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Uncharted 3

A now-edited PlayStation Blog post suggests that the multiplayer mode in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will be offered up as free-to-play content (via GamingEverything). The post specifically mentioned "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer (Free To Play)," though the fact that the post was later updated to remove that detail puts this news squarely in the "credible rumor" category until we hear otherwise from Sony.

Naughty Dog promised "some very exciting information about [Uncharted 3] multiplayer around the start of next year" in a late-2012 blog post, as Joystiq notes. There's been no confirmation from Sony, though if things are far enough along that a mention made its way into a PlayStation Blog post, then you can likely expect to hear more soon. Assuming, of course, that the information is accurate to begin with.




Dishonored

We haven't heard a whole lot about the upcoming story DLC for Dishonored, but a newly updated list of PlayStation 3 Trophies for the game offers some details (via PS3Trophies.org). Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios haven't confirmed anything beyond the initial announcement, which spoke of a Daud-focused pack called "The Whalers," pegged for a spring 2013 release.

The updated PS3 Trophy list offers up a different name for what is presumably the first of the two planned story-expanded DLC releases: "The Other Side of the Coin." No spoilers here, but it seems that the DLC will offer two or three story missions, and it will bring back the main game's High/Low Chaos scenarios. The Trophy list offers up a few other details, though nothing that suggests this is (or isn't) the Daud-focused DLC that was previously teased under a new name.

Sony Patent Reveals The EyePad

Posted February 15, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg

Sony Patent Reveals The EyePad

A newly published European patent application (filed in summer 2012) reveals that Sony has put some amount of effort into developing a tablet-like controller interface, dubbed the EyePad (via Engadget). The existence of a patent, discovered by GameChup, doesn't necessarily mean that this is a thing that will happen and be sold. It's certainly noteworthy, especially with Sony's next-gen console reveal believed to be happening next week. 

The name 'EyePad' is an evolution of Sony's motion-sensing EyeToy camera, though there's obviously a tricky tie to Apple's own wildly popular line of tablets. The patent doc describes an input device with six-axis motion sensors, joystick controls (only one analog stick is pictured in the design sketch), and lit edges that "provide a similar functionality to that of the illuminated ball of the Playstation Move." The would-be device is also equipped with a pair of cameras that, together, can sense depth in a manner similar to Microsoft's Kinect. 

It's all very intriguing, though it's important to remain realistic about what we're seeing here. Patents are filed all the time, for all sorts of crazy ideas. The PS Vita makes it clear that Sony sees the value in touch-based controls, but this EyeToy could easily just be an experiment and nothing more.

New Batman: Arkham City Screenshot And Artwork

Rocksteady Studios has kept quiet so far about its expected Batman: Arkham City follow-up, but new information from higher in the Warner food chain suggests that the unannounced game is coming this year. Time Warner chief financial officer John K. Martin let the detail slip during the company's latest investor call (via Kotaku).

Martin's statement is pretty clear on the facts: "And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise." There's been no confirmation from publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, though Arkham recently popped up on the gaming press radar when Warner registered a chunk of related domains in January 2013.

Xbox 720 Ad Spotted In Real Steel Trailer

Another day, another reputable media outlet doling out anonymously sourced information about Microsoft's Xbox 360 successor. The next Xbox console will come equipped with speech recognition technology, according to "sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans" speaking to The Verge.

The full extent of the feature isn't known, but it seems that the console will allow for voice activation, "natural language controls," and speech-to-text. The console maker is also reportedly looking into the possibility of having the console detect individuals when they enter a room and offer suggestions based on voice inputs. The report compares this functionality to Apple's Siri.

The rumor comes only a day after Edge's own report that the Xbox 360 successor will require an always-on Internet connection. This would allow Microsoft to block the use of secondhand games, just as rumors have suggested next-gen consoles would do for some time.

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5 Reasons The Xbox 720 Won't Be Named Xbox 8

We've heard it before, but a new report has surfaced claiming that the next Xbox console from Microsoft will block used games. The latest rumor comes from no less reputable a source than Edge, which cites "sources with first-hand experience of Microsoft's next-gen console."

According to the report, the blocking of secondhand games is a product of the console's requirement for an always-on Internet connection. Edge also notes that the next Xbox will be fitted with a Blu-ray drive and that a recently rumored set of tech specs -- AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, Direct3d 11.x 8000MHz GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM -- is accurate.

Whether or not this is accurate remains to be seen, but Edge isn't exactly known for wasting people's time.




Prey 2

Bethesda Softworks yanked Prey 2 off of its upcoming slate in summer 2012 when it became clear that the game would not be ready anytime soon, but a newly discovered countdown site hints at a reveal related to the game scheduled for March 1, 2013. The website, AlienNoire.com, doesn't explicitly mention Prey 2, though NeoGAF users (via Joystiq) captured an image of the (now-changed) source code, which bore keyword entries for the game title and its developer, Human Head Studios.

A WHOIS lookup reveals the domain owner's name to be "The Collective," with an address in Tahlequa, OK. That's also where Tommy, Prey's protagonist, is from, and where the capital of the Cherokee nation was originally founded. Tommy is also a Cherokee. Add to that the fact that the newly edited source code for the website still includes a telling hidden reference to the first game's protagonist, with a message that reads "Tommy needs your help."

Bear in mind, it is entirely possible that this is the work of a creative fan who wants to get people talking about the absent game again. We'll just have to wait and see, until either Bethesada offers some comment or, more likely, until March 1 arrives.

Sony released an unusual trailer yesterday advertising a non-specific PlayStation event that will be held on February 20, 2013. The belief is that this is where the company will reveal its next-gen gaming console, a fact that "people familiar with the matter" have confirmed to the Wall Street Journal (via Kotaku).

