Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Valve rolls out new L4D2 play mode (eurogamer) - Valve has released the first weekly "mutation" for Left 4 Dead 2's The Passing DLC, adding a new time-limited gameplay mode to the game.
"Bleed Out" mode starts Campaign mode players off with slowly deteriorating health that will eventually take them down. The mode also removes any health packs, forcing players to rely on pills and adrenaline for a temporary boost.
Valve has promised "over 20" mutations will eventually be released on a weekly schedule.
Icarus Studios restuctures – 72 lose jobs (vg247) - Icarus Studios, developer of futuristic MMO Fallen Earth, has restructured, dropping 75 percent of its overall workforce.
The studio, who told Kotaku it’s to remain open, is now down from 100 employees to 28.
Fallen Earth’s latest patch, Blood Sports, is to continue as scheduled, with the company saying, “The game will remain unaffected, as servers are up and GMs as well as customer support are continuing to service players.”
Icarus will now merge with a separate company, Fallen Earth llc, and will be responsible for “ongoing customer service and continued development of Fallen Earth and company projects.”
Fallen Earth was released on September 22, 2009, and is currently sitting at a rating of 71 on Metacritic.
Mortal Kombat 9 teased by Ed Boon, again (vg247) - Mortal Kombat 9 has been in development for what seems like ages, even though it’s only been about a year now, and it looks like we might be getting our first look at it next month.
According to a report over on TRMK along with creator Ed Boon’s Twitter account and Mortal Kombat actress Dana Lyn Baron’s blog, the game is starting to take shape.
Per Baron’s blog – the post has since been removed:
“In September — right before I left for Paris & the South of France — I reprised my role as Sonya Blade for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s next installment of the MORTAL KOMBAT videogame.”
Then there was an article in the Post Tribune of Northwest Indiana on actress Brenda Barrie. Here is an excerpt:
“Still, she has side ventures outside of the stage that include character portrayal in Warner Bros.”
“Mortal Kombat 9″ video game, which has not been released yet.
‘They gave me a script,’ said Barrie, alluding to a facet of her job. It’s all about ‘capturing authentic movement,’ the heralded performer from the Robertsdale section of Hammond related.
“I might get in and out of fight poses,” explained Barrie, who also called Whiting home for part of her youth.
FDMK found that Barrie had “Kitana” listed as her character name on her website’s resume, which also stated that the game is to be released on December 25, 2010.
This was also removed from her site.
Them, there’s a tweet posted by Ed Boon:
“9 + 25 = FALSE”
Meaning of course it will not be released on Christmas day, because, well, that’s obvious, but it may be out in time for it.
Here is another Ed Boon tweet:
“Here are those MK9 beta codes I promised you: TEERH-ONRUS-TNUBT-NO Hope you enjoy the beta! Just kidding…I ain’t got sh#%.”
So what the hell does all this mean then?
It means Mortal Kombat 9 is not vaporware after all, and that hopefully there will be more shown to us soon.
Analyst: Infinity Ward coverage is "overdone" (gamesindustry.biz) - The media furore over the crisis at Infinity Ward has been "overdone" according to Cowen and Company analysts Doug Creutz and Adam Nolly.
In an investor note the analysts acknowledged that the development team working on 2011's Call of Duty title (rumoured to be Modern Warfare 3) would be "significantly changed" from those that worked on the first two Modern Warfare games.
However, the analysts suggest that the proven track record of non-Infinity Ward entries in the series, such as Treyarch's World at War, gives little cause for concern - with Activision having 18 months to build a new team.
"We believe the future success of Call of Duty will be more about execution than innovation, as the series is now well established with proven gameplay mechanics," said the analysts.
"In our view the largest negative from the Infinity Ward situation is the significantly diminished likelihood that the studio will be the source of new hit franchises beyond Call of Duty," suggested Creutz and Nolly.
However, they point out that Activision's share price and financial plan already implies little or no growth. As such they kept their rating for the shares as "outperform", with a strong recommendation to buy.
Also commenting on Activision's new 10 year deal with Bungie, the pair stated that: "Activision's economics on the deal will be significantly more substantial than straight distribution economics."
They noted that despite Bungie retaining control over the intellectual property rights Activision was still predicting an operating income margin of around 20 per cent - much higher than would normally be expected for such a deal.
Many have taken this to suggest a new style of business model for Bungie's game, possibly involving online subscriptions.