Capcom: Dante Controversy Was Planned
It's amazing how defensive fans can get about visual changes to their favourite characters. Sucker Punch fans got all riled up over Cole's inFamous makeover earlier this year, but that's nothing compared to the backlash Ninja Theory has been receiving over the new edgy emo Dante who'll be fronting their DMC prequel. Don't hate on the studio, though, because Capcom exec Christian Svensson has explained that Ninja Theory were forced into the redesign by orders from the top in order to be more outlandish and create greater visibility for the IP. Nice one, Inafune.
The original concepts that came back for Dante were actually extremely close to the Dante everyone knows and loves. The feedback that came back from [Keiji] Inafune and [Hideaki] Itsuno was, ‘No guys, this needs to be completely different, we need you to go much further and be much more creative.
Svensson continued to state that the redesign was actually part of a plan to create a storm of controversy and hence whip up publicity for the title.
To be fair, I think some of the strategy here was to create that discussion and dialogue, and I think it drastically raises the visibility of the title versus if we had just done another Dante. - Christian Svensson
Well, we played right into that one. Let's leave Ninja Theory alone and judge DMC on its own merits. [IGN]
Harmonix Unveils Rock Band 3 Peripheral Prices
Many pundits and analysts have foretold the death of the peripheral music game as we know it, with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock clocking in at a measly 88 thousand sales. Harmonix are about to fly squarely in the face of that trend, however, with a massive lineup of pricey plastic implements. Here's the damage!
- Rock Band Wireless Keyboard with Rock Band 3 software included - £109.99 (Xbox 360/PS3) and £99.99 (Wii)
- Rock Band 3 Wireless Fender Mustang PRO-GUITAR Controller - £124.99
- Guitar, mic and keyboard stands - £24.99 each
- Rock Band Wireless Keyboard - £69.99
- Rock Band 3 Wireless PRO-DRUM and PRO-CYMBALS Kit - £119.99
- Other guitars including bass - £59.99 to £84.99
- Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-ADAPTER - £34.99
- Rock Band 3 Microphone - £24.99
Yikes! Don't worry, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for the best deals once the October 29th release date rolls around. [MCV]
Windows Phone 7 Launches Today In UK
We were impressed by the Windows Phone 7firmware (as well as a solid port of XBLA gem Rocket Riot) at this year's Gamescom, as it successfully blended simple intuitive features with a decent games lineup. Today marks the UK launch of Microsoft's foray into the mobile market... but good luck finding a handset. Both online and high street retailers are still being extremely cagey about selling the new phone, including official UK partner Orange who are only paying lip service to a single HTC platform.
We suspect that there'll be a media storm over the next few days.
Ratings Reveal Marvel Pinball
A new listing on the Australian Ratings Board has revealed the existence of Marvel Pinball, a Marvel Comics-themed pinball title from Hungarian Developer Zen Studios.
Details are still thin on the ground- in fact, all we know is the name, developer and the fact that it's "multiplatform". However, considering Zen Studio's modus operandi, we can safely assume that it'll debut on PSN and XBLA. We'll tell you more as we hear it.