(26-2 October) And In Other News…

BioWare, Activision, DICE and Quanitc Dream all had a lot to say this week. As well as that, there’s updates, apps, release dates, soundtracks and more, making for a really mixed bag.

Monday 26th:

  • Final Fantasy XIII Part 2 will be getting a soundtrack totalling 4 discs, releasing a day before the game in Japan.
  • Following on from the Dead Space 3 leak included in last week’s round-up, rumours have emerged suggesting the horror sequel will be taking place on an ice-covered planet, fighting an enemy called “The Hive Mind”.

Tuesday 27th:

  • Unsurprisingly ahead of their ‘Elite’ service launching, COD publisher Activision has said gaming social networks will soon be a “necessity”. They said “We believe that a 24/7, year-round services strategy that broadens the game experience beyond just playing is going to be a necessity. Right now, it’s an option but in three to five years, it won’t be. To support a diverse player base, you will have to have a services and ongoing content strategy.”
  • The Witcher 2 has received a huge update, simply named 2.0, which includes a new difficulty level, a tutorial system and a whole host of gameplay amendments and fixes.
  • The upcoming House of the Dead: Overkill on PS3 will have anaglyphic 3D. The old red-and-blue glasses will be included with day one purchases in Europe, while Americans won’t be provided with them.

Wednesday 28th:

  • A new app for the PS3, the Video Unlimited browser, has been launched for PS+ users. The new service will make it much easier to sift through all of the video content than on the archaic PlayStation Store interface.
  • As discussed on the show this week, EA and Virgin have teamed up to do tournaments for the sports titles. Additionally, they this week announced that Battlefield 3 will also be getting the big-money treatment, with $1.6million worth of prizes.
  • Recently revealed remake Syndicate will be released in February of next year, much sooner than most had anticipated.

Thursday 29th:

  • Head of the Gran Turismo series Kazunori Yamauchi had some great news for fans of his game, tweeting “GT fans, thanks for waiting… The GT5 Spec 2.0 update is coming the 3rd week of October, with DLC following a week later.”
  • Kane & Lynch 3 may be on the horizon, with its developer posting a jobs listing for a “senior multiplayer programmer” to “lay the foundation for a yet unannounced 3rd person game with strong cooperative multiplayer elements.”
  • Chief of Quantic Dream David Cage, a man who always has something to say, admits there is still a possibility of a Heavy Rain sequel, although he’d rather work on other things. “David Cage the brand, as you call it, is about not having to make sequels. It’s about creating a brand that is the name of the creator, not Heavy Rain 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 12. Let me be stupid for one second; I’m not in this business to make money. I wrote Heavy Rain because I was excited about it, because there was something to say. Yeah I could make Heavy Rain 2, but I’ve said what I’ve had to say about it.”

Friday 30th:

  • Much-delayed Ubisoft title I Am Alive is finally about to be released. However, it has now been confirmed as a download only title, arriving on the PSN “this winter”.
  • As football fans opened up their copies of FIFA 12, they also found out the launch window of the upcoming FIFA Street reboot. A leaflet in the box of the stellar soccer sim focused on the upcoming game and advertised it as arriving in March 2012.

Saturday 1st:

  • Patrick Bach, executive producer at DICE, has told the WSJ he feels “ashamed” of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and “can’t even bring himself to start up” the game.
  • The LA Times reported Warner Bros are all set to release a new Mortal Kombat title in 2 years time. Not only this, but they’ll also be making a new movie for the fighting franchise to coincide with the game.

Sunday 2nd:

  • It was a day of Mass Effect news, starting with developer BioWare hinting at an MMO based on the series. Co-founder of the studio Greg Zeschuk had this to say: “You never know. I think once The Old Republic is done, we’ll take a fresh look at the market. While making it, you learn an enormous amount. It’s one of the nice things about having these properties in our back pocket. If we want to use something we own as a source for a game, it’s easy to do. So yeah, you never know. We’ve got this giant product to launch, but once that’s done we’ll consider next steps.”
  • Lastly, UK publication XBOX World has revealed BioWare are about to drop a huge bomb with a “killer new feature” to be outed very soon. Rumours around the industry have long suggested they’ll be adding multiplayer, although the dev team have always denied it. Let’s wait and see if this turns out to be a genuine game-changer or just somebody trying to sell a few more magazines by dressing up some small-time news.

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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