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We all know Sony is working on their next-generation console, the PlayStation 4. They may deny it, not talk about it, or completely refuse to even acknowledge its existence, but we're not fools. According to a Forbes article, an ex-AMD employee says that Sony are working on an "as-yet-announced new gaming consoles", and AMD might play a key role in the product.
AMD already have their goodies in the Xbox 360, and are also the GPU providers for the upcoming next-generation Xbox, as well as the Nintendo Wii U. So far, and not surprisingly, AMD have declined to comment, and so has Sony's Chief Transformation Officer George Bailey declined to firstly, talk about it, and secondly, even acknowledge its presence.
We do have a very small nugget of information here: at AMD's analyst day last month, AMD's Chief Financial Officer Thomas Seifert said that gaming will be one of the "several trends" that will drive revenue growth at AMD in 2012.
France's Amazon.com marketplace has listed something that should please Xbox fans, a 10th Anniversary Bundle for the Xbox 360, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary (although it missed it by a few months) of the original Xbox's launch.
The new bundle includes digital versions of three full games, with those games being Halo: Reach, Gears of War 2 and Fable 3. Not too shabby. A disc copy of Halo: Anniversary is also included, as well as a three-month Gold subscription to Xbox Live and two wireless controllers. It costs 280, and if it hits the US, we should expect it to retail for a little less than $400.
According to Amazon France, the new 10th Anniversary Bundle for the Xbox 360 will be made available in Europe on March 9th.
Our Mobile App of the Day is Cut the Rope: Experiments for iOS.
What on earth is Om Nom?! That's what millions of fans of the widely acclaimed game, Cut the Rope, have been asking about the cute little monster who eats candy like its his job!
That same question has a mad (but not bad) scientist studying the little creature that mysteriously arrived outside his house. Intrigued by Om Nom's insatiable appetite for sweets, the Professor puts him through a series of experiments in this all-new game, a follow-up to one of the most original and fun-filled games on the App Store.
A NEW TWIST ON THE FAMILIAR AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY
Cut the Rope: Experiments combines the same rope-cutting and monster-feeding action that millions of people around the globe have come to love, with new features and gameplay elements including Rope Shooters and Suction-cups. Can you help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments?
- 125 new experiments (levels) across 5 colorful new settings, with more to come!
- New musical tracks, sounds and Om Nom animations
According to a Develop source, the famous World of Warcraft developer, Blizzard Entertainment, are expecting their next major release to be a free-to-play model. Blizzard are said to be developing the game, which is an upcoming, but unannounced game.
After eight years of phenomenal success with World of Warcraft, Blizzard are said to be expanding their business opportunities, and create both subscription and freemium titles. No other details are known of the game, apart from the potential free-to-play business model. Blizzard are currently working on "Project Titan" as well as polishing the soon-to-be-released Diablo III.
I'm sure we'll get some information on it soon enough, but knowing Blizzard it could be years before we actually see the product. It'll be an exciting time for the company, as it'll mark a huge change in the way they gain customers and interact with them, if the free-to-play game succeeds.
Oh, Max Payne, I love you. Rockstar have just teased us all with the first ever screenshots of the PC version of Max Payne 3. Rockstar have also teased that the PC version will have:
Gloriously increased resolution and graphical detail in both the epic story and the explosive multiplayer modes.
Rockstar also says we should also:
Stay tuned for more detailed information including special graphics hardware support and enhancements - as well as system specs to be announced a bit closer to game release.
You know what, Rockstar? Don't tease us with these not-in-game screenshots on the PC, how about you show us some high-res, 1080p 60fps footage, with the AA cranked and all. Show us what the PC version can do. Also, don't just make this a console-to-PC port, like I know will happen. I have high hopes for this game, as it's one of the only games I want for 2012. If the world ends this year, I want one of my last gaming memories to be Max Payne 3.
