Shacknews - John Keefer

Rockstar has revealed a multiplayer DLC release schedule for its upcoming bullet time sequel, Max Payne 3. Pre-orders for the content start today, with the first DLC scheduled to hit about a month after the game's debut on consoles on May 15.

The first map pack, called Local Justice, includes a Police Precinct map and two other maps for various multiplayer modes including Payne Killer. Challenges and avatars will also be included. The pack is planned for a June release. The game hits shelves on May 29 for PC.

Rockstar is offering a DLC pass for Xbox Live, PSN and PC, giving players access to all the upcoming DLC content through the end of 2012. The cost is $29.99 from GameStop, Best Buy and from the PlayStation Store, or 2400 Microsoft points on Xbox Live.

"The story of Max Payne 3 begins in the single-player game and crosses over into the deepest multiplayer experience we've ever created," said Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games, in a release. "We intend to support the Max Payne community with new and innovative content well into the future."

DLC packs scheduled for this summer include Disorganized Crime maps, Deathmatch Made in Heaven mode, Hostage Negotiation maps and New York Minute co-op. In fall, the plan calls for Painful Memories and Trickle Down Economics maps. Watch Shacknews for details on those packs when they become available.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

A hefty Quake Live update rocket-jumped out yesterday, with new maps and modes for Premium subscribers of id's free-to-play version of Quake 3. "That's all good and well for Richie Rich and Audrey Affluent," you may mutter into your bucket of potato soup, "but what about me?" Good news, wretched proles, premium perks are open to all players this week.

Premium Pak 12, detailed on the Bethesda Blog, adds five new modes probably familiar to Quake veterans from mods: Attack & Defend, Domination, Harvester, One Flag, and Red Rover. There are four new battle arenas too, including two from XBLA's Quake Arena Arcade.

All and sundry can enjoy these shiny new things now, along with the dozens of maps and perks Premium membership begins. The trial will run through Sunday, so you've plenty of time to play. Quake Live is free-to-play through your browser, so head on over.

Premium membership costs a meager $1.99 per month if you sign up for a year, giving access to extra content, blocking ads, skipping queues, and other jazz. There's also a $3.99 Pro subscription with extra perks for certified fragmasters and gibfiends.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Now that its suit against THQ has been settled, adidas has found a new publisher for its miCoach fitness game. 505 Games is now set to publish the game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this summer. UK developer Chromativity (formerly Lightning Fish) has taken over development duties.

It promises 18 of adidas' sponsored athletes across six sports, letting players try 400 fitness exercises. It can create a training plan, track your workout, and get coaching feedback. The core game will use the Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move, but players will also be able to access progress info through a dedicated site and mobile app.

The game was stuck in limbo during a breach of contract suit filed by adidas against THQ for failing to produce the game. When THQ faced financial trouble and layoffs in December, it told adidas it would not be able to complete the game. The companies settled in March.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

This Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! a demo for Codemasters' arcade racing spin-off Dirt Showdown is smashing! bashing! dashing! and crashing! into PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3! 3! 3! If you like cars, or truly hate them, you might want to play it.

The 1.16GB Xbox 360 demo is available now, though it is of course initially exclusive to Live Gold members. The PS3 demo will arrive with the PlayStation Store update this afternoon, and the PC demo will come via Steam whenever it jolly well pleases.

The demo packs one track, by the Golden Gate Bridge, with single-player "full-impact" racing in a figure of eight, plus eight-player multiplayer 'Rampage' demolition derby. You'll need to challenge a friend online to unlock the multiplayer, though.

Dirt Showdown is due out on May 29. As Codies is focusing more and more on racing games, we can probably expect a proper Dirt sequel before not too long.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

You and I know pirates to be cheery drunkards, perhaps made of plasticine, who plunder cursed booty and battle sea monsters. Yet, TopWare Interactive claims, this is all fiction. Promising to "challenge the image of pirates in popular culture," the publisher has released the first gameplay trailer for keelhaul 'em up Raven's Cry.

You see, apparently pirates were an unpleasant sort, who'd sooner murder a man for his mullions than gallivant around saving the world. Take poor little Christopher Raven: after his parents were murdered by pirates, he turned pirate himself to hunt them down. It's a vicious and sorry cycle.

TopWare says Raven's Cry will "crack history wide open and retell the Caribbean's darkest chapter with an authenticity unseen in today's Hollywood films, showing this period of vengeance, violence, and greed unchained through a more honest, blood-spattered lens than ever before." Why Chris has special abilities like "cursed Voodoo Charms," then, is something of a mystery.

Expect real-world locations and events from the 17th Century Carribean, and a little freedom in whether Chris is righteous and just or a cold-hearted cad. Check out the official site for more. Developed by Octane Games, Raven's Cry will board PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in late 2012.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

The official reveal of the next Call of Duty game was supposed to happen during the NBA playoffs tonight, but someone at Activision pulled the switch a little early to confirm that yes, it is indeed Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 from Treyarch. And yes, it is jumping into the near-future.

The official site went live early this morning, though most of the useful bits are still locked down. Still, it does confirm that it'll be released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 13.

The screenshots and teaser trailer are unavailable, but the site has a still of the trailer showing Los Angeles in flames and being evacuated. A fuzzed-out thumbnail shows the quadrotor teased in a spot of viral marketing, and confirms that the leaked screenshots picked up by Doope were real.

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare," the pre-order page says.

Expect more information, and that trailer, tonight.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features a pod kill trailer for Starhawk, a Perpetual Testing Initiative trailer for Portal 2 , and much more!

Starhawk


Portal 2


We also have a class overview for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, a Varus patch preview for League of Legends, a developer diary for Orion: Dino Beatdown, and new screenshots for Fable Heroes. Be sure to check out additional trailers and screenshots on each game page!

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

As promised, Bethesda's Kinect-powered update to Skyrim is going live tomorrow. The patch will enable a variety of voice commands, such as quick access to the map and saving. However, the most exciting aspect of the new functionality is the ability to shout commands--in English or Dragon Language. You'll be able to yell "Unrelenting Force" to your Kinect sensor. Or, if you're wearing the appropriate attire, you'll be able to yell "Fus Ro Dah."

But what else can you do? Bethesda has released the complete list of commands for you to peruse.

Commands can be spoken in English and Dragon Language

For the complete list of commands, click here (PDF).

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

As one of the most recognizable casual game brands on the market, it's a surprise that this hasn't happened any sooner. PopCap has announced that it has finally finalized a number of licensing deals that will bring its properties to the non-digital world.

The first products to come out of this agreement will represent Plants vs Zombies. Bejeweled and other franchises will be adapted next year.

Jazzwares will create a series of plush toys, figures and "electronic accessories" including headphones, speakers, and device cases. Seen above: PvZ plushies.

Bioworld Merchandising will create apparel, headware, bags, and accessories. Pictured above: a PvZ wallet.

Trends International is developing calendars and posters. In addition, Walls360 will offer custom wall graphics. Funko! will be creating their own PvZ Pop! vinyl figures, and MjC International will create PvZ-themed adult sleepwear and boxers.

Shacknews - Garnett Lee

God of War gets multiplayer? Yes! Sony unveiled new online offerings for the next God of War game, Ascension. Check this episode out for some video of the game in action! Then, what's going on with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance? A new video hit the web today, but it's quite cryptic. Finally, what's new in video games this week? We take a look at this week's new releases.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

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