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Finally: The Witcher 2 Mod Tools Announced!

Witcher 2 mod kit Redkit announced

CD Projekt, the developer and publishing team behind top-selling PC game, The Witcher 2, have announced their intentions in the upcoming Gamescom 2012 in Germany. This includes their upcoming mod kit for The Witcher 2 entitled ‘REDKit’. Information after the jump.

Announced on The Witcher‘s own forums, the mod kit for The Witcher 2 will be shown off at Gamescom to the press. The Gamescom event will be taking place in Cologne in Germany just next week.

The mod kit, named REDKit, will allow users to develop their own content including new locations and quests. The mod who submitted the post on the forums stated, “We will be hosting a series of behind closed doors, exclusive media presentations where we will be showing the REDkit, a long-awaited set of tools for modders which will allow any player to create their own content for the PC version of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, such as new, non-linear adventures, great looking locations and more.”

Following the surprise announcement, Rock, Paper, Shotgun queried CD Projekt regarding the use of Steam Workshop. CD Projekt responded with, “A[t] this point I can tell you that we’re concentrating on the tool as such, so no Steam mention at this point.” This does not rule out possibilities, but it does not confirm the use either. They added, “[they are looking for] the best modders out there.”

This suggests to me that the mod tools won’t be as user-friendly as those of, for example, Bethesda Game Studios release. In addition to this, CD Projekt are even kind enough to their customers that, right now, you can reserve a free copy of The Witcher (2) on GoG (Good ol’ Games) provided you have your serial number for your product. Now we patiently await for some anime conversion mods, which are undoubtedly already in their concept stages as users wait for REDKit to be launched.

(Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Geralt Goes to Westeros: Witcher 2 Getting Mod Tools)

Silent Hill HD Collection PS3 Patch Available, 360 Patch Cancelled

silent hill hd collection patch available on playstation 3 not on xbox 360

The recently released Silent Hill HD Collection, containing both Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, wasn’t without its problems. Many fans made complaints about how poorly the titles were ported. To resolve these issues, Konami released a patch on the PlayStation 3 platform; however, it appears that Konami are abandoning the Xbox 360.

The title received a lot of backlash when it went released in what fans perceived as being in an unfinished state. The atmospheric fog was missing, the frame rate was taking a dive regularly, the audio regularly went out of sync and some music was missing. Since its launch in March, the title has been widely regarded as an abomination and treated the source with little respect. Finally, July came and Konami released a patch — for the PlayStation 3.

Players on the system would discover those issues faded away thanks to the new patch. Included in the patch were also some graphical and audio improvements. This victory for the unfortunate gamers who picked up Silent Hill is, unfortunately, cut short, and this horror story continues. The PlayStation 3 version may have the patch, but the Xbox 360 version will not be getting the same treatment.

“Plans for an Xbox 360 title update have been cancelled due to technical issues” Konami stated, adding, “Understanding the issues some users are experiencing, Konami issued a title update for Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3), which fixed frame rate issues as well as audio-synching and other reported issues. KONAMI apologizes to any players who are continuing to experience these issues on the XBOX 360 sku.”

I guess picking up the title on the Xbox 360 is a lost cause at this point.

Capcom Releases Another Resident Evil 6 Press Release, Details Agent Hunter Mode and Ada Wong Campaign

Resident Evil 6 Ada Wong Press Release

Capcom released a press statement with information on playable character ‘Ada Wong’, and new game mode ‘Agent Hunt Mode’. To accompany the statement, they also released two trailers and a collection of screenshots.

The press release states that Ada Wong will have her own campaign in the title which is unlocked by beating the main campaign for Leon, Chris and Jake. Her campaign mode will be unique, and she will not be accompanied by a specific co-op partner. Instead, other characters may make guest appearances in her campaign.

Meanwhile, Agent Hunt mode delivers an exciting and fresh new experience for Resident Evil fans. For the first time in a numbered Resident Evil title, players will be able to invade another player’s campaign and attack them as one of the many variations of monsters that they face. The mode is unlocked via beating the respective character’s campaign. The goal is to defeat the agent as a zombie, J’avo or one of the many C-virus mutations. Upon achieving their goal, the ‘hunter’ may advance into another active game session, while the agents are given a game over much like the regular campaign; meanwhile hunters who die are just re-spawned as another type of monster. Fortunately, the agent has a choice to choose whether they would like to permit other players infiltrating their session.

Lastly, Capcom have also detailed the various factions of the Resident Evil 6 storyline. You may read them directly quoted below.

Resident Evil 6 Agent Hunt Mode Press Release

Division of Security Operations
“The DSO was formed in 2011 under the edict of President Adam Benford to protect the country from the new threat of bioterrorism. Its agents are a new breed of flexible, responsive government operatives all of whom work under the direct control of the President.

