam-exclusive Team Fortress 2 heroic team. As with all previous teams, the release of the new Team Fortress 2 team will be accompanied by TF2 avatar packs for your Hero Academy profile and a new playing field inspired by the TF2 capture-the-flag map, “Well.” In addition to the exciting new team, each of the previously released heroic expansion teams that players purchase in the Steam version of the game will unlock a unique cosmetic item in Team Fortress 2 inspired by a member of that team. Hero Academy will be available on Steam on August 8th, 2012, and is currently available on the iOS App Store.

Op Ed

IGN - Is Metacritic Ruining The Games Industry?
It also leads to some very dodgy behaviour from the publisher side of things. I’ve been told stories of PR executives working on particular games being directed to specifically target these smaller sites in the hope of raising that average score and covering up a less enthusiastic reception from the big outlets. For most people working in games marketing, Metacritic will come up during their annual review process, and a less-than-ideal average score for a game will sometimes result in a severe bollocking.

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Out of the Blue

Well, Linsanity didn't last long here in New York, as Jeremy Lin is off to Houston. The team is getting ripped in the local press, which makes no sense, as questions about his game aside, it would have been completely impractical to match the poison pill contract he signed with Houston. He had to know the Knicks couldn't sign him to a contract that would have cost them $43M in the third year thanks to the "luxury tax," so in spite of how it seems, it's not that the team didn't choose to keep him, it's that he chose to leave.

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