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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is announced

CD Projekt RED has officially announced the title of the next Witcher - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This, the culminating game in the series, will also be the final Witcher game from the studio.

As befits a grand conclusion, players can look forward to a larger world, in fact, one that the studio asserts will be bigger “than any other role playing game in modern RPG history.”

More specifically, according to Adam Badowski, the head of the studio, the world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is 30 times bigger than The Witcher 2.

Badowski elaborated that the game will also offer more open ended exploration, without artificial boundaries, across a war-ravaged world that is so huge that to reach further places players will need to ride a horse or sail a boat to get there.

The game – and the Witcher Geralt’s grand finale -  is slated for release across all platforms next year.
 
 
Rayman: Legends delayed again, going multiplatform

In some disappointing news for Wii U owners, Rayman: Legends on the Wii U has apparently been delayed yet again. It was previously slated for release at the end of last year and pushed to the February/March period. Now, Ubisoft has announced that not only will the game instead come out for the Wii U in September, but the former exclusive will also be launching on the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

It is an interesting turn of events, particularly since Rayman: Legends was one of the third party titles on Nintendo’s Wii U (review) that was considered a strong drawcard for considering the new console on one’s shopping list. Additionally, the game was further catered particularly for use with the Wii U’s GamePad, so it will be interesting to see how that translates for use with the PS3 and Xbox 360’s controllers.  

While we are glad that the game will be available to more players, it does leave us wondering  whether Bayonetta 2 may not meet the same fate. There has certainly been enough of an outcry about it being a Wii U exclusive to merit it.

New Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer ups the ante on tension

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, which is what happens when a title is seemingly put into cryosleep, Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally about to burst forth. Ahead of the game’s local launch next week, a new, extended cut trailer has been released, which more adeptly conveys the mood of what to expect in the final game.

It also is more than a little reminiscent of the terror induced for the first two movies. Indeed, while watching the trailer below (preferably in a dark room), you may need to pinch yourself and remind yourself that this is not a movie.

If our hopes (which are admittedly sky high) for Aliens: Colonial Marines pan out, the below trailer may herald something better and more rare: a game that does justice to and (dare we hope?) may even supersede the film franchise on which it was based.

Hit the link below to see for yourself.
 

It’s an injustice how badly we want to play this title

It seems that every week there is a new reason for us to get excited about the forthcoming fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, which will be released in Europe on 19 April for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii U. This week, Ed Boon, creative director of the title’s developer NetherRealm Studios (creator of the Mortal Kombat series) outed Killer Croc as the latest addition to the game’s roster via Twitter.

Boon tweeted a screenshot (posted below) that shows the DC Comics supervillain slamming the breaks on The Flash’s quick step. Interestingly, you can see two equally famous enemies of Batman in the background of this screenshot, namely Penguin and the Riddler, both of whom have yet to be officially announced as selectable characters for Injustice: Gods Among Us. All we can say is: Riddle me this, Riddle me that, are we seeing all three of these villains going up against the big black bat?..
 

WoW subscriber tally dips  

At the end of last year, the arrival of World of Warcraft’s (WoW’s) Mists of Pandaria, saw the MMORPG’s subscriber tally jump from just over nine million to more than ten million. Now the latest figures from Activision Blizzard (Q4 2012 and full-year 2012 fiscal results) have revealed that the subscriber base dipped back to around 9.6 million.

This subscriber total is still significantly higher than the case just before the launch of Mists of Pandaria, when the long-successful game’s subscriber base decreased from more than ten million to just 9.1 million. Even with the dip, WoW remains the world’s most biggest subscriber-based MMORPG title.
 

Dixon brothers vs the zombie apocalypse

For those who aren’t already suffering from zombie overload following the release of the first walking-dead-filled DLC for Call of Duty: Black ops II (review) and Superbowl teaser trailers of World War Z, Activision provides addicts of the resurrected dead with yet another fix. The company released a new trailer for the upcoming The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct game, which wanders mindlessly onto a PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360 near you during March.

This FPS, based on the popular TV show by the same name, has players filling the boots of the crossbow-wielding survivor Daryl Dixon (voiced by Norman Reedus, the same actor who portrays Daryl on the TV show). Along with his brother Merle (voiced by Michael Rooker), Daryl must utilise limited resources, and arrows to safely make his way to the supposed zombie-free haven of Atlanta.  
 

Contributions by Hanleigh Daniels.

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