Hi Guys, sorry for the lack of updates this past Friday. I was away on a 3 day weekend for my wife’s birthday
Electronic Arts News Galore!
there are several stories involving EA today.
First is a deal signed with Epic Games on new unknown project for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The game will be developed by People Can Fly (Painkiller and Gears of War PC).
Second, Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe), the duo behind the praised Killer 7, are working on a new completely unknown title that will be published by EA. The title is being developed by Grasshopper, Suda Goichi’s studio.
Finally, there is a new episode in the great Take-Two soap opera. The last deadline expires today and EA has announced there offer will expire tonight while Take-Two is beginning to warm up to the giant’s offer. They have stated they are going to let EA in on their confidential info, 3 year financial planning and future games. The most likely reason for Take-Two to start opening up is most likely because the price of their share has fallen since the release of GTA IV and is now $1.54 below EA’s offer which stands at $25.74.
The Godfather II Screens and Footage
Another EA news! They have released some screens for their sequel to The Godfather which came out in March 2006. While the screens are nice if you really want a good idea of what the game will feature you should definitely check out the last episode of Gametrailers TV which focuses on the game.
Spore Is Gold!
Not much more to say really, the game will be released on September 4.
Oh and this was another EA news by the way.
Force Unleashed Demo This Week
Now this should get you pumped!! First of all it’s not an EA news , second of all it has been announced that the demo for the game will be released August 21 for PSN and XBL.
The full game will be released about a month later on September 19 for the 360 and the PS3.
Star Trek Online Revealed!
Originally owned by Perpetual Entertainment, which closed its door in January, the MMO based on the world-famous TV show seemed to be facing tough times. Thankfully the license was acquired by Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes/Villains) and along with the confirmation came a bunch of lovely screenshots.
Vivendi Properties Shake-Up. Who Lives and Who Dies?
After Vivendi Games merged with Activision earlier this year and subsequently formed Activision Blizzard, there had to be some changes happening. Well these past days have been a roller coaster ride of announcements.
It was revealed that Activision would be publishing Vivendi’s best selling properties: Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and Ice Age, along with the upcoming Prototype and another unknown project.
While there are other publishing arms that weren’t mention in the press conference to take care of the other franchises, it leaves several big games on the potential cutting board. Chief among these are Ghostbusters, Brutal Legend and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
Today a Sierra representative announced that, while he couldn’t speak for other franchises, Ghostbusters is not canceled.
We can be sure to have more announcements in the coming days n the subject while Vivendi and Activision review their properties but I for one hope they do bring us Chronicles of Riddick because I’m very excited about it.
XBLA Dates, Dates and Dates
- Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved out on July 30
- Braid (which has me very excited) on August 6
- Bionic Commando Rearmed on August 13
- Galaga Legions on August 20
- Castle Crashers on August 27
Wizard 101, MMO for Beginners
KingIsle, Texas-based developer, is currently working on an MMO aimed at a broad audience. The game lets you play a Wizard in training on his way to the Ravenwood school (of Witchcraft and Wizardry). you will be able to choose a pet to accompany on your quests, learn different schools of magic through various teachers. The fighting system seems to be card-based which can be found on the ground around the world and quests will involve puzzles and mini-games.
DC Comics Acquires Rights for Resident Evil and Devil May Cry Comics
The two major Capcom franchises will join previous acquisitions of Gears of War, Prototype and just recently Mirror’s Edge and will be published under the Wildstorm banner of DC Comics.
Telltale Games Loves Wallace & Gromit
The studio that successfully relaunched the Sam & Max franchise through episodic treatment is planning to do the same with the famous English characters. The game will be called Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures and will be a classic point ‘n’ click adventure.