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Sony has announced it will release a Mass Effect-themed costume pack for
The Mass Effect DLC will cost £4.79 (approximately $7.28) and will contain skins for series characters Shepard, Liara, Wrex, and Garrus.
Commander Shepard gets a skin, plus N7 helmet, armour, and gauntlets. Liara comes with a skin, plus gloves, armour, and a head. The Wrex skin also features a helmet, armour, and gloves.
Finally, Garrus comes with his own skin, chest armour, gloves, eye piece, and head.
The DLC will be compatible with LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting, and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita.
The pack also features a variety of Mass Effect in-game stickers.
In February it was rumoured that UK studio Sumo Digital
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed voice actors for the leading roles in Batman: Arkham Origins. The Dark Knight will be played by Roger Craig Smith, while the Joker will be brought to life by Troy Baker, according to a new report from Joystiq.
Smith and Baker are voice-over veterans. Smith provided the voicework for Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 6 and for Ezio Auditore de Firenze in Assassin's Creed II. More recently, Smith played the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in Disney's animated film Wreck-It-Ralph.
As for Baker, he is already familiar with the Batman series, having provided voicework for numerous characters in Batman: Arkham City, including Harvey Dent and Robin. Baker most recently played Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite and will be heard as Joel in Naughty Dog's upcoming post-apocalyptic game The Last of Us.
Though longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy will not play the Caped Crusader in Batman: Arkham Origins, he has been confirmed for the game. It was recently revealed that Conroy has
Batman: Arkham Origins launches
Warner Bros. also confirmed today that Deathstroke will be a playable character in Batman: Arkham Origins. Gamers who preorder the title will receive early access to the Deathstroke pack. For more on Batman: Arkham Origins, check out the game's all-new trailer below.
Microsoft has submitted a filing to trademark Forzavista, ahead of its next-gen Xbox unveiling on May 21.
Siliconera spotted the trademark, which Microsoft submitted on May 15, 2013, noting specific text that said the Forzavista filing would be for "a feature of interactive video game software which allows players to obtain statistical information of internal and external features of a vehicle and to virtually navigate and operate those vehicles."
Sources in April said
Microsoft has released a Turn 10-developed Forza Motorsport every other year since the series started in 2005. Last year's spin-off
GameSpot will be covering Microsoft's
Microsoft will demo the Kinect-enabled
The IllumiRoom technology can alter the appearance of a room, trigger apparent motion, and extend a field of view, all in the name of enabling new gameplay and viewing experiences. A proof-of-concept video of the system is available below.
In addition, Thurrott said that Microsoft's plans to release a subsidized Xbox 720 have been scrapped. Previously, it was believed that Microsoft would
A Microsoft representative was not immediately available to comment.
Microsoft currently offers a similar plan for the Xbox 360, allowing gamers to grab a system for
GameSpot will have
The state of Rhode Island, which
"Who knows what the value ultimately will be," said Richard J. Land of Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman. "But there is interest in the assets."
38 Studios' intellectual property includes drawings, designs, and other work related to its Amalur franchise. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said in August that the
No interested parties were named and Rhode Island's legal representation was not immediately available to comment.
In addition, The Providence Journal reports that the case against 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling and other company executives will begin on Wednesday. Rhode Island
When 38 Studios went belly up, Rhode Island was left with an estimated $130 million debt. Selling the company's IP is an effort to recover some of that deficit.
The suit contains numerous claims, and opens by alleging that the defendants did not speak with the Rhode Island Economic Development Committee board when doubts about 38 Studios' sustained financial viability became known.
"Defendants knew or should have known, but failed to inform the EDC Board, that 38 Studios was destined to fail according to 38 Studios own financial projections," reads a line from the complaint.
In total, the complaint includes 17 counts of alleged wrongdoing. These include counts of fraud, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence, legal malpractice, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions, and breach of fiduciary duty.
Schilling has asked a judge to
Former Grand Theft Auto producer Jeremy Pope has spoken about his personal decision to never work on violent video games again.
