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LA Noire Creator's New Game Is 'Whore Of The Orient'
Just weeks after Brendan McNamara spoke in vague terms about his next game, news has emerged linking the LA Noire writer/director to a game project titled 'Whore of the Orient' from the same studio that produces Warner Bros' Happy Feet CGI movies.
In an interview on Australian website Financial Review, Happy Feet writer/director, George Miller revealed that the interactive arm of his film production company, Kennedy-Miller Mitchell has acquired the rights for McNamara's next project.
UK Chart: Modern Warfare 3 Still Top
And you can get used to that headline now in the weeks leading up to Christmas as Modern Warfare 3 makes Activision's bid for a third consecutive year of CoD Christmas No.1s on the UK chart.
Whether or not Modern Warfare 3 can pull-off an unbroken chain of No.1s up until then or, indeed, whether FIFA can spoil CoD's Christmas No.1 party (as it last did in 2008) is another question altogether, but right now Activision's shooter is looking strong with a trail of three consecutive No.1s since its launch (a feat that Black Ops didn't manage last year).
EA Signs Messi To FIFA Brand
In the world of football, loyalty is a word that's come to mean little or nothing at all over the last couple of decades: players' loyalties to a club, the fans, their wives/girlfriends or, indeed, the brands they endorse seem to have become about as genuine as the good intentions of Sepp Blatter.
So it'll come as no big surprise that Lionel Messi, the Barcelona forward and former cover star of Konami's PES football games, has now signed a deal that'll see him appear on the cover of forthcoming FIFA games as part of a “multi-year endorsement contract”.
Sony To Avoid PS4 Launch "Significantly Later" Than Xbox 720
With Nintendo's next-gen Wii U console confirmed for launch next year, and rumours strongly pointing towards a 2012 announcement at the very least for Microsoft's next Xbox, the one remaining platform holder has so far managed to avoid any heavy doses of speculation surrounding an estimated time or arrival for its next console.
But now Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's President and CEO, Jim Ryan has provided a clear indication of the company's intentions with the PlayStation 4 against those of its competitors: "I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition [with the next PlayStation]," Ryan told Eurogamer.
EA Makes Good On PS3 Battlefield 3 Pledge
At E3 earlier this year, EA made a promise that PS3 owners who purchase a copy of Battlefield 3 will receive a free copy of the downloadable game Battlefield 1943 as bonus content. When BF3 was released last month and failed to come with this promised content, naturally consumers were a bit miffed.
So miffed, in fact, that some of them filed a class action lawsuit against EA demanding their promised copy of Battlefield 1943. Alongside this threat of legal action, EA released belated information on how PS3 gamers can get hold of their free content via PSN after all.
UK Chart: Modern Warfare 3 Records 'Double-Kill'
Despite an 87% drop in sales over its launch figures last week, Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has retained the No.1 spot in its second week on the UK charts as the series has done for the last four years in a row.
The big news this week, however, was an influx of new releases into the top 10 as the game industry belched out one last volley of Christmas launches before the release schedules go relatively quiet until next year.
Max Payne 3 - Design & Technology ViDoc #1
In the first of what Rockstar is promising will be a series of trailers looking at the design and technology behind Max Payne 3, the publisher is focusing on the animations, gunplay, and AI behind their troubled anti-hero's return.
How does Natural Motion's Euphoria technology fit into the presentation, what enables Max Payne to pull-off a full 360-degree arc of shooting even while prone, and what's up with that Hawaiian shirt? The answers to at least two of those questions can be found in the ViDoc trailer below...
Skyrim Ships 7 Million, Sells Over 3.5 Million In Two Days
Outside the ludicrous sales figures of Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has set a competitive tally for the best-of-the-rest this year with over 3.5 million unit sales worldwide in its first two days on the market and a total of 7 million shipments to retailers.
Bethesda hopes to secure $450 million (£285 million) in revenue from global sales as a result of these shipments, with retailers across the globe already requesting reorders from the publisher. Meanwhile, on the digital download PC front, figures from Steam have pulled in a record-breaking 280,000 concurrent users within the first 24 hours of release.
UK Chart: Shock As Modern Warfare 3 Debuts At No.1
As sure as death and taxes, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has topped the UK chart in its first week on sale, tallying more in revenue than Call of Duty: Black Ops managed last year with unit sales coming in on an even footing.
This is according to Chart-Track data, which goes on to reveal that these Modern Warfare 3's revenues are higher than the opening weekend box office gross of all four of the last Harry Potter films combined.
GTA V Lead Voice-Actor Unearthed
Well done, the internet – you've done a Columbo yet again. Not happy with an imdb profile that lists actor, Ned Luke as the voice of GTA V main character called Albert De Silva, various additional sources have unearthed numerous tweets, a demo reel, and previous rumours to all but confirm De Silva as a new protagonist for Rockstar's flagship series.
