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We all know the next Grand Theft Auto outing is going to be huge, but when EEDAR's Jesse Divnich spoke to IndustryGamers as part of his feature on the top five predictions for 2012 (other than the world ending), he noted that GTA V will generate the most sales next year. and not the next Call of Duty game.
He's been quoted:
It goes without saying that GTA V will be one of the year's biggest releases, but I will take it one step farther and say GTA V will be 2012's biggest release. Don't get me wrong, Call of Duty will undoubtedly be huge, as it is every year and it may even grow, but if I had to call what will be a photo finish race, I will go with GTA V.
If you consider that the couple of latest Call of Duty releases have set entertainment records, beating out movies like Avatar for profits in a certain amount of time, it's hard to believe how big Grand Theft Auto V has to be to top it. I'm sure it's going to be a great game, but Rockstar are going to need to throw GTA into an entire new universe of amazingness if they want this prediction to come true.
An update to the popular Infinity Blade 2 is coming soon, with lead designer Donald Mustard teasing that the update includes "Clash Mobs" which will let players all over the world play Infinity Blade 2 and fight enemies together in real-time.
Clash Mobs will appear in an update of the game and incorporate players from all over the world. Right now, you play the game by yourself, but Clash Mobs will let you partner with thousands of other players in real-time to help you reach a goal in the game. If you're fighting a giant monster, there's only so much one player can do alone," Mustard said. "We want to make big challenges a group effort, so after you're done shooting the monster, another player can step in and work to finish him off. This could even take 24 hours, with lots of players stepping in to help.
It was only two weeks ago now that we reported the development team behind S.T.A.L.K.E.R., GSC Game World, closed their doors. But it seems now, there is a slight, slight glimmer of hope amongst all this doom.
There has been a tweet from GSC's official Twitter feed, which is offering some hope to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans:
Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!
What does this mean? Could we still see S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2? Could we expect a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-related announcement? Well, I'd expect as much from that tweet. As soon we hear something, you can be sure we'll report on it.
I've had a very Merry Christmas this year, and we at TweakTown hope you have, too. Onto the news, Western Digital have released an Android application, WD TV Remote, which connects to your Western Digital set-top box over a WI-Fi connection, and lets you control it from any Android-powered device.
The app includes one-touch access to every online service available, keyboard entry using Android's on-screen keyboard, a gesture pad for quick navigation and the ability to connect to multiple Android-powered devices at once.
WD TV Remote has a couple of requirements: Android 2.1 or later, a Wi-Fi connection, and third-generation WD TV Live Hub or TV Live system in order to work. You can grab the WD TV Remote Android application here.
Our latest poll had over 3,800 people who answered our question... Game of the Year (PC - released) for 2011.
Battlefield 3 was well out in front when we first launched the poll with almost 40% of the votes, but as we closed up the poll, it still ended up being the Game of the Year for released PC games in 2011 for TweakTown readers with 29% of the votes.
In a very close second place was Skyrim with 28% of the votes. COD: Modern Warfare 3 took third place with 6% of the votes.
That title is correct, no errors. $100 for a virtual car, in a virtual game, in a virtual world. One-hundred real dollars. EA's free-to-play MMO racer, Need for Speed World, has added a buyable DLC to its collection - a virtual car.
This isn't no Prius, it's a Koenigsegg CCX Elite Edition, and can be purchased for the tidy sum of $100. But wait, there's more. Steak knives move aside, EA are feeling generous and have slashed that $100 price to a nicer, $75.
Really, EA? Really, gaming world? Are we getting to the point of people actually purchasing $100 in-game items. There aren't many actual, full, AAA+ titles out there that are even $100. Let alone a single car, within an entire MMO world of cars.
Rejoice Australian Star Wars fans! While the just-released MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic has not been released locally, we now have not only a date, but some better news for you.
Bioware are hoping to launch the game on March 1st down under, with Bioware's Stephen Reid being quoted:
We can confirm that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be launching in Australia and New Zealand in the spring of 2012. Right now we are targeting March 1st, but that could change as our number one priority is making sure that customers have a great service to play on.
48 hours is all Sony needed to push more than a quarter million PlayStation Vita's. It doesn't sound like a lot, but 321,400 is a great achievement for Sony.
Comparing them to Nintendo, they should be proud. Nintendo's much advertised 3DS only sold 50,000 more units, but then sales dipped. The sale numbers were only saved with a price cut. For the PS Vita to continue its success long-term, it's going to need some smash hit, killer apps. Something that hasn't been done before, something that pushes mobile gaming boundaries. If I were in charge of the Vita, that's the kinda target I'd have.
Have you managed to get a PS Vita? If so, please do let us know how you've gone with it!
I noticed this over on Kotaku and thought I'd share it here for those of you who haven't seen it. But we have a fan film of Left 4 Dead that is actually, very well done. It has a very serious tone to it, which I enjoyed and I've love to see a few short films on this.
The video goes for just under 9 minutes, and when it hits the 6 minute mark, you'll want to come back and comment here to tell me what you thought. It definitely takes a turn that you won't expect, and I think some of you will love it, and some will hate it.
I was half and half. Enjoyed the film though, it was done very well.
Just a heads up to those of us who are obsessed about Battlefield 3 right now, that there's an update happening to Battlelog tomorrow at 10:00 CET, where they'll be throwing in a fourth update to Battlelog.
The downtime is estimated to be 15 minutes, where during this time, Battlelog will be down for all players. The fixes include:
Add PWP license by default to all BF3 PC users
Fixed description on Service Stars
Fixed missing vehicle unlocks on stats pages
Fixed minor caching issue regarding B2K-entitlement
B2K icon now better aligned in forum/server browser