Fri
Nov 16 2012 4:30pm
Gaming Roundup: We’re Going Back to Cali, to Cali

Rockstar’s recent barrage of Grand Theft Auto V footage and news is what has the gaming world buzzing this week, as the masters of sandbox gaming return to the West Coast to tackle Los Angeles, a.k.a. Los Santos. After a half-decade of development, the GTA series returns in 2013 to satiate your basejumping, jet flying, tank driving, rampaging needs. So what do we now know about GTA V, aside from the freshly launched trailer above?

First off, Shack News browsed Game Informer’s GTA V exclusive last week, and reports back that the gameworld is Rockstar’s largest to date—bigger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTA IV combined. Early indications are that this is due to the inclusion of flight in the game, which made traversing a conventionally-sized map a bit mundane. Apparently, the ocean itself is also explorable, and the floor is fully detailed. Shack News also got their hands on 20 new screenshots of the game, for your viewing pleasure.

IGN reported that, in an unusual twist, GTA V will have three playable characters, or three protagonists, so to speak. Rockstar is certainly stepping out on a limb a little with this move, given the established success of their prior GTA formula, but it’s pretty easy to give them the benefit of the doubt, given their track record. The return of Rockstar’s trademark games within games has also been all but guaranteed, with tennis, golf, and yoga among those currently known. Rumours persist of the ability to surf, but they remain unconfirmed, as of yet.

Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013.

In other gaming news this week, Dead Space 3 brings the co-op crazy, a Starcraft 2 DLC nears release, and Baldur’s Gate gets revamped. Read on!

  • Wanna watch your partner go insane for no reason you can see? Dead Space 3’s new co-op mode has an interesting twist.
  • The Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm DLC has received a release date. Queen Kerrigan’s tale continues on March 12, and will be available in a few different flavors: a $40 basic edition, a $60 digital deluxe edition, or an $80 collector’s edition.
  • Valve, secret project, space pirates? Those three terms were once a connected reality, but alas, no more. Valve head Gabe Newell revealed that Valve had, at one point, toyed with the idea of creating a space pirate game entitled Stars of Blood, but alas, no more.
  • As per BioWare, Mass Effect 4 will use the Frostbite engine, the graphics engine currently most known for prettying up the Battlefield series.
  • Ubisoft continues to pick away at the carcass of THQ, looking to acquire further game rights from their financially-crippled former rival.
  • The Deus Ex movie now has a director—Scott Derrickson, of Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose fame.
  • Finally, Baldur’s Gate fans take note—stay tuned to Tor.com early next week for a one-on-one interview with Trent Oster, head of Overhaul Games, who are developing the upcoming Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, scheduled for release on November 28.

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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