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Warkhawk 1.2 patch and Omega Dawn booster pack available today

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354w ago - Update: It seems that the price glitch has been sorted out, but the booster pack itself hasn't been taken down. That is to say, Operation Omega Dawn has been released a day early. Go get!

The highly anticipated expansion for Warhawk has been released a day early alongside a pricing glitch (which has now been cleared up).

From the article linked above: We're in two minds whether to post this news because the last thing we want is for Incognito to lose money on the sterling work they've put into Operation Omega Dawn for Warhawk. Unfortunately, it seems that some people are able to already download the expansion which isn't supposed to go live tomorrow. Not only that, but the update is listed as free and removes no money from your PlayStation Store wallet.

Hopefully Incognito will notice this soon and will fix things so that no-one else can download the expansion early. Yesterday's PlayStation.Blog post stated that the game servers will be offline for six hours today while they "roll out" the patch (which is now available, by the way). There's just under two hours to go until this maintainence is due to be completed, yet the server list is as populated as ever.
 

Tretton: PS3 Will Be Lead Development Platform

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354w ago - According to SCEA boss Jack Tretton, developers are now starting to create their games on the PS3 first and then later port over code to the 360 to ensure a smoother development cycle.

To quote: We are now starting to see developers creating games on PS3 and then porting them to other platforms such as EA's Burnout.

Developers are telling us that they are starting to create their games on PS3 first and take advantage of the hardware capabilities and then port down to other platforms so we are seeing tremendous progress from the third party community in terms of what they are able to do with our development kits.

Hopefully the days of delayed PS3 ports are indeed coming to an end
 

Creative Minds: Todd Hollenshead

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354w ago - There's no doubt about it; id Software has been responsible for helping shape the games industry into what it is today. Without Doom, Quake and John Carmack's coding wizardry, you can bet we'd be playing very different games today. Who knows, the Russians might've even won the Cold War?

Doom has stuck in the minds of a generation of gamers, while Enemy Territory rocks the online charts and Quake III Arena is still played (mainly by us) after almost ten years on the shelves.

Meanwhile the next shooter from the FPS juggernaut, Rage, is exciting enough on its own. But behind the scenes the latest engine from coding super-brain John Carmack, id Tech 5, could flip current-gen game developer on its side.

The team is developing Rage for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac simultaneously thanks to its latest engine, which works across all platforms using the same assets. If you're a developer (and tired of rubbish ports), you should be intrigued.

We sat down with id CEO Todd Hollenshead and lead level designer Matt Hooper to discuss the rise and rise of id.

What's a day's work like at id? We're imagining Quad Damage door bells and a flaming reception...

Hollenshead: Some days are better than others but almost every day is an interesting day. Some days we come into the office...
 

Warhawk Importers Shafted on Downloadable Content?

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354w ago - Many Europeans were impatient and imported Warhawk from the US. In fact my brother picked up Warhawk from the US and it works perfectly on my PAL Playstation 3, but we might now be shafted with region coding.

In a reply to the question "Will the downloadable content be region coded?"on the Official Playstation Blog, Dylan Jobe of Incognito responded with:

More or less yes...it's not based on hardware region code, but based on the region where you purchased the game Warhawk. USA, Europe, Japan, etc.

This presumably means that Warhawk importers need to buy the US Omega Dawn Pack, which isn't possible since foreigners can't buy content from the US Playstation Store.

There may be a get around, since there is an online Warhawk store which will prompt you to buy the pack. The store might recognise that you have a US copy of Warhawk and thus forward the US pack to you. However, this would make the region-coding slightly pointless.

I for one am not willing to buy the pack with my hard earned monies to discover if this does indeed work, even though the pack appears to be up early. I should have grabbed it when it was free. :P
 

Rockstar: 'No New GTA IV 360 Exclusive Content'

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354w ago - Contrary to widespread reports, Rockstar has told Next-Gen that there has been no announcement regarding additional exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV content for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Reports of newly announced Xbox 360-bound Grand Theft Auto IV episodic content spread following Tuesday's Take-Two fourth quarter results conference call, in which company executives noted that exclusive GTA IV episodic content would be making its way to Xbox 360 in fiscal year 2009. While a number of publications have reported that the comments meant that previously unannounced content had been revealed, Rockstar has moved to clear up the speculation.

A Rockstar rep told Next-Gen Wednesday that the content in question is merely the second of the two previously announced pieces of episodic content making their way to Xbox 360. While both pieces of episodic content were initially scheduled to hit Xbox 360 in Take-Two's fiscal 2008, the second piece of content will now be available in fiscal 2009, a delay presumably brought about by the later than expected release of the highly anticipated title, which slipped from a planned 2007 debut to a 2008 fiscal second quarter (February 1 - April 30) release.

Although unconfirmed, it has been widely reported that Microsoft forked out $50 million in advance to secure the...
 
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