If you were hoping to get in on Nvidia's Splinter Cell Blacklist gaming bundle, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that promotion has run its course. The good news is that it's been replaced by a Batman: Arkham Origins bundle.
Starting today, qualifying GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 760, 770, and 780 graphics cards will come with a download code for the upcoming Batman game. You won't be able to redeem that code until the game is released on October 25, though. The most recent trailer provides a glimpse of what's in store:
Nvidia says Arkham Origins has been enhanced to take advantage of GeForce hardware using "DirectX tessellation, NVIDIA TXAA™ antialiasing, soft shadows and various NVIDIA PhysX® engine environmental effects, such as cloth, steam and snow." Let's hope that tessellation was applied to more than just concrete barriers. The game will also support streaming via Nvidia's Shield handheld.
More information on eligible cards and vendors is available on this page of Nvidia's website. In North America, participating retailers include Newegg, Amazon, NCIX, and Tiger Direct. The bundle has already infiltrated Newegg's listings.
The last couple of Batman games have been excellent, so I have high hopes for the new one. I'm not so sure about the next Batman movie, though. Ben Affleck? Seriously?