(21-27 November) And In Other News…

Monday 21st:

  • Assassins Creed: Revelations had the most successful launch of the series so far, seeing 8% more profit. In terms of platforms, the PS3 accounted for 44% of the sales.
  • Talking to the UK-based OPM, Hideo Kojima had a few things to say on MGS5; “I think we’ll probably have to make it at some point, but what that will be, we have no idea. As far as my involvement in the project is concerned, it probably won’t be as much as it was with MGS1 – maybe I can do just one stage! For MGS1 I made the maps myself, laid out the enemy routes myself, did everything hands-on – that level I can’t do again.”
  • Naughty Dog are set to release an Uncharted 3 patch to fix some gunplay problems – bringing it more in-line with its predecessor.

Tuesday 22nd:

  • Sony have teamed up with streaming service Crackle to offer free movies via PS Home. Although there isn’t a great selection, there is a few you’ve probably heard of – including Step Brothers, Snatch and Resident Evil.
  • Rayman 3 will be receiving a HD remake – launching on the PSN early next year.
  • The PlayStation 3D display has been delayed in Europe. Amazon UK told customers; “We have been informed by our supplier that there will be a delay in obtaining stock for this item and it will no longer be released in Europe in 2011.”

Wednesday 23rd:

  • Square Enix will be opening a second Montreal studio to work on a new “premium quality” Hitman title, also described as an “AAA game for tomorrow’s audiences”.
  • Sticking with Square, the publisher had praise for “Western triple A titles like Call of Duty, Battlefield and Assassin’s Creed” – but the kudos they gave these games is exactly the thing most gamers hate: the yearly releases. Square confirmed they now want to copy these franchises by launching a new Final Fantasy “every 1-2 years”, citing FF XIII as an example of a game they took too long on.
  • Shares in UK retailer GAME have fallen by around 60% since the beginning of the year.

Thursday 24th:

  • According to reports emanating from Japan, Ridge Racer Vita will only have 3 (!) tracks and 5 (!!) cars. The game will be at a lower price than other Vita titles, but still, there are cheap PSN downloads that improve on that number tenfold.
  • EB Games (the Canadian version of GameStop) have, according to various employees, begun to abolish used sections in their stores. Instead, they’ll be mixing new and used games on the shelves and use the same colour price sticker for all games.

Friday 25th:

  • Catherine has finally been given a European release – landing February 2012 – and will include a special edition reversible cover, each side featuring one of the girls.
  • Jim Ryan, SCEE CEO, says there is “still a lot of unfinished business on PS3” but that it would be “undesirable” for them to give Microsoft a big head-start in the next generation, hopefully avoiding the problems they had in the 360-PS3 race.

Saturday 26th:

  • A couple of sources had interesting things to say on the Move vs. Kinect battle – both suggesting Sony is on the comeback trail. IndustryGamers and Tom Key of Ubisoft say that while Kinect had amazing sales last Christmas, they’ve slowed enormously since then to an “unhealthy” amount. Move on the other hand has seen a steady progression over the year and is now closing in on the 11million Kinect’s sold.
  • EA Sports have flexed their financial muscle by signing up Lionel Messi as their new “brand ambassador” for FIFA. World player of the year, Messi was formerly the coverstar of PES, but didn’t appear on it this time around – and now we know why. The first game he’ll be gracing the boxart of is the FIFA Street reboot (pictured below).

Sunday 27th:

  • Rocksteady revealed a release date of December 20th for the new Batcave challenge map.
  • The last piece of news is UK-specific, but could be of good use for Brit PSNation readers. Sainsbury’s have cut the price of the 160GB PS3 to an enticingly low £158, undercutting most retailers by a good £40.

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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