Big news this week as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the worst-kept secret in gaming, was finally officially revealed. Set about a decade in the future, the latest installment of the popular Call of Duty franchise will hit store shelves this November.
Other than that, it was a relatively quiet week for gaming news. Some rumors regarding a big company purchase turned out to be inaccurate, new Halo 4 details emerged, Xbox Skyrim players will see some new stuff this summer, and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto said some things that are likely to raise the ire of Vita fans.
General Gaming News
Well the big news this past week was the official reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which will be released on November 13, 2012. Most of the game is set in 2025, and it sounds like developer Treyarch is making some radical changes, like an RTS component and different story paths, to the standard Call of Duty formula. Zombies will be back. Pre-orders for Black Ops 2 are already higher than both Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3.
Sick of Call of Duty and shooters in general? Well then maybe you’ll want to check out this game. It’s about as far from shooters as you can possibly get.
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Here’s an interesting article, courtesy of IGN. There has been speculation that Microsoft is going to release an Xbox 360 bundle priced at $99, an astonishingly low price. The catch is that it comes with a $15 per month subscription to Xbox Live. That has led analysts to wonder if it’s a precursor to Microsoft adopting a cell phone-like strategy for the next Xbox console. Many smart phones cost hundreds of dollars by themselves, but you can get them for a significantly cheaper price if you sign up for a multi-year plan. Could next-gen consoles adopt a similar strategy? Would you want them to do so?
There had been rumors circulating that South Korean publisher Nexon was pursuing a possible purchase of EA. Bloomberg, a financial publication and origin of the rumors, has now debunked them. Turns out, those discussions revolved around FIFA Online 2 being distributed in South Korea.
Harley Quinn’s Revenge, DLC for Batman: Arkham City, will arrive on May 29.
With Ghost Recon Future soldier set to arrive in a few weeks, Ubisoft is ramping up the marketing campaign with Ghost Recon Alpha, a 25-minute prequel film that will release the same day and be available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Struggling gaming companies have been making the news lately, and here’s one more to add to the list: THQ. The company won’t have a booth at E3 this year due to financial woes.
Microsoft — Xbox 360
According to sources, the next Xbox is already being manufactured. Before you get too excited, the consoles being made are likely just development kits and not the final retail version.
Bethesda has officially revealed the upcoming DLC for Skyrim. Titled “Dawnguard”, the new content will make an appearance at E3 and be available on Xbox 360 sometime this summer.
Some new Halo 4 details emerged this week. The good news? Master Chief is getting a railgun. The bad news? He is no longer ambidextrous; dual-wielding will not be in the game.
I’m pretty sure this will void the warranty on your Xbox.
Sony — PS3 & Vita
Bad news, Twisted Metal fans: the game likely will not be receiving any DLC.
Them’s fightin’ words, Vita fans: Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Donkey Kong and Mario, said that the Vita isn’t a strong product.
Maybe Miyamoto made his comments before playing Mortal Kombat on the Vita? The game received an 8.5 from IGN, garnering a “Great” rating. Check out the full review here.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a Super Smash Bros.-esque brawler, has been getting plenty of good buzz, and the news just keeps getting better: there is a possibility that the game might make its way over to the Vita.
Nintendo — Wii U, Wii, & 3DS
Now this is a worthy cause: a man named Michael Inglis has started a campaign to get an official Legend of Zelda Lego set created.
Here’s a game to keep an eye on: Pokemon Conquest. The game is a crossover between Pokemon and the strategy RPG franchise Nobunaga’s Ambition.
The Elder Scrolls series is getting the MMO treatment. ZeniMax Online Studios has officially announced The Elder Scrolls Online. The game is set to be released next year.
PC players of Valve’s beloved Portal 2 will be able to download the Perpetual Testing Initiative this Tuesday. The new DLC allows players to create their own puzzles and share them via the Steam Workshop.
Game Releases for the Week of May 6-May 12
- Starhawk (PS3)