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Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers hit by attack aiming to overload back-end infrastructure

Players of Battlefield 3 might have noticed some outages earlier today. EA has confirmed that the Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers were under an attack "aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure." EA has not confirmed whether or not the attack has ended or who the responsible party is.

 

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Upon logging into Battlelog, users are presented the following message: "The current BF3 and Battlelog outages are a result of activity that appears to be aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure. We will provide up to date information on our official channels, including the Battlefield Twitter account. Thanks for your patience!"

 

Let us know if you experienced any trouble logging into or playing Battlefield 3 or using the Battelog system.

Bethesda announces Wolfenstein: The New Order

Bethesda announced a new Wolfenstein game that has been completely re-imagined. Along with the announcement, Bethesda released a trailer for the upcoming game. We've embedded the trailer below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

The new game will see players in control of B.J. Blazkowicz, an American war hero, in an alternative world where the Nazis came out on top in World War II. The game is set in the 1960's and will require players to take the fight to the Nazis via an impossible counter-offensive.

 

The game is slated to launch in the fourth quarter on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and next-gen consoles. If we see the game at E3, we'll be sure to go hands-on.

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Say hello to 12 new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots

Rockstar Games has released no less than twelve new screenshots from the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game. The graphics are really impressive, to say the least, and the new screenshots display a multitude of scenes ranging from gorgeous sunsets to high-speed chases. Take a look at one that has both:

 

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I've never been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, but I'm starting to change my mind. The more I see of GTA V, the more I think its a first-day purchase for myself. What are your thoughts on the graphics? See the rest of the screenshots at the source link or in the gallery below.

Xbox to be in attendance of Gamescom with 'next chapter of Xbox gaming experiences'

Microsoft is really making a push for the next-gen Xbox. Likely trying to win back support after being second to the unveiling party, Xbox's social media marketing manager tweeted that Xbox would make a return to Gamescom at the 2013 event this summer.

 

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My hopes are that Microsoft will get all of the details out in the open at their May 21 event, though it's starting to seem like we'll get bits and pieces of information at each of the three events. The tweet reads: "Xbox will be back at gamescom this August. 'Next chapter of Xbox gaming experience' on show. Can't wait, LOVE gamescom."

 

We will, of course, provide our readers the full details of Xbox's Gamescom 2013 event.

RumorTT: Xbox 720 actually called Xbox Infinity

A new rumor has surfaced that says the next Microsoft Xbox will be called the Xbox Infinity. For the past several months, we, along with most, have been calling the next-gen Xbox the Xbox 720. If this rumor proves to be true, it would be the second time Microsoft has changed its naming scheme.

 

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The above logo leaked out on Reddit and is said to be the logo for the upcoming Xbox. We will hopefully know if Infinity is the new Xbox name on May 21 when Microsoft hosts its Xbox event in Redmond. If not then, we should find out at Microsoft's E3 event taking place June 10.

Grand Theft Auto V teased on PC again, listed on German gaming retailers website

Grand Theft Auto V has been announced for consoles, but PC gamers have been left to the side with this game, or have they? We've heard the rumors before, but now there's a German retail that is listing the PC version of GTA V.

 

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This could be a simple error, but both Amazon Germany and GamesOnly.at have listed the PC version of GTA V, with the latter actually displaying the Games for Windows box art for GTA V. GamesOnly.at has also listed the Special Edition of GTA V, but has been removed, someone on NeoGaf pulled the details, which should see the GTA V: Special Edition include:

  • SteelBook with exclusive artwork
  • World map
  • Stunt planes challenges
  • Online store concessions
  • Bonus outfits
  • Bonus tattoos
  • Special abilities booster
  • Exclusive weapons

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch in July

I remember loading up Plants vs. Zombies on my first-gen iPad and dumping countless hours into it, never seeing a sequel for years to come. Well, those years have passed, and now PopCap have announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch in July.

 

 

PopCap hasn't announced which platforms Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch on, but I'm expecting it to hit all major platforms simultaneously - Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and more. There's not much information available on PvZ 2 just yet, but at least we know when to prepare ourselves for the sequel.

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EA gets exclusive rights to develop 'Star Wars' games

In a move that will likely upset numerous Star Wars fans, Disney has entered into an exclusive, multi-year deal with Elextronic Arts. The deal provides EA exclusive rights to develop future Star Wars games based upon the franchise Disney acquired from LucasFilms for over $4 billion.

 

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According to EA's Frank Gibeau, all of EA's future games will be "entirely original." They will feature new stories and gameplay, though they may occasionally borrow from the films Disney is working on. DICE, Visceral, and BioWare will be the game developers behind these new games.

 

Gibeau said that all future Star Wars games would be based upon the Frostbtie 3 engine, which will be powering Battlefield 4. Disney has retained the rights to publish titles in the "mobile, social, tablet, and online game categories."

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GameStop ends PlayStation 2 trade-ins as of June 1, used stock to be sold 'for several months'

If you still want to trade-in your aging PlayStation 2 game console, now would be the time to do it. Ahead of the PlayStation 4 launch, GameStop has confirmed that they will stop accepting PlayStation 2 games, accessories, or consoles for trade-in. The hard deadline is June 1, so you better get all your old gaming equipment to GameStop soon.

 

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We can confirm that as of June 1st we will no longer be accepting the PS2 console or its related product for trades. We know that the 12 year old system is a popular one and for many gamers, GameStop is the only place to find a great selection of its games. We will still offer a wide selection of the PS2 hardware, accessories and games in many of our stores and online for several months, based on remaining stock from trades.

 

We are very excited about the upcoming PS4 and are making room in our stores for it and other new platforms expected this fall.

 

PlayStation 2 sales will end, according to the spokesperson's statement, several months after June 1. I imagine they'll keep selling PlayStation 2 equipment up until they are completely depleted of stock.

 

Sony is expected to release the PlayStation 4 in time for the holiday season, most likely delivering the product to market sometime in November. GameStop wants to be clear of its older PlayStation 2 gear in order to make room for the new games and accessories that will launch alongside the PlayStation 4.

EA's The Sims 4 is coming to Mac and PC in 2014

The Sims is a pretty popular game and EA has just announced that it will be getting another installment. The Sims 4 will be released sometime in 2014 on both Windows and Mac computers. Details regarding the new game are rather scarce, though now that it has been announced, we should start to hear more.

 

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We do know that EA is planning to go back to the series' "roots." There is also word that The Sims 4 will feature an extensive offline single-player experience, likely due to some of the backlash from the recently released SimCity. If you'll recall, SimCity launched with always-on DRM and suffered many launch issues.

 

EA and Maxis teased that the Sims' eyes would play a big roll in The Sims 4. They released the above image along with an FAQ entry that says, "They say that the eyes are the window into the soul. Let's just say that these eyes are a window into the future of The Sims 4."

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