Gaming Roundup: Hell Returns May 15. Unless You’re A Mass Effect Fan

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So, we’re a bit late to the table with this, but as we’re sure many of you now know, Blizzard’s latest installment in the Diablo series, Diablo 3, is set to release on May 15. Gamers will return to the quiet , frequently victimized town of Tristram to investigate a fallen star that has woken the dead, thus beginning your fight to turn back the demonic hordes invading Sanctuary once more. Conveniently enough, the release is timed for a date just a few weeks before flu season ends. Not that we’re implying anything.

Now that we’ve had time to finish Mass Effect 3, we can’t say we disagree with the large amount of fans who are raising a huge stink over the game’s ending. But we still can’t be entirely comfortable with petitioning a company to change their creative output. If Bioware wants to release an otherwise A+ SF epic with a shitty, nonsensical, and poorly-plotted final 10 minutes, that’s their prerogative. The company’s released yet another statement today promising outraged gamers they’ll detail their plans to provide a more satisfying ending through DLC in April. (Read: So stop spamming our Facebook page with hatemail.) Until then, we’ll be over here nursing our wounds with the help of an emergency induction port.

In other gaming news this week, we look in on an Elder Scrolls MMO, the latest Baldur’s Gate news, mobile WoW, Guild Wars 2,  and more.

  • You knew this was coming. The creators of Skyrim, Oblivion, and Morrowind plan to return gamers to the continent of Tamriel once more — MMO-style. Watch for an official announcement in May.
  • According to reports, Blizzard is actively looking for ways to effectively port World of Warcraft to the iPhone so that neckbeards everywhere might finally be able to leave their rooms on a Friday night.
  • One last bit of MMO news — Guild Wars 2 will be available for pre-order on April 10. Pre-ordering gives customers automatic access to pre-release beta play periods.
  • Turns out that mysterious countdown on the Baldur’s Gate website a few weeks ago was counting down to the announcement of enhanced editions of Baldur‘s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2. But wait — there’s more. Gamespy reports that Baldur’s Gate 3 is the developer’s “long-term goal.”
  • Remember your mute travels through Rapture? No longer the case. Bioshock Infinite gives us a protagonist with a tongue. And how.
  • Valve denies (in rather subdued fashion) rumors that a “Steam Box” console is close to being announced or completed.
  • And finally, Shack News brings us a field report from the Smithsonian’s “Art of Video Games” exhibit.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know: @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

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