In the News – 1st March

The release date for Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite has been revealed: October 16th in the US, and on October 19th internationally, for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  The game will also support the PlayStation Move motion controller, with more details to follow later.. though Eurogamer spotted a “special” BioShock Infinite peripheral on Sony’s website back in November.

Mojang have released Minecraft 1.2 today, adding a slew of new features including new blocks and items, a new jungle biome and a map height limit of 256.  On the creature front, ocelots become cats when tamed, and tamed wolves can now have puppies!

Villagers will now have children, assuming there is space in the village, and they now have protection in the form of iron golems.  They’ll be needed.. as the zombies now have an improved AI!

This update was swiftly followed by another quick update to fix an issue with missing birch and pine trees!

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is to have a large chunk of DLC added later this month: The Legend of Dead Kel features a new area with eight to ten hours of gameplay.  GamesRadar previewed the DLC here.

DLC for DC Universe Online has also been announced, and will be made available from March 14th.  Battle for Earth will be the third DLC for the MMO, and adds a new powerset and raid set on Wonder Woman’s home island, Themyscira, with a final battle against Brainiac.

Are customers being exploited by publishers and developers with an endless supply of DLC?  Read our blog post.. and let us know what you think!

Meanwhile, Trion has launched four weeks of celebrations for RIFT‘s one year anniversary!  The Carnival of the Ascended is a world event with bonus XP, mini-games and prizes.. as well as solo, group and raid content.  Between 8th March and the 14th March, veteran players can return to their high-level characters, while new players can join and level up to 20 for free with RIFT Lite, without committing to a subscription.

The first reviews for THQ and Illfonic’s super-fast arena shooter Nexuiz have appeared, and though it scored well with IGN, it apparently failed to impress others, with one of the lowest scores coming from Destructoid.

Previews of Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3 have started to appear, with a quick round-up on VG247.. all seem quite positive so far.  The game itself is out in the UK on the 18th May for consoles, and on 1st June for the PC.

The Indie Royale Alpha Collection finished today, having sold 15,624 bundles containing Towns, 3079 and Wyv and Keep.  Our impressions of the games can be found here.

The Indie Gala 2 is still available to purchase, featuring up to 13 indie games and 9 albums on a pay what you want scheme, with larger donations unlocking more of the games.  The highest tier for this bundle includes the contents of the first Indie Gala for those who missed it.

The new games are: Roboblitz, Greed Corp, Bunch of Heroes, Critical Mass, Fortix 2 and Hacker Evolution.. the contents of the first Indie Gala were: Zombie Shooter, Zombie Shooter 2, Hacker Evolution: Duality, Hacker Evolution: Untold, Your Doodles are Bugged! and inMomentum. You can currently pick all these up for just $8.04!  We put together some quick impressions of Fortix 2, Greed Corp, Bunch of Heroes, Roboblitz and Critical Mass: check it out here.

Retailer GAME have been in the news over the past few weeks with reports that they won’t be stocking a variety of games.  The latest loss for GAME is their stock of EA games, including Mass Effect 3, with the retailer forced to offer customers refunds on pre-orders.  GAME have tried to pass these off as “supply issues”, with Ian Shepherd, CEO of The Game Group, telling shareholders that this is a temporary problem.

Zynga are launching their own games portal, Zynga.com, where people can play the likes of Farmville without going through Facebook.  Zynga’s use of the Facebook platform means they pay 30% of any Facebook Credit transactions to them, and have been suggestions that Zynga would eventually try to leave in order to escape the fee.  However, current plans are to continue to use Facebook Credits as the payment system for virtual goods in Zynga’s games.

Facebook themselves could be in trouble, as their Facebook Credits virtual currency may be in breach of US antitrust laws designed to prevent anti-competitive behaviour.


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