Speaking to GamesIndustry International, the
"I would always kind of defend the games we were making and I was pretty proud of being involved, but then when I would visit my grandmother in highly religious Alabama and have to explain what I do for a living, I didn't feel so great about explaining to them that I was a part of 'that game' they've been hearing about. I think that's what sort of planted the seeds of me wanting to work on different types of games."
Pope adds that his decision to work on non-violent games doesn't detract from his admiration of Rockstar's work. "I definitely want to make a point of saying that I actually love Rockstar's games and I think that it's unfortunate that their games were specifically called out and targeted by the media, because their games - and we all know this - are really masterworks."
But thinking of ways to create non-violent games is important to generating meaningful narrative in games, Pope adds. "I do agree that we need to be pushing ourselves [as an industry]. With any storytelling medium or any medium at all, you want to have conflict because that's how you can generate interest, and oftentimes the simplest or most base way to do that is through violence that isn't necessarily tied into a deeper, more meaningful story."
"I think it's often easier to do violence than it is to generate meaningful, interesting conflict through nonviolent ways. I would agree in that sense that we need to push ourselves and get away from sequels and rehashing, and taking what technology affords us and using that as a primary means to justify another rehash; in other words, we're just souping up what's already been done."
Pope also thinks it's easy for the games industry to come under attack--
"The industry has really only begun to take off in the last 20 years," added Pope. "So we'll get there; you kind of see more and more developers exploring mature themes in a more creative and responsible way now that we have less of a distribution roadblock and we have more platforms where developers can kind of flex their creative muscle a little bit."
Pope now works at a mobile startup called Rally Games, which he founded in 2011. Its first title, free-to-play robot racer Top Bot, was released for iOS in April.
The comment comes from Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli, who added, "We will be talking about it very shortly if everything syncs up."
Last week, Naughty Dog lead artist Nate Wells talked up the Last of Us' multiplayer mode over Twitter, saying it is the "
Though Naughty Dog has not given details about what form multiplayer in The Last of Us will take, the developer has spoken out to say the mode will not be "tacked on."
"We dont approach [multiplayer] in any of our games as tacked on," the developer said last year. "And we also always have separate teams working on the different components so that we can maintain full focus on making [single-player] and [multiplayer] up to our standards."
Monacelli was also asked about the possibility of a downloadable content season pass for The Last of Us. He responded by succinctly stating "Good idea!"
Naughty Dog's last game, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, featured a DLC pass in the form of the
Ubisoft is confident that the
"As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base," the Ubisoft representative said. "Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. We're confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market."
Ubisoft's statement of faith in the Wii U comes after Battlefield and FIFA publisher Electronic Arts announced last week that after shipping four titles for the platform, it has
In addition, in a series of since-deleted tweets, an EA Sports engineer
The Wii U has struggled since launch, selling
Microsoft has spoken out to promise "tons" of Xbox exclusives to be revealed during next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. During Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's latest podcast, Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg teased the news and suggested the next Xbox may be on store shelves by this holiday.
"E3 will be all about the games," Greenberg said. "At E3, I mean, if you're a gamer, it's going to be tons of exclusives, world premieres. Obviously, even beyond that we have a lot to share between then and this holiday."
If the next Xbox does launch this holiday, it will do so
Greenberg also discussed
"We're really going to tell one story across two events. We're going to start on the 21st and really that's about revealing next Xbox platform [and] our vision for the future of games, the future of entertainment," Greenberg said. "We definitely have a lot of surprises planned. I know everyone knows that the Infinity Ward team is hard at work on world premiering Call of Duty: Ghosts and we're going to see what that looks like for the first time."
Infinity Ward yesterday
Greenberg further explained that the reason Microsoft chose to invite media to its headquarters for the announcement was so that they could get an "inside look" into how the platform came to life, directly from the developers who designed it.
"People are going to get a great inside look at really the making of the new platform and the team that's brought it to life. To be honest, it's really about the team, the people here," Greenberg said. "That's why we're inviting people to campus. We're going to bring them behind the scenes a little bit. We've never done this before and it's really exciting to be able to do that. It's a lot of laying the foundation. Just a couple weeks later we go to E3."
