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3DS Launch Lineup Detailed

 

Nintendo released the finalized launch-day lineup for the 3DS today.  In their statement, Nintendo confirmed that most 3DS will cost 40 dollars (US).  There will be 16 launch-day games (18 if you include AR Games and Face Raiders, which come installed on the console.) when the 3DS hits shelves on March 27th.  There are 3 first-party games; Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, and my personal favorite, Steel Diver.  Highlights of t third-party offering include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D and Madden Football 3D.

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Rumor: Modern Warfare 3 Will Be a Ghost-Centric Prequel

According to the UK edition of Official Playstation Magazine, the next Call of Duty game, “Modern Warfare 3”, will actually be a MW prequel to the series revolving around supporting character Ghost.  Fans of the series have been clamoring for more of Ghost since MW2, and rumors of a spin-off or prequel starring Ghost began circulating since January.  In their rumors section, OPMUK mentions “insider whispers” alleging that; “Infinity Ward’s next Modern Warfare title will be a prequel, with Ghost in the lead role.”
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E3 News – Valve Cancels Portal 2 Event, Announces “Surprise”

With E3 less than two weeks away, it’s finally time to stop mentioning the show and start actually talking about it!  Unfortunately, the our prE-3 news could be considered bad news, though I have a feeling it’ll turn out to be for the best.  Valve announced yesterday that they are canceling their “Portal 2” unveiling event, which was set for June 14th, just before the official show began.  Bummer.

Like I said, its not bad news though – Valve said that, instead of the “Portal 2 event”, there will be a “surprise” event for attendees.  Also, Valve’s note ensures E3 attendees, and the public, that Portal 2 will be on display and available for screenings at the Valve booth during the main show.  (Read the whole note after the jump, courtesy of 1up)

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Rumor: Microsoft Will Announce Hulu Service for Xbox 360 at E3

According to tech news site Gear Live, (Via Kotaku) Microsoft will announce at E3 that Xbox Live users will be able to stream television and movies from Hulu with a paid subscription.  The announcement wouldn’t be much of a surprise; rumors of a similar subscription-based Hulu service for the iPad, as well as a premium version of the video streaming site for PCs have been around for a LONG time now.

In addition to making Hulu Xbox Live-ready, the consensus is that the premium service would allegedly give members access to an expanded library of content:  For example, while current and future non-paying Hulu users are only able to watch the five most recently aired episodes of a TV show like “Glee”, premium members would be able to watch the entire season.  Another rumor alleges that premium subscribers would also see fewer ads while they watched.

The biggest mystery that remains is how much the premium and/or Xbox Live Hulu service will cost.  Also, based on what that price, will Xbox Live members be able to pay a smaller fee for access to content that would be free on a browser.  On that note, rumormongers have connected the Hulu-Xbox Live service to longstanding murmuring about a new “Platinum” level Xbox Live service.

Thats a lot of rumors.  Rumors contingent on other rumors.  Overall, however, there is a single consistent message that is clear and more than likely will occur – Hulu will be available on Xbox Live, and you will have to pay extra for it.  Knowing that, who you pay isn’t that important.

Rumor: Playstation Move Coming in July?

According to a circular from a South African video game retailer, PS3 owner may get to try their hand at motion-control gameplay sooner than expected.  BT Games’ June sales ad announces that gamers should “watch out” for Move during the month of July.  The possibility of this being true is weak at best:  BT Games has said nothing about a specific release date, and Sony made it very clear that they plan to release the Move and its initial software lineup in the fall.  Plus, the idea of releasing a piece of relatively expensive gaming hardware so far away from the holidays seems like a disastrous plan from a business perspective.

Still, BT Games has built a little of credibility in these matter, the chain broke the news about the 250 GB Xbox 360 in an ad months before Microsoft announced it’s existence.  It is possible that the BT ad refers to pre-ordering the controller, or possibly some kind of promotional event.  Regardless, the Move’s future will be set in stone in just over two weeks at E3.

(Via G4TV)

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Pushed Back to 2011

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today at a corporate shareholder meeting that “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” will not be released until early 2011.  The tactical shooter, originally set to be released in time for this year’s Christmas rush, will now be released during the company’s “March quarter.”  Guillemot attributed the decision to better timing, adding that the extra months will also help the development team “realize their vision.”

Of course, when Ubisoft says “better timing” in a “competitive market,” they actually mean that they’ve deemed it prudent to avoid direct competition with “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which is set to hit stores on November 8th.  Realistically it’s the right decision; who would really want to face off against the follow-up to the most successful video game of all time, especially with a game in the same genre?  Still, it’s unfortunate – despite knowing little about the game, at least “Future Soldier” isn’t mired by the air of scandal surrounding the “Call of Duty” franchise.

Regardless of how you feel about “CoD”, bummed out “Ghost Recon” fans can still take solace in the fact that an early build of the game will be unveiled at E3 next month.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Announced

Sony announced yesterday that “LittleBigPlanet 2” is on the way.  Being one of Sony’s successful exclusive franchises, there was little doubt that a sequel has been in the works – particularly since SCEA bought LBP developer Media Molecule earlier this year.  Once again the game will emphasize gamer customization and creativity using the “Create” mode.

Building on the gameplay of the original, LBP 2 will expand the range of things that players can do in their unique worlds.  In LBP 2, Sack-Boy, the malleable hero of the game, will have access to new tools like a grappling hook, “power gloves”, and a “magic bag”.  Also, LBP 2 will support Playstation Move; according to Sony, motion control may only be used in specific Move-ready levels.

