(3-9 October) And In Other News…

A slew of Battlefield news this week, while Activision have been surprisingly, almost eerily, quiet. There’s also a few astounding numbers on FIFA and some PS Vita info.

Monday 3rd:

  • Do those hackers ever take a day off? They’ve been at it again this week – this time hacking the Battlefield 3 beta. Some players managed to set up 128 player matches, with DICE responding by banning them from their EA accounts, used across all games from the publisher.
  • Sticking with Battlefield, DICE released a patch for the beta, responding to the masses of fan feedback they received in the first few days of it going live. The fixes included glitches relating to killcams, respawning, the progression system, crosshairs and much more.
  • A South African retailer may have confirmed what was speculated last week – multiplayer in Mass Effect 3. The store were advertising pre-orders for the collectors edition, stating one of the inclusions in the package as an “Online Multiplayer Pass” which we’ve now come to expect from EA games.

Tuesday 4th:

  • It looks like the PSN Pass is here to stay with Uncharted 3 also using the system that was kicked off by Resistance 3. Similarly to the codes that EA, among others, utilise, it’s a one-time-use code for online multiplayer and services that encourages gamers to buy new rather than pre-owned.
  • Sega have teased a new version of Daytona USA. The Japanese publisher uploaded a video saying “can you guess this game we’re about to announce” followed by the theme tune of the original, which was released in 1993.
  • The PS Blog have revealed what the packaging for the Vita will look like (pictured below), along with the apps that will come pre-loaded on the new handheld. Welcome Park, Party, PlayStation Store, Group Messaging, Photos, Near, Trophies, Music, Friends and Internet Browser will already be installed, and of course more apps such as Facebook and Twitter will be available to download at a later point.

Wednesday 5th:

  • Ubisoft have finally confirmed a release date for the upcoming Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The shooter will launch on March 6th in the US.
  • DICE have gone on the defensive following complaints about their beta for Battlefield 3. I think a lot of people seem to conveniently forget this is a beta, not a demo, and the devs are also keen to get this across by reassuring fans this is nowhere near final code. “Just like normal procedure when releasing a game, the Open Beta has had long lead times due to testing, certification, and setting up. This means that the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game… We appreciate your time and your feedback… The final game will look, play and sound better than the Open Beta.”
  • In more Battlefield news, a new reality TV show featuring NFL stars will be hitting the game’s Facebook page soon. The series, named Battlefield 3: Operation Gridiron, will take stars such as Drew Brees to “top secret locations” where they will be placed in “real life war settings.”

Thursday 6th:

  • Treyarch have begun hiring for a second iteration of Call of Duty: Black Ops. The job listings are for a “new console”, so whether this is Vita, Wii U or a next-gen platform is unknown as of yet.
  • After months of uncertainty, Team Bondi will finally be closing its doors. The developer of hit Rockstar title L.A. Noire has had a liquidator appointed to it, which will sell off any assets to pay the studio’s creditors. It’s a sad situation for a team that looked to have so much potential just earlier this year.

Friday 7th:

  • Adding to the recently announced 3D patch, PES 2012 will be receiving another one for the latest rosters. For some odd reason, Konami decided not to include the latest squads on the disc, and with the transfer window closing back in August, I’m not sure why they couldn’t switch a few players to their new teams before going gold. Anyway, it’s a free update and will also tweak player stats along with updating some kits.
  • EA have opened up a lawsuit against EA. What? Well, Electronic Arts (who seem to be featuring very heavily in the news this week) have decided to sue a fitness company in Florida. They claim Energy Armor have ripped off their logo and are also capitalising on how EA Sports markets its products.

Saturday 8th:

  • FIFA 12 saw some unbelievable sales figures during its first week on shelves – selling over 3.2 million copies. This means it became the biggest launch in sports game history, along with being the 3rd biggest UK videogame launch (behind the latest two COD games). EA also confirmed October 1st was its busiest ever day of online gaming, seeing over 10 million game sessions, 8 million of which were on FIFA.
  • Specifically on the PlayStation side of things, the PS3 version of FIFA has become the highest rated sports title of this console generation (averaging a 92 on metacritic) and had a 44% market share (XBOX 360 taking 54% of sales and other platforms making up the other 2%).
  • In even more FIFA news, community manager Romily Broad confirmed there would be a patch in 2 to 3 weeks time, making some “big corrections”.

Sunday 9th:

  • For those Xperia Play owners among you, Sony and EA have teamed up to give away some free games. Battlefield Bad Company 2, NFS Shift, NFS: Hot Pursuit and Dead Space are all available for nothing until January 15th.
  • After the PSPgo’s relative failure, Sony have admitted physical media is still required for most gamers. Shuhei Yoshida said “the world isn’t ready” to go download-only yet, citing the size of games (he revealed Uncharted: Golden Abyss will weigh in at around 4GB) and the fact that some regions haven’t embraced the digital model as of yet.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Squawka.com Sub-Editor.

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