Bethesda: RAGE Will Show id's True Potential
The gaming press has been saturated with FPS news recently thanks to the Infinity Ward debacle, Black Ops reveal and Bungie's surprise partnership- but Bethesda are keen to remind us that id Software is still alive and kicking. They're the original masters of the FPS genre (in fact, id practically invented first person shooters as we know it), and apparently their upcoming Mad Max-style project will cement their reputation once again. Speaking with MCV, Bethesda's Pete Hines was quick to state that EA and Activision aren't the only publishers with serious internal studio clout.
“id Software brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the first person shooter genre. To have a group like id working as an internal studio for Bethesda is a tremendous advantage."
“I think what they’re working on with RAGE and Doom 4 is going to show the world their true potential."
In other RAGE news, id Software's Creative Director has confirmed that the title will have a conclusive ending as well as some incredibly detailed graphics courtesy of the new Tech5 engine. Apparently, it'll leverage NASA geographical data to produce staggering terrain rendering... though we'll likely be too busy thrashing our beastly muscle cars around to notice. It's also very interesting to see Doom 4 get a mention (as details have been extremely thin on the ground), but we can expect a reveal at this year's QuakeCon. Frankly, it's great so see that id's managed to hang onto one of its original IPs rather than palming it off to Raven (who brought us the solid but underwhelming Quake 4 and Wolfenstein).
We can't wait to get our spiky fingerless-gloved hands on RAGE next year. Naturally, we'll keep you updated by the wire. [VG247]
Lucasarts President and Execs Resign
Daniel Rodriguez has resigned as President of Lucasarts along with a number of mysteriously unnamed top-level execs. Whilst the reason behind Rodriquez's departure hasn't yet been announced, Lucasarts has made it clear that its current portfolio will be unaffected by the change in management.
We can expect Force Unleashed 2 to release this October with Executive Producer Jerry Bowerman at the helm. [Gamesindustry]
Fight Farmville with Farmvillain
Hacked off by the constant stream of Farmville spam on Facebook? Want a little payback? Well, there's an app for that.
Farmvillain gives you a selection of extremely tasteless fake status updates and gift requests to prank your mates with, including finding a dead hooker, illegal immigrants, swine flu and vomiting sheep on your farm; as well as asking your friends to take them in (and hide the bodies). It's not big and it certainly isn't clever, but it'll provide you with a few minutes of cathartic fun. Get pranking now while it's still funny! [Kotaku]
Iwata Reveals Wii Party
Gosh, the Wii certainly isn't short of minigame collections- and quite rightly so. The peripherals lend themselves exceptionally well to riotous, wholesome and frequently embarrassing local multiplayer sessions, and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has revealed that Wii Party will be the next game to join Wii Sports, Sports Resort, Wii Fit and the abysmal well-intentioned Wii Music in the Wii branded flagship series.
At the recent Nintendo Financial Briefing, Iwata told investors that a new "Marquee Party Game" has great potential- after all, three years have passed since the launch of Mario Party 8. He also indicated that the title "will play an important role for this fiscal year," meaning that we can expect Wii Party to hit before the end of March 2011.
Screenshots indicate that Wii Party's minigames will include sugoroku (the inexplicable Japanese board game that features heavily in WiiWare's Family Pirate Party), Balance Ship, International Vacation Game, Mii Jyan, roulette, and bingo. Basically, its going to be Mario Party with Miis- which can't be a bad thing. Or at least things can't get any worse, right? [Joystiq]