It was pretty obvious that Grand Theft Auto V was announced when I decided to visit the Rockstar Games official website and was immediatly attacked by an inevitable picture showing the GTA V logo. We know nothing for now, but the announcement does state that the debut trailer will be unleashed November 2nd. It will be interesting to see how they unveil this new project.
Blizzard has made an announcement at this year's BlizzCon 2011 that will make any Blizzard fan giddy with excitement.
Blizzard will be handing out free digitial copies of Diablo III, at release, for all WoW subscribers who sign up for an annual pass/subscription. Along with the pass and Diablo III, you will also get an "exclusive WoW Mount" known as Tyrael's Charger, and you will get guaranteed beta access for future WoW expansions. There are two restrictions to the deal though. First, you must be 18 years of age. Second, you must have a registered copy of World of Warcraft before or on Oct. 18, 2011. Check out the official site for more information.
No one knows for sure when Diablo will release, but until then we have a cinematic trailer to keep our attention.
There has been speculation that Soul Calibur V will feature a secret character. Basically the equivalent to playing as Darth Vader (PS3) or Yoda (Xbox 360). Rumors have surfaced recently about Soul Calibur V's secret character, but only one has proven to be true. The one confirmed rumor, announced by Namco, was Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed) being that secret character. The even better news is that Ezio will be featured in both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, unlike the fourth installment in the series. Below you can find a new SCV trailer featuring many of the characters including Ezio.
Reports are surfacing that Microsoft's latest Xbox, as yet unnamed, will be making it's debut at E3 2013, with three developers reported to be working on launch titles.
Among those reportedly working on titles for the new Xbox are Lionhead Studios, Electronic Arts and Crytek. Apparently, along with preparing for the upcoming 2012 launch of Fable: The Journey, Lionhead Studios is hard at work preparing a fifth installation of the series to launch with the new Xbox.
Reports have listed EA and Crytek as being in the very early stages of development of their next-generation games, while several members of Microsoft's Xbox team have their occupations changed to working on the hardware for the next Xbox on their LinkedIn Profiles, specifically Jeff Faulkner, thought to be the creative director of the "Xbox Next Gen." Most are expecting all four companies to announce their next generation efforts, supposedly with more development houses, at E3 2013, with eyes towards the Holiday 2013 season as a launch date.
There has been a recent trend of video game developers delivering extra content to gamers through codes that are packaged with the purchase of a new game. Recently more and more developers are putting these codes on services like the PlayStation Store and Xbox LIVE. The most common example of these codes are online passes, which are codes that are required to enable multiplayer experiences for the player.
The soon-to-release Batman: Arkham City may not be coming with an online pass, but it was announced that the game will be coming with a code that enables the player to play as Catwoman. Of course, gamers assumed that this was bad news for gamers who were purchasing this game pre-owned, because most pre-owned copies of games don't have codes anymore. However, in an e-mail from GameStop to Game Informer, it has been announced that these codes will be given out for free with pre-owned copies at GameStop retail stores.