The Week in Review news piece is a weekly article that summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week.
While it hasn’t been that long since the original DeathSpank was released, mid July, the sequel will be coming out shortly. DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue was apparently being developed simultaneously with the original, leading to its expedited release on September 21 for PSN and September 22 for XBLA. It will run the same price as the original but boasts a fifty percent increase in length, which will be time well spent helping DeathSpank to seek out and destroy the other five magical thongs that have corrupted their wearers.
This week Valve announced a new piece of DLC for Left 4 Dead, but the real kicker is that it is going to work with both the original and the sequel. The Sacrifice will allow players to experience what leads up to the death of one of the original survivors, even letting them decide which one doesn’t make it. While this is a tantalizing prospect for the first game, when using it in the second game, players will not only get this campaign, they will also get a redone version of the first game’s campaign, No Mercy. No price or release date was given for The Sacrifice, however, it will likely be coming relatively soon and be free on the PC but set Xbox 360 players back some points.
The used game market continues to be the bane of publishers’ existences, and a couple more look to be trying to do something about it. THQ has decided to include a code for free online play and a free DLC pack in their upcoming Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 title. About this move, THQ’s Cory Ledesma stated “I don’t think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything. So if used game buyers are upset they don’t get the online feature set I don’t really have much sympathy for them.” Sony also indicated their interest in charging used game purchasers additional fees for online play and DLC content, with Sony’s European president Andrew House stating “we’re exploring actively the same option for our own content.”
The final big news of the week came from Halo: Reach, bringing friends together and cracking down on pirates. First off, the good news is Bungie announced campaign matchmaking for Halo: Reach’s campaign. This way you’ll be able to have extra help whether your friends are online or not. However, the bad news is that if you have pirated an illegal copy of the game, you’re console and account will likely be permanently banned. Oh well, serves you right for stealing the game, but I’d be cautious when purchasing a used Xbox 360 anytime soon.
That’s all for this week, be sure to check back next week.