Blizzard tells gamers to thinking about how awesome Diablo III will be, compares it to crappy M. Night Shyamalan movies
[UPDATE] I've received an e-mail from a reader who has pointed me to a post by Blizzard Community Manager "Daxxarri", where he has a pretty big message that goes against the post below. He says that the game is in good shape, and that he thinks we will love Diablo III when it is released. He also adds that they want you/us/everyone to have high expectations of not only Diablo III, but all Blizzard-produced games. He also adds that if Diablo III wasn't a worthy instalment in the Diablo III series, they wouldn't bother releasing it, adding that that's the way they've always done it.
Take a look at the post here, which should calm not only my nerves, but your nerves, too. Thanks for the heads up, Andrew!
I've felt this for quite some time now, it started at about the time Blizzard were rumored to be working on Diablo III for consoles, but now they're actually coming out and saying that people should actually lower their expectations for Diablo III. Say. What!!!
The Penny Arcade Report has a pretty juicy review with gaming development god himself, Gabe Newell. In the interview, we don't find out the most importan news to man-kind: the release date of Half-Life 3, but we do find out that Gabe says Valve don'e want to get into the cycle of constantly developing sequels.
Even though that's all they do: Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter Strike: Source/Global Offensive, Half-Life 2 (and the Episodes), and more. Gabe also talks about DRM, and says that rather than telling game developers what they can and can't do with their anti-piracy techniques, Newell prefers to show them actual data.
Recently I was in a meeting and there's a company that had a third party DRM solution and we showed them look, this is what happens, at this point in your life cycle your DRM got hacked, right? Now let's look at the data, did your sales change at all? No, your sales didn't change one bit. Right? So here's before and after, here's where you have DRM that annoys your customers and causing huge numbers of support calls and in theory you would think that you would see a huge drop off in sales after that got hacked, and instead there was absolutely no difference in sales before or after. You know, and then we tell them you actually probably lost a whole bunch of sales as near as we can tell, here's how much money you lost by bundling that with your product.
I thoroughly enjoyed the original Borderlands, but to tell you the truth, I wasn't too excited about Borderlands 2. Until now. 2K Games and Gearbox Software just have announced the official launch date of Borderlands 2: September 18th, 2012. The game will be released internationally three days later on September 21st.
On top of the announcement of the game's release, is a brand new, three-minute trailer which asks you a very important question: are you ready to joy puke your face off.
Borderlands 2 kicks off a new era of Shoot and Loot on September 18th in the US and September 21st Internationally!
Pre-order the game and gain access to the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club which allows you to download awesome in-game items. To find out more on how to pre-order please visit http://www.borderlands2.com/preorder.
Our Mobile App of the Day is ARMED! for Windows Phone 7.
ARMED! is a sci-fi turn-based multiplayer strategy game for Windows Phone created by indie studio, Sickhead Games. Part RTS, part tabletop strategy, ARMED! puts you in command of a fleet of futuristic tanks, turrets, and robots with one goal: infiltrate enemy territory, crush their forces, and destroy their headquarters. Play ranked head-to-head games against online opponents, challenge your friends to a correspondence game, or battle the AI in single player mode.
Five maps with unique artwork and tactical terrain features.
12 offensive and defensive units to command into battle.
Over 50 unit upgrades and special attacks to help turn the tide.
Simultaneous turn online multiplayer with ratings and matchmaking.
Play custom correspondence matches against friends.
Step by step tutorial that gets you right into the game.
Tile updates with turn notifications.
Track your rankings on the real time leaderboards.
Scoreloop integration with photo profiles.
Ad supported trial with free online multiplayer.
Go ahead... get ARMED!
CCP Games, the boys and girls behind the MMORPG that is EVE Online, have stated that they cleared more than $66 in revenue last year. EVE Online launched in 2003, with its subscriber base increasing each year, to its current total of 400,000.
Revenue has grown just as much, at a compound annual growth rate of 53-percent, bringing in a total revenue of $300 million over the game's lifetime. Profit-wise, CCP would only say that it has "very healthy margins". CCP has been experimenting with something that gets close to a free-to-play model, where it allows EVE Online's rich subscribers to essentially pay for others to play, in exchange for virtual currency, something that is used by more than 40,000 people.