Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 1)

While the event itself has yet to actually begin, many developers and publishers have already announced (some intentionally and some not so intentionally) some of their games and releases planned for the next few months. In other cases, like that of Hitman Absolution, we’ve got a trailer featuring Agent 47 taking on an army of… nuns?! Don’t believe us? Check out the video for yourself below along with the rest of our pre-E3 news links.

Konami Announces ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate’ for the 3DS

Those hoping for a proper console sequel to 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow might be a little disappointed to learn that the Konami has shifted the focus from the 360 and PS3 to those of the portable variety. Alternatively, those that played the Castlevania games on the DS rejoice as the game returns to a sidescrolling, 2.5D perspective and features the return of Trevor Belmont as the game’s main character.

Source: Joystiq

‘Hitman Absolution’ – Attack of the Saints (Video)

Eidos has revealed a trailer for the upcoming Hitman Absolution game featuring Agent 47 going head-on with a group of women disguised as nuns who turn his motel room into a warzone. Be advised that the trailer is particularly heavy on the violence.

Source: YouTube

Leaked Artwork Indicates Possible ‘Dead Space 3’ Reveal

While it’s not confirmed as of yet, a leaked piece of artwork has apparently revealed not only the logo of the upcoming Dead Space sequel but also a view from space of our hero Isaac and what appears to be a frozen tundra-like planet, which puts stock in previous leaks about where the story for the third game will go. IGN has a rumored reveal from EA pegged for early next week.

Source: IGN

Other Konami Pre-E3 Reveals Set For Thursday Night

Rather than risk the possibility of being steamrolled by any massive announcements from Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft, Konami will be taking the time to reveal all of their news and releases in advance of E3 on Thursday night’s episode of Gametrailers TV on Spike including new Metal Gear Rising info and a mystery announcement as well.

Source: Gametrailers

EA To Launch Battlefield 3 Premium Service In Early June

While it’s been rumored for some time now, EA looks to be finally bringing their premium service model to Battlefield 3 akin to what Activision has done with Call of Duty Elite which will, for $49.99 per year, give users early access to all the released map packs, special in-game items and access to what EA calls “powerful new features”. Rumored release for the service is June 4th, alongside the new DLC pack Close Quarters.

Source: Joystiq

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Leading up to E3, we’ll be grabbing early news, videos and links from some of the top gaming websites and compiling them each day into a nice handy list for you to peruse at your leisure.