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Need for Speed: The Run, the latest addition to the popular racing series, has a story, apparently and here's the trailer for it:

Looks cool, I have to admit. Certainly a bit different and a bit more exciting than the usual NFS stuff.

"This looks... different. I'm a huge fan of racing games, but when it comes to NFS, I've ignored the... - RenegadeCZ"3

Homefront had potential. The final product was slightly above average, which is sad because there were quite a few nice ideas tossed around in that one. Unfortunately, it appears that most concepts, gameplay wise, were taken from every other shooter known to man and geek (and woman... the woman... the ONE woman).

Where was I?

Oh yes, so it appears that Crytek -- creators of Far Cry and Crysis -- intend to continue the Homefront franchise, as confirmed by publisher THQ. That's right, Crytek is going to work on Homefront 2.

"Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent," said Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games, THQ.

"Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand."

"We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ," said Cevat Yerli, Founder, CEO and President of Crytek. "We believe that bringing our level of quality, creativity and production values to the next Homefront title, creates an opportunity for both THQ and Crytek to deliver a truly blockbuster game. It's really important to us that THQ has the faith in giving us a lot of creative freedom over one of its most important properties to allow us to bring the Homefront world to life in a new and innovative way."

Hm, this may not be a bad idea. Crytek certainly knows their way around a shooter and they definitely have the tech to utilize for the game, so here's hoping.

""Homefrontís unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over." Okay. ... - Cheddar"14

There's a short video taken from an Israeli TV show, which evidently talks about some of the aspects of video game development and, not surprisingly enough, it has a dude from EA talking about Dead Space. There's a Dead Space 3 logo shown briefly in one of the shots, as well as some concept art, so now everyone's yapping about how this is the first sight of Visceral Games' third installment in the horror series.

Dead Space and Dead Space 2 were great games, but I'm starting to think they need to mix things up a bit for the third game. Or maybe they should just stay focused on survival horror elements. Yes, they did that for the second game, but they need to do it more so... Otherwise, it's just another action game.

Still, EA is keeping silent about Dead Space 3 for the time being, so no official word from them or Visceral. Stay tuned... Maybe they'll give us a clue, sooner or later.

Thanks, IGN and thanks Israeli TV :)

"It's time Dead Space became a FPS. Nobody plays third person shooters anymore, except Queers of War... - Un Om Bun"6

Blizzard Entertainment, the mother of all developers, has revealed that the Diablo 3 beta has gone live and, well, here's the official word:

"The fiery gates leading to the Burning Hells have begun to swing open, and the Diablo III beta test is officially underway. Invitations to participate in the beta test are now being delivered to the chosen heroes. As with beta tests for other Blizzard Entertainment games, the testing process for Diablo III will occur in phases. In addition to selecting players who have opted in via their accounts, we'll also be providing keys through beta promotions and giveaways -- stay tuned for more info. We welcome those invited to provide feedback or report bugs on the official forums," says Blizz.

"This closed beta test is an important milestone for us as we enter the final stages of development on Diablo III," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.

"Our goal is to create the best action role-playing game experience to date, building on everything we've learned since the release of Diablo II and incorporating the powerful features of the new platform. We hope players enjoy participating in the beta test and we look forward to hearing their feedback."

Diablo 3 on the horizon, eh? Oh wait, it's just the damn, beta. Oh well, still more to go until they release the full version. Don't forget you're gonna need a constant Internet connection to play the game.

"*yawn* I think we should just wait for Torchlight 2. Then we can have a game that we can play and ... - Zenmuron"28

Delays should never worry you too much, you know; especially if it's a one-week or a one-month delay, like Batman: Arkham City (read yesterday's news). Otherwise, don't fret about such short delays. Of course, if a game (any game) suffers a slightly longer delay, it means the devs need more time to polish things and that's good. Now, if there are several delays on a single project for unknown reasons, well, that's when you should start worrying. It puts the project at risk, and financial woes ensue, usually followed by staff problems. Those projects are usually given to different teams or they get scraped. There are always exceptions, naturally - S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Call of Cthulhu, DNF etc. The first two games turned out good after rather lengthy development cycles. However, DNF is an entirely different story. Whoever thought that game should see the light of day is quite simply an epic asshole. Seriously not a lot of people enjoyed that one... well, nobody enjoyed it, except maybe un om bun.
"this is why i love AT, thanks un! edit: and vader of course, sorry for that - Morkrul"23

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