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Dragon Age II Announced July 8, 2010

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Bioware has announced today a sequel to their extremely popular Dragon Age series is in development.

Dragon Age: Origins was a harken back to the early days of Bioware’s successful fantasy RPGs such as Neverwinter Nights. The game was critically praised and commercially successful.

Unlike the first game, which offered many possible origins for your character, this sequel will offer a new character and a new story. You will play as a male or female character, forced to survive in an ever changing world. Your backstory will be constant in the game, and you will likely delve deeper into it as you play.

Dragon Age II is slated for release March 2011. The first game was released for PC, PS3 and XBox 360, and Dragon’s Age II is expected to support the same platforms.

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Bungie Day News, The Return of Blood Gulch July 8, 2010

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7/7 is Bungie Day, and this was a major one.  Bungie has announced some major updates for their next game, Halo Reach, the big one being the return of Blood Gulch as a multiplayer map.

The return of Blood Gulch has made the team at Red vs Blue very happy, as this official video demonstrates.  Blood Gulch has been a staple of their series since the very first episodes, but the map was not included in Halo 3, and was replaced with Valhalla.  It’s nice to see the map is back, and that the Reach version will be expanded.  The original Blood Gulch is considered one of the best multiplayer maps ever made, perfectly balanced for free for all, capture the flag, and team deathmatch.

Gamestop has announced it will offer exclusive downloadable armor permutations to preorders of Halo Reach, including an exclusive grenade belt and chest armor.  Looks like I’m switching my preorder to them.  There’s already the offer of Recon Armor to all day one purchases of the game.

More will be shown at Comic-Con this year.

Halo Reach will release September 14th, 2010 exclusive to Xbox 360.

Dead Space Ignition Announced for XBLA and PSN July 8, 2010

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EA has announced that its first downloadable game in the Dead Space franchise will be Dead Space Ignition, a downloadable game in the same vein as a choose your own adventure graphic novel.  With a story from Anthony Jenson, the writer from  fantastic Dead Space Graphic Novel (free download on Xbox Live and Playstation Network, and included with Dead Space Extraction) this downloadable game will be a must own for people unable to wait for Dead Space 2.

I’m pretty excited about this one.  Ignition will tell the story leading up to Dead Space 2, hopefully it will tell some information about what happened to Issac between the first and second games, and perhaps if we’re really lucky, McNeil and the rest of the characters from Dead Space Extraction.  There will be three hacking minigames included with the game and will unlock an exclusive suit in Dead Space 2.

Dead Space Ignition will release for download on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network Fall 2010.