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Assassin’s Creed III Coming Later This Year

Yesterday, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed III would be released at the end of October

The announcement came during an earnings calls.  Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, said that the game would be released on October 30th, and that the game has been in development for three years.  It has been said that the next Assassin’s Creed game would complete the story of Desmond, the man that has been the main protagonist throughout all of the Assassin’s Creed releases.

The stories of Desmond’s ancestors Altair and Ezio have come to a close.  Ubisoft has yet to make any sort of official announcement as to whose memories Desmond will be stepping into next.

No announcement has been made concerning which major systems would be getting this latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but it’s safe to assume that the PS3, 360 and PC will all be getting it.  At E3 last year, Nintendo announced that an Assassin’s Creed game would be coming to the Wii U, so perhaps that system will be seeing the next game, as well.

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Nintendo Announces Holiday Release for Wii U

During an earnings report over in Japan, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that by the 2012 holiday season, all major territories (North America, Europe, Japan and Austrailia) would see the release of the Wii U, the successor to the Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo saw extremely strong sales of the Wii throughout much of the systems life-cycle, but this release window comes on the heels of Nintendo announcing it’s first fiscal losses in twenty-five years.

Along with the announcement of an official release date for the Wii U, Mr. Iwata also declared that the Nintendo 3DS would be seeing consistent releases of top-tier, major titles.  The handheld had quite the rocky start early in its release cycle.

Mr. Iwata also announced that at E3 this year, the final form of the Wii U would be revealed.

 

via andriasang.com

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Resident Evil 6 Confirmed

Rumors have been swirling about the Internet, as rumors are wont to do, but Capcom has finally made it official.  Resident Evil 6 has been announced.  Along with the announcement comes the tagline “No Hope Left.”

The game is set to take place ten years after the Raccoon City incident.  And for the first time in franchise history, both Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield will be playable in the same game, though it appears that they won’t be fighting side by side.

Along with the announcement, Capcom has released the first trailer, showing some cutscenes from the game along with what appears to be actual in-game footage.  The game appears to be more along the lines of Resident Evils 4 and 5 in that it’s going to be a more action-oriented horror game as opposed to the old school survivor horror of the earlier games.  Along with some new moves, a couple new characters are shown.  It also looks as if Ada Wong and Ashley Graham will both be returning, as well.

Resident Evil 6 is slated for release on November 22, 2012.

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PS3 Skyrim Lag Issue Finally Being Fixed

Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has had a bit of a rocky launch, to say the least. Problems and glitches have cropped up in both the 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Most are forgivable, not to mention downright amusing. Some have made the game next to unplayable.

Bethesda has finally announced via Twitter that with the release of the 1.4 patch, “planned for later this month,” the ongoing framerate issue for PS3 owners will finally be addressed and will hopefully no longer be a problem.

Very noticeable framerate stuttering and overall lag both occur in the PS3 version, greatly reducing the enjoyment of the game, if numerous online forum complaints are to be believed. These problems occur in Skyrim games that have logged around 60 hours of play time.  Other issues have included game freezes and textures not loading, though these issues have already been addressed in the previous patches.

It’s a shame that PS3 users had to wait so long for such a huge problem to be addressed, especially seeing as 360 users had their problems taken care of so much sooner. At least it’s finally being handled. Here’s hoping no other potentially game-breaking problems pop up.

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It looks like we will be seeing PS4 and Xbox 720 this year at E3!

Ironically named Michael French of the UK gaming blog MCVUK.com just broke the best and worst news any hardcore gamer can hear: The next generation of home consoles will be revealed in a massive way this E3. That’s right, this June Microsoft and Sony will take off their respective hats and toss them into the arena that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Couple that with the launch date and firm price point of Nintendo’s next home offering in the Wii-U being announced this summer, and we will have a console war on our hands that we haven’t seen since the early 90’s.

Microsoft has long been rumoured to detail its next-gen plans at E3 2012, and MCV’s third-party publishing sources claim the firm had signalled to partners this will happen.

The 360 is one of the longest-serving games consoles in history. But the real surprise is an  early move from Sony. Execs at the PlayStation firm have made it clear to third-parties that they will not be left behind this time.

We’ve gotten every ounce of water that is the stone, Xbox 360…It’s good to start anew. The PS3 seems like it has a few more good years left in it though. What do you guys think, will we be seeing these consoles in 2013 or are they going to blow us away with a holiday 2012 release? Highly unlikely, but a guy can hope.

