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Novelist Richard Morgan working with EA, 'consulting on 3 games'

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Cyberpunk sci-fi author Richard Morgan has signed with publisher EA to pen a script "for a particular game" already in the pipeline he reveals.

The Altered Carbon author also lets slip, without violating his NDA, that he's to "consult on three" different games. Crysis 2 is a possibility.

Rumour-mill: Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is heading for XBLA

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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According to the LinkedIn profile of Microsoft's Rebecca Heineman, a Lead Software Development Engineer, the Duke is XBLA bound.

Heineman was one of Interplay's 1983 founders. A cache of a forum post attributed to her reveals she is/had worked on the Duke project.

Clip of FASA's canned Shadowrun emerges, was singeplayer reboot

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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The cancelled singleplayer project 'Shadowrun: The Awakening' from ex-developer FASA has had some footage leak onto the Internet.

This reboot was ditched in favour of the multiplayer-only release in '07. FASA Studios was developing The Awakening for Xbox 360 and PC.

Funcom lands quarter of a million grant, will aid Snowboard game

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Age of Conan developer Funcom has been granted $260k from the Norsk Film Institutt, to help in the development of a Snowboarding game.

It's the Norwegian government's digital arts division, and they're supporting Funcom's 'On The Edge Of The World'; a free-to-play onliner.

Valve: No glows in L4D2 Realism mode, true challenge to team work

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Developer Valve has revealed some of the specifics of the Realism mode in Left 4 Dead 2, saying it's not restricted to Expert or Hard difficulty.

It's more about being "challenged as a team," and to just make things harder to kill is "less interesting," says Valve boss Chet Faliszek.

Modern Warfare 2 falls to pirates, illegal copies doing the rounds

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Infinity Ward's latest Call of Duty instalment is now in the hands of software swashbucklers, almost a week ahead of its official release date.

So far it would appear the illegal trouble is isolated to the Xbox 360 version of Modern Warfare 2. Microsoft has stepped up perma-bans.

Viacom: Rock Band sales "are improving" but slower than predicted

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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The Rock Band franchise, rival to Activision's Guitar Hero, isn't the financial power Viacom would like it to be but it's getting there, slowly.

The Beatles: Rock Band had a "great launch" but hopes for more with "marketing dollars" on the way. Franchise could see profit this Q4.

Buzz! Quiz World next week in US, it includes 5000 new questions

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Europe has already been enjoying the new Buzz! Quiz World when it released last week, but the US has got to wait until November 10 for Buzz!

This latest instalment has new customisation options but more importantly has 5000 new quizzes, with more from user-generated packs.

Sony files interactive film patent, "may toss tomatoes" at the actors

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Platform giant Sony has patented the idea of interactive movies, or at least the idea of including mini-games overlapping the cinema.

Basically users could throw vegetables at on-screen actors, or bounce objects off them. They could also save them from a spider bite...

Telltale celebrate 20 years of Wallace & Gromit, free episode given

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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The clay animation duo has hit two decades old and in celebration, developer Telltale Games is giving an entire episode away for free.

Only for this week though, as well as discounting the full Wallace & Gromit season, with donations given to charities for each sale made.

Microsoft: "Nothing to announce about a public program for Xbox Live Rewards"

Posted: 04.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Microsoft has told Strategy Informer that the Xbox Live Rewards feature is part of a pilot program, and is only available to a small group from its global Xbox Live community. Microsoft doesn't have any plans for a public program at this time.

The statement read; "The Xbox Live Rewards Web site is part of a pilot program we're testing with a small group from our global Xbox Live community. We are always exploring new ways to provide the most value to our members, but have nothing to announce about a public program at this time."

Rare's sights "trained on Natal," hopeful of some "genre evolution"

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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GoldenEye developer Rare is experimenting with Project Natal right now, which they call "a great opportunity" to break fresh ground.

It will also let studios "exercise some genre evolution," which UK-based Rare hopes they can achieve. Project Natal is due in fall 2010.

THQ: Early 2010 all about the "core audience", has three titles due

Posted: 04.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher THQ is excited to see the other side of Christmas because they've got three games releasing in Q1 2010, all for the core.

The recent signing of sci-fi shooter Metro 2033 is "another fantastic addition" to THQ's portfolio, joining Darksiders and MX vs ATV.

Sky Player to be relaunched gradually

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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Microsoft has confirmed that the Sky Player for Xbox Live is being relaunched gradually for all Xbox 360 customers. The service was meant to launch last month, but problems prevented this due to high demand.

Some customers aren't able to access the service, but Microsoft says that "tens of thousands more will be added each day, until the service is available to all."

Marvel dates Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America

Posted: 03.11.2009 by JamieSI

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In a press release detailing Marvel Entertainments third quarter operating results, release dates for Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America were mentioned, which are all in development by Sega.

Iron Man 2 for April 2010
Thor for May 2011
Captain America for July 2011

Product quiz reveals ambitious DLC for Mass Effect 2, new worlds

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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BioWare has already announced they have long-term DLC for Dragon Age: Origins, but now Mass Effect 2 looks to be getting the same.

A Microsoft Expert Zone quiz for retailers reveals big DLC coming to the sci-fi sequel, like new worlds, characters, gear packs and more.

GameStop let slip Bad Company 2 beta date, info "later this week"

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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US retailer GameStop accidentally boasted a pre-order treat for Bad Company 2, blabbing about the PS3 beta starting November 19th.

This promotion was pulled but the Internet has it now. EA are coy but pledge "more details later this week," are to be revealed for fans.

Valve declare Left 4 Dead/Team Fortress crossover with Bill's hat

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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Yes, developer Valve has gone mad with power. They've promised Bill's L4D hat to Team Fortress 2 players if you pre-order L4D2.

This "momentous event" is already available for those who've pre-ordered already, so just fire up your next game of TF2 for Bill's hat.

Doom cover artist Don Ivan Punchatz passes away, he was aged 73

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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You may not know the man but his work won't be easily forgotten, particularly for gamers. Artist Don Ivan Punchatz gave us Doom.

He was the cover artist for the original shooter of hellish demons. Had Punchatz known it would make "a jillion smackers"...

Online CV hints at 'Family Guy Party Game' for next-gen consoles

Posted: 03.11.2009 by Technet2k

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According to the LinkedIn profile for Chris Kolmatycki, he was once a game designer at HB Studios, and worked on a Family Guy game.

It was pre-production work for a "Family Guy Party Game" on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. Another online profile corroborates a little.
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