In today’s news roundup things get controversial. We hear from Gran Turismo 5 developer Kazunori Yamauchi who’s taken some time out to race Honda Civics and boost to journalists. Fans of Assassin’s Creed II learn that the game’s DLC Packs out later this year were cut from the original game. And lastly, in slightly more positive news, Aaron Greenberg announces Crackdown 2 for sometime in 2010.
GT Creator Completes 25 Hour Race
As motorists and train passengers stuck in endless delays up and down the country try to contain their frustration, in many ways, their plight is almost like an analogy for GT fans who’ve been stuck endlessly waiting for Gran Turismo 5. The fifth iteration of the franchise has been delayed and put back time and time again, and now it seems we’ll be lucky to see the title hit the shelves before summer 2010. You might have thought therefore, that in this desperate time, with fans cursing Gran Turismo and venting their anger across forums up and down the internet, GT helmsmen Kazunori Yamauchi would be keeping his head down and – you know – be hard at work?
Well you’d be wrong. Yes, it’s true that Yamauchi has been busy…but busy taking his love of motor sport to ‘the next level’. Yamauchi just completed an endurance race where he tore round a Thunder Race Hill in California for 25 hours solid. "Not having a lot of experience in circuit driving, and not knowing what to expect in a 25-hour race, I was very relieved to find that I was able to reduce the 20-second gap between my lap times and my team-mates' at the beginning of the practice to almost zero at the start of the final race" he blabbed, no doubt beaming with pride. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Yamauchi taking a well earned break, but maybe it would have been a bit more tactful for him to leave the journalists, and just go for a picnic or something instead? [Eurogamer]
Assassin Creed 2 DLC Originally Part of Game
In more controversial news, Assassins Creed II developers have announced that the two download packs which are out later this year, the Battle of Forli and the Bonfire of the Vanities, were initially supposed to be part of the original game. The developers described how ‘there were too many things to do and to finish… so we said, 'Okay, let's take a portion of the game that was planned and we'll give it in DLC.' The download packs will cost consumers $4 and $5 dollars when released.
Obviously this has left a lot of people pretty annoyed. Some are calling for boycotts and arguing it’s insulting to consumers and morally wrong. However it’s also worth bearing in mind that developers are ambitious, they want to do too much and are often forced to edit games in order to meet deadlines. If there been no option for adding extra DLC at a later date, these levels could have been simply discarded on the cutting floor. It’s a tricky issue, and if you have an opinion we want to hear about it. [Shacknews]
Crackdown 2 Announced for 2010
Lastly, we all know what a massive year 2010 is going to be for computer games. Could it even be one of the biggest years for high profile game releases ever? As Aaron Greenberg from Microsoft explained, ‘we have, starting in January, a triple-A exclusive title pretty much every month for the first half of the year’. He then went on to announce during a Major Nelson Podcast, that Crackdown 2 will be joining the already packed 2010 roister. No exact date has yet been given, although most speculate that Crackdown 2 should be in the shops sometime in early Autumn. [GamingHeaven]