Crysis developer said to have new “big budget” game in development for consoles and PC.


Crytek already has a full slate, what with work ongoing on the Kinect-enabled title Ryse for Microsoft, THQ’s Homefront 2, and its first iOS title, Fibble – Flick ‘n’ Roll. However, the German game company has one more product in the pipeline as well, and it’s one that it expects to begin talking about next month.

Speaking to CVG, Crytek general manager Nick Button-Brown confirmed that the studio plans to announce a new “big budget” game for consoles and PCs in April.

“You know about Homefront, you know about Ryse,” Button-Brown said. “We are working on another project… [laughs] all three of which are looking really good…The other project looks absolutely fantastic–I mean, genuinely the best of that kind of project we’ve ever done.”

The obvious assumption would be that the new project will be a new installment in the Crysis first-person shooter franchise. Following on from 2007’s highly regardedoriginal, Crysis 2 scored a solid critical reception upon its release in 2011.

However, the studio has also been rumored to be reviving the TimeSplitters franchise. Crytek picked up franchise creator Free Radical in 2009, after that studio went bankrupt following the unsuccessful release of Haze. Though Free Radical officially announced TimeSplitters 4 in 2007, the franchise has lain dormant since 2005’s well-regarded TimeSplitters: Future Perfect.

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You’ll fall 70 stories if you lose in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Overwatch map


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The third map in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′s current content season is now available for Call of Duty Elite Premium members on Xbox Live.

Overwatch takes place in a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper, where battles will rage along two levels in a near symmetrical layout. A lack of safety barriers around the perimeter should provide plenty of chuckles for those who enjoy watching their enemies fall 70 stories to their deaths. The map is in the same general location of the New York setting in the single-player campaign, which depicts a world war in major cities of the globe. But it’s a fresh map for multiplayer fans.

Modern Warfare 3′s content season will ultimately include more than 20 pieces of brand new DLC over a 9-month period. The first maps, Liberation and Piazza, were launched last month. Another new map called Black Box and two new Special Ops Missions are coming in March. Call of Duty Elite Premium members on Xbox Live get first dibs on the content as part of an exclusivity deal Microsoft made with publisher Activision. PlayStation 3 and PC Elite members will get access to the DLC at a later date, while everyone else will eventually be able to download the content in a bundle pack.

You can see Modern Warfare 3′s full content season schedule here: http://www.callofduty.com/contentcalendar.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s “Overwatch” map out now


Activision Blizzard’s content campaign for acclaimed first person shooter continues with the addition of a new map.

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Overwatch Map

The latest DLC in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Content Drop campaign is the “Overwatch” map. It is available now for Call of Duty Elite premium members on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE.

Overwatch is a new map that is set on a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper and it’s the third DLC in a planned twenty new Content Drops that will be rolled out once a month over the next nine months.

The map is laid out over two levels with the central bridge and side routes, with no safety barriers around the perimeter adding a new level of danger for the player during combat.

Following the release of Overwatch, publisher Activision Blizzard is planning to push Elite Drops four to six for premium members on Xbox LIVE in March.

According to an Activision Blizzard spokesperson, the upcoming DLC is expected to consist of a multiplayer map called “Black Box” and two new Special Ops Missions, “Black Ice” and “Negotiator”.

While the content will be made available first on Xbox LIVE, premium members on Sony’s PlayStation Network will be able to access the content before non-premium members on their console.

Non-premium Call of Duty Elite members are able to purchase the new content via the Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections.

For the full calendar of upcoming Modern Warfare 3 DLC, go to: www.callofduty.com/contentcalendar.

Battlefield 3 beta, flying tank


THE BUZZ: Betas have a lot of glitches. Some are game breaking and annoying, others are just plain funny. This one definitely falls into the funny category.

The tank featured in this video seems to be suffering from a severe identity crisis and believes its a jet, this is not good news for the people inside.

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Video comparing of all three versions of battlefield 3


THE BUZZ: Wondering just how the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 versions of the Battlefield 3beta stack up to one another visually? YouTube member Robbaz has put up this video, showing a variety of comparisons between the three versions.

Obviously, it isn’t the definitive answer as to how the three compare (as the game is still in beta), but it’s a really interesting look at where all three versions are as of this point.

EGM’s TAKE: How do you think the console versions compare visually to the rather amazing PC version?

AMD updates Catalyst drivers, Battlefield 3 beta begins today


Hot on the heels of the latest GeForce beta driver release, AMD has issued its own update to the Catalyst driver series optimized specifically for the Battlefield 3 beta. The Catalyst 11.10 preview driver is essentially a hotfix release and includes better Battlefield 3 performance for 5000 and 6000 series users (single GPU and Crossfire), 5×1 Eyefinity support, and improvements to the Vision Engine Control Center (previously known as Catalyst Control Center). Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations
  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Enables support for Eyefinity 5×1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.

You can download and install the AMD Catalyst preview driver here. The Battlefield 3 open beta isn’t set to kick off fully for another couple of days but, as promised, those who pre-ordered the game through Origin or purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will be getting early access today — check Battlefield 3’s system requirements here.

Players will be limited to the “Rush” game mode on the map “Operation Metro,” where one team must attack two M-Com stations while a defending team tries to prevent them. Since the beta is multiplayer-only, gamers will have to wait until the full game launch on October 28 to play the single player campaign.

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4 Battlefield 3 beta annoyances a CoD player will notice


After experiencing Battlefield 3 server issues for around six hours we finally managed to get some time getting to know the Battlefield 3 beta for Xbox 360 quite intimately. Personally I have favored Call of Duty games over Battlefield in the past, therefore I thought I would share some things with you which Call of Duty gamers might get annoyed about the first time they pick up BF3.

Before we get started please listen to us when we say that these are not all necessarily problems which need to be fixed, however when someone is used to CoD gameplay the things we speak about in this article are a little annoying to say the least.

Let’s start with something which might be a bug that’ll be fixed by developers before the game’s official release. The image below clearly shows a slightly raised area on the map which is only a little higher than your average curb, however you can’t just simple walk over this, instead you have to jump – now that’s overkill in our opinion – do you agree? (Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a video showing this particular issue).

In most CoD games and multiplayer game modes it is quite easy to spot an enemy as your crosshair changes color when aimed at an enemy, BF3 doesn’t do anything like this so you really have to keep and eye on your surroundings when trying to spot an enemy – this is much more realistic in our opinion, what do you guys think?

Grenades are massively different in BF3 when compared to any CoD game, firstly let’s start by saying we have only thrown about 50 so far (and we have not unlocked a lot yet), however as a MW3 and Black Ops gamer I have noticed that you can’t seem to throw grenades as far, nor can you cook them in your hand before you throw them – finally it is worth knowing that the BF3′s grenades take longer to explode than they do in CoD. One other odd thing we noticed about BF3′s grenades is that when thrown they do not always smash through windows, we have embedded a video at the end of this post which shows how knifing and shooting a subway train’s window will shatter it, but a grenade simple bounces back at you.

The last thing we must mention is that sniping is a lot harder in BF3 than it is in CoD, firstly in the beta it is hard to get a one shot kill, most of the time two shots are needed and the general technique takes some getting used to. It is hard to explain what’s so hard about it, but running targets which would be easy to pick off in CoD are hard to hit in BF3 and quite often require two shots, which means your enemy can quite often get away with brave runs.

These are just a few of the things we spotted after playing the Battlefield 3 beta, are you a CoD gamer who is trying out the BF3 beta? If so, have you spotted any annoying differences which take some getting used to? Let us know in the comments section.