In a recent interview with GamePro’s German cousin concerning Battlefield 3 being unmoddable, there was a little bit of info that nearly slipped through the net that Patrick Soderlund, EA’s Senior Vice President, mentioned the company is working on something to do with the franchise.
Now, if I were to ask what you look for in a game, I’d highly doubt, or would hope not, that any of you say that it would be 60 FPS. Apparently Glen Schofield, General Manager for Sledgehammer Games thinks it is.
For those of you unaware, Sledgehammer are assisting Infinity Ward with the latest in the Call of Duty series. Schofield, in an interview with AusGamers, hyped up the graphics side, naming anonymous competition – Battlefield 3 jumps to mind instantly – that they will be the only shooter released in that period to be capable of this, and confidently stated that he was “not sure any of our competitors will”
Johan Andersson of DICE made a good counter-point on Twitter, stating that:
“We think huge levels, lots of players, great effects, destruction, vehicles & varied gameplay are more important than 1080p, how is that a shame? Name a single FPS game that runs at 1080p on any of the consoles? We would have to do huge gameplay cuts.”
As it stands, I’m looking forward to both games, but the rivalry is huge now – will make the situation even more interesting when the reviews flood in for both titles.
It appears that EA are heavily trying to push the newest challenger to Steam. It has been notedthat Crysis 2 has been taken down from the Steam stores, and it’s not strictly a region thing, as it has been happening worldwide.
Various websites are reporting the takedown, though there is no indication whether this has been an accident, or who took it down, whether it was Steam as punishment for EA launching a rival service, or EA wanting a larger share of projects from their most recent big game.
Mind you, with no official word from either side, it’s purely speculation as to the reasons, but many are looking at EA to be the instigator in this new situation
UPDATE: It appears a statement has been sent to GiantBomb that leads a new twist in the story that has the majority confused. The following statement has been released from EA.
“It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA. Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam. Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including GameStop, Amazon, Origin.com and more.”
As more information trickles through, the ball is right now in Steam’s court, but those who thought EA did the dirty must be in a precarious position now. As yet, there is no solid info about what these new rules are, but needless to say, we will find out when Steam try and not look like the villains.
I noticed a whole lot of trailer came out this week for games that may not have huge followings on the site, but still should atleast have small ones. So in preperation for Monday I have decided to round them up in this convieniant news post. If any new trailers come out that don’t exactly warrant their own post I will place them in here after the fact. Enjoy these trailers after the jump.
If you haven’t looked into the Dead Space series yet, now might be the time to do so! EA dropped both the original Dead Space 1 and its sequel by 40% on the EA Store, putting the original Dead Space at $11.99 and Dead Space 2 at $23.99. That sets your total to $35.98 This is the download version only, but honestly if you do some searching you can probably find physical copies for a similar price.
Either way, this one is available right here and now for playing. So if you’re feeling a survival horror itch, it might be a good idea to pounce on this deal. The sale lasts all weekend.
Shadows of the DAMNED! is a third person action game formed with the partnership of Grasshopper Manufacture (Well known for their niche games such as Killer7 and No More Heroes) and EA Interactive (Known for their even more niche games such as M.U.L.E, Terra Driver and whatever Madden is). The game is set to come out in America for June 21st after being pushed back by two weeks. To lessen the wait, Suda51 and Shinji Mikami (The developers of the game) prepared a rather bizarre (and that’s putting it LIGHTLY) trailer demonstrating some of the gameplay concepts they introduced in the game along with some more gameplay footage. Anyone who can remember as far back as 2006 will remember that Grasshopper released some concept art for a game called Kurayami which seems to have a lot of the concepts from that game introduced into Shadows. The trailer can be viewed after the jump.
American McGee’s Alice has a sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, making it’s way to consoles pretty soon. But the original which was supposed to be released on consoles never saw it’s release there. It was only released on PC where it gained a very large cult following. From a quote with an interview with American himself Destructoid has derived that it will be included as a DLC code with pre-order.
“There’s also going to be a pretty significant release which is the original Alice brought over to the consoles so that a person who’s purchased [the upcoming sequel] Madness Returns gets a download code and is able to bring Alice 1 onto their consoles and play through the entire original game alongside playing Madness Returns.” EA is apparently not talking about it, but it sounds both likely and cool. For those of you who never got to check out the original prepare to be underwhelmed, but still it is nice to see the new games roots.
Shadows of the Damned is the product of an unusual collaboration between Grasshopper Manufacture (Creators of Killer7 and the No More Heroes series) and EA (the company that EVERYONE knows because they publish Soukyugurentai under the name Terra Diver to the US, making it the first time a Raizing game has made its way to western territories… and EA make a couple of sports games that no-one really knows much about). The game focuses on Garcia Hotspur’s quest to go into the depths of Hell to rescue his girlfriend. Some new concept art from the game was recently released today showing some of the nightmareish monsters from the game including monsters with minotaurs clouded in electricity, Zombies with exoskeletons and a guy with a cage round his face. See the full roster after the jump.
Bioware is looking to finally bridge the upcoming Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 2 with their new DLC, Mass Effect: Arrival. The story is focused around a mission to save a spy who has information on a coming Reaper invasion. Presumably, this is the very same invasion that will become the focal point for Mass Effect 3. You can pick it up on the 29th, the Tuesday after the launch of the 3DS.
Fancy yourself some Mirrors Edge? Wish there was a sequel? Well, as of right now it doesn’t seem to be in EA’s agenda. But why exactly?
While Mirrors Edge was somewhat successful, it didn’t really make a hit like Dead Space did. There were quite a few issues in terms of design for Mirrors Edge and it wasn’t as strong as Dead Space in the market. EA said they’re still trying to “figure out how to bring Mirror’s Edge back.”
EA doesn’t want to simply toss it out there and appeal only to the previous audience. Instead, they want to be able to expand the franchise, so they are treading cautiously for now.
“We need to go from version one to version two so that it sells two to three times as many, it finds a much bigger audience.”