Sonic 4 Dated for October
SEGA have been teasing us with a constant trickle of trailers and preview days and a heartbreaking delay, but a release date for the upcoming Sonic 4 Episode 1 hasn't been forthcoming. Luckily, they've now confirmed that the blue bomber will finally be hitting all formats in a fortnight's time.
- App Store: 15th October
- PSN: 13th October, £9.99
- XBLA: 14th October, 1200 MSP
Looking forward to Sonic 4? Why not check out our hands-on preview? We just hope that they go easy on the torches and mine carts... and that it will contain enough content to justify its price tag. [Thanks, IGN]
Stuck In Metroid: Other M?
A nasty Bug in Metroid: Other M has been trapping players in dead games. This is how to avoid it (spoiler-free, courtesy of Nintendo support), but if you've already been stung, Ninty suggests contacting [email protected] to organise a free fix.
This sounds great... but there's a retro catch. You'd think that the save files (that are saved on a PC-friendly SD card, no less) could simply be emailed to Nintendo in order to correct the bug. You'd think. Upon contacting customer services, however, gamers are reporting that they're required to post the entire SD card and wait for the fix to be applied manually.
I know that Nintendo usually take the low-tech option, but this is ridiculous. Players can complete the game at least ten times over in the time that delivery will take. [Kotaku]
EA Hits Back At Activision "Hubris"
EA and Activision are two of the most bitter rivals in the gaming industry today, with both companies competing for talent and intellectual property... and sometimes competing for the exactly the same talent and IPs. Guitar Hero vs Rock Band has been one of the biggest bones of contention between the two companies- until allegations of ex-Infinity Ward heads considering defecting to EA came to light. Controversial Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had a few choice words for Electronic Arts yesterday (suggesting that they smother both studios and creativity), which have now been promptly returned in kind.
"Kotick's relationship with studio talent is well-documented in litigation,"
"His company is based on three game franchises – one is a fantastic persistent world he had nothing to do with; one is in steep decline; and the third is in the process of being destroyed by Kotick's own hubris."- EA corporate communications VP Jeff Brown
No prizes for identifying the three franchises, folks. [Gamasutra]
GAME Loses £18.8m; Closing 85 More Stores
This time last year, GAME were reporting profits of over £14.5 million. What a difference a year can make. The latest financials indicate that the high street retailer has made a loss of over 18 million pounds over the last six months.
GAME closed 43 stores earlier this year and the disastrous financial situation has prompted the planned closure of a further 85 before the end of the year. It's all about "efficiency", apparently. We wish the affected employees the best of luck. [Gamesindustry]