JUNE 2012 NEWS
June 30, 2012
Electronic Arts' chief Patrick Soderlund have announced that their "Premium Service" package for Battlefield 3 has surpassed 800,000 subscribers worldwide. Given the (cheapest) cost is $AU50 in Australia That's a healthy $40 million so far! Apparently, and unsurprisingly, EA are looking at rolling this model out to more titles in future.
Capcom has confirmed that their downloadable game E.X. Troopers will be released later this year - in Japan at least. It's an interesting title so perhaps not one that will be released here.
According to this article on Bloomberg Vivendi are rumoured to be looking at selling off their 61% stake in Activision Blizzard which has a value at $US8.1 billion. Parent company Vivendi is in a little financial trouble at the moment so the move would not be unexpected.
June 29, 2012
Head on over to the PS3 Release Schedule Page and you will notice we have reworked the schedules adding in a tonne of new titles, and shifting the dates for many others. It's the best place to get Australian PS3 release dates.
Big Ant Studios and Tru Blu Entertainment have announced that Rugby League Live 2 is in development and will be released later this year. The game will contain teams from NRL, Super League and Australian, English and New Zealand International comps among others.
June 28, 2012
Today is a pretty big day in PSVita world with Sony releasing the program which allows you to watch Youtube videos via Wi-Fi or 3G on the system. The application is available via the Playstation Store.
It's a pretty exciting day for Mass Effect 3 fans with Electronic Arts and Bioware releasing the extended ending DLC called, wait for it, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut (which is free) - with one small note... The pack is out now on XBox 360, and PS3 - in America. The European and Australian release has been pushed back to July 4 - no reason has been given but we assume for localization. Only a week to wait then...
Naughty Dog have re-confirmed that The Last Of Us will have multiplayer, but no co-op in the main campaign, despite the game having two main characters - Joel and Ellie. The game is due in 2013.
June 27, 2012
Ubisoft have confirmed that Far Cry 3 has been delayed from early September to November 29 in Europe and December 4 in America (yes, Europe/Oz is first). The open world shooter looks spectacular to say the least and we're happy to ensure the final product is at the level of quality deserved.
Games Industry News
Kaz Hirai has stood down in his role as representative director and chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment. As we all know Hirai is now in charge of the entire Sony Corporation after taking the reigns on April 1st this year and this will allow him to focus on a company as a whole.
June 25, 2012
Movie Industry News
Electronic Arts has today announced that Dreamworks has picked up the rights to develop a Need for Speed movie. As the press release states:
"DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s (NASDAQ: EA) popular video game franchise, Need for Speed, it was announced jointly this weekend by DreamWorks CEO and Co-Chair Stacey Snider and EA President of Studios Frank Gibeau.
Brothers George and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature’s screenplay. The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game. EA will produce along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct, and the project will be fast-tracked at DreamWorks with a target production start date for early next year, for a 2014 release."
June 23, 2012
Namco Bandai have announced that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be released in Australia and New Zealand on September 13, 2012. That's two weeks earlier then we originally had the games release pegged at. On launch day fans that placed their pre-orders with selected retailers will have access to the exclusive ANZ Edition, which includes a high quality Metal Tin case with exclusive artwork, the additional four DLC characters and the Snoop Dog Background stage. The ANZ Edition will be produced in limited quantities and available through EB Games and JB HiFi in Australia and New Zealand as their standard version.
June 16, 2012
Just so you're aware we'll be away for the next week so it's unlikely we'll be updating the site at all. Unfortunately the swag of previews from the E3 Show we wanted up by now didn't happen due to server failures at work too.. but expect a tonne of new content when we return.
June 15, 2012
Over the last couple of days reports have come out stating that Crystal Dynamic's upcoming Tomb Raider - due in early 2013 - would include a scene where someone attempts to rape Lara Croft. Today however studio head Darrell Gallagher has denied these reports confirming there is no such scene in the game. He states:\
"In making this Tomb Raider origins story our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in late Tomb Raider games. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’.
This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular section, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind of categorically not a theme that we cover in this game."
Assassin's Creed III is a game which millions of gamers are eagerly awaiting - no doubt about it. After two spin-off games Ubisoft are now set to release their third proper Assassin's Creed title - this time set during the American Civil War. This looks damn impressive.
June 14, 2012
Well we wanted it to come to Europe and America, and apparently Sony have said it will be coming which is great news. Also impressive is that the animal survival game Tokyo Jungle was released in Japan last week, and hit the top of the charts with 110,309 sales.
Seems a little bit of controversy has arisen over the Battlefield Premium pricing in Australia. The pack - which gives you all the DLC and more - was announced with a $AU49.99 price point here, but it seems that's only for PC with PS3 gamers having to fork out $AU79.95 - WTF! XBox 360 owners have to pay 4000MSP (which in real money means $AU66 or so).
June 12, 2012
Konami have confirmed their online servers for Metal Gear Solid Online will be closed down Tuesday (wait, that's tonight!). The game has been available for 4 years now. Konami had originally stated the servers would be online for 3 years but popularity of the game saw them extend the uptime for the additional year.
Watch Dogs was one of the higlights of the E3 Show and Ubisoft have confirmed that as well as Ubisoft Montreal, their Ubisoft Reflections Studio is working on the game.
THQ has confirmed that UFC Undisputed 4 was already in development when the UFC license was sold off to Electronic Arts (as announced at E3 this year). Last week the company announced that UFC Undisputed 3 sales were not enough to cover the production costs.
According to reports Nintendo looks set to slash staff bonuses this year by around 20%. The reason is Nintendo's first annual loss since entering the video game business (primarily due to the transition from the Wii to Wii U).
Slant Six (developers of Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City and some SOCOM titles) have let go over a quarter of their staff (they currently employ 96 staff with 26 being affected). Apparently the company is between projects and when production ramps up they will be looking to "reinstate every single person affected"
June 11, 2012
Epic's Mark Rein has confirmed that the first game using their new Unreal Engine 4 will be released in 2013. The engine will run on PC and next-gen consoles (except Wii U), but the game, and it's platforms were not disclosed.
June 9, 2012
Grasshopper Manufacture have confirmed that support for the Playstation Move controller has been considered for Lollipop Chainsaw and while it won't be included at launch, it may be added at a later date via a patch.
June 2-7, 2012
2012 E3 Show
2012 E3 Show is one which will see a transition from the current to next-generation titles. Even if Microsoft and Sony don't show off new hardware, there's no doubt that the games may be a little light on as the companies prepare for the rumoured 2013 releases. Nintendo will be showing off the Wii U as well. The following link is where you'll get all the news over the next week.
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