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The official Battlefield Twitter account has teased that "big" news about Battlefield 4 is coming soon, as
"Big announcements are coming soon!" the tweet reads.
No specific mention of the Xbox reveal event was made, but Microsoft and EA are
In addition, Microsoft's director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb today confirmed that the Xbox 720 reveal event will last one hour. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement event in February spanned just over two hours.
GameSpot will be in attendance at the Xbox 720 event, during which Microsoft will share its vision for the future of games and entertainment. This includes first looks at
Emmy-winning The Simpsons and King of the Hill writer and producer Jon Vitti will pen the screenplay for
Vitti is a comedy veteran. He won an Emmy Award for his contributions to King of the Hill and has written numerous episodes of The Simpsons, including "Mr. Plow." His credits also include Saturday Night Live, The Office, Da Ali G Show, and The Larry Sanders Show.
He also shared writing credit on full-length films like The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Joining Vitti and
"I'm very excited that Jon and Catherine have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise," Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said in a statement. "I'm confident we are building the right team to deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans."
The Angry Birds movie launches July 1, 2016. It will be
[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, EA Sports announced that its new UFC game will also be shown during the next Xbox reveal event tomorrow.
The original story follows below
EA and Microsoft are
Outside of a brief flash of its logo, EA was a no-show during the PlayStation 4 announcement in February. Chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen explained the publisher's absence as EA's "timing of our own slate as well as trying to maintain a good balance of power with all the parties out there."
GameSpot will be in attendance at the Xbox 720 event, during which Microsoft will share its vision for the future of games and entertainment.
FIFA 14 was
Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello believes the console gaming business has the potential to "explode" in popularity with the arrival of next-generation systems, but only if these platforms are able to avoid major potential pitfalls.
In a guest editorial at Kotaku, the executive laid out his thoughts on next-generation platforms on the
"I believe that console gaming is going to explode on the scene of consumer electronics with this next generation of consoles. Sony and Microsoft absolutely need to deliver new boxes that really impress us," Riccitiello said. "They need to deliver platforms that enable game experiences that are not possible on current consoles. It is not just about graphics, although it is partly about graphics. It is also about recognizing that a lot has changed with online devices and the cloud since the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were originally introduced."
Riccitiello then highlighted four scenarios he said Microsoft and Sony must avoid if their respective next-generation platforms are to succeed.
"The first and most obvious of these pitfalls is if Sony or Microsoft forgets who brought them to the dance in the first place: gamers," Riccitiello said. "I certainly see the temptation to emphasize all sorts of experiences that these boxes might bring to the living room. These new machines can do a lot. The risk is that either or both of the new platforms emphasize these 'value-add' experiences too much, both in the user interface on the consoles themselves, or in the story they tell consumers when they unleash their avalanche of advertising. To paraphrase a political slogan, 'It's about the games, stupid.'"
He further explained that the idea of "reinventing the living room" may sound like a "big and sexy" proposition that will read well in mainstream media, but said that Microsoft and Sony should instead double down on games and on building game-focused user interfaces.
"The risk of complexity in the new console UI (user interface) is real," he said. "Give us too much on the screen, and we'll never find our games. The risk is that too many choices, and a UI design to appeal to too many audiences, means nothing stands out."
Another pitfall Riccitiello said he believes could bring down the PS4 and next Xbox is that of supply. He said that consumers today expect to be able to get what they want when they want it and if they can't, then sales could suffer.
"Past console launches have been severely hampered by a lack of supply. A new console launch with only a few million units available will simply frustrate all of us," Riccitiello said. "Limited supply means the new consoles will launch with a whimper and whine, not the cry of attack. If Sony and Microsoft want to see the next generation of consoles take high ground in the consumer electronics war this year, they are going to have to invest to make sure there are enough of the new consoles out there."
Riccitiello's third potential pitfall is that of price. He claimed getting the price right will be "very important" to the prosperity of the PS4 and next Xbox.
"The stakes are enormous," he said.
The fourth and final potential problem for the PS4 and next Xbox, according to Riccitiello, has to do with what he described as third-rail topics, such as always-online requirements and DRM schemes.
"The question of the always-on connection is one that causes some gamers' blood to boil," he said. "Gamers will want, and learn to love, the good parts of consoles being more connected to our digital lives than was possible with the machines launched eight years ago."
"At launch, Sony and Microsoft must avoid putting up new and alarming DRM schemes, and focus on enabling the cool new game experiences that seamlessly connected consoles allow," he added.
PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest developer Sony Online Entertainment has filed a trademark application for "Sturmendrang."
Filed May 13 with the United States Patent & Trademark office (via NeoGAF), it covers multiplayer online role-playing games.
In addition, the website www.sturmendrang.com was registered last month by Jason Fermo, who, according to his LinkedIn page, works at SOE as a senior network engineer.
The word "Sturmendrang" appears to be a form of Sturm und Drang, the 18th-century German literary movement that translated means "Storm and Stress."
The phrase is alluded to in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series via the Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning.
A Sony representative was not immediately available to comment regarding the trademark application.
Ubisoft today announced preorder perks for the upcoming open-world action game Watch Dogs.
Gamers who reserve the title at GameStop in North America will receive a single-player mission called The Palace Pack. It includes an investigation bonus that unlocks "exclusive investigation opportunities" as well as an ATM hack boost that increases cash rewards when cracking bank accounts.
In addition, GameStop shoppers will receive a Watch Dogs-themed poster designed by DC and Marvel comic book artist Alex Ross. The poster is available to see at Ross' website.
Those who preorder Watch Dogs at Amazon will receive the Signature Shot Pack, which includes a single-player mission that unlocks a biometric assault rifle and the black viceroy's outfit when it is completed. The mission will see players breaching a stronghold and stealing a package that contains the weapon.
Watch Dogs is
Set in Chicago, Watch Dogs puts players in the shoes of Aiden Pearce, a hacker who uses his smartphone to break into the city's central operating system to control things like security cameras and also to obtain personal information.
Multiplayer in Watch Dogs will reportedly blend "
Carmaker McLaren Automotive has teased that it may be involved with
"Tomorrow, 6pm BST/10am PDT, Xbox is revealing something special," the company wrote on its Facebook page. "We think you might like what they're announcing "
Past games in the Xbox-only Project Gotham Racing and Forza franchises have featured McLaren cars.
Microsoft's next-generation reveal event
Sony has teased shots of the PlayStation 4 hardware hours before Microsoft is due to announce its next-generation Xbox.
The 39-second video shows a blurred black box, which is presumably the PlayStation 4 hardware, along with numerous quick, close-up shots of various parts of the hardware. "See it First at E3," says the video.
Shots in the trailer show close-ups of corners, vents, and a circular edge. The Dual Shock 4 controller can also be seen.
The teaser ends with the time and date of Sony's E3 2013 press conference: June 10 at 18:00 PDT.
Sony announced the PlayStation 4 in February, though the hardware was not shown and
Sony has announced it will release a Mass Effect-themed costume pack for
The Mass Effect downloadable content 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 Little Big Planet 2, Little Big Planet Karting, and Little Big Planet 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 voice work 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 voice work 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 postapocalyptic 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 nonviolent 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 nonviolent 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 in to 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, the 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 multiplayer mode in Last of Us 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 don't 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 the 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 that 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 is 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 10th.
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 reenters 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