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Transformers: War for Cybertron sequel in 2012

Posted: 15.11.2010 by JamieSI

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Hasbro has revealed at a recent investors day that it's working on a sequel to Transformers: War For Cyberton that is planned for a release in 2012.

Activision should release this sequel on multiple platforms, and High Moon Studios are back as the developers.

Zelnick: Criticising used games sales "irrelevant", quality crucial

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick has said it's "irrelevant to be critical" to the second-hand games market, as quality should be enough to stem it.

Policies like EA's Project Ten Dollar are "punishing users" when they should be given reason "to buy new", providing a "benefit to consumers."

Tim Schafer "ready to do" Psychonauts 2, is missing a publisher

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Double Fine founder Tim Schafer, developer of Brutal Legend, would "love to do" a sequel to Psychonauts but it's "a question of getting a publisher" for it.

While critically well received, Psychonauts' sales were lacklustre and it suffered from rampant piracy. It's "gotten out there" so it could be "a big hit."

Rumour: Del Toro's THQ game planned as a sci-fi RPG trilogy

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Director man Guillermo Del Toro will be injecting our videogames industry with another sci-fi RPG trilogy, according to sources, which unveils at the VGAs.

Next month Spike TV's VGAs will lift the sheet off Del Toro and THQ's collaboration. This trilogy will be on scope "along the lines of Mass Effect." Portals!

TopWare "hopping mad" with Sony

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Two Worlds II developer TopWare is rather miffed with Sony right now because they haven't delivered game discs "on schedule for release" in Europe.

The game is out now for Xbox 360 and PC, where they "can choose" the pressing plant, unlike with Sony and PS3. Down to "lazy buggers" they quip.

Kinect's "mandatory" Minority Report-style PC interface shown

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Coding enthusiasts have been learning to speak Kinect's language so they can integrate its motion tech with PCs, and there has been quick success.

One coder thought he'd do us all a favour and get that "picture-browsing stuff done" - like in Minority Report - "out of the way" so we can focus elsewhere.

APB Buyer Found

Posted: 12.11.2010 by JustCommunication

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Reports have emerged that someone has finally bought the rights to short-lived Cops'n'Robbers MMO All Points Bulletin.

GamesIndustry has said that K2 Network, owner of free-to-play games service GamersFirst bought the IP rights to the game for 1.5 million. K2 Network specialises in adapting, localising and hosting Asian free-to-play games for European and the US audiences.

Black Ops updates hit platforms

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Treyarch has barraged all three versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops with updates, with PC getting it's game-busting lag serious shock treatment therapy.

The studio promises that more tweaks and fixes are in the works. PC also got a performance boost with "dual and quad core" systems.

Shogun 2 In-bound. Releases March 2011

Posted: 12.11.2010 by JustCommunication

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SEGA has announced the release date for the next instalment in the classic Total War strategy series.

A re-make of the very first game in the franchise, Creative Assembly will be releasing Shogun 2: Total War on March 15th 2011.

Closure for InstantAction studio

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Facebook's InstantJam dev InstantAction is now "winding down operations," reveals studio boss Eric Preisz, and they're trying to sell the Torque engine.

They will "continue to operate" Torquepowered.com while InstantAction "explores opportunities" with suitors. Last month they sold the Tribes IP.

Bungie's new IP is "Con/PC/Online" bound says Activision slide

Posted: 12.11.2010 by Technet2k

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A presentation slide from Activision's stint at the BMO Capital Markets 18th Annual Digital Entertainment Conference has given us Bungie's IP platforms.

It would appear to be heading for consoles, PC and online too. Not since Oni in 2001 has Bungie developed a PC title internally - desktops are jubilant.

All publishing duties for Star Wars The Old Republic "shift to EA"

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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LucasArts will no longer be handling any of the publishing of BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic as EA takes over in an "updated" agreement.

This is to centralise "for efficiency" all marketing, publishing and distribution for the incredibly ambitious MMORPG. LucasArts remain involved.

Black Ops launch during Remembrance "very tacky" says veteran

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Vietnam veteran Ron Parkes is not happy with Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops releasing during a week "supposed to be honouring" fallen soldiers.

Remembrance Day is not "a consumer advocate's day" and Activision "clearly" is using it as a "marketing strategy." Parkes toured 3 months in Vietnam.

EA Sports' FIFA 11 patch tomorrow, game should be "even better"

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Have you been feeling a little down in FIFA 11's gameplay experience? If so then tomorrow is a great day for you as the big patch leaves EA Canada.

The studio lists one big mouthful of changes and tweaks made to the virtual footie game, as PS3 gets it tomorrow and Xbox 360 mid-next week.

Cuba: Black Ops "doubly perverse"

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops has the communist nation of Cuba spitting out their cigars in disgust, especially that assassination bit at the start.

What the US "couldn't accomplish" in 50 years they're now "trying to do virtually" says Cuba, regarding Black Ops' opening objective to kill Fidel Castro.

Cheyenne loses Stargate license

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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MGM Studios have grown tired of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and their 'progress' with MMO Stargate Worlds, so they've taken back the license.

They issued a notice of termination November 3rd, leaving the MMO project seemingly stranded off-world in 'Stargate speak'. Well that's over then.

Retailers threaten title boycott with Steamworks, a "rival in-store"

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Valve has had tremendous success with a little digital platform called Steam, but now at least two major retailers want its head on a metaphorical pike.

They don't want to be "selling a rival in-store," which is exactly what Steamworks is. Publishers are "creating a monster" - they will not sell PC titles involved.

EA announce digital titles, 3 land in spring and 1 in summer 2011

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Four new digital titles will be releasing from the confines of EA next year reveals the publisher, and they arrive for Xbox Live Arcade, PSN and PC.

They are Gatling Gears, Wildlife: Forest Survival, The Fancy Pants Adventure and Warp. 3 of the 4 release in spring while Warp has to wait until summer.

Open source PC drivers for Kinect

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Microsoft's Kinect has been 'open sourced' for use with that device called a PC. A lone programmer has been tinkering code and shares his work.

Hector Martin's driver for Kinect lets the PC receive RGB and IR camera feeds from the sensor, although it's in the early stages yet. Video proof galore!

Ubisoft tease Assassin's Creed: Ascendance, animated series

Posted: 11.11.2010 by Technet2k

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Publisher Ubisoft have released a teaser trailer for the upcoming animated series they're calling Assassin's Creed: Ascendance - rain and running.

It's a very short clip they tease us with and it comes from UbiWorkshop, the guys behind other such Ubisoft promotion work - short films, comics etc.
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