Namco Bandai reveals Artorias of the Abyss expansion included in Prepare to Die PC version hitting consoles this winter for $15; Steam version confirmed.
Console gamers seeking to slay new monsters and wield new weapons in Dark Souls are in luck. Namco Bandai has revealed to IGN that the Artorias of the Abyss expansion included with this summer’s Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for PC will also come to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Due out this winter for 1,200 MS points on Xbox Live and $15 on the PlayStation Network, the Artorias of the Abyss expansion brings additional explorable areas, more bosses and standard enemy types, non-player characters, and equipment.
Additionally, the site reports that the upcoming Prepare to Die edition of Dark Souls–due August 24–will be available in North America through Steam. Previously, only Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live service was confirmed, which had thousands of gamers up in arms, decrying it as “unpopular,” “inconvenient,” and “difficult to use.”
Dark Souls was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October 2011 to a glowing critical reception. It went on to ship more than 1.5 million units worldwide and was October’s sixth-best-selling title.
Outgoing executive Danny Bilson says second-hand games are a good thing for users, but “probably not so good for publishers”; Saints Row 4 to have “broader appeal.”
Used games are “probably” good for consumers, former THQ executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson told Eurogamer at a pre-E3 event recently. Bilson, who left the publisher just this week to “pursue other interests,” explained that while second-hand games may be good for users, they are “probably not so good for publishers.”
According to Bilson, the way to “respect” users is to design projects to be “more valuable,” such that gamers have a reason to hold on to their copies. To achieve this, Bilson said THQ will release additional content for its games via post-launch digital offerings.
“This is something I’m talking seriously about now with the studios,” he said. “Extended content shouldn’t be an afterthought. It shouldn’t in any way feel to the consumer we took stuff out of the game to sell it to them later. We can’t do that at all. But if we give them an IP or a game they love, we could give them more of it over time if they choose to buy it, and that will keep them from wanting to sell it back to move on to something else.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Bilson spoke about Saints Row 4. He said the new game will add new characters and points of view, on its way to having a “broader appeal.” Gamers may want to temper their excitement for the project, as THQ is about a year away from officially talking about it, Bilson said.
Lastly, Bilson sounded off on THQ’s recent announcement that it was seeking publishing help for Tomonobu Itagaki’s action game Devil’s Third. He said he was “disappointed” by the “very difficult and personally painful” news, noting he’s been “deeply involved” in the project.
“It’s purely a function of where we are strategically in reorganizing the company to move forward,” he said. “It’s not about stopping a game that had problems, or a problem project. It’s not. We just have a limited amount of slots we can fund, and for various reasons–business reasons predominantly, and not about sales forecasts or anything like that–it’s really about what we can fund and what we can build in this window. It became a very, very difficult and painful decision to look for alternatives with Devil’s Third.”
Bilson said he isn’t sure if THQ will publish Devil’s Third, but noted that he “wants that game to be played” whether or not his company publishes it, because he thinks it’s “fantastic.” For more on Devil’s Third, check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.
Weekly digital comics series sells for $0.99 an issue
Based on its line of bishoujo figurines, DC Comics has launched Ame-Comi, a weekly digital comic “featuring Japanese manga-style versions of Wonder Woman and other superheroines” by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. More after the jump.
First non anime-related album by “the Queen of Tsundere” voice actress
Rie Kugimiya, one of the most popular female anime voice actresses today, will release her first original mini album “kokohadoko” in Japan on June 20. The three short music videos from the album, “Hane・Uta・Ai・Hito”, “forêt noire”, and “Orange”, were already posted on YouTube by the record company Lantis at once on May 29. Check her singing voices after the jump!
R-rated show aims to be “faithful to the spirit of ‘Power Rangers’”
Next week, Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre is set to make some adolescent fantasies come true. The presenters of such productions as “A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque” and “El Mari Chi Chi: A Robert Rodriguez Burlesque” will be staging the R-rated “Go Go Power Rangers: A Mighty Morphin’ Burlesque.” More after the jump.
Madoka, Monster Hunter, Panty & Stocking, and More!
The cosplayers at last week’s FanimeCon 2012 in San Jose, CA were truly memorable to say the least! Now, Victoria has taken it upon herself to round up some of the very best videos for you to enjoy. See how many fantastic and familiar-looking cosplayers you can spot after the jump!
Team Ninja makes changes to damage and input accuracy to make “DoA5″ more competitive
Dead or Alive 5 is changing more than just the franchise’s sexy style–the series’ controversial Hold system is getting an upgrade! Hit the jump to see what the “fighting entertainment” sequel has in store!
Casshern Sins’ ratings are up 14% from last year; Adult Swim VP: “We need to do better”
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