Gran Turismo 5 Date To Be Confirmed

Posted in PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

gt5SCEE has told GOONL!NE that a release date for Gran Turismo 5 is still to be confirmed.

It comes as it was discovered that had the game down for November 27th 2009 with Game having it down for September (picked up by TheSixthAxis).

But a SCEE rep told us that a date for the game was to be confirmed, simply stating:

The release date for GT5 is still TBC.

But it does now strongly indicate a 2009 release for the game after PD’s Kazunori Yamauchi said that they could release GT5 antime.

I want to release it as fast as I can. but GT5 for us, when you talk about its status, it’s at a point we can release it any time we want, but we can always keep working on it. It’s very important for us to make sure everything is done perfectly and everything is done in detail.

Dont count this one out yet, but consider it knocked back for now.

SCEE: We Respect Acti’s Opinion But No Comment

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

playstation-3Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has told GOONL!NE that although they respect Activision opinion that they will pull PlayStation support unless they cut the price of the PS3, they will not be commenting on the matter. The official statement given to us by a SCEE rep goes as so:

We respect our third parties opinions and their right to express those opinions but we will not be commenting on this story.

It comes as Bobby Kotick revealed that his company may pull support for the PLAYSTATION 3 unless a price cut comes into effect, but Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter said to VG247 that they were bluffing. Keep an eye on this one, this is gonna get uglier before it gets better we think.

Activision Issue a Cut or Run Ultimatium to Sony

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

ps3UPDATE: SCEE has replied to GOONL!NE, giving a no comment.


Activision-Blizzard president Bobby Kotick has come out to The Times online stating that Sony needs to cut the price for the PLAYSTATION 3 or they will pull support for PS3 and PSP. That means big games like Modern Warfare, Call of Duty and Guitar Hero will not be on the system any more.

They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation.

However, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said to VG247 that Acti are bluffing though.

Of course Bobby’s bluffing, and good for him. I think Bobby’s obviously interested in Sony selling as many PS3s as they possibly can, and he’s not happy with their penetration so far. I think he favours a price cut, and would rather see one sooner than later.

We’ve left an email with SCEE to respond to it.

John Schappert Leaves Microsoft for EA

Posted in EA, Xbox 360, Xbox Live with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

john-schappertEA has announced the appointment of John Schappert, Corporate Vice President for Xbox Live for Microsoft, as their brand new COO beginning July 14th.

Schappert who had been in the role since 2007 had two keynotes, one at the Game Developer’s Conference and another at the Tokyo Games Show both last year as well as appearences at two Microsoft press briefings at E3 in 2008 and 2009, coming in at Microsoft the same year Don Mattrick came into Microsoft, also from EA, to replace Peter Moore who in the other way to EA Sports.

Schappert claimed he had “EA in my blood”.

After nearly two decades working in or around this company, I’ve got EA in my blood.

Current EA COO John Pleasants will leave the company.

CEO of EA John Riccatello said he was “thrilled” to welcome back Schappert to EA.

We are thrilled to welcome John Schappert back to EA.

PR is after the jump.

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PixelJunk Shooter – New Screens

Posted in PlayStation 3 with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

playstation-3Some new shots have emerged of PixelJunk Shooter, the next PJ game coming to the PSN from Q Games and Dylan Cuthbert. You can get them after the jump, courtesy of .

It’s out hopefully sometime this year.

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Halo 3: ODST – New Screenshots

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Halo 3 ODSTMicrosoft’s released some brand new shots of Halo 3: ODST as they confirm that Sgt Johnson is a playable character for the Firefight co-op mode in the game.

Pre-order the game and you get Johnson. Screens and PR is after the jump.

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Oblivion/BioShock Bundle Coming to Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

bioshockBethesda’s announced that it’ll be teaming up with 2k Games to provide a bundle involving The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and BioShock together for the Xbox 360.

No such deal has been announced for the UK yet, but it will be coming for $39.99 on the Xbox 360 on July 7th. Press release is after the jump.

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Hudson: If Shepard Dies in ME2, He/She Wont Be Back for ME3

Posted in EA with tags , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Mass Effect 2BioWare’s Casey Hudson has a stark warning for you lot going to play Mass Effect 2: you decide the fate of Shepard and if Shepard goes down the one way road, there’s no way back. Simply put, if he dies, he stays dead.

When we say that Shepard can die in Mass Effect 2, it’s not something that happens at points in the middle of the game. Yes, you can “die” in gameplay as normal but that’s not what we’re talking about here. It’s not a “Game Over” screen. It’s not a gimmicky thing where you make a choice, “die”, and reload to continue to the “real” ending. When you get to the very end of the story in Mass Effect 2, you will get one of a wide variety of climactic and satisfying endings. Depending on how prepared you were, your ending may involve Shepard making the ultimate sacrifice to accomplish the mission.

Speaking in a brand new developer blog post, the project lead for ME2 also gave more infomation to the “suicide mission” been given to Shepard.

In Mass Effect 2, you (as Commander Shepard) are faced with what appears to be a suicide mission: taking a team into the heart of enemy territory where you shouldn’t have any chance of coming back alive. Your survival therefore is based on how well you’ve built a team – who you recruited, how well-equipped they are, and whether they’re loyal to you. Loyalty (and the things you’ll do to earn it) is a central part of the game, and it is critical to Shepard surviving the final mission.

Paragon / Renegade decisions affect a lot of things in the game – and will affect which how the game ends – but they are completely separate from your character’s readiness to survive the final mission.

Oh fucking snap. And he also answered probably the most asked, and most important, question of all. Alien sex?

As for whether there will be alien love in an elevator, you’ll have to play to find out.

The game’s out next year, early 2010, for Xbox 360.

MAG Developer Diary Ep 1 Released

Posted in PlayStation 3 with tags , , , on June 17, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

magSCEE have released the first developer diary for MAG.

It has the usual stuff you’d expect from a dev diary.

It’s after the jump. Game’s out in the Fall, but a beta is incoming for the summer, only on PLAYSTATION 3.

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New Valkyria Chronicles DLC Announced

Posted in Famitsu, Magazine Scans, PlayStation 3 with tags , , , on June 17, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

valkyria-chroniclesSEGA’s announced in this week’s Famitsu that more DLC is on the way for Valkyria Chronicles. The 3rd person RTS watercolor game got 3 packs of DLC earlier this year on the PS Store, but now another pack is coming in the shape of “Challenge of the Eadle Squad” and will be out for ¥300 on June 26th on the Japanese PS Store. But dont worry Westerners, SEGA did bring over the 3 packs of DLC from Japan before, they surely will do the same.

Scan is after the jump.

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