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World of Warcraft once commanded the ability to brag that it had 11 million users at its peak, but it has dropped considerably over the past three months alone by losing 800,000 subscribers. Over the past year, the MMORPG has lost a crazy 1.7 million subscribers.
WoW's seven-year anniversary is coming up, as well as Mists of Pandaria being announced, should spark some subscribers. Maybe pulling the older ones who have "retired" from World of Warcraft back into the loot and grind fest, or bring in some fresh blood. Maybe the releases of AAA titles such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are pulling the faithful users away?
What about you? Have you quit? Are you still grinding away waiting for the next expansion pack to be released into the wild? Or have you left the green pastures of the MMORPG world for some FPS action?
My readers will know I'm a lover of FPS titles, and I used to be the biggest fanboy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I loved it. I must have played hundreds and hundreds of hours of multiplayer and just never got sick of it. Today, my good friend Sean posts a link to a YouTube video on my Facebook wall titled "Infinity Ward recycles buildings on MW3 straight from COD4."
I wasn't surprised by the title, but thought I'd take a look. I thought it would just be a building that some eagle-eyed gamer has noticed... but no, it's a massive building, from my favourite COD4 map: Pipeline. The entire building is copy/pasted directly into the single-player campaign of Modern Warfare 3.
How ridiculous can this be? Is it laziness? Is this how Activision pumps out yearly releases of COD? Surely with hundreds of millions in production budgets across multiple studios with one of the biggest game-related companies in the world, could hire some extra peons to code up a map in a 1 - 2 year development cycle. Take a look for yourself, I think it's a joke, personally. Not a funny-ha-ha joke, but a slap-in-your-face, joke.
This is something that isn't surprising, but EA president Frank Gibeau has been talking about Battlefield 4. Twitter user Brandon Winfrey posted that during a keynote at the University of Southern California, where Gibeau reportedly said "There is going to be a Battlefield 4."
This is pretty obvious considering the success the Battlefield franchise has had, and just how amazing Battlefield 3 has been. When Gibeau was asked about the statement, a rep for EA told IGN the following:
Frank was speaking broadly about the Battlefield brand - a brand that EA is deeply passionate about and a fan community that EA is committed to.
L.A. Noire has enjoyed high praise on the console, but now its time for the PC to get some of that 40s-themed goodness. L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition has either launched, or will launch within the next day or so (depending on region) and includes a bunch of additions and highlights over the console counterpart.
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition includes all previously released DLC for the console versions (including additional outfits, weapons, and cases such as "Nicholson Electroplating", "Reefer Madness", "Naked City", "Slip of the Tongue", "Consul's Car" and more) and makes them available to players from the start.
New for the PC version is, support for NVIDIA's 3D Vision, enhanced resolutions and graphical performance, keyboard mapping and gamepad support. You can grab it from the Steam Store.
One of the current "it really pisses me off" problems in Battlefield 3 is in regard to the tactical light you can spec up on your soldier. There have been many complaints about this and DICE have promised a change will be coming in Battlefield 3's next patch.
In order to show the problem to people, DICE's Alan Kertz has posted three screenshots on his Twitter account. In the first one, the game is shown with no tactical lighting as a point of reference. The second shot is with the current implementation of tactical lighting and the final shot is what players will see after the upcoming patch.
Ah, RumorTT time, and today we have some news of the next-generation [gaming] console from Microsoft. Why did I put [gaming] in and not the actual word? Well, it might not be a hardcore gaming console after all. The Xbox 720 as its most commonly referred to, is reportedly codenamed "Loop".
Loop is said to be much smaller than the Xbox 360, will reportedly cost less to produce in the hopes of achieving higher Kinect adoption according to Microsoft leak blogger MS Nerd. The next-generation Xbox is also said to be based on a modified version of the yet-to-be-announced Windows 9.
Yep! Windows 9! MS Nerd also said that:
It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform-a 'main' processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture.
It's official, Skyrim has gone gold today, with the game only due on Friday. Bethesda's latest and greatest hack-and-slash you-can-do-it-all title might actually hit store shelves a little early depending on where you're based and what version you purchased.
If you pre-ordered through Steam, it is set to unlock on 11/10/11 instead of the advertised 11/11/11 date. Pre-loading isn't available at the moment, but it shouldn't be too far behind since its gone GOLD today! Wow, how time has flown.
We had Deus Ex: Human Revolution a few months ago, Battlefield 3 a few weeks ago, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out today and now the news of Skyrim going Gold
Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution has sailed past 2.18 million copies sold, as found out from their financial figures as part of their bi-annual financial report. It revealed a year-on-year fall in net sales of 15-percent between April and September.
Net profile for the same period was up by 115-percent to approximately £30 million, with one of those titles contributed quite a bit to it, DX:HR. The vast majority of those 2.18 million copies sold were in Europe, surprisingly.
Dungeon Siege 3 sales you ask? They're only at 820,000 units. How about Minecraft? Minecraft has an impressive 4 million sales, despite the game not even fully released yet and only in a playable beta state. It goes on sale later this month, though.
A fresh video of Hitman Absolution has been uploaded complete with Director's Commentary from Game Director Tore Blystad and Gameplay Director Christian Elverdam.
The near 17 minute long video gives a behind the scenes rundown of the upcoming fifth entry in the Hitman game series which runs on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine.
Join Game Director Tore Blystad and Gameplay Director Christian Elverdam as they take you behind-the-scenes of the award-winning Hitman: Absolution, with a 17 minute commentary version of "Run For Your Life" playthrough. Learn first-hand what it takes to create a living and breathing world, gain new insight into the creation and ambition for the game and get a taste of what players can expect when they enter the mindset of the original assassin: Agent 47.
The game is due for release in 2012. A definitive date for its launch has not yet been made official.
Kmart have let a copy of Modern Warfare 3 slip off the shelves, and four days before its released, sold on eBay for an astonishing $1,725. Of course the buyer is anonymous, but there is one [lucky?] person out there who happened to value a leaked copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $1,725.
$1,725. That number is huge. Especially for an Xbox 360 copy, consider this; you could buy a full HD TV, Xbox 360 console and a handful of games for that kind of money. But, to a diehard fan, or someone who just wants it before everyone else (COD-peen?), then it would be invaluable to that person.
The problem with this? It takes three-to-four days for the game to be shipped as on the eBay delivery status it clearly states "Delivery: Estimated within 3-4 business days". Can you imagine how your heart would feel if it stopped beating for a second? That's what this person would feel when they realised they'd be waiting to pretty much on the day of proper release of MW3, and they'd get their copy. But, at $1,725.