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Video Games News
Rockstar Announces GTA V
Rockstar has devoted the entirety of its website to a splash page heralding the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V, which is due to be revealed in a debut trailer next Wednesday, November 2nd according to the page.
No other details have been shared at this time – announcements don't get much more simple, mysterious, and powerful than this.
UK Chart: Batman Swoops In At No.1
Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham City has latched its Batclaw onto the top spot of the UK charts this week, enjoying the fourth most successful launch so far this year behind FIFA 12, Gears of War 3, and LA Noire.
It also managed to record twice as many launch week sales as its predecessor, Batman: Arkham Asylum, which was released in August 2009 and went straight to No.1 for two weeks before dropping down the chart.
Doom 4 "Indefinitely Postponed", Claims Source [UPDATE]
Now, this is just a rumour at the moment so don't go getting your knickers in a twist quite yet, but an undisclosed source has alleged that Bethesda and its parent company Zenimax have taken the executive decision to “indefinitely postpone” Doom 4 following the shaky launch of Rage.
Kotaku has the dynamite story from a source who claims that “the issues and reviews” that have dogged the launch of id Software's Rage have led to "a serious lack of confidence in the project management at id". These grievances were reportedly aired by Bethesda/Zenimax at a “company wide” seminar in Dallas recently.
Battlefield 3 Wii U Looks Doubtful
Earlier this year at Nintendo's E3 conference, the CEO of EA, John Riccitiello dropped a strong hint about the possibility of developing Battlefield 3 for the Wii U; a hint that now appears to have been little more than preliminary hype as the publisher attempted to test the Wii U waters.
Speaking with the Metro, one of they key developers behind Battlefield 3, Patrick Liu has now poured some cold water over the speculation: “I think what he [EA boss John Riccitello] said was that we're looking into what we can do with the Wii U, but there is nothing planned to be honest.”
SSX Delayed By A Month
In the latest trailer for its reboot of much-loved snowboarding series SSX, EA has delayed the game into a February release from its previously slated January 2012 launch.
SSX will now be released on February 14th in the US, which we're going to go ahead and assume will be February 17th in the UK given EA's ability to churn out same-week releases across Western territories like clockwork.
Introversion's New Game Is Prison Architect
Earlier this week, news surfaced from Introversion's forums which revealed that the indie dev is submitting a game to next year's Independent Games Festival, and that game is not the studio's previously revealed (and subsequently shelved) Subversion project. Now we have a name and first image for the new game.
RPS has the scoop, although information is a bit scant at this stage. Prison Architect is the title, and here's the core gameplay pitch: “Build and manage a maximum security prison”. It sounds a bit like Evil Genius or Dungeon Keeper, only with a prison.
Gears Of War 3 DLC Features Playable General RAAM
Remember that Locust you killed at the end of the first Gears of War? The one who looked a bit like he was wearing a Nazi trench coat, had an unexplained affinity with the Kryll, and was just an all-round bad egg? Well, it turns out you'll be playing as him in the first Gears of War 3 DLC to feature single-player content.
Suitably titled 'RAAM's Shadow', the DLC will launch over Xbox Live on December 13th for 1200 Microsoft Points (£10.20). The story takes place before the events of Gears 1 in the aftermath of planet Sera's Emergence Day, and will place gamers in the shoes of RAAM as he storms the human stronghold of Lima City alongside a fearsome Kryll storm (that's right, those annoying harpies are back).
Third-Person Call Of Duy Game Probably Cancelled
Glen Schofield, the General Manager of Activision's Sledgehammer Games studio, has revealed that the developer will “probably cancel” the third-person Call of Duty game it was working on before it jumped aboard with Infinity Ward to help develop Modern Warfare 3.
“We'll probably cancel it,” Schofield told CVG. “They gave us the choice of: do you want to work on Modern Warfare 3, or do you want to continue working on this? And we really liked that. We liked what we were doing. It third person, probably set at a time that might have niched it too much. I bet that if we had kept going, within a month or two I probably would have switched the time period, but kept the gameplay. It had some really cool stuff.”
Subversion Put On Hold
Introversion, the developer of much-loved indie games DEFCON, Darwinia, and Uplink, has revealed that it's submitting a game to next year's Independent Games Festival. Much to the surprise of fans, however, it will not be the highly anticipated heist game that Introversion had previously revealed it was working on – this, it seems, has now been set aside.
Subversion originally emerged around a year and a half ago. Built as a spiritual successor to Introversion's first game, Uplink, its core gameplay was conceived around high-tech heist situations. Introversion has pointed towards movies such as Mission Impossible, Ocean's Eleven, and Sneakers as rough blueprints for the Subversion formula.
PS Vita Priced/Dated For Europe
Sony has announced a simultaneous launch across all territories outside of Japan for its PS Vita handheld. The PSP's successor will arrive across Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle-East, and Australasia on February 22nd.
This is effectively two months after the scheduled Japanese release, which was previously announced for December 17th. Sony has also confirmed pricing details for the UK, which come in at £229.99 for the core Wi-Fi model and £279.99 for the Wi-Fi/3G model.
