StarCraft fans, rejoice! Blizzard announced yesterday that the hugely anticipated sequel, Wings of Liberty, will be available at retailers starting July 27 and directly from Blizzard itself shortly thereafter. The game has been in beta since February with a rather hefty update releasing just a few weeks ago, which included the custom map editor, achievements, and a number of other Battle.net additions.
"Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and co-founder.
Wings of Liberty will continue the StarCraft story arc, following Terran rebel leader Jim Raynor. The game will allow players to pick and choose the missions they run, creating a very customizable single-player experience.
While some of the thunder was lost due to an early leak, Cliffy B's big reveal of Gears of War 3 on the Jimmy Fallon show last night still had plenty of pomp and circumstance going for it, thanks in part to the over one minute teaser debuted on the show.
From the teaser we can gather that the war with the locust is still in full swing. This time around there will be beards, tall tentacle like monsters, and a bit of feminine brutality. All and all, it's Gears of War. More Gears of War.
Since the teasers debute some other noteworthy nuggets have been made known. Gear 3 will feature story oriented four player co-op. Since much of Gears's past merits have lied in its excellent cooperative play this is nothing but good news. In addition an official release date of April 5th for North America and Asia, 7th for Japan, and 8th for everyone else has been provided by Microsoft.
Let the one years worth of hype commence.
Microsoft changed the European release date for Alan Wake. If you thought Europe was going to get its hands on Remedy's latest super natural thriller in late May, guess what? Its mid-May now. May 14th to be exact.
Announcements concerning a game's release date typically involve the date being pushed back so this is a pleasant surprise. US gamers won't get the game till May 18th, lucky devils.
SEGA of America has announced that Obsidian Entertainment’s long awaited Alpha Protocol is hitting store shelves in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on June 1st, and May 28th 2010 in Europe.
“The wait has been worth it. It is time for an RPG to go beyond fantasy and space,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing for SEGA of America. “The genre needs a shot in the arm, and renowned developer Obsidian has delivered. Alpha Protocol will be the absolute best it can be, and we look forward to revealing fresh aspects of it to the community in the upcoming months.”
In Alpha Protocol, players assume the role of rookie spy Michael Thorton and are given unprecedented control over the development of his abilities and interactions with other characters. Customizable character skill-sets, attributes and weapons all play an important role in allowing gamers to tailor Thorton to their play-style. (more...)
Update: Disney has also announced that Split/Second will be releasing in North America on May 18. The game will be releasing on PC. We also received a look at the box art, which you can check out after the break.
Disney announced the European release date for its racer Split/Second, developed by Black Rock Studios. It's also getting a seemingly unnecessary subtitle. Split/Second: Velocity will be releasing in Europe on May 21 for Xbox 360 and PS3.
"Set within the world of a fictional reality TV show, Split/Second: Velocity players don't just try to race to the finish line -- they trigger explosive events that alter the track to take out opponents or create short cuts."
The PC version was mysteriously MIA from the announcement. We'll let you know when we hear more.
Yesterday Microsoft revealed in its NPD response that Crackdown 2 was slated for a June release. Today, the company retracted that release window, saying it was listed "incorrectly."
"We have not announced a launch date for 'Crackdown 2' and the time frame listed in the mail was incorrect," Microsoft said in a statement issued earlier today. "Please look for an announcement on this title at a later date."
That doesn't necessarily rule June out, it just means it's not official yet.
Capcom announced today that Dead Rising 2 will be releasing in North America on August 31st, Japan on September 2nd and Europe on September 3rd for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Shortly before the game's release, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download exclusive prologue, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. This prologue will introduce the game's protagonist Chuck Greene and provide insight into the link between the original Dead Rising's events and the sequel's. Release date and pricing for the prologue will be announced soon.
It was revealed earlier that Alan Wake would be hitting this May. We've now received an exact date for the game's release in Europe and North America. It will be hitting North America Tuesday, May 18th and Europe on Friday, May 21st.
As you know, a special collector's edition will also be releasing for $79.99.
After being delayed a couple times, PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies iPhone port has been given yet another release date, and it looks like they'll be hitting their mark this time. Check the App Store on February 15 for some Zombie tower-defense action. Along with the good news, PopCap has sent out a new trailer for the game, which you can see above.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was revealed yesterday with Sega pinning it as a "Summer 2010" release. That window has been narrowed down today thanks to the people over at Sonic Stadium. The game will be releasing this July. In addition to that information, is confirmation that an iPhone version of the game will be coming also.
Looks like Sega needs to be a little more careful with its website assets.