Yesterday's X10 event finally brings us release dates for the Halo Reach Beta as well as Alan Wake- about time, too! Activision let slip about possible subscriptions for Call of Duty 7, and BAFTA reveals their nominations for Best Videogame of 2009. We live in interesting times...
Halo Reach beta and Alan Wake dated for May
Last night, Microsoft revealed that the Halo Reach Beta will begin on May 3rd. At the X10 event in San Francisco, we were told that Halo Reach will completely change the tone and raise the bar for the Halo series- as well as providing the biggest multiplayer beta in console history. Note that you will need a copy of ODST to take part in the Beta when it arrives.
Alan Wake, the psychological survival horror from the creators of the Max Payne Series, was also dated for May 18th. We've recently previewed this elusive and exclusive title; after five years in the making, opinions have polarised between extreme excitement and abject apathy. Have a read and decide for yourself!
Call of Duty 7 slated for Xmas- may have subscriptions?
The Call of Duty franchise is one of Activision Blizzard's most profitable earners, so it comes as little surprise that we'll be seeing another one at the end of this year. What did come as a surprise, however, was an ominous comment from Activision CEO Bobby Kotick during last night's quarterly earnings call.
"If you think about the successes we have had in other categories on subscriptions, you can get a sense of the direction we want to take that franchise."
Uh oh. Can we expect to see a WoW-style subscription fee for online play next year? [Kotaku]
BAFTA nominees revealed. Vote now!
It's that time again, folks: the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominees for the best video game of 2009. There are a couple of surprises, but most of the big names you'd expect have made the list.
- Assassin's Creed 2 [Multiformat]
- Batman: Arkham Asylum [Multiformat]
- Beatles Rock Band [Multiformat]
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [Multiformat]
- FIFA 10 [Multiformat]
- GTA: Chinatown Wars [DS]
- Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks [DS]
- Street Fighter IV [Multiformat]
- Uncharted 2 [PS3]
- Wii Sports Resort [Wii]
Voting is now open; remember that every vote counts! Also, there's a prize draw to win a SONY entertainment system if you need any further incentive.