The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week. This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.
We had lots of great software confirmations this week. The folks at Valve got the ball rolling by confirming the first DLC for Left 4 Dead 2. Called The Passing, the DLC will unite the survivors from L4D with those from L4D2. The pair of quads will cross paths after the Dead Center mission in L4D2. The DLC will also bring new arenas for Survival, Versus, and Scavenge modes as well as a new co-op challenge mode.
As far as full retail games are concerned, there were a boatload of announcements made. First off, Disney Interactive confirmed the development of Tron: Evolution for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is being developed by Propaganda Games and is scheduled for release in Holiday 2010 to coincide with the launch of the major motion picture, Tron: Legacy. According to the developer presser, Tron: Evolution is set to be an action role-playing game “set during the era between the two TRON films,” continuing to note that “The game features an epic adventure across a massive digital world filled with high-mobility disc-based combat and advanced light cycles.”
A sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum was confirmed. What the game’s moniker will be is unknown, but, if the trailer is to be believed, The Joker (aided by Harley Quinn) is set to wreak havoc in Gotham. By the looks of the beat-down, concrete bat symbol at the end of the trailer, Batman and the city are likely in for a heck of a time.
Another amazing trailer was launched this week. Apparently, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is also getting a sequel. Naturally, Starkiller is beset by conflicting ideologies, but what really impressed us was the possibility of taking on a dire Rancor in an arena clash. Little is known about the trajectory or release date of the game, but we’re assuming it will build up the previous game in terms of story, mechanics, and game engine. As such, expect this one out Holiday 2010.
We also saw an interesting Kane & Lynch trailer that further fleshes out the personalities of the criminal duo ahead of their eventual sequel from Square Enix. Better yet, a solid co-op gameplay trailer of Splinter Cell: Conviction has got us more excited than ever for the Xbox 360 exclusive. Not only does the co-op action look sweet, but the fact that it will be a prequel to the events of the single-player story makes it a narrative worth exploring.
Sony made a pretty interesting move this week. Over the past several days, it was announced by Sony that Home was set to act as a hub for mini-MMOs. With the introduction of Sodium One to Home on Thursday, it has become a reality. This vehicle combat game lets Home community members battle it out in “a future of advanced technology where man and machine meet on a vast salt plain to turn deadly battle into extreme sport.” The MMO elements include leveling, a persistent world, and virtual-lounge social interactions.
The Sims 3 received an important update that brought shopping directly within the game a possibility – finally. More interesting, however, was the inclusion of the Create a World Tool beta that lets players make worlds for others to play around in. Sharing is performed via The Sims 3 Exchange.
Cooler still, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 may also be getting mod tools (for PC). Community Manager Robert Bowling tweeted the possibility in reply to a question about dedicated servers stating “Nothing on Dedicated Servers, but there may be some Mod Tools news coming in the future, I’ll pass it along once I have it.”
Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!