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Gaming Weekly – Battlefield 3, Skyrim details and much more

Battlefield 3 Pre-Orders and FIFA 2012 Rake In Profits For EA

EA’s financial results for the second business quarter of this financial year show a strong performance of key titles in the publisher’s domain, such as Battlefield 3 and FIFA 2012.

Pre-orders for Battlefield 3 totaled a corresponding 3 million units, with 10 million copies already shipped to retailers with further requests for additional copies on the moment of release.

FIFA 12 has just as remarkably shipped almost 8 million copies to retailers, with retail units purchased by up 25 percent compared to FIFA 11’s the same period last year. Madden NFL 12 also shipped 3 million units in the second quarter.

“EA had a strong quarter on the strength of FIFA 12, Madden NFL 12, and The Sims Social,” said CEO John Riccitiello. “Battlefield 3 is off to a fantastic start on sales and quality, and we are preparing to launch two more blockbusters: Need for Speed The Run, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

EA is expecting net revenue in the next business quarter to hopefully be around $1.6 billion with the release of both Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Portal 2 Puzzle Creator Demoed

Valve has released an all-new puzzle creator for Portal 2, and apparently it uses the same visual style as the hugely popular viral adverts for the original Portal game.

In addition to adding the easy to use creator, Valve has also initiated an easy-to-use, easy-to-share platform for distributing created puzzles into Portal 2 itself, as according to Valve, earlier systems (or lack of) made it ‘too tedious and time consuming to actually find and play the puzzles that players were creating.’

The simple puzzle creator will allow players to easily create Portal 2 puzzles in a both easy and effective way. The creator also means players can immediately upload their levels to the Steam Cloud and share them with other players online, meaning no epic puzzles will be lost if a player accidentally deletes them from their PC.

Players can download and play third party puzzles with a single click, and additionally rate the puzzles they’ve played, leave comments for puzzle creators, and follow creators they like.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Weapon Progression Explained in Video

A brand new system of weapon upgrades has been added to the imminently released Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, and the development team has uploaded a video so fans can be in the know from the start.

The new system is hopefully going to be a refreshing addition to the game, which may attract new Call of Duty fans in the battle between CODMW3 and Battlefield 3.

The video basically explains that in addition to the existing perks and attachments upgrade system, players can unlock weapon proficiencies to upgrade the way your gun handles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is set for release on the 8th of November next month.


Skyrim’s Todd Howard Reveals More Dragon Details

In a recent online interview, Todd Howard, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s game director, has been talking dragons, with juicy information as to where and when the beasts will appear in the game.

“You have to do a little bit of the main quest – just the initial stuff – for the Dragons to really start appearing, because it sits in with the story,” says Howard. “After that point, the more of the main quest you do, the more Dragons you’ll run into. But it’s hard to quantify it, they appear every once in a while. Not at a rate that is annoying… it still feels special.”

“It’s hard to know how people will play the game and it’s a little bit random, so I don’t want to say if it’s once an hour or…”

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Howard also explained that players who forsake the main quest for old fashioned exploring will not be overrun by dragons on their exploits.

“when one of them arrives, it changes whatever you’re doing at the time. You could be on a different quest, going to a town, and a dragon shows up, so you’re going to have to find a way to kill the thing or work with the townspeople or run away. So we spent a lot of time on that, and I think that the balance on that is pretty good right now.”

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