Shacknews - Steve Watts

While Telltale's heart-wrenching adventure series The Walking Dead is based squarely on the comics, the upcoming shooter from Activision (subtitled Survival Instinct) is based on the television adaptation. So naturally, a few of the show's most iconic actors are lending their voices to the game.

Activision and developer Terminal Reality announced today that actors Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker will reprise their roles of Daryl and Merle Dixon, respectively. As previously reported, the game puts you in the role of the fan-favorite character Daryl, rather than his somewhat dumb, extremely racist brother. The two attempt to find safety in Atlanta, in a story that takes place just before the two run into the show's band of survivors. The game promises some new characters as well, who will no doubt be sociopaths or zombie chow. Maybe both.

The game is scheduled to hit PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in 2013.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

You may recall that Sony patented a "break-apart" controller way back in 2008, implying a step into motion gaming before the Move peripheral ever debuted. The company apparently hasn't given up the idea of a gaming transformer, though, as a new patent shows another controller with a similar concept behind it.

The Sixth Axis reports that a patent filed in May 2011, but only published yesterday, calls for a "hybrid separable motion controller." A Move orb is on top of each of the separate components, but it also sports a speaker of its own unlike the traditional Move controller. The idea, apparently, is a standard DualShock controller that can become a Move controller easily, reducing the need for games that have to choose between one control mechanism and the other.

It's an interesting idea, and Sony has certainly surprised us with unlikely peripherals before. On the other hand, it was filed last year and the Move hasn't exactly picked up steam since then, so we may never see this one come to market.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Halo 3: ODST was one of Bungie's last games before separating from Microsoft to work on its next universe. Apparently, the company knew what it was planning for the future well in advance--so much so that it sneaked an easter egg into the now-three year old game.

A Kotaku reader discovered a poster in ODST that promises "Destiny Awaits." It shows an unassuming planet with a small white moon, just like in the leaked documents that recently made the rounds. A tweet from Halo level artist Vic Deleon confirmed the connection.

It stands to reason that the white moon in this poster could be the snow-covered area from the game's recently-released media, but we'll have to wait for more information from Bungie. Or another easter egg. Quick, someone boot up Marathon!

Shacknews - John Keefer

Valve has revealed 13 new games that have been approved for Steam via the Greenlight process, bringing the total to 50 since the project was launched in August. Also getting the greenlight were the first six non-gaming software titles.

"In just three months, the community has helped us identify 50 new titles for us to offer via Steam," said Alden Kroll of Valve. "With the help of Greenlight, the indie games market share of games sold on Steam has increased by 50 percent for a third consecutive year. That's a stat we are proud of, but one we also hope to increase as we learn more about Greenlight and continue to refine it in the new year."

The new game titles, chosen through positive votes by Steam users, were:

  • Primordia (Wadjeteye Games)

  • Darkfall: Unholy Wars (Darkfall Unholy Wars)

  • Dragon's Lair (digitalleisure)

  • StarForge (Hatchling)

  • Blackspace (PixelFoundry)

  • The Light (Ekonom)

  • Dawn of Fantasy (Reverie World Indie)

  • Euro Truck Simulator (SCS Software)

  • Waking Mars (geminiradio)

  • Gear Up (Doctor Entertainment)

  • Kinect Void - Space Adventure (LumberingTroll)

  • No Time to Explain (tinyBuild)

  • Sang-Froid - Tale of Werewolves (Artifice Studio)

The software titles were Action! Screen Recorder, Bandicam: Game Recorder, Construct 2, Display Fusion, HitFilm 2, and You Need A Budget 4.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Assuming we don't all die in fire due to Mayan prophecy, the next Thanksgiving will fall on November 28, 2013. If a new report is to be believed, that means we're less than a year from the launch of Microsoft's next console, which is said to be aiming for the holiday season.

Bloomberg cites familiar parties who declined to be identified. They claim that the next Xbox will be out in time for Thanksgiving sales, but that the company has not yet decided if it will debut the machine at E3 or at its own dedicated event.

