Week in Review

This week, Double Fine goes spelunking and we watch the coming and going of games and a studio.

TOP STORY: Double Fine creating The Cave

Double Fine is partnering with Sega to release a new side-scrolling downloadable title on XBLA, PSN and PC next year. The Cave will place players in the role of three adventurers, each with different skills and personalities. We don’t know much about the gameplay at this point, but we do know that where will a medieval castle, an underground amusement park and a nuclear ICBM.

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This week, Sly Cooper expanded his thieving ways and we had some rather unusual news items.

TOP STORY: Sly Cooper headed to Vita

At E3 last year, Sony revealed that the beloved raccoon Sly Cooper would be making a return on the PS3 this year. Since then, we’ve seen bits and pieces of information and gameplay that has only served to whet our interest. This week, a new trailer was released that showed that Sly Cooper would also be making his Vita debut at the same time. Like a few other games have done, the Vita version will feature cross-platform saves, letting you play on the big screen or take your adventures on the road. Of course, it will also have touch screen and motion controls.

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This week, BioShock Infinite moved to 2013, creating a hole in the fall schedule that other publishers are trying to fill. Above: Max Payne 3‘s releasing this week! Have a launch trailer.

TOP STORY: BioShock Infinite delayed

BioShock Infinite was expected to arrive in October this year, but this week, Take Two announced a delay until February 26, 2013. Specifics for the delay were not given, but Ken Levine, head of Irrational Games, said that it plans to use the time to make Infinite ”even more extraordinary” than it would have been. It will also be absent from upcoming game conventions, so that time can be spent on development rather than preparing for public displays.

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This week, we have big new game announcements and release date revelations for games in some well-regarded franchises.

TOP STORY: Elder Scrolls Online coming in 2013

Elder Scrolls has been rumored to be the subject of Zenimax Online’s MMO-in-progress for years, though nothing concrete had ever been released, until this week. Elder Scrolls Online has been in secret development since 2007, and is scheduled for a release in 2013. While nothing about the gameplay or story specifics have been revealed, we do know that it will take place during the time when the daedric prince, Molag Bal, is attempting to destroy the world, about 1,000 years before Skyrim‘s events. It will also cover the entirety of Tamriel, including Cyrodiil, Skyrim and Morrowind, the previous provinces we’ve seen.

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This week, we have big new game announcements and release date revelations for big games.

TOP STORY: God of War: Ascension revealed

Rumored for months, Sony finally announced the next title in the God of War franchise. Dubbed Ascension, it will be an origin story for Kratos, following him as he takes his first steps toward the events we know him for. Despite rumors of a multiplayer mode, Sony’s product page for it states it will be single-player only. It is set for an early 2013 release.

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This week we cover the big news from Capcom’s event, along with update news on established titles.

TOP STORY: Lost Planet 3 revealed

Capcom announced during its annual Captivate event that it was going back to E.D.N. once again, this time prior to the events of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. Lost Planet 3 will be a prequel to the series, taking place during the formative days of the colonization. The gameplay will focus on third-person shooting and first-person mech piloting as the other games did. And, as you would expect from it being a prequel, the environments will be strictly icy again, as E.D.N. was prior to the terraforming in Lost Planet 2. Taking the reins on this title will be Spark Unlimited, developers of Legendary and Turning Point.

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This week, the RPG news kept rolling, from both East and West.

TOP STORY: Kingdom Hearts 3D dropping this summer

Square Enix is obviously in no hurry to start working on Kingdom Hearts 3, but for now fans of the series can look forward to playing the next intermediary title, Dream Drop Distance. Described as the opening of the final act in the current storyline, Kingdom Hearts 3D follows Sora and Riku as they attempt to become keyblade masters. Gamers will be able to get their hands on it on July 31.

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This week, we buck the trend for fake news and greet you this April Fool’s Day with real JRPG news of all kinds.

TOP STORY: Class of Heroes 2 getting Kickstarted

In an event few people would have expected (though we did), MonkeyPaw Games has announced the first use of Kickstarter for a localization project. Their goal is to raise $500,000 to create a Limited Edition retail release of Class of Heroes 2. While the actual localization will happen regardless, it will only see a digital release without a successful funding. This will be pointed at as a test case for any future crowdsourcing for localization, so we’re hoping that there’s plenty of people interested in a Deluxe release of Class of Heroes 2. READ MORE

This week, we’ve got a new Epic Mickey game, a fantasy rhythm game and a little bit of Jake and Finn on the DS.

TOP STORY: Epic Mickey 2 arriving this fall

As was rumored earlier, Disney has decided to make a multiplatform sequel to Epic Mickey. This time, Mickey will be sharing the limelight with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in a drop-in, drop-out cooperative game. While Mickey will bring back his paintbrush, Oswald will be armed with a remote control that can manipulate electricity. It is expected to arrive this fall on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. (A separate companion game is slated for 3DS.) READ MORE

This week, we have the dating of an evil Blizzard product, an HD remake of an evil rail-shooter and a morally-ambiguous sequel to a 24-year-old game.

TOP STORY: Diablo III dated, finally

Blizzard has given a firm release date for their much-anticipated action-RPG. Diablo will finally return to America on May 15, just in time to stave off the customary mid-year game drought. When it releases, it will be lacking its player-vs.-player arena, though that will be added later via a patch. Just as with other Blizzard games, Diablo III will be playable on Mac as well as PC. READ MORE