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We're going to be livestreaming our 25-hour Extra Life gaming marathon on November 2 at 9:00 central, where we'll be giving away prizes and raising donations until our eyes bleed. A local news station took notice and came by our office to talk about this year's marathon and have a look around.
If you haven't checked out any of our livestreams or marathons before, things tend to get a little goofy. We'd love for you all to come watch, donate, play along, and enjoy the 25 game-filled hours with us.
Ed Boon, the man behind Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, has tweeted a tease that big news is coming for the DC comic book fighter next week.
All Boon has said on twitter is, "Big Injustice news next week? Perhaps." He has offered no follow-up tweets yet. Obviously, we will learn more about what Boon is teasing next week.
Big INJUSTICE news next week? Perhaps.
— Ed Boon (@noobde) October 6, 2013
I have a couple guesses of what might be announced. A new downloadable character seems likely, but it could also be something like a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Whatever it is, we should find out more soon.
Valve has finally announced what many people have been waiting for for a long time: hardware dedicated to playing your Steam games on the big screen in your living room! But that’s not all; we are not getting just one type of Steam Box, we are getting multiple types. ”Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you,” states Valve.
Working with various partners, they will be bringing a number of gaming rigs to the masses, all pre-loaded with the upcoming SteamOS. As of right now a prototype has been produced, and Valve wants people to beta test it. That’s right, your input can help bring the Steam Box out into the world! But only 300 units will be shipped this year for beta testing, so you’ll have to get on it quick if you want one. On their page, they have listed the rules to become eligible to participate:
- Visit your quest page on Steam
- Join the Steam Universe community group page and agree to terms and conditions
- Have (or make) ten friends on Steam
- Create a public Steam Community profile
- Play a game with a game pad in Big Picture mode
That’s everything you need to do in order to be eligible for the beta, and once you have done so you will be awarded a special badge. Those that have obtained the badge will be randomly selected from to be a beta tester. Also on the page are some answers to general questions, such as you don’t need to purchase a Steam gaming rig to set up everything, you will be able to load the SteamOS straight onto your current gaming rig.
This is huge news for the gaming community, being able to bring all your favorite PC games to the big screen. This has great potential to directly compete with current and next-gen consoles, and can bring PC gaming to the hardcore and casual gamers alike. No specs on the hardware are currently available, and no info yet on if the hardware will be easily upgradable, but we will have them out for you once they become available.
Check back on Friday when we will talk about the final reveal Valve has in store for us this week! [Editor's note: Please let it be Half-Life 3!]
Gamescom 2013 has shut its doors. With record-breaking attendance and no shortage of news to come from the event, the German gaming convention has solidified its place in the industry. Sony and Microsoft continued their duel on the way to the console launches this fall, games were announced, and fans got their hands on the hottest upcoming titles. Game Informer's Mike Futter, Tim Turi, and Ben Reeves spent the week in Germany absorbing everything that the show had to offer. On the last day of their visit, the three of them sat down over breakfast to talk about what stood out for them.
Watch the video below to learn more about the show itself and which games were the best on the floor from three Game Informer editors on a rainy morning in Germany.
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To get a better look at the show floor of Gamescom 2013, watch our video tour with Ben Reeves and Tim Turi here.
Yep, the PS4 is out November 15th in North America, but that’s not all! Europe is getting their hands on the new console in the same month on November 29th, with Sony proclaiming that 32 countries will be seeing their sleek, sexy machine this holiday season. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also cheerfully stated that the PS4 has seen over 1 million pre-orders globally.
If all this good news wasn’t enough for gamers, Andrew also unveiled info on a next-gen upgrade program: players who buy PS3 versions of certain titles will be able to download a digital version of their PS4 counterpart for a discounted price. Some games have already been confirmed for the program, including Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Sony is hoping to add more publishers to the program, which is pretty damn neat! I’m going to personally wait to just get the games on the PS4 because I never had a PS3, but it is nice to see such a program even EXIST.
Underneath the image, which includes a quote from the Book of Tyreal referencing death, are trademark notices for both Diablo and "Reaper of Souls." Both are also referenced in the URL (http://us.battle.net/d3/en/reaper-of-souls/).
During recent financial calls, Activision Blizzard noted lower sales during the first and second quarters. This was due in part to Diablo III's release in early 2012, with no comparable title in that period this year. All of that is to say that a Diablo expansion wouldn't be the worst thing for the company's finances.
On the earnings call, Blizzard President Michael Morhaime mentioned a Diablo announcement at Gamescom, which is next week in Germany. But if a new Diablo expansion is called "Reaper of Souls," what is "The Dark Below?" We'll have more news from the show.
The timing is right for a big Diablo III expansion. With all of the tweaks and balancing that has gone on since the title's launch, it might be a good time to jump back in.
This also pairs nicely with the upcoming release of Diablo III on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3, 2013.
By all accounts, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare shouldn't work. But then again, who would have guessed that a tower defense style game that pits anthropomorphized vegetation against the undead would be so darn good?
We enjoyed our time with EA and PopCap's third-person shooter twist on the humorous franchise, and now the duo is teasing new information to come next week. We'll be on the ground in Germany covering the news and hopefully getting some more hands-on time with the title.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One later this year.
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Speaking at San Diego Comic Con this week, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone revealed that they had no knowledge of former South Park: The Stick of Truth‘s publisher THQ’s bankruptcy and sale until the news broke publicly.
“We really just read about it in the news,” Parker said, “that they were going bankrupt, that someone else bought [the rights to] the game.” Facing potential cancellation, the pair joked, “Oh, good, it’s over!”
The duo’s enthusiasm for the project picked up once Ubisoft acquired publishing rights for The Stick of Truth. “Once we heard who had bought it, we got really excited,” Parker said. “We flew up to [Ubisoft] and all that momentum picked up and we got really excited again.”
South Park: The Stick of Truth will launch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms on November 19.
Starting on Monday, you'll notice something new at the bottom of all of our news stories. After you're done reading the facts, you'll have a chance to hear from the author in a new section we're calling "Our Take."
The purpose behind Our Take is to give a bit more context and color without compromising the integrity of the factual reporting. The new section will give Game Informer's editorial staff a chance to contribute additional analysis to all of the day's news.
This won't appear in every piece, just our news stories. Our features, opinion pieces, previews, and reviews won't be affected (they are already full of opinion and analysis). We're eager to hear your feedback as we pilot this new format, so be sure to sound off in the comments.