Last month Payday: The Heist developer Overkill Entertainment revealed they are currently hard at work on a collaborative effort with Valve that’s a “very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead.” Not much else about the game was announced at the time, but according to a source at CVG this game could be a prequel to Left 4 Dead. “We are working on a very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead. I am sure it is so exciting that it will have some players check into the hospital before we are done.” said a statement from Overkill regarding the announcement. Could this mean we’ll finally find out how the outbreak began? So far, the Left 4 Dead series has been largely void of a real plot, so some details regarding the cause of the zombie apocalypse in a prequel sounds good to me. What do you think?
For a year the possibility of a true sequel to Alan Wake has been hanging over us like a cloud–a cloud you want to jump up and grab so you can drag it back down to earth and rub your face all over it, maybe see if it’s up for some naked spooning, you tell it you don’t even mind if it’s the big spoon, because you love it that much. A few days ago Remedy creative director Sam Lake tweeted a link to a blog by a writer named Samantha. Seemed innocent enough at the time, that is, until Samantha’s writings started coming off a little cray cray. It sounds like she bought Alan’s lake house and upon finding some of his writings started having nightmares. Her most recent post from earlier today took the creep factor to a whole new level, saying Called 911. Men outside shadows darkcominghelpmoreligh. Men in the shadows? Dark coming? More light? Anyone else getting strong Alan Wake vibes from this? I’m predicting an Alan Wake 2 reveal coming soon. Come on Remedy, give it to me, I’m ready for it.
We’ve been drip fed bits of story and setting details for the all-but-confirmed Dead Space 3, which is very likely to be revealed at E3 next week, and the newest bit is this icy new logo that was leaked online earlier today. It’s been rumored the game will take place on Tau Volantis, a planet with whiteout blizzards, that should make for an interesting change of scenery. I’m expecting something along the lines of The Thing, only with strategic dismemberment. Head past the break for the first screenshot from what could very well end up being the second sexiest adventure I’ve had in the snow. READ MORE
Rumor has it we could be seeing two Castlevania titles announced as early as E3 next month, with the first being a 3DS and Wii U-based title called Castlevania: Mirror of Fate and the second the highly anticipated sequel to Lords of Shadow. It’s no secret I love that game with a burning passion I usually only reserve for Mountain Dew: Pitch Black, and with the crazy twist ending we saw in the Resurrection expansion I’m very much looking forward to where they take the story. Head past the break for more!
Earlier this week a rumor surfaced that Deep Silver was planning on handing over development of the all but confirmed Dead Island 2 to a new studio. The first game was developed by Techland, and while they certainly did an admirable job, Dead Island didn’t quite live up to the expectations set by its fantastic debut trailer. The game still sold remarkably well, shipping over 3 million units so far, but much of that undoubtedly came from all the buzz that trailer received. With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver could be taking the same approach Konami and Capcom use with their Silent Hill and Resident Evil franchises respectively, by giving the game to another studio. Head past the jump for more!
We’ve had two Resident Evil games come to the 3DS already and if this rumor is true we could soon be getting a third. According to a recent report from Digital Spy, which has since been taken down, Capcom has another project in the works called Resident Evil: Degeneration-Damnation-Downfall. That’s quite a mouthful. The reasoning behind the long-winded and totally not official title is it’s supposedly a bundle that will include the animated film Resident Evil: Degeneration, its upcoming sequel Damnation and a brand new game titled Resident Evil: Downfall. Apparently, Downfall will take place between the events in Resident Evil 5 and 6 and star Claire Redfield as she “witnesses the downfall of humanity.” If this is anything like the fantastic Revelations then Capcom has my full support. Anyone else interested in more 3D Resident Evil?
Dead Space 3 is almost definitely the game EA teased us with earlier this week, and if these new rumors prove true, Isaac Clarke’s next outing could be significantly different from his last. According to a source at IGN, the game could feature two-player co-op, tweaked weapon functions and new player abilities like crouching and evasive moves. Head past the break for more delicious details! READ MORE
According to The Verge, Microsoft could be launching a $99 Xbox 360 bundle that will require a two-year $15 monthly subscription. The bundle includes a 4GB console, a Kinect sensor, an Xbox Live Gold plan, and it could become available at official Microsoft stores (no word on its availability at other retailers yet) as early as next week. According to the report, Microsoft is using this as a competitor to similar services like the Apple TV and Roku. This doesn’t sound like a bad idea if you’re looking for a cheaper way to play games or watch movies and TV shows online. The only downside is should you cancel your plan there will be a termination fee that those who purchase the console and subscription separately don’t have to worry about. So how does this sound to you? Do you like the idea of paying less up front with a required monthly fee, or would you rather purchase it all separately and have the option to cancel your plan without any repercussions? READ MORE
Come on EA, we know it’s coming, just announce it already. It’s been listed by game retailers, you’ve been hiring people to work on it, we know what engine it could be using, and we even know about Isaac’s growing insanity and its icy setting on a mysterious new planet called Tau Volantis. At this point Dead Space 3 is no secret, but just in case you’re still a little skeptical, a CV for a game designer at Visceral Games has just added a little more fuel to the fire. Also listed is Army of Two 3–hopefully not the final title, but even if it were it’d still be better than Army of Two: The 40th Day. It’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be seeing an official reveal at E3 in June. Now if they can get it out this year I think that’d make 2012 the best year ever for horror fans.
