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From BioWare Mystery To Something Completely Different - News Roundup 20th November 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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BioWare, Codename D, Kinect, Mass Effect, Monty Python, Suda 51, Zattikka
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Mass Effect

BioWare Mystery Deepens

From BioWare Mystery To Something Completely Different - News Roundup 20th November 2010

This week has heralded a deeply cynical EA viral marketing ploy deepening mystery surrounding Bioware's upcoming game reveal. Clever clues, suggestive videos and rumours galore have been doing the rounds recently... so here's what we know so far.

  • The first clue was a binary string posted on BioWare's Facebook page. When translated, it yielded the number 55.845: the Atomic weight of iron and steel. Shattered Steel was an old school MS-DOS BioWare title, by the way.
  • A second binary barcode revealed temperature -128.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. The temperature was measured in Vostok, Antartica. Mass Effect fans will remember that Vostok just happens to be a planetary system in the ME universe.
  • And then this happened. EA's reveal video is light on content, but clearly shows a futuristic sniper in a wartorn environment.

This video, coupled with the Vostok connection, caused speculation about whether BioWare could be working on a multiplayer project that's set in the Mass Effect universe. This ties in nicely with news from earlier this year that BioWare was seeking multiplayer developers... and we theorised that a standalone MP title could well be on the cards.

  • However, the latest intel throws this hypothesis slightly out of whack. Another binary barcode leads to the MI6's website [thanks, G4TV]... suggesting that the reveal may well be for a new IP that's set slightly closer to the modern day. In Vostok, perhaps?
  • Finally, Playstation's official Russian twitter account has 'announced' that the reveal is for Mass Effect 3. I'd take this one with a pinch of salt, folks... but I suppose that it could be.

Could Bioware's latest project be a multiplayer Mass Effect? Mass Effect 3? Or an entirely new IP? Sound off in the comments! We'll have to wait until December 11th for the definitive answer.

Zattikka Acquires Monty Python Licence For Casual Games

From BioWare Mystery To Something Completely Different - News Roundup 20th November 2010

And now for something completely different. Casual games outfit Zattikka has managed to acquire the venerable Monty Python license for use in Facebook and browser-based casual games.

Monty Python is one of the most iconic comedy licenses around, but there has been no new material for over 20 years. By acquiring these rights we will be transporting Monty Python into the 21st Century, with a totally new experience for their unique comedy that will delight old and new fans alike. - Zattikka CEO Tim Chaney

Apparently the Pythons will be "looking over" Zattikka's shoulders during development to ensure that the franchise is treated with respect. We'll know more in early December. [VG247]

Codename D Is A "no gun, no sword game"

From BioWare Mystery To Something Completely Different - News Roundup 20th November 2010

Suda51's mature Kinect title Codename D is bound to be a twisted and ultraviolent affair- but we didn't really know anything about it bar the fact that it's set in a nightmarish fairground. However, a new interview suggests that the entire body is going to be used as a weapon in an attempt to restore the player character's "lost self".

Using Kinect, you become the controller and face off against enemies, clearing missions in the hopes of restoring your lost self. It’s a game that will let you experience the invigorating feel that can be had because of Kinect.

It’s a no gun, no sword action game. It’s a game that will let you experience the invigorating feel that can be had because of Kinect. -Suda to Famitsu Magazine

Kinect needs these mature titles like the desert needs the rain. 2011 can't come soon enough.

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