Those same sources also indicate that the console is due for release later on in 2013. The February 20 event is set to happen in New York City at 6pm ET, less than a week before the company's annual Destination PlayStation event. Expect the usual media circus, but the good news is that you'll be able to watch too; the event will be streamed live.

Flashback Due For An HD Remake In Flashback Origins?

Brace yourselves, cyberpunk fans. Flashback, the badass adventure game platformer from 1992, may be getting the HD remake treatment in something called Flashback Origins. The news comes from French site Gamalive (via Eurogamer), which claims that creator Paul Cuisset and his studio, VectorCell, is developing, with Ubisoft publishing.

Ubisoft has yet to confirm anything, but the teaser image above should certainly look familiar to fans of the original. The fact that Cuisset and VectorCell are handling development is a little bit alarming give the disaster that was 2012's Amy, but lessons can be learned. Besides, who knows Flashback better than its creator?

Assuming the report is accurate, it's looking like the plan is to release Flashback Origins sometime in 2013 for download on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam.


Ubisoft's 'Osiris' Trailer (rough cut-demo) by All-Games-Beta

Ubisoft Montreal is working on something called Osiris that appears to be set in ancient Egypt. A leaked behind-the-scenes trailer (via All Games Beta) shows off some mo-cap work and flashes of concept art for the game, including looks at a pharaoh with arms outstretched and a plague of locusts.

Osiris is the ancient Egyptian god of the dead, though not so much in a Grim Reaper sort of way. It was believed that he presided over the afterlife, judging and granting entry to the dead and giving new life to things that grow in the ground.

This could well be the game that was originally pegged as the next Prince of Persia after a screenshot leaked in 2012. In somewhat related news, Ubi Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat recently said that "Prince of Persia is being paused" in an interview with IGN. The publisher has a lot of big franchises to juggle at the moment, and Mallat throws out a vague hint when he says "we'll find something to entertain them in the future." Could Osiris be what (or one of the things) he's referring to?

Kingdom Hearts Voice Actor Drops A Big Hint

What could be coming up soon for Kingdom Hearts? Jesse McCartney, Roxas voice actor for the English-language side of the series, tweeted a photo of a mic and an image of Roxas on a monitor, pair with the text "recording for the next chapter" (via NeoGAF). Both have been removed, but that only further fuels the speculation.

Joystiq's Mike Schramm suggests that McCartney is recording dialogue for a North American release of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, an HD collection that will be coming to PlayStation 3 in Japan on March 14, 2013. The collection packs together three games -- Final Mix, Chain of Memories, and 358/2 Days -- into one package. Nothing's been officially confirmed, but don't be surprised if that changes in the coming weeks/months.

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DualShock Design Reportedly Being Replaced With Next PlayStation

Sony's DualShock controller design was introduced back in the '90s during the era of the original PlayStation, but it looks like it may be going away with the hardware company's next gaming console. The word comes from a "senior games studio source working on an upcoming Sony game" who spoke anonymously on the subject to CVG.

The source claims that Sony's research and development team is testing out new features such as biometric sensors and LCD touch screens. A second unnamed source with connections to Sony claims that the DualShock successor will try to "emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita." That certainly makes sense, given the increasing presence of second screen play thanks to the Wii U and Xbox SmartGlass.

Sony is widely expected to reveal its PlayStation 3 follow-up in the first half of 2013, an announcement that would presumably include word of any new controller designs as well.




Star Wars 1313

UPDATE: That was fast. LucasArts tells G4 that the posting on Sony's Facebook page is incorrect. As the spokesperson told us, "We have not confirmed any platforms yet for 1313 and do not have any announcements to make at this time." Carry on.

ORIGINAL POST: Break out your salt shakers, gamers, because it's time to dump out a few grains. Sony's official PlayStation Facebook page for Germany has a new post up that seemingly confirms a 2013 PlayStation 3 release for the LucasArts-developed third-person shooter, Star Wars 1313. A bunch of images accompany the text, but all of it seems to be previously released screens and concept art.

LucasArts has said very little to date on Star Wars 1313. The game's E3 reveal offered a brief look at some early, unfinished gameplay; even the main character in the demo wasn't final. A subsequent appearance at Star Wars Celebration in August 2012 simply rehashed the E3 content with a more in-depth look at the design. Needless to say, we've reached out to LucasArts for comment and will update this post accordingly when we hear back.

Civilization 5 Getting Big Changes In Gods & Kings Expansion

Firaxis Games left Civilization 5 in a good place after the Gods and Kings expansion pack, though it seems like additional tweaks may be coming soon in another DLC drop, called One World. The title was spotted and posted about on the 2K Games forums (via Joystiq) by users exploring the ever-reliable Steam database listing.

Peeks at the Steam database have, in the past, offered advance reveals of imminent Steam releases like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery and the Mac version of Call of Duty: Black Ops. As far as Civ 5 goes, there's nothing more than a title to be gleaned from the database listing. One World may well be nothing more than a few new civs, or it may be another full game revision on the scale of Gods and Kings.

We've reached out to 2K for comment and will update this post accordingly when we hear more.

Batman: Arkham City

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment seems to be preparing for the next phase of its Rocksteady Studios-crafted Arkham franchise, that is if a chunk of newly registered domains is to be believed. Domain manager MarkMonitor, which reps WBIE and many others in the entertainment biz, registered 15 new domains that all share a common theme: some mention of 'Arkham' and many mentions of 'Batman' (via Fusible).

There's no way of knowing if these domains were purchased on behalf of Warner of course. What's more, the varied assortment of titles in the registered domain list suggests that this may be more of a protective maneuver, to guard against web squatters chomping up potential domains for a future game, film, or some other work of entertainment. You can hit the jump for the full list of newly registered domains.

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