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From GT5's Final Countdown To THQ's Cheap Games - News Roundup 13th November 2010

Jonathan Lester
Games deals, Gran Turismo 5, GT5, Kazunori Yamauchi, News, Nintendo, Polyphony Digital, THQ, Wii
Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 Release Date Confirmed

From GT5's Final Countdown To THQ's Cheap Games - News Roundup 13th November 2010

Right. Finally. Polyphony Digital has officially confirmed that their long-awaited and oft-delayed racing sim will finally hit the shelves on November 24th. Polyphony Digital auteur boss Kazunori Yamauchi has issued a statement both thanking fans for their patience and apologising for the delay. Apparently it'll be worth the wait.

With the technological leap onto PlayStation 3, our objective with GT5 was to create another great revolution which would not only satisfy our own high expectations, but would meet or even exceed the anticipation of the fans. Satisfying the loyal Gran Turismo followers is at the heart of all of our efforts, which is why it was such a difficult decision to delay the release of the game, and one which we did not take lightly.

I can only apologise to everyone for making you wait so long, and I hope that when you try out the wealth of driving experiences available in Gran Turismo 5, you will not be disappointed.- Kazunori Yamauchi

That's enough now. We're looking forward to actually playing the final version and judging Yamauchi's masterpiece once and for all. Here's the full list of 1031 cars in case you're interested.

THQ President Wants New Games To Be Cheaper

From GT5's Final Countdown To THQ's Cheap Games - News Roundup 13th November 2010

We love cheap games here at Dealspwn. They're why we're here. It's what we- and the epic Hot UK Deals community- do. And it seems that THQ is pretty keen on the concept as well... with one small catch.

THQ president Brian Farrell has suggested that publishers would benefit from a vastly decreased RRP for new games- with an emphasis on DLC and microtransactions to fill their coffers. Citing the £30 level as a decent benchmark, he then suggested that players might be willing to spend much more on downloadable content as a "play on the freemium [sic] model."

With a series of downloadable content so people can extend their experience, people might end up spending $129.99.

Whether this lower price point would also be matched by a smaller amount of on-disc content wasn't discussed- but let's face it, most publishers aren't going to miss a trick. [1UP]

Ninty Deny New Wii In 2011... Despite Capcom Prediction

From GT5's Final Countdown To THQ's Cheap Games - News Roundup 13th November 2010

Many pundits, analysts and outspoken gamers have predicted that Nintendo will need to roll out a new console in the near future in order to stay in the limelight (in the face of declining Wii hardware sales). Capcom Europe boss David Reeves is the latest to speak out on the issue, saying that the existing Wii will need nothing less than a run of impeccable software to avoid the need for a replacement.

Wii, unfortunately, I see coming down– as it is now, quite rapidly. Unless they come up with some really good, innovative software with a very strong IP, I think they’re going to struggle. It’s the life cycle, isn’t it? - David Reeves, Capcom EU Boss

However, Nintendo Of America head honcho Reggie Fils-Aime has flatly denied that there are any plans to release a new Wii in 2011, stating that brisk sales over this holiday season will rejuvenate the console. It's possible that Ninty are keeping mum about the 'Wii 2' in order to cynically inspire last-ditch holiday sales... but for now, we'll have to take Reggie's word for it. Apparently they're holding out for a 45 million US install base first. [Kotaku]

We already know that the Wii 2 is in development, and that it's going to open our mouths. Apparently.

Add a comment 1 comment
Robovski  Nov. 14, 2010 at 02:22

Basic economic theory indicates that at a lower price will drive demand for a product. It's finding the sweet spot of the highest price with highest demand that is key - £40.00 isn't it, at least not for most games.


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