Blizzard "Hope" That Diablo III Will Release In 2011
Activision's recent financial projections suggested that Diablo III won't be making an appearance until 2012- but at yesterday's AIAS Award ceremony, Blizzard vice president Rob Pardo has stated that they've got their fingers crossed for a 2011 release date for their long-awaited RPG.
We really, really hope [it is out in 2011]. That’s our goal. Our goal is to get there. But you know, at the end of the day, we are going to get it right. That’s more important.
We’re going to promise, we’re going to get it out there when it’s awesome. And, we’re crossing our fingers, maybe it will be this year.
Reading between the lines, it will come when it's done. However, my time spent with the preview build suggests that it must be nearing completion soon; with only some minor polish required to make sure that it's visually on the curve. We'll keep you posted. [Kotaku]
Rumour: Activision Seeking To Acquire Take-Two?
It's rumour time again, folks- but this is a startling story to be sure. According to an unnamed Activision executive who reportedly spoke with MCV, Activision may be looking to buy Take-Two Interactive in its entirety. This move, if completed, would help to bolster their ailing stable of developers in the wake of their massive franchise cull earlier this week.
There are very strong rumours amongst people at a very senior level within the global business.
But there’re not much more than that at the moment – they are just rumours. And, of course, given Activision’s news this week, everyone is now looking to see what their next move is. But you can definitely put two and two together and make four-ish.
At this stage, we need to take these rumours with some seriously hefty handfuls of salt. EA were unsuccessful at acquiring Take-Two back in 2008 despite offering more than the company was worth, so I wouldn't hold your breath. [MCV]
Sony: NGP And PSP Will "Coexist"
In my reactions to the unveiling of the NGP handheld, I was more than a little worried about the short-term future of the Playstation Portable. After all, the UMD is on the way out and most studios will want to focus on developing for the new hardware. However, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Shuhei Yoshida has spoken out to quell our concerns; stating that there'll be room on the market for both consoles.
[The NGP] can't replace a platform that has already been on sale for seven years now. In terms of pricing, we can't sell the NGP for the same price as a PSP. The PSP has become very affordable and popular, especially with younger generations.
I think the NGP needs time to mature and get adopted by users. So, for the time being, both platforms will coexist. - Shuhei Yoshida to EDGE Magazine
Here's hoping that Sony can provide a solid enough PSP lineup to ensure that both platforms are equally viable. [EDGE]
Survey Hints at PAX UK Event?
The Penny Arcade Expo is one of the biggest (and most surprisingly awesome) events on the gaming calendar- and a new survey suggests that the team may be considering bringing it to the UK!
You can eyeball the survey here... and get involved if you so choose. Personally I think there's room for another big UK event, especially if it were based in the North or the Midlands (after Eurogamer cancelled their events up there).
Could we do with another UK Expo? Have your say in the comments!