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Just when we thought Call of Duty: Ghosts wouldn't be coming to the Nintendo Wii U, we wake up to yet another day, and yet another surprise. Activision have come out to announce the news, where they say:
Call of Duty: Ghosts - Featuring an all-new world, story, characters and experiences, all powered by a new engine, Call of Duty: Ghosts is a stunning leap forward for the blockbuster franchise. For the first time in Call of Duty, gamers play as the underdog, fighting as part of a single squad against an enemy that has superior numbers and firepower. Call of Duty: Ghosts' genre-defining multiplayer delivers gameplay innovations throughout, including dynamic map events, character customisation and other features yet-to-be-announced. The title includes Wii Remote and second-screen Wii U™ GamePad support and more. Call of Duty: Ghosts is scheduled for release on November 5, on Wii U and is not yet rated by the ESRB.
In a day that seems to be all about Google, the company has released yet another new and exciting product. Google has just launched a new Android app named Google Play Games, which will serve as a central location for social gaming as well as game and content discovery. We first heard mention of this new app at Google I/O but details were a bit scarce and we almost forgot all about it.
The new app aggregates all of your installed games into a single location where you can see earned achievements, multiplayer engagements, and a list of frequent opponents and public leaderboards. The app is very similar to Apple's Game Center, which has been around for almost 3 years now. Unlike the Game Center which uses your Apple ID for identification, Play Games requires a connection through Google to update your account with new achievements and data.
EA and DICE pass 4 million Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers, Origin now features over 50 million users
EA have come out with a little bit of bragging today, where they are celebrating two things. First, their Battlefield 3 Premium service nwo features over four million subscribers.
Secondly, Origin boats over 50 million users, which is a huge milestone in such a short amount of time. Rewinding the clock back to January, Battlefield 3 Premium only had 2.9 million subscribers, so they've gained over 1 million subscribers in just 6 months time. Back in October of 2012, Origin had just 30 million users, which is a huge increase of 20 million users in a little under a year.
Considering Origin launched in June 2011, it has only taken two years to amass 50 million users.
There are countless expansion packs for The Sims, but get ready for yet another one. The Sims 3 will soon enjoy another expansion pack that will introduce the future into the game, called "Into the Future".
Into the Future will have your sims going into the next century, where hoverboards, jetpacks and food synthesizers are all part of the game. Current-time Sims can also "meet their descendants", which is a very cool feature. This feature will also open the door to huge time paradox scenarios - something I'm looking forward to hearing about.
EA didn't stop there, as they also announced Sims 3 Movie Stuff pack, which adds "Western, Comic Book Blockbuster and Creepy Features" props into your hands. Both expansions are coming soon.
Xbox Live service experiencing ongoing outage, down for some Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone subscribers
Microsoft appears to be having issues today with its Xbox Live service. The company says that some members are currently unable to sign in to their Xbox Live accounts and they have a team engaged with fixing the issue. When visiting the current status page, users are prompted with a notice that says the outages is affecting Games for Windows Live, Windows 8, Windows Phone, the Xbox 360, and Xbox.com.
After trying to sign into my Xbox Live Account, I was greeted with an error, and also experienced a similar error when trying to connect to Xbox Live via a Games for Windows Live game. Microsoft says that those who are trying to post or view messages on Xbox.com may experience issues as well. Additionally, some 360 owners are currently unable to watch video content or listen to streaming music from their consoles.
Today, EA Sports released an extended version of the trailer it showed off at E3 for its upcoming game Need for Speed Rivals. The new trailer is one minute and 45 seconds long, which is about a minute longer than the original version, and places a lot of emphasis on the cops-versus-racers aspect of the game. Unlike previous Need for Speed games, players can now choose to play as a racer or as a cop when stepping behind the wheel of a new vehicle.
The trailer shows that the game will be sent in an entirely open environment, which will allow players to make the most of their high powered vehicles. Additionally, a series of difficult challenges will be presented for the player to complete, which will add collectible items to their inventory. Throughout the game players must maintain a healthy rivalry with the law in order to earn more street cred.
During an interview with the developers behind Dead Rising 3, we have found out a few more details on the game itself. The video is called "Zombie Apocalypse Evolved", and has three of Dead Rising's creators talking about the game's new features and creatures. Check it out, below.
Dead Rising 3's Producer, Mike Jones, has teased us all by stating that Dead Rising 3 is bigger than both predecessors combined "multiple times over", which means the game is going to be absolutely gigantic. There's new zombies, which will arrive in the form of cops, prisoners and football players, who will all be smarter and more dangerous than previous Dead Rising zombies.
Jones teases "every zombie is a snowflake". Dead Rising 3 is an Xbox One exclusive, and will make great use of the next-gen Kinect sensor, which will make audio in the game a huge factor. Executive Producer and Creative Lead, Josh Bridge, explained that DR3 gamers can distract zombies by yelling at them through the Kinect sensor.
I have fond memories of the first Homeworld game, with its incredible graphics and space setting, but now the first two Homeworld games are being remade in HD, thanks to Gearbox Software.
Gearbox will be releasing the HD-capable Homeworld and Homeworld 2 on Steam, which is a nice bonus to the digital gaming world we now live in. There's no word on Homeworld: Cataclysm, but we could see this receive a HD makeover, too. What are your thoughts on the original two Homeworld games arriving in HD? With Gearbox behind it, does it give you faith, or are you scared of what they might do to it?
PAX Australia 2013 - Walking the huge expo hall of PAX Australia, I stumbled across Popcultcha, who had some truly amazing works of art on display. Most of them were purchasable, even though they were quite pricey.
The entire two days I walked the halls, it was packed inside and out of the Popcultcha booth. People were oohing and aahing over most of what was on display and we captured some shots of some of the goodies on display and sale. If only I had a few spare thousand dollars and didn't mind mailing it back to myself because I'd be over my baggage limit with my airline. More pictures in the gallery below, too.
PAX Australia 2013 - Flashback is a game that I poured countless hours into as a kid, so when I walked past and saw Flashback, I had a double take. I didn't even know this was in existence, but it is now known to me that a remake of Flashback is coming soon.
The HD remake arrives on XBLA on August 21, and includes the original game. It's said to be arriving on both the PlayStation 3 and PC, but at a later date. We have a video above that you can check out, it's not the most exciting game, but for fans of the original like myself, this will be a must have purchase when it arrives.