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Activision has unveiled Blood Drive

Posted: 13.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Not just some rumour, publishing overlord Activision has confirmed that Blood Drive really does exist and that its heading for Xbox 360 and PS3.

It's a post-apocalyptic gladiator arena filled with zombies and armour-clad combat vehicles. You're a contestant in a TV show. Has drop-in multiplayer.

PlayFirst: Industry needs more "diversity of ideas" for innovation

Posted: 13.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Mari Baker of PlayFirst, CEO and president, says studios need to go and explore beyond their own social groups in hiring development talent.

There are "different approaches" to success she acknowledges but "diversity of ideas" lead to breakthroughs. It's not just about hiring women.

EA reveals Dead Space 2 multiplayer

Posted: 13.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Footage of Dead Space 2's multiplayer has finally been let out of EA's doors and it shows a co-op like affair, similar to Left 4 Dead's Versus mode.

4 player-controlled humans battle against player-controller beasties. Until now EA had only talked multiplayer for Dead Space 2, now we see it.

Sega's Tokyo Game Show line-up confirms Valkyria Chronicles 3

Posted: 13.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Publisher Sega thought they could hide their 'true' Tokyo Game Show line-up for this year, but thanks to a slight URL tweak all their secrets spilled.

It's amazing what going from .gif to .jpg will do for you. This 'hidden' line-up clearly has Valkyria Chronicles 3, as well as Phantasy Star Portable 2?

Treyarch confirms "no campaign co-op" in Call of Duty: Black Ops

Posted: 13.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Don't go expecting a chum-friendly campaign in Call of Duty: Black Ops as Treyarch reveals there is no campaign co-op "this year," in an interview.

Local co-op will exist but only for combat training and split-screen multiplayer. The studio is still yet to unveil the full extent of Black Ops co-op.

Sony: "No new mobile launches" 2010

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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What's that? Sony is bringing out a new PlayStation phone this October? No, no they're not. SCEA bigwig Peter Dille declares "no new mobile".

Of course he's referring to this year so 2011 is a whole other matter. Apparently this mobile would feature Google's Android OS. We'll have to wait.

Quality better deterrent for trade-ins

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Treyarch boss Mark Lamia says offering "great reasons" for players to keep their games, rather than trade-in, is better than one-time codes.

EA introduced the Online Pass to dissuade or at least make something from 2nd-hand game sales. Keep "fans engaged" and they'll stay.

Sony doubts it will "ever outspend" rival Microsoft for marketing

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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PlayStation Move and Kinect are both getting pushed by Sony and Microsoft respectively, but Sony's Peter Dille admits they won't "outspend" Microsoft.

The Xbox 360 platform holder will reportedly spend over GBP 4.2 million on marketing Halo: Reach. Sony doesn't quite have that inclination to splurge.

BioShock 2 DLC "secretly" fixes hacking mini-game for colour-blind

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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2K Marin's latest DLC for BioShock 2, Protector's Trails or Minerva's Den, adds in stripes to the hacking mini-game to help colour-blind gamers.

A title update couldn't fix this because it doesn't hold content, "only code" believes a developer. It was a "technical constraint" but not for DLC.

NPD: Xbox 360 leads US sales roost

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Once again the Xbox 360 has led in way of sales in the US, giving Microsoft a very cheery July and August according to the latest NPD figures.

Aaron Greenberg says the "tortoise keeps going," as it secured 356,700 sales. Nintendo Wii meanwhile had 'terrible sales time' with 244k.

BioWare fixing DLC "continuity bug"

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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The latest DLC release for Dragon Age: Origins is Witch Hunt but it's got some problems that BioWare is working to fix as soon as possible.

A "continuity bug" is flaring up issues for some users and they're also looking into a save game not getting created at the end of Witch Hunt.

EA: Medal of Honor will need over 3m sales to be worth another

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Greg Goodrich is executive producer for EA's rebooting Medal of Honor and they need it to obtain at least 3m in sales otherwise they'll be no more.

Originally the game was subtitled Anaconda, and explored a failed operation but that was "too close to home," and would have given a "sour taste".

Walmart lists MAG 2 for PS3, alleges its sequel is out January 25th

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Zipper Interactive developed PS3 exclusive MAG, the one with 256-players online shooting each other, and now they're on the upcoming SOCOM 4.

According to retailer Walmart the studio has been real busy with MAG 2, a full sequel no less, and that it's due very shortly; January next year in fact.

Section 8: Prejudice revealed for 2011 (UPDATE)

Posted: 10.09.2010 by Technet2k

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SouthPeak have announced Section 8: Prejudice but didn't mention on what platforms it world arrive although Xbox 360, PS3 and PC are likely.

A debut trailer for Prejudice has gone up lecturing us on evolution and war and how it never changes, hmm - that sound bite sounds familiar.

PC Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 2011

Posted: 09.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Publisher Ubisoft has announced the delay of PC Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, meaning the console versions will go on sale November 19th.

The multiplayer beta program for Brotherhood begins October 8th for any who've pre-ordered the PS3 copy. 9 characters across 2 maps.

Sony's PS3 a "more sophisticated" device, "right" for Heavy Rain

Posted: 09.09.2010 by Technet2k

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David Cage of Quantic Dreams says he's "absolutely happy" with making Heavy Rain a PS3 exclusive, adding it was "right" for their goals.

It had Blu-ray, was "promoting movies," and is generally more "sophisticated" than the others. Quantic might go multiplatform next time.

Valve has 3 "big surprises", mindful of L4D2 sequel-like response

Posted: 09.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Gabe Newell reveals they've got "three pretty big surprises" coming over the next 12 months from Valve, noting average reaction is "negative, not positive".

They want to avoid a Left 4 Dead 2 sequel-level of reaction, where some fans cried wolf boycott. Valve must talk better to the sceptics out there.

Cage: Move won't play big role for PS3 "if it's only about casual"

Posted: 09.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Quantic Dream's David Cage says it's all about the software because the hardware "works really well" for PlayStation Move. It has to have core titles.

Sony plan on extending the PS3 lifecycle with Move by a number of years, but that's only possible if it can get "more support from triple-A" titles.

Sony celebrates PlayStation's 15th year

Posted: 09.09.2010 by Technet2k

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PlayStation Home is paying homage to the 15th anniversary of Sony's PlayStation, and they've put together a special commemorative video.

Any who watch it in Home's Theater will also get a special gift - an ornament of the PSOne, the little box that started it all those 15 years ago.

Nomura: Final Fantasy Versus XIII "developed specifically" for PS3

Posted: 09.09.2010 by Technet2k

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Game director Tetsuya Nomura has, almost out of nowhere, decided to clarify what 'multiplatform' and 'port' mean to videogames.

Nomura-san then comments that Versus XIII is "specifically for the PlayStation 3." That dampens hope for an Xbox 360 release somewhat.