Bungie's on a trademarking spree at the moment. The Halo creators renewed their Marathon trademark yesterday, but now they've applied for a whole new patent with a groovy new logo. It's unclear what the purpose of Bungie Aerospace actually is due to the intentionally vague wording of the patent application, but it's likely to be a new game engine or possibly even a distribution platform.
I have my own theory: Bungie are enacting the the last of their 7 steps for world domination. Namely, they're about to build an enormous catapult to launch their enemies into the sun. Sure, you think I'm kidding now- but you won't be laughing when you're hurtling into the corona alongside Frank O'Connor and Bill Gates...
[well spotted, attackofthefanboy.com]
ModNation Racers Green Lit for May 25th
Our very own Brendan Griffiths has recently previewed SCE's highly-anticipated kart racer, and suffice to say that we're looking forward to ragging our homemade cars around our custom-designed tracks. Turns out we won't have long to wait, as Sony has now announced that it'll be released on the 25th May.
American preorders will earn you a bonus character, from an hilariously adorable Kratos to a rugged little Nathan Drake. We haven't received word on whether these bonus characters will be available in the UK (or will be supplied as DLC at a later date), but the PS3 is region free if you simply can't do without them.
The sheer potential for genuinely creative level design and endless replayability is absolutely staggering... but don't be surprised to see a whole bunch of flagrantly copied Mario Kart tracks and penis-shaped cars if LittleBigPlanet is anything to go by...
Codemasters' VP Savages PSP
Codemasters Vice President Gavin Cheshire clearly isn't a huge fan of the PSP. Whilst Sony's handheld is an exceptional piece of raw hardware, it's software support has been decidedly thin on the ground- and yet another developer has fallen out of love with the device. To put it mildly. In an interview with EDGE magazine, Cheshire made some well-reasoned and succinct points in a mature manner. Or, to put it more accurately, he went off on one.
"Well, speaking as a person who bought a PSP, the problem was that I always thought - because it was a better screen than iPod's - that I'd be doing more with it. But it was such a b*llocking useless waste of space; just getting stuff on it was ridiculous. Sony just hasn't got it right. Stuff like that will make people leave it alone.""
By "stuff", we can assume that he means the regular firmware updates that the PSP requires... or messing around with the Playstation store on the download-only PSP GO.
Don't expect to see Codemasters trotting out PSP titles any time soon... but you might see them develop for the iPad if Cheshire gets his way.
"The ecosystem's right - the straight-to-console nature of [the iPad]."
I'm sure many of us here at Dealspwn would disagree about the iPad providing a more viable gaming platform than the PSP - but what do y'all think? Let us know in the comments!
[EDGE via Eurogamer]