This Month in the World of Gaming – May Edition

Gaming has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry in the recent years and is undergoing a lot of changes. With so many things happening all around, it’s difficult to keep track of all these.

In this series, we’ll rectify this by bringing you all the important news and announcements, new releases and other interesting events from the industry, every month. Join me after the jump.


News and Announcements

All important news in a single place: releases, new game announcements, updates, and all the related hoopla.

Elder Scrolls: Online

Elder Scrolls

Elder Scrolls

At last the rumors are confirmed and the cat is out of the box. Zenimax is all set to release the much awaited MMO of the year- Elder Scrolls:Online. It’s widely speculated that the game play is set during the Second era, at least 100 years before any of the other Elder Scroll games. The game is scheduled to hit the stores by 2013 for both PC and Mac

Subsidized Xbox for $99

xBox for $99

Earlier this month Microsoft made a surprise move to bundle 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect for $99 with a 2 year live contract for $15/mo. Reportedly, this is a pilot program and available only in selected Microsoft Stores in U.S.

Though you end up paying around $20 extra for this bundle, you won’t feel the pinch as it’s spread across 2 years. While some describe it as a lost opportunity, I still think that this is a great step to place Xbox in contention with other services like Apple TV.

Halo 4 out for Pre-Order

Halo 4

Halo 4 is up for pre-order now giving a cause to cheer for the millions of Halo fans. While the game itself comes for $60, the Limited edition will set you back by another $40. Limited edition users will have access to some exclusive content including 90 minute live action series, Halo 4: Forward unto dawn, a War games pack which includes early access to 6 Multi player specializations and 3 future maps post release

Halo 4 is scheduled to release on November 6 for Xbox 360.

Fastest selling game

Diablo III

Yes, you’ve guessed right. It’s Diablo III. It has sold about 6.3. million copies within a week. But this sheer overwhelming volume of gamers trying to access the servers at the same time was sufficient enough to bring down the servers within hours of the release, giving it a negative metascore. Nevertheless, Diablo III is one of the finest games of our time.

Black Ops 2 release

Black-ops 2

Ah! Call Of Duty, the best FPS out there, is all set to get higher with the ninth instalment. The game is all set for a Nov 13 global release, confirmed Activision. This war reportedly is fought in 2025, this time between US and China. The game play and story telling is set to see a major change in this game.

Angry Birds Friends

Angry Birds: Friends

Angry Birds: Friends

Our favourite birds are back, this time on Facebook. To add to the fun, Angry Birds Friends offer deeper social integration. You can challenge your friends and beat them to earn power-ups and gold crown. It has a beautiful timeline app to record your high scores and achievements to your timeline.

Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4

The powerful Unreal Engine 4, is all set to bring our games with a tinge of real life. In this beautifully written article Ars explains how UE4 will conquer the world.

Gears of War renewed

Gears of War: Judgement

Gears of War is renewed for its fourth instalment. Epic Games had completed the original trilogy, but owing to its huge success, Gears of War 4 is set to rock your world.

Dead Space 3 to be unveiled in E3

Dead Space 3

EA has finally admitted that it’s working on a sequel to our favouite Dead Space frachise. No further details was let out, but we’re hoping that we’ll have more information next week, during E3.

Activision-Infinity Ward reach settlement off-court

CoD litigation

Activision and Infinity ward seem to have sorted out their differences to cut their losses. The details of the deal were termed as “strictly confidential” and was never disclosed. After all a closed room warfare between these two giants would’ve been counter productive.

E3 expo 2012

E3 expo '12

And as you all know, our favorite E3 expo is all set to begin this week. Many incredible games are being unveiled, many technological masterpieces are being showcased. I can’t wait to tell, how excited we’re, here at AppStorm, to join the expo this year. And we’ve planned some exiting stuff throughout this week for you. Stay tuned for updates.


New kids on the block

Starhawk

May 8,2012 | PS3

Starhawk is a third-person shooter with busy battlefields populated by infantry soldiers, ground vehicles, airborne fighters, and player-created buildings- GameSpot

Street Fighter X Tekken

May 8, 2012 | Xbox360, PS3, PC

Street Fighter X Tekken is fun for a wide range of players while still offering the complexity serious fighting fans have come to expect- GameSpot

Diablo III

May 15, 2012 | PC, Mac

Diablo III is a devilishly captivating and addictive action role-playing game – GameSpot

Max Payne 3

May 15, 2012 | PC, PS3

With savage gunplay and an absorbing personal story, Max Payne 3 is an exhilarating shooter that grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go- GameSpot

Dragon’s Dogma

May 22, 2012 | Xbox360, PS3

Dragon’s Dogma is rough-edged, but you might want to give it a chance- IGN

MIB: Alien Crisis

May 22, 2012 | PS3, Xbox 360, Wii

A standalone adventure designed as a companion to the global theatrical release of MiB III, Men In Black: Alien Crisis stays true to the spirit of the franchise, with action-packed yet light-hearted gameplay mixed with edge-of-your-seat shooting excitement from the universe’s most elite peacekeeping force- IGN

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

May 25, 2012 | Xbox, PC, PS3, PSP, DS

Satisfying sync shots and a considerable campaign help Ghost Recon: Future Soldier deliver plenty of entertaining action- GameSpot

Dirt: Showdown

May 25, 2012 | Xbox, PC, PS3

Dirt Showdown is a satisfying mix of driving tricks and destruction wrapped up in the slickest of presentations- GameSpot


Wrapping up

Well, that’s pretty much about all the major changes that happened in our industry lately.

Join us in the discussion, and let us know your suggestions. Thank you for reading.


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