Metal Gear Mania

If you’re a Metal Gear fan then this column has just become a lot more exciting.  Hideo Kojima had not one but three pieces of Metal Gears news this week, starting with Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops. Social Ops is a smartphone game on the GREE network (a Japanese social gaming network) that will run on both iOS and Android. Kojima says that it will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show and will launch worldwide later this year.

The next thing he talked about was the first game to use his company’s brand new FOX Engine – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros. We’re told that this game will act as a prologue to MGS5 and will actually be an open world game.

Finally, the Metal Gear movie is a go. Columbia Pictures is footing the bill while Avi Arad (producer of almost every good Marvel movie from the last decade) has signed on to produce. There’s currently no word on any directors or actors interested in the movie, but with the movie officially greenlit it won’t be long now. All we know is that Uwe Boll is going to stay far, far away.

Steam Greenlight

Speaking of the greenlighting process, Valve has launched their new Steam Greenlight service. It’s a way for indie developers to pitch their games and have the community decide what gets to be sold on Steam. For more info, check out our IndieGarden coverage.

Guild Wars 2 No Longer Up For Download

In a classy move by NCSoft and ArenaNet, they’ve taken down the downloadable version of Guild Wars 2 until they can get their servers more stable. Rather than push more and more players into the game and have longer and longer wait times, they’ve instead chosen to temporarily stop selling the game until they can get everything in order. You can still buy physical copies from retailers, but we expect shipments to be put on hold until things are sorted out with the servers.

City of Heroes No More

In a less classy move by NCSoft, MMO City of Heroes will be shutting down by the end of the year. A few days ago it was announced that developer Paragon Studios will be shut down and that they have already begun preparations to end their superhero MMORPG. Launched in 2004, City of Heroes quickly rose to fame not only for it’s unique setting, but also for it’s robust character creation system. It then rode the post-WoW wave until going free to play last year.

NCSoft claims that this move is because they are choosing to focus less on their western games and instead focusing more on their home market.

New Skyrim Expansion

Bethesda has just announced a new expansion to the time vampire known as Skyrim. Hearthfire allows you to buy a plot of land, build a house, and even adopt children all for the price of 400MSP. Xbox 360 owners can get their hands on it tomorrow, but PS3 and PC users are going to have to wait a month.

All-Stars Battle Royale

Two new characters have been announced for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale: Evil Cole McGrath from Infamous and Raiden from MGS. Make that announcement number 4.

LocoCycle

‘Splosion Man and Comic Jumper creator Twisted Pixel released 2 trailers for the upcoming game LocoCycle which was announced at E3. The game see’s you playing as a motorcycle named I.R.I.S who’s on the run from the corporation who created her, who have sent the evil bike S.P.I.K.E after her who happens to be voiced by T1000 actor Robert Patrick (reports of his head splitting apart and being able to walk through metal bars are yet to be confirmed). The game looks like part driving, part shooting and part hack and slash.

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That wraps up another (very busy) edition of the Weekly News Roundup.