Shacknews - Jeff Mattas

Weekend Confirmed is back, and this week, Garnett Lee, Jeff Cannata, "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Nikole Zivalich convene to talk about some new releases. Garnett kicks things off with some talk about his experience with Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which is followed by some discussion about the recently-released indies, Skulls of the Shogun and Proteus. Naturally, the crew brings it all home with a batch of Finishing Moves, and the final post-show NFL TailGate of the season.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 150: 2/1/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:38 - 00:13:39

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Shacknews - Steve Watts

Media Molecule's little bundle of papercraft joy Tearaway hasn't been talked about much since it was announced at Gamescom last year, but Sony has opened up the proverbial floodgates by showing off a watery new area. The company has released a new trailer showing off Sogport, an island surrounded by glue.

The PlayStation Blog also revealed a new messenger, named atoi. The new character joins iota as one of the two known (so far) messengers who can accompany you on your journey through the paper world. We'll have a fresh preview coming soon, but in the meantime check out the new trailer below.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

A PC port of Skullgirls was announced all the way back in May of last year, and since then we've heard nary a peep about the game. Autumn Games has now announced that it's preparing to start work on the port, thanks to a publishing arrangement with Marvelous AQL.

An update on the official site (via Polygon) gave word that Marvelous and Autumn are in the final stages of signing an agreement, which means the developer will be starting work on the PC version "in the coming weeks."

It may be a long way off, though, since work hasn't begun and Marvelous has opted to fund a slower port with additional features. Autumn expects the project to take approximately four months, and the fruits of that labor will be the indie fighting game with expanded multiplayer options like lobbies. It also plans to host a public beta closer to release.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

This Sunday, you'll probably be watching large men crush each other on the figurative field of battle for your entertainment. Sony figures if you like seeing angry men devastating everything in their path, God of War: Ascension is right up your alley. To that end, it's produced a new live-action trailer for the game.

The trailer is about 2 minutes long, but if you happen to be watching the Super Bowl online in live stream form you can catch a 1-minute cut. The PlayStation Blog didn't mention why the spot is only airing on the live stream, but we'd bet it has something to do with the $4 million price tag for a regular ad.

Shacknews - John Keefer

PlayStation 3 owners waiting to experience the new additions to Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can finally get excited. After Bethesda confirmed that the game's three DLC packs were coming in February, the publisher finally has nailed down the dates.

Dragonborn, the latest of the DLC launched, will be coming on February 12, with the smaller Hearthfire coming a week later on February 19. Finally, Dawnguard will be released on February 26. Bethesda reiterated that all PS3 users who buy the content will get it at a 50 percent discount to make up for the delay.

Prior to the DLC, the 1.8 title update is expected to hit. The update has cleared North American certification by Sony, and Bethesda is just waiting for the OK from Sony Europe to launch it all together.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Last night, Sony began teasing an upcoming event on February 20 to "see the future" of the PlayStation brand. The announcement of the event kicked off speculation that we'll finally see the Orbis revealed, and various sources have now chimed in with more details.

The Wall-Street Journal reports that its sources have confirmed this will be the debut of Sony's next console. They go on to say the system will be released this year, and claim this console will focus more on social aspects and how users interact with it than a strict focus on hardware power.

The social aspects could be tied into the controller. Sources tell Edge that the controller will feature a "Share" button. The system will reportedly record the last 15 minutes of play, and hitting the button will allow you to quickly edit and share screenshots and video.

Meanwhile, Polygon reports that Microsoft is planning its own reveal event for spring. This means Sony would beat Microsoft to the punch in talking about the next generation, despite CEO Kaz Hirai's recent comments to the contrary.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

BioWare is revving up the engines for its next bit of Mass Effect 3 downloadable content, having recently teased it with a pair of screenshots. A title update has now reportedly leaked some more details, including an intriguing multiplayer mode that brings in progress from the single-player campaign.

Eurogamer reports that a Clevernoob forum user data mined the update, which hints at a multiplayer mode that uses your campaign save data to factor in your paragon/renegade values, reputation points, and game progress. The details align with a Reddit leak, which promised co-op story missions, a new co-op mode, four new maps, and harder variations on earth maps.

A greater focus on story would make sense of BioWare's remarks that all eight writers are chipping in for this one. These details aren't confirmed, but BioWare has had several of its Mass Effect 3 DLC packs leaked from data mining in the past. The company is expected to share more details later this month, as we approach the one-year mark since the release of the game.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

CD Projekt RED announced the latest iteration of its open-world RPG engine today, REDengine 3. It will make its debut in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, as the engine has been crafted specifically to support CD Projekt's style of open-world, non-linear stories popularized in The Witcher 2.

The first engine was used for The Witcher 2, in fact, and the second for its Xbox 360 port. The latest version boasts face and body animation systems, various tricks to make more detailed visuals, and an updated REDkit editor with a focus on building branching quests.

"If we look at RPGs nowadays we find two approaches, one which emphasizes the story but limits the game world and one that builds a vast open-world but hampers and simplifies the story," said CD Projekt head Adam Badowski in the announcement. "With the REDengine 3 we combine the positive aspects of both approaches for the first time, creating an open environment with a complex, multi-thread story. Together with believable characters, a captivating tale and a world where players can roam freely without loading times, we will be able to move gaming to a new level with a realistic feel and full player immersion."

Shacknews - John Keefer

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai's comments about the competition going first in the console wars may have been nothing more than a smokescreen. Sony is teasing "See the future" on the official PlayStation site with an event date of February 20 at 6 p.m. ET.

All indications point to the reveal of the next generation console dubbed Orbis. We've received our invite to the New York City shindig and we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Thursday, January 31, 2013 is over with Late Night Computing.

Goodness, it's been awhile since I fired up Starcraft II. I figured there might be a patch or two to download, only to find nearly two gigs of updates. That's....impressive. Still, I'm going to replay through the campaign before Heart of the Swarm comes out in March. It's not the best writing or story, but I'm a sucker for the lore.

News bits:

  • Play Wordament and earn Xbox Live achievements in your web browser, for free! [via Xbox]

  • John Riccitiello of Electronic Arts denies any link between violent video games and "actual violence." [via BBC Technology]

  • What would happen if you were granted a super power? Would you use it for good, or for evil? Researchers attempt to figure out just that. [via Popular Science]

  • The New York Times weathered four separate attacks by Chinese hackers over the last four months as their reporters find that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has silently built a fortune. [via New York Times]

  • As the number of Android apps eclipse the number of iOS apps, which of the two marketplaces host the better quality apps? Find out. [via ReadWriteWeb]

Chatty posts of the moment:

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  • "What are some of the best games out there that don't have violence? Every once in a while I try to come up with a good list of these types of games and they're almost always relegated to puzzle games. That makes me sad as violence is such an easy game mechanic to exploit that it makes people not try for other things." [by Ecks]

  • "Chivalry patch today?! just noticed mine is updating and its a pretty big one, this could be epic :D" [by InfectedSoul]

Nightly file:

    Galaxy in Flames: The Crucible 01.00.00 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. "An HD remake of the always fun Asteroids! Now with missiles and pretty particle effects! The first game in a series of games set in the Galaxy In Flames universe." Download the client for Mac, Linux 32-bit, Linux 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, or Windows 64-bit.

Media:

Star Trek: Online Third Anniversary trailer:

Star Trek: Online celebrates three years of interstellar travel with new ships and missions.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 shows off new gameplay enhancements with a new trailer, Grand Theft Auto V releases a gallery of new screenshots, SimCity shows off its limited edition in new screenshots, and Grid 2 wants you to pre-order with screenshots of exclusive content.

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