Aug 12 2011

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Announced

Category: Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveNightCrawler @ 4:05 PM

Updated title coming early next year.

Valve today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, an updated title due out early next year for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC, and Mac.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features new maps, characters, and weapons as well as new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

“Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” said Doug Lombardi, VP of Marketing at Valve.

“For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS’ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is being developed by Valve in conjunction with Hidden Path Entertainment. The game will be playable at PAX Prime this month and Eurogamer Expo 2011.

Source: IGN


Aug 11 2011

Battlefield 3 to Require EA’s Origin Service

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 6:15 PM

It was recently reported that Battlefield 3 wouldn’t be coming to digital-distribution platform Steam. Though the information came second-hand from financial research firm Baird–and not from DICE or Electronic Arts–EA has since confirmed that this is indeed true. More information has surfaced today, indicating that Origin–EA’s new proprietary digital distribution platform–will be required to play the game.

According to the Battlefield 3 Blog, DICE’s Daniel Martos confirmed that the Origin service will be required to run the game “if it is bought in retail.” While it seems likely that digitally-purchased copies of the game will also require Origin to run, that caveat hasn’t been confirmed.

Battlefield 3 is due out for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 25.


Aug 08 2011

Why Battlefield 3 Won’t Appear On Steam

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 12:59 PM

EA explains why the hotly-anticipated shooter won’t appear on Valve’s store.

EA has confirmed that Battlefield 3 will not be sold through Steam, Valve’s digital distribution service.

Speaking on its official forum, EA said that it has taken the decision since Valve’s service “restricts our ability to directly support players”.

EA will release Battlefield to all other major digital download sites.

“In doing so, our goal is to not only reach the widest possible global audience with our games, but also to provide ongoing customer support, patches and great new content,” the publisher said.

“We are intent on providing Battlefield 3 players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play the game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with consumers.

“Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices.

“We hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers.”

Source: IGN


Aug 05 2011

Battlefield Vs. Call of Duty: By the Numbers

Category: Battlefield 3,Modern Warfare 3NightCrawler @ 7:20 PM

The biggest first person shooters on the planet finally face off.

Battlefield and Call of Duty – the biggest, bloodiest shooters on the market – are constantly competing with each other over hardcore shooting fans’ love, dedication and money. But for two franchises that launched within a year apart back in the early 2000’s, their paths to current stardom differ wildly. As we prepare for Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 to go head to head this fall, let’s take a look at the hard stats that got both of these juggernauts to where they are today.

Source: IGN


Aug 05 2011

BF3 Has Over 10 Times the Unlockables of BFBC2

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 5:58 PM

It looks like virtual soldiers–particularly those fond of unlockable content–will have plenty of swag to keep them coming back to Battlefield 3. Battlefield 2 was the first game in the series (and one of the first shooters, in general) to contain (the now nearly ubiquitous) persistent unlockable perks, and Battlefield 3 is poised to deliver a list of unlockables that’s an order of magnitude larger than that of it’s predecessor.

“Compared to Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 will have more than 10 times the hardware unlocks spread over weapons, weapons attachments, gadgets,” notes the fifth entry to the Battlefield 3 Battleblog, “and a huge unlock tree for vehicles alone.”

Skill-based ribbons and medals are also in the mix, and based on what you’ve earned, other players can get a general glimpse into your relative level of badassery.

“On top of these ingame hardware items, players will also be richly rewarded with medals, ribbons and service stars displaying their skill, commitment, and teamplay prowess. You will be rewarded handsomely in Battlefield 3 for exemplary skill, such as capturing X amount of bases in one round. Excellent teamplayers who keep the team’s vehicles in mint condition and revive fallen comrades will not go unnoticed either. These type of skill-driven rewards are typically handed out in the form of ribbons, and good players can often get more than one ribbon in a single round.”

These awards are structured so that players can work toward achieving them without distracting from in-game battles, and some are even commitment-based, like the reward for “playing x amount of hours as a U.S. soldier.”

Service Stars are the crown-jewels of achievement, and though unlocked similarly to medals and ribbons, they’re described as “hardcore” achievements that apply to your “weapon skill badge, your vehicle, your kit, and your overall rank.” They’ll be very tough to earn.

The Battleblog notes:

“The ultimate bragging right would be for a player to be awarded the rank of Colonel with 100 Service Stars attached, and to have 100 stars in all weapons, kits, and vehicles. Getting there will be a massive task – consider that a challenge!”

