Today’s news roundup sees Microsoft claim Blu-ray will definitely not be coming to the Xbox 360, a new Elder Scrolls game rumoured thanks to the blurb describing a new Elder Scrolls novel, and Insomniac show disappointment as they claim fans saw the sequel as a failure.
Blu-ray Add-on Not Coming to 360 Say Microsoft
Following rumours and everything but confirmation from Microsoft, it now appears Blu-ray is not intended for the Xbox 360. Company CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated Blu-ray drives will be coming to the 360 as add-on accessories, igniting mass speculation. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb was quickly on the case to correct Ballmer’s ‘error’. “Steve was referring to Blu-ray accessories for the PC,” he explained. “As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.”
A rather odd statement considering Ballmer’s claims were made in response to a question regarding the 360. Maybe he was just confused. Or joking. I don’t know. Whatever the case it appears Microsoft are developing a Blu-ray accessory in some form, apparantly for the PC. [MajorNelson]
New Elder Scrolls Game Seemingly Confirmed
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was a tremendous success for Bethesda, achieving both commercial and critical acclaim. The prospect of a new game in the series is surely a welcome idea to Bethesda, and according to the Waterstone’s retail site listing for Greg Keyes' The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel, the next game is in the works and set 200 years after the previous one.
The story is described as taking place “forty-five years after the Oblivion Crisis, which is the story of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion game and the expansion pack Shivering Isles. It partly bridges the gap for the next game, which is set 200 years after the Oblivion crisis.” The description has since been removed from the site, and of course cannot be treated as official confirmation. But if it is to be believed it looks like the next Elder Scrolls is at least being considered. [Kotaku]
Fans Deem Resistance 2 as Failure According To Insomniac
Overall Resistance 2 was a success. It managed to surpass reviews of the original Resistance, and sold pretty well. But according to Insomniac games this still isn’t good enough. Senior community manager James Stevenson claims feedback from hardcore fans deemed the game as a failure, and this reaction greatly troubled Insomniac.
“The overall opinion of it is that it was a failure by fans, that Resistance 2 was a failure, because maybe the expectations were so high for it.” He described the negative fan feedback felt “like your dog turned on you.” Hopefully by the time the next Resistance rolls around, Insomniac will have a product pleasing hardcore fans as well as the rest of the gaming community. [Videogamer]