(22-28 August) And In Other News…

After the avalanche of news with Gamescom last week, it was a little slower this time round. However, Sony, EA and Activision have all been hitting the headlines.

Monday 22nd:

  • Driver: San Francisco will be made available for download on the PSN “in a few weeks” according to Ubisoft.
  • EA’s John Riccitello has compared the plight of Call of Duty to that of Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk – adding the franchise will be “out of the market in 2-3 years”.
  • Deus Ex now has it’s own clothing line, including the main protagonist’s jacket which itself will set you back $189/£165/185Euros.

Tuesday 23rd:

  • Sony revealed some promising figures for its Xperia Play. Over 75% of all downloads on the PS-certified handset were paid for – going against the iPhone trend of free games.
  • Mick Hocking of SCEE confirmed the reason PS Vita doesn’t have 3D is because of the motion controls, although when asked about whether it could be on a future iteration of the handheld, the company said “never say never”.
  • Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5 will be receiving as drastic overhaul via the PSN next year. The Final Showdown expansion’s reveal trailer can be seen here.

Wednesday 24th:

  • Back To The Future, a recent episodic release on PSN, will be made available on retail disc soon.
  • Console versions of Battlefield 3 will support 24-player online, developer DICE announced.
  • Need new glasses? Love Modern Warfare? Well GUNNAR’s new “Advanced Gaming Eyewear” may be for you, with their COD:MW3-branded yellow-tinted glasses. They will no doubt increase your ability to ‘n00b pwn’ by 1000%.
  • Over 22 million PlayStation 3’s have now been sold across Europe, with Sony saying they are looking to emulate the 50 million+ PS2’s sold throughout the continent.
  • However, SCEE chief Jim Ryan still wants big improvement in the UK, saying the sales figures vs. the XBOX are much more impressive in other European nations. Ryan thinks though, that the price cut will help in a huge way:  “History has shown us that once you get to £199 you hit lift off. We can do some serious business and this kick-starts that. Getting to £199 was a defining moment for the PSOne and PS2 – this will be no different.”

Thursday 25th:

  • Following it’s recent delay, Twisted Metal has received a new date of Valentines Day in the US. No word on a confirmed European date, but the aim is February.
  • PlayStation released a mildly entertaining, if not extremely cheesy, unboxing video of the Uncharted 3 collectors edition. Who did they get to unbox it? Why Nolan North of course.
  • Treyarch has begun hiring for COD9; posting a job advertisement for a candidate with “an expert understanding of the Call of Duty game universe”.
  • Gamestop unveiled the new ‘Ultimate Bundle’ for Assassins Creed: Revelations. The package includes a bonus mission, an animated short film, an exclusive skin for online play, the soundtrack and action figures of Ezio and the flying machine.
  • Frank Gibeau, EA labels president, says the PSVita has a better chance of success than the 3DS because of its strong launch line-up. Meanwhile, developer of WipEout, Sony Liverpool has provided it’s vote of confidence, remarking that it’s the easiest PlayStation platform ever to work with.
  • Sonic CD is heading for a PSN re-release this September. It will also be available on rival services iOS, Windows Phone, Android, XBOX Live and PC.

Friday 26th:

  • At the upcoming GameFest in the UK, Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed: Revelations will be playable, as well as Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.
  • Resistance dev Insomniac reassures fans that there is plenty more they can still get out of the PS3 and that they will continue to “keep pushing it”.
  • Modern Warfare 3 will introduce ‘foldable scopes’, allowing for magnification of varying distances on a single gun.

Saturday 27th:

Sunday 28th:

  • A leaked video (which has been taken down from YouTube by Activision) has leaked a couple of little details on Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer. It will support 32-player matches and there will be a new mode called ‘bomb’.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Squawka.com Sub-Editor.

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