CoD Black Ops Revealed
Treyarch have accidentally revealed that their next CoD title will be named "Black Ops." Whilst there's nothing on the prematurely-launched website except an empty blog and a logo, this likely means that the game will feature multiple theatres of war rather than solely Vietnam. Cold War Russia has also been tipped to appear, as well as the possibility of stealth mechanics.
After acquiring voice talent and Vietnam war period music, Treyarch has also laid hands on Russian voice actors. With the newly-revealed 'Black Ops' title, it seems that a globetrotting adventure may well be in the works. [Blackops]
APB Launches July 2nd
APB, the upcoming MMO from Realtime Worlds (of Crackdown fame) will launch this July. A pricing structure has also been detailed: with the boxed game (RRP £34.99) providing 50 hours of play and the ability to top up £5.59 for an additional 20 hours and purchase a 30 day unlimited package for £7.99. The game will also offer RTW Points that can be exchanged for play time or in-game rewards.
"An additional benefit to this evolutionary model is the ability for you to convert your own customisations and rewards to tradable (sic) products to give to friends or clan-mates or to place on the Marketplace to earn more RTW points (convertible to game time) or in-game cash,"- APB FAQ
APB promises to be an online sandbox set in a dynamic city and will deliver GTA-style action to hundreds of players. [Realtime Worlds]
Bungie Reaction Roundup
The dust has settled, the rubble has been cleared and the internet has finally been fixed. The industry is now coming to terms with Bungie's decision to sign on with Activision for a decade... and in fact, everyone's taking it rather well. It's roundup time!
- Bungie is delighted by the move. They've stated that the deal will allow them to reach (no pun intended) a "larger audience" while retaining their status as an independent developer. Whilst there's still a grey area over whether they'll also be tapped to work on Activision IPs and retain any shared technology, they're definitely the real winners from this deal. And they know it.
- Activision, as you'd expect, are equally delighted. They've gained a veteran FPS developer (replacing, you know, that other studio) and has diverted attention away from... you know, that other studio.
- Microsoft has stated that their relationship with Bungie will remain "unchanged"- at least until Halo Reach is released. Since they still retain the rights to the Halo IP (and there's technically nothing stopping Bungie developing another Halo title down the road)...and Bungie are sure to release their next IP on the 360 due to their years of development experience... I don't think they're too worried. [MCV]
- Sony is acting like a giddy schoolgirl with a hopeless crush.
"Congrats to Bungie. Marrying their creative minds and incredible talent to the power of PS3 will be like giving PS3 fans Halo on steroids."
Anyone else amused by this? I'd be excited too, but the language is reminiscent of acquiring a PS3 exclusive rather than the possibility of a multiplatform port. Looks like Sony has marriage on the mind. [Kotaku]
- The fan reaction is probably the most interesting and surprising of all. With a few exceptions, Bungie fans are reacting to the news in a mature and reasoned way (rather than threatening to boycott the company, burn their copies of Halo etc etc). However, many are genuinely worried that aftersale support and multiplayer maintenance for Halo Reach will suffer when Bungie focuses its resources on its new IP. I hope that Microsoft's 343 industries will be able to take over Reach's community maintenance and prove that they can do more than direct anime shorts.
Well, you've heard the games industry's reaction- but we want to hear yours. Have your say in the comments!