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Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013

Diablo III Expansion in 2014?

GamesBeat reports a rumor that Diablo III players who have been playing the same content for more than a year now will have to wait until next year for relief in the form of an expansion for the action/RPG sequel. They say this is what they have "learned," without saying where they've learned it, and that a Blizzard spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

PAC-MAN Museum Announced

NAMCO BANDAI announces plans for Pac-Man games, sending along two different press releases with contradictory information. One mentions plans to bring a newly announced TV tie-in called PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures to Steam as well as consoles, but the other does not mention a Steam version, just consoles and mobiles. There is also a patch coming to PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX called PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+, and one of the press releases also mentions this is coming to Steam this summer, though the PC edition is only currently available for Windows 8, and the other release does not mention Steam either, so there is some confusion there as well. The one thing both announcements agree on is a Steam version of a compilation called PAC-MAN Museum coming this winter. We've contacted NAMCO BANDAI for a clarification of the contradictions, and are told that all three games are definitely coming to PCs, but they are yet to further clarify the Windows 8/Steam question. In the meantime, here's word on PAC-MAN Museum:

SAN JOSE, Calif., (June 11, 2013) NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is bringing the legendary PAC-MAN® arcade gaming experience to the Americas in a sensational collection of PAC-MAN games in PAC-MAN MUSEUM. The exciting compilation is scheduled to launch in the winter 2013 as a digital download release for the Xbox 360®* games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, STEAM, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.

PAC-MAN, the yellow 80’s icon with a voracious appetite that has transcended generation upon generation of gamers, stars in this nostalgia-packed collection of games. In the game, players will need to skilfully dodge and juke troublesome ghosts while gobbling up all the pac-dots and power pellets lying in their path. PAC-MAN MUSEUM will include classic PAC-MAN titles as well as newer arcade releases, allowing gamers to play through the evolution of PAC-MAN from his humble beginnings from 1980 through 2008’s critically acclaimed PAC-MAN® Championship Edition™** and 2010’s arcade smash-hit PAC-MAN Battle Royale®.

PAC-MAN Battle Royale turns PAC-MAN’s classic pellet chomping gameplay on its head with multiplayer madness and will be available for consoles and STEAM for the very first time. The ghostly mayhem breaks out of the PAC-MAN formula and features an over-the-top experience for up to four players with each player controlling a PAC-MAN character to gobble up pellets, fruits and best of all… each other. Players will chomp their way to victory through fast-paced maze action with the constant threat of both ghosts and opposing PAC-MAN characters around every corner.

Batman: Arkham Origins Trailer

GameTrailers offers an E3 demo of Batman: Arkham Origins with a look at gameplay from the upcoming superhero prequel, and Daniel Kayser's awesome tie. The narrated clip shows off plenty of combat. Thanks GamesHQMedia.

DayZ Footage

VG247 offers a video walkthrough from E3 of the standalone version of DayZ, their upcoming zombie game based on the Arma 2 modification. The clip shows off enterable buildings, customization options, crafting, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

Moebius Trailer

Pinkerton Road offers the E3 trailer for Moebius, the upcoming third-person mystery adventure game being designed by Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen. Continue here to read the full story.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Murder Report: Microsoft's E3 Conference. Thanks Ant.

Mad Max Game Announced

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment finally announces Mad Max, officially acknowledging that Avalanche Studios is developing a new open-world, third-person action game that will put players in the leather pants and other comfy desert-wear of Mad Max, avenger of the scarred roadways and enemy to all in shoulder pads. It was reported this game would be announced at E3 2012 but something prevented that, but recent domain registrations offered indications the project was gearing up, and true to that, its release is expected next year for Windows and consoles, both next- and last-generation. The Mad Max website is online offering an announce trailer showing some Max-style mercy, and here's word:
Burbank, Calif. – June 10, 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mad Max™, a new open world, third-person action game where players become Mad Max, a lone warrior in a savage post-apocalyptic world where cars are the key to survival. The game will debut for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One® the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows® PC.

Scheduled for release in 2014, Mad Max will deliver dynamic, open-world gameplay where gamers fight to stay alive in The Wasteland, using brutal on-ground and vehicular combat against vicious gangs of bandits. Players are challenged with treacherous missions as they scavenge the dangerous landscape for supplies to build the ultimate combat vehicle.

