Day: 10/09/2012

Skylanders coming to Kindle Fire with in-app purchases


By: Eddie Makuch Activision’s Skylanders toy/game series is coming to Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet line with in-game purchases. The publisher announced today that Skylanders Cloud Patrol will be released on the just-revealed Kindle Fire HD, as well as the first-generation Kindle Fire, with users able to make a real-world Skylanders toy purchase without exiting the game. Users who purchase physical Skylanders toys in-app will unlock the digital character immediately, with the physical toy arriving later through the mail. This feature is not []

Wonderbook: Book of Spells launching Nov. 13


By: Eddie Makuch Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that Wonderbook: Book of Spells will launch in the United States on November 13. The game will be released in two versions, the first of which is a $40 stand-alone iteration that includes the game and a Wonderbook peripheral. The second bundle is the Wonderbook: Book of Spells Move pack (at right), which includes the game, a Wonderbook peripheral, a PlayStation Eye camera, and a PlayStation Move motion controller for $80. Book []

Wonderbook details emerge


By: Laura Parker The development team behind Sony’s upcoming augmented reality title Wonderbook: Book of Spells have unveiled more details on the concept and technology behind the game. In a behind the scenes video on YouTube, the London Studio developers, including creative director Russell Harding, revealed the idea for Wonderbook began in the early days of the PS3, when the publisher’s augmented reality technology had given way to two possible ideas for implementation: a virtual pet, or an augmented reality book. Since []

Free-to-play Spartacus Legends launching in 2013


By: Eddie Makuch Spartacus Legends, the new fighting game based on Starz’s original television series, will launch as a free-to-play game on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next year, publisher Ubisoft announced today. Though the game will be free to play, it will offer various equipment options for purchase. Ubisoft said it will ensure competitive play through the game’s “fame” system. According to the publisher, the higher-tier equipment available for purchase will require additional “fame,” meaning early players will not be []

Amazon reveals Kindle Fire HD


By: Peter Brown & Eddie Makuch Today during a press event in Santa Monica, California, Amazon revealed the Kindle Fire HD, a larger and more feature-rich version of the tablet line it launched last November. The new $299 model boasts an 8.9-inch display that the online retail giant claims has 25 percent less glare, with 1900×1200 resolution, a front-facing HD camera, HDMI out, and Dolby digital stereo speakers. The Kindle Fire HD measures 8.8mm in thickness, features better Wi-Fi connectivity (the result []

Assassin’s Creed Utopia brings city-building to iOS, Android


By: Eddie Makuch Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed franchise is heading to a new genre. The publisher today announced Assassin’s Creed Utopia, a city-building strategy game for iOS and Android. The game is in development at Ubisoft and social gaming house Gree and will arrive this winter. Assassin’s Creed Utopia is set during the early colonial history of America, just like this October’s Assassin’s Creed III, and follows how the Assassins might have left their mark on American history. Assassin’s Creed Utopia combines []

I Am Alive PC release moved forward


By: Laura Parker Strategy Informer is reporting Ubisoft has brought forward the release of the PC version of I Am Alive. According to the report, the postapocalyptic action game will be released on PCs a week early, launching September 6 on via Ubisoft’s digital store, on Steam, and other digital retailers for $15. I Am Alive was released for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network earlier this year, receiving a warm critical reception. The PC version of the game boasts two modes []

Bethesda has no plans for Wii U


By: Eddie Makuch Bethesda had a minimal footprint on Nintendo’s popular Wii console (its only US release was Star Trek: Conquest), and it does not appear that the Elder Scrolls and Fallout publisher has more ambitious plans in place for the Wii U. In a new MCV interview (via Videogamer), Bethesda marketing executive Pete Hines said the company mantra has been, and continues to be, that it will launch games on platforms that support them. “So far the Wii hasn’t fitted into []

Week 36 2012


Earth 2 #0 The Beginning of the End It was nice to see the trinity again, fighting together, before the war.  This is a great issue that shows what has happened in earth 2, what has led up to this moment.  This is a great comic and I loved this comic.  The creation of the trinity and how they were written into this was well done.  They are more akin to those pre-reboot.  It’s great.  But it makes me miss them even []

Big Bang announces additional dome concert in Japan


By: VIC On September 10th, YG Entertainment announced that an additional concert date had been added as a finale concert for their ‘Big Bang Alive Tour 2012 in Japan‘. Following their concerts to be held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka (November 23rd and 24th) and at the Tokyo Dome (December 5th), the ‘Special Final in Dome‘ concert will be held at the Yahoo! Japan Dome in Fukuoka on December 22nd. Earlier this year, Big Bang held their a Japanese concert tour []