It was only hours ago that we found out Battlefield 3 had shipped 10 million copies with retailers begging for more, but straight from EA itself, we find out that Battlefield 3 has an estimated 5 million sold in its first week of availability. That is a bloody good number, but what most people want to know is how the numbers are split between the consoles and PC versions of the game.
EA have also talked about the various stability issues with Battlefield 3 which have haunted it since the start. EA told Ars Technica:
We are happy to report that we had a great weekend with server stability at roughly 98.9 percent. While some players experienced intermittent outages of online services due to high volume, internal estimates show that servers and service stabilized, ensuring that players were connected and enjoying the game, with a commitment to support the game as a software service, EA is listening to consumer feedback and is making daily updates and improvements to ensure an optimal online experience for all.
Guess who's back? The Battlefield 3 on Steam rumors are back, that's who. This time its thanks to a competition held by Sapphire, which was found on the Sapphire Select Club website. One of the prizes in this competition is "[o]ne (1) PC Game code for Battlefield 3, redeemable for the game on Steam". Of course, this could be a mistake on Sapphire's behalf.
Kotaku does raise an interesting point, that Sapphire are most likely so used to writing competition terms and conditions that usually reference Steam codes, that they just assumed it would be the same with this competition. But... there's also the PBSetup.exe file, which is used to install Punk Buster for Battlefield installs, has been updated and now shows the following install files:
C:Program Files (x86)Electronic ArtsBattlefield 3
C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamAppscommonbattlefield 3
C:Program FilesSteamSteamAppscommonbattlefield 3
C:Program FilesElectronic ArtsBattlefield 3
There is now some more solid proof, and with thousands upon thousands chanting for Battlefield 3 to be on Steam, could we see an eventual release on the popular platform? Maybe...
Valve will make creating Portal 2 test chambers much easier, wants the community to live long and prosper
Valve have been been quite good with DLC and user-created content, and Portal 2 from what it seems, is set to get a serious injection of not only awesome, but ease. Valve released Portal 2's authoring tools earlier this year and it has unleashed various custom puzzles for Portal 2 from the community. So far more than 700 puzzles have been created.
It's not a massive success, as many spiring modders have complained that the toolkit is too complicated to use. Many gamers have also complained that it's too difficult to find and play the community-generated test chambers. Valve have not been sitting on their hands during this, as they've vowed to resolve both lingering issues.
As you can see from the above two screenshots, Valve look to be offering the masses with a puzzle creator that offers "simplified" but "powerful" controls. Valve have not talked about any specifics on the new authoring tools, but the two screenshots above seem to indicate it would be quite simple indeed. I feel a Sims vibe when I look at them, and that is a simple enough game, but powerful at the same time.
If you haven't played Battlefield 3 yet, I don't know why you haven't - it is an amazing achievement of a game. For me, it has been one of (if not the) best multiplayer experiences of my life. DICE have followed through (technical issues aside). EA have announced that they have shipped 10 million copies to retailers worldwide, with many retailers requesting more stock.
Three million copies of Battlefield 3 had been sold as pre-orders before the game was released, which was confirmed by EA's COO, Peter Moore in an investor call a few days ago. Even though Battlefield 3 has been very successful, they [EA and DICE] still want to keep its single player campaign in the future Battlefield titles.
EA's Frank Gibeau says:
The single play experience is important. It's a great way to get fans into the experience, have them train up and get ready for multiplayer. A lot of fans just enjoy having that single player experience. So I think you have to have both.
Electronic Arts have just announced that their digital distribution platform, Origin, will now be offering third-party PC games starting in November. The first wave of publishers to sign a deal with Origin include Warner Bros., THQ and Capcom. This will bring hit titles such as Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row: The Third to Origin, with more games hitting Origin in the coming months.
Origin already has over 100 EA games in its library and adding additional publishers only cements their service into competition against Valve and their digital distribution platform, Steam. David DeMartini (shaken, not stirred, thanks), senior vice president of Origin at EA says:
Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognizing Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe. We're excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin.
Shares in Take-Two Games have risen by 6-percent following the announcement of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 earlier this week. On Tuesday, Rockstar Games confirmed that GTA V's first teaser trailer will hit the Internet on November 2, where the announcement was made live with the game's official logo which shows a green-colored Roman numeral 'V' wrapped with a banner sporting the word 'Five.'
Of course, we all know how the Internet and fans work. As soon as there's a teaser for something, there has to be an easter egg or hidden something (image, word, art, etc) within the tease. GTA V as you can imagine, is no different. Some keen gamers have discovered that the logo displayed above, is identical to the design of the $5 dollar bank noted issued in 1889 by the US Mint. An American setting has been rumored, but would Rockstar be breaking the rules by taking GTA back to the pre-1900s era?
Do you like to have options? Enjoy portable gaming? Was looking forward to Sony's NGP, Vita? Well, games capable of saving directly to their own cartridges, won't offer gamers the option to save to an external cards. This means you will never receive a choice. Games that can save internally, will always do so.
