While AMD’s Never Settle bundle is really good value for money for the gamer looking out for a bargain, the company needs to keep on with the gravy train and release new bundles to keep consumers interested for the rest of year while the company focuses on the launch of the PS4 and the imminent launch of the Radeon HD7990. A new image that appeared on TechReport’s forum seems to note which games will be part of the bundles for the rest of the year.
Now, don’t get your hopes up. This image has never shown up in Google’s image search, nor is the EXIF data intact. There’s a few things to suggest the image’s authenticity and the white AMD GCN logo on the bottom right is one of them – it actually appears on the latest Never Settle promotion advert. The background is similar but the font used isn’t the same – and AMD’s been particularly anal about using bold fonts to make things really stand out. However, the background is still the same.
Lets take a quick headcount on the status of the games listed here:
- GRID2 – Development has finished, pre-orders were open in March already, has a release date of 31st May in the EU
- Company Of Heroes 2 – Nic played the multiplayer beta, it has a release date of June 25th
- Total War: Rome II – Has no release date set, but Sega has pegged it to release sometime in 2H2013
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Blacklist is currently sitting with a August 23rd launch for the EU and is still in development, as well as being multi-platform for current-gen consoles
- Lost Planet 3 – Still in development, EU release date set for August 30th.
- Battlefield 4 – Still in development and DICE is practically in bed with AMD after revealing the 17-minute demo was done on the HD7990. And we have confirmation that it’s in a future Never Settle bundle.
- Raven’s Cry – Set for a Q3 2013 release, it’s a new publisher and Octane Games, based in Finland, has had little limelight in the media. It looks cool, though.
- Watch Dogs – Its a Ubisoft title, it’s confirmed for the PS4. The Live stream shown to journos earlier this year was confirmed to have been run on a PC “with similiar specs to the PS4, rather than the PS4 itself.”
Its very likely that one or more of the games mentioned will make it into a Never Settle bundle, but several do not make sense at the moment. In particular, AMD hasn’t ever done a deal with Sega before and this would be a first for the publishing house, in addition to Capcom potentially also climbing on board. AMD’s Never Settle bundles have received a lot of media attention and it’s understandable that publishers would try to get into the program.
GRID2 will very likely make it in because AMD has bundled games from Codemasters before, with DiRT3 and Showdown being the ones in recent memory. Raven’s Cry is so new that the Wikipedia page on it isn’t even more than three pages long, so it’s debatable. Never Settle typically bundles in AAA titles that are very hyped-up or hugely anticipated but if it picks up more attention, it might be a likely candidate.
For the meantime, take it with a pinch of salt.
Source: Techreport Forums
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