UK Chart: Forza 4 Drifts Past FIFA 12
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport 4 has done a turbo-charged launch off the starting line right to the top of the UK chart this week, leaving the likes of EA's FIFA 12, Ubisoft's Just Dance 3, and Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 spluttering in its exhaust fumes.
It was a close run thing though: according to official Chart-Track figures, only 700 unit sales made up the difference between Forza 4 at No.1 and FIFA 12 at No.2 – Turn 10's sim also managed to scoop the biggest launch week for any Microsoft racing game in UK chart history.
Activision Reveals Film Tie-In For The Amazing Spider-Man
After some promo artwork was spotted in the run-up to the New York Comic Con last week, an official announcement for a film tie-in game of The Amazing Spider-Man movie appeared imminent, and now Activision has indulged fans by revealing the game and dishing out a debut trailer at the convention over the weekend.
The publisher hasn't released an official version of the trailer yet though - only shaky cam footage has emanated from NYCC - but some details were spilt nonetheless. Beenox will be developing the title following its Spider-Man run over the last couple of years on Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time, which launched last week. This next project will tie-in to next year's film, which is billed as a reboot for the silver-screen Spidey character.
Street Fighter X Tekken Coming Next March
Capcom has announced that Street Fighter X Tekken will be released in Europe on March 9th (March 6th in the US), and that a PC version of the game is being developed alongside the previously confirmed Xbox 360, PS3, and PlayStation Vita platforms.
This news comes from the New York Comic Con (summed up on the Capcom-Unity blog), where info was also dished out on a Collector's Edition (see image right) that will include a build-it-yourself cardboard money box, exclusive prequel comic, and 45 exclusive 'Gems' for the game.
Deus Ex DLC Dated/Priced
Square Enix Europe has announced a UK release date and pricing details for Deus Ex: Human Revolution's first instalment of DLC, The Missing Link.
It'll launch over Xbox Live and for PC on October 18th before moving over to PSN a day later – Xbox 360 users can get it for 1200 Microsoft Points (£10.20), while £8.99 is the price point for both PC digital download and PSN.
Daytona USA Confirmed For Late October Release
SEGA has now officially confirmed most of what we reported earlier today, albeit with a few added details: first and foremost, Daytona USA will arrive on October 26th over Xbox Live Arcade in Europe, and late November via PSN (American PSN users will be able to get hold of it on October 25th).
A price tag of 800 Microsoft Points has been confirmed, which will translate to £7.99 over PSN. SEGA has tuned-up the game to a 16:9 widescreen display and the multiplayer to support up to 8 players online, which is a first for the series on home consoles.
Daytona USA Is A Dead Cert For XBLA/PSN
Further confirmation has emerged of a re-release for SEGA's classic arcade driving game, Daytona USA. Thanks to some leaked Xbox 360 Achievements, it's now safe to conclude that the game will be an updated re-release of the 1993 original for XBLA/PSN.
The Achievements below (spotted by Xbox360Achievements) add up to 200 Gamerscore Points, which is the standard for an Xbox Live Arcade Game. This, coupled with SEGA's previous competition tease that offered digital download copies for PS3, all but officially confirms XBLA and PSN platforms.
Microsoft Acquires Indie Developer Twisted Pixel
Until today, Microsoft's studio acquisitions had been focused on big studios that developed triple-A titles – Lionhead, Rare, and the former Ensemble Studios to name a few – but now the global giant has made its first major swoop for a renowned indie developer.
Twisted Pixel, which developed the much-loved Splosion Man and The Maw games for XBLA, has agreed an acquisition deal with Microsoft that effectively brings it under the Microsoft Studios label.
Sony Hacked Again - 93,000 Accounts Compromised
Philip Reitinger, the Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Security Officer at Sony, has taken to the PlayStation blog with information that 93,000 PSN and SOE accounts were recently compromised in hacking attacks on the service.
According to Reitinger, the hacks were made by testing username and password details against Sony's database – the overwhelming majority of attempts were unsuccessful. In the 93,000 cases that did succeed, Sony has temporarily locked those accounts pending a password reset from the user.
Frontier's The Outsider Was Morphed Into A Bourne Game
The Outsider is one of those depressing stories from the annals of game development: an intriguing game concept from a good studio that somehow got stuck in development limbo and failed to get much further than an announcement press release and CGI teaser trailer.
At least, that's what we'd thought. According to a source who's now spoken to Joystiq, the game was almost complete and could be played from start to finish. Effectively, it was due to business decisions that were outside the control of David Braben's Frontier Developments that the project was left adrift.
Gran Turismo 5's Update 2.0 Released, DLC Detailed
Weighing in at a massive 1.1GB (that's almost as big as the whole Gran Turismo PSP game), Polyphony Digital's latest and largest update for Gran Turismo 5 is now available over PSN.
Update 2.0's most significant addition is cockpit views for the 800+ 'Standard' car models in the game. The lack of a cockpit view for the majority of cars in the game has been something of a sore spot for fans, although these new cockpit views are not as detailed as their 'Premium' counterparts. According to GTPlanet, the dashboard is denoted by a silhouette and the instruments are generic.