Good afternoon, fellow Dealspwners. Jon is currently aboard a recently discovered Viking ship that has set sail for the New World in search of treasures and spices, the likes of which you can only find in fancy places like Marks and Spencers. As such, I shall be in charge of the news for today. So sit straight, eyes forward, and let's see what's happening in this crazy realm we call videogames.
Sledgehammer Games Answer The Call Of Duty
It's not a surprise, considering Activision confirmed they'd be reorganizing the internal development of future CoD titles in the wake of Infinity Ward crumbling, but news has reached our shores that Sledgehammer Games is behind the next installment, due in November. On the Gamasutra website, a job listing for Sledgehammer Games states "Would You Like The Chance To Build And Drive The Studio Community Management Effort For Sledgehammer And The Next Call Of Duty Game?" Rumours emerged in November that Sledgehammer's as-yet-unconfirmed Call of Duty game would take place in the future. With space-marines, no less.
Sledgehammer Games is headed up for Glen Schofield, who led EA Visceral's development of the original Dead Space. Since joining Activision and establishing the studio, Schofield has tweeted numerous times on the development of his new game, such as consulting military personnel and picking composers for audio "better than Dead Space". What do you think? Can Sledgehammer Games breathe new life into Call of Duty?
Nintendo Confirm 3DS March Line Up
Jon already covered what games you can expect to see when the 3DS launches in Japan, but now we have word on what the entire March line up is. Notable titles like Splinter Cell, Raving Rabbids and Dead or Alive: Dimensions are due in March, but Nintendo have also published a list of further titles. Due between the 11th and 31st of March are:
- Super Monkey Ball - 11th
- Pro Baseball Famisuta 2011 – March 11
- Gundam The 3D Battle – March 24
- BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2 – March 31
And with unspecified dates other than March:
- Asphalt 3D Nitro Racing – March
- Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 – March
- The Sims 3 – March
- Tsukurou Ponta no Gardens 3D – March
- Shanghai 3D Cube – March
- Naruto Shippuuden Nin Rittai Emaki! Saikyou Ninkai Kessen!! – March
- Virus Shooter XX – March
- Steel Diver – March
- Nikoli Puzzle – March
Undoubtedly, it's a strong line-up, especially with Splinter Cell and Dead or Alive involved. Personally, however, I'm only interested in the Ocarina of Time remake, being the resident Zelda fanboy.
PS3 Hackers Law Suit Was "Inevitable"
A mere 24 hours ago, Jon broke the news of Sony's lawsuit against George Hotz, the hacker responsible for cracking the PS3's firmware wide open. But Hotz, aka Geohot, has broken his - admittedly brief - silence and spoken out. And he's pretty confident of winning. Speaking to the BBC, Hotz stated he feels "comfortable that Sony's action against me doesn't have any basis." Alex Chapman of Sheridan Solicitors, who I imagine are the legal team Hotz has hired for his case, believe Sony's suit is a "very early step in the action", although the case may proceed "ex parte", which means judgment could be passed without the defendant's plea.
Such responses aren't surprising on either side, with Sony desperately striving to minimize casualties and the accused standing firm behind their move. It's a pity I'm far too stupid to understand the ins and outs of legal machinations, or even what cracking firmware means, but I hope a resolution can be found where Hotz isn't too harshly punished. After all, is it not Sony's job to ensure such things don't happen?
Mass Effect 2 Releasing On PSN, 12GB Download
On their official blog, Sony has confirmed Mass Effect 2 will be released on the Playstation Network on January 18th, the same day it hits store shelves. It's a pretty hefty download, clocking in at 12GB, but it frees up your disc drive meaning a quick session aboard the Normandy can be followed up with some classic sci-fi like Blade Runner or 2001, with no need for any physical activity whatsoever. Hoorah for inactivity!
In the post, Sony also go to great lengths to convince us that Mass Effect 2 on the PS3 is no mere port. After all, it's been built on Mass Effect 3 code, includes all the DLC 360 owners paid premium for, and even features a fancy comic book opening so you can log original Mass Effect choices into your game from the off. And at 12GB, it's probably uncompressed, resulting in cleaner textures and crisper sound. But is all this enough?