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Amidst the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo, BioWare unveiled a few more choice bits regarding Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Particularly, the game has had a longer pre-production cycle than either Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect, or Dragon Age: 2. One level in the game is supposedly as big as all of Dragon Age 2‘s levels, though it’s unclear what form of ‘big’ they meant.
In more specific news, party equipment customization is coming back, with armor tailored to whoever is wearing it. The main character is human again, but the origin stories of the first game will also be incorporated; not playable, but with a presumably similar impact on the overall game. Past choices may not involve save game imports, though details were not given on this. Regarding followers from previous games, the answer was “You may see what happened to some.”
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition has a release window of late autumn 2013.
BioWare has announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, planned for release in late 2013. Little is yet known about the project, though executive producer Mark Darrah confirmed that many people from past Dragon Age teams are on board for this one. Cue “nobody expected” jokes in three… two…
Or so we’re supposed to think, I guess. Hey, everybody! We’re on time this week! Let’s not dawdle, here’s what’s going on:
- Microsoft unveils the Surface, a powerful new tablet with a keyboard cover
that may cost $800-$1000we’ll discuss price later
- Nintendo shows off a new, bigger 3DS with a longer battery life, possibly at the expense of the whole ‘portable’ thing.
- Persona 4: The Golden gives Vita sales a shot in the arm. Good game Sony, now you just need, oh, another couple dozen of those.
- A week after EA’s Origin pointman says they won’t be offering “going out of business” deep discounts, Origin offers deep discounts. EA GOING OUT OF BUSINESS FULL STORY AT 11
- Squenix might bring Final Fantasy VII to Steam, if only they could get it to work. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy XI continues to print money.
- Sega launches a browser-based card game for Valkyria Chronicles, to be depicted in the TBS miniseries, “How to Ruin Everything Beautiful in This World.”
- Blizzard suspends digital Diablo III sales briefly to combat goldfarmers, another Capcom fighting game veteran leaves for greener pastures, and more!
Yeah, I watched the Idolm@ster anime. What can I say? I indulge in the occasional weird Japanese thing. Went better than expected, although I’m not wading into the games anytime soon unless one can guarantee more box malfunctions.
Right then, to the news! This week we have the following:
- UK retailer GAME files for administration, the UK equivalent of Chapter 11.
Which means it’s game overNO MUST RESIST THE OBVIOUS PUN
- Meanwhile, Zynga buys out Omgpop, makers of Draw Something, for a whopping $200 million. They’re gonna have to sell a lot of Zynga funbucks to make it up.
- BioWare plans “clarification” DLC for the Mass Effect 3 ending. Forbes, by the way, has a better read on this fiasco than most games media outlets; spoilers aplenty, but give this article a read when you get time.
- Dragon Age 2 winds down as the team gets ready for Dragon Age 3. Presumably they’re all just glad they’re not the Mass Effect team right about now.
- Speaking of dragons, Dragon’s Dogma‘s producer wants to sell ten million copies worldwide. I’m just going to leave that there and let you picture it.
- Yet another producer, this one for Resident Evil: Revelations, tells the truth and breaks my heart about where the survival horror genre has gone in recent years.
- GameStop’s standing in retail is examined, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition gets confirmed for the iPad, the .Hack series gets a fighting game, and more!
Via Twitter, Dragon Age 2 executive producer Mark Darrah has revealed that planned DLC for the game – titled Exalted March – has been halted in mid-production. The reason for this came later, as Darrah further announced the Dragon Age 2 team has officially moved their focus to “the next phase of Dragon Age‘s future.” Darrah added that the team has spent time reexamining BioWare’s older titles, looking at “new possibilities that today’s industry allows.”
Hey-hey! Are you all excited? I know I am, because a Giants-Patriots rematch in the Super Bowl means we’ll get more of this classy gentleman. Seriously, Carl’s locks make the NFL worth watching long after your team has washed out because you didn’t have a backup quarterback.
Me? Bitter? Pshaw. Anyway, here’s the latest:
- SOPA and PIPA have been shelved in response to public outcry and prolonged protest. Major backers withdrawing their support might’ve had something to do with that, too.
- And yet despite the bills not passing, the FBI and DoJ had no trouble shutting down Megaupload and arresting people in New Zealand. Why, it’s almost like Washington already has broad powers to pursue people in other countries.
- Commentary: despite the bills being on hold for now, expect this issue to resurface at some point. Google “Congress riders” for just one worrying example.
