Gaming Daily: June 27th 2012

Welcome again to Gaming Daily, a journey through the daily happenings in your favourite industry. Let’s just jump straight in.

Halo 4: New Details Emerge

Given the E3 was only 3 weeks ago, it’s funny that there should be anything major revealed about Microsoft’s flagship franchise that wasn’t revealed at the industry’s main get together, but details are spreading on the new entry into the Halo universe from the Microsoft ExpertZone, their online guide for retail employees to brush up on their knowledge. Highlights on the new information revealed include:

  • For the first time, Master Chief will have a true nemesis.
  • The game includes 10 new weapons as well as 2 new vehicle types
  • 10 multiplayer maps to play in multiplayer, with confirmation of more via DLC
  • Spartan Ops mode will feature 5 new missions a week, spread over 10 weeks for season 1, lasting up to 12 hours, and is completely free

There’s a fair amount to digest, so to see full screen captures, visit the Little English Blog which broke the story.

Kaz Hirai Steps Down from SCE Board

Kaz Hirai, the man who helped rebuild the Playstation brand after taking over as chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment, moved further away from the video game division today as he stepped down as chairman of the SCE Board. Hirai was appointed CEO of Sony in April, and this is seen as allowing him to focus more on reviving the fortunes of Sony’s TV and Mobile Phone divisions. Hirai will continue on as a part time board member of SCE.

Sony: No “Definitive Plans” on Resistance future

Following on from the lukewarmly received Resistance: Burning Skies on the Playstation Vita, Sony was remaining coy on the future of it’s first person shooter franchise. Danier Brooke, producer at sony is quoted as saying “The Resistance franchise has been exciting to work on, but as for the future we have no definitive plans”. That’s not to say that there won’t be another game in the series. Insomniac Games may not be working on the franchise any more, as development duties for the latest Vita incarnation fell to Nihilistic, but Sony still owns the rights to the universe, and after spending so long developing the lore, they probably aren’t ready to throw it away just yet.

Mass Effect 3 Future DLC contained in “Extended Cut” files?

We reported yesterday that Bioware finally released its much anticipated “Extended Cut” Mass Effect 3 ending DLC to the masses, and it looks like some eagle eyed gamers spotted some hints at possible upcoming DLC within its contents. Tentatively referred to as “Leviathan”, the story is said to focus on a Reaper of the same name. Bioware executives even got in on the act, taking to social networks to tease fans about the possibility of upcoming DLC. Mike Gamble is quoted on twitter as saying “As I’ve said before, we do this for you! EC was our gift to the fans. Hope you enjoyed. Also… keep your ears open over the next little while”.

Camilla Luddington is the new Lara Croft

Finally today, Square Enix revealed the actress set to take on the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Camilla Luddington is most well known for roles in True Blood and Californication as well as decidedly dodgy Will and Kate TV movie. Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics spoke of the appointment: This has been one of the most important jobs for us to get right. This Tomb Raider game is very different to any other and we are demanding far more from the voice and performance acting than ever before as we take the franchise in a new direction.’

Which brings us to the end of another Gaming Daily. Remember, any and all feedback is appreciated, either via the comments below, or on twitter @michael_ormonde.

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