Black Ops 2 pops up on Steam
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Black Ops 2 pops up on Steam

The Black Ops 2 rollercoaster keeps on going. The Treyarch sequel has now popped up on Steam, although not much to do besides look at screens, the trailer and the countdown towards November 13. Thanks, Talkar. ... Read More»
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Treyarch: Black Ops 2 near-future setting planned “from the very beginning”
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Treyarch: Black Ops 2 near-future setting planned “from the very beginning”

Treyarch studio boss Mark Lamia has said the near-future setting of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was planned from the game’s outset. “From the very beginning, going to the near-future was on the table for us,” said Lamia, speaking in an OPM UK interview (via CVG). “We really wanted to do something fresh and ... Read More»
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Treyarch teases Black Ops 2 zombies with artwork
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Treyarch teases Black Ops 2 zombies with artwork

Team VG247 maybe be debating the for and against of Black Ops 2 to the death right now internally with drones and horseback gunfire – pretty sure Pat’s already lost a limb -but while that’s happening, Treyarch has teased the game’s zombies mode. The official CoD Twitter tweeted the art this morning, showing a woman ... Read More»
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Timesplitters developer says shooters don’t make money
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Timesplitters developer says shooters don’t make money

Free Radical co-founder Steve Ellis feels there’s no room in the shooter market for anything but Battlefield and Call of Duty. Ellis, who was an integral part of Goldeneye 64′s development before going on to help found the Timesplitters developer, said other shooters just can’t compete. “Nobody really buys any FPSes unless they’re called Call ... Read More»
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Tribes: Ascend has 800K users, “very active” servers, and no console plans
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Tribes: Ascend has 800K users, “very active” servers, and no console plans

Free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend is generating serious buzz, as an impressive early player base shows. Speaking to Gamasutra, Hi-Rez chief operating officer Todd Harris said launch had gone “well” despite the lingering stigma of free-to-play. “At this point we have over 800,000 registered accounts. Servers are very, very active. Reviews have been good,” he said. ... Read More»
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The Backlog: Sniper Elite
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The Backlog: Sniper Elite

I’d like to take a moment to ask the entire Call of Duty community to hold still for a moment. Just set down your controllers and give me a good ten seconds to take aim with my sniper rifle here, because this is the only way I’m ever going to score a sniper kill in ... Read More»
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EA Indie Bundle on Steam includes six games for $21
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EA Indie Bundle on Steam includes six games for $21

EA has posted an Indie Bundle on Steam. The collection includes: Shank, Shank 2, Deathspank, Deathspank: Thongs Of Virtue, Warp and Gatling Gears for $20.98 which is 70% off the price of $69.94. Both Deathspank titles include Steamplay which will allow you to play the game on either Mac or PC. If you purchased the ... Read More»
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300 developers are working on Black Ops 2
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300 developers are working on Black Ops 2

If Black Ops 2 isn’t the greatest Call of Duty game ever, it won’t be for lack of trying; Activison has 300 staff on the job. “There’s over 250 people at Treyarch, but there’s over 300 people working on the project,” studio head Mark Lamia told VentureBeat. “We do have contractors and test teams that ... Read More»
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Black Ops fiction distinct from wider Call of Duty universe
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Black Ops fiction distinct from wider Call of Duty universe

Treyarch’s Mark Lamia has confirmed that Black Ops and Black Ops 2 don’t take place in the same world as Modern Warfare and other Call of Duty games. “Black Ops is its own thing. It’s inside the Call of Duty franchise, but it’s its own fiction,” the studio head told Ausgamers. “It’s sort of its ... Read More»
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Black Ops 2 Strike Force missions allow for branching story
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Black Ops 2 Strike Force missions allow for branching story

A mysterious reference to non-linear sections in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′s single-player campaign has been explained. At certain points in the campaign, players will be given the option to choose one from a number of “Strike Force” missions, Joystiq reports. Choosing one locks the player out of the others. The battles take place ... Read More»
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Starhawk is golden, beta testers to receive two thank you gifts
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Starhawk is golden, beta testers to receive two thank you gifts

Lightbox Interactive has announced that Starhawk has gone gold and those who participated in the beta will receive a couple gifts as a thank you. First is The Hand of the Founder, an exclusive accessory which is a “gold, glowing, atom-looking thing,” bonded to your right hand. It’s basically a way to show-off to everyone ... Read More»
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From now until May 6 QUAKE LIVE premium is free
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From now until May 6 QUAKE LIVE premium is free

Bethesda’s announced a update for Pro and Premium subscribers to QUAKE LIVE, id Software’s browser-based free-to-play FPS, with the addition of the Premium Pak 12. Pro Start-a-Match players will find five new game modes, a new Start-a-Match interface for match customization options, over 200 customization settings, and four new premium arenas. In addition, all premium ... Read More»
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Next CoD unveiled tonight, all roads head to Black Ops 2
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Next CoD unveiled tonight, all roads head to Black Ops 2

And the cycle comes round again. Tonight, Activision will lift off off the veil of the next Call of Duty game from Treyarch. By the looks of it, we’re going to get a first look at Black Ops 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set to be announced for the first time during ... Read More»
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Crysis 3 to pack in micro-detail rather than “immense scale” like Skyrim
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Crysis 3 to pack in micro-detail rather than “immense scale” like Skyrim

Crytek is hoping to build a detailed world for Crysis 3 that feels as rich as Skyrim’s, but without resorting to the latter game’s enormous distances. Speaking to games.on.net, Crytek’s Rasmus Højengaard decried comparison to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim “In Crysis 3, we want scale, but we don’t want the immense scale that Skyrim ... Read More»
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Crytek: “We’ll do what we can” to protect Crysis 3 from piracy
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Crytek: “We’ll do what we can” to protect Crysis 3 from piracy

Crytek is hoping to avoid a repeat performance of the heavy pirating of Crysis 2. Speaking to PC Gamer, senior creative director Rasmus Højengaard said Crytek had not yet decided what anti-piracy measures to take with Crysis 3. “I can’t say. Obviously it’s something we’d like to address,” he said. “We’ll do what we can, ... Read More»
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