(24-30 October) And In Other News…

Monday 24th:

  • Streaming service Netflix will be heading to the UK and Ireland in “early 2012”. There are currently no details on devices it will appear on or pricing. Lovefilm currently dominates the disc-based rental market (and offer a great service for the price) but with its streaming service still in its infancy, there is maybe a gap that Netflix can fill.
  • Sony have said there were some good things that came out of the infamous PSN security breach. “Our outage has woken up our dormant customers, we have improved the platform, the content, how you can access your content”. I don’t know about waking up customers, waking up PlayStation’s security team perhaps.

Tuesday 25th:

  • As gamers opened their copies of Battlefield 3, they also found a leaflet hinting at a new Medal of Honor. Last year’s reboot was well received and it seems a sequel will be EA’s big focus for next year.
  • With the PS Vita just around the corner and the PSP E-1000 recently released, Sony revealed a new PSP 3000 bundle. For $159.99, it’ll include a download code for Cars 2, FIFA 12 on UMD and a black console.
  • In its first week on shelves, Batman: Arkham City shipped over 4.6million copies, over double its predecessor. It also became the highest rated PS3 title of the year, hitting an average of 95 on Metacritic.

Wednesday 26th:

  • Ubisoft have announced plans to set up a studio in the UAE – the first in the region. At first, the new team (based in capital city Abu Dhabi) will be focusing on online elements of existing Ubisoft titles, before moving on to creating new titles.
  • Namco Bandai insist they’ve learned lessons from the playable characters of Yoda and Darth Vader in Soul Calibur IV. They say that in SC V, Ezio will be a lot more “straightforward” to control, reacting to the difficulty of using the aforementioned duo.
  • The GTA V reveal from the day before boosted share prices in Take-Two. Throughout the day the prices leaped by 7%.

Thursday 27th:

  • According to reports in Japan, the PS Vita will be missing a couple of features when it launches on December 17th. Famitsu say the handheld won’t support flash, PSOne games or TurboGrafx games until an update, but the problems should be fixed by the time of Western release.
  • After 10 years in partnership, Sony have bought Ericsson out of the contract they have to produce mobile phones. The latter say they have given Sony “five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology”. What this means for any future PS-certified handsets is yet to be known.

Friday 28th:

  • Gamers in the US and Canada will have an opportunity to get their hands on PS Vita a week early. The First Edition Bundle will contain the console, along with Little Deviants, a 4GB memory stick and a limited edition case. The US version will be 3G and sets you back $350, while Canadians have the Wi-Fi version for $50 less.
  • On the day of its European release, EA confirmed that Battlefield 3 has already shipped more than 10million units. Although they don’t give a specific figure, they insist “sell-through is strong” and that the “superb quality” of the game, along with marketing through social media, are the key factors. The publisher also boasted they had “close to 3million pre-orders”.
  • Sticking with Battlefield, EA has (as with many of its stellar titles) blamed “unprecedented demand” for the servers regularly going down over the weekend.

Saturday 29th:

  • More EA news and after its first month in stores, FIFA 12 has sold (not shipped) 5million copies. In what seems to be the publisher’s favourite words, FIFA also saw “unprecedented levels of online engagement”. They added FIFA has a “105% increase in online activity” over last year, seeing 94million minutes of online matches per day.
  • Dan Houser, VP of Rockstar, has said the publisher is “deliberately avoiding” the FPS genre as they want to keep their tradition of originality in their games.

Sunday 30th:

  • Capcom announced that Asura’s Wrath will be hitting US shelves on February 21st 2012.
  • Meanwhile, the Japanese publisher’s profits dropped by around 50% for the last 6 months.
  • Two domains registered by Ubisoft suggest the next Rainbow Six game will be titled Patriots. Rainbow6Patriots.com and RainbowSixPatriots.com were set up by the publisher over the weekend, with rumours circulating that the new shooter will be set in New York City.

Written by Raj Mahil

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

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook