EA, Epic Games announce ‘Bulletstorm’

When a game is called Bulletstorm, I immediately think of haphazard and colorful death ballets like the Devil May Cry series or Bayonetta.

But in reading EA’s announcement of the title today, that doesn’t appear to be what we’re getting. Instead, it looks like we should expect an Unreal-engine fueled first-person shooter that plans to introduce the “skillshot” system. If you can’t tell by the name, it’s a gameplay element that focuses on creating chaos with one shot. I’m not sure if that means causing structures to crumble or being the catalyst for gigantic explosions.

For the story, here’s what EA had to say:

Bulletstorm tells the story of a futuristic confederation protected by an elite band of mercenaries: Dead Echo. When Dead Echo members Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato learn they’ve been working for the wrong side, they’re betrayed by their commander and exiled to the far reaches of the galaxy. In Bulletstorm, Grayson and Ishi find themselves surrounded by hordes of mutants and flesh eating gangs in an abandoned paradise. They have two objectives: get off the planet alive, and exact revenge on the man who sent them there.

We’ll see in 2011. The game is slated to come out for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Ubisoft DRM servers stressed out. Past life synchronizations delayed.

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Having trouble playing the PC version of Assassin’s Creed 2 or Silent Hunter 5 today? You’re not the only one. Joystiq notes that the Assassin’s Creed 2 forum has a thread filled with angry users that suddenly find they can’t get into the game, either. There’s even a post in there about someone who bought the game as a gift over the weekend and now can’t play it. The forum for the WW2 sub-sim, Silent Hunter 5, also has a similar, vitriol filled thread.

An Ubisoft representative in the Assassin’s Creed 2 forum has posted the following:

“Due to exceptional demand, we are currently experiencing difficulties with the Online Service Platform. This does not affect customers who are currently playing, but customers attempting to start a game may experience difficulty in accessing our servers. We are currently working to resolve this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.”

This is actually covered in their FAQ as to what would happen if this occurred. As for when it will be resolved, the same representative had replied to the thread noted above by saying:

“I don’t have any clear information on what the issue is since I’m not in the office, but clearly the extended downtime and lengthy login issues are unacceptable, particularly as I’ve been told these servers are constantly monitored.

I’ll do what I can to get more information on what the issue is here first thing tomorrow and push for a resolution and assurance this won’t happen in the future. I realise that’s not ideal but there’s only so much I can do on a weekend as I’m not directly involved with the server side of this system.”

In the meantime, PC fans will simply have to wait.

UPDATE (3.8.2010): According to Blue’s News, it seems that the problems experienced yesterday were the result of an attack against their servers according to this Tweet from Ubisoft. In this one, they claim that 95% of their players weren’t affected. So it sounds like it’s happy gaming for PC gamers once again. At least for today.

So I took a superhero test…

…and it turns out that I might have a future in rescuing kittens from trees because…

Noble and true, you are the hero other heroes aspire to be. You are a natural leader, selfless and kind, who will put the lives of others above your own, and are steadfast in your pursuit of justice.

As part of the promotion for Cryptic’s new MMO, the upcoming Champions Online, they’ve provided a clever quiz for you to take in order to see just what kind of hero or villain you might be. Unlike their previous work with City of Heroes/Villains, Champions Online is actually based on the long-running pen and paper system developed by Hero Games which is replete with its own pantheon of super-powered characters.

So why not take a break and take the quiz. Punching through it again, and being a little more creative with my answers, it also turns out that I might also have a future as a Bondsian megavillain with wicked powers, because…

You are pure evil, and hate personified. You don’t care anything about your fellow man, and are guided only by your desire to rule over your inferiors, i.e. everybody but you. ‘Mercy,’ you ask, prior to grinding an enemy beneath your mighty heel, ‘What is mercy?’