“Leon S. Kennedy was one of the founding members of the DSO and is one of its best‐known operatives. When Sherry Birkin joined the DSO she was tasked with the protective detail of Jake Muller.

“Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance
“In the wake of the destruction of Umbrella in 2003, B.O.W.s started appearing on black markets around the globe and a number of rogue nations, guerillas and terrorist groups got their hands on them, bringing the B.O.W. threat into the lives of countless innocents.

“In response, the Federation of Pharmaceutical Companies formed the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) in 2004.

“The BSAA started as a non‐governmental organization, but after the Queen Zenobia incident of 2005, as depicted in Resident Evil Revelations, was restructured as a special task force under the direct control of the United Nations.

“Eight branches of the BSAA were established around the world in order to be ready to deal quickly with bioterrorist attacks wherever they occurred. Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans are part of the North American branch, with Chris having been a member of BSAA since its inception. With reports of a new type of B.O.W. appearing in the eastern European country Edonia, Chris and his alpha team are summoned into action.

“Following the overwhelming scale of the bioterrorist attack in Lanshiang, units from around the world including Chris’s are deployed to China to support the Far East Branch in charge of this region.

“Edonian anti‐government mercenaries
“One of a clutch of eastern European democracies formed in the late 1980s, Edonia’s twenty‐year history has been marred with internal strife. Taking advantage of the situation, a group of officers staged a coup d’etat. Government buildings were occupied, but ironically this only served to whip the disorganised government into shape and strengthen their resolve. The then prime minister, who was already losing the support of the people, dissolved parliament, and in its place came a political party calling for strengthened ties with EU countries.

“Things were slowly getting back to normal, although while the elements that staged the coup d’etat were forced into retreat and forced to the brink of elimination, some extremist anti‐government rebels continue to stubbornly resist.

“Into this volatile civil war comes a new, deadly factor: a viral weapon. Someone has been distributing the C‐virus to the rebels, resulting in the appearance of the new B.O.W. strain called the J’avo and the subsequent intervention of BSAA.

“Field Operation Support 
“The FOS was formed in 2011 by Adam Benford, with the aim of supporting government agents, not just from the DSO, but all government agencies of the United States. The FOS issues authorised instructions to agents so they may effectively achieve their missions.”

Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel Announced, Press Release in French

Late last night EA released a Press Release about the new Army of Two title to be released. Named Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, the game is slated for release on March in 2013 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. And… that’s about all I know. The press conference is in French, and I’m not going to be sloppy and use Google translate for any news that I write. That being said, I could just have not posted this, but I feel that the title and launch date is information worth sharing to any fans. If any news should come to light, I’ll update this post with that information.

EDIT: Devil’s Cartel will feature both online and split-screen co-op much like the previous titles, and is expected to be released with a superior upgrade and customisation system. Currently, most of the promises are essentially features from the previous titles and aren’t really news. They’re just features we’d expect, and should do no less. Now let’s get some real information.

Eurogamer – Army of Two The Devil’s Cartel announced

Dark Gate Launched on Android

Dark Gate released on Android

Kemco’s most recent Japanese Role-Playing Game, Dark Gate, has been launched as of August 1st. The title has been released on Android and, for a limited time, will be on sale for half price.

Dark Gate is a game that follows protagonist Leo in his journey to destroy Dark Gates — rifts in which monsters that were sealed away have been returning through. The task was assigned by a guild leader. On his journey, Leo will meet many individuals that he may not get along with, but will work together under their shared goal.

Featuring an automated battle system, the game delivers very ‘casual’ gameplay. Whilst this usually denotes a bad thing in various gaming circles, it is also far more suitable for an Android title on the go. The battles usually carry on without any player input; however, the player has a myriad of abilities available which they can select for more strategic play. Furthermore, the game features 70 classes which open up a number of options in battle. If that isn’t enough, the game has multiple endings — each ending affected by your choice of party members.

The title is available for $5.99/£5.99, but you can currently pick it up for $2.99/£2.99.

Important News Regarding Sony

Several sources have announced significant news involving Sony. It appears, much to my surprise, that Sony wishes that the  PlayStation Vita would sell more. This is a surprise. I feel that this is important information for our readers.

This is a result of a recent slump in Vita sales — sales which were never that great to begin with — that Sony now believe to be the consequence of the lack of support; the system often lacking new releases. This doesn’t help Sony’s situation either, as their entire gaming division is currently losing profit.

Announced via their recent quarterly press release, it appears that profits have fallen from 4.1billion yen profit to 3.5billion yen lost. That’s quite the fall. Recently, all three of Sony’s prime video game hardware (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita) have been suffering through a dry spell. Fortunately, the drought is nearly over as November often brings games pouring in. Hopefully, this will be enough to save Sony.