News from the video game industry for the week of February 8
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista collect together a selection of notable items from the world of gaming into one post. In today's Weekly Game Replay, we recount the drama of Curiosity's heavily-delayed prize of being a "God of Gods," Bioware's cancellation of Shadow Realms, the dropping of a content update public beta for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the expansion of Steam's economy to other games, and the PlayStation 4's return to beating the Xbox One in US hardware sales.
Mass Effect developer working on a co-op action-RPG game with a focus on story
Bioware, the game developer behind some of the most popular role-playing games (RPS) in the last 15 years including Mass Effect and Baldur's Gate, revealed details about its next game during GamesCom this week. What started out as a cryptic series of trailers featuring people stuck in nightmares has turned out to be a call to co-op action in Shadow Realms.
Company demos Battlefield: Hardline, Mirror's Edge 2, sports games and Dragon Age: Inquisition
Electronic Arts (EA) CEO Andrew Wilson came on stage during the company's press conference at E3 to show off some of the projects that EA is bringing to next generation consoles soon, as well as in the longer-term future. Games including Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition were displayed, that are due out within the year, but also future projects such as Mirror's Edge 2 and teaser information from Bioware and Criterion.
Despite error, video games frequent scapegoat for violent acts
Following the school shooting in Newtown, CT, early media reports mistakenly pinned the rampage on 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, the brother of the actual shooter. Facebook users rapidly found a profile belonging to a Ryan Lanza, scavenged his profile, and discovered that he was a fan of Bioware's space opera Mass Effect. A hundred-page comment stream deriding the game, and its creators began -- without any of the people making the comments having confirmed the accuracy of the information or that the Ryan Lanza they were attacking was the right one, even hours after the real perpetrator was identified. Ryan Lanza, the police later clarified, wasn't the perpetrator of the crime.
Razer outs Mass Effect 3-themed gaming gear, more
Gaming peripherals maker Razer has just introduced its Mass Effect 3 branded gear. Developed by and licensed with BioWare, there are seven peripherals in total. This includes a gaming mouse, mouse pad, gaming keyboard, Xbox 360 controller, Xbox 360 headset, iPhone 4/4S case, and messenger bag. All the peripherals are based on Razer's existing products.
We look at Razer gaming hardware live
Razer has used E3 to unveil a new set of Star Wars: The Old Republic peripherals that we got a look at on the show floor through a glass csae. The Gaming Keyboard is by far the highlight of the group: it uses an Art Lebedev-inspired set of adaptive keys that change their context depending on the circumstances in a game, such as for calling up specific Force powers in SWTOR. A touchscreen, however, is genuinely new: the LCD resembles a large trackpad and supports multi-touch, and should potentially be very good for games that can use it, presumably including BioWare's online RPG.