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The Old Republic

Come October we’ll see Star Wars: The Old Republic join a legion of other MMOs when it becomes free to play.  I’m sure this wasn’t exactly what Bioware and EA had planned when they launched their epic a year ago, but even the mighty WoW went at least partially free to play. The MMO landscape is changing and The Old Republic is just another game caught up in the transformation.

Bethesda & S.T.A.L.K.E.R

Rumour has it that Bethesda is working on a sequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.   The creator of the series, GSC Game World, has decided to move on to other projects and several Twitter postings point to Bethesda having picked up the license.  Maybe.  Things aren’t entirely clear on the licensing front: Did Bethesda purchase the rights to the entire franchise or just the rights to make a sequel?  Do they own the S.T.A.L.K.E.R name?  The onyl thing we know for sure is that they’ll be involved in the future of S.T.A.L.K.E.R in some capacity.

Valve’s new TOS

Valve may not be the first to disallow class action lawsuits, but they are the latest.  Earlier this week Valve made a change to their terms of service disallowing anyone who uses their services to engage in a class action lawsuit against the company.  Several other companies have done the same thing this year.  Valve’s terms of service are still friendlier than most, saying that they will pay for arbitration as long as the suit is not considered frivolous.  Still, a consumer rights have taken a beating this week and we can expect this to keep happening.

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan

Get ready for some new DLC for ME3.  In Leviathan, Shepard and his crew are on the trail of an ancient weapon rumoured to be capable of killing  a Reaper.  Bioware promise that Leviathan will be much more challenging than the regular campaign and will have a length comparable to the incredible Lair of the Shadow Broker from Mass Effect 2.  Additionally, BIoware has said that completing this new chapter will unlock a new rift in the ending and that some new multiplayer DLC is also on the way.

Rise of the Triad

Anyone remember Rise of the Triad?  All 4 of you are about to be very excited.  Just announced at Quakecon was a remake of the mid 90’s FPS and it promises to be everything you remember.  Jump pads? Check.  Incredibly fast moving gameplay and labyrinthine mazes as levels?? Check.  Unbalanced weapons capped off by a devastating rocket launcher? Checkaroonie.  Rise of the Triad  is all about the old school, baby!

Oculous Rift

Oculous Rift is a VR headset that made waves and blew some minds at E3.  John Carmack loaned his support and a modified version of Doom 3 at E3 showing just what the device is capable of.  Earlier this week they put up a Kickstarter and it’s already funded.

That’s all for this week.  Is there anything you’d like us to focus on in the coming weeks?  Let us know in the comments.