News Snatch: Delayed DLC, More Dead Space, New Skylanders And Steam Hacking

On a recent TSA podcast Peter discussed the Nintendo Direct broadcast and how his Twitter feed was split between those who were happy with more of the same and those who criticised the Japanese giant for constantly recycling characters and games. I fall into the latter group, I don’t like Mario and couldn’t care less about Zelda, what I need is new games, something that will make me buy a Wii U and Lego City Undercover may be that game. Check out the new trailer above.

Scandal of the Day #1: SimCity will have an in-game store to allow you to access “additional game content (both free and paid) that can provide you with new game play possibilities.”

“And make us more money by making you pay for stuff we cut out of the main game,” they most certainly did not add. They never said that. Ever. At all. Everyone clear? Good.

Metal Gear Rising Madeupword is to recieve classic style VR missions and they will be (to be said in the style of flash banner at the top of a Blu-ray pack) only on PlayStation.

“Featuring a mix of combat training, tactical maneuvering, stealth-based approaches and more, these missions will both provide practice in which to hone your skills in original stages not seen the in the game’s campaign,” said Dalton Link from Konami.

The exclusivity deal has only been announced for North America, no word on Europe so far.

OopsScandal of the Day #2: Gabe Newell has used some potentially inflammatory words as part of his talk at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. “Single-player games are like a feature film where your lead actor is retarded and autistic,” he said. It should be noted that whilst over here ‘retard’ is a rather unacceptable word in this context Americans seem quite happy to use the phrase.

In fact Peter’s favourite band The Black Eyed Peas originally sang the words “Let’s get retarded” but were advised to change the song title to “Let’s get it started”. There a couple of other words that we now find taboo but the US does not, take for example the Transformer on the right who was quickly removed from the shelves in the UK when someone noticed the problem.

The Mass Effect 3 sound track is now available on iTunes.

Ubisoft have announced that there will be a delay to the forthcoming Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game DLC. Yes, that Scott Pilgrim game from back in 2010, DLC for a game that is getting close to its third birthday. Ubisoft issued the following statement to Destructoid:

“The downloadable content for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game has been delayed for fine-tuning and to incorporate feedback from the passionate Scott Pilgrim community. Ubisoft is addressing feedback from the community on the best ways to honor retro games in the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game DLC in an accurate and respectful manner. Ubisoft, and the new team developing the DLC, respect creative properties and, of course, want to be sure to deliver a game experience that is a proper tribute to the Scott Pilgrim franchise.”

Congratulations to Ubisoft for making the PS3 Skyrim DLC delay seem the briefest of moments.

Any hope for the Darksiders franchise is fading fast, the development team have been disbanded with many moving to the new Crytek USA studio. However Crytek have no plans to use the team to continue the series, “We didn’t want to continue with Darksiders 3, since that doesn’t fit with our strategy” said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli.

Hey, remember the good old days when Activision took a hugely succesful franchise with peripherals and then ran it in to the ground with constant updates and extra gubbins to buy? Well say hello to Skylanders: Swap Force.

The USP this time is that each Skylander can be split in half allowing you to mix up the bottom and top of each figure with 250 possible combinations.

It’s being developed by Vicarious Visions.

Is Dead Space 3 the end for Isaac? Perhaps, but it’s certainly not the end of the franchise. In a Q&A session on the PS Blog John Calhoun, Associate Producer of Dead Space 3 was asked if the latest game is the final chapter. “While there is a lot more story to tell in the Dead Space universe, we can’t reveal what this may or may not mean for Isaac,” he said.

And finally, someone with plenty of time on their hands has ‘hacked’ the Steam database and found references to Halo 3, Fez and Dyad. This prompted creator Shawn McGrath to officially announce the PC version.


  1. Haha! that Spastic Transformer is awesome! I want one!

    • I believe it was re-released as Transformer Differently Abled Power Core Combiner.

  2. Not really sure what I’m supposed to think about the GabeN thing. Baffling choice of words, that makes him look like an ignorant fool.

    • The rest of the talk alternates from being interesting and hateful. He reminds me of Geohot, a little kid who got far too much power before he grew up.

      • I know that Valve do alot of play testing, are they talking about that? I saw iJustine playing Portal 2 the other day and after seeing that, the statement starts to make much more sense. Still though, such a bad choice of words.

  3. But… but… but… if Gabe is on the side of multiplayer games… that means that EA,Activision and Ubisoft making movements towards online ‘universes’ for games can’t be bitched about at the general ranty noise level that it usually is…..

    I’m so confused by these revelations…

  4. “And finally, someone with plenty of time on their hands”

    I’m Surprised Tuffcub didn’t translate this to ‘some git with no life’. I feel sorry for McGrath he looked truly pissed off at 0:50 and rightly so. His project, his news. F***ing hackers.

    • Yeah he wasnt happy, the video text on youtube says “People figured out that Dyad was coming out on Steam and told everyone before I was ready, so this is the best video I could make in the 5 minutes I had to make it”

  5. “”Single-player games are like a feature film where your lead actor is retarded and autistic,””

    Wow… awful. *respect lost*

  6. i’ve never been a fan of gaben, his hypocritical attitude to drm was a particular annoyance to me.
    he bleated about how he was against drm while steam was locking most pc disc games to single users forever.

    but what the hell is he talking about here?

    is he talking about the half life games where the hero is some mute who despite all the world shaking events he witnesses all he’s capable of doing is uttering a few grunts when he gets hurt?

    i mean, he’s supposed to be a scientist, but the one time he actually has to do his job in the games he simply has to push a trolly, even then he manages to blow up half the base doing it.

    if he’s not, well, i have no clue what he’s on about this time.
    not an unusual occurrence to one of gabe’s speeches.

    why you tease me so ubisoft? why? O_O

  7. Tell me the Lego city game is not a WiiU exclusive?I’ve gotta play that game,reminds me of Saints row for some reason.

    • Yes it is and it almost makes me want to buy Wii-U.. almost. Because there is no way in hell that is staying Wii-U exclusive, it will be out on other consoles a few months after the Ninty version.

  8. It’d be a feckin crime if it didn’t come to other consoles.There’s no way i’d buy a WiiU solely for this,if i do end up buying one it won’t be for at least 2yrs well after ps4 and the price has dropped.

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