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From Ubisoft's ‘Big Announcement’ to Dead Space 2 - News Roundup 9th Feb 2010

Marius Goubert

Today’s news roundup sees Ubisoft finally giving the ‘big announcement’ they’ve been hinting at since last Friday. Empire: Total War fans should prepare to go east in the wake of new DLC released via Steam. And lastly, EA give us something to look forward to with release dates for Crysis 2, Dead Space 2, Need for Speed, Spore and Sims.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier revealed

From Ubisoft's ‘Big Announcement’ to Dead Space 2 - News Roundup 9th Feb 2010

Ubisoft has been teasing about a ‘big announcement’ since last Friday, and finally, in a Press Release issued this morning at 10am, they company revealed (drum roll) …..the impending release of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Although details are thin on the ground, Ubisoft has confirmed that the Tom Clancy sequel will be out in time for the holiday season with a  multiplayer beta – open to anyone who bought Splinter Cell: Conviction – following sometime in the summer.

According to the press release: ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier/ will go beyond the core Ghost Recon franchise and deliver a fresh gameplay experience, with an unparalleled level of quality that will excite long-time fans and newcomers alike.’ So this should certainly be one to look out for if you like your tactical first person shooters – although no word yet from Ubisoft on which platforms the sequel will be released on, or, more importantly, what the exact difference is between an advanced warfighter and a future soldier… [VG237]

New DLC for Empire: Total War out today

From Ubisoft's ‘Big Announcement’ to Dead Space 2 - News Roundup 9th Feb 2010

If you liked seeing longbows and bascinets traded for muskets and slightly effeminate hairdos in Empire: Total War, then you might be interested in acquiring the latest pack of DLC released by Creative Assembly. Available for download via Steam, Elite Units of the East adds 12 new unit types to the Ottoman and Maratha Confederacy.

These units vary from ‘fearsome brigands’ to ‘leaned warriors’ according to a brief description on Electronic Theatre. The pack also coincides with a current Empire: Total War deal going on Steam (for more information, see this deal written up by Neil), and overall, should tide Total War fans over until the release of Napoleon: TW on the 23rd of this month. [ElectronicTheatre]

EA narrows Dead Space 2 release date

From Ubisoft's ‘Big Announcement’ to Dead Space 2 - News Roundup 9th Feb 2010

EA have just revealed a string of release dates for some of its high profile forthcoming titles. Dead Space 2 should be out somewhere between January and March 2011. The company also stated that Crysis 2 should be out even earlier, in the Christmas quarter of 2010, along with a new Need for Speed sequel. There is also more to come from the Spore and Sims franchises (the titles of which are still to be announced) although according to EA, they should hit the shelves sometime before March 31st 2011. [Eurogamer]

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