Another week is down, but the gaming drought continues for now. Fear not, for headlines were still made. Let’s take a look at what’s happened this past week.
Ubisoft announced that I Am Alive, a believable post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party for the Xbox 360 on March 7. I Am Alive follows an everyman’s journey to find his wife and daughter, who were lost during the “Event.” A year later, he finds Haventon, his hometown, in shambles. Buildings are destroyed, toxic ash fills the streets and society has been torn, causing inhabitants to take all necessary actions to survive. I Am Alive will be available for download for 1200 Microsoft Points.
After the recent popularity of the release of Grand Theft Auto III on Android and iOS devices, Sony has decided to use this time as a perfect opportunity to make Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City available to download for Playstation Network users. No word has been made is Grand Theft Auto San Andreas will see the light of day as a re-release on PSN. A date for release has not been made.
Ubisoft debuts the Mediterranean Traveller Map Pack, all-new downloadable content for Assassin’s CreedRevelations for the Xbox 360 video game and from Microsoft and Windows PC. The Mediterranean Traveller Map Pack will be available for PlayStation3 starting January 25 on the PlayStation Network. The addition of six multiplayer maps introduces new gameplay opportunities through each map’s varied terrain, perches and hideouts. The new collection of Trophies and Achievements will allow players to try their hand at kills and escapes that are as impressive as they are effective. The Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack is available for download at a price of 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and £7.99 on PlayStation Network and Windows PC.
Bethesda was released a beta for the upcoming 1.4 patch for Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim earlier this week. Normally patches are beta tested, as they are rolled out for lengthy testing. Due to the issues that have plagued Skyrim players its assumed that Bethesda wants to cover themselves if there are still issues after the patch release. The patch is available currently on PC, and to individuals who bought Skyrim via Steam. Ollie provides a full run down of what is planned to be changed with the upcoming patch.
Due to a “jam-packed” development schedule revolving around World of Warcraft, the annual convention hosted by Blizzard Entertainment has been pushed back until 2013 according to a statement available on Battle.Net. “Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world,” the firm said. “Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. “We’re also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.” Blizzcon is a convention which features development panels and tournaments for Blizzard franchise titles Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo.
Lastly, Valve has launched a mobile version of Steam which is available on iOS and Android. The app allows users to access their friends list, chat, browse games, and purchase titles. Since the software is still in beta, users who wish to use the mobile Steam will have to opt into it. At this time, Valve doesn’t have any plans to distribute any mobile games, this could be part with Apple maintaining a tight control over the apps that are purchased for their mobile devices.
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