I didn’t wear a coat to work today. I know for some of our readers that might not sound like a very big deal. But I live in Ohio. It’s March. We’re supposed to still be covered by snow until the Cleveland Indians have to cancel off their home opener. That’s how it works here. And yet here I am in the office wishing our engineering department hadn’t disabled the outlets from which our air conditioners draw power. Spring might actually be coming to Ohio on time this year. But I’m not holding my breath. Still the coming of spring signals something every hype-addict can appreciate: convention season! We’ve already sent Jon and Garrett off to San Francisco for GDC. PAX and E3 are just around the corner, and all manner of other conventions are sure to titillate every manner of nerd and geek around the globe.
Already we’ve heard that 38Studios has nabbed EA as a publisher to their first title, currently going by the codename Project Mercury. While we know little of how the game will play we know that it will be set in the same universe as Copernicus and is being developed by Big Huge Games (Rise of Nations). It’ll be released on the X box 360, PS3, and PC and is apparently not an MMO. When BHG was acquired by 38Studios there were knee-deep in development on a single-player RPG whose creative staff included legendary designer Ken Rolston (The Elder Scrolls III and IV). The lover of all things RPG in me hopes that Project Mercury is a repurposing of that game now placed into the Copernicus world. A single-player RPG is the perfect way to introduce players to the universe being created by R.A. Salvatore.
We’ve also learned today that players who buy Final Fantasy XIII for the PS3 (out today on the Xbox 360 as well) will get an extra shot at beta access for the forthcoming MMO Final Fantasy XIV. And for gamers in a shopping mood, you can get Star Trek Online from Amazon for a mere $27.99 today too. Lastly, it seems the LEGO Universe beta has begun for those lucky enough to have been accepted.
Why am I writing all this? It’s simple really. All this news has me scouring the internet for details, balancing my checkbook, and thinking about rushing out to track down a copy of Final Fantasy XIII or ordering STO to finally give it a shot… instead of getting out and enjoying the sunshine. I’ll probably fight the urge to spend though, mainly because I should put that money down on a photographer, the cake, or the limo for my forthcoming wedding. This is a rare case where I can say I’m thankful to be an adult with financial responsibilities. If I can just pull myself away from the internet, I might actually take my dogs out for a walk or in general use my butt for something other than sitting.
As I said, I live in Ohio. It’s March. I know more snow is coming. I’d better take advantage of this warmth while I can. And if the cold doesn’t come back? All the gaming news of the next few months will keep me indoors more than I should be anyway. Yep, it’s time to take that walk. There will be plenty of time for reading and surfing after the sun goes down.