Rayman Legends Delayed on Wii U

Although Rayman Legends was expected to be released today, it was pushed to September in order to allow for a multiplatform launch. However, the Wii U development team is “working hard on the Wii U [version] to make sure it continues to improve, so it can become one of the best Wii U games,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Kotaku. “We hope it can be one of the top games Ubisoft creates. What’s very important to consider is that when a team has more time, they are able to continue to improve the quality of the game. “When we saw we had more time, we saw all of the possibilities. Some of the possibilities are the social features that we are seeing today, but also new bosses, new possibilities that will take the game to a level that people will love.” Since Rayman Legends was expected as a Wii U launch title but was pushed back several times, Ubisoft will release the game’s online challenge mode for free in April to compensate Wii U owners for the wait.

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343 Industries Looking Beyond Halo Master Chief Storyline

No worries, Halo’s Master Chief is not going away any time soon, but 343 Industries want other stories not centering only on Master Chief. 343′s Kiki Wolfkill said it was “important” for Master Chief to appear in halo 4 (after being absent from Reach and ODST), but that he is not necessarily going to appear in every game from now on. “He’s always going to be a pretty critical component of Halo and the game experiences. I would hope that we could also build strength and investment in other characters, for no other reason than that’s part of what makes the universe interesting,” she said. “Master Chief’s not going away, but we need to be able to give people more connection points.” In other words, while 343 Industries is proud of Halo 4 and its accomplishments, it wants to innovate and tell its own stories. Wolfkill said: “How we look at it is ‘Where do we want to be in ten years? What are the stories we want to tell?’” “We have started to flesh out broad strokes of a few different arcs that are interesting. There could be opportunities where exploring a different game genre makes sense or exploring a different linear format makes sense. If the medium fits what we want to do, then we’ll definitely consider it. If there’s a great idea we get energized around [it].”

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Battlefield 3: Still in High Demand

Even though Battlefield 3 is over a year old, it produces over 1 TB of data daily! EA follows many gaming titles and has tracked Battlefield 3 as having 3.9 million grenades thrown every 15 minutes; players destroy 648,000 vehicles as well as 24 million explosions. EA’s Taneja said that the company will soon need to track 2 billion gamers across all platforms, instead of “only” 200 million console users.

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Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Now Free-to-Play Up to Level 15

It was announced today on the PlayStation Blog that Uncharted 3 multiplayer will be going free to play, up to level 15. Here are some features:

  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Co-op Adventure Add On – Unlocks Co-Op Adventure mode including the Fort Adventure DLC
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Co-op Arena Add On – Unlocks to gain access to the Co-Op Arena Playlist including the Co-Op Shade Survival Mode DLC for UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Competitive MP (No Level Limit) – Removes the level cap for UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Competitive MP (Level 25 Limit) – Removes the Level 15 cap and allows you to play UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play up to Level 25
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Split Screen Add On – Unlocks Co-Op Adventure mode including the Fort Adventure DLC
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer DLC Map Packs – Unlocks all three DLC map packs released for UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception. Includes Flashback Map Pack 1, Flashback Map Pack 2, and Drake’s Deception Map Pack
  • UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Single Player Experience – Uncover the Truth. Unlock the Single Player campaign

What do you think about this news from Naughty Dog?

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