FromSoftware announced yesterday that Dark Souls 2 will be releasing March 11th, 2014 in NA, March 14th in EU, and March 13th in JP. These release dates relate to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, while the PC players will have to wait until “shortly after”, the reason cited being so the PC version can “fully capture all the necessary specs”. They also announced that there will be a collectors edition of the game containing the soundtrack, an artbook, a cloth map, and a 12 inch figuring of the iconic soldier character. If you choose to just pre-order the regular edition, you will get a complimentary tin case to house the game and a copy of the game’s sound track.
Earlier this week, Rayman Legends released on all systems after a long postponement by Ubisoft. Fans of the Rayman Origins rejoiced as they were able to get their hands on the new game, which features all new levels, a new graphics engine, a multiplayer mode, and even remakes of Rayman Origins levels in the new engine. But some fans noticed something rather off about a certain version of the game, primarily speaking the PlayStation Vita version. Players on NeoGaf(1) noticed that the PlayStation Vita version of Rayman Legends was missing about 85 Teensies (the creatures you have to save in the game), which could all be found in the 28 Invasion levels that put challenge to some of the levels by adding a time limit. These 28 Invasion levels were simply not present in the PlayStation Vita version of the game, but every other version (including the Steam version, which is priced about the same) included these levels. Well after the discovery of these missing levels, Ubisoft has announced that they will be patching in these Invasion levels at a “later date”, citing the “longer than expected development time” as the reason the Invasion levels didn’t make it into the final cut of the Vita version.(2) The patch will be free of charge, whenever it comes out.
Nintendo is planning on making another step to expanding the Nintendo eShop, but instead of more games, they’re expanding to PC and Smartphones. Nintendo’s Business Development Manager Dan Adelman confirmed to Joystiq that Nintendo is planning on allowing players to purchase eShop titles from their PC or Smartphones, and have them downloading on their 3DS systems while away, so that when they get home they’re ready to play. This could possibly lead to something that has been a big gripe with many 3DS owners, and that’s the lack of a proper connection between your downloaded games and say your Club Nintendo account. With the ability to purchase games for your system without actually sitting in front of it, it may mean that we may be getting a proper account system after all this time. Reports are saying that the new system will be available later this year.
[UPDATE]: Warner Bros Entertainment has announced that the Multiplayer aspect of Batman: Arkham Origins will not be available on the Wii U version, citing a low multiplayer audience as the reason. Source
Joystiq reports that Batman: Arkham Origins will be shipping with a competitive multiplayer mode, a first for the series. The mode, named “Invisible Predator Online”, is a 3v3v2 mode where two teams of three, one a group of thugs working under the Joker and another working under Bane, are in the middle of a turf war. They’ll have to keep their wits about them, for it’s not just the rival gang that’s out there in the night, it’s also our legendary caped crusaders Batman and Robin. Two players will control the dynamic duo, secretly moving through out the maps and attempting to take down opponents in secret. If Batman and Robin manage to score enough “Intimidation Points” through takedowns, then the match is over. Reportedly, Batman and Robin control essentially similar to how they would in the main campaign, while the thugs control in a likely first or third person shooter kind of way. If you’re on one of the gangs don’t worry too much, you also have ways to hunt down the bat, or at least make it harder to be hunted. Thugs are equipped with an X-Ray mode similar to batman, however it’s much more limited and comes with a hefty cool down. Also, if you reach a certain point of control on the map, one of your players can swap out their avatar for that of the gang leader, either Joker or Bane, each with their own unique skills and takedowns. If Batman or Robin manage to take down one of these leaders however, they will score massive amounts of intimidation points. What I find as interesting as the fact that this mode exists, is that it’s not being developed by the main team. Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed by Warner Brothers Montreal, instead of Rocksteady like in previous games, however this multiplayer mode is being developed by Splash Damage, the company behind Brink, a game that was full of potential but didn’t quite hit the return. It’ll be interesting to see if this new mode works well and adds to the over all experience of the Arkham series, or if it’ll end as another cash grab by a company that doesn’t quite understand their audience. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25th for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC. If you wish to watch a video on the multiplayer mode, click here.
Found deep in the dark chasms of the Steam Database (ok, not that deep) a listing has been posted for Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead game, a listing that specifically states oncoming DLC. The DLC appears to be titled “400 Days”, but that’s about the only information we have right now, keyword “about”. Along with this DLC posting in the database, Telltale has recently published 4 short clips, no more then 10 seconds long each, that hint at the characters that might be involved in this 400 Days DLC. The videos (aptly titled Day 2, Day 220, Day 184, and Day 236) show someone putting pictures and names of people up onto a “Missing” board, each of these four people are new faces that we have had no experience with in the first season of The Walking Dead game. In the latest two videos, Day 184 and Day 236, the video cuts very briefly to a partial message written in bright numbers, which when put together says “400”. We’ve known for a while that there would be some form of content before Season 2 of the game is released, and it looks like we’ll finally know the details of what that content is shortly, possibly even during E3 week.
A Capcom-Unity post has confirmed PC for receiving the DuckTales HD remake. The release post details the $14.99 price, and the game’s release to almost all digital platforms (that double as slight DRM): Steam, Origin, Impulse, GamersGate, and Green Man Gaming. Good Old Games is noticeably vacant. The game will still be cracked in a few days, if not hours, upon release.
DuckTales: Remastered is set to be released by Q3 2013 on PS3, XBox 360, WiiU, and now PC.
Ok, stupid article title, I’ll give you that, but let’s move on to the news shall we? Wayforward has announced two new games in development based off of hit Cartoon Network shows Adventure Time and Regular Show. Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I Don’t Know has the player exploring the secret dungeon beneath the Candy Kingdom and will not only feature multiple selectable characters, but also four person co-op and the actual voice actors from the show. If you read my review on the last Adventure Time game, you’d know that, while a very pleasing experience for a fan of the show, in the actual gameplay department it left me wanting more, especially for the price tag that they put it at. Hopefully Wayforward learned something and will be able to not only offer more to the game besides amazing sprite work, but also deliver it at a reasonable price. But that’s not the only game they’ve announced, right along side it is a game announcement for it’s co-hit show, Regular Show. Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land finds our two heroes transported inside their favorite video games and in desperate need of a way out. No release date has been given but they are said to be released later this fall, with the Regular Show game landing on the 3DS, and the Adventure Time game landing on Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and 3DS. As with the last game, Wayforward has stated that the creators of both shows are working very closely with Wayforward on their respective titles.