Electronic Arts said on Sunday that they are no longer interested in acquiring Take-Two. A press release made the announcement stating that "after careful consideration, including a management presentation and review of other due diligence materials provided by Take-Two... EA has decided not to make a proposal to acquire Take-Two and has terminated discussions with Take-Two."
The release of Electronic Arts Spore with the much maligned SecureROM anti-piracy system drew mass criticism from users on the Internet. Many forum posters complained about the restrictive DRM requirements and the average customer review of the game on Amazon.com as of this writing is 1.5 stars out of 5. Many of the reviews complain about problems installing the game and reaching activation servers in order to play the game. Others complain about the limit to the number of allowed installs.
SCEE has announced that WipEout HD will be released on September 25th for £11.99 in the UK.
about the North American release date earlier today, although at that time nothing had been confirmed about a European date. That was until now.
Look out for a review on Strategy Informer soon.
Electronic Arts took a shot at PC gamers this week when an EA Community Representative announced
on their public forums that the PC version of FIFA Soccer 09 would be a slimmed down version of the game as released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The Community Rep. said that while the PC game will deliver a "very deep gameplay engine"
and that it will have "leading-edge visuals"
, the game would be simplified because the PC does not have "the CPU processing power required for the architecture of the game".
Team 17 has confirmed to VG247
that an Alien Breed remake is currently in the works, and is planned for release sometime next year, although no other details will be revealed until a later date.
Alien Breed is the first in a series of science fiction games played in the form of a top-down shooter for one or two players. It was released in 1991 by Team17 for the Commodore Amiga and later in 1993 for MS-DOS.
Blizzard Entertainment confirmed today that World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will arrive in stores on November 13th in North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia, and November 14 in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. The expansion will be available in Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on November 18.
The Golden Axe: Beast Rider image gallery has been updated with 8 new screenshots.
A price point for Wipeout HD was revealed
at the end of last week, and today Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced the official release date for the exclusive PlayStation Network title. It will be released on September 25th
The Grand Theft Auto IV image gallery has been updated with 9 new screenshots.
Crytek and Valve announced over the weekend that both companies have reached an agreement which will see Crysis and Crysis Warhead appearing on Steam.
"The millions of gamers logging into Steam every week to play today's best PC games are going to love Crysis Warhead," said Avni Yerli, Managing Director at Crytek. "Crytek Hungary has done a terrific job creating this new experience while optimizing CryEngine 2, and we're looking forward to delivering it and the original Crysis as our first offerings on Steam."
In a short appearance on the Spike TV Channel, it was revealed that Duke Nukem 3D will be released on the Xbox Live Arcade on Wednesday, September 24th.
The number of points that the game will cost has not been revealed, as Microsoft has not yet made a final price point.
Atari has announced that RACE Pro, the realistic racing simulation game that is exclusive to the Xbox 360, is to be released in January 2009. The months leading up to release will be used to ensure that SimBin is able to create a game of the highest possible standard.
There will also be a playable demo released on the Xbox Live Martketplace before Christmas, featuring online multiplayer and single player racing.
The latest Capcom financial report for the fiscal year of 2008 contains a wealth of data not only on Capcom but also on the games industry as a whole. The entire report is a whopping 96 pages of glossy colors and slick layouts which can be found here
is reporting that Codemaster's new title Rise of the Argonauts will ship in November 2008. The official web page lists Fall 2008 as the currently scheduled release of the game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC.
Capcom is raising the bar in how many people it takes to produce an AAA game by announcing that it have more than 400 people involved in the production of Resident Evil 5. Gamekyo is reporting on the extremes that Capcom has gone to in the production of this game, by quoting a Capcom report as saying that the "staff visited Africa, a new backdrop in the series, to experience the real Africa where the contrast between light and the darkness is stunning" and that it has "more than 400 people including company employees and outside contractors working on (Resident Evil 5)".
The Capcom shareholder report for fiscal year 2008 has revealed a new strategy for the game maker. While Capcom has previously published titles exclusively for one home console system like the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, from now on the company says that "All major titles launched during the next fiscal year or thereafter will be developed as multi-platform games".
Microsoft's Director of Games for Windows, Kevin Unangst, recently announced on the official Microsoft Gamerscore Blog
that while the company will be closing the Ensemble Studios group after Halo Wars is published, Microsoft will be retaining the Age of Empires intellectual property. He added that “As a company, we’re very excited about the future potential for Age of Empires”
which clearly hints at a future iteration of the AoE franchise.
2K Games has launched the official website
for the PlayStation 3 version of BioShock, and it contains information on a demo that will be available from the PlayStation Network on October 2nd.
We really enjoyed BioShock on the Xbox 360
, so we would recommend this one to any PS3 user.
You can visit the official website by clicking here
Iron Tower announced last night that it's currently working on a second project, a turn-based RPG that is currently in pre-production and has been named Cyclopian, inspired by, and to a large extent based on, the stories and mythos of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, which takes place in 1923 Western Massachusetts.
The popular PlayStation Network game PAIN has just received a new patch that updates the game with trophies, which players can win in addition to making many of the trophies easier to obtain than previously announced.
The patch is huge however (325 MB) since it also includes additional content that can be unlocked via a purchase from within the game. This additional content includes a new area, the Amusement Park, as well as three new characters and new game play modes.