We've heard scattered tidbits about the next Xbox, code-named "Durango," including a recent domain that would seem to tie the console to Windows 8. Analysts have been predicting a 2013 launch for the next console, so this news doesn't come as unexpected, but it is one more indication that the next generation is (finally) on its way soon.

Shacknews - John Keefer

Blizzard has never been the most forthcoming company when it comes to details about games early in development. But certain things do have to be made public, and that is how we find that it has registered a new domain for something called Project Blackstone. Let the speculation commence.

Fusible found the new domain listing, which was grabbed this week. But as of now, not even a placeholder exists for the domain. This comes on the heels of Blizzard registering in October, and going to arbitration to try to obtain from an individual instead of paying for it.

We know that Blizzard is working on Titan, but it is anybody's guess what these domain grabs could be leading up to.

Shacknews - John Keefer

Moscow is a shell of it's former self in Metro: Last Light. THQ is using live-action trailers to get emphasize the post-apocalyptic feel of the game, and the latest revolves around a young model who has lost everything.

The model goes from accepting diamonds to accepting the only currency left in the new world, bullets. The trailer carries through the tone of the previous "Preacher" video, narrated in Russian with subtitles.

The game is scheduled to come out in March on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

The first expansion pack for XCOM: Enemy Unknown lands on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and PC December 4th. It will be available for $6.99 (560 Microsoft Points).

As previously announced, "Slingshot" adds three new missions to the campaign set in China, promising to add a bit more structure and narrative to the mostly randomly-generated game. To access the add-on's new content, you'll need to start a brand new game; the first opportunity to partake in a DLC mission should occur around when you make your first encounter with a downed ship.

The remaining DLC missions will appear as optional objectives in your command center as the game progresses. Successfully completing the missions will unlock a new squad member for your team and earlier access to certain bonuses, therefore changing the way you approach your upgrade tree for the entire game.

More DLC for Enemy Unknown is planned for 2013.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Hey, look. One more day left in November! It's Thursday evening, time for Late Night Computing on November 29, 2012.

Open world games will be the death of me. I'm sure I've lamented my lack of ability to stay the main quest of a game, but I'm going to do it again. Far Cry 3 is just over the horizon, which is something of a trap for me. Never once have I progressed the main quest in any appreciable manner until I've explored, explored, explored. It never fails. If you don't hear from me next week, I'm probably lost in the tropics attempting to stupidly find a way back to the game's main thrust.

News bits:

  • NASA finds evidence of water ice on Mercury. Still no sign of intelligent life in the solar system. [via NASA]

  • Syria's interational Internet connectivity has effectively been shut down as violence spreads throughout the country. [via BBC Technology]

  • Skynet takes one more step towards existence as the US government issues a critical exemption for autonomous cyber weapons. [via ArsTechnica]

  • Attack of the killer ads! Not really, but they are after you. [via Wired]

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Marvel Heroes story developer diary:

Gazillion Entertainment has a peak at the story behind Marvel Heroes.

RaiderZ takes a look at a day in the life of a monster in a new trailer, Deathstroke brings death aplenty to Injustice: Gods Among Us, and we get a rather large batch of new screenshots for Star Trek, Forza Horizon, Angry Birds Star Wars, Miner Wars 2081, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and Dead Space 3.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

It's not every day that a two-year old game gets new DLC--and for free, to boot. It's also pretty rare to get the ability to drive a hotly anticipated prototype car before its unveiling. So, color us surprised that the Corvette C7 prototype has become a free add-on for Gran Turismo 5.

Now available on the PlayStation Store, the Corvette C7 prototype is fully playable in Polyphony Digital's PS3 racer. While you'll be able to get a feel for the car, you won't actually be able to see what it looks like. Even in digital form, the car is veiled in secrecy. Still, car buffs will love the chance to get their virtual hands on the car before its January 13th unveiling.