Using a particular gun or vehicle kit will unlock progressive upgrades relative the weapon or kit being used, while accrued experience feeds into the player’s overall rank. Those experience points can then be used to “unlocks new weapons, specializations, and camouflages usable by any class.”

The announcement goes on to further tout Battlefield 3’s “play it your way” mentality, explaining that each of the game’s four classes (Assault, Engineer, Support, Recon) are highly customizable. They encourage players to carefully consider how they outfit themselves, given the specific parameters of the battle. Does one kit themselves out with healing equipment before rushing to the front-lines, or bring a 40mm grenade launcher attachment instead?

Battlefield 3 is planned for an October 25 release on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. A public beta for the game is set to launch in September.

Source: ShackNews


Aug 04 2011

EA Unveils BF3 LE & North American Pre-Order Bonus Items

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 4:44 PM

Fan frenzy explodes, shatters EA pre-order records.

The heat of the battle intensifies today as DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ: ERTS) announces two editions of Battlefield 3 and the unique pre-order items available at participating retailers in North America. Soldiers and squads looking to claim battlefield superiority this Oct. 25, 2011 have an exciting array of options available when pre-ordering Battlefield 3 from select retailers. Fans worldwide are already gearing up to play in squads and are pre-ordering the game in record numbers. Battlefield 3 pre-orders are up more than 10x Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Battlefield 3 is proving to be one of the most anticipated games of 2011, having already earned over 50 awards including ‘Best Action Game’ and ‘Best Online Multiplayer Game.’ Critics praise the game for its intense gameplay experience, powered by the Frostbite™ 2 state-of-the-art game engine that delivers superior performance in character animation, visual rendering, audio and physical destruction. To accompany the game, Orion Publishing will release a novel written by the highly decorated ex-SAS operator and best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab, with co-author Peter Grimsdale. McNab is working with the creative team at DICE to ensure the authenticity and grittiness of today’s warfare is experienced in the single player, co-op and multiplayer campaigns.

Battlefield 3 Standard Edition

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York City. In the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, as walls crumble, as explosions force players to the ground, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before. To complement the single-player campaign, Battlefield 3 delivers 10 massive co-op maps and multiple multiplayer modes – a proven strength of DICE.

Battlefield 3 Limited Edition

Gamers who pre-order Battlefield 3 are assured a copy of the Limited Edition, which includes the deep and immersive Back to Karkand post-launch digital expansion pack at no extra charge. With Back to Karkand, players can wage all-out war on four of the most celebrated maps from Battlefield 2™ including Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman and the Sharqi Peninsula, all stunningly re-created using the power of Frostbite 2. Gamers who choose to purchase the digital expansion separately can do so for $14.99.

Select retailers are also offering Battlefield 3 pre-order customers the following promotional items:

Physical Warfare Pack — Storm the battlefield armed with a set of three exclusive weapons in the Physical Warfare Pack including: 1) the Type 88 light machine gun with bipod for deadly firepower and total zone control; 2) the SKS sniper rifle flash suppressor that provides increased stealth abilities for Recon soldiers; and 3) the lethal armor-piercing flechette ammo for the DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun that will tear through anything in its path. Each weapon will be available for a limited time in-game, and will later become available to all players. Also unlocked is instant access to the highly versatile DAO-12 semi-automatic shotgun.

SPECACT Kit — Players can expand their customizable options in Battlefield 3 with a set of eight unique multiplayer skins, one for each class in Battlefield 3.

Dog Tag Pack — In Battlefield 3, dog tags serve as the player’s in-game signature, allowing gamers to customize their soldiers. Dog tags are displayed on screen every time a player takes down an enemy or claims an opponent’s dog tags. This pre-order exclusive item comes with five new, unique dog tags.

Participating retailers may vary. For more information on pre-order item availability, please visit www.battlefield.com.


Aug 02 2011

Battlefield 3 Retailer-Exclusive Pre-Order Bonuses

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 2:10 PM

It’s standard practice for nearly all AAA (and not-so-AAA) games to come with a variety of retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses. Battlefield 3, however, outdoes most with a number of offers. Some offers, like the Physical Warfare DLC pack, will be made available for purchase later on. Others, however, seem to be genuinely exclusive to the retailer.

So far, three retailers have outed their pre-order offerings for DICE’s upcoming military shooter.

All pre-orders of the game will include the Back to Karkand expansion pack for free–regardless of which retailer you buy the game from. The expansion includes classic Battlefield maps from throughout the franchise, and will be available after the game launches. A voucher included in the box will entitle you to a free download once the DLC releases.

