Blitz Games is co-developing Epic Mickey 2 with Warren Spector's Junction Point team, according to a press release. While Spector's main development team works on the Wii version, Blitz will be responsible for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will be heading to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in addition to the Wii, but Warren Spector still "desperately" wants the original Epic Mickey to land on the Microsoft and Sony consoles.
According to the famed developer, “I will tell you I desperately want to (make a port), and other than that I have no comment at this time. I just think it would be cool for people to see where the story started, so we’ll see."
Zynga chief game designer Brian Reynolds, best known for his work on Civilization II, states that next-gen consoles should have more social networking functionality if the manufacturers want to grow with the rest of the industry.
According to Reynolds, the reason console manufacturers - including Microsoft for the original Xbox - were reluctant to have keyboard support for their machines was that it was too much "like a computer" and "geeky".
Warren Spector has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the videogame industry in an interview with the Associated Press: Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is currently in development for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
One of Disney's worst secrets, Epic Mickey 2, should be getting an official announcement sometime this month. The game is expected to be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, which had exclusivity for the original title, with a release window of Fall 2012.
VBlank Entertainment has announced that its homage to the old Nintendo action titles, Retro City Rampage, will be coming in May 2012, and will not only on Xbox Live Arcade, but PC, PlayStation Network and other platforms like WiiWare and the new Vita handheld device.
Viacom has reported that the company's revenue over the last financial quarter dropped 65% compared to the previous year's revenue. The report blames the lawsuit settlement with Harmonix for a large part of the drop.
The company earned $212M in revenue for the quarter ending the 31st December 2011. In 2010 over the same period of time, the company earned $610M.
It seems that Netflix won't be adding videogames to its popular North American movie rental and live streaming service anytime soon. The company had plans to augment its massive distribution network to rent out videogames as a direct rival to GameFly, through a new Qwikster brand.
Back in August, Disney polled
users regarding a hypothetical Epic Mickey 2
, which would be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in addition to the Wii. The poll strongly hinted at multiplayer co-op as well.
A Disney online newsletter which was subsequently pulled seems to solidify the existence of the game, as well as give it a release window: Fall 2012.
The controversial SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) seems to have been losing support, thanks to a severe backlash from the internet community - as well as one angry hacker group. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have seemingly pulled their support of the bill, but that seems to be illusory.
The draconian bill looks to give content-producing companies the right to order a website that they believe is infringing on a copyright to take content off the site. Even if the site only hosts links to content that infringes on a copyright, the owner will have to take it down. Sites that don't comply could have their advertising and transaction revenue cut off or request that the domain name be blacklisted and rendered inaccessible.
Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 passed the $1 billion sales plateau on the 8th November 2011. The publisher was pleased to note that the mark was achieved in just 16 days, beating out James Cameron's blockbuster 3D film Avatar's mark of 17 days.
While selling 179K units of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the PlayStation 3 may seem a small drop in the bucket when compared to the nearly 7M units sold worldwide, in Japan it's a monsoon. Call of Duty managed to outsell the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli roleplaying game Ni No Kuni.
Minecraft developer Mojang's Scrolls may be going massively multiplatform, reports TVGB.
Since the game runs on the Unity 3 engine, it will allow programmers to, according to the Unity 3 site, "target all platforms with a single tool." Mojang would be able to release the game not only on PC, but also on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, as well as mobile platforms like iOS and Android, and even be Flash-based as well.
It didn't take long for some players to try to cheat or exploit Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and out of the millions of people who purchased the game, 1600 of them have already been banned for cheating.
Many gamers have been clamoring for the return of Jimmy Hopkins, the star of Bully, and Rockstar is strongly hinting that they may revisit Bullworth Academy once Max Payne 3 is released. The game was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2006, then ported as the Scholarship Edition to the PC, Xbox 360 and Wii two years later.
Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 continues to shatter records, as it has sold a tremendous $775M in 5 short days, which eclipses the records set by the previous two Call of Duty titles, Modern Warfare 2 ($550M) and Black Ops ($650).
In a recent interview, famed developer Warren Spector has noted that the general shift of the industry has gone from focusing on the single player experience to massively multiplayer experiences such as social networking and mobile apps.
If preliminary reports are to be believed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is shaping up to be another Call of Duty mega-blockbuster, as it seems the title has sold an astounding 9.3M units on the very first day. This would be the largest videogame launch in history. The Xbox 360 version alone reportedly sold 5M day one units.
UPDATE: Activision has announced 6.5M day one sales, which is still a record breaker.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was just released yesterday, but even without accounting for the game's sales, Activision's profits in the third quarter have tripled, and have exceeded forecasts for the publisher.
The Nielsen Report has released its "Top 20 Games to Watch" list, which analyzes what games are the most highly anticipated for the holiday season, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tops the charts.