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Mass Effect 2 to get new Alternate Appearance DLC on February 8

While all of us wait for more info to be released about Mass Effect 3, developer BioWare isn't quite done yet with the last game in the sci-fi RPG series. Today the developer announced plans to release a second Alternate Appearance DLC Pack for Mass Effect 2.

The pack give players a way to put in some different armor styles for three of the game's main characters, Tali, Grunt and our personal favorite Miranda (yes we do enjoy looking at even a virtual version of Yvonne Strahovski). The second Alternate Appearance Pack will be made available to download on February 8 for 160 BioWare points (about $2).

Star Wars The Old Republic web site goes over starship creation

There hasn't been a lot to talk about lately in terms of new info for Star Wars The Old Republic but the official web site for BioWare's long awaited MMO still has new updates every Friday. This week the site talks about how the development team handles the design of player starships for the game.

The idea of players owning their own starship in the game was first revealed in the summer of 2010 and the feature goes over how one of the ships in the game, the X-70B Phantom. came about. The ship, which is meant for the Agent class, has influences like the Naboo starships in the Star Ware prequel movies but the team also "wanted to evoke the feel of something that a certain British spy might drive. " The article goes over how both the exterior and interior of the Phantom were designed and created.

Activision drags EA into lawsuit against Infinity Ward co-founders [Update]

The legal fight with publisher Activision and the fired co-founders of developer Infinity Ward has taken a new turn. According to new court documents posted by our sister site Joystiq, Activision has amended its own countersuit to include rival publisher Electronic Arts into its legal fight as a cross-defendant. Activision claims that EA "conspired" with Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella " to derail Activision's Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio, and inflict serious harm on the company."

In short, Activision claims that West and Zampella had secret meetings with EA CEO John Riccitiello as early as August 2009. It also claims that West and Zampella decided to "covertly copy certain materials". Activision is asking in the countersuit for $400 million in damages from EA, West and Zampella. After Activision fired the due from Infinity Ward in March, West and Zampella formed Respawn Entertainment and did get a publishing deal from EA. While they have yet to respond to this new countersuit, West and Zampella have claimed in the past Activision fired them rather than give the duo a large royalty check from the sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Update: The Los Angeles Times has posted EA's official response, saying, "This is a PR play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection."

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