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March and April will go down in history as the two months that just help expose a lot of wicked practices in the gaming industry in 2012. Nevertheless, April picked it up by the mid-month with some big new game reveals, some interesting new IPs and plenty of things to look forward to at this upcoming E3. KickStarter also made it into the news quite a bit for a number of upcoming games that step outside the box and the month rounded out with Sony's confirmation of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. These stories and more in this April, 2012 edition of the Gaming Blend Monthly Recap
April 1st - 7th: EA Worst In America, Shadowrun KickStarter, ME3 Ending DLC KickStarter really proves its power this first week of April, with a number of mid-profile games getting the spotlight in the KickStarter crowd-source campaign, including Wasteland 2 and Shadowrun Returns. Electronic Arts was also named the Worst Company In America in a poll taken by The Consumerist during the early part of April, which resulted in the company running a number of damage control promotions, including an extended ending for Mass Effect 3. The first week of April was just a dire time for both EA and Capcom.
April 8th - 14th: Lost Planet 3 Announced, Capcom Better Business Bureau, GTA Launch Date The not-so-long-awaited sequel for Lost Planet was announced, however Capcom is taking a completely different direction with the third game in the series, giving players a more RPG-oriented feel to the game. That good will didn't last long, though, as Capcom was stripped of their A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, effectively seeing the company drop three points after gamers complained about the disc-locked content and missing pair-play features. Also, new information hints at GTA V's launch date centering around October of this year.
April 15th - 21st: Wii U Proves Its Power, God of War Ascension, Crysis 3 Announced Finally, good news for Nintendo fanboys. Slightly Mad Studios confirms that Project CARS, one of the best looking racing games ever made will be arriving for the Nintendo Wii U, which means the Wii U is no slouch in the powerhouse department. Sony's leading franchise, God of War, gets another game in its long running series called God of War Ascension and Crytek and EA officially announces Crysis 3.
April 22nd - 28th: Sony's Battle Royale, Nexon Eyes EA, STALKER 2 Cancelled? After months of teasing, Sony's PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale finally gets the announcement treatment. What's more is that this news is almost completely overshadowed by the fact that one of the three largest video game publishers in the entire world attempted to buyout Electronic Arts, that's right, Nexon was rumored to have put in a bid for EA. Also, more sad news insofar that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 could be cancelled. The down-and-out headlines in the final recap of April was offset with positive news concerning highly anticipated titles such as The Last of Us and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which has pretty much been confirmed, it's just missing the standard-fare press release and Activision-approved teaser trailer.