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GamesCom 2011 - News is flowing through for Borderlands 2 and it's sounding like its coming along well. Details from the Borderlands 2 livestream are that it includes (new in the sequel); Splitscreen online, trading items with others in a "reasonable way".
The UI has been "nearly entirely reworked. The splitscreen skill tree is way better". There are also now "no problems with eligibility for multiplayer". Gearbox are aiming for more diversity in the environments and there will be a new game+ mode.
Gearbox also talked of "refined" vehicle controls, inclusive of power-sliding and "independent suspension", Randy Pitchford also teased they might try to support Halo-style point and go controls and direct steering, he says "as a gamer, I want both."
GamesCom 2011 - NVIDIA has hinted at GamesCom that they could be working on technology that would allow users to stream games from their PCs to other devices within the home.
Bit-Gamer talked to "an NVIDIA representative" who wouldn't offer any concrete details [of course], but did give some hefty hints towards such a device:
Imagine you're playing Crysis 2 on your PC and you're able to stream it around your home to a tablet device, which you could then plug into your TV if you wanted
GamesCom 2011 - If there's something I don't want on consoles, it's two things. Half Life (at least release it exclusively for PC, Valve, that's all you can do) and Diablo games. Well, it looks like Blizzard weren't listening to me and are now wanting to push Diablo onto consoles. Blizzard all but confirmed that it's preparing Diablo for consoles at GamesCom. Diablo 3 lead designer Josh Mosqueira said that Blizzard "is very, very serious about bringing the Diablo 3 experience to the console."
He noted that Blizzard are already assembling a team to handle the project with Josh continuing:
We're looking for programmers, designers, artists who think their dream job would be to bring Diablo to the console. Trust me, it is a dream job. All I can say is, it's going to be awesome. Stay tuned.
Gabe Newell, founder and all-round awesome sauce man at Valve has confirmed that DOTA 2 will not see the light of day until 2012 at the earliest. Right now, the only thing close to a release is an invitation-only beta that is planned to follow the GamesCom 2011 show in Cologne, Germany. Newell has been quoted saying:
We'll just go into progressively wider and wider distribution. I don't think it'll be shipped until next year. [But then] with a game like this, you just keep shipping. You add new heroes. You try out new game modes. You are constantly tweaking item and hero balance. It's very much an ongoing thing.
GamesCom 2011 - Whilst Battlefield 3 is bringing people to their knees making them beg for a quicker release date because it just looks so, bloody, awesome. Activision and Infinity Ward have had to do something to bring a little candle of light toward their behemoth franchise, Call of Duty. The next instalment, Modern Warfare 3 has now been confirmed at GamesCom 2011 to include dedicated servers.
Noah Heller, who works at Beachhead Studios on Call of Duty: Elite said to Eurogamer:
And of course we're working really hard right now on the customised version of Elite for the PC [versions of Call of Duty games], because it's an open platform and has some challenges.
Razer, the world's leading high-end precision gaming brand along with EA are smashing through some serious gaming hearts right now with the announcement of the Battlefield 3 co-branded peripherals and gear line. The Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition Peripherals line includes a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard, a Razer Imperator gaming mouse, Razer Scarab hard mouse mat and a Razer Onza Tournament Edition Xbox 360 controller.
Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President of Razer USA says:
Everyone at Razer is eager for the day Battlefield 3 launches and we're going to be right there next to every other gamer immersed in the most hardcore military game to date. And we'll be doing it with the Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition peripherals and gear line by Razer - the best hardware to complement one of the most hotly anticipated shooters of 2011.
GamesCom 2011 - This is one of those times where we don't need to give you much text. Let's just say: Battlefield 3 + jet + Mig-21.
Sony have not only had a price drop on their PS3 today, but Australian-based customers now get a taste of their new 3D display with multi-screen support, designed for the PS3 which will be available later this year for AU$699.95. The PlayStation-branded TV is a 24-inch monitor that looks like a PSP and includes two pairs of 3D glasses.
The overseas version did include a HDMI cable as well as a copy of Resistance 3 (due to land in September), but no bundle has been announced for Australia. The monitor does not include a PlayStation or an on-board tuner, in case you thought it was a PlayStation in a TV, or a usable TV. Compatibility with PCs is also unknown. So right now, it's just a waiting game!
Sony has officially cut the price on the PS3 in all markets. The 160GB system will now be $250 in the US, 250 euros in the European territories, and 24,980 yen in Japan. The new price drop is effective immediately in all territories except Japan where it'll receive the price drop on August 18. The 320GB model of the PlayStation 3 will see a drop to $300 in the US, 300 euros in the European market and 29,980 yen.
SCEA's CEO Jack Tretton says:
In addition, a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available at participating retailers across North America. The bundle retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus. Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011," Sony said in the statement. "Equipped with future proof cutting-edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine and RSX, as well as the Blu-ray disc (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation Move motion controller.
The latest trailer of Battlefield 3 shows off the 64-player PC goodness, on the Caspian Border map. It shows off a tonne of aerial combat, FPS combat and tonnes of absolutely, mind-blowing, gorgeous graphics. I had goosebumps the entire time and I think that's the first time I've had those kinds of goosebumps since the original Half Life 2 trailers/gameplay footage.