Today’s news roundup sees a set North American release date for Final Fantasy XIII, GameStop plan to make DLC available in-store, and Activision file a patent for Drum Hero, as if there wasn’t enough Hero games already.
Final Fantasy XIII North American Release Date Revealed
A puzzle on the Square Enix website a few days suggested the North American release date for Final Fantasy XIII would be revealed today (provided you actually solved the damn thing). Well speculation was right, as a Final Fantasy XIII trailer released today, announced the game will be arriving in North America on March 9th, 2010. Square Enix have been pushing for a spring release for a while now, so its’ good to see they’ve met their target. No word on the European release yet, but hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer than the yanks. [1UP]
GameStop To Sell DLC In-Store
With DLC and the inevitable full downloadable games threatening the future of our game companies and all their used games, GameStop have come up with their own strategy to avoid redundancy. To cater for the changing market a new program will be launched allowing DLC to be purchased in stores. Meaning after purchasing in store, the content will be available for you to download by the time you’re home.
Basically whenever a consumer buys a new or used game, they’ll be asked whether or not they’ll want the associated DLC as well. GameStop are taking the digital age very seriously, even creating the General Manager of Digital Media position back in August, with this new program intending to “leverage existing relationships to drive digital sales.” We’ll know more by the time the service is implemented next year. [Reuters]
Activision Filed Drum Hero patent
With several Hero games released already this year, Activision look intent to make more, with a Drum Hero trademark the most recently filed. The application on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website describes the patent as "Toys, handheld games with liquid crystal displays, musical toys; action figures and accessories therefore; arcade games; coin-operated videogames; electric action toys; handheld unit for playing electronic videogames; electronic toy drums".
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything will materialize from this. Activision similarly registered trademarks a while back for Drum Villain and Guitar Hero, with nothing ever coming of those. If we hear more we’ll let you know. [MTV]