News update time methinks
- Yesterday, Bethesda Studios announced The Elder Scrolls Online, a new MMO which will take place in the world of Tamriel. The game (which has apparently been in development since 2007) will allow you to travel over the enormous world of the Elder Scrolls universe as you engage in a plot that sees various factions fighting for the position of the Emperor. Series traditions such as the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood are expected to make an appearance, as well as PvP combat between the various factions. No details have been outed yet on what structure the game will take with regards to money (seeing as free to play MMORPG’s have become quite popular as of late, and the likes of Guild Wars 2 will get by on a one time purchase fee). Judging by the screenshots that were released yesterday, it seems we might be seeing this game sooner than some of us might have perhaps expected.
- And continuing the Bethesda trend, we have more details on the first piece of DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The DLC will be called ‘Dawnguard’…and that’s all we know. They are keeping very quiet about what the DLC adventures will involve, but some eager eyed players found models for Snow Elf’s amongst other things in a recent update file, suggesting it may deal with the Falmer and their origins.
- The ridiculous success of Angry Birds Space continues in emphatic fashion. Developers Rovio this week revealed that the free to download title for Android, iOS, PC and Mac has reached the figure of 50,000,000 downloads in just 35 days…which works out at roughly 17 downloads every second.
- Finally, there’s some new game called Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 that has been officially unveiled this week. Its set in the future, has mechanised armies taking on humans, updated zombie modes, blah blah blah…I’m sorry for the scepticism, but have Activision ever heard of giving a series a break? It was perhaps inevitable that the series was going to move into the near distant future (after all, pretty much every historical setpiece since World War Two has now been featured in the franchise), but the series is growing noticeably more tired with every instalment now. Seriously, give the developers a year off, spruce up the engine and the game (and the FPS market as a whole) will be better for it.