- All this begs the question of what can be done going forward, both about piracy and the clumsy responses to it. Ars Technica offers in-depth solutions. I would start with “try treating your customers like people for a change.”
- Meanwhile at BioWare, The Old Republic suffers an unfortunate PvP issue right when it can least afford one. This wouldn’t be quite such a problem if the game weren’t so expensive to produce.
- Mass Effect 3 aims to ditch the mission-based structure of Mass Effect 2, going for something more fluid and constant. You mean like Mass Effect 1, right?
- Zynga buys more mobile game studios. Yes, Zynga, because that’s what you were doing wrong: not buying enough smaller companies.
Happy New Year, everybody! Welcome back, time to round up the news as per usual. Today’s selection should serve as a healthy reminder that not all publicity is good publicity, as the good David Bowie can attest to. Here’s what went down over break:
- The PS Vita launched in Japan, moving fewer than expected numbers and with several software glitches. Even straight-up hardware reviews were mixed, like this one from Joystiq. Sony is probably relieved that’s all they had to worry about.
- BioWare’s co-founder hints that they’re taking cues from open-world games, including Skyrim, for Dragon Age 3. Oil, meet water.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 also sold less than anticipated, which was a total surprise to people that have no idea how sequels work.
- A Firefox add-on subverts DNS blockades like the ones proposed by the Stop Online Piracy Act… before the Act is even released. No prize for second place, Congress!
- Leaked email chains provoke the internet to converge on one Ocean Marketting (typo intentional) and its hilariously awful one-man operation. The Mayor of Boston is now a meme.
- Nintendo finally unveils the official Legend of Zelda timeline. All three of them. That high-pitched collective cry of anguish you’re hearing is the fandom trying to sort this out.
- Star Wars: the Old Republic finally launches, the Big Three “kind of” withdraw their support of SOPA, and more!
All right, back in business! Just in time to let you all know that, naturally, there will not be a podcast on Christmas Day. Enjoy the holidays everyone, and I’ll see you all in the new year! Until then let us dig into the bigger happenings this week (and 2011 in general), including the following:
- Zynga went public and entered its first day of trading, starting at $10/share and never quite getting higher. You may want to get popcorn for this.
- Nintendo partnered with the Louvre to use its 3DS as an interactive display guide. Yes, that Louvre.
- Meanwhile, DJ Deadmau5
lost and then recoveredpretended to lose a demo PS Vita in a cab, while a boat named the PlayStation Vita was capsized at sea. What’s the over/under on these being roundabout marketing schemes versus ill omens?
- Square Enix got hacked, with the scope of the theft not known but the company certain no credit card information was leaked. Affected users were heard to collectively say “Oh no, not again.”
- CD Projekt pursued Witcher 2 pirates, stating that being anti-DRM and anti-piracy aren’t mutually exclusive. I am forced to conclude they are trying to confuse the internet, and it’s working.
- 2011 roundup: my own Top 5 for major events in the gaming industry, from the awesome to the shocking to the just plain sad.
- Naughty Dog claims The Last of Us will have a heavy story focus (oh, boy), Pokemon partakes in a most unusual crossover, and much more! Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Zynga All the Way’ »
The news never stops, which in that respect is very much like Skyrim. But I digress. The Spike VGAs have given us plenty of material, and thus tonight’s topics include:
- The nominees, broken down: Skyrim wins GOTY, Dragon Age 2 somehow got on a ‘best of’ list for RPGs, Witcher 2 is looking mighty snubbed…
- …although the train of unneeded celebrities, lackluster announcements, and literal on-stage teabagging did a fine job distracting from the awards themselves. And we wonder why gaming is still seen as immature.
- Meanwhile, with the VGAs posing as E3 Lite, speculation abounds that the actual E3 could come to an end (as we know it).
- A team of students at George Washington University use Kinect for other than its intended purpose, netting a $100,000 scholarship. And they complain about the kids today!
- Shiggy scares everybody with a Wired interview, saying he’s stepping down, prompting a panic until he can finish the sentence with “to smaller projects.”
- GSC Game World closes its doors, signalling an end to the eccentric yet beloved S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Let’s drink to them once more.
- Namco-Bandai wins their suit re: Witcher 2 distribution in Europe, the 3DS sells 3 million units in Japan, Square Enix moves FFXIV to a paid subscription, and more!