The trail starts at Ned Luke's own imdb profile, which lists the GTA V credit for Albert De Silva. His likeness to a character that turns up numerous times in Rockstar's debut trailer for the game is uncanny – a point that's further corroborated by this demo reel of Luke's, which also exhibits a familiar voice to the one on GTA V's teaser trailer.
Modern Warfare 3 Shatters Day-One Sales Record
Activision's Call of Duty series has broken the day-one sales record for all forms of entertainment yet again, marking its third successive year of blockbuster record breaking with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last Tuesday.
The title recorded 6.5 million unit sales in North America and the UK alone, a full half a million higher than some of the most optimistic projections from industry analysts in the run-up to launch. This adds up to an estimated $400 million (£251 million) in total revenues for the first day of sales.
Steam Database And Forums Hacked
The first signs of it were last Sunday, when reports of Steam forum accounts being defaced started to emerge – the website fknowned.com appeared to be responsible. Now Valve has officially weighed in on the matter, confirming intrusions into the accounts of Steam forum users as well as a Steam database.
There is some good news, which is that the hack appears to be limited to forum user accounts at this stage (which require a different login to standard Steam accounts). However, Valve is still advising that users change their standard account passwords to be totally safe (particularly if it's the same password as their forum account) – password changes will be forced for forum users the next time they login.
LA Noire Director Working On New Project
Brendan McNamara, the writer and director of LA Noire, and founder of the now defunct Team Bondi studio that made the game, has started talking about the next project in his sights and is already pitching the idea to publishers.
Speaking to Eurogamer, McNamara said, “I'm personally just writing some new stuff now, which I've been pitching around for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully I'll have something to announce on that pretty soon.”
3D Revamps For 2D Zelda Games May Be Next
According to Eiji Aonuma, Producer on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nintendo may be considering 3D revamps of some of its original 2D Zelda games such as the SNES classic, A Link To The Past.
"Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto himself has been talking recently about going back to the 2D Zelda games," Aonuma-san told Gamesradar, "in particular the ones that were designed with multiple levels to the world like A Link to the Past, and taking those 2D graphics and recreating them in 3D so that you could get a sense for the depth of those worlds. That's something that might be interesting to do, so I would say there might be a possibility of something like that in the future."
Max Payne 3 Multiplayer To Have "Elements Of Story", Says Houser
We knew Max Payne 3 would have multiplayer; what we didn't know, in typical Rockstar PR style, is anything to do with that multiplayer, at all. But now Rockstar's Vice-President and co-founder, Dan Houser has set out an ambitious vision for that multiplayer component.
"We wanted to put some elements of single player into the multiplayer so the multiplayer will have a lot more detail and have elements of story in it and have a sort of an immersive quality," Houser told Variety. "We think that's something that is underexplored in multiplayer."
XCOM Pushed Into 2013 Fiscal Year
During its financial report for the second quarter of the financial year, Take-Two Interactive revealed that it's delaying XCOM from its previously announced March 9th 2012 release date to a vague fiscal 2013 launch.
It's likely that the publisher has decided to do this in order to push XCOM out of Max Payne 3's way. The Rockstar title will be Take-Two's poster boy early next year following its confirmation of a March 2012 launch back in September.
UK Chart: Uncharted 3 Charts At No.2
EA's Battlefield 3 has remained atop the UK charts for the second week running despite a 54% drop in sales from its launch figures last week, making it the first Battlefield game to retain the top spot. Its Previous iteration, Bad Company 2 could only hold onto No.1 it for one week back in March 2010.
This means that the highest new entry this week, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has been held off the coveted top spot. As with its predecessor from 2009, Uncharted 3 could only manage No.2 despite a 37% increase in launch sales over Uncharted 2 and managing the 11th biggest launch of any PS3 exclusive in UK chart history.
New Alan Wake Game Heading To Xbox Live [UPDATE]
Following Remedy Entertainment's confirmation last May that it is developing a new Alan Wake instalment, further official word on the project is now starting to emerge – early indications are that it'll be a digital distributed game via Xbox Live.
Major Nelson has the lowdown, revealing via Twitter that, “We can confirm that this new 'Alan Wake' game will be a fully standalone experience and released on Xbox Live.”
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots Announced
The seventh instalment in Ubisoft's long-running Rainbow 6 series is now officially on the way – Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots has been announced for a 2013 release on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Counter-terrorism takes centre-stage once again as Team Rainbow faces a group that calls itself the True Patriots. Unhappy with greedy corporate America and its corrupt politicians, the True Patriots are both trained and organised – their vow is to take down the establishment with terrorist actions.