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Buy Black Ops 2, Get Mass Effect Trilogy For Free, Sort Of

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In a turn of events that can only be described as interesting, BioWare are offering fifty free copies of the Mass Effect Trilogy to a select few Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 purchasers.

This offer follows the intriguing news – reported on Reddit, as well as on the official Black Ops 2 and Steam forums – that some purchasers of the PC version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 found that the second disc in the case, printed and labelled as Black Ops 2 Disc 2, was instead reading as Mass Effect 2.

This (probable) imaging blunder has lead to a small and uncounted number of people, estimated to be around a thousand, experiencing install issues for the game – something easily fixed, as the install requires a Steam key and the game can be downloaded in its entirety once activated, but no less inconvenient.

The kicker, however, is that BioWare has become involved, offering through an official BioWare blog post a free copy of the Mass Effect Trilogy to the first fifty people to send in a photograph of themselves with their “special disc 2”.

The cheeky move by Bioware could be seen as yet another humorous potshot at rivals Activision in the long-running feud between Activision and EA. The two companies have been in conflict ever since the former Infinity Ward developers Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision for EA after a dispute about finances in regards to their work on the Call Of Duty series.

How will this play out? Your guess is as good as ours. In any event, it is an amusing blunder for us to watch, if not so much for Activision or the company behind imaging the discs to be involved in. We’ll keep you informed as to how this plays out.

You can read the official blog post below.

We’re Answering the Call…

Rumor has it that about a thousand customers who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II for PC today were also treated to a surprise copy of Mass Effect 2. If you were one of the affected, chances are you thought it was a mistake, but we prefer to think that it was an omen, and when the universe talks, you should listen.

If the universe thinks that you should be playing Mass Effect right now, who are we to argue? In fact, we want to help! The first fifty fans affected by this phenomenon to send us a picture holding their special disc 2 will receive a code for a FREE PC copy of Mass Effect Trilogy.

Remember, in order to qualify, YOU must be in the picture, and disc 2 of your Call of Duty: Black Ops II must be visible. Got it? Then send your photo to community@bioware.com and you could be playing your very own Mass Effect Trilogy in time for the weekend!

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Judgment Producer: Friendship System Makes Yagami “A Much More Deeper Character”

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Judgment producer Kazuki Hosokawa has discussed new introduction of the friendship system and its effect on creating Yagami’s deeper character.

Judgment shares a lot with the Yakuza series, and, as it turns out, both games were in development at the same time. Players will go back to the streets of Kamurocho, but this time as a dynamic detective named Takayuki Yagami in a new courtroom-thriller narrative. Players will have to subtly follow suspects and search crime scenes for evidence. Judgment will suit Yakuza fans, but casual players should not miss it.

In an interview with Twinfinite, Hosokawa shares more details about the introduction of the friendship system, and the effect on Yagami’s personality.

When asked about why he chose to develop the friendship system, Hosokawa explained the main reason is to reinforce Yagami’s character.

The friendship event actually developed when we were thinking about how to solidify the character of Yagami… Interacting with the townspeople that are also living in Kamurocho gives Yagami a much more deeper character.”

Hosokawa is significantly trying to focus on depth of character for Yagami. His aim appears to be to create a fully dimensional protagonist who draws players into the story. Therefore, using aspects like a home neighbourhood and friendship events help to create simple everyday examples of relationship and character building.

Whilst Hosokawa is predominantly used to making games for PlayStation, he indicated that Rya Ga Gotoku Studio is considering making internal preparations enabling easier switching to the PlayStation 5 for future developments.

“We are definitely thinking as a studio and considering the changes in the platforms… we want to utilize these new specifications whenever we are developing anything new.”

However Hosokawa also did not rule out the possibility of cross-platforming Judgment by porting the title to other platforms.

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