Fox and Microsoft finally agree on Killer Instinct

Microsoft have been working on fixing up Killer Instinct for awhile now, but things have been on a stand still because FOX have laid claim to the trademark, and due to possible confusion the US patent office turned it down.

Can’t think of anything owned by FOX called Killer Instinct? The only thing anyone seems to be able to think of is a crime drama from 2005. We know that Rare are working on something “Jaw-dropping” could it be Killer Instinct?

How likely is it gamers and viewers would be confused, the original statement for turning down the patent seemed to think it was very likely.

“Thus, upon encountering KILLER INSTINCT for “video game software” and “entertainment services, namely, providing online video games” and KILLER INSTINCT for “entertainment services in the nature of a television series featuring drama, “consumers are likely to be confused and mistakenly believe that the respective goods and services emanate from a common source.”

But it seems at long last, FOX and Microsoft have come to very reasonable terms. We don’t have a PDF but this NeoGAF user uploaded a picture of it which you can see the first page below.

Pre-order Battlefield 4 at Walmart, get Battlefield 3 for free

Chances are, you already know that pre-ordering Battlefield 4 will net you access to the BF4 Beta, but the game’s first Premium expansion, too.

Now, retailer Walmart is offering another deal. If you pre-order the game there, Walmart will throw in a free copy of Battlefield 3. So far, though, the free copies only apply to the PS3 and Xbox 360 version. Keep in mind that pre-ordering at Walmart will still net you the free Premium expansion pack; so you’re essentially getting a free game.

Unfortunately, it seems the pre-order won’t include access to the Battlefield 4 Beta. Then again, there are other ways to enter it and chances are, EA will be opening it to the public at a later date.

For those who have yet to play Battlefield 3 but is seriously considering BF4, then this is the right deal for you. Although, to be honest, I don’t see a lot of people who’s interested in BF4 that hasn’t played its predecessor still.

Anyone going to bite and get another copy of BF3 as a freebie? If so, what are you planning on doing with it?

Diablo III getting new 1.0.8 patch, improves co-op play

Blizzard has announced today that Diablo III will be receiving a new 1.0.8 patch that will improve the experience of playing cooperatively.

In the upcoming patch, (which is currently available on the game’s public test realm), “Blizzard intends to make co-operative play much more appealing by adding things like matchmaking tags, additional bonuses to playing multiplayer, a decrease in the amount of health monsters get when more players join a game, a  snazzy new ‘Identify All’ command, combat alerts, and private chat.”

While Blizzard’s senior technical director Wyatt Cheng describes the co-op experience as “awesome” and beneficial to players in some areas, he adds that it comes with disadvantages “like having to coordinate where you’re walking and what you’re attacking, losing your followers, and trying to find groups that have similar goals to yours without a defined matchmaking system in place.”

You can find out more details about Diablo III’s 1.0.8 patch over on Blizzard’s site.

Source: Battle net (via PC Gamer)

UPDATE: Retailer lists a September release for Battlefield 4 — Rumor

UPDATE: (An EA rep has emailed back stating, “We have not announced a release date for the game. Any dates appearing online are speculative.)

Original Story:

Did another tidbit from DICE’s Battlefield 4 just got outed ahead of time? Just yesterday, screenshots and even the official reveal trailer was leaked hours ahead of the official unveiling.

Now, online retailer Zavvi is now listing Battlefield 4 to ship on September 13, 2013.

Take a look at the listing:

For those who curious, September 13 is a Friday, and normally, games are released on a Tuesday in the U.S. But also keep in mind that Zavvi is a UK-based site and games do get released on Fridays in that territory.

Of course, treat this one as a rumor until verified or debunked by EA. To be honest, we think it’s a placeholder date as most Battlefield games — or EA’s big releases — are given an October release window.

We’ve contacted EA and will update this post once they’ve replied.

For more BF4 news, don’t forget to watch the 17-minute gameplay footage from the single-player, and make sure you enter our BF4 video raffle where you can win Roccat gear.

Thanks for the tip, Pieky!

Jet Li: There is no good reason to debunk virtual gaming as a sport

Jet Li, action star from hit movies such as Once Upon a Time in China, The One and Romeo Must Die, thinks that competitive gaming should be considered a sport as much as chess and poker are.

According to an interview translated by MMO Culture, Li recently attended an Age of Wushu PVP tournament where he weighed on his thoughts about gaming and how valid “competitive gaming” is as a sport.

If poker card games and chess both have the players sitting down and are considered sports, why not virtual gaming as well? There are 2 kinds of sports, 1 physical and 1 mental. There is no good reason to debunk virtual gaming as a sport, and I believe the participants of such virtual PvP events have the same mentality as physical athletes.

