News of the Week: Diablo 3 CE, ME3 Ending, RO2, and Madoka Movie

Written by Alex Neri

March 18, 2012

 

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This past week has taken us aback with some interesting news and announcements. Here is a short roundup of the stuff we heard about and we remember for the past week. More information after the jump.

Diablo 3 Collector’s Edition Announced

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Activision Blizzard announced the contents of Diablo 3’s Collector’s Edition at their website. This edition contains some of the cool stuff that you won’t most likely see or buy anywhere in-game.

  • A Tyrael-style wing for your character
  • A special pet in World of Warcraft
  • Special Battle.net portraits in StarCraft II
  • Behind-the-scenes Blu-ray / DVD set
  • The Art of Diablo 3
  • Diablo 3 OST

Initially priced at $99.99, you could pre-order yours at Gamestop.

You can view the announcement here. via Battle.net.

BioWare Producer Promises ‘Closure’ to the ending of Mass Effect 3

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If you’ve been following and if you’ve completed Mass Effect 3, you would be aware about fans raging on the ending of the game. Casey Hudson, producer of Mass Effect 3, recently made an announcement addressing the discussions and issues surrounding the ending of the game.

She says that though they initially intended that “the scale of the conflict and the underlying theme of sacrifice would lead to a bittersweet ending—to do otherwise would betray the agonizing decisions Shepard had to make along the way” and “we wanted to give players the chance to experience an inspiring and uplifting ending; in a story where you face a hopeless struggle for basic survival, we see the final moments and imagery as offering victory and hope in the context of sacrifice and reflection.”

she also stresses that Mass Effect 3 is “a shared experience between the development team and our fans—not just a shared experience in playing the games, but in designing and developing them.”

With it she promises that the team will be supporting Mass Effect 3 through DLCs next year, in an effort to totally bring into conclusion a lot of issues and a lot of loose ends in the story, to finally bring closure to everyone who had made huge decisions in the game. To quote, “Throughout the next year, we will support Mass Effect 3 by working on new  content.  And we’ll keep listening, because your insights and constructive feedback will help determine what that content should be. This is not the last you’ll hear of Commander Shepard.”

You can view the announcement here. via BioWare Social Network.

Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second Kicks off OBT

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Fans of the longtime game Ragnarok Online (RO) have been waiting for the game for years for the game’s sequel, Ragnarok Online 2 (RO2). The game was announced for CBT in 2006 and through OBT up until 2010, for a span of almost 4 years. First RO2, subtitled Gate of the World, was scrapped in July 2010, due to being laden with game-breaking bugs and poor initial reception.

The game returns with its second remake. Subtitled “Legend of the Second”, it retains most of the original game systems in the original RO, while rendering everything in full 3D. It comes in with the original first classes (Swordsman, Archer, Thief, Acolyte, Magician) and second classes (Knight, Warrior, Rogue, Assassin, Ranger, Beast Master, Priest, Monk, Wizard and Sorcerer) along with a second type of classes (Alchemist, Artisan, Chef and Blacksmith) that the players can trigger in order for them to earn money.

The game is now in OBT, which is still in Korean. There is an english patch here. You’ll need a KSSN for an account.

Puella Magica Madoka Magica Move Announced for Fall 2012

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Fans of the acclaimed anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika) rejoiced as Shaft announced a movie for the franchise coming for this fall.

The project will have three films: The first two will recap the 12 episode-anime, and the thrid one will have an original story, picking up where the series left off.

via Madoka Magica Official Site and Aniplex.

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