The weekend ain’t over just yet! Although I’ll be glad when it is, and I can leave the stench of disappointing football behind me. Why, Cutler, why did you have to leave us when you were finally doing good?! Giants, why did you have to let Green Bay win again?! It just ain’t fair, man.
Oh right, I should probably talk about the news. In today’s episode:
- Nintendo finally deigns to release Xenosaga on this side of the pond. Next up: The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, AKA “That third one I keep forgetting.”
- Gamestop reveals the price of Vita memory cards, prompting an outcry. Sony tries to reassure people by restating that they’ve learned little from the PSP’s launch.
- Electronic Arts plans to put action-horror game Dead Space into an FPS, a space shooter, and an Uncharted-a-like. Also in the works: collectable card game, rhythm game, and multiplayer. And speaking of multiplayer…
- …rumor has it that Dragon Age 3 may join Mass Effect 3 in that regard, likely some kind of battle arena. My question: how many hats are involved?
- Tetris on iOS will feature a subscription service. Is any comment really necessary on this? God, I hope not.
- GamePro dies and goes down the tubes. We shall forever remember its sage advice – its tips, if you were – given from the pros themselves.
- AMD gets out of the PC processor market to focus on mobiles, I turned 30 this week, and more!
To counter the deluge of TGS news, BioWare recently revealed more DLC for Dragon Age 2 is in development. Mark of the Assassin puts Hawke in touch with, surprise surprise, an assassin by the name of Tallis (voiced by Felicia Day). Tallis convinces Hawke to join up for a heist of sorts involving the heavily guarded estate of an Orlesian baron. Even money says the head of a certain famous statue won’t be in this one.
Good evening, folks! My kingdom for a newsman fedora, but the show must go on. At least until Deus Ex: Human Revolution lures me back in with its siren song. Goddamn but that game is hard to put down. Anyway, let’s get to the news:
- GameStop opens PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution to remove OnLive coupons. Square Enix, like everyone else, had forgotten GameStop sells PC games.
- MCV conducts a survey of games journalists about the industry, with some surprising consistency in their answers. Check the full thing out here, it’s worth a read.
- Steve Jobs vacates his position as Apple’s CEO, prompting everybody to panic before he can finish his sentence with “…but staying on the board of directors.”
- BioWare’s Greg Zeschuk gives an interview with VG 24/7; the internet hears ‘RPGs’ and ‘less relevant’ and takes it from there. Go Team Knee-jerk! (Full disclosure: I do mourn the absence of big-budget Baldur’s Gate-style RPGs.)
- EA and Starbreeze Studios may be developing a new Syndicate game. Somewhere, Peter Molyneux is feeling an unexplained pang of regret and loss.
- A Latitude Research survey attempts to dispel old myths about gamers, the .hack series gets a movie when they really need a (better) game, and more!
Damn but it was hard to focus and get this done. Human Revolution is right there on my hard drive, locked away and waiting for a signal from the Steam mothership to grant access. Buuuut I guess while I’m waiting we should get to the news. Here’s what’s going on this week:
- Following sluggish sales, Japanese retailers begin scaling down 360 business. Microsoft, trying sticking anime girls on more things next time. Hey, it worked for Windows 7.
- Valve’s Gabe Newell responds to the whole EA-taking-its-games-off-Steam thing. Gabe, if they threaten Mass Effect 3, for the love of god just give them what they ask for. It’s not worth the risk, man.
- Sony and Nintendo have a crazy-off, chopping features out of new PSP and Wii models in Europe. I’m short on explanations that don’t involve hallucinogens.
- Nintendo announces The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower for Europe, while ShopTo.net reports “unexpected late demand” for Xenoblade Chronicles. Well, gosh, where could that possibly be coming from?
- Star Wars: The Old Republic may actually need a limited launch to keep servers running smoothly. No, that still doesn’t make it a World of Warcraft killer, stop asking.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution is rumored to be region-locked in Europe, until Squenix drops this idea after being warned it may be illegal in response to fan outcry. Hooray!
- Seriously guys, we’re getting another Deus Ex in a matter of days oh god I forgot to turn off italics I don’t even care eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – My Business is Augmented’ »
Greetings to you all on this lovely Sunday, or as the media calls it, “two days until the world ends.” The debt ceiling might be on everyone’s mind these days – actually job creation is, or at least it should be – but we’ve still got some gaming news to cover. In tonight’s gravity-defying* episode:
- The Big N announces a sizable price drop on the 3DS and Iwata takes the heat for low sales numbers. Some say this is brilliant, others that it’s risky; smarter people say it’s both.
