Call of Duty Elite to be free for Black Ops 2, but map pack distribution returns to old model
This morning, Eurogamer reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will have a Season Pass (priced at 4000 MS Points or $50). Activision has also announced that Call of Duty Elite will be free for Black Ops 2. So, it looks like there will be two ways to go about purchasing map packs. You could either pay for the Season Pass up front or shell out 1200 MS Points ($15) for each map pack.
However, Activision has said that “Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms.” IGN reported that this is due to the fact that Elite won’t be available for Wii U and PC versions of Black Ops 2. Activision would like to bring Elite to Wii U gamers, but they’re still working on it since the Wii U is a new console.
Microsoft not surprised with Halo 4 leak
At New York Comic Con, Microsoft spokesperson Joe DiMiero addressed the fact that Halo 4 has been leaked and that pirates out there have copies of the game. Microsoft will be dropping permanent bans of individuals who have been caught playing the game early. Though the investigations are slow-going, they’re on the case.
Speaking to Polygon, DiMiero shrugged his shoulders and said, “This is how surprised I am about this.” (Which is probably not surprised at all). Seems like there’s no getting around it. There are people out there who are willing to put everything on the line just to get big titles ahead of everyone else.
Why so impatient, guys?
21 indie games approved for Steam through Greenlight
Valve has approved 21 games from Greenlight to be released on Steam. As Joystiq reports, Valve wrote that, “The second wave of titles was originally targeted to include at least ten titles. Given the number and quality of games submitted, and the ship date of many of the top-ranking titles, the decision was made to increase the size of this group.”
This should be encouraging to indie game studios as Valve clearly wants smaller developers to be successful and put on Steam when enough interest is gathered. Indie developers should stay focused, though. Unfortunately, only one game out of the ten previously greenlit projects have launched on Steam. Stay the course, developers!
“Triple-A” Square-Enix game possibly being ported to Wii U
A triple-A Square-Enix title may be coming to the Wii U. The Australian developer working on the Wii U port of Mass Effect 3, Straight Right, may be working on this port if employee Chris Slater’s LinkedIn page is any indication. Here’s a Google Cache of his LinkedIn profile as provided by Joystiq, as his profile has now been changed. Whoops!
With Square-Enix buying up studios over the past year, it looks like we can’t make any Final Fantasy/Triple-A jokes on this one. Oh. There’s one. Looks like we can!
Ry-Questing: Throw of the Week — YoYoJam Classic
This week’s yoyo is the YoYoJam Classic. YoYoJam, “The Choice of Champions,” has recently released a proper beginner’s yoyo at a wonderful price. I picked up a YYJ Classic this weekend, and I was impressed. Out of the box, the Classic sports solid responsive play, great for beginners who are thinking of picking up a yoyo for the first time. And at $10, it won’t break the bank.. On top of that, the Classic can be upgraded for completely unresponsive play. Install a Size-C bearing;(which is as cheap as $6); swap out the rubber o-ring response for silicone pads ($3); and you’ve got a yoyo that can take almost anything that you can throw at it. I’ve even found that the V-shaped profile is really nice for some horizontal play, something I’ve been trying to learn recently.
The only downside is that the color schemes are kind of funky. But at $10, you can’t really complain. Find them at YoYoExpert!