“Mad Max places gamers directly into the driver’s seat of their ultimate customized vehicle to battle it out in the action-packed, open world of The Wasteland,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production & Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are very pleased to work with Avalanche Studios to provide a next generation gaming experience with robust fighting paired with dynamic vehicular combat."

“Over a decade of creating open world experiences has led us to this point,” said Christofer Sundberg, Avalanche Studios Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “The Wasteland lends itself incredibly well to the high level of player freedom with which Avalanche Studios has become synonymous. This unforgiving environment inspired us to create a gritty and diverse experience where driving, fighting and scavenging are essential for survival.”

Mad Max is under development by Avalanche Studios. For more information, visit, and

Star Citizen Passes $10MM in Funding

The Roberts Space Industries website shows that Star Citizen has passed the $10 million funding mark. Chris Roberts' upcoming game in the space combat genre that traditional publishers have been avoiding lately has now raised around $7.9 million on its own website in addition to more than $2.1 million raised through Kickstarter. Thanks Matt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailers

A new trailer offers a look at cinematics and gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the next installment in CD Projekt RED's RPG series. The clip celebrates the news that the game will be released on Xbox One as well as Windows with a look at features we've grown to expect from the series, including nice graphics, tactical combat, and bewbies. The also offer this new trailer, a clip shot in Scotland where writer Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz discusses the game and its background. Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warplanes Open Beta Next Month

Wargaming announces World of Warplanes will enter open beta on July 2nd, allowing players to check out their MMO aerial combat game.This trailer celebrates the news with a look at some CGI dogfighting and we also have a batch of new screenshots. Here's word on the testing and how this will also be mark the rollout of their new Unified Premium Account:
June 11, 2013 — Wargaming, the leading free-to-play developer and publisher, today announced that the company’s highly anticipated free-to-play aerial combat MMO World of Warplanes will go into open beta testing on July 2, 2013.

Dedicated to aerial combat featuring aircraft from the late 1930’s to the beginning of the Korean War, World of Warplanes pits virtual pilots against in each other intense 15 vs. 15 matches, where supremacy of the skies is dictated not only by the prowess behind the trigger, but also in teamwork and tactical cooperation. With planes from the United States, the Soviet Union, Germany and Japan, players will be able to jump into the cockpits of some of the most iconic warbirds to ever grace the skies.

The open beta phase of World of Warplanes will also see the introduction of a number of new features, including in-game tactical tips to help pilots learn the ropes of aerial combat, the implementation of crews and crew skills, access to consumables and premium ammo, a brand-new tutorial, as well as two new in-game maps.

Most excitingly, at one of its stages the open beta will also see the official launch of Wargaming’s recently announced Unified Premium Account. This new type of premium account will allow players to carry over their premium account status across Wargaming’s titles. During the open beta, pilots will receive special in-game tokens which can be redeemed for Unified Premium Account status.

“All of us at Wargaming are extremely excited to launch the open beta testing phase of World of Warplanes,” said Andrew Yarantsau, VP of Global Publishing at Wargaming. “Closed beta was a tremendous success and we’ve implemented a great deal of player feedback into the game.”

“We can’t wait for players to get the opportunity to experience our newly announced Unified Premium Account feature, which is going to provide a tremendous amount of value for our games,” added Yarantsau.

The Elder Scrolls Online in Spring; New Trailer

Bethesda offers this E3 trailer from The Elder Scrolls Online, offering a look at the upcoming MMO installment in their RPG series, celebrating the announcement that the game will go live in the spring, and will support the new console systems from Sony and Microsoft. Here's the scoop: "The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and we're celebrating with this new gameplay trailer! Three powerful alliances struggle for control of war-torn Tamriel as the Daedric Prince Molag Bal schemes to destroy it entirely. Gather your allies and get ready to join the battle for Tamriel in Spring 2014." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

With the ball sitting there on a tee for them, Sony succeeded in pleasing most observers after announcing concrete details about the PS4, and how it will be more consumer-friendly in ways that the Xbox One will not be. So with the battle for the next generation officially a win for Sony, I think it's time to turn our attention to the next-next-generation. Will the PS5 continue it's lead over the next Xbox? Will the next Xbox actually be the Xbox Two? I'm already impatient for answers!

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