- Alleged members of LulzSec are under increasing scrutiny from the UK authorities, leading to at least one arrest. This is what happens, Larry! This is what happens when you [censored by Standards and Practices]!
- Dragon Age 2 disappears from Steam in the wake of their Legacy DLC release, and EA and Valve bicker despite making so much money together off Portal 2. Somewhere, Bobby Kotick is giggling like a schoolgirl.
- A major Battlefield 3 release party holds a “No girls allowed” stipulation. Apparently, booting less-than-ideal representatives of the online community requires actual work.
- THQ ends the Red Faction series, wondering why people found a corridor shooter about killing aliens in a cave less interesting than a sandbox destruction simulator on the surface of Mars.
- Kinectimals DLC will add bears to the game. The title: Kinectimals: Now With Bears! Would that more DLC could be so honest.
- Lastly, I offer some pointers about the debt ceiling fiasco: how we got here, what might happen, and what (little) we can do about it.
BioWare has unveiled Legacy, the first downloadable add-on for Dragon Age 2. A criminal cartel have begun hunting for “the blood of Hawke,” an obvious concern for the like-named protagonist, and the description indicates you’ll travel to a Grey Warden prison in order to get to the bottom of things. Apart from new locations, the content will grant an upgradeable, class-specific weapon and reveal “the harsh truth” about the Hawke family’s history.
Legacy goes live on July 26, with the usual DLC pricing of $9.99 on PSN and 800 MS/BioWare funbucks for 360 and PC. More details can be found on the official site.
Goooooooood evening! Hope all of you are braving the latest storm of the century, seems like we get one of those every five minutes. And then the sun comes out at the end of it just to spite us, that’s just unfair. But I digress. It’s time for What Happened This Week, and all the unusual merriment the topic brings. In tonight’s topics:
- China was revealed to have used prisoners for goldfarming in an unusual twist on forced labor. Well, at least nobody can opt out of raid night.
- Zynga prepares for an IPO in two weeks. Gamers and financial experts look at each other and shrug, gamers with financial knowledge (or vice versa) start panicking.
- Sony plans its bone-crushing five hour E3 event. Someone’s compensating for something, like an unexpected loss even before the hack took place.
- On the other hand, the PS4 won’t see the Big McLargehuge development costs of the PS3. So, hey, they learned something. I hope.
- On BioWare looking for artists. Yes, Dragon Age 2 dropped the ball in several areas. Yes, Dragon Age III is still a day one pickup for me. Yes, I am a consumer whore.
- Speaking of which, CD Projekt patches out DRM from retail copies of The Witcher 2. Oh CDP, you had me at hello!
- President Obama gets strange (and awesome) gifts, GRIN blames Square for its bankruptcy, and more!
Care of Twitter comes the not-too-surprising announcement that Dragon Age III is in the works. Specifically, one Alistair McNally, BioWare’s senior director of creative development, tweeted that they’re looking for “exceptional environment artists” to work on the next installment of the series.
Goooood evening, friends! It’s news roundup time, and have we got some stories for you. Here’s the latest:
- Stardock CEO speaks out on selling Impulse to GameStop, but the reasoning behind the sale remains unclear. Also, he claims his fingers were broken in a “boking” accident.
- Nintendo and Sony commiserate over stock price and handheld launch woes. Those two should get together more often.
- Sony says price isn’t a make-or-break factor for a platform’s launch. Uh-oh.
- Rumor mill discussion over an alleged Sony insider leaking E3 2011 details. Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton to fight to the death confirmed.
- EA thinks it can take on Zynga. Details to follow in the documentary Wall Street 3: Make Games or Die Trying.
- Ubisoft thinks it can take on EA and Activision. Their likely response: “Ubi-who now?”
- BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 deal, PopCap Games loses their mind, and much more!
For those Dragon Age fans who may be a bit behind on a certain other epic role-playing series, BioWare has just the deal for you. To celebrate Dragon Age 2 hitting the one million mark in two weeks, BioWare is now offering free downloadable copies of Mass Effect 2 alongside it. The deal is accessible through registered copies of Dragon Age 2 for any platform, though the download code is for PC only.
Players have until the end of the month to redeem their codes, and all purchases beforehand are eligible. Further details and instructions can be found at the official site.