Activision steals the show on today’s news roundup, asking incredible amounts of money for their games as well as threatening to stop supporting altogether. We also see Capcom bringing their classics to today’s generation, and Splinter Cell: Conviction being short enough for everyone to enjoy.
Activision Slams Sony
The gaming market is booming in spite of the current recession, but Sony still seem to struggle with the PS3. Technically it offers the best choice for gamers, offering Blu-Ray and IBM chips with enough juice to power a supercomputer, but this unique hardware is making it harder and more expensive for game designers to bring their games to the PS3.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said “Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation”. Recommending they cut the price of their games, otherwise seeing a drop in sales, even going as far as to suggest “we might have to stop supporting Sony”. [Fool]
DJ Hero Worth The Money Says Activision
Activision boasts that DJ Hero is “tremendous value” for money at only £107.99. Nearly being the price of an Xbox 360 or 3 regular games, retailers has condemned the price point. Activision previously released the Guitar Hero game and controller for £70 and now must feel it is time to squeeze even more money out of their customers. DJ Hero will be released in November at hopefully a more affordable price. [EuroGamer]
Splinter Cell Just 12 Hours Long
Maxime Beland told Official Xbox Magazine that Splinter Cell: Conviction will be approximately 12 Hours long, the reason being “I want people to play my games and finish them” as he put it. Games have continually been getting shorter and shorter in a battle to keep the attention of today’s gaming generation, who may be distracted by things such as sunshine, food or other social beings.
The game will feature a normal mode and a realistic mode which will be “really f***ing hard”. To make up for the short single player Splinter Cell: Conviction will concentrate on an explosive multiplayer experience, giving the game more life. [Oxm]
Eidos Wants To Make Roast Duck - Or No Dinner At All
Eidos have lacked great titles the past two holiday seasons. Kane & Lynch and Tomb Raider: Underworld failed to impress, something Eidos president Ian Livingstone plans to change.
He believes “2009 will be remembered as the year of 'roast duck or no dinner’, suggesting games will either be great, or not so great. Livingstone believes Batman: Arkham Asylum will be this year’s roast duck dinner for Eidos. Yum. [GamesIndustry]
Capcom Support PSN
Capcom are contributing a large selection of their past catalogue to the PlayStation Network. Capcom Classics Collection: Remixed including the likes of Strider and Bionic Commando is the first released, although only playable on the PSP due to being a port of the UMD version of the game. Other UMD ports include Mega Man powered up and Street fighter Alpha 3 Max. PS1 ports of Dino Crisis and Resident Evil 2 & 3. [1UP]