Interestingly enough, Li is an accomplished martial artist, and one who has awards for not only doing action films, but based on his real martial arts prowess. If he thinks competitive gaming is a “sport,” then who are we to argue, right?

Do you agree with Li that competitive gaming is as much a sport as chess, poker, etc? Or should the term “sport” only be used for physically strenuous activities?

Thanks, Massively VG247

Metro: Last Light Achievements outed

4A Games’ Metro: Last Light is set to hit store shelves next month, but if you can’t wait for more details on the game, why not take a look at the list of Achievements you can earn in the meantime?

Over on Exophase, they’ve outed the entire Achievements list of Metro: Last Light, and yes, that includes the secret ones.

Same as the case with lists of this kind, be wary of spoilers, alright? Also, chances are these are the same list PS3 users need to collect the Trophies.

15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Soldier
Kill 100 Human Enemies.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Antibiotic
Kill 100 Mutants.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Shadow
Stealthily kill 15 Enemies.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Inferno
Set 2 Enemies on fire at once.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Tesla
Break 50 Lights.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Edison
Turn off 40 Lights without breaking them.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Ever Vigilant
Disarm 10 Traps
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Businessman
Make 100 Purchases.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Walking Bank
Collect 1000 Military Rounds.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Musician
Use all Musical Instruments in the game.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
First Draft
Write 10 of Artyom’s hidden Diary pages.
 
30
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Published
Complete all 43 of Artyom’s hidden Diary pages.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Rabbit
Complete training sequence.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Not A Rabbit
Finish the ASHES level without taking a hit.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Freedom!
Free the Prisoners.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Clean Escape
Escape the chasing Nazis on the REICH level without being caught once.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Invisible Intruder
Complete the SEPARATION level without killing or raising alarm.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
A Present
Take the Custom Pistol from the Locked Box.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Invisible Savior
Complete the FACILITY level without killing or raising alarm.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Tortoise
Make 10 Spiders flip belly-up.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Mouse
Complete the ECHOES level undetected by the Watchmen.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Patron of the Arts
Watch the entire Theater Show.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Within a Hair of Death
Escape from the Red Line.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Derailed
Kill all armed enemies on the REVOLUTION level, including all reinforcements.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Invisible Soldier
Complete the REVOLUTION level without killing and raising an alarm.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Scram
Kill all Watchmen before they reach the Railcar.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Commando
Rescue the Women and Children on the BANDITS level without raising alarm.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Soup
Kill 5 Shrimp with Grenades.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Reunion
Find and return the crying child’s Teddy Bear.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Diver
Fall in the Swamp 10 times.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Equipped
Find all Equipment Stashes in the swamps.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Big Momma
Kill the Rhino.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Savior
Remove your mask when Lesnitsky demands it.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Forgotten
Find the Hidden Ammo in the abandoned part of the station on the QUARANTINE level.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Nobody’s Home
Ignore the Phone Call in the Anomaly.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Bloodlust
Kill all the Reds on the THE CHASE level.
 
30
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Van Helsing
Kill a Demon with the Helsing.
 
30
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Rain Man
Complete the BRIDGE level without a kill.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Secret
Find out about the Reds’ plans.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Back to the Past
See all Visions in the Dead City.
 
35
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Revenge
Kill Pavel.
 
20
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Forest Guardian
Save the Bear from the Watchmen after the fight.
 
25
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Revelation
Make Moskvin tell the truth with help from the Dark One.
 
50
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
True Spartan
Hold the Platform without dying.
 
80
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
C’est la vie
Destroy D6.
 
100
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Redemption
Save D6.
 
10
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
No shooting allowed
Kill 10 enemies in a row with Throwing Knives.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Gunslinger
Kill at least one Enemy with each Weapon available in the game.
 
15
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Weapon Smith
Install all possible Customizations for a Weapon.
 

70
 
 
ULTRA RARE
0.00%
Shadow Ranger
Complete the game without killing any Humans unless forced to.

For more on Metro: Last Light, take a look at its most recent gameplay trailer.

Metro: Last Light is set for a May 14 release for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

The Last of Us adds new Dualshock 3 color for Japan

According to Sony Entertainment of Japan, a new controller color for the PlayStation 3 will be released to coincide with The Last of Us‘ release date in Japan.

The controller will be available in Metallic Gray in limited quantities for 5,500 yen (about $59 USD). While there’s no word on it being available outside of Japan, you can probably get lucky enough to pick one up on eBay, though it will also probably be even more expensive.

So why gray? According to my browser’s likely incredibly bad translation, the color gray is “full of profound feeling”s and if you play a deeply emotional game like The Last of Us with the controller, it’ll resonate with your deeper feelings better. Or something like that.

