(5-11 September) And In Other News…

Monday 5th:

  • Following the fan-made ‘Find Makarov’ short film earlier this year, Activision have now fully funded a sequel: ‘Operation Kingfish’
  • The much lamented Call of Duty Elite has now been given an annual price of $50/£35, although it will be included as part of the ‘Hardened Edition’ of Modern Warfare 3, which is priced at around $100/£80.
  • Sony are aiming for youngsters with their new PSP E-1000; “You will see the audience skew younger. If we are going to take PSP very young – teens and much younger – they are happy to just play the game. If taking Wi-Fi out is the price to pay, we’re happy to.”

Tuesday 6th:

  • After Nintendo secured exclusivity for JRPG Dragon Quest X, Sony’s stock has dropped to its lowest all year.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution has been pushed back in Japan after the country’s ratings board frowned upon some of the “visual expressions” in the game.
  • The biggest Sony story this year was of course the huge PSN hack and they’ve now bolstered their online security team by appointing Philip Reitinger, who used to work for the US Department of Homeland Security.
  • Senior gameplay designer at DICE, Alan Kertz has said that to unlock everything in the Battlefield 3 online mode will take “something like 100 hours.”

Wednesday 7th:

  • PSN title Dead Nation, which scored a perfect grade on this very site, is receiving some new DLC. Road of Devestation will be “Continuing from the events where the original game left off (or, is it actually the other way around…)” according to the developer. As well as this, Housemarque also announced it has had 3.8 million downloads, presumably not including the free copies given as part of the ‘Welcome Back Program’.
  • A code printing error from publisher Ubisoft has led to Driver: San Francisco being free to play online, even if you’ve purchased a second-hand copy.
  • Staying with Driver news, there’s more good stuff as 22 new routes will be heading your way on September 15th. Afterwards, there will be another new route each week for 10 weeks. The best part? All of these are completely free of charge.

Thursday 8th:

  • Responding to comments by Michael Pachter, EA say they have “no plans to charge” for Battlefield 3’s Battlelog service.
  • Former BBC, Asda and EMI employee Fergal Gara has been named the boss of SCE UK, replacing Ray Maguire.
  • VP of SCEA, Rob Dyer, has admitted PlayStation 3 is falling behind to XBOX 360 in the region by around 1.6 to 1. He did praise the software sales though, citing titles such as Medal of Honor, LA Noire, Mortal Kombat and NBA 2K11 as examples that came out on top for Sony’s console.

Friday 9th:

  • Activision will be publishing Dreamworks Super Star Kartz, which will of course contain characters from Madagascar, Shrek, Monsters Vs Aliens and all those other cash cow kids movies.
  • The recently opened online-only GameStop UK has secured an exclusive white version of the PS3. The new colour, which has already been on sale in Japan for a while, will have 2 controllers, a 320GB HDD and a £250 price tag.

Saturday 10th:

  • Images of Super Monkey Ball for the PS Vita were leaked online, subsequently leading to the formal announcement of the game.

Sunday 12th:

  • Quantic Dream chief Guillaume de Fondaumiere has said that the company lost “between 5 and 10 million Euros” because of pre-owned sales for their hit title Heavy Rain.

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  • Derek / Beaver6622

    Hey Quantic Dream!  That’s the nature of the beast!  I “lost” double of my income cause I didn’t 80 hours a week instead of 40.