Welcome back to another edition of Hot Topics!
It was a rather low-key week. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is all but confirmed at this point as leaks from retailers have indicated the sequel will be released this November. While game news was lackluster, game industry news was at the forefront this week. Nintendo posted the first loss in company history, EA may be getting bought, and Activision’s parent company is considering a major reorganization.
General Gaming News
Well the cat’s pretty much out of the bag at this point: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be the next Call of Duty title and will be launched on November 13, 2012. It’s a little fitting that a patriotic game such as Call of Duty will be released the week after Election Day, unlike Halo 4 (Way to ensure the young voters won’t show up at the ballot box, Microsoft).
The latest patch for Skyrim contains information that hints at future DLC, including Snow Elves and crossbows.
Cryptic Studios issued a statement the other day regarding a security breach. The MMO developer was hacked back in December 2010 but only recently discovered the breach.
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One of the gaming industry’s titans could be up for sale: Nexon, a South Korean free-to-play developer and publisher, may be looking to buy Electronic Arts.
Sony’s been in the news quite a bit of late for its financial struggles, but it’s not the only gaming giant to have difficulties. For the first time in its history, Nintendo posted a loss. The company lost $530 million in the 2011 fiscal year.
Vivendi, parent company of Activision Blizzard, is reportedly contemplating a major restructuring. According to Bloomberg, the company is thinking of splitting into two parts, with one part including Activision Blizzard.
TimeSplitters 4 is not in development.
Microsoft — Xbox 360
Microsoft has a new music service, code-named “Woodstock”, and it will make its public debut at this year’s E3.
Good news for Trials Evolution fans: the track ranking bug has been fixed.
Well this is kinda odd: the sequel to Kinect Joy Ride will not require the Kinect.
Sony — PS3 & Vita
Sorry armchair football GMs: Madden NFL ‘13 won’t have franchise mode on the Vita version, so you won’t be able to control your PS3 franchise on your Vita.
Looking for a new game for your Vita? Then check out StarDrone Extreme. The game received a favorable review from IGN, earning a score of 7.5 and a “Good” rating.
If you are looking to get more out of your Vita, then you may want to take a gander at the Nyko Speaker Stand. The stand provides stereo sound while also doubling as a charger for the handheld.
Last week, we mentioned that BioWare, EA, and Sony were in talks to bring Operations to the PS3. Well whatever the holdup was, it has been resolved. All future operations will be available to PS3 Mass Effect players.
Nintendo — Wii U, Wii, & 3DS
Wii U will not be fully revealed at E3; Nintendo is keeping some things quiet such as pricing and the exact launch date.
It is highly unlikely that Crysis 3 will be available on the Wii U.
Changes are in store for Super Smash Bros.
A leaked Rayman Legends trailer offers a glimpse of the Wii U in action, so check it out and see how the new console is measuring up.
The latest firmware update for the 3DS is now live, and if you need some help in learning how to create and label folders, check out this helpful article.
Want a purple 3DS? A Sam’s Club listing shows a Midnight Purple 3DS but no other details, leading to speculation that a purple model is in the works. However, nothing official has been released by Nintendo, so take it with a grain of salt.
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Portal 2 for the PC is getting some new DLC. The Perpetual Testing Initiative pack will be released on May 8 for PC and Mac users. No word on when, or if, console users will get the new content.
Fans of League of Legends have long-clamored for a spectator mode, and they are finally getting their wish: the mode will arrive with the next patch, slated for May 1.
The Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection pack that is already available to console users will come out for PCs on May 8.
Risen 2: Dark Waters could have been better.
On the other hand, the point-and-click adventure game Botanicula earned a rave review.
free-to-play, browser-based Silent Hunter Online.
The Aquanos DLC expansion for Dungeon Defenders is now available via Steam for $4 and will be made available to PSN users on May 15. No date has been announced for Xbox Live Arcade availability.
Game Releases for the Week of April 29-May 5
- Sniper Elite V2 (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Mortal Kombat (Vita)
- Tera Online (PC)