Last week, Bethesda dropped updates on Wolfenstein and Doom 4, WB announced plans to bring Batman’s prison jaunt to consoles, and Valve addressed newfound privacy concerns.
Wolfenstein: The New Order Coming May 20
Bethesda has announced a release date for the latest Wolfenstein title and dropped a new trailer for the game. The New Order will arrive May 20 for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, XBO and PS4. It’s the first new installment in the franchise since 2009’s Wolfenstein, and it looks like it could restore the first-person shooter to its former glory. Players will once again play as American war hero B.J. Blazkowicz as he attempts to defeat the Nazis. The game is set in an alternate-reality 1960s, and the Nazis have won World War II thanks to their technological superiority. At the head of the evil regime is General Wilhelm Strasse, a.k.a. “Deathshed.”
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Doom 4 Coming; Beta Invite Attached to Wolfenstein: The New Order
It’s beginning to feel like the 90s. When Bethesda announced the return of Wolfenstein, they also announced a new installment in the Doom series. The game will be titled Doom (as opposed to Doom 4), although it’s not clear whether the developer is updating its 1993 classic or introducing an entirely new game to the series.
It’s also unclear what platforms the game will be playable on and when we’ll see it. If you want to get your hands on it early, you’ll have to purchase a copy of the forthcoming Wolfenstein title. “Timing and availability of future beta programs for Doom is to be determined. The only current way to ensure access is through pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order,” said the company.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Coming to Consoles & PC
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced plans to bring a deluxe version of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate to consoles and PC. Released last Oct. 25, the game was previously available only on the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.
The storyline follows Batman as he enters Blackgate Prison and attempts to “restore order and put an end to the rebellion before the chaos implodes.” In the process, players will learn more about the Caped Crusader and the events of Batman: Arkham Origins.
The Blackgate Deluxe Edition—available April 1 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC—will include updated graphics, a new map and a revamped hint system, which will allow for better navigation and objective tracking. Also, players will get access to an exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin by registering for a Warner Bros. ID account.
Valve Addresses Concerns Over VAC
Valve has responded to privacy concerns raised by a Reddit report that claimed gamers’ browser histories were being sent back to the company via its anti-cheat software, VAC. The developer’s co-founder, Gabe Newell, responded with a Reddit post of his own denying that Valve is collecting its users’ private data.
So what did they do with the DNS data? According to Newell, they used it during a 13-day search for “a specific round of cheats,” which caught 570 cheaters. Sophisticated cheaters, who have made a business out of supplying cheats to others, were the target. Newell wrote, “Social engineering might be a cheaper way to attack the system than continuing the code arms race, which means that there will be more Reddit posts trying to cast VAC in a sinister light.”