It’d be interesting to see if Sony releases the PlayStation 4 in a similar silver color when it is released.

The Last of Us will release worldwide on June 14, while the controller and game will release in Japan one week later on the 20th.

Dreaming of Orbis: My PlayStation 4 wish list

If respected media outlets and anonymous industry insiders are to be believed, the next-generation PlayStation (code named Orbis) will be unveiled at PlayStation Meeting 2013; which takes place on February 20th in New York City. The event was first teased by Sony through the “See the future” video which they released on January 31st. Being a fan of the PlayStation brand and owning all five main iterations of PS products (3 home consoles and 2 portables), I’ve come up with a list of things I want to see in PlayStation 4.

A faster OS

A lot of the PS3’s OS functions take a long time to finish, from loading and saving, to the much dreaded firmware updates. I hope that for the PS4, the speed of OS functions are greatly improved. I also hope that a dedicated amount of flash memory is allocated for the OS as flash memory is known to be faster than magnetic hard drives.

A touch pad on the controller (I don’t want a touch screen).

Of all the items on this list, my desire for a touch pad on the PS4 controller is the most likely to come true; as leaked images of PS4 controller prototypes have shown that a touch pad is indeed placed at the center of the controller. The touch pad occupies the space where the Dual Shock 3’s “select” and “start” buttons are located.

I’m intrigued by how developers can integrate touch-pad controls into their games (swiping motions, easier scrolling through lists, etc.); and I prefer a touch-pad over a touch screen as it provides new control options without me having to look at the controller (I prefer everything to be on-screen).

Better social functionality

As long as it isn’t intrusive, I would welcome greater social functionality in the PS4. There have been rumors of a “share” button in the PS4 controller, which would enable the player to instantly share screenshots and actual gameplay videos of games being played. I think this is an excellent idea, as a lot of people would prefer to tell their friends about the games that they’re playing. This is even better for gamers who make gameplay videos as Sony could allow direct uploads to YouTube. Twitter and Facebook integration would also be cool if done right. Lastly, I hope PS4’s avatar system is better than the PS3’s. I wouldn’t mind if PlayStation Home (or its next-gen form which is probably the Sony-patented “BigFest” online service) is integrated into the PS4’s avatar system in some way.

Hardware Backwards compatibility

While it is doubtful due to the PS4’s rumored architecture, I am still hoping that the PS4 would be backwards compatible with PS3 games. The current console generation has been the longest in history and there have been many games released during the PS3 era. Backwards compatibility would make it easier for people like me who still want to play PS3 games (or have a PS3 backlog) to purchase a PS4 right away. Backwards compatibility could also help the PS4 mitigate a software drought if it occurs early on in the console’s lifespan.

Lag free remote play on the PS Vita.

The PS Vita hardware is excellent (dual analog sticks, OLED screen, front and rear touch) and I would like Sony to take advantage of it more by implementing lag-free remote play for all PS4 games. The Vita could surely emulate all the input capabilities of the PS4 controller (front and rear touch and all) and off-TV play (as Nintendo calls it) would be a welcome addition for PS4 and Vita owners who would like to play PS4 games while in bed; or are currently unable to use the TV.

The next-gen PlayStation is almost here and I hope it delivers the goods. I hope Sony unveils a console that targets the core gamers first; but also offers features designed to gain mass market appeal. More importantly, I hope that the console would build on the PS3’s strengths and improve its weaknesses; and usher in gaming experiences that are truly next-gen.

Temporary EA CEO to receive $1.03 million salary

While EA is looking for a CEO after John Riccitiello’s resignation, executive chairman Larry Probst will receive an annual salary of $1.03 million.

However, due to his position on the EA Board of Directors, Probst will not receive cash retainer fees from that position while also fulfilling his role as executive chairman. According to federal documents, the Board could award Probst a one-time discretionary bonus when his term ends.

Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian suggested that the chief operating officer at EA Peter Moore and EA Labels president Frank Gibeau are frontrunners for the position of CEO at EA. Only time will tell if this pans out.

Source: GameSpot

Breaking: Official Xbox Forums Reveals Battlefield 4 Release Date

Battlefield 4 is one of the most anticipated games to launch this year. While EA is yet to confirm the release date but apparently, official Xbox forums have revealed the Battlefield 4 release date.

According to official Xbox forums, the game will launch on October 29, 2013, for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

However, given that EA is yet to officially confirm it, take it with a grain of salt.

The upcomijg battlefield not only brings visual improvements but, also brings bigger maps, more weapons, and a new single-player campaign.

It will be interesting to see how well DICE follows the path set up with the release of Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 4 is a first-person action shooter in development at EA DICE. The game will launch for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and next-gen consoles.