News Blips: Molyneux on Milo/Fable, Arkham City Writer, Starcraft 2 User Maps, and More

Milo's simple premise — befriending a virtual boy with Kinect-powered choices — belies a complex system of adaptation and interactivity…oh, and a whole new level of creepiness.

News Blips:

Game designer Peter Molyneux discusses Fable 3 preorder plans and Milo's future. "I'm kind of bored with preordering stuff and getting a little bit more content that doesn't make any difference at all to anything," he said in an interview with USA Today. As a result, Lionhead Studios created the Village Maker — a character customization system that transfers your avatar from a seperate program into Fable 3 when you preorder the game. When asked if Milo is ready for release, Molyneux still considered the project as a "very, very big tech demo," while also regarding a Milo game as "enormously contentious. An experience about a boy immediately appeals to all the dark thoughts of humanity." Well, not all dark thoughts. What about little girls?

Batman: Arkham Asylum writer Paul Dini returns to pen the story of Batman: Arkham City. Speaking with MTV, the author behind Asylum's hugely successful plot expressed excitement for the upcoming sequel, whose name Game Informer revealed earlier today. "We're well on our way through production," he said. "It's all sounding great, and it's looking terrific." Dini didn't offer any further details, but I'll hazard a guess that Catwoman will be a new character, if the Game Informer cover is accurate.

Blizzard bans user-created Starcraft 2 maps for "inappropriate content." Responding to a mapmaker's complaint on the deletion of his map, Blizzard Community Manager "Lylirra" said that "while players are encouraged to share the maps they create through, published maps are subject to review to ensure that they promote a fun and safe environment for all players." The reason for Blizzard's heightened supervision? According to Community Manager "Bashiok," it's "because we can. Literally. We have a support department now of size and ability to enforce these types of things." Perhaps Blizzard should spawn more overlords. [BigDownload]

In celebration of its recent Season Two content update, Star Trek Online is free to play until Monday, August 9. Players with a valid retail key can beam into the action unrestricted, while newcomers can patch up the game via the Star Trek Online Downloader and commence playing right away. And remember, real Captains never set their phasers to stun.

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