Euro Truck Simulator 2 is very nearly here with UK publisher Excalibur revealing today on Facebook that they will be releasing the game on October 26th for UK retail. However, if you are very keen, developers SCS Software have confirmed that they will be in a position to release the game digitally on the 19th of October. I for one and getting pretty excited for this, it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but this series has slowly created a little place of its own in my heart. …
The long war between Origin and Steam has seen several casualties disappear from Valve’s service, and others not arrive there at all. One of the big titles to disappear was Crysis 2, but in a strange quirk it is now back on Steam and in Maximum Edition form which contains all four Limited Edition unlocks as well as the Retaliation and Decimation multiplayer map packs. Is this a sign that EA will relent and release titles like Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3 through Steam? Personally, I can’t see it happening any time soon, but this might signal and the start of a new beginning.
Shenanigans are occurring in the pre-order market today, first up is an Origin only pre-order deal for Mass Effect 3 which is exclusive to the EU where you can get all the pre-order items in one hit for both Digital Deluxe Edition and the Standard Edition. Check out the pre-order page and rejoice in an outlet which will give you all the pre-order bonuses at once, no worrying about what special item you will miss out on. There have been lots of complaints about Origin, but this is a good move.
The second bit of pre-order action is for Sniper Elite V2. In this World War Two sniper love-in, we all know that the ultimate mission would be to kill Hitler, the only trouble? If you want to get the chance to kill Hitler in the game, you are going to have to pre-order it. The press release makes no mention of the mission being made available later to those who don’t pre-order. A decidedly bad move I think.
Thoughts on this pre-order malarky?
Bioware have announced on their forums that, just like Battlefield 3, any physical or digital copies of Mass Effect 3 on the PC must use EA’s Origin service in order to run. A FAQ has been released answering a few interesting points including problems they have encountered with selling through Steam. …
Recent revelations regarding Battlefield 3 have given us an indication of how EA plan to move forward with their new digital distribution network, Origin. With DICE confirming that all retail versions of the game will use Origin, the importance of the digital distribution network to EA is becoming increasingly obvious. …
Angry Internet Man has been shouting loud and proud over the past few days, ranting about the Physical Warfare Pack which was announced as coming as part of the UK pre-order special deal. The anger arose when people thought that the Physical Warfare Pack was going to contain weapons which would only be available to those who pre-ordered the game from the select retailers.
Further anger has been lurking since the announcement of the Back to Karkand expansion pack/DLC which has been pitched as being free for those who pre-order the game, but will be paid for content after release. You can’t forget the rumblings of discontent that have been stirring as people start to fear that Battlefield 3 will be sold online exclusively via EA’s new digital distribution platform, Origin.
While there hasn’t been any confirmation about the digital distribution stores that you will be able to get the game from, DICE have come out to attempt to quell the flames of anger.
In this Battlefield blog post DICE General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson confirms that the Physical Warfare Pack will definitely be made available to all Battlefield 3 players later this year. He also describes Back to Karkand as being a “massive themed expansion” which is being developed by a separate team at DICE to the core Battlefield 3 team, that it won’t be day-one DLC and that it won’t be content that is already contained on the game disk.
Hopefully this will enable calm to prevail amongst Angry Internet Men, at least until they get their knickers in a twist over something else.
I for one couldn’t care less about pre-order bonuses like the Physical Warfare Pack, they are throwaway bonuses, the real pre-order incentive is the chance to get a copy of Back to Karkand when that is released for no extra cost. For those worried about Origin, wait for confirmation on the release channels and actually check the service out. It isn’t a GFWL debacle.