Today’s news roundup see’s Gran Turismo 5 possibly maybe (but maybe not) receiving a release date. Also Square Enix tease Final Fantasy fans with the roman numerals VII appearing on their teaser site, a new 3D Resident Evil movie is confirmed, and Nintendo reveal their stunning sale figures.
Gran Turismo 5 To Have Xmas Release?
Website GTPlanet have claimed to be in knowledge of the tentative release date for long-awaited Gran Turismo 5, although their not giving much away. Apparently the release date was received through an unofficial, but “extremely reliable source”. They decline to reveal any specific date, explaining that as the date has not been officially published, and open to change from Sony, any false information they release could land them in a spot of hot water.
What they do reveal however, is an “almost certain” 2009 release date, and confirmation that the much publicized Amazon.com date of December 29th 2009 is incorrect. Following this they cheekily add “Stay tuned for more information, and remember: he’s making a list and checking it twice”. Is a Christmas release on the cards then? More is likely to be revealed at GamesCon Cologne, with Sony’s press conference slotted in for August 18th. [GTPlanet]
Square Enix Tease With VII
A new countdown teaser site from Square Enix, surely leading to an impending game announcement, has created lot of buzz simply by placing “VII Days” and a countdown with 23 hours remaining on the site. The obvious association of course being Final Fantasy VII, with many fans hoping for a remake of the RPG classic.
In all likelihood Square Enix put the VII there with the intention of the attracting all the attention Final Fantasy brings. The most likely game announcement is believed to be Square Enix arcade card game Lord of Vermillion, with the recently trademarked name “Lord of Arcana” being seen as related. Hopefully we’ll find out in 23 hours. [GameSpy]
New Resi Movie In 3D
Three horribly awful Resident Evil movies have already been made, but director Paul W.S Anderson wants to expose the public to more, citing money as his reason. “The movie makes money," said Anderson. “If it makes more money than the last one, you'd think that people want to see another one, so we'll do another one. There's been a lot of interest online, there's been a lot of letters from fans... film company”. Dubbed Resident Evil: Afterlife the movie is aiming for a September 2010 release date, and will be apparently be in 3D. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Wii Sports Nearly Hits 50 Million Sales
Nintendo has revealed some pretty incredible lifetime sale figures for Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii, and Wii Fit in their recently published first fiscal quarter financial reports. Wii Sports of course has knocked up the highest total, achieving 47.62 million lifetime global sales, with the obvious benefit of being free with the Wii.
Wii Fit has also managed an impressive 21.82 million units, even though slightly hampered by the expensive balance board bundled with it. Mario Kart Wii managed a whopping 17.39 million to top it off. This news comes with a slight hint of depression, when you consider far superior games like Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption go relatively unnoticed compared to Nintendo’s lifestyle big-hitters. With Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports: Resort on the way, the trend looks set to continue. [1UP]