Killzone Shadow Fall – first multiplayer expansion pack revealed

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The expansion pack is full of exciting new features for multiplayer including a brand new Character Class, three new abilities, three new weapons and two new game modes.

The Helghast government has been secretly funding The Black Hand, the operatives of which have been infiltrating Vekta City. The VSA has also started a programme that sends saboteurs disguised as refugees to the Helghast side of the wall. These insurgents are playable for the first time in the brand new Insurgent Expansion, which includes:

  • The Insurgent – a brand new class with two unique abilities: Hack and Steal.
    • The insurgent starts with just a pistol and his wits about him. As vulnerable as he is, he can slowly build up his arsenal in the game by using [Steal] to steal weapons from downed enemies, which enables him to use those weapons throughout the game, even if he falls in combat. By using [Hack] he can change enemy ground automata into friendlies, turning the tide of battle quite swiftly.
  • Three new abilities – The Scout, Support and Assault also get additional abilities
    • E-Pulse emitter – a deployable beacon that sends out an e-pulse making it difficult for enemy units to install automata in that area
    • Tactical Echo emitter – a deployable beacon that send out a Tactical Echo from a fixed location making the area hard to infiltrate by hidden enemy units
    • Guard Drone – The Assault gets a stationary Buddy drone; deploy it in one place and it guards the location from a ground level.
  • Three new weapons – Welcome old friends and new with this pack of weapons for the Scout, Assault and Support:
    • M82 – the classic assault rifle of choice from Killzone 2 and 3 is back!
    • L512 SMG Pistol – this amazing machine pistol makes your tactical secondary weapon of choice that much more punch
    • Sta14 Rifle – The sniper rifle of many battles past adds to your long distance sniping arsenal.
  • New single player Elite Mode – The nightmarish difficulty of Elite Mode will test the hardest of warriors
    • Three lives, Hard difficulty, and the Shadowfall campaign to test your mettle.
  • New online collectibles – Find the online collectibles crates in game for rewards
    • A limited set of collectible crates will spawn only for Insurgent Expansion holders, one per match for a limited time. Collect one and earn extra points in game, collect more and stand to win rewards in game.
  • Insurgent Personalisation Pack –
    • 1 OWL Skin
    • 3 Spotlight Moves
    • 1 voice-over pack containing HGH and VSA battle chatter voices

The first of these free map packs includes two very distinct maps inspired by key locations from the single-player campaign, and are also completely compatible with the game’s Custom Warzone feature. Check them out in these brand new trailers.

The Cruiser map is set in a decommissioned VSA cruiser full of narrow, labyrinthine passages and interconnected compartments. Perfect for close-to-mid-range combat, the key to owning this map is identifying and dominating its many choke points.

Then we have The Hangar which takes place in the hangar bay of one of Helghan’s vast and lofty mining spires. This wide-open map combines large exposed spaces, perfect for sniping, as well as alternative routes to seek out and secure for total domination.

SOURCE: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/03/05/killzone-shadow-fall-first-multiplayer-expansion-pack-revealed/

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DICE ANNOUNCES BATTLEFIELD 3 PREMIUM

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15 Million Battlefield 3 Players Ready to Enlist For Early Access To All Battlefield 3 Digital Expansion Packs, Exclusive In-Game Items And Enhanced Battlelog Features For $49.99

DICE ANNOUNCES BATTLEFIELD 3 PREMIUM

15 Million Battlefield 3 Players Ready to Enlist For Early Access To All Battlefield 3 Digital Expansion Packs, Exclusive In-Game Items And Enhanced Battlelog Features For $49.99

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – June 4, 2012 – DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, is going above and beyond the call by expanding the Battlefield 3TM experience and enhancing the free BattlelogTM social network with the addition of a companion “Premium” membership. The studio today unveiled Battlefield 3 Premium, an innovative new offering that includes five digital expansion packs including Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand, Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, Battlefield 3: Armored Kill, Battlefield 3: End Game and the newly announced Battlefield 3: Aftermath. These themed digital expansion packs introduce a massive amount of content including 20 new maps and weapons, four game modes, new soldier and weapon camos and much more. By upgrading to Battlefield 3 Premium gamers receive all five digital expansion packs for $49.99, a $25 savings over purchasing each expansion pack separately, and will also receive exclusive in-game items, deeper personalization options, and advanced features making for the ultimate Battlefield 3 experience. Topping off the opportunity, Battlefield 3  Premium members will benefit from exclusive early access to all Battlefield 3 digital expansion packs starting today with Battlefield 3: Close Quarters on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Battlefield 3 is the most physical, dynamic and progressive shooter experience on the market. At DICE, we are dedicated to connecting our fans around the world, nurturing their competitive spirit and delivering new content that exceeds their every expectation. That is what Battlefield 3 Premium is designed to do,” said Patrick Bach, Executive Producer, Battlefield 3. “Battlefield 3 Premium gives our fans a massive amount of gameplay, early access and exclusive offerings at an incredible price. The sheer amount of brand new themed content available in Battlefield 3 Premium is staggering. We’re rolling out the red carpet and giving Battlefield 3 gamers the VIP treatment they deserve.”

ALL EXISTING BATTLEFIELD 3 BATTLELOG FEATURES REMAIN FREE INCLUDING:
·         Live stats tracker
·         Ability to form and customize Platoons
·         Browse leaderboards
·         Access to the Com Center and Battle Feed

Battlefield 3 Premium EXPANDS the experience by adding :
TWO WEEKS EARLY ACCESS TO ALL DIGITAL EXPANSION PACKS

1.     Battlefield 3: Back To Karkand – Four of the most beloved Battlefield 2TM maps all fully re-imagined utilizing the power of the FrostbiteTM 2 engine. Available now.

2.     Battlefield 3: Close Quarters – Intense, infantry-only theatre of war. Available today.

3.     Battlefield 3: Armored Kill – All-out vehicle warfare coming September 2012.

4.     Battlefield 3: Aftermath – Coming December 2012.

5.     Battlefield 3: End Game – Coming March 2013.

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Release Schedule:

The Old Republic: Getting Ready for Launch – PC Feature at IGN

This was the best part of the Q&A to me !!!!

IGN: In terms of the actual strategy for bringing content out, I mean I know you can’t discuss specific schedules but will fairly major content will be patched into the game for paying subscribers or might that be locked behind some sort of pricing wall? Are you holding most major content for some larger content release further down the line?

James Ohlen: No, we’re going to be releasing major content to subscribers. They’re not going to have to pay anything extra for the major content. We’re going to be doing that regularly. It’s going to be significant, you’re going to be able to travel to entirely new worlds in the galaxy and you’re not going to have to pay to have to do that. Now obviously we also have an expansion pack planned but that’s, you know, much farther into the future.

I know there’s been some talk about [user interface customization] amongst our fans and is something that they’re very passionate about. That’s another thing that we have a team working on, to players a lot more power to essentially adjust their UI so they can move UI elements around, they can change the size or the alignment of it, and essentially customize how they get to play the game.

via The Old Republic: Getting Ready for Launch – PC Feature at IGN.