The Witcher 2 trailer shows changes to Xbox 360 port

In the history of multiplatform games, ports have sometimes been met with some skepticism. If the game was originally for the consoles and was ported to the PC, its developers were sometimes accused of not considering PC controls. If the game is a PC title and was ported to the consoles, it would be called “watered down”.

The first developer diary for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on the Xbox 360, CD Projekt Red (embedded below) has revealed that the console conversion is being treated differently. Changes include a rewritten renderer for improved performance, new controls, improved camera and new content. See for yourself.

Does this new The Witcher 2 trailer get you excited, or are you still on the fence? We’d love to know what you think.

Max Payne 3 release date announced


Max Payne 3Would the real Max Payne 3 release date please stand up? During its earnings report, Take-Two Interactive announced that Max Payne 3 will be launched on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 15, 2012. The Max Payne 3 PC release date is scheduled on May 29, a couple of weeks later. These are for North America.

The Max Payne 3 release date for countries outside North America is June 1, although it’s not clear if this encompasses all formats. While Take-Two has finally provided a specific Max Payne 3 release date, there is no absolute assurance that there would be no more delays.

After all, Max Payne 3 was originally scheduled for a March 2012 release, but was postponed.

Diablo III coming to consoles?

When asked a couple of years ago if Blizzard would bring Diablo III to consoles, lead designer Jay Wilson said the company didn’t have any plans. Twenty-nine months and millions of consoles sold later, it appears that things have changed. According to the Diablo III community site, Blizzard is looking into bringing the wildly popular action RPG to presumably the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

We’re exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team. As we’ve said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project.

However, there is a disclaimer: this is not an announcement of a console version for Diablo III. Blizzard said it is developing the game primarily for Windows and Mac computers.

Considering that Diablo III is expected to arrive in the “next few years” on Windows and Mac, there’s no point getting too excited over a possible console version, which is likely to be released at a much later date. Nevertheless, it’s reassuring to know that a console edition is being mulled over.

Make it happen, Blizzard.


Hulu Plus to be available to all PS3 users

According to the PlayStation Blog, Hulu Plus will lift the invitation-only availability of its ad-supported streaming video service. Hulu Plus was originally exclusive to “select” PlayStation Plus subscribers, but beginning this week, the service and its application will be accessible to all PlayStation Network subscribers.

Hulu Plus’ subscription service covers full season runs of popular TV shows from NBC, Fox, ABC, and several other networks and studios. The catch: To use the application, you need to subscribe to Hulu Plus by shelling out $9.99 per month. Users paying for this premium are not exempt from advertisements.

Undead Nightmare to get retail disc

Undead NightmareSimilar to Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Rockstar Games is releasing all the downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption in a single disc. Undead Nightmare, the upcoming disc, bundles together the Outlaws to the End cooperative mission pack, the Legends and Killers pack, the Liars and Cheats extensions, all multiplayer Free Roam modes released to date, and the upcoming Undead Nightmare pack.

The best part about Undead Nightmare: you don’t need a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play it. Having new single player missions and multiplayer content certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Undead Nightmare will cost $29.99 in the U.S. and 24.99/€29.99 in Europe. Unfortunately, no additional details were provided on the disc’s retail release in the Rockstar website, other than ‘soon’.

If you’re interested only in the Undead Nightmare pack, you can download it in Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft Points or PlayStation Network for $9.99. This requires a copy of Red Dead Redemption to play.