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THQ, WWE extend deal

Good news for fans of pro wrestling games — “Smackdown vs. Raw” developer THQ and World Wrestling Entertainment have extended their somewhat tumultuous relationship for another eight years. Gamespot has all the details on the deal here. On a side note, this move also effectively squashes those rumors of an EA-developed WWE game.

WB announces ‘Arkham Asylum’ sequel

Christmas has come early for Batman fans.  Warner Bros. Interactive announced late Saturday that a sequel to the critically-acclaimed “Batman: Arkham Asylum” is already under development by Rocksteady Studios.

No release date was given, but I’ll go out on a limb and say this one will slip into 2011.

“Getting the opportunity to create ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ and seeing its success has been a dream come true for the team,” said Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady Studios, in a statement released Saturday. “We are honored to create the next chapter in this compelling story and promise to deliver another game worthy of the Dark Knight.”For more information on the game and to sign up to receive updates, visit

EA announces ‘Dead Space 2′

Electronic Arts has officially announced a follow-up to its stellar survival-horror title, “Dead Space.” The sequel is in development by Visceral Studios, which created the original game in 2008.
“Dead Space” was one of my Top 10 Games of 2008, and I’m really already looking forward to “Dead Space 2.” No release date has been announced, but I’d be surprised if this one slipped past 2010.

‘MW2′ patch incoming

Tired of getting blown up by players using the javelin glitch in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”? Your wait is almost over.

A patch to fix that glitch, along with several others, should be arriving any day now, according to Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling. Hopefully now they can focus their attention on churning out some new multiplayer maps!

In case you were planning to take a pass on this year’s Spike Videogame Awards, here’s one reason to tune in — THQ is presenting the first footage of “UFC Undisputed 2010” during the show, which airs Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.