Monthly Archives: September 2011
Microsoft announced this morning that Gears of War 3 surpassed three million sales during its first week at retail. The publisher also reveled in this small window of opportunity to say that Gears 3, in just one week, “has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date.” That’s a record it’ll be lucky to hold past November 8 when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 drops.
The success of the latest sequel also pushes the Gears of War franchise over the billion dollar mark in lifetime sales, Microsoft claims. It is also the only Xbox 360-exclusive franchise to reach this milestone after being introduced during the current console generation — ruling out the longer-running Halo for that ultra-specific sales commendation.
About upcoming Gears of War 3 campaign DLC, designer Cliff Bleszinski shared some additional details, explaining that the story won’t be focused on the game’s core cast.
And though it won’t be based on the Gears of War graphic novels either, former Stranded-turned-COG Michael Barrick will appear.
“No, it won’t be the graphic novel, but it will have all new campaign content that doesn’t have Marcus, Dom, Cole and Baird in it,” Bleszinski wrote. “Expect Barrick and more…”
PlayStation Home community manager “Locust_Star” posted on the PlayStation Blog today, announcing the 1.55 update and some patch features arriving prior to the big relaunch. Included in 1.55 are an improved “start-up flow,” some wardrobe and furniture browser tweaks and the ability to manually clear the PlayStation Home cache on your HDD.
Outside of technical stuff, Home has also added some new costumes, spaces and Loot, a game that lets players record and download their own custom videos right to their hard drives. There’s also YouTube functionality for those must-share Quincying moments.
Need for Speed: The Run’s demo will be available on October 18. It’s running out in advance of the game’s November 15 release date.
According to EA, the demo places you behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni, in a desert setting. Additionally, you’ll somehow get access to an in-game 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S if you “refer a friend” to the demo.
Nintendo will soon release a black Wii Fit Plus console bundle in the UK, which looks to retail for £99.99 ($155).
Arriving October 7, the bundle includes a black Wii console with Wii Remote Plus, a black Balance Board and a copy of Wii Fit Plus.
Battlefield 3’s open multiplayer beta is now available for all on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The infantry focused “Operation Metro” map is the sampler for the beta, pitting two sides against each other in Rush Mode. One team defends, while the other attempts to destroy several sets of objectives.
The beta will end on October 10. And the full game will hit stores and EA’s Origin shop on October 25.
According to purported plot details published by Siliconera,
“”Electronic Arts is developing a new Dead Space game. No surprise there, but it doesn’t take place on a spaceship. Dead Space 3 is set on Tau Volantis, an icy planet where Isaac Clarke has to wade through white-out blizzard conditions.
Early in Dead Space 3, Isaac crash lands on the planet. He believes he may be the only survivor and makes his way to an abandoned waystation, which he uses for shelter from the snowstorm. There he finds a survivor who is severely injured. Isaac speaks to the near dead comrade who reveals there are other survivors that trekked off to another facility. One of them is Ellie, a key character from the original Dead Space game. Isaac grabs a snowsuit and heads into the blizzard.
Later in the game, Isaac reunites with Ellie and a new character named Jennifer. The trio scale a mountain, but Jennifer is reluctant to do so. She’s a tech type excited over finding a codex and plans to reverse engineer research by a group called Rosetta to gain access to it. As they climb up the mountain, they hear a howl from below, but cannot spot what kind of creature made the sound.
The enemies in Dead Space 3 are being referred to as “the hive mind.”
This news comes from our mole that sent us details about Electronic Arts’ Syndicate reboot a few months early (stories: here and here). Pictures are from previous Dead Space games.””
The change of location (if accurately reported) sounds a lot like Lost Planet, though we won’t hear more until EA decides to announce Dead Space 3 officially. Last we heard, Dead Space 2 had shipped over 2 million copies — enough to be deemed one of EA’s “strong, growing franchises.”
Windows Phone 7.5 (AKA Mango) is now officially ready to get pushed to existing devices, and in a big way. Taking lessons Microsoft learned from the update debacle that was NoDo, the company’s eager to do a much more efficient (and quick) job of rolling out its latest revamp. While Redmond didn’t offer any exact details on which phones would be the lucky recipients right away, it’ll be keeping the masses posted through its “where’s my phone update” page. If your handset is listed, hook it up to your computer, load the Zune client and there should be a lovely message waiting for you. As always, don’t feel too discouraged if your device isn’t available right away, since these rollouts have a habit of taking a bit of time to get to everyone.
In addition to the rollout, the Web Marketplace will also make its debut, giving Windows Phone users the opportunity to do what Android users already enjoy — the ability to surf for apps online and have them downloaded directly on the phone with no sideloading required. There’s one bit of sad news to relay to anyone that already has a Windows Phone, however: Microsoft confirmed to us that Internet Sharing — the long-awaited mobile hotspot functionality — will not be available for existing devices. There’s no word on if this will be offered through a future update or if it’s a permanent deal, but at least it’s only a single thorn in an entire rose garden of good news.
Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has revealed. The chances of Gears of War continuing past trilogy-ending instalment number three are high,
In fact, he told Ripten “it would be completely dumb not to do another one”, should Gears of War 3 sell as Epic hopes it will.
“Well there’s always the Peter Jackson route, right? Do The Hobbit or something like that,” said Bleszinski.
“I mean, we’re business people. Gears 1 and 2 sold about six million copies, so if this game comes out and, God willing, sells eight or ten million, it would be completely dumb to not do another one. It’s just business 101.
“The key is figuring out what’s appropriate – what makes sense for this connected world that we’re moving into? That remains to be seen. That’s the million dollar question.”
It’s likely Microsoft will also be keen to see Gears of War continue, as Epic’s chunky shooter series has been a pin-up for Xbox 360 since the very start of this generation.
If you picked up a new Gears of War 3 console and are now wondering how to transfer your data from your previous Xbox 360 S? Well, we have a solution for you! We have a new cable (pictured) that will handle Xbox 360 S to Xbox 360 S transfers. Head over to xbox.com/transfer to see how you can order the proper transfer cable.