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Oh how I love when companies screw up. It really makes my job so much easier. Today's company to screw up? Well, that would be Blizzard. They accidentally posted the Diablo 3 Starter Edition for download via people's battle.net accounts. The Starter Edition is basically a demo, similar to World of Warcraft's demo.
A lucky few managed to download the game before Blizzard took battle.net down for maintenance at 8:45am EST. Obviously the 'maintenance' is removing the game that shouldn't have been posted. The lucky few have reported being able to play through part of the single player campaign without any need for a CD key.
Diablo 3 has been in development for over 10 years, so when Blizzard announced the May 15, 2012 release date, many gamers rejoiced. This slip-up by Blizzard confirms that there is indeed a Diablo 3 which should further make gamers happy. I imagine one of the lucky few who snagged the game will end up putting it on a torrent site.
It turns out that all of the rumors saying that Prey 2 has been canceled have been greatly exaggerated. While it's true that it may not make it to shelves this year like originally planned, Bethesda revealed today that they are in fact still working diligently on the game to make it top quality before releasing it.
Bethesda posted on its blog:
Development of Prey 2 has not been canceled but the game will not be released in 2012 as planned. The delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standards. Prey 2 has shown great promise and we regret disappointing our fans. We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want. We are determined only to release the AAA game that fans rightfully expect, and are unwilling to compromise our quality standards to meet a release schedule.
While it saddens Prey players, which, let's make clear, I am not, it makes me extremely happy that the company behind it would postpone it in order to release a better game. It's a tough decision to make since they need to make money. They are a company after all. But, it's better than them canceling it altogether.
A few nuggets of Diablo III news have arrived, first up the beta servers for the game will shut down on May 1st. All stats and characters will be wiped in preparation for the full launch of Diablo III on May 15th. Second, some individuals have discovered that there will be a Starter Edition of Diablo III, that was accidentally made available for download through their battle.net accounts.
Blizzard noticed this quickly, and took battle.net down for "maintenance" at 8:45am EST. Some people were lucky enough to stealth away with the download, and have reportedly been able to play through part of the single-player campaign without the need of a product key. Lucky, lucky, lucky. Those who have been bashing around within the Starter Edition report that it is indeed Diablo III, but in a "limited form".
Most of the players say that the content found within the game is similar to the Diablo III beta. All of the classes are available to play, but the user interface prompts the user to upgrade to the full version of Diablo III in order to access certain features. Now that we have a confirmed Starter Edition of Diablo III, this is beginning to make sense. StarCraft II and World of Warcraft have enjoyed Starter Editions, which allowed players to play a limited part of the game for free.
If a tweet from Spike GTTV's host, Geoff Keighley is to believed, we should expect the first glimpse of footage from the upcoming Crysis 3 to feature on the show, tomorrow night. Yes, tomorrow as in around 24 hours from now.
Crysis 3 is expected to feature Crytek's CryENGINE 3, but we don't know the exact details of the engine the game itself uses, or whether it'll be ported from the console to PC (which is what I expect). We shouldn't expect any gameplay footage, that's just my opinion, but probably some pre-rendered footage.
There's not much else to add, as this news is quite short on info, but we should expect to see something from Crysis 3 tomorrow and you can be sure we'll post it up as soon as possible!
Our Mobile App of the Day is Cut the Rope: Experiments for Android.
Cut the ropes, deliver candy to Om Nom, collect stars, and unlock new levels.
The follow-up to the award-winning mobile game Cut the Rope has arrived for Android! ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope: Experiments features the familiar and loveable little monster Om Nom who is discovered by a mad (but not bad) scientist determined to study his candy-loving behavior through a series of experiments.
Cut the ropes, release candy into Om Nom's mouth, collect shiny gold stars, and unlock new levels.
Join millions of people around the globe and help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments!
- 125 new experiments (levels) across 5 colorful new settings, with more to come!
- 5 level packs: Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps, Rocket Science, and Bath Time
- New gameplay elements like rope guns, suction cups, rockets, and water!
- New characters
- New storyline featuring commentary from the Professor
- New social integration: find hidden evidence for the Professor's photo album to share on Facebook.
- Scoreloop achievements and leaderboards - compare your progress to other rope cutters around the world!
The debut trailer for Dishonored is out, and for those of you who haven't heard about it (like me until just now) it's a new first-person stealth action game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Bethesda and Arkane Studios explain Dishonored as:
Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.
Dishonored features a creative, and flexible combat system where you can combine many supernatural abilities, as well as weapons and unusual gadgets to take our your foes. You can go after your enemies under the cover of darkness, or go head-on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each missions plays out based on the choices you make throughout the game.
Halo 4 now has a release date, Microsoft have announced that Master Chief will return with a worldwide launch beginning on November 6. Halo 4 is set four years after the events in Halo 3, with Master Chief returning to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.
Halo 4 will be the first outing in the Halo universe to be developed by a company other than Bungie, with 343 Industries taking the wheel. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios says:
We are beginning a new saga with 'Halo 4' and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of 'Halo' games and experiences. Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with 'Halo 4' leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.
That's not all. Tonight, Conan O'Brien will help celebrate this fall's launch of Halo 4 with a special segment on CONAN on TBS at 11pm PDT/10pm CDT.
Dead Space 3 is coming, and I'm quite excited about it. The series has been amazing so far and the new game enters some great new territory by the sounds of it. But, up until now, not much news has popped up about it. South African retailer BT Games has begun accepting pre-orders for the game.
EA haven't officially announced Dead Space 3 yet, but EA have talked about expanding the Dead Space series into a trilogy, with EA president Frank Gibeau commenting that the company wants to reach a broader audience with the sequel. Usually, "broader audience" means simplifying the game down and making it easier - I'm guessing with QuickTime Events (QTE), let's hope not, shall we?
BT Games, I'm sure you're thinking, wouldn't reveal something like this and be the first to do so, right? Well, previously, BT Games revealed the Jak and Daxter HD Collection, as well as Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component. BT Games also provided more evidence of God of War IV by playing pre-order boxes in stores.
In an undeniable attempt to gain more paying Xbox Live Gold customers, Microsoft will be offering it for free for five days. Commencing on Thursday, April 19, and running until Monday, April 23, users will gain access to Xbox Media Apps. Online multiplayer gaming will still be reserved for paying players only.
Additionally, partners such as Hulu Plus and Netflix will be opening the doors and offering free access at the same time. This should allow both services to compliment each other and both should gain subscribers during this event. There are a few limitations of the free access to these apps. For example, the free Netflix trial is only available to those who haven't yet used a free month's trial.
Depending on where the customer lives, they will get a varying amount of free apps during the trial. In the US, the free apps will include CinemaNow, Crackle, Dailymotion, EPIX, ESPN, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, Last.fm, MSN, Netflix, Syfy, TMZ, Today, UFC, Verizon, VEVO, Vudu, Xfinity TV, and YouTube. I'm already a subscriber, so I wonder if I can get the Hulu Plus trial for free for a month.
It seems like the creators of the eye-candy that is Crysis have caved, at least somewhat, to demands that the series return to the jungle for this third installment. Instead of returning to the jungle, they have turned New York City into 7 unique environments dubbed the "7 Wonders." From raging rivers to urban rain forest, this new game is sure to have some incredible eye-candy, that is if your computer can run it!
Due to the new environments, new weapons have been developed. Prophet, the protagonist of the series, will be equipped with a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech. An excerpt from the announcement of the game:
Players take on the role of 'Prophet' as he returns to New York, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet.
The game is set to be a cross platform release meaning that it will be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 when it releases next spring.