(10-16 October) And In Other News…

A host of quotes from industry bigwigs, HD remakes, Batman DLC and more. The week ended with Extra Life and there’s some amazing news from that. Also, there was obviously a ton of talk from EA and Activision but I’m pretty sure everyone’s bored of execs arguing about whether Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3 is the better game, so I’m going to exclude that stuff from now on.

Monday 10th:

  • Patrick Lui of DICE thinks that the audience is ready for a Mirror’s Edge sequel. “I think it’s something that people are ready to get into again. We see that there’s a huge fan following, it’s almost like a cult! And we know what strengths we had, and what weaknesses we had in that game. If we were to release a new game, we’d know what to improve and how to reach a broader audience. So I definitely think there’s a market there.”
  • He gets criticism from gamers saying he’s a bit of a control freak when it comes to his baby, MGS, so Kojima has responded to that this week. “I have tried in the past. I’ve tried to hand Metal Gear off to other people within the studio and I’ve tried to raise people up so they have the ability to take over. And I think since Metal Gear Solid 3, I’ve tried this and actually did hand it off and have other people come up with the story and come up with the game design. But for some reason it just never really works out. And, you know, I end up having to step in again to take charge and kind of fix things here and there and just get sucked back in unfortunately”.

Tuesday 11th:

  • Dead Island will be receiving its first DLC pack soon. Revealed on the games Facebook page, the devs announced it would be out in November and is titled Bloodbath Arena.
  • Leisure Suit Larry is the latest title to get a HD remake – it’ll be hitting the PSN sometime in 2012.
  • It looks as though Sony may be looking at some sort of trade-in program for your old UMDs. Apparently, SCE will be letting gamers download the PSP titles they physically own at a “special price” when the PSVita is released. Strong rumours suggest they’ve already given out leaflets to retailers detailing the program.

Wednesday 12th:

  • GameStop temporarily listed some DLC for Batman: Arkham City on its website, before hastily removing the products. The Robin Bundle had a release date of 12th November at $6.99, while for $4.99 they had the Arkham City Skin Pack, available on 6th December.
  • Following on from the uber-hack of the PSN earlier this year, the service came under attack again this week, albeit on a much smaller scale. Chief of security over at Sony, Philip Reitinger, confirmed that 93,000 accounts (60,000 PSN/SEN, 33,000 SOE) were at risk. However, he was quick to point out that figure is “less than 0.1% of our audience” and that “your credit card number is not at risk”. All users whose account may have been hacked received a password reset email from Sony.
  • It was hinted at last week and now it’s official: Daytona USA is back. The Sega classic is heading to PSN, in less than 2 weeks! Following other Sega downloadable re-releases such as Outrun and Sega Rally, Daytona USA includes 8-player online and will set you back $9.99.

Thursday 13th:

  • Every Vita game will be available on PSN day and date to coincide with retail release. Along with this news, cross game chat was also confirmed – “We know everybody wants it on PS3 so we’re doing it on Vita” said Sony’s Chris Norden.
  • The PlayStation Blog revealed that Assassins Creed: Revelations will be in 3D on the PS3.
  • Everybody’s favourite game publisher, Activision, has announced a Men in Black game. Set for a release early next year, the game “will feature action-packed yet light-hearted gameplay mixed with edge-of-your-seat shooting excitement from the universe’s most elite peacekeeping force”, delivering a “genre-bending experience with a level of production value on par with Hollywood”.

Friday 14th:

  • Mass Effect 3 will have over 40,000 lines of dialogue – more than double the first two games.
  • Bethesda staff have had an internal speed-run competition on Skyrim, with surprising results. One employee managed to reach the end of the game in just over 2 hours. All of the side quests and levelling up though, will no doubt be pushing closer to 100 hours.
  • North America will be getting an exclusive Street Fighter X Tekken special edition. Launching on March 6th 2012, the package will include the game, a prequel comic, 36 gems (an extra 9 if you pre-order) and an ‘arcade cabinet bank’. No price has been announced as of yet but I expect it will be knocking on the door of $100 at least.

Saturday 15th:

  • The world’s first Uncharted 3 review rolled in this weekend – a Spanish magazine scoring it at 9.9, the highest rating it’s ever dished out. However, Naughty Dog are understood to be hugely concerned with the actual content of the review, filled with spoilers, which has prompted the studio to warn other outlets about not ruining the story in their reviews.
  • Another story about Batman DLC at GameStop. This time, the US retailer has actually done something good for once – they’ll be including Catwoman codes with used copies of the game.
  • The past month of game sales were hugely encouraging for EA SportsNFL 12 (#1), FIFA 12 (#4) and NHL 12 (#5) were all at the top of the US charts. Elsewhere, PS3-exclusive Resistance 3 took 7th place, while XBOX title Gears 3 was at 2nd, closely followed by the multiplat Dead Island.

Sunday 16th:

  • Just one piece of news today, one very awesome piece of news though. Extra Life, the now annual event in the gaming community which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network, hit a huge milestone. For the first time, $1,000,000 was broken! The 24-hour marathon, first set up by Doc of Sarcastic Gamer and embraced by many sites, including of course PSNation, has grown year-on-year and to raise a million is a huge achievement. Glenn and the rest of the Retroids North team had a fantastic live stream for the duration, playing Gran Turismo 5, Dark Souls, Modnation Racers and much more. Donations can still be made to the charity by hitting this link.
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  • Why would a company write a review that’s full of spoilers. That seems counterproductive to having an early exclusive review. If the goal is to get more page hits then having it full of spoilers seems like it would dissuade people from actually reading it.

    • Raj S.M.

      That sentiment is amplified when you think they had the first review in the world for a triple-a title. To get an exclusive like that for Uncharted is amazing, considering they weren’t one of the ‘big players’ in the games media per se. I can bet you one thing though: they won’t be getting another Sony exclusive for a long, long time.

  • Why does everybody hack the PSN? And cross game chat is useless to me because don’t play online.

    • They hack other systems too. Countless Live subscribers have had their accounts hacked during the past few weeks but the games media chooses not to make a big deal about it for whatever reason. Some of them even pass if off with an “Oh well, no online system is perfect.” all while they crucified the PSN. Go figure.

      • Raj S.M.

        Live is vulnerable too, especially shown this past week when thousands of accounts were hacked and used to buy a ton of those ultimate team packs on FIFA and NHL. That particular case got quite a lot of publicity but I agree with you on the whole. They don’t make it to this website though as we only concentrate on PS news!

  • Anonymous

    I’m still going to rip on GameStop. Even with that it does not patch up the hatred that most people have developed over the years with them.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, that’s all very interesting, but you missed the biggest question of the week.  Who would win a fight between Kratos, sackboy and Sly Cooper?  (and a shark)