Alan Wake’s no stranger to the PC, even though it took a few years to make it to that mystical world where gamers use things like mice and keyboards to play their games, its PC debut was definitely a welcome one. It should come as no surprise that the thoroughly fantastic Pulp Fiction-esque American Nightmare could soon join its predecessor on Valve’s Steam service. This news comes from the Steam forums where user xruiner89 found the title listed in the Steam registry. It’s not confirmed so hopefully something a little more official will come out soon.
It seems South African-based BT Games knows something we don’t, as the retailer has begun accepting pre-orders for the still-unannounced Dead Space 3. EA hasn’t officially announced the game, though with the critical and commercial success of the last one, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear about it soon. There’s been no shortage of rumors about the game over the last couple months, including a possible snowy setting, that it could possibly use the Frostbite engine Battlefield 3 used, and that Isaac Clarke’s split personality disorder. In the past, BT Games has revealed Jak and Daxter HD and Mass Effect 3′s multiplayer, so it’s entirely possible that Dead Space 3′s announcement is very close. What would you like to see from the game? READ MORE
Capcom recently handed over the reins of yet another of their major IPs to Turning Point: Fall of Liberty and Legendary developer Spark Unlimited. This practice of sourcing out their games to third party devs has yielded mixed results; the Dead Rising series, developed by Blue Castle Games, has fared pretty well critically, but Operation Raccoon City — developed by SOCOM studio Slant Six Games — was met with a substantially less positive reception when it released last month. While I’m sure Spark Unlimited is busy enough handling development of Lost Planet 3, it looks like they have another project in the works as well. More after the jump.
Looks like Too Human developer Silicon Knights has joined Remedy in developing games for the next generation of consoles. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry, the head of the company Denis Dyack offered a few intriguing hints at what his company’s next project could be. Earlier this month Dyack said a sequel to 2002′s fantastically terrifying Eternal Darkness was a possibility, saying it’s one of their most requested games.
Now that the studio has moved onto a project for the next generation of consoles, Dyack again teased fans by saying “We’re really excited and we’re working on our next generation stuff. We’re working on an IP that’s our most requested and we’re really excited about that.” Could Eternal Darkness 2 be in the works? If it is, then based on the company’s relationship with Nintendo — Eternal Darkness was a GameCube exclusive — there’s a chance its sequel could come to the Wii U. READ MORE
Now this is something I didn’t see coming. One of my favorite games of last year, the delightfully deranged Shadows of the Damned could be getting a sequel. That is, if a few hopeful words from Silent Hill turned Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw composer Akira Yamaoka is to be believed. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yamaoka expressed interest in a sequel, saying “I’m thinking of a sequel, actually. I can’t tell you here, but clearly I’d like to.”
Shadows of the Damned was met with some decent reviews, but sold very poorly, shifting under 40,000 copies in its first month in the US and Japan. That’s not a great number, but it doesn’t look to be completely detracting developer Grasshopper Manufacture from considering a sequel. What’s even a little more intriguing is Yamaoka’s comment when asked if he thought EA would back a sequel — since they published the original — to which he replied with a “Probably,” before saying “Well, yes.” So what would you like to see in a Shadows of the Damned sequel? READ MORE
According to a job listing on the Remedy website, the guys that brought us Alan Wake and the incredible American Nightmare have moved on to the next generation of consoles. The listing is the first of 20 expected to become available over the coming weeks as the developer switches its focus to an unannounced project.
Remedy recently brought the original Alan Wake to PC pushing the game’s overall sales past the past two million. Now who here’s hoping this secret game is Alan Wake 2? READ MORE
It’s no secret that id Software, the developer that brought us Doom, Quake, and most recently, Rage, is working on Doom 4. Where most highly anticipated sequels tend to gradually reveal themselves over time in order to build up hype. Well, if these recently leaked screenshots are official, not only does Doom 4 look stunning, you can now get a pretty good idea of what this game is going to look like when it releases sometime in the (hopefully) near future.
The source of the leaked screens is from the online portfolio of environment artist Thao Le’s, which ha since been taken down. Even if these aren’t from Doom 4, whatever game these are from is gorgeous, and has a strong post-apocalyptic/horror vibe to it. Head past the break for more info and a look at what could be Doom 4! READ MORE
I have a double dose of Dead Space rumors for you, regarding the highly anticipated Dead Space 3, and the rumored FPS spin-off idea that EA’s supposedly been tinkering with lately. The first rumor is the third installment in the main series could be using the Frostbite Engine — otherwise known as the reason Battlefield 3 is such a gorgeous game.
