(07-13 November) And In Other News…

Monday 7th:

  • Warner Bros. cut around 60 jobs this week. Staff over at Monolith (FEAR) and Snowblind (LOTR: War in the North) were affected by the layoffs.
  • Due to the ongoing problems for gamers trying to play online, EA set up a webpage giving the server status for Battlefield 3. The site is updated every minute and details all 3 platforms.
  • Best Buy will be closing all of its UK stores by the end of the year. The entertainment chain only moved over to these shores in 2009 and entered into a partnership with the Carphone Warehouse. Best Buy UK posted losses of £46.7m in the last six months.

Tuesday 8th:

  • The developer of Fallout: New Vegas – Obsidian – has brandished EA’s online pass system as a “gimmick”; citing making a compelling game as a better reason for gamers to not trade in titles.
  • The US PSN store sales figures for October were released. NBA Jam took top spot, closely followed by Payday: The Heist and the Crysis re-release.
  • As if we hadn’t already guessed, Ubisoft felt the need to confirm that in 2012 we will see yet another Assassins Creed title.

Wednesday 9th:

  • Sony Liverpool revealed they have made tracks in the new WipEout wider, due to feedback from gamers on the narrower tracks. WipEout 2048 is set to be a Vita launch title and personally, I cannot wait for this iteration of the hit futuristic racer.
  • Bioware confirmed that for Mass Effect 3 there will be no split-screen co-op or the ability to play over your own LAN.
  • Activision claim that they broke records for both number of pre-orders and day one shipments with MW3. The contemptible publisher also said that “over 1.5 million people attended midnight store openings”.

Thursday 10th:

  • SCEE launched a revitalised version of free music video service VidZone. Amongst the new features were a better UI, more search options, customisable ‘zones’ and social networking features.
  • In more shock sequel announcements, EA confirmed there would be a Battlefield 4.
  • FIFA 12 received a huge patch to correct and alter many facets of the game. This included some nice tweaks to the career mode and, thankfully, an attempt to fix the Ultimate Team server issues – something I found a huge problem.

Friday 11th:

  • Online FPS Gotham City Imposters was given a release date of January 10th 2012.
  • By way of apology for ongoing issues in accessing Call of Duty Elite, Activision have given all users an extra 30 days subscription at no extra cost.
  • Ubisoft are offering a Saint’s Row The Third season pass. It’ll set you back $20 and covers four DLC packs over the next year – a saving of 15%.

Saturday 12th:

  • Several New Zealand-based retailers have begun listing God of War 4 for a 2012 release. This was supported by two PlayStation magazines in the UK, who claimed sources told them the new title would be out in September.
  • After it recently became free-to-play, DC Universe Online has attracted more than 1 million new players.
  • Sales figures for MW3 were released – the FPS shifting 6.5 million units in its first day on sale in the US and UK.

Sunday 13th:

  • The official Resistance website was hacked and subsequently taken down over the weekend, with various users reporting that they received malware when accessing the site.
  • Need For Speed: The Run will be getting several cars exclusive to the PS3 – Porsche Carrera GT, Lexus LFA, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Hennessey Venom GT, Gumpert Apollo S, Lamborghini Countach QV5000 and a Koenigsegg Agera R.
  • The week became the best 7 days for sales in the history of UK videogaming. Almost £121m was brought in, trumping the same time last year when Black Ops and the Kinect were released. The feat was mainly helped by Modern Warfare 3 (£83m) and Skyrim (which Bethesda described as its biggest ever European launch).

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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