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This Week In Gaming: SimCity Release Date, NHL 13 Updates, And More

We understand you’re busy – whether you’re busy playing games or working. It can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the video game business; so if you haven’t been able to browse all your favorite gaming sites, then here’s a quick rundown of news related to Origin:

The big news this week was the release of Medal of Honor Warfighter. The latest in the storied franchise, MOHW puts players in the boots of Tier 1 operators as they pursue a terrorist mastermind who plans to use the deadly explosive PETN. Once you’ve finished that single player campaign, you can jump into the multiplayer and work your way to unlocking character classes, Tier 1 units (such as U.S. Navy SEAL or British SAS), weapons, and more.

Maxis recently announced (via Twitter) the formal release date for SimCity. If you’ve been holding your breath for when you can go plan and manage your new city after the previously announced release window of February 2013, well, now you have to turn a little bluer in the face, as the new official release date is March 5, 2013 in North America and March 8, 2013 in Europe.

For those of you who are NHL fans, you might be interested in a roster update. Since players are being moved around as a result of the real-life NHL lockout, we’ve updated NHL 13 to reflect those changes as well. Specifically, we’ve added duplicate versions of NHL players who are playing in the Czech Extraliga (ELH), SM-Ligga, Deutsch Eishockey Liga (DEL), Elitserien (SEL), National League A (NLA) in addition to their current team. For example, Claude Giroux will be available in both the Philadelphia Flyers roster and the Eisbaren Berlin (DEL). No matter what happens in the real world, you can get an up-to-date hockey fix via NHL 13. For full details on how to update your rosters accordingly, check out this writeup at EA Sports.

If you’ve been curious about Insomniac (the fine developers behind titles such as the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises) and their work on Fuse, then you’ll want to take a gander at this new video they posted (reproduced below). Here, Insomniac president Ted Price narrates a video walkthrough that shows off elements of the story, the progression system, and the Fusion Mode that utilizes teamwork and crazy alien weapons. Details have been a bit scarce, and it’s nice to get a nice 18-minute look at how the game is progressing.

During the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, BioWare showed off some art and shared some details for Dragon Age III: Inquisition. Creative director Mike Laidlaw noted that DA3 will feature a Human hero, that Origin stories will return to shape the background and lore of DA3, and that Inquisition will be “BioWare’s biggest Dragon Age yet.” Other details include more customization options for your character and your followers, as well as a new castle that the player can take over and control. Keep an eye on the Origin Insider for more DA3 news as it comes.

In related BioWare news, FUNimation recently posted a 9-minute sneak peek of Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, a collaboration between BioWare and Production I.G. (the animation studio behind Ghost In the Shell and parts of Kill Bill: Volume 1). Paragon Lost serves as a prequel to the events of Mass Effect 3, and focuses on the exploits of James Vega – the same Vega who serves as part of your elite crew on the SSV Normandy in Mass Effect 3. If you wanted a bit more background as to what Vega has been through before serving with Shepard, then this video will get you ready for Paragon Lost’s release on December 28, 2012.