Today’s news roundup sees James Cameron throwing a wobbly over claims that Avatar was a massive HALO rip off. EA’s big boss John Riccitiello announces that Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 will be out before March 2011. And lastly, Metal Gear Solid the film stalls even though things hardly got off the ground to begin with.
James Cameron: Avatar didn't rip off Halo
You’d have to be blind not to pick up all the references to James Cameron’s masterful sci-fi horror flick Aliens throughout the HALO series. Drop ships, loud mouth black sergeant, the banter between the marines, pulse rifles, armour, combat helmets – the list goes on. Now, in response to claims made by film critics that Cameron’s latest sci-fi epic, Avatar, looks uncannily similar to HALO, the Titanic director has hit back in an interview with G4.
Setting the record straight, Cameron rubbished any such claims by describing how – as it was he who inspired much of HALO in the first place – the only person he could be accused of being influenced by was himself. ‘Pay attention. If I'm referencing anything, I'm referencing the source work for Halo, which is my own stuff. So I get to do that. Nobody else gets to do that, but I get to do that. My rule anyway.’ Obviously a bit of a touchy subject, but G4 shouldn’t feel too bad for asking. According to Linda Hamilton, Cameron was ‘always a jerk’ - even before he became successful. [GamerRSS]
Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 by March 2011 News
As if there weren’t enough great games about to storm the market and drain all our hard earned cash, EA boss John Riccitiello has just announced a (somewhat vague) release date for Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2. Riccitiello said consumers should expect both games ‘within the company's 2011 fiscal year’ which means sometime before March 2011. On the plus side that does give us all a bit of time to replenish the bank balance after having been bombarded with so many ‘must buy’ titles during 2010.
Details regarding Dead Space 2 have been plentiful. The survival horror sequel will take place onboard Sprawl, a space station/ settlement which has been built up around the remains of Saturn’s moon. The story kicks off when the supposedly extinct Necromorph infiltrate the metropolis and - as he’s the only person to have successfully combated the menace before - Isaac Clarke is called in to help. Not much is known about Crysis 2, although Crytek's Cevat Yerli stated that he intends to make "the best game that can exist on Xbox 360 on PS3", so let’s hope it’s shaping up to be something special. [PlayTM]
No Metal Gear Solid movie after all?
It’s been four years since Metal Gear Solid the Movie was announced, and despite nearly half a decade talking about it, Hollywood producer Mike De Luca says things have stalled (even though they never really got moving in the first place). De Luca citied many reasons for the lack of progress, but in the end it seemed to come down to the simple fact that everyone knows game-to-movie adaptations don’t work. Given the vast popularity and major success of the Metal Gear franchise, the videogame companies are being – understandably - very protective over their material.
After all, a philosophical De Luca added, ‘a movie can only hurt. If the movie's great, you're probably not going to sell more games... The franchise being as big as it kind of helps the movie… I'm not sure the movie does the same thing for the game." [Eurogamer]