Today's news roundup sees Activision looking at the possibility of more Modern Warfare 2 DLC packs, based on fan feedback from the game. In other news EA consider remakes of classic Bullfrog games like Theme Park and Populous, and Nintendo file a patent for a bizarre horseback riding cushion/controller.
Fan Feedback Will Affect Modern Warfare 2 DLC
Following the announcement that only two DLC packs are planned for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision followed this up stating it's entirely possible there could be more. Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling pointed out any future DLC packs will rely on feedback gathered from fans.
"As far as DLC goes, we love it and plan to support Modern Warfare 2 heavily with post-launch support" said Bowling. "We've confirmed we'll be doing at least two map packs which were announced at E3 as a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360. The fact that we confirmed at least two map packs doesn't mean there won't be more; honestly we plan on shaping our DLC based on community feedback from the full game, and the first two DLC map packs. Therefore, the community will really determine what comes after that. [MultiPlayerBlog]
EA Look At Possible Bullfrog Remakes
Peter Molyneux, the guy responsible for games such as Fable and Milo, has roots in gaming stretching all the way back to 1987. Molyneux helped to found Bullfrog Productions, responsible for many gaming classics over the years, including the likes of Populous. EA's acquisition of Bullfrog has cast the future of these games into doubt, but for Harvey Elliot, head of EA Bright Light, it's a great chance to re-introduce many of these games to today's gamers.
"For me, I love the old Bullfrog IP, it got me really passionately into games, and I'm really proud that Bullfrog is part of the heritage of Bright Light" Elliot said. "I'm personally a huge fan of Populous and Theme Park, they were some of my favourite games -- many years ago, obviously -- and I'd love to see both of those remade." Elliott points out that a direct port may highlight how outdated the games are, and a remake would be necessary for the game to survive in today's gaming environment. [Kikizoo]
Nintendo File Patent For Horseback Riding Saddle
Nintendo's latest patent indicates they're ready to take on horseback-riding, or at least animal-riding in some form. Nintendo state "It would be desirable to provide an inexpensive, convenient way to realistically simulate, in the home, riding on horseback or on other animals", referring to a device involving attaching motion-sensing controllers to an inflatable cushion or chair, presumably to replicate horse-riding. Holding a Wii Remote and bouncing on the chair as if sitting on a horse is one example of how this bizarre contraption will work. The idea of applying this technology to games such as Mario Kart sound promising, with the player being able to use their body to influence movement of the kart. Or maybe screw the karts altogether and call it Mario Horse instead. [Siliconera]