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The two Batman games we've been treated to over the last few years have been homeruns for Rocksteady Studios, but according to the latest investor from Time Warner, we should expect a third Batman Arkham game this year, not made by Rocksteady Studios. Time Warner's CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, John K. Martin, said:
And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.
VG247's sources have confirmed that Rocksteady Studios' hands won't be all over this one, sadly.
If you've been waiting around for the Skyrim DLC to come to PlayStation 3, your wait can finally come to an end. Over the next three weeks, Sony will be releasing one DLC pack per week. First up for release is Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC which is available for only $9.99 for the first week. After which, it will set you back $19.99.
Users will be able to pick up Hearthfire next week, so stay tuned for news about when that is released.
If you've been waiting for the new Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC on PlayStation 3, your wait will soon be over. The Revolution DLC pack is coming to PlayStation 3 users on February 28, or just over two weeks from today. The DLC is identical to the one that was released on Xbox 360 late last month.
It features four new multiplayer maps, a new Zombies map, and a new Zombies game mode. Additionally, the DLC contains the first-ever DLC-added multiplayer weapon. This new gun comes in the form of the Peacekeeper SMG and is only available in multiplayer aspects of the game.
You can find out all about the new maps on PlayStation's announcement page.
Valve are great with their daily and weekend sales, on top of their holiday sales - but now we've been introduced to some week-long sales of games. The company announced this today, and we have four games on sale at the moment - this time, for a week.
The first week-long sale begins with FlatOut, Steel Storm: Retribution, Alpha Prime and Karateka. FlatOut is 75% off at just $1.87, Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is 50% off at $2.49, Alpha Prime has 75% discount at just $1.25 and Karateka has 50% off bringing its price down to $4.99. These games will be on sale until 1pm ET on Monday, February 18.
Can you believe it, the Xbox 360 launched over seven years ago now, but how are the sales on the console doing now? Well, we're looking at over 76 million Xbox 360 consoles sold, and around 24 million Kinects sensing consumers' arms and legs on the daily.
Xbox Live has a very tidy 46 million subscribers, where Microsoft says that this number is a 15% increase year-over-year, with both free and Gold subscribers included in this number.
I think we'll see this pass 100 million before 2015, but it will slow down a little when the next-gen Xbox is launched later this year.
Crytek, the developer behind Crysis are no stranger to wanting to push free-to-play (F2P) titles, but it looks like we should expect the entire company to shift over to F2P titles in the next 3-5 years. Company CEO, Cevat Yerli told VentureBeat last week:
We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play, and out of that position, Gface and Warface were born. And at that time, we decided some other games, in some of our other studios, would head in this direction.
At the moment, F2P titles aren't anything to really write home about - sure, there are some great ones - but they don't compete with the likes of the big AAA games. Crytek on the other hand, is willing to throw big money at F2P titles, with production budgets of between $10 million and $30 million in order to help them actually compete on the AAA playing field.
With the expected launch of the PlayStation 4 just around the corner, we've turned our attention to finding out what titles will be launching with the console. If some hints and evidence is enough to go on, we should have at least some of the games that will be launching when the PlayStation 4 debuts.
For instance, several of Sony's gaming partners are starting to schedule press conferences shortly after the expected release of the PlayStation 4. This indicates that we could see launch titles from the developers behind LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm, and Killzone.
On Media Molecule's website, a new "?" page has popped up. Killzone 2 launched alongside of the PS3 in 2005 and now Video Gamer is claiming that Killzone 4 will launch alongside the PS4. MotorStorm RC's director Paul Rustchnsky is counting down the days to Sony's event on Twitter.
Other titles are sure to debut next to the PlayStation 4. What would you like to see day one?
If you've been hankering to play Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi, you now have that option available. While others might question why you're playing Minecraft on a Pi, most geeks will understand the benefit. The Minecraft: Pi Edition allows players to modify the game's code at the base level.
You can pick up the Minecraft version from Minescraft's dedicated Pi website. It's a stripped down version of the iOS and Android apps so that it can run on the lowly Pi hardware, though the team has said that they will be adding more features at a later date.
To get Minescraft: Pi Edition running, you'll need to be running Raspbian "wheezy" with XWindows. Minescraft's dedicated site has installation instructions for those who want to try it out.
The CEO of OUYA, Julie Uhrman, has promised that game approvals will be a simple and quick process. It'll be similar to the approval process that mobile apps go through when submitted to the Apple App Store and others. It'll get a quick check for infringement, malware, or other violations and will be approved if none are found.
It's similar to mobile: they'll submit their games, and we'll review for intellectual property infringement, and malware, and excessive pornography. But ultimately it's a quick review and you're in the storefront in one capacity or another.
Developers are already to be able to upload games to the store even though the review process hasn't been finalized. She expects reviews to begin by the end of this month as the ability to review games is still being built. They'll need to get this finished up quickly as the first consoles are scheduled to launch in March and they won't do much good without games to play.
If you missed out on the first beta test EA and Maxis offered up for SimCity, you're no longer out of luck. After taking into consideration the bugs and feedback they received, they have announced that they are hosting a second closed beta to test the servers. The second beta will run from Saturday February 16 6AM PST to Sunday February 17 6AM PST.
Users can submit an application on the SimCity website in hopes of being chosen for the beta. Registration for the second beta closes as of February 11 at 6AM PST. Along with the announcement of the second beta, EA has released a second trailer for the game, possibly in hopes of encouraging more users to sign up to try it out.
Hopefully all of the bugs will be worked out of the server before the launch in March. If not, we could have a repeat of the Diablo III fiasco that prevented some people from playing.