Weekly Video Game News Roundup: March 2nd

In this roundup we find out what is making the Battlefield Community so angry, the status of Binding of Isaac on the 3DS, what's next for Angry Birds developer Rovio, how gamers can get a chance to kill Hitler, how Borderlands 2 will use Steamworks, and a new Avengers social game for Facebook.

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1. BF3 Fan Group Issue Ultimatum To EA And DICE

The Battlefield 3 community is waging war, but one outside of the popular game and against its very creators. The community site Battlefieldo, fed up with the lack of communication with fans, has given Electronic Arts and DICE an ultimatum: "to black out the entire Battlefield [3] community for one day, 24 hours - no playing, no posting and no tweeting". Cory Niblett, managing director of Battlefieldo asked:

"Why is it the studio that developed the game cannot communicate with the followers, fans and community of the very game they built? We're going to give Electronic Arts until Friday, 2nd March to announce the next major patch and the fixes that they have made, or are currently making. [And give]some acknowledgement of the outcry about the issues that are currently wrong with the game today."

Niblett wanted to clarify that they don't feel entitled or obligated to information, but that they feel that communication is tantamount to a good relationship with the consumers that support a game. Eurogamer notes that DICE has promised some fixes for the game that are coming soon. Those wanting to comment on these developments can use the hashtag #BF3Blackout.

Source: Eurogamer


2. Binding Of Isaac Not Coming To 3DS

Despite rumors to the contrary, Edmund McMillen, developer for Binding Of Isaac, stated in his official Twitter that, "Nintendo has decided NOT to allow the Binding of Isaac on the 3ds," followed by a frowney face -- reflecting his disappointment. He didn't speak further on the reasons behind the decision, but it seems all gripes should be directed at Nintendo and not good ol' Team Meat.

Edmund McMillen Binding of Isaac Twitter Shot Nintendo 3DS

Source: Edmund McMillien's Twitter


3. EA Auto-Adding Steam-bought titles to Origin accounts?

In a thread on D1P, user forsayken was a tad freaked when Dead Space 2, which he purchased on Steam, suddenly appeared on his Origin account as well. According to forsayken, attempting to play Dead Space 2 through Origin merely launches the Steam version -- effecting doing nothing different besides linking the EA games to different accounts. Many other users ran into the same issue when buying and playing EA titles via Steam, where the games would eventually be linked to their Origin accounts by no effort on their part. Since an EA account is an Origin account, and most EA games require you to register your email address, it's not a difficult process nor is it difficult to understand how it is accomplished -- but the free exchange of information without consent is enough to disturb some gamers.

Source: D1P



4. Apple's New Gaming Platform

Apple's New Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8) operating system is changing the way we play games on Apple devices. For starters, the Game Center will add some new features, such as a "Friends" tab, that will allow players to see what games their friends own and download them if they wish to play as well. Mountain Lion will also allow gamers to play each other through cross-platform capability across all of the Apple devices at the same time, turning a myriad of apps into what they are calling "universal apps."

A lot of new big titles are coming to the Mac App Store, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Limbo and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. G4 suspects that due to this new initiative to implement cross-platform gaming, systems like the iMac and Mac laptop, which lack the touchscreen and accelerometer required for some games will either get a new type of touchscreen bluetooth controller (not unlike their bluetooth mouse or keyboard) or utilize other Apple devices that already have those capabilities, such as the iPod Touch or iPhone. With so much coming to the next operating system, it appears that Apple is really stepping up its... game. <crickets>

Source: G4



5. Angry Birds Dev Launching New IP

Angry Birds is one of the most successful games in history and it doesn't show signs of losing momentum anytime soon, but through all of the merchandising and various expansions, Rovio hasn't branched beyond its flagship series. Rovio CEO Mikael Hed sat down with AllThingsD to confirm that is not going to stay the case. While attention will always remain predominantly on Angry Birds, Hed teases a non-Angry Birds game currently in the works that is he confirms will be "out in a couple months.” Further details were not elaborated on and even the companies future plans, including whether to sell it or not was only hinted at. Gamers will just have to wait a few more months until Rovio's next game is released to see if it is a worthy successor to their current feathery franchise.

Source: AllThingsD



6. Sniper Elite V2's Craaaaazy Assassination Pre-order Bonus

Those familiar with world history will know that the Dictator of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, took his own life to avoid capture at the end of the second World War, leaving the world feeling proper justice was stolen from them. Rebellion's Sniper Elite V2 has taken upon themselves to pull a Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth and take another shot at it. Pre-ordering the World War II sniping simulator will garner a special "ultimate mission" in which the primary goal is to target one of the most villainous men in history and paint the walls of his private cabin aboard his personal train with a single bullet. While the extra is especially dark and slightly twisted, it still feels sooooo good.

Sniper Elite V2 will be released May for the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.

Source: Kotaku


7. Sons of Anarchy Video Game?

A Sons of Anarchy video game might be a possibility, according to a series of tweets from showrunner Kurt Sutter.

"Soon to be taking meetings about an SOA game. have a major gaming company interested. trying to figure out costs, platform and timing to do a quality platform-based game costs tens of millions and takes years. we're toying with the idea of a high-end browser-based game."

While it's not exactly the high-end console version fans of the show might have wanted, as Buzz Focus points out, it might be to their benefit as Grand Theft Auto IV's DLC The Lost and Damned already delved into a similar world seen on the show.

Source: Buzz Focus


8. Borderlands 2 to Use Steamworks on PC

2K Games, Gearbox Software and Valve have confirmed that all PC versions of Borderlands 2 will be powered by Steamworks, which will endow the title with all of the perks Steamworks provides, including achievements, DLC, updates, multi-player matchmaking and Steam Cloud support, among other things -- and as a special bonus, those who buy the retail version of the game will also be able to utilize all of the wonders of Steamworks. Its a win-win, folks.


9. Marvel: Avengers Alliance Launches on FB

The first social game based in the Marvel Universe, Marvel: Avengers Alliance has just launched on Facebook. Developer Playdom promises a combat RPG experience brimming with all of the Marvel heroes and villains fans love, set within an interactive, social game. The turn-based combat game will allow players to recruit popular Marvel characters and train them to unlock special abilities, allowing unique customization opportunities. The game is essentially an advertisement for the Avengers movie - despite the deal for the license happening before the Disney acquisition of Marvel - releasing this summer and takes place after a galaxy-disaster has taken place, which ends up putting Manhattan in trouble and leaving The Avengers to clean up, busting some Super Villain heads along the way. Disney Interactive and Marvel promise to keep expanding the game through future releases, where they will provide additional missions and storylines. Check it out now on Facebook.


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