GameSpot will have
A new report suggests that upcoming Assassin's Creed movie could reach cinemas on May 22, 2015.
An update on Box Office Mojo pegs the May 2015 release date. The in-production movie stars Michael Fassbender in a lead role, and a screenplay penned by Michael Lesslie.
Lesslie previously penned the Hamlet prequel Prince of Denmark for the theatre. The play features a teenage Hamlet, Ophelia and Laertes and their exploits around Elsinore castle.
Details about the film's director and supporting cast are still unknown.
Last week Ubisoft said that it
Nintendo has said on Twitter that its next Nintendo Direct will feature a look at Wii U versions of Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and the new 3D Mario title in the works at the Japanese publisher.
The Nintendo of America Twitter account wrote "#IwataSays We will discuss new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart and other Wii U titles in our #NintendoDirectNA before the start of E3."
Nintendo said in January that Nintendo EAD Tokyo, the team who made Mario Galaxy, Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D Land,
The new Smash Bros, meanwhile,
No date has been given for the next Nintendo Direct. E3 2013 runs from June 11 through June 13.
Last week's Nintendo Direct
The original Metro 2033 was released in March 2010, and debuted fifth in the UK charts at the time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is fifth, Tomb Raider sixth, and the retail release of Telltale Games' serial adventure The Walking Dead is seventh.
The top 10 is rounded out by DC brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us in eighth, which pushed Assassin's Creed III into ninth by less than 200 sales, and BioShock Infinite in tenth.
Elsewhere in the chart, poorly reviewed movie-tie in Star Trek drops to 32nd from last week's 24th place finish, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter re-enters the chart at 37th.
The Top 20 UK chart for the week ending May 18:
1. Metro: Last Light
2. Dead Island: Riptide
3. FIFA 13
4. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
6. Tomb Raider
7. The Walking Dead
8. Injustice: Gods Among Us
9. Assassin's Creed III
10. BioShock Infinite
11. Far Cry 3
12. Luigi's Mansion 2
13. Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins
14. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
15. God of War: Ascension
16. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
17. Grand Theft Auto IV
18. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
19. Skylanders Giants
20: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Developer Cryptic Studios and publisher Perfect World took the Astral Diamond Exchange and auction hall of its MMO, Neverwinter, offline to "resolve a high priority bug" that involved a currency exploit.
The cheat allowed players to duplicate Astral Diamonds, the in-game currency bought with real-world money. Users reported the exploit in the game's official forums, according to a report on Massively.
The game's publisher, Perfect World has locked threads about the exploit and taken action against a number of accounts that allegedly used the bug. Suspected cheaters will receive email notifications, while users found guilty may either have their accounts temporarily or permanently banned. Players who believe they have been unfairly caught up in the issue are being urged to contact customer support.
Long-time Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy has confirmed his involvement in the upcoming
The actor revealed at Comic-Con that he has already spent 10 months in the studio recording lines for the game, although he did not specify which role he would be playing. Conroy was the voice of Batman in
The news contradicts reports earlier this year that the actor would not be reprising his role as the Caped Crusader in Arkham Origins.
Fans will have a chance to gain access to an unannounced Deathstroke DLC when pre-ordering Arkham Origins, according to an offer on Amazon.
No further details about the character's involvement are available, although Deathstroke was previously featured in a Warner Bros. teaser trailer fighting Batman.
Batman: Arkham Origins tells the story of Batman's early years in the Arkham series. It is the first game in the universe not to be developed by UK developer Rocksteady. The game is scheduled for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U on October 25.
The reveal trailer (below) showcases two of the main characters from the Guilty Gear series: bounty hunter Sol Badguy and holy order warrior Ky Kiske. The two are shown duking it out, using their signature moves from previous games.
The trailer also teased characters Millia Rage and Eddie. The game will be built on the Unreal Engine, using 3D models for the first time in the series.
Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari will be reprising his role as the game's director, and while the game is currently slated for an arcade release, no launch date or home console version has been announced.
The official Call of Duty Twitter account today posted a teaser video for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
The video, a short clip released through Vine, shows what appears to be several shots from an in-development version of the upcoming first-person shooter.
