Monthly Archives: January 2011

Release Calendar – February, 2011

After two consecutive weeks of AAA releases, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Dead Space 2, February continues to bringing two long-awaited sequels, a couple of well-hyped new IPs, and slew of high-profile portable console titles.  On top of all that, Xbox 360 CoD Black Ops fans are going to sink another 15 bucks into the habit when the First Strike map pack gets released tomorrow.  Meanwhile, drooling PS3 owners will have to wait until March 1st for new maps.

Which February game are you most looking forward to?
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Skyward Sword likely Delayed til Fall

Nintendo conceded today that Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will likely be delayed from “early this year”,  til Fall.  Nintendo had said the game be would be at the beginning of 2011, but with very little shown of the game since E3, a delay seemed likely.

At a recent quarterly financial presentation, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the upcoming Ocarina of Time remake for the DS is expected to ship before Skyward Sword.  At the 3DS presentation in New York, Nintendo said Zelda would not be released in the console’s extended launch period, which will last from the Console initial release on March 27th through this year’s E3, which ends on June 9th.

Knowing all that, Iwata basically said the game will be released no earlier than mid-june.  AAA titles are almost never released during the summer, so realistically the game has chance of actually hitting shelves  before September.

Via GamesRadar

Sony Confirms Cloud Saving for Playstation Plus

Sony confirmed last week’s Kotaku report that the next PS3 firmware update will allow Playstation Plus subscribers to save their games online, making them accessible via their PSN profile.  The new service, called “Online Saving”, comes in extra handy for players  who regularly use more than one console, allowing them access to their saves without a flash drive or memory card.  It also makes switching consoles (or more likely replacing broken ones) much less of a hassle.

Until now, Playstation Plus  offered access to exclusive demos and DLC.  While those features are nice, they haven’t been enough to make Playstation Plus as successful as Xbox Live Gold:  Online saving might not be enough to make the service a success overnight, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Via 1up

Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Galactus Boss Fight Leaked

With Marvel vs Capcom 3‘s release rapidly approaching, advance copies of the game have begun to circulate.  While those copies are generally reserved for the press, there are probably a few connected civilians who managed get their hands on a copy:  One of those lucky people – or realistically a someone who pirated the game somehow – decided to post the game’s final boss fight on Youtube.  It was already out in the open that MvC3‘s final boss is planet-eating Marvel villain Galactus, but now you get see to see it up close and personal.



Brink and Hunted: Demons Forge Dated

Bethesda laid out their release calendar for 2011 on Friday, announcing release dates for their two upcoming titles, Brink and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.  Brink, an FPS with a focus on character customization and teamwork, will be in stores on May 17th.  Hunted, which basically looks like medieval fantasy version of Gears of War, will be released just two weeks later on June 1st.
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Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee to get HD Treatment

According to an interview in the upcoming March issue of EGM, Developer Just Add Water is working an HD remake of PS1 classic, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.  Just Add Water is already working an HD port of the most recent Oddworld game, Stranger’s Wrath.  In the interview, Oddworld series creator Lorne Lanning describes the new Oddysee; “It’s basically Abe’s Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer.”  You might argue that this description implies larger changes, but Lanning assures fans that the goal is to update, not change; “<We’re> not trying to reinvent any wheels. It’s like, ‘Can we make that experience in a new engine, with new tech, in the old way?'”

With all the remakes and collections flooding the market (Sly, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, etc) the Oddworld series seems like a logical choice for revival.  Let’s hope it sticks!

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Correction: Max Anarchy is now Anarchy Reigns

Earlier this week, Games4thought reported on the first details Bayonetta developer Platinum games newest project was leaked by Famitsu via Japanese gaming industry blog Andriasang.  In my earlier report, I wrote that Max Anarchy is going to be a multiplayer-intensive brawler/fighter that will be released in Japan some time during 2011.

Technically all of that is true:  The Japanese version of the game will be called Max Anarchy.  In the US, however, the game will be called Anarchy Reigns.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag and the project is out in the open, Sega decided to make a separate US announcement, revealing the game’s new title, along with a couple of screenshots and a teaser trailer. (Check ’em out after the jump) Game director Masaki Yamanaka also confirmed that Anarchy Rising will see a worldwide release this fall.
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Sony Unveils PSP2 at Tokyo Press Conference

Sony Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai confirmed the development of their upcoming portable console, the “Next-Gen Portable” or “NGP” on Wednesday night at the Sony “Playstation Meeting 2011” conference in Tokyo.  The PSP2… I’m sorry; I mean the “NGP”, will sport a 5-inch OLED screen, built-in 3G and Wi-fi capabilities, sixaxis gyroscopic control functionality, both front and rear multi-touch panels (Capacitive), as well as front and rear cameras. Improving on the horrible PSP analog nub, the NGP will have two real analog sticks for more functional control. That said, the demos showed that many games will use a combination of motion, multi-touch and conventional controls to create a unique play-style. The NGP screen has four times the resolution of the current PSP (960 x 544). Developers at the conference said that the NGP can handle ports of PS3 titles and can handle comparable visuals.
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Platinum Games Announces “Max Anarchy”

Bayonetta and Vanquish fans rejoice!  Developer Platinum Games has revealed to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that they’ve begun work on their fifth collaboration with Sega.  Titled “Max Anarchy”, this game will be an online action game, and Platinum’s first featuring online play.

The Famitsu spread features an interview with producer Atsushi Inaba and screenshots of characters, including Madworld protagonist Jack, fighting with “chainsaws and torches”, according to Joystiq.
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EA Announces Dead Space 2 DLC on Launch Day

EA announced today that a DLC pack for Dead Space 2 is already underway.  The announcement serves an extra bit of incentive for gamers to go pick up the highly anticipated sequel, which hits store shelves today.  Neither the DLC or the announcement comes as much of a surprise:  The Dead Space franchise has rapidly grown into one of the publisher’s largest properties, and publishers regularly announce DLC for high-profile titles in first week of their release.
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