Bioware ‘Reveals’ Dragonage Sequel Release Date?

March 11, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

There’s a nice little surprise watching in the package for the retail version of upcoming Dragonage: Origins expansion, Awakening. It contains a leaflet with a date of 02.01.2011 printed on it, which seems to hint at the release date for Dragonage 2. Well when we say ’seems’ we really mean ‘what the hell else can it be?’.

EA has already announced that they’re going to be releasing a new Dragonage next year, so when you put the two things together it’s pretty obvious. Given the early next year release date it’s also looking likely that we’ll find out more about the sequel at E3.

Awakening is available as a download and retail release for PC and 360. The PS3 release is download only, so no little leaflet for owners of that version. You can get it from March 16.

(picture from 1UP)

Square Enix Reports Large Profits; EA Announces Q3 Losses

February 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Final Fantasy XIII is Square Enix's next blockbuster release, coming out in March

Square Enix recently reported rather sizeable profit increases on a year-on-year basis, with increases in the many billions of Yen.

They have stated that their operating income increased by 68% from the previous year, to 21.4 billion yen and that net sales for the period were up 30% to 135 billion yen. Square obviously have the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan to thank for a lot of that, as well as Arkham Asylum which sold very well. This is pretty good news given the current economical climate and all that stuff that I am not going to pretend to be knowledgable about. Still, good to hear that a company is doing well.

At the same time, EA has announced a loss in quarter 3 of its fiscal year, despite various big-name titles. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age and even FIFA 10 were not enough to stop the company from seeing a decline in profits from the previous holiday period.

However, with Dante’s Inferno already out as well as the massive Mass Effect 2, I don’t think it will be anything major to worry about for EA. With ME2 topping all the sales charts, it’s already looking like a good start to 2010 for the publishing giants.

Mass Effect and Dragon Age to Get “Long-Term” Support From Bioware

February 8, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

We may have already known that Bioware was planning more content for Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2 (and, of course, we already have some, but it’s always nice to hear it repeated just so they don’t forget.

“We like to support our games long-term,” BioWare founder Muzyka told IGN.“Our fans are really important to us, and we try and support them. We have long-term plans for both Dragon Age and Mass Effect.”

Just how long is long-term though?

“We have a separate team running in parallel as part of the franchise team,” he added. “You know, people are moving back and forth, but we’ve made a dedicated investment in DLC for Dragon Age and Mass Effect, so we’re going to support them for a long time.”

“Stand alone products, expansion packs, things like that as well.”

So, if you love Dragon Age and Mass Effect (just like I do) we’re going to get even more content to try and satisfy our appetite for these epic universes.

Check out the rest of the interview here, which concentrates on the future of Mass Effect and other Bioware franchises.

Spike VGAs 2009 Part 1: Winners

December 13, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Uncategorized, Xbox

Uncharted 2 was the star of the show in terms of awards at the VGAs

Uncharted 2 was the star of the show in terms of awards at the VGAs

Last night the Spike TV Video Game Awards took place over in the USA, and there were many news pieces to come out of there.

First of all is the winners of the awards. I won’t bore you by running through them all, but I will give you a link at the end for more details. The winner of studio of the year was Rocksteady Studios, the team that brought you Arkham Asylum (more on that later). Wii game of the year was New Super Mario Bros. Wii; PS3 game of the year was Uncharted 2; 360 game of the year Left 4 Dead 2; best PC game Dragon Age: Origins and best handheld game was GTA: Chinatown Wars. Uncharted 2 also won the game of the year award. For the full list head here