It ends by reminding Call of Duty fans that Ghosts will be on display during
GameSpot will have full coverage of the presentation, which begins at 10 a.m. PDT. Microsoft is widely believed to announce its next-generation Xbox at the event and give first details about the long-rumored platform.
One Electronic Arts developer has taken to Twitter to sound off on the
"The Wii U is crap," Summerwill said, before deleting that tweet and all others. "Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet. Nintendo are walking dead at this point."
"Sony, MS, Apple, Google all following the same playbook," he added. "Standard, powerful, hardware, with focus on software and services."
Summerwill suggested that Nintendo should have exited the hardware business and instead shopped around its major titles to Microsoft and Sony.
"Nintendo are still operating like it's 1990," he said. "They should have 'done a Sega' and offered Mario/Zelda as PS4/Durango exclusives. Instead they make this awful console. Just stop it! Just make great games!"
Summerwill has worked at EA in a number of technical roles since 1999.
His comments came a day after EA confirmed that after releasing four games for Wii U, the publisher
[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Trion Worlds representative confirmed the cuts as part of a company reorganization. Development on Rift and the studio's other games is unaffected moving forward.
The representative also pointed out that the 80 percent layoff figure is "definitely exaggerated."
"To best position Trion in a rapidly changing industry, we have reorganized our teams and are expanding our free to play offering," the Trion Worlds representative said. "With Defiance, we delivered a great game that more than one million gamers registered to play and continue to enjoy.
"As we progress from launch to ongoing development of the game, we are adjusting our staffing levels to deliver new content and improved features," the statement goes on. "Rift, and our other titles in development, were unaffected by these changes. We are very much looking forward to the free to play release of Rift and are excited by the other new titles currently in development."
The original story follows below
Defiance developer Trion Worlds enacted a round of major layoffs today, according to sources speaking with IGN. The site has heard that as much as 80 percent of the company has been let go.
The bulk of the layoffs reportedly came at Trion Worlds' San Diego, California outfit, where Defiance is in development. A source added that senior leaders may not receive severance packages due to "undelivered services."
The layoff rumors come a week after
Trion Worlds also has US offices in Redwood Shores, California and Austin, Texas. In addition, the company operates a studio in London, England.
Trion Worlds could not be reached for comment at press time.
In addition to Defiance, Trion Worlds is currently developing End of Nations and fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game Rift, which will go
The "smaller and denser" Xbox console is reportedly the
Details regarding the form factor of the Xbox 720 have not been divulged.
In addition, The Verge has heard from sources that Microsoft will release an Xbox 360 dashboard update this summer in preparation for the next-generation Xbox. Part of the update will be a refreshed user interface, complete with smaller Live Tiles, similar to those that will be found in the
Another purpose of the update, according to the sources, is to ensure Xbox 360 owners can upgrade to the next Xbox and continue to interact with the friends on the past platform using beacons, achievements, and messaging.
The update is also said to kill off the
The site understands that a public beta for the Xbox 360 update will be available in late June or early July before a full release in August.
A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We're excited to share more about the new generation of games, TV, and entertainment on May 21, but have nothing further to share at this time."
Microsoft's Xbox 720 event takes place Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. EDT. GameSpot will have
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the rumored "smaller and denser" Xbox console was the Xbox 720. GameSpot regrets the error.
Japanese developers must go "back to basics" if they are to return to prominence, according to GungHo Online Entertainment president Kazuki Morishita. Speaking with Gamasutra, Morishita said Japanese studios need to focus on making "good games."
"Let's say that Japanese games are in their darkest times right now. There's no way to go but up, if that's the case," Morishita said. "In terms of making games, I think Japanese developers need to go back to basics about why they make games in the first place, which is to make good games."
GungHo Online Entertainment recently acquired No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned developer Grasshopper Manufacture. The studio is currently working on Killer Is Dead, a multiplatform action game helmed by studio boss Goichi "Suda51" Suda.
Morishita is not the first Japanese developer to speak out on the current state of the industry in the region. Mega Man and Dead Rising designer Keiji Inafune said last month that Japanese studios are