With Assassin’s Creed: Revelations almost here, we thought it’d be a great idea to team up with Megarom Interactive and Ubisoft South Africa to give away a fantastic hamper for the game. Here’s what’s inside:
Developers love it when you pay for the games that they’ve made. No really, apparently is has something to do with the fact that they have families to feed and stuff. What they’d love even more is if you paid for stuff that hasn’t even come out yet. That’s why this whole notion of “Season Passes” is catching on really quickly.
Gears of War 3 recently allowed you to pay a lot of money to gain access to all future DLC. It works out cheaper for you to approach DLC in this fashion than if you had to pay for it all individually. Well, that’s how they get you to agree to it first that is! Next up, it’s THQ’s turn to make you drop cold, hard cash on stuff you haven’t seen yet.
Saints Row: The Third will have a Season Pass that allows you to gain access to four pieces of DLC while giving you a saving of 15%. Three of those four pieces will be full-on mission packs, and to be fair, just the names of them are enough to seal the deal. “Genkibowl VII”, “Gansgtas in Space” and “The Trouble With Clones” are the mission packs; the fourth piece of DLC will give you access to the “Nyte Blayde” pack, which gives you two outfits, a motor bike and car all designed for hunting vampires. Man, the more I hear about this game, the more insane it sounds.
The upcoming Sony portable, the PlayStation Vita, is nearly out in Japan – 17 December marks the day. For us in the “European territories”, we’ll have to wait until 22 February 2012. Once Sony announced a new proprietary disk medium for the PSV, people started wondering what was going to happen to the pile of UMD games that they bought for their PSP.
Sony has since developed an amicable solution to said quandary: it involves downloading an App onto your PSP called “UMD Registration Application”. Once the free App is sitting pretty on your old PSP, you pop whichever UMD disc you want to transfer to your new PSV, and hit the “Register” button. This will then tie that specific UMD title to your PSN account.
Once your UMD has been tied to your PSN account, you’ll be able to download the digital version of the game at an “agreeable price”. This is obviously publisher specific and not all UMD games will see this digital version become available. At present, Sony Japan says that there are about 200 titles from 40 different publishers ready to be transferred to your PSV.
In a message sent to Steam users by Valve bossman Gabe Newell, it was revealed that the Forum hack that took place a few days ago has led to an intrusion on Steam proper. An outside group has managed to gain access to a database that stored a number of details of Steam users.
In the message, Newell said that Valve does “not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked”. That being said, the company is still advising that everyone keep an eye on their credit card statements while Valve continue to investigate the intrusion.
Amongst the personal information accessed by hackers were: usernames, passwords, billing addresses, games lists, email addresses and encrypted credit card details. Valve has stressed that at this point in time there is no evidence of any Steam accounts having been compromised, but the potential is there.
Do you hear that, Assassin’s Creed fans? That is the sound of inevitability. As next week races closer, so too does the final chapter of Ezio’s story. It’s not all doom and gloom though, because judging by the Revelations launch trailer, our favourite Italian assassin is going out with a bang.
15 November sees the international launch of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Back in September of this year, Ubisoft announced a slight delay in the PC version of the game, stating that it would ship on 02 December 2011. Hey, two and a half weeks later is infinitely better than a couple of months, PC gamers. Don’t pout too hard though, because there’s some awesome news for you still.
Ubisoft has also announced that their God-awful DRM methods for PC games will not be making an appearance in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. While you will have to be online for the first time you launch the PC version, you won’t need a permanent internet connection after that initial activation session. Good news indeed!
Debuted at this year’s Gamescom, Fun Bits Interactive’s Escape Plan focuses on two characters called Lil and Laarge. They look like they’re made out of balloons filled with black gunk. It’s up to you to guide them through a series of puzzles and traps without allowing them to splatter into a viscous, inky paste.
Making use of nearly every input option the PS Vita has available, Escape Plan looks set to offer the “alternative” gameplay experience that every new gaming platform has around its launch time. It’s got a good team working on it as well, with Fun Bits Interactive boasting a number of people from the dev team that brought you Fat Princess.
Check out the clip to see Matt Morton elaborate on their game. This comes straight from the PlayStation Blog so if you want more information then head that way when you’re done.
Ooh Bethesda, how tricksy of you. Yesterday we were all happy to call the “Places and People of Skyrim” clip the last sneak peak. Turns out we (actually, probably maybe just me) were totally wrong because now we have this new clip on the Animation of Skyrim. Not that anyone is complaining or anything.
On top of that, Wired.com recently had a chat with Skyrim director Todd Howard. Considering the sheer scope of the game it’s not surprising that new information continues to trickle out even as we enter the last twenty-four hours before the game’s worldwide release. In that interview Howard explained that, thanks to the new Radiant quest system, there are infinite side quests available for you.
Naturally what this means is that you have less than twenty-four hours to phone everyone you love to tell them that they’ll never see you again. Infinite quests in a Bethesda game? We are all so, so screwed. Hit the jump for the last trailer and details on how your social life is about to come crashing to a halt.
This really should not come as a surprise because a while ago Ubisoft confirmed that the annualised releases of Assassin’s Creed games were really working well for them. In a recent conference call to investors, Ubisoft big cheese Yves Guillemot confirmed that next year will see the release of a “major” new entry into the wildly successful franchise.
With Ezio Auditore’s trilogy drawing to a close in next week’s release of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, the 2012 Assassin’s Creed game will likely be a numerical sequel. There’s been a ton of speculation as to where the franchise will head for Assassin’s Creed III (if it’s even called that) with many pointing towards Japan, China or some time during America’s early history. Note, however, that the header image is fan art and by no means anything official.
In the conference call, Guillemot called next year’s game “another great, full-fledged Assassin’s Creed title.” He went on to advise investors that the game would be a “major release and we will be communicating more about it in the coming months”. So we’ll probably know more by early next year. Alternatively you could watch the short film Assassin’s Creed: Embers as it’s been rumoured to contain hints as to where the series will head next. Embers will release alongside Revelations next week.
Somebody get Calendar Man in here so we can kick repeatedly in the junk. Those of you (me included) frothing at the mouth to don the black cowl and dish out some Bats justice on their PCs, are going to be waiting longer. PC gamers have already had to wait another month, but it’s been confirmed that we’ll wait a little longer.
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has said that the PC edition of Arkham City has been pushed back a further week. This means that the US will be getting it on 22 November and European territories on 25 November. Our wait just got a week longer, which probably isn’t the end of the world.
Interestingly, I received an SMS from BT Games just this morning saying “PC Batman: Arkham City has been delayed until December 2011 by the suppliers. Apologies for the inconvenience.” I shrugged it off as them hedging their bets, but then noticed Joystiq pointing out a “major South African retailer” reporting a December delay. They questioned Warner Brothers about it, but the publisher refused to comment. Time to start investigating! In the meantime, hit the jump for a glorious PC Arkham City tech trailer put together to show PC gamers that the wait will be worth it.
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