Sony Strike Back At Firmware Hackers: It's Lawsuit Time!
It looks like we've got a few more lawsuits to add to our already-bulging portfolio of ongoing games litigation. Sony has been "looking into" the issue of their recently-cracked PS3 firmware and the appearance of numerous emulators/homebrew applications... and has now decided to launch lawsuits against GeoHot, the fail0verflow consortium and various other individuals (including, we believe, KaKaRoTo).
Sony alleges that the defendants "circumvented effective technological protection measures employed by SCEA to protect against unauthorized access to and/or copying of PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems" as well as broader piracy charges. A tangled mess of many different violations has also been stated, including Copyright infringement and Computer Fraud. They're currently seeking temporary restraining orders and impounding of both modified hardware and software- but as far as we know, no financial damages are on the table.
GeoHot has published the summons in full here, though the server's currently at breaking point. The defendants have yet to respond, but we assume that the 100 individuals are too busy smashing up hard drives to comment at present. [Engadget]
In other Sony news, VG247 claims that confidential sources have outed a strategy meeting on January 27th as the first official announcement of the long-awaited PSP2. We'll keep our eyes to the East over the next few weeks.
Ruffian Developing A "Couple Of New Games"
After knocking out Crackdown 2 in less time that most developers spend playtesting, Scotland-based Ruffian studios have announced that they've got two new projects in the works.
Since completing Ruffians first born, Crackdown 2, we’ve now moved onto a couple of new games. Rather boringly as is the case for most nascent projects we’re unable to talk about them in any detail right now. What we can say is they’re really exciting, high action, visceral titles that are heavily focussed on online. Which could be a lot of games to be honest.
One of these nascent (good word, that) titles must be Crackdown 3, since Ruffian have previously stated that they plan to "alter" Pacific City in future Crackdown titles. Their other project, however, is anybody's guess. We hope they'll be able to deliver some cracking games now that they have more time on their hands. [Ruffian]
Fillion On Wahlberg's Drake: He Has "Mad Skills"
Castle star and geek idol Nathan Fillion previously campaigned to play Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film- a move that was thoroughly supported by us dewy-eyed superfans here at Dealspwn- but . Many Uncharted (and Firefly) fans were disappointed by the decision, but Fillion has announced that he fully endorses and supports Wahlberg in the starring role.
Just watched The Other Guys, and honestly excited to see Wahlberg in Drake’s Fortune. He’s got mad skills. - Nathan Fillion on Twitter
What a class act. Hopefully Uncharted can break the cycle of sickeningly mediocre film adaptations... or will be awful enough to destroy the trend completely. Either's fine in our book. [Gamingbolt]
Gemini Rue Dated For February Release
Gemini Rue was one of the most exciting Indie titles at last year's Eurogamer Expo. We were wowed by its noir visuals and Blade Runner-esque vibe, and Wadjet Eye Games have now revealed that it's set for a February 24th downloadable release. Preorders are now available at the official site.
Adventure games aren't going to get much better than this. Miss it at your peril.