Last year EA’s Visceral Games brand was expanded to the newly renamed Visceral Games Montreal, where a job listing recently popped up asking for a senior environmental designer to work on the Dead Space franchise. Head past the break for more info! READ MORE
Anyone who played Amnesia: The Dark Descent is fully aware of how shit-out-your-spine terrifying that game is. I’ve played an unhealthy number of horror games in my time, and Amnesia easily ranks among the few that made me want to sleep with the lights on. Last September we reported on the developer’s next game, which would be another horror title for consoles. Now, thanks to a mysterious website called Next Frictional Game that comes with the Amnesia logo, it looks like that next game could be a sequel to one of the scariest games of all time.
What’s also interesting about this is when you click on the image on the website it directs you to a Google map of China. If this game does take place in China, it’d be the second horror game coming out this year to take us there — the other being Resident Evil 6. what do you think this game could be, and more importantly, what do you want it to be? READ MORE
Update: Not only is the track confirmed to be from the new Meshuggah album, it has a name: ”Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion”
Many of you know by now that I’m a huge Meshuggah
fan. That’s why the rumor that a new Meshuggah track has been released immediately got my blood pumping and my heart racing. The track came from a suspicious, incredibly minimalistic website called IAmALeak.com
. Somehow I doubt that this is a malicious leak but rather an intentional jab at the whole illegal downloading scenario that took place over the last several weeks. In any case, the song is awesome and I’m now even more excited for their upcoming album, Koloss
(out March 27th).
Check out the song below and leave your thoughts. Is this a new Meshuggah track or some sick, twisted joke?
A few months ago we reported on EA’s desire to expand the Dead Space franchise by branching it off into other subgenres. This included the possibility of a FPS, flight sim, and third-person action game (similar to Uncharted) all set in the Dead Space universe. Now, a recent job listing posted on the EA site could be hinting at at least one of these ideas coming closer to fruition.
From the listing, “EA is looking for a lead multiplayer designer to help create a thrilling online action shooter game. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a bold new franchise which is a cornerstone for a new EA Games Studio.” So Visceral Games is looking for a multiplayer designer for an online action shooter game. Could this be the Dead Space FPS, and more importantly, is this something you’d be interested in? READ MORE
Take note that this is a RUMOR, but still a mind blowing life altering earth shifting rumor non the less. The Paul Gale Network posted the news/rumor and it’s got my balls all up in a twist with excitement.
Though it is a rumor, there still seems to be quite a good amount of potential details which you can check out past the break. There are many games that deserve to be made the way the Batman series has recently gone, and Ninja Turtles could be an incredible game if made by Rocksteady. What do you guys think, real? Fake? Please I hope so oh yes?? READ MORE
Let’s just get this out there: Resident Evil 5′s Versus Mode was an awful idea, and one that should be lost to the tome of history forever. I can only hope the multiplayer in Resident Evil 6 has a little more thought invested in it, but at the very least I can take comfort in the fact that there’s strafing. Oh, glorious strafing, how I love you so. From an Xbox product page, which has since been updated, the game will feature a robust online offering that includes 6 player online co-op and 8 player competitive multiplayer.
Wait, six player co-op? I think I remember something about there being three intersecting campaigns in Resident Evil 6, so that leads me to believe there’s a way to play each of the campaigns simultaneously with your friends. Or, maybe there’s another mode they haven’t revealed, who knows. Head past the break for the trailer, in case you missed it, and tell me what type of multiplayer you want in Resident Evil 6! READ MORE
Well guys and gals, your patience has finally paid off. Just as it said it would, the No Hope Left site has been updated with a link to the Resident Evil 6 channel on youtube, where you can find the game’s trailer in a plethora of languages. The November 20, 2012 release date is also official, as are all my hopes and dreams that this game would mark the series’ triumphant return to horror and zombies.
In case you care, while the game hasn’t been rated, it will contain “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language.” Nice. Check out the very impressive trailer after the jump! READ MORE
A creepy new viral marketing campaign has popped up called ‘No Hope Left’, and like all mysterious things, the people of the Internet have banded together to come a little closer to solving its riddles. It started off as a website covered with pictures and videos of a single message “No Hope Left”. What made this a little more intriguing was the odd symbol used in place of the first ‘O’, which my boundless skills in investigative journalism have identified as a biohazard symbol.
Until today the source of the viral ads was unknown, but thanks to The Sixth Axis, the source has been confirmed to be none other than Capcom. I have some videos and a more info waiting for you after break — let’s see if we can’t figure out what all this is about. READ MORE