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Team Fortress 2 went free-to-play last year, and with the game to never really stop gaining momentum, the TF2 team have kind of announced their working on something "brand new" for 2012. They can't say what it is, but it's said to be "really cool."
We should also expect the last "Meet the Team" short, where this year, Valve finally unleash the Pyro story. What to expect from that? We don't know, but in Valve fashion, it should be pretty epic. Finally, there's also The Second Annual Saxxy Awards, with this years awards being bigger and better, due to the imminent unveiling of another secret.
What do you expect from Team Fortress 2? Maybe an announcement of a new game mode? The announcement has to be contained within TF2, in my opinion. I wouldn't mind seeing a next-generation Source engine with Half-Life 3, as well as sequels/huge upgrades to their famous games such as TF2, Left 4 Dead, etc.
BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has enjoyed some decent launch numbers, and now its time to find out just how many subscribers the reportedly $200 million MMO has.
Since launching in December last year, SW:TOR has sold over 2 million copies, and now has a very nice 1.7 million subscribers. Compared to World of Warcraft's launch, this is nearly twice as strong for launch numbers. But, we all know WoW has really taken off since then, it's latest expansion, Cataclysm sold more than 3.3 million copies in just 24 hours.
EA CEO John Riccitiello has said:
Star Wars: The Old Republic is developing a committed community of players with more than 1.7 million active subscribers and growing.
We reported about the Half-Life 2 protest that was going on over the weekend, so that Valve would hopefully take notice, step up and release some information on Half-Life 3. How did this go?
Well, Half-Life 2's numbers went from the 3000-mark, to over 13,000 during the protest. This pushed Half-Life 2 into the top 20, and just short of the top 10. At its peak, it sat at number 11. Very nice for a protest.
Of course, 30,000+ members were touted to take part in this protest. The organiser has said:
I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today. We're nowhere near done - in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities; this was only our first attempt, and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone.
GFACE launched back in 2007, and until now it has been in "MAXIMUM STEALTH" mode. GFACE has been formed as a separate company headed by Crytek chief, Cevat Yerli. GFACE is designed to offer gamers a social networking site where they can communicate, collaborate, and play. GFACE's motto? 'Play. Together. Live.'
GFACE doesn't really bring anything new to the table, and it has some seriously hard competition in the form of Facebook, Google+, Steam, etc. Members do have the ability to view ongoing games live within their browser, all while they chat in both voice and text modes.
GFACE will be a freemium business model, where the core functionality of the new social networking service to remain free.
Yerli has explained in a statement:
GFACE enables its users to discover and experience entertainment together in real time. "Play. Together. Live" encompasses our mission to re-imagine the way we play, the way we interact with each other - live in an entirely new way. We want everybody to play everywhere for free
THQ are going through some rough times, and those tough times are now pushing back to sequel to Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light. The game has been pushed back to an early-2013 release.
Developer, 4A games has said in a statement:
[The release] may be a little later than you were expecting, but trust us - the wait will be worth it! You'll be hearing a lot more about Metro: Last Light closer to E3, so please be patient. We can't wait to show you what we've been up to.
Are you mad? It would've been nice to have a Metro game this year, but waiting until next year might anger some fans. On top of this, if there's a next-gen console release next year, like it has been rumored, then this game might look dated by the time the game comes out. This is going to be something most game developers/companies are going to have to remember.
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Alan Wake on PC has finally gotten a firm release date, just two weeks from now. February 16th is the day you should buy some batteries for your flashlight, and it has a decent price of just $30. Remedy have been putting a nice amount of polish on Alan Wake for PC, where it includes not just improved graphics, but multiple monitor support, and 3D.
Remedy's CTO, Markus Mäki has said:
We've done our best to do justice to the PC version and do things the way they should be done for PC. The PC version looks absolutely beautiful. We're bringing the game to life in a whole new way.
What can you expect in the PC version? Check out this list:
- Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than ever before
- Refined and fully configurable mouse and keyboard support (or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!)
- A wide selection of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios
- Multithreaded engine that takes advantage of quad core CPUs
- Additional options our fans have sought after, such as field of view adjustment as well as "hide HUD".
- Works with AMD Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode
- Works with NVIDIA NVISION2 Stereoscopic 3D
In a conference call with EA's Vice President of Investor Relations, it was said to analysts:
You're going to hear some announcements from us on Battlefield actually as early as next week in an event we've got in New York. We've got plans for all of our major franchises to turn them into more of as we're seeing with FIFA and with Battlefield more as games for service that have constant flow of downloadable content.
The rumor of an 'all-American DLC' has come from some YouTube comments where they've stated:
I have a source telling me that there will be an all American DLC, based on New York City, Miami, New Jersey, and I think it was San Francisco.
Now, with Frostbite 2, this would be an amazing thing. It would look truly gorgeous, and give us a change to the current maps we have in Battlefield 3/Back to Karkand. Inner-city NYC fights would be amazing, with destructible environments and what not. Give me "enhanced destruction" that we saw in B2K, but amplified, and I'll get back into BF3.
In their latest financial call, EA have confirmed that blockbuster titles, Battlefield 3 and FIFA 12 have both passes the 10 million sales milestone since launch. Battlefield 3 launched in October last year, FIFA 12 launched a month earlier in September.
These are some great numbers, and shows that when developers sit down and make a great game (Battlefield 3 for example), that people will buy it. Yes you're going up against the "zomg it's another COD game, we must have it, my preccciooouuussss," that means diddly squat when it comes to the super-intense, hyper-real Battlefield 3.
Now we need an announcement of a next-generation Battlefield 4, PC-exclusive. Split Battlefield 3 into "Battlefield: Bad Company 3" and have it multi-platform. DICE/EA, you would be a pioneer and reinvigorate a dying enthusiast/DX11 gaming market. You could be the new id/Epic with graphics engines since they've sold their souls to consoles.
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