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From Crytek's Big Apple To Sony's Big Lessons - News Roundup 15th February 2011

Jonathan Lester
3DS, Assassin's Creed, Crysis 2, Crytek, Dawn Of War, Games news, Homeworld, NGP, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, Relic Entertainment, Sony, Tesco, Ubisoft
Crysis 2

New Crysis 2 Story & Gameplay Trailer

EA and Crytek have released a new trailer that reveals some of the backstory behind the soon-to-be-released Crysis 2, as well as showing off the nanosuit to advantage with some more juicy gameplay footage.

Just watch it. We take no responsibility for involuntarily-leaked bodily fluids during the presentation.

Quite frankly, the March 25th release date can't roll round soon enough. Why not check out our Multiplayer, Singleplayer and Gamescom previews to whet your appetite?

Sony Has Learned "Big Lessons" From The PS3

From Crytek's Big Apple To Sony's Big Lessons - News Roundup 15th February 2011

Now the NGP is out in the open, Sony has sworn that they won't repeat a few major mistakes that dogged the launch of the PS3. Whilst their home console is undoubtedly now a huge success after a slightly shaky start, things could have gone a lot smoother.

Firstly, SCE President Shuhei Yoshida confirms that several features were left out of the NGP in order to ensure as attractive a launch price as possible. Sony's 2006 E3 conference left many gamers agape at the staggering launch price of the PS3- which was far too high even considering its powerful specs.

There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target.

It's a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There's no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later. We always had the price and consumer in mind. We had to sell something that people could buy. - Shuhei Yoshida to EDGE Magazine

Price is one thing, but the PS3's major early weakness was Sony's future-proofing policy. Sony freely admitted that the PS3 was designed to be difficult to develop for so that graphics would steadily improve throughout its lifespan- which is a neat idea in theory that shafted studios in reality. Luckily Yoshida has announced that the NGP will deliver an accessible development platform.

We had to make the development environment for NGP as 'easy' as possible. Today, many teams are familiar with the PS3 and are used to including a variety of effects in their titles.

Based on this expertise – and also the working habits they developed working on PS3 – we had to make development on the NGP as natural as possible – an extension of the PS3, if you will.

The NGP promises to be an "extention of the PS3" in any number of ways, and we'll keep you posted about any whiff of launch price or new info that we dig up. [via EG]

Next AssCreed & Relic RTS Get Announcement Announcements

From Crytek's Big Apple To Sony's Big Lessons - News Roundup 15th February 2011

Hype is so rampant within our industry that even videogame announcements get their own announcements these days.

First up is the Assassin's Creed series. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that the next AC title will be a full boxed retail release as opposed to a downloadable offering; whilst stating that we'll have to wait until May for a full reveal. The project itself should be out before the end of the year.

We won't give you full details but what we can say is that we will have an Assassin's Creed also this year. But we are going to give you more details about the game in May.

May it is, then. To bide the time, why not get involved with our debate about what time periods may feature in Desmond's next outing? [EG]

Now onto THQ, whose loquacious boss confirms that Relic Entertainment are hard at work on their next RTS project. Danny Bilson tells us that the studio behind the Homeworld and Dawn Of War franchises will make a full announcement in... wait for it... August.

At least this gives us plenty of time to theorise about what their next title actually is. Naturally the smart money is on Dawn Of War III... but we'd give our eye teeth for another Homeworld sequel. We'll keep you updated down the line.

Tesco Not Selling 3DS For £157- Will Renege On Preorders

From Crytek's Big Apple To Sony's Big Lessons - News Roundup 15th February 2011

The internet nearly exploded when deal hunters came across a Tesco 20% off sale that seemed to include the Nintendo 3DS. This worked out as £157 per unit, resulting in a truly incredible saving and countless hurried preorders. However, it appears that this deal was simply too good to be true. Tesco have confirmed that this offer does not include the 3DS (scroll down to the bottom)- and their terms and conditions allow them to change the price of preorders before they're dispatched.

If, by mistake, we have under priced an item, we will not be liable to supply that item to you at the stated price, provided that we notify you before we despatch [sic] the item to you. - Tesco T&Cs

Damn. We'll keep an eye out for other 3DS deals.

Add a comment2 comments
Gunn  Feb. 15, 2011 at 16:57

I knew the 3ds deal was a nonstarter yet it took an incredible amount of time before Tesco did anything about it. Most people who ordered should know themselves it was a mistake, the T&C clearly stated the discount didn't apply on pre-orders but Tesco didn't really help the situation at all.

Rubisco  Feb. 21, 2011 at 23:47

Despatch is a perfectly valid spelling of the word :p


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