While players will not be able build levels using the Move, LBP 2’s CREATE mode will add some new options for aspiring game developers including programmable NPCs, health meters and the ability to create a unique control scheme.  Lastly, LBP 2 will be backwards compatible, meaning that players can import their games from the original LBP so they can tweak their games, or simply play them with updated graphics.

Media Molecule told 1up.com that more information about LBP 2 will become available at E3 next month, including info on the soundtrack and hopefully (fingers crossed) a release date.

Rumor: Activision Developing “Guitar Hero: Red Hot Chili Peppers”

According to a customer survey from producer Activision, the Red Hot Chili Peppers may be the next band in line to be immortalized in their own special Guitar Hero game.  RHCP would be the fourth band to appear to their own Guitar Hero entry, following in the footsteps of  Arrosmith, Val Halen and Metallica.

Kotaku reader forwarded the survey to the blog, which described the game as similar to previous band-centric GH titles; the track list would mostly come from the band, with a few songs from guest artists hand-picked by the band.  The survey implies that, though the track list will have albums from every part of the band’s history, it will focus on “Californication”, “By the Way” and their upcoming new album.

Activision has not made any kind of official comment confirming or denying the game, and there is no word on when the game would be released.  That said, given that the Chili Peppers’ new album probably won’t drop until this Fall, the game almost certainly won’t be coming before then.  if the game is coming in 2010, there will likely be an official announcement in the near future, possibly at E3 in June.

Ed Boon Hints at Mortal Kombat 9

Recent tweets from “Mortal Kombat” creator Ed Boon have implied that he’s working on the next direct entry in the series, Mortal Kombat 9.  Boon’s comments are the latest in a series of tiny pieces of evidence that a new MK is in the works.  Before now, two actresses, Dana Lyn Baron and Brenda Barry, have voice acting credits for “Mortal Kombat 9” on IMDB playing Sonya and Kitana respectively.  Dana Lyn Baron also mentioned her role in the game in a blog, which has since been taken down.

Now, acting credits are one thing, but playful musings from the series’ creative mastermind is much more intriguing evidence.  First, Boon tweeted; “9 + 25 = FALSE.”  The statement is cryptic, but G4 has a theory as to what it may mean.  If “9” is “Mortal Kombat 9”, then “25” may refer to rumors that the game is under already development and will be ready for this holiday season.  Then, more recently, Boon also tweeted; “Here are those MK9 beta codes I promised you: TEERH-ONRUS-TNUBT-NO Hope you enjoy the beta! Just kidding…I ain’t got shit. ; )”  Nothing really to say about the comment, but Boon’s casual and repeated reference to the game could be seen as a sign in itself.

So, is there a new MK or not?  Honestly, there’s no way to know for certain now, but it’s safe to say that if the game is in development and as far along as rumors indicate, then there will definitely be news about it in the near future, most like at E3 next month.

Bungie and Activision Sign 10-Year Publishing Contract

Halo developer Bungie had made it quite clear in recent months that Halo: Reach would be the last game in the Halo franchise for the foreseeable future.

If you didn’t believe them…  Well, now you have proof.

Bungie has agreed to give Activision-Blizzard exclusive publishing rights to all games the studio develops for the next ten years.  Though the terms of the deal were not fully disclosed, The agreement seems to revolve around the establishment of a single AAA franchise, to be published across multiple platforms; “Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and device.”  It was also made explicitly clear that the deal calls for a “partnership”, rather than a merger or aquisition:  Bungie will remain completely independent and retain complete creative control of their projects.  When asked why they chose to work with Activision, Bungie president Harold Ryan said that the studio was looking for a producer with “global reach” and experience publishing games on multiple platforms.  If nothing else, Activision has both of those things in spades.

The question everyone’s asking now is; “What is the new IP”?  No one knows, but according to Activision COO Thomas Tppl,”Bungie has been working on this project for awhile.”  Bungie staff are keeping tight-lipped about everything not Halo: Reach related, but have indicated that the series will be something completely new (Sorry Marathon fans), it will be big and it may or may not be a shooter.  When asked what genre this new series would fall into during an interview with Kotaku, Bungie Community Manager Brian Jerrard said; “Looking back on our pedigree we’ll definitely be building on the strengths that have helped Bungie to get where we are today.”  Technically, that could mean a lot of things:  Realistically, it means the game is going to be an FPS.  Meanwhile, other rumors are already surfacing, such as the idea that the new series may be subscription-based, but both companies are keeping quiet about what’s in store.

On a different front, this news only strengthens recent the likelihood that Activision will seek to dissolve Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward, which has been the cause of series of problems for them in recent months.  With a strong new franchise from Bungie, there seems little reason to keep the studio open, seeing as it is a shadow of what created the most-successful game of all time.

Games For Thought will keep you posted as details of the deal and the new franchise arise.  Given that the series is already being developed, it’s totally possible that we get a little taste – or at least a name – during E3 this June.

UPDATE:  Remember what I said about the possibility of getting more info about Bungie’s new series at E3?  Well, apparently it ain’t gonna happen.  Bungie community manager Brian Jerrard, speaking with Edge this time, says that there will be absolutely no new information about the project this year’s show.  Jerrard emphasized the fact that Bungie is still working on Halo: Reach, which won’t actually be finished until this fall.