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From New Insomniac Exclusive to Defending the Devil - News Roundup 31st July 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Borderlands, Bungie, DLC, Facebook, Games news, Insomniac Games, PS3, Randy Pitchford, Sega, Sony

Insomniac To Unveil New PS3 Project

From New Insomniac Exclusive to Defending the Devil - News Roundup 31st July 2010

Insomiac's decision to develop a multiplatform title came as a nice surprise to the Microsoft brigade and a disappointment to the hardcore crowd... but as they were keen to point out at the time, they weren't going to abandon their exclusive Sony roots. According to their latest press release, they'll be unveiling a new Playstation 3 project before September 4th, when they'll be showing off a playable demo at Penny Arcade Expo. We reckon there'll be a Gamescom announcement- and will be on the scene to bring you the latest.

“We’re happy to reveal that we’ll be announcing our newest game sometime between now and the Penny-Arcade Expo over Labor Day weekend. We’re really excited to finally reveal this project, and we couldn’t resist being the first to share the news with you.”

So, what do you guys reckon? Resistance 3 would be our current prediction... but if you've got a theory or know something we don't, drop us a line in the comments!

Borderlands Boss: More DLC Ahead

From New Insomniac Exclusive to Defending the Devil - News Roundup 31st July 2010

Gearbox head honcho Randy Pitchford has been uncharacteristically quiet of late. We used to rely on the obstinate and ever-entertaining industry figure to deliver frequent controversial tirades or attacks on pundits and developers (even our beloved Valve)... but since releasing The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC expansion, Gearbox has fallen off of the radar. Maybe there is rest for the wicked?

The quick succession of DLC followed by a period of worrying silence prompted many to believe that we've seen the last of Gearbox's love for Borderlands support (with them gearing up towards Colonial Marines and the inevitable Borderlands 2), but Pitchford has finally come back to us with solid news of more incoming expansion(s). General Knoxx is squawking again (with "new orders sent from the future", apparently), and in a recent twitter post, Pitchford stated:

“I get a LOT of questions about more DLC for Borderlands. Yes, more is coming! T2 already said so! Let’s talk soon.”

Groovy. Another level cap increase and a new class would be nice. We'll keep you updated by the wire. [via VG247]

Sega (and others) Download 100 Million Facebook Profiles

From New Insomniac Exclusive to Defending the Devil - News Roundup 31st July 2010

Yesterday, hacker Ron Bowes (employed by Skull Security) employed a bespoke crawler application that pulled and collated over 100 million Facebook profiles into a freely available BitTorrent file. Basically, it's everything on Facebook... in one place.

Since this is all technically public domain information (though some people choose to restrict their profiles), this wasn't particularly newsworthy in itself... but it's a lot more interesting to take a look at the people and corporations who downloaded the file. Offices linked to Sega, Disney, Sony, Apple and dozens of other companies have been spotted acquiring the file- which will provide them with a marketing treasure trove (as well as some embarrassing pictures if you haven't been vetting your profile).

Sega announced yesterday that they would me making a foray into the social gaming market... and at the time, I idly joked/theorised that they're working on a Sonic Facebook title. A veritable arsenal of consumer information would make an excellent first step in that direction. [Gizmodo]

Is this a gross invasion of privacy or just a natural evolution of market research? Have your say below!

Bungie Aren't Concerned about Activision's Bad Rep

From New Insomniac Exclusive to Defending the Devil - News Roundup 31st July 2010

Ask any gamer who they consider to be gaming's most unpopular and entity and you'll get the same answer. Activision. Their despicable controversial handling of Infinity Ward, Harmonix and many other developers has labelled both the company and CEO as the industry's arch-villain (a role previously enjoyed by EA in years past)... and Bungie's shock partnership announcement seemed to be a deal with the devil.

However, Bungie personnel have spoken out to defend their new distributor.

"We have an awesome deal with those guys. Ultimately, I don't think it's going to matter who helps that game into the hands of gamers, other than we're happy to know Activision's got world-class publishing expertise across multiple platforms and they're going to be a great partner..."

"So we're not too worried about it."- Brian Jarrard, Bungie Community Director

Fair enough. Since Bungie were careful to contractually retain the rights to the new IP (though possibly not the tech), they'll be sitting pretty. [Eurogamer]

Add a comment2 comments
StauntonLick  Jul. 31, 2010 at 17:59

Re: Facebook story

Was it just public profiles that the bot was able to access? Would be legally rather... interesting if they'd collated a load of information from peoples private profiles.

Brendan Griffiths  Aug. 1, 2010 at 12:00

Re Insomniac secret game: Yeah I'd say Resistance 3 is a fair bet as there have been plenty of 'leaks', my favourite being the R3 billboard poster on a movie set (can't remember the time or film).

An outside bet could be another Ratchet DLC adventure. I think a full retail release game is unlikely, but I'd absolutely love to get that too.

90% R3 and %10 chance of DLC Ratchet then I think. I don't think they're gonna storm the stage with a new Spyro game....oh shit, please no.

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