Today’s news roundup sees Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition arrive in spring in the form of DLC, EA axe over 1500 jobs in their latest restructuring plan, and Microsoft really crack down on videogame pirates as over 600,000 Xbox Live accounts are banned in the USA and Canada.
Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition Will Release As DLC
Rather than come in disc form as previously speculated, it appears Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition will arrive as DLC. According to Capcom’s Chris Kramer, feedback from North America, Europe, and Australia contributed to their decision for a downloadable release. Kramer announces we should be “ready to roll” in spring 2010, assuming we hold on to our original RE5 disc.
He teases “new Resident Evil adventures” and a few surprises are in store for when the game arrives. As the Tokyo Game Show revealed, an Episode starring Jill Valentine will feature in the alternative edition, and include support for Sony’s upcoming motion controller, also due for release next spring. More info will likely be made available before the game sees release. [1UP]
EA Announce 1500 Job Cuts in “Cost Reduction Plan”
Thanks to a “Cost Reduction Plan” designed in order to “provide greater focus on titles with higher margin opportunities,” EA are laying off an incredible 1,500 employees, roughly around 17% of their workforce. EA announced “This action will result in the closure of several facilities and a headcount reduction of approximately 1,500 positions, of which 1,300 are included in a restructuring plan.”
The plan should come into effect by March 2010, reportedly saving the publisher an annual saving of at least $100 million, while costing them between $130 and $150 million to implement. Although EA didn’t specifically announce which sections were cut, rumours suggest EA Tibron, Black Box, Redwood Shores and Mythic are among those affected. [Kotaku]
600,000 Xbox Live Accounts Banned as Microsoft Crack Down On Piracy
Microsoft have apparently been given a target of one million banned accounts by the end of Christmas, so expect a lot more angered teens, and hopefully a lot less videogame pirates by the time the holidays are over. [Pinoycosplay]