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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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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)

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.

Manhunt 3 Gets Shut Down Before it Even Starts

Manhunt, Rockstar’s Saw-esque stealth murdering game, has always had a cult following.  Despite the series’ lack of critical support, there are just some people who really love the game’s brutal nature.  Chief among those fans were the games’ developers themselves, who had already begun pre-production on the third entry in the series:  According to Gofanboy, they had even begun working on a control scheme for the Playstation Move. Unfortunately for them (and every other Manhunt fan) Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two saw those ideas and have already told them that there is no chance of their being a “Manhunt 3”.  “Manhunt 3” would’ve been the first entry on PS3…

Well, technically it still could be, Rockstar hasn’t officially said anything about the future of the series.

SCEA Prez Jack Tretton Compares Natal to Eye-Toy

O it’s on.  It’s on like Donkey Kong…  Or a Chinese counter-strike match.

During an interview with Gametrailers TV, Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton went on the offensive promoting the Playstation Move over other motion-based gaming.  When asked how he felt about the inevitable competition between Natal and Move since both are set to launch this fall, Tretton said; “I think ultimately [the Move] is next generation gaming…  If you really want to get involved in playing with a camera I suggest you go out and buy a $99 PlayStation 2 and play some of the great technology we invented eight years ago”.

DAMN!

Though the comparison between the Natal and the Eye Toy makes perfect sense, seeing as they both use motion-capture recorded by a camera, it seems a bit hypocritical calling Natal a rip-off when Move is so derivative of the Wii.  Regardless, it looks like the motion-control war is going to get ugly.

More Playstation Move Screens and Movies

Just wanted to add some more images of the Move controller and launch lineup for all you inquiring minds out there…

1)  The Controller

Dukes / Motion Fighter

Move Party

Sports Champions

SOCOM 4 Gameplay Video

Meet the Playstation “Move”

So much for that time I said I was sure Sony was going to name it the “Arc”.  Sony officially unveiled their new wand/motion controller, the Playstation Move, tonight during their keynote their keynote address at GDC.  According to Kotaku, documents from a European patent office surfaced earlier today, revealing the name early, but that wasn’t enough time for most people (Me) to get the message.

Anyways, so it’s called the Move.  I was wrong.  Get over it.

Sony is pretty excited about this thing.  Peter Dille, who led the Move presentation, claimed (indirectly) that the Move is more sensitive and versatile then thewiimote; “previous motion devices have used controller simply as pointer of mouse – ours becomes an extension of your body.”  For those who haven’t seen the Move before, it works with the Playstation “Eye” camera, so if you don’t have one you’ll need to get one of those as well…

Don’t worry though:  Sony said that, when Move launches this fall, there will be three different packages to suit every gamers needs:  A single Move controller, packaged with the Eye, or as part of a bundle with a PS3 console.  According to the presentation, the eye/move package should cost under 100 dollars.

So far, there hasn’t been any word about what kind of software support “Move” will have at launch.  Sony said the reason they pushed the Move’s launch back almost a year ago was to allow more compatible games to be available at launch, so there should be some interesting games on the way.  Sony has already announced that some upcoming franchise games will be Move-compatible, including SOCOM 4 and a re-release of LittleBigPlanet, dubbed “LittleBigPlanet Move”.

As for Move-Exclusives, there are only a couple known as of now.  First, there’s MOVE Party, which 1up.com compared to WarioWare on Wii.  “Sports Champions”, which looks like Wii Sports with real people.  Lastly, there’s a boxing game that has been referred to by various media outlets as both “Motion Fighter” and “Dukes”.  Thanks to Kotaku, we have a video of someone playing it.

More info will almost definitely be coming in the next few days…