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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford used his company’s panel at PAX Prime to stand defiant against all the naysayers that thought Duke Nukem Forever was better left as vaporware. He admits the game isn’t great, but he hopes that at least some of us had fun with it.
Pitchford also reiterated that the developer isn’t done with Duke. The world’s greatest hero will return someday and while Pitchford wasn’t ready to talk about it yet, he did say that an announcement of a fully gearbox-developed Duke game will be happening soon.
“And then soon… I know that you guys figured out that, when Gearbox acquired the franchise, we didn’t do it just to make sure we could all play Duke Forever, but because we wanted to make our own Duke game. Soon, we’ll talk about that, but not today. [the crowd cheers]”
So with Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, Borderlands 2 and a new Duke Nukem game (possibly the rumored Duke Nukem Begins) it sounds like Gearbox has a lot of balls in the air… let’s hope none of them turn blue.
Wow. There’s a lot of intensity going on in this panel opening video for Halo 4 from Halo Fest (which was part of this weekend’s PAX Prime). Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, and Studio Creative Director Josh Holmes from 343 Industries pour out some of their thoughts on the game, obviously relieved to finally be talking about this project.
Hit the jump for another cool video that shows some Halo 4 concept art. (more…)
Ubisoft brought Just Dance 3 to this weekend’s PAX Prime and in between giving gamers the chance to try out the new Kinect-powered Xbox 360 version, a quartet of ninjas from the Mortal Kombat universe stopped by to shake their groove things to “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by KISS. OK, it was just a bunch of guys cosplaying as Scorpion, Smoke, Sub-Zero and Reptile. Still pretty awesome though.
Just Dance 3 will be released for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 on October 11. Ninja costumes not included.
While there wasn’t a new trailer, the Halo 4 panel at PAX Prime has revealed a bit more about the Master Chief’s next adventure.
Developer 343 Industries is referring to the three-part story that’ll begin with Halo 4 as The Reclaimer Trilogy. According to Creative Director Josh Holmes, the game will look deeper at the Master Chief than ever before: “It’s a little bit about getting closer to that character than we have in past games.” Part of this character study will involve John-117’s relationship with Cortana, his AI companion.
But Franchise Director Frank O’Connor assured those in attendance that discovering more about the Master Chief’s character won’t be the only exploration players experience in Halo 4. He confirmed that the game will feature more glimpses into the Forerunner civilization, including buildings and technology that “[aren’t] completely dead.”
Finally, O’Connor passed along some bad news, confirming that there won’t be any Halo 4 multiplayer beta access codes included with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
Speaking to Destructoid at this weekend’s PAX Prime, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Creative Director Alex Amancio revealed that the game will do a better job of answering fan’s questions than Brotherhood did.
“People are going to go ‘Oh, okay, I get it!’ or ‘I never thought they were going to show me that!,’ and it really sets you up for what’s the come.”
“We actually found [an article online], I forget where it is on the web, somebody did a ‘Top 10 Things Fans Want to Know About Assassin’s Creed.’ And in that top 10 list, we actually answer seven.”
Amancio also said, “We want to avoid what I like to call the X-Files effect, where you risk crumbling under the weight of your own mythology.” So the team at Ubisoft Montreal is well aware that fans actually want some revelations to come out of a game actually subtitled Revelations.
Let’s hope so. This “Assassin’s Creed III announced!… no wait… it’s just another game starring Ezio” thing is getting old. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will be available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 15.
The voting is over and BioWare has unveiled the official female Shepard character model. You can see the franchise’s first official “FemShep” to your left. More concept art featuring the redheaded Shepard can be found after the break.
Mass Effect 3 will be released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012. EA and BioWare have promised that the female Shepard will make an appearance on the cover of the game’s Collector’s Edition as well as in a special FemShep-centric trailer. (more…)
Halo Fest has been host to some announcements about Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary already. According to Major Nelson, 343 Industries announced three new maps, all of which are playable at Halo Fest. The maps are “Timberland,” “Prisoner,” and “Installation 04.” Also playable are several fan favorite maps, including “Damnation” and “Beaver Creek.”
The game will also be available in stereoscopic 3D, for those gamers fortunate and rich enough to own a 3D television. For those of you at Halo Fest, you can check it out in action this very weekend. For anyone who doesn’t already know, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will be available November 15 for the Xbox 360.