Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Steam is adding a $100 fee to their Greenlight program, EA refuses to publish single-player games, Skyrim's Hearthfire DLC is now available on XBL, and more!
Happy Wednesday! Max and Tara have only been back from PAX for a few days, and already there's plenty of breaking news! Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Steam is adding a $100 fee to their Greenlight program, EA refuses to publish single-player games, and Skyrim's Hearthfire DLC is now available on XBL. Also, PAX is coming to Australia - WHO WANTS TO HUG A BABY KOALA WITH US?!
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Two big bits of PAX-related news have just emanated from Seattle. As PAX Prime kicks off today, it's been revealed that next year's event will last not three but four days long. Not only that, but PAX is going international with an event planned for Australia. (Jim Sterling)
New Skyrim DLC chapter "Hearthfire" is now available on Xbox Live. This fresh installment in Skyrim content allows you to purchase land and build a homestead from scratch, using drafting tables and the carpenter's workbench to quarry stone and use clay and sawn logs to craft structures and furnishings. Players start out able to build a meager one room cottage and later can expand to full manors with stables, gardens, armories, and more. You can even fill the house with the patter of little feet by adopting children. (Holly Green)
Electronic Arts' games label boss Frank Gibeau has revealed that he's not let any solely single-player games pass through his gates, ensuring that absolutely every single title the company publishes has an online component. (Jim Sterling)
First off, despite being scheduled for yesterday, the official webpage for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII updated this morning, adding several new videos from the announcement presentation. The last of the new ones (far right) is the best one as it shows off a lot of concept art, and then teases some upcoming art reveal near its end. (Dale North)
Valve has made an update to Greenlight, the new submission platform for game developers seeking a presence on the Steam marketplace, adding a requirement in the form of a $100 fee. The fees, which Valve states will be donated entirely to the Child's Play charity organization, are intended to put a stop to submissions from users who are either seeking to spam the service or simply do not understand its purpose. (Conrad Zimmerman)