The Internet community is like one big Encyclopedia Brown, always solving mysteries with barely any information to work with. Just ask Eidos Montreal. After posting a handful of job listings outlining some mystery projects, a curious Web user tried to sniff out intel on what the company was working on, and while he has yet to uncover what secret projects the company has up its sleeve, he did uncover some juicy tidbits about the upcoming Thief 4 game.
Take-Two Interactive today announced that Rockstar Games now expects to launch Max Payne 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles on May 15, 2012 in North America and three days later internationally. PC gamers will join the fun on May 29, 2012 in North America and June 1, 2012 internationally. The new release dates represent a two-month delay compared to the originally slated launch in March 2012, which is minor in length but falls at a time just after Take-Two's fiscal fourth quarter comes to a close.
BioWare's Community Coordinator, Chris Priestly, is letting Mass Effect fans know that if they plan on helping Commander Shepard save the planet from Reapers, they'll have to go about it without using their Steam accounts. Mass Effect 3 will require interacting with EA's Origin platform and will be available for purchase through Origin and select digital download services not owned by Valve.
With Wii console sales declining and the slow start of the 3DS handheld console, it might have been easy to count Nintendo out of the game in 2011, but it's all about how you view the numbers. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime points out that Nintendo sold over 12 million pieces of hardware between the Wii, 3DS, and DS family in 2011.
CD Projekt Red has called off its witch hunt for…. pirates, and in an open letter to the community is asking for forgiveness. Just in-case you missed the back story, CD Projekt Red is the development studio behind The Witcher 2, and about one month ago, set off on a campaign to hunt down everyone they suspected of pirating the game. Making pirates cough up cash for stolen software sounds reasonable enough; the real controversy was in the tactics they used to collect. Threatening letters asking for money in exchange for legal immunity might have sounded like a great idea to a bunch of cash strapped PC exclusive developers, however in the real world we often give this strategy a different name, extortion.
We've run across a fair number of gaming notebook announcements from MSI during the past year, and that's not a fluke. According to Senior Vice President of MSI, Henry Lu, there's a bigger profit margin in gaming laptops, and so that's where there the bulk of its focus goes towards regarding its notebook business. Considering some of the models we've seen, we're totally fine with that.
Microsoft could barely contain its obvious giddiness that comes from owning the best selling current-generation console in the U.S. for all of 2011. Citing figures obtained from The NPD Group, Microsoft says Xbox 360 sales outpaced both Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii consoles (both jockeying for position in second place) by more than 2.7 million units.
In some ways the Internet is like the digital equivalent of truth serum. It forces people to fess up and spill the beans on their shenanigans, because in some cases, their tricks are caught on video and uploaded to the Web for all the world to see. This happened to Intel at CES when Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel's PC client group, was caught faking a DirectX 11 graphics demo on an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook.
For those of you holding your breath waiting for Sony to announce a PlayStation 4 console and hoping good news would come at CES, take a moment to suck in some air and replenish your lungs. There will be no such announcement at the convention in Las Vegas, and it doesn't look like Sony will be unveiling a next generation game console at E3 later this year, either. So when will we see a PS4?
Tablet PCs have flirted with mobile gaming, and there are some fun titles out there that are playable on higher end Android and iPad devices. But it's not a true gaming platform, at least not yet. Give Razer a chance to shake things up. The gaming peripheral maker is throwing its hat into the tablet ring with its "Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet" (from here on out it's just "Fiona"), a concept slate designed to play today's most popular PC games with a funky (Razer says "intuitive") control setup.