Kotaku Japan also learned that you'll have to have a memory card in the Vita at startup to operate games that require external storage. Sony also told Kotaku Japan that in addition to save data, some games may use the memory card for DLC.
Disappointed? Hurt? Well, Sony have doen this before... but people were thinking that they might play the game differently with the Vita. People might have wanted to save a few dollars on not buying external memory, but you'll require this for DLC and the like. Frustrating? Yep!
Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming MMO/FPS hybrid, Planetside 2 is set to go insane on 'map' sizes (can we even call them maps now?). Planetside 2 is said to take a "Halo-esque" spin on its sci-fi universe, where it aims to combine the persistent world of an MMO, with the visceral, responsive mechanics of a first-person shooter. Planetside 2's creative director, Matt Higby talked about the staggering size of the new battlefields:
"We have enormous, enormous gameplay space," says Higby. Planetside 2's settings which are based on continents on the planet Auraxis, measure an insane eight kilometers square, with weapons capable of firing a full kilometer in distance. Higby continues saying "One of our largest development efforts on this project has been hand crafting every single area of those eight-by-eight kilometer continents".
In these eight-by-eight kilometer environments, three factions duke it out: The Terran Republic, The New Conglomerate and The Vanu Sovereignty. The battles are set to be epic, with Higby stating that "you're going to be fighting in battles sometimes when it's 200 people fighting against 30 people, because there's only 30 people defending that base and then suddenly 200 people log in from teh other ground and go do it".
Batman: Arkham City, one of 2011's most hyped games has done very well for itself. It was released last week for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and has since then, shipped 4.6 million copies. All in a week! This is both a surprise, and not a surprise. It's a surprise because it has only launched on the consoles and has enjoyed successful shipping numbers.
For it not being a surprise, is because the first game, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a smash hit. Batman: Arkham City has received rave reviews for both versions (PS3 and Xbox 360) and looks to be one of the biggest sellers for 2011. I haven't played it yet, as I'm waiting for the PC version which launches in a little under two weeks time. The PC launch will only expand these numbers, so too will sales between now and the end of the year.
4.6 million copies shipped is a very good milestone for Batman: Arkham City as it makes it one of the (if not the most) successful comic-book-to-game adaption ever. Now all we need is a really good Superman game, and I'll be one super happy camper. Please, please make a great Superman game. Maybe the guys behind Batman and Just Cause should get together for it?
Skyrim is only 2 weeks away and Bethesda have just confirmed the system requirements for the upcoming title. The requirements aren't too bad, but they're a tad higher than the 2006-based Oblivion, so if you're still chugging along on older hardware and want to get the most out of Skyrim, you might want to start an upgrade, now.
Recommended system requirements:
Quad-core Intel/AMD CPU
DirectX 9 video card with 1GB RAM - Nvidia GTX 260/AMD Radeon 4890 or better
6GB hard disk space
DirectX compatible soundcard
For everyone who reads TweakTown, and more specifically, my news posts, you'll know that I've been waiting for Battlefield 3 for what feels like, my entire life. I've posted everything from screenshots, to launch trailers, alpha footage to beta/full release footage, interviews, details and everything in-between. I found out on a forum last night that the game can be unlocked for some who change some VPN settings, so I did so...
I have a 3 screen (Alienware AW2310's) in Portrait, backed up by 2 x GIGABYTE GeForce GTX570's and a 4GHz Core i7... the beta, I had a few little issues, but they somehow worked themselves out and I was bug-free for the rest of the beta. The full game on the other hand... doesn't even work on my 3 screen setup. Yes, that's right: the beta worked and the full game does not.
My issue is, I launch the game, and it goes full-screen. Once its in full-screen, I can hear it load up and finish, if I move my mouse I can hear the cursor going over menus, but I cannot see the menus. If I alt-tab and go to a window, the menus appear and it's OK. If I click a menu, it goes back to full-screen. So I have to click a menu, alt-tab, full-screen, click a menu, alt-tab, full screen, etc until I get to video and change it to run in a window.
The first piece of official artwork for Rockstar's next iteration of its biggest game series, Grand Theft Auto V has shown up on their website today, along with a date mentioned for when the first trailer will be released - that date being early next month on the 2nd of November.
So, this certainly puts any doubts to rest about whether or not a fifth installment was on the cards anytime soon and we can all start getting excited about what direction Rockstar will take the story in now. While there's no confirmation of any finer details on it at this early stage, it has been hinted that the possibility of basing the next story outside of the U.S. has already been considered, but the chances are the game will remain true to its roots with the following statement being made from Dan Houser just recently.
In just a week from now, Nathan Drake will feature on people's TVs across the world in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Uncharted 3 has made its way to game reviewers across the world and it seems its yet another home run smash-hit for Naughty Dog. Reviews are mostly between 90 - 100, but these days - reviews can be somewhat, deceiving. If a rehashed COD title can usually score 90+, how does a stand-out game like Uncharted deserve the same score, shouldn't it be more?
