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New Shadowbane trademark found, non-MMO coverage for Ubisoft

Posted: 12.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher Ubi has submitted a trademark filing for Shadowbane, but it's not for MMO purposes but just a normal game it seems.

Shadowbane closed its servers this year after six years running. Ubi is staying quiet on the matter, but it looks like something's coming.

Valve: "We're talking about what to do next with the Left 4 Dead franchise"

Posted: 12.11.2009 by JamieSI

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In an interview with Strategy Informer, Left 4 Dead 2's writer, Chet Faliszek confirmed that Valve aren't done with the Left 4 Dead franchise yet, and that the firm is already talking about what it'll do next.

"I definitely want to live in the world of Left 4 Dead for a while yet. We're not done. I think people will see that we have some bigger things than they first realised and so what that means for gamers, we'll see. We’re at the point now where we're talking about what we're going to be doing next." said Faliskzek.

Star Trek Online System Requirements

Posted: 11.11.2009 by JamieSI

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The system requirements for Star Trek Online have been revealed.

The MMO is out on 5th February, 2010.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 offensive keeps up, PC is for PC gamer

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher EA and developer DICE are keeping the pressure on Activision and Infinity Ward, preying on the dedicated server blood in the water.

Frank Gibeau and John Riccitiello both hail it as a major impending rival to Call of Duty. DICE say it's PC version is getting "a little bit more".

God of War II's lead QA tester gives fans hints to score Gold trophy

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Stephen Peterson was Lead QA Tester for God of War II, and Sony have been kind enough to show us how the pros handle some Kratos.

Peterson gives out hints on how to achieve the '15 Min Fight Scene' Gold trophy, available for the second game in the God of War Collection.

Saw not some "knock-off cash-in" shouts Konami, to be "vital part"

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Konami have big plans and "very high hopes" for Saw the videogame, they want it seen as "a vital part of the Saw saga," like the films are.

Actor Tobin Bell, who stars in the movies, "adds a level of authenticity" along with the deadly and "suitably grisly" puzzles. It's out Nov. 20th.

Rumour-mill: EA job culls aimed to hit Maxis, Pandemic, C&C4 team

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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The bombshell that publisher EA would be shedding 1,500 jobs is tragic enough, but now studios are starting to be named as the victims.

According to sources, C&C4: Tiberian Twilight's development team have been told of their post-launch fate - they're all to go elsewhere.

Modern Warfare 2's airport scene is there "for shock tactics sake"

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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BBC reporter Marc Cieslak has commented he's not shocked by the level, just "a little bit saddened." Thinks it's quite a childish inclusion.

Thought the games industry "had moved beyond" controversy for controversy's sake. The whole thing wasn't necessary to have in there.

Deleted doesn't mean gone for Monkey Island, unused dialog found

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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While LucasArts were busy resurrecting Monkey Island with the Special Edition, which released this summer, a dev found some gems.

Designer Adam Bormann was riffling through old SCUMM code and come across loads of old stuff, just "commented out" and not removed.

Assassin's Creed II has "strong sexual overtones," with mini-game

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Ubisoft are turning up the racy affairs with Assassin's Creed 2, offering if you will some hot coffee of its own. Gamers can play a mini-game.

This mini-game is one of "seduction" according to ESRB ratings, which includes buttons for kissing and dress removal - you scamp Ezio.

Microsoft plans to release Project Natal in November 2010?

Posted: 11.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Publishing sources close to MCV have confirmed that Microsoft's Project Natal will launch in November 2010, and should could cost under £50 too.

These details come from a behind-closed-doors Microsoft tour of UK publishers and studios, with detailed information on launch plans and the tech being shown to grant more development support.

Square: Final Fantasy XIII gets "final touches" for western master

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Yoichi Wada of Square Enix has revealed the Japanese master of Final Fantasy XIII is complete, with the western version nearly there.

Wada-san notes the last stages have gone "very smoothly this time." It also took a "tremendous amount of time" to develop this gen.

Sony running "most wanted" playlist poll, Uncharted 2 multiplayer

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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It's time for fans of Uncharted 2 to do their bit for democracy and vote for their favourite modes up as candidates for "future playlists".

This is the Sony Europe poll as Naughty Dog is running their own. There's Crushing for all types or just deathmatch, plunder, and more.

Future Modern Warfare 2 Spec Ops DLC, there's "a chance for it"

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling has said Spec Ops is "a great mode" and could be "expanded if we want." They're mulling it over, on break for now.

The studio wants to wait and see what gamers "want more of" before doing anything, and if we're "clamouring" for Spec Ops, then it's likely.

Super Street Fighter IV has eight-player lobbies, can chat and fight

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Masahiro Taguchi, the games technical director, has blogged that players waiting for Team Battles to be setup can duke it out arcade style.

It's to do with the Fight Request system, and when everything is set and the real fights begin only two players can mess one another up.

Sega doesn't hold rights to Toejam & Earl, XBLA port not concrete

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Greg Johnson is the original creator of Toejam & Earl, and it's he who commands the rights to the duo, not publisher Sega as they thought.

They "got ahead of themselves" said Johnson, noting it's an "easy mistake" with contract rules. He's waiting to hear back from Sega now.

Square announce Vagrant Story for European PSN, "coming soon"

Posted: 11.11.2009 by Technet2k

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The PlayStation Network RPG, Vagrant Story, will have its western debut from publisher Square Enix soon enough, says their press tease.

It's only released over PSN in Japan for now, with a North American version still unknown. Yasumi Matsuno created the acclaimed romp.

Bully 2 confirmed by music composer?

Posted: 11.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Music composer Shawn Lee, who worked with Rockstar on the Bully game, has revealed in an interview with The Gaming Liberty that Bully 2 will be coming in the not so distant future.

"Yes. It looks like I will be doing the soundtrack for Bully 2 in the not so distant future..."
said Lee.

Ignition announces Deadly Premonition for Xbox 360

Posted: 11.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Ignition and Marvelous Entertainment have announced a new third-person survival-horror game for the Xbox 360 titled Deadly Premonition, which will be released in 2010.

Deadly Premonition puts players in the role of the intuitive FBI Agent Francis York Morgan. In the process of investigating a murder, players will examine a series of interlocking mysteries in a remote rural town and will encounter an array of complex characters pivotal to the unraveling of the storyline's mystery. Suspenseful action sequences will force players to make strategic moves, gliding by enemies in the shadows or engaging them with long-range weapons or hand-to-hand melee combat. From the unparalleled atmosphere, music and mysterious storyline to driving vehicles and exploring the entire town.

Dante's Inferno Demo launches in December

Posted: 10.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Visceral Games has announced that a demo for Dante's Inferno will be released in December. The demo includes the entire opening level and will allow gamers to get an early taste of the game before it releases on February 12, 2010.

The 'Gates of Hell' demo will introduce players to the game's hero, epic story and intense action gameplay, tracing Dante's battles from the surface all the way to the Gates of Hell. Players will experience fast-paced hack-n-slash combat as they fend off waves of enemies before taking on the ultimate battle against Death. After defeating this boss, Dante will be armed with Death's scythe, a powerful holy cross, and will be ready to tear open the Gates of Hell. The demo also features two stunning cinematic movies made by Blur, the award-winning visual effects, animation and design studio.
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