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Missing Pieces: EA says it innovates 'too much,' final Halo 3 easter egg found, and other must-know gaming news

Hayden Dingman | July 14, 2014
It's time to strap on your digital boxing gloves--Evo, the massive annual fighting game tournament, is this weekend in Vegas. If you're not going, you can always watch the action on Twitch, or just sit inside and read about this week's video game news.

Considering Rock Band is one of the biggest casualties sustained by my boxed-up and stowed Xbox 360...well, the time is soon, hopefully.

Sanitizing Evil

ZeniMax Asia announced it's censoring some of the gore in the Japanese version of The Evil Within in order to avoid the country's equivalent of the ESRB's Adults Only rating. Instead, according to Famitsu by way of Siliconera, DLC will be available for all preorders that allows people to re-enable gore. It's unclear whether the same DLC will be made available to people who didn't preorder, or how much it might cost if so.

I can't imagine how you could censor the game — at one point in my demo of The Evil Within I was literally waist-deep in a pool of blood. Did they turn it into chocolate syrup? Fill it with puppies?

Battleborn

Gearbox, the makers of Borderlands, announced a new project this week: Battleborn, which is sort of a cross between a shooter and a MOBA apparently? I don't know. The trailer is more stylish than informative, so all we can do is go off what Game Informer says.

Either way, it's not the Borderlands 3 announcement you were probably hoping for. Maybe we'll see more of this one at PAX in August.

It's better to burn out than it is to rust

This week Activision officially merged Neversoft with Infinity Ward, sacrificing yet another body to the ever-hungry altar of Call of Duty. The studio commemorated the merger by burning an effigy of its infamous eyeball logo.

I'll remember the studio fondly forever thanks to their work on the Tony Hawk series, though Gun and Guitar Hero III were also damn good. Time to blast Superman and kickflip through the Warehouse one more time.

Easter on Christmas

It's been seven years since Halo 3's release, and the last of its Easter eggs has finally been uncovered by the folks over at Beyond Entertainment. A while back, in a fan Q&A, one Bungie employee said "There is one Easter egg in Halo 3 that I don't think anyone has found — I stumbled across it in code a while back. It only happens on a specific day...so good luck."

December 25 is the day, apparently. If you click both thumbsticks on that day, the loading screen zooms out a bit and you can read a birthday message to a "Lauren." This follows from what we learned in another Bungie Q&A when someone asked "What is your proudest moment in your time at Bungie?" and an employee responded "Showing my wife the Easter egg I put in the halo 3 loading screen for her — the one that nobody has found yet."

 

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