Anyway, the reviews are very, very favorable and it just makes me want to play the game even more. If you haven't played the previous two Uncharted titles, I really suggest you grab them and play them both this week, then purchase Uncharted 3 when you're finished. I'm sure you won't need to play the previous two, but for one, they're amazing games. Two, it'll help with the characters, and story of the third game, which is just one week away!
Rumor has it that Microsoft and several industry partners are working toward a 2013 launch of the next-generation Xbox. Multiple sources from across the industry, such as processor chip manufacturers to middleware firms, have told Develop that they expect the next-gen Xbox to be fully unveiled at E3 2013, months before its release.
The collection of data points to a 2013 release across all main regions, but it could also slip to an early 2014 release. There are a handful of people in the industry who expect Xbox Next to hit store shelves before the holiday side of 2013 - this Christmas and the next will likely see Microsoft marketing software for Xbox 360, Windows Phone and its Kinect motion-based controller.
Develop understands that Lionhead is working on a project internally named 'Fable Next', which will launch on Xbox Next. Epic Games' new Unreal Engine is also reportedly set to be available sooner than the 2014 date recently given by studio founder Tim Sweeney. One source also insists that an EA studio already has rudimentary Xbox console technology on desks. Of course, EA has flatly denied this claim.
Blizzard is losing players interest in the now seven-year-old MMO, World of Warcraft and to keep things fresh, Blizzard are promising a free digital copy of the upcoming loot-fest, Diablo III to anyone who signs up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass.
The deal was announced at BlizzCon last week, where the Annual Pass gives users a twelve-month subscription payable in monthly instalments of $14.99 or by another billing plan of your choosing. Annual Pass subscribers also gain access to a new flying mount when the next patch is available to the Beta for the next WoW expansion.
A few hours ago the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launch trailer hit the Internet and now, we have more details on how the PC version of the game will benefit over its console counterparts. From anti-cheat systems to dedicated servers, there's a lot there!
Infinity Ward dropped some details in a recent Q&A on the Call of Duty forum. Community Manager, Robert Bowling said:
We value the PC player and have gone to great lengths in providing a more rich experience for our players. We keep our ear near the ground and try to deliver items most requested. The big feature for MW3 we are supporting is Dedicated Servers, this includes a server browser, voting, RCON, and more. Lastly we are embracing the Steam platform by integrating fully with Steam including friends list, Steam achievements.
It was only a day ago that EA and DICE launched the amazeballs Battlefield 3 launch trailer and today we have the competition over at Activision and Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Raven Software launching the trailer to the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3.
The trailer would be good, in a pre-Battlefield 3 world, but we live in a post-Battlefield 3 world now. For COD fans, the game will obviously be great, but it just looks... dated. Very, very dated. Like, 2005 dated. Where BF3 looks like its grabbed graphics by the balls and thrown them across a football field and then picked them back up and kicked them through the goals winning every football game forever.
Valve have just announced that the second downloadable content package arriving for Portal 2 is an 'in-game editor'. Valve released a PR statement declaring that the second DLC package is currently "in development and targeted for release early next year."
As we all know, Valve love community-created content and this new DLC is set to have some form of community functionality attached to player creations allowing players to "view, play and vote" on various levels. The editor will also allow players to create and share both single-player and co-op levels. At the moment, it is unknown how the editing will work, and whether it'll make a splash on all platforms, PC/Mac and consoles.
With Steam support on all platforms apart from the Xbox 360, the Portal 2 DLC should be released everywhere. But, we'll have to wait a little while for some clarification. Exciting news and hopefully a sign of things to come for Valve titles.
Ever since Battlefield: Bad Company 2 came out and DICE went in a different direction with their Frostbite engine, with destruction, etc... I knew the real "Battlefield" title would blow everyone away. I just didn't expect it to be this friggin' good. I'm just going to leave this Battlefield 3 launch trailer here, ok?
The launch trailer is just hands-down orgasmic. This just shows off the single-player, but by the power of grey skull; does that Frostbite 2 engine look jaw droppingly good.
Battlefield 3 launches in just 72 hours! Yes! 3 days from now!!
BlizzCon 2011 - The ASUS booth at BlizzCon 2011 was getting a lot of attention with plenty of ROG based systems on display running popular Blizzard gaming titles.
One of the most popular systems setup was running Diablo III on a large screen with an ASUS system running an Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard and MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum video card. D3 was running very smoothly on this system.
We'll be back with more BlizzCon 2011 tech coverage real soon.
Fan or not of Uncharted 3, it looks bloody impressive. I loved the first two games and I fondly remember two Christmas's ago sitting there for an entire day bashing through the Uncharted 2, finishing it over the Christmas break. It was such an amazing game. It's almost like playing a movie, but better than most actual Hollywood movies. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception continues Nathan Drake's story and without spoiling the game, if you haven't played the previous two, I highly suggest you do.
This is my most anticipated console game of the year, and the trailer really pumps me up for the full thing. As you can see in the above trailer (don't read any further for spoilers), it shines in its character development, action set pieces, graphics, and charisma. Uncharted 3 is less than two weeks away, arriving on the PlayStation 3 on November 1.