This week in games: Give blood and get Bloodborne, Predator in Mortal Kombat, and more

Arnie Predator

REYKJAVIK—Do you hear that? It’s the sound of my hands freezing and then breaking off in this cold Icelandic weather. I had to type this iteration of Missing Pieces with my nose as a result, so forgive me if it’s a bit short.

Eight-year-old lawsuits, a Predator-stalking Scorpion, news from the Battlefront, EVE Offline, and more—this is all the most important gaming news for the week of March 16.

Black hole sun

In case you’ve missed our coverage, I’ve been in Iceland attending EVE Fanfest 2015 for most of the week. Fanfest is in March this year, which apparently means “Iceland is cold as hell.” Why is it in March? This bit of EVE Fanfest 2015 news didn’t really fit into a post, but I still thought it was interesting and worth sharing: The annual conference was moved to March this year thanks to a five-year-old forum post.

Back in 2010, EVE forum user Jeckd Ra posted “I suggest that Eve Fanfest for the year 2015 be scheduled around the Total Solar Eclipse that is going to be occuring around March 20, 2015, and will be visible off the coast of Iceland.”

EVE forum post

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So...CCP did it.

CCP’s CEO Hilmar Veigar showed the forum post during his welcoming keynote this week and said he immediately booked the Harpa Convention Center for this year’s dates to line up with the eclipse—a full year before the Harpa Convention Center was even fully built.

Another Fanfest thing that doesn’t fit anywhere else: I found this EVE Offline arcade cabinet tucked into a corner. I laughed.

EVE Offline

Patience, young Padawan

Next month we’ll finally get our first look at Star Wars: Battlefront in action. EA confirmed this week it’ll attend the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim April 16-19, presumably unveiling the first gameplay footage.

“We could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the Star Wars universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it,” said EA.

Look at me. I’m so calm. I’m not freaking out about a game I’ve awaited for over a decade. Don’t mess this up, EA.

Discworld

Joining the Leonard Nimoy tribute in Elite: Dangerous is a new station dedicated to Discworld author Terry Pratchett, called “Pratchett’s Disc.” (Via Eurogamer)

Elite Dangerous Pratchett’s Disc

Second mortgage

When we got a peek at SteamVR and the HTC Vive at GDC earlier this month, we were blown away—but also wary of price. The Oculus Rift headset alone already aims at a $300-350 price, so adding in two wireless controllers and two infrared tracking stations? Not to mention the graphics card needed to pump out that sort of performance? Sounds expensive.

And HTC isn’t shying away from that perception. HTC marketing exec Jeff Gattis told MCV this week, “we want to deliver the most premium VR experience the world has seen. That’s not marketing speak, but more about where Vive is positioned in the market. This is at the high end.”

“Starting with the premium experience, even if it has a slightly higher price point, is the right thing to do from a strategic point of view. The price can always come down as the market grows,” he continued.

Better start saving those pennies.

Blood for the blood gods

Want to talk about weird cross-promotions? PlayStation Denmark partnered with a local blood center GivBlod—donate blood on March 23, and you have the potential to win a copy of the upcoming game Bloodborne. (Via NeoGAF)

bloodborne

4K of love

Want some dazzling eye-porn? CD Projekt Red posted a 4K screenshot of The Witcher 3.

Witcher 3 4K

Snap, Crackle, Pop

That dumb-looking Dead Rising movie is finally available, provided you have the Crackle app installed on your Xbox One/Xbox 360. Here’s the trailer, in case you missed the first time I made fun of it:

Don’t taze me, bro

If that sub-head makes you cringe and think of the far-flung year of 2007, congrats! You’re now in the right state of mind to read this next bit:

Microsoft is still dealing with a class action lawsuit regarding the design of the Xbox 360’s disc drive! Specifically, the fact that it occasionally would scratch your entire disc into unusable garbage. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle ruled that a class action case could move forward, reversing a 2012 decision by a lower court.

Eight years. All so you can maybe get a check for a few pennies in the mail. Good job, lawyers. (Via Reuters)

More-tal Kombat

There’s more Mortal Kombat X news this week—specifically, more characters. Baraka, Shinnok, and Erron Black were all “leaked” through some screenshots posted on Xbox360Achievements.

Then there’s...Predator? Yup, the Predator, as part of the Kombat Pack DLC. In honor of that announcement, here’s Predator: The Musical. If it bleeds, we can kill it.

More reading

That’s it! Hopefully by next week I’ll have re-grown my hands so I can type out a Pillars of Eternity review for you. Otherwise, my nose is going to be damn sore.

[Disclosure: My roommate works with LewisPR as part of an external PR team that coordinates with CCP.]

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