Retailers will be offering specific bonuses on top of the Back to Karkand expansion:

■Gamestop is offering the Physical Warfare pack, which unlocks these weapons for use in multiplayer: DAO-12 Shotgun, Flash Suppressor, Type 88 LMG, and Flachette Ammo. In addition, Battlefield 3 Blog reports that PowerUp Rewards members will get a Prima strategy guide for free, as well.

■Amazon is offering an exclusive “Dog Tag Pack,” for use in multiplayer.

■Best Buy is offering the “SPECACT Kit,” a package that offers eight multiplayer weapons and uniform skins.

■Finally, EA’s Origin store is offering the Physical Warfare pack, bonus items for Battlefield Play4Free, and access to the Battlefield 3 open beta.

Other retailers, like Direct2Drive, are simply offering the game at a discount, instead of offering a pre-order bonus. Make sure you think about exactly what bonus you want to take advantage of before making a deposit.

Source: ShackNews


Jul 20 2011

More Battlefield 3 Battlelog Details Emerge

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 1:46 PM

Get the lowdown from Fredrick Loving

EA and DICE have released more details on Battlefield 3’s Battlelog.

They come fresh from the fingers of Fredrick Loving (kudos on the name), Battlelog producer at DICE.

The ‘Battlefeed’ will be your main window into Battlelog, showing current events around your network in real-time, explains the Battlelog rundown.

It will give you a live snapshot of what those in your network are doing in the world of Battlefield.

“The feed will encourage people to play even more,” adds Loving. “They will see their friends ranking up, receiving awards they don’t have yet, or getting the new cool guns they have been missing. It will increase the competitive edge. Everything you do on the battlefield is shared amongst your friends.”

You’ll be able to see when a friend unlocks a particularly difficult achievement and offer them kudos, the description continues on the Battlefield Blog.

“Another pal just joined a multiplayer Rush match in Operation Métro and is looking for some help – now you know, so you can quickly jump in and give them a hand.”

“If someone just nabbed your dog tag in multiplayer, they can shoot you a quick note to say thanks (or, more likely, use those newly anointed bragging rights). It’s all here in the real-time feed for you to share, comment and like.”

A fully-featured soldier progression section is also included, bringing full stats tracking for every shot fired and every action performed in your Battlefield career.

“Battlefield players love their statistics,” says Loving. “Now we will give them everything that they want while adding a social layer on top of that.”

Source: CVG


Jul 18 2011

Battlefield 3 Out of Steam

Category: Battlefield 3NightCrawler @ 1:44 PM

Retailer suggests that EA’s shooter might not appear on Steam.

EA’s hotly-anticipated Battlefield 3 may not come to Steam when it’s released later in the year, US retail giant GameStop has suggested.

Financial research firm Baird stated as much following a meeting with GameStop’s management team, saying that the “upcoming EA title Battlefield 3 will be sold as a download through GameStop, but not through Steam.”

It was confirmed to Develop that this news comes directly from company executives. The DICE shooter will come to other digital download services, however.

The Baird report continues: “Given Steam’s dominance – and insistence on users downloading a Steam client application – publishers are likely to be receptive to a competitive alternative,”

EA recently launched Origin, a digital download service set to rival Valve’s. And last month saw the EA-published Crysis 2 removed from Steam after a DLC exclusivity deal was signed with another service. EA claimed no responsibility for the removal or the deal.

It may well be missing out on Steam, but we’re still looking forward to Battlefield 3’s launch on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on October 25 in the US, and three days later in Europe.

Source: IGN


Jul 18 2011

Call of Duty Elite PC Beta Starting in Fall

Category: Call of Duty EliteNightCrawler @ 1:42 PM

Though beta testing for Activision’s shooty subscription service Call of Duty Elite began last week on Xbox 360 and is spreading to PlayStation 3 later this summer, PC gamers will have to wait until fall to give it a whirl. The news comes via Activision’s official blogger, Dan Amrich.

Still, it’s good to hear that there will be a PC beta at all. Though Activision initially stated plans for the beta to hit PC too, it later updated its FAQ to state, “Currently, we do not plan to launch a version of the beta for the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Someone needs to update that again, then.

For a monthly subscription fee, Call of Duty Elite will offer features including performance-tracking heat maps of all your games, custom leaderboards, video uploading, social features, and statistics, statistics, statistics galore.

CoD Duty Elite will launch alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 8. The beta uses Call of Duty: Black Ops. Two million or so Call of Duty players signed up for the CoD Elite beta and invites are going out slowly at first, “more or less in the order” of when players signed up.

Source: ShackNews


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