Read Michael French’s original post here.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator rises from the ashes, goes free to play

BY JASON NAWARA

Remember when Microsoft Flight Simulator was making 386’s weep and players without the wherewithal to learn what seemed like thousands of hotkeys were stalling immediately upon takeoff? Those were good times, and now we can relive them again-for free. Microsoft Flight Simulator has taken some time off, regrouped, and is now set for a release sometime in 2012 as a free to play DLC game. Microtransactions will be the order of the day as players will be able to purchase aircraft, the Hawaiian islands and more for minimal fees.

Those afraid of the crushing hardware specs needed to play the previous MFS games need not be, the game is optimized to run over a wide range of PC’s, from your five year old Dell to the rig you just built in your basement over the holidays. The game looks great and I can’t wait to take to the skies…For free of course.

Here’s the latest gameplay trailer that came out today.

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Oh no! Arkham City Impostors is delayed!

BY JASON NAWARA

Just as we were preparing to get our joyous little hands on Gotham City Impostors next week, it gets delayed until God knows when. Actually, lets see here…According to a press release from the developer, we won’t be able to battle our customizable henchmen and Batmen until some undisclosed date in February, which is massively disappointing.

If you haven’t heard, Arkham City Impostors is a first person shooter that throws you into the technicolor jumpsuits of the Joker’s henchmen and the boots of a gang of Batman wannabes. The game features an amazing degree of customization and out of the box shooter mechanics that look to set the standard for DLC games. Will Arkham City Impostors be awesome enough to knock Battlefield 1943 off it’s DLC shooter throne? I guess we will have to wait til February to find out.

To ease the pain (or enhance it?), here’s one of the latest Dev blogs going over the wild customization options for your character in the game.

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Nintendo tribute drawing features over 300 video game characters

Artist Luis Carrasquillo worked on this massive piece for nearly ten months, and features 304 characters from classic and modern Nintendo games. The poster includes favorites from Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon, Kirby, and even some obscure names from Pikmin, Earthbound, and Elite Beat Agents, as well as some third party characters like Sonic the Hedgehog.

Luis had this to say about his reasoning for making this illustration:

This artwork is a tribute to Nintendo. A company who help build the videogame industry and until this day is still revolutionizing the landscape of videogames and creating new exciting experiences for gamers of all ages.

The company who have given us classic games such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Metroid along with modern classics such as Pokémon, Pikmin and Super Smash Bros. The company who have given us iconic characters such as Mario, Pikachu, Link, Samus and Donkey Kong. The company who’s innovations include shoulder buttons, control stick, rumble feature, first console 3D platformer, controllable camera, hub worlds, Z-targeting, dual screen/touch screen gameplay, motion controls and 3D gaming without glasses.

You can check out the full-sized image on Luis’ Deviant Art page at this link here, along with a list of every single character in the poster!

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Nintendo reveals official Zelda timeline

Recently, Kotaku unveiled the official timeline from Miyamoto’s “Legend of Zelda” video game series, thanks to a new art book from Nintendo celebrating the franchises’ 25th anniversary. While the preview was in Japanese initially, the book has now been released to the masses, and here is all the info in English.

In addition to listing the games in order, the book also provides some additional background information and commentary, along with names for each of the disparate “eras” in the parallel Zeldaverses. In case you were wondering, most of the timeline is backwards, with the oldest games at the bottom and newer ones on top, with the exception of the GBA and Nintendo DS games which have their own timelines going on.

Is this book canon or just some fan-made trash> Well, the added translations reveal that the book’s “supervising editor” was Zelda boss Eiji Aonuma, so I believe that means we can say this is pretty official.

Check out the official enormous image below, which is the pic on the right (just click on it to enlarge it to full size)!

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Winter is coming, and so is the “Game of Thrones” video game

Here’s a first look at the “Game of Thrones” game coming out next year for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Made by Cyanide Studios and Atlus, this trailer gives us a good glimpse of “The Wall,” which you will be seeing plenty of in season two of the series on HBO. What will happen there? Ask someone else, this is a spoiler free zone!

Cyanide is the same company that created the Game of Thrones strategy game which flopped earlier this year, so this action-oriented game may be the kick in the pants this franchise needs to get on the right track. I would like to expound further on what I predict for the game, but you can’t talk about “A Song of Fire and Ice” without giving away spoilers, so enjoy the trailer and remember – when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.

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