Ubisoft have just announced that Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's hotly anticipated Chicago sandbox game, will have a couple of preorder exclusive missions. What's more, the content will also be exclusive to the retailer from which you preordered it.
Those who preorder Watch Dogs from GameStop will receive one single player mission, entitled "The Palace Pack." Apart from the actual content of the mission itself, "The Palace Pack" will contain an investigation bonus and an ATM hack boost. The investigation bonus will open up exclusive investigation opportunities within the network, and the ATM hack boost will give you extra money when you hack into a bank account. Players who preorder from GameStop will also receive an exclusive poster from the comic book artist Alex Ross.
Those who preorder from Amazon.com will gain
access to the "Signature Shot Pack." Upon completion of this exclusive
mission, players will unlock the Biometric Assault Rifle and the Black
Viceroy’s Outfit. The mission itself will require players to break into a
stronghold and steal the Biometric Assault Rifle so they can be the
first to imprint their palm on the weapon's handle, as the gun doesn't
work for anybody past the first person to imprint the handle.
Watch Dogs will be launching on November 19th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. As for next generation consoles, Watch Dogs will be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and is also all but confirmed to be releasing for Microsoft's next game console.
“It’s like Namco literally forgot that it succeeded with Dark Souls minutes after it got its financial results. What we see here with Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls is a series that became a cult hit specifically by not doing what everyone else did and a publisher that now wants to make it more successful by doing what everyone else did.” – Jim Sterling
This week's episode of the Jimquisition is back on the topic of Triple-A publishers and development studios being moronic, specifically Namco Bandai. See, Dark Souls II will be arriving sometime within the next year or two, and the game's publisher, Namco Bandai, is apparently planning on "treating it like a massive, massive Triple-A title" in order to appeal to a wider audience. They plan to be "widening the net" with Dark Souls II, by extension skyrocketing development costs, even though practically all of Dark Souls sales come from a very loyal cult following for whom one of the primary reasons Dark Souls is so good is that it didn't compromise its focus.
Well, I won't keep you any longer. After the jump, you can watch today's episode of the Jimquisition, "Guns Blazing" where Jim Sterling talks at length about this Triple-A problem.
As promised, Warner Bros. dropped a massive amount of new Batman: Arkham Origins information on us today, including new gameplay and story details, a brand new trailer, and information about a new playable character, available via preorder DLC.
The trailer tells us a lot about the story and style of the prequel, so we'll have a full rundown of the trailer's details and more after the jump.
Follow at your own risk; spoilers ahead.
Looks like everyone's favorite blue hedgehog might be making an appearance at E3!
According to reports, SEGA has been gobbling up the rights to something called Sonic: Lost World; they have recently trademarked the name and obtained the domains SonicLostWorld.com and SonicLostWorlds.com.
This taking place a few weeks can't be a coincidence; I believe we may be seeing more on this matter on the show floor. After all, wasn't 2013 hyped as a big year for Sonic?
To be honest, I've never played many of the Sonic games, but depending how this turns out, I may give the little guy a chance this go around. What do you think? What would you like to see in Sonic's next adventure?
Warner Bros. released a new teaser trailer today for the latest installment in the Batman series of games, Batman: Arkham Origins, which is set to release on all major platforms on October 25th.
In the trailer, the Dark Knight encounters the villain Deathstroke, and the duo exchange blows. And...that's really it. The end of the video does promise a longer trailer on Monday, May 20, however, for those of you who aren't satisfied with this small glimpse.
Are you excited for Arkham Origins? I am; I played Arkham City on the Wii U when it came out. It was my first experience with the series, and I'm looking forward to more.
Hop inside for a look at the trailer!
EA making positive press lines seems like an anomaly. That being said, under slightly new leadership EA has made their first major change: They are killing off the entire online pass program.
“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”
“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
It is a wonder to find out if EA is truly listening to their consumers. In this case, the Online Pass situation didn't spurn more new game purchases, nor did it really gain them much from the used game market either. The idea of the online pass was to lock out online aspects of used games that you had to buy a pass for to ensure the publisher received some compensation on used game sales. Other companies do this as well, but mark EA now as the first company to try it and back down from continuing it. It's not that big of a deal for me, but it at least ensures I have no additional fees to pay if I buy future EA titles used.
The next installment in Ubisoft's highly successful Assassin's Creed franchise, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, received a new trailer earlier today. The video, viewable post-jump, gives us a chance to get to know Edward Kenway, the game's protagonist, on a bit more of a personal level. As we already knew, Kenway is a pirate. But what we didn't know, was why. The new trailer, entitled "Under the Black Flag," gives us some insight into the back story of Black Flag's protagonist.
"I once sailed for a king... I obeyed men of privilege and wealth,"
go the first two lines of Kenway's narration. The protagonist then proceeds to explain the life he now leads and the values he now holds. Kenway's final words come in the form of a forboding promise:
"as long as empires generate wealth and riches, we will be there to bleed them dry"
Head past the jump to see the full trailer.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set to release on Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and -assumedly- the next Xbox. The official date is October 29th 2013.
Konami's 2013 Pre-E3 Show is set to air at 1 PM Eastern Time on June 6th; for those of you wishing to view it, the event will be streamed on Konami's website, GameSpot, the GameSpot app for Xbox 360; you can also check in for updates here on Gamnesia.
To promote these streaming options, special tune-in messages are set to broadcast on CBS and CW television networks in eight major markets, beginning on May 27th. This will mark the first time that online gaming news has been promoted nationwide by a major television network.
At the event, Konami will be discussing the next Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania games, as well as new announcements.
So, be sure to tune in to Gamnesia on June 6th for up-to-date information about Konami's announcements! What are you looking forward to seeing from the show?
Hop inside for Konami's full press release.
Rayman Legends, the Ubisoft game that suffered a ridiculous delay but nonetheless looks fantastic, just got a new trailer. The "Ocean World Trailer" showcases another one of the game's areas. And, as you probably guessed, there's water and swimming involved. But, as you may not have guessed, this world will also feature a light manipulation mechanic. Check it out in the trailer after the jump!
In other Rayman Legends news, Ubisoft has announced preorder bonuses for the game in the form of console-specific skins. If you preorder Rayman Legends for Wii U, you'll get an Assassin's Creed III: Liberations skin of Aveline de Grandpré, wearable by the character Barbara; If you preorder the game for PlayStation 3, you'll get an Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag skin of protagonist Edward Kenway, wearable by Rayman; and if you preorder Rayman Legends for Xbox 360, you'll get a Splinter Cell skin of Sam Fisher, also wearable by Rayman.