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You can never kill too many orcs. In fact, if Lord of the Rings is anything to go by, you can grow them, and they serve no purpose other than to look menacing and maim things.

Finally, as a result of the follow-up to Orcs Must Die, you’ll get to take those pesky beasts on with a coop partner.  The game will also feature brand new levels and spells, in addition to a revamped upgrade system. Right now, it looks like we only have confirmation on a PC version of the game.

[Source: Orcs Must Die 2 Announcement trailer]

April Fools is upon us, and in true internet fashion, gags and goofs are fairly aloof around the interwebs. While nothing this year even comes close to Faxtoid 2011, there’s still some fun to be had.

Here’s a collection of our journey through April 1st, 2012 so far — if you have more to add, feel free to write in below — otherwise we’ll keep adding more as we find them. Read more… »

Socom and MAG developer Zipper has reportedly closed their doors for good, according to parent company Sony. Apparently while the studio is closed, their games will still be supported, including the newly released Unit 13 for the Vita. Other than “executive re-alignment”, no real reason for the closure was given, and there is no word on who (if anyone) will take over the franchise going forward.

Sony issued this statement: [the closure was a] “result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment within SCE WWS. Zipper titles MAG, SOCOM 4 and Unit 13 will continue to be supported, including the new Daily Challenges in Unit 13.”

[Source: Joystiq]

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New PS4 rumors emerge
By: | March 28th, 2012

Playstation 3 (Not Playstation 4)

While Sony has insisted that they’re not going to reveal a new console at this year’s E3, Kotaku learned some potential details about the PS4 from a “reliable source.”

Hit the jump to read the rumors about Sony’s next-gen hardware.

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IndieGala

Yesterday IndieGala announced its third pay-what-you-want bundle of five indie games plus four secret bonuses that will be revealed next week. Like the Humble Bundles, IndieGala allows customers to decide how much they want to pay and also how much of the proceeds go to the Save The Children and Child’s Play charities.

Hit the jump for more info about the sweet indie games you can score.

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Mistborn: Birthright

The Mistborn fantasy series by author Brandon Sanderson will be “lurching” its way onto PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,  PC, and Mac in fall 2013 courtesy of developer Little Orbit. Sanderson himself is writing the story for the game, titled Mistorn: Birthright, and it will be set several hundred years before the events of the books.

The game is set to be an action-RPG, and Mistborn‘s unique magic system based off metals lends itself well to an interactive medium. This won’t be Sanderson’s first time working with videogames as he did story development for iOS game Infinity Blade II and wrote the Infinity Blade: Awakening tie-in novella. According to the press release, players will “suit up as Fendin “Fiddle” Fathvell, an arrogant young nobleman who must quickly master his newfound Allomantic abilities before forces at work can destroy his entire family.”

[Source: Mistborn: Birthright]

Guild Wars 2 is going to feature a hybrid system that isn’t seen in MMOs often. Once you buy the game for $60, you won’t pay any subscription fees, and you’ll have access to a “F2P store” of sorts, that allows you to conduct micro-transactions for aesthetic gear.

The major upfront perk is that once you buy the game, you can come back at anytime, even years later to continue your adventure. This is one of the biggest disadvantages of current MMOs (The Old Republic immediately comes to mind) — you have to pay the entire monthly fee to even get a taste once your subscription runs out. If you just want to go back into your world and see your character again, you can do that.

The President of ArenaNet stating the following regarding the micro-transaction issue: “We think players should have the opportunity to spend money on items that … offer more ways to express themselves … on account services and on time-saving convenience items … But it’s never OK for players who spend money to have an unfair advantage over players who spend time.”

Well, that settles that. Hopefully ArenaNet will succeed in this ambitious endeavor, and influence the increasingly conventional MMO genre going forward.

[Source: VentureBeat]

Spanish game developer Pendulo Studios just released its newest title, Yesterday. To commemorate the occasion, they also released a trailer. Full of torture, alchemy, satanic worship and more.

At the end of the trailer, we’re left with the haunting words, “this is going to be fun,” but will it?

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Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition 1

Here’s a bit of news that doesn’t come as a shock: the latest Pokémon game, Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition topped the Japanese DS charts according to Media Create’s weekly retail chart with 172,027 units sold.

But there’s a twist to those numbers.

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No new Xbox at E3 2012
By: | March 16th, 2012

Microsoft E3 2011

Hope you like your Xbox 360 because you’re not getting a replacement. Well you will eventually, but Microsoft isn’t talking about that this year. Company spokesperson David Dennis recently told Bloomberg that they have no plans to show off any new Xbox hardware at this year’s E3 conference.

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Diablo III Tyrael

Blizzard is totally for serious this time, guys. They just announced Diablo III‘s official release date of May 15, 2012. You can pre-purchase digital copies right now, and the game will unlock at 12:01 am PDT on the 15th.

The game will also be available at retailers in the USA, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Other regions like Latin America and Russia will have to wait until June 7th. Blizzard’s press release contains more details about other fully localized versions. While I can’t confirm that this May 15th release date is because of my birthday, I can’t deny it either.

thatgamecompany Journey PSN

Just a quick heads up to remind all of you that Journey, the latest offering by thatgamecompany, is out today on PSN as part of their Spring Fever event.

Journey is developed by the same company that made flOw and Flower, and it looks like this one too is garnering critical acclaim. Kyle previewed the beta and said he couldn’t wait for a chance to play the full game. Well, everyone gets a chance to play Journey today.