First, your appetizer. Love them or hate them, the Angry Birds have left a huge impact on the gaming world. The game series has shown that independent game developers like Rovio can hit the big time, and mobile games are something that larger game companies should be taking very seriously.
While the Angry Birds series have been very popular, and recently had a big Hollywood tie-in with the recent film Rio, today the feathered fiends have truly arrived. Angry Birds Star Wars is slated for release next month. And it’s not just another avian flinging mobile game, either. Rovio, along with Lucas Arts, is preparing to unleash action figures, Halloween costumes, and apparel on October 28th.
Moving next to our gaming entree, yet another Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC will be released tomorrow in North America. In Retaliation, the newest and largest multiplayer DLC yet, fans of the BioWare series will see the return of the Collectors, last seen in Mass Effect 2.
Not only will there be new enemies, we FINALLY get to play a volus Adept. Retaliation also will contain new unlockable weapons, classes, maps with hazards and traps, as well as a “Challenges” board, where players can complete assignments to unlock titles and banners to display in game.
Look for Mass Effect 3: Retaliation October 9th.
And finally, our somewhat sour tasting dessert. Over the weekend, hackers unleashed an exploit in World of Warcraft that killed hundreds of player-characters across multiple servers.
Characters who stepped into the cities of Orgrimmar and Stormwind on various servers (Draenor, Ragnaros, Tarren Mill, Twisting Nether, and others) found themselves very very dead. The event is being compared to the Corrupted Blood incident, where an in-game plague spread across the Azeroth to become an epidemic.
Fortunately, the exploit has already been hotfixed by Blizzard, and players’ adventures can continue.