FYI Tuesdays: Mass Effect 2, BF: BC2, Crytek Buys Free Radical

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Welcome to the first edition of “FYI Tuesdays”. If you haven’t noticed, Tuesday is the day to announce and release things. Why have dinky little posts for each one when I can wrap it all up in one post. I don’t know how prevalent this will be, but let’s just wait and see.

Mass Effect 2 & Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Coming Early 2010

During a conference call with EA”s CEO, John Rictiello, it was revealed that both Mass Effect 2 and Bad Company 2 are in the works and scheduled for fiscal Q4 2009 — which means early 2010. He also revealed that these games will be multiplatform, but wouldn’t confirm whether or not Mass Effect 2 will come to PS3 or not. Only Xbox 360 and PC versions confirmed which is technically multiplaform.

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Free Radical Shuts Its Doors

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Another developer bites the dust. This time it was the developer of the PlayStation 3 exclusive Haze known as Free Radical. They also brought us the “Time Splitters” franchise.

Sources claim that the poor reception of Haze and an unsuccessful contract with LucasArts (for Battlefront III) dealt critical blows to the company. I couldn’t imagine a worse time to be losing your job. A week before Christmas? That’s just cruel.

So this means no TimeSplitter 4 for those of you who were looking forward to it. I’ve never put much time into that franchise, so I can’t say much. Haze? I spent time with the demo and I wasn’t too impressed.

PlayStation Day 2008 (Europe)

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I’ve made significant updates to the post. Lots of new media.

Across the Atlantic in merry old London, Sony held their PlayStation Day press event. What came out of it? Quite a bit.

I’m sure they’ll be plenty of impressions from all the playable games there. In the meantime, here are some bits of media/info:

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Haze Demo Impressions


Coinciding with today’s PlayStation Day, European PS3 owners were given a chance to take Free Radical’s Haze for a spin. I admit that after many delays, which pushed this title well into 2008, my interested waned considerably. However, I’m a gamer of patience and thus I downloaded the 1.5 GB demo – I deliberately set GTAIV aside just to try it out so you people better appreciate this. My thoughts? It’s not that bad or that great.

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