Popcap games has announced that a sequel to Plants Vs Zombies will be released this year. The game, titled Plants versus Zombies 2: It’s About Time is scheduled for a July release. The original game, which launched in 2009 for the PC and OSX, has since been ported to every console and device that a human could potentially own.
Last week we reported that a glitch had crippled the in-game economy of Diablo 3’s auction house. Blizzard has decided to donate all revenue raised from this glitch to the Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. The glitch created an exploit that allowed players to duplicate stacks of gold, the currency of Diablo 3. 415 players were found to have taken advantage of the glitch, and Blizzard are still working on removing all of the duplicate gold.
Blizzard Activision has revealed that subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft have taken a dip over the past three months. There are currently 8.3 million subscribers, down from nearly 10 million at the end of last year. Despite this decline, World of Warcraft, or WOW is still the number one subscription based role playing game. CEO Bobby Kotick noted that more frequent content updates are needed to retain subscriber numbers.
Trion Worlds has announced that their flagship title RIFT will be going free to play next month. The online RPG will allow subscriptions to continue, but a significant amount of the content will be playable for free. The switch to the free to play business model coincides with a major content update which will see a new zone added to the game.
NVidia has revealed the price and release date of its upcoming console, the Shield. The handheld console will be available from the end of June at the price point of 350 US dollars. The Shield boasts a 5 inch 720p display, HDMI outputs and high quality stereo speakers. Games from the Google Play store will be available and it will also stream PC games via Steam.
Unnamed sources have claimed that the next Xbox will be called the Xbox Infinity. The International Business Times reported the story, which comes amongst swelling speculation about the capabilities of the still unannounced Xbox. There have been dozens of supposed leaks and rumours, but speculation will cease when Microsoft finally reveal the new console in a conference to be held on the 21st of May.