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News Blips: Call of Duty Elite details, more hacker threats for Sony, Catherine is weird, and more

Everyone should stop ragging on Activision boss Bobby Kotick for implementing a premium subscription fee in the upcoming Call of Duty Elite service. After all, that stylized accent rug for his yacht won't buy itself.

News Blips:

A Wall Street Journal report reveals the details on Call of Duty Elite. Forged by the folks of the freshly christened Beachhead Studios, the service complements the sizable multiplayer aspect of the Call of Duty franchise with in-depth stat tracking, social features such as groups and clans, and event planning. The WSJ also reports that yes, a subscription fee will show up, providing "extra content that isn't offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs." Activision hasn't hammered out a final charge for the service yet, but the expected price could hover around $8 per month. Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling later elaborated in a Twitter post that only certain portions of Elite require a subscription and that playing COD online remains free. What an impressively robust system! I've never seen anything like this before, and Activision certainly deserves kudos for…wait, why are you staring at me like that, Bungie?

A hacker group named "LulzSec" vows to continue the attacks on Sony initially instigated by Anonymous. After claiming responsibility for the recent attack of the Sony BMG website in Greece and the defacement on PBS's official site, the group posted a series of Twitter entries announcing "the beginning of the end" for Sony while taunting the company for its oblivousness. The group's new operation, named "Sownage," apparently successfully pilfered "a bunch of [Sony's] internal stuff."

The ESRB provides a colorful summary of Catherine's content while bestowing a Mature rating. In addition to containing plenty of "blood, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language, and use of alcohol and violence," the bizarre puzzle-adventure game also features a "chainsaw-wielding baby" boss and "topless female demons." The organization also said that meeting death in Catherine results in "exaggerated splashes of blood as Vincent is stabbed, crushed, shot, or bitten." Catherine comes out in the U.S. this July for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. "You had me at demon babies" should become a new catchphrase.

THQ announces Metro: Last Light, sequel to last year's survival horror, first-person shooter sleeper-hit Metro 2033. A struggle over a "doomsday device" is the centerpiece of the game's plot. THQ Vice President Danny Bilson said that Last Light holds "more polish, deeper and more sophisticated gameplay, and satisfyingly visceral combat, without losing what our fans loved about the original." He went on to describe the game as "another artful piece of game development from an Eastern European studio that will thrill and terrify anyone looking for a more cerebral experience than your typical first-person shooter." Metro: Last Light has a planned 2012 release date for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. 


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