Xbox Live Indie Games Back Where They Belong
It's been a tough old week for Xbox Live Indie developers. As we've been reporting over the last few days, Microsoft sidelined the hardworking Indie Scene into the "Speciality Shops" channel; whisking it away from bustling trade and causing untold discontent and anguish.
Luckily Microsoft has now capitulated to the public outcry, restoring the channel to the Games Marketplace. It took long enough, but it's great to see that they've restored the status quo. There's still a fair way to go from here, mind.
We'll be bringing you a full analysis of the problems faced by the Xbox Live Indie scene later today.
Darksiders 2 To Feature New Character
THQ had a surprise sleeper hit on their hands with Darksiders: their gothic action-adventure that took overt inspirational cues from the Zelda franchise. A sequel was inevitable... but it may surprise you to learn that Darksiders 2 will feature a new player character while running parallel to the original. THQ Executive Vice President Danny Bilson spilled the beans during his keynote speech at IGDA Leadership Forum.
There's only one apocalypse -- I couldn't very well have four different apocalypses, one for each rider. It has some new mechanics and some very robust features that differentiate it a lot and grow it from the first game because you have to build on the first one, you can't repeat it. I think that's very important in franchise-building. - Danny Bilson, THQ
Apparently the sequel will be "twice as big" as the original, though we almost certainly won't see it until 2012. [via Joystiq]
Naughty Bear 2 & Wet 2 Confirmed As A2M Rebrands
A2M has announced that it will be rebranding to become Behaviour Interactive (probably to avoid the hilarious consequences that occur when you Google their brand name)... and with it, a couple of sequels to some of this year's most mediocre games. Naughty Bear and Wet will be receiving sequels in 2011, along with a few rumours of new browser-based titles.
We are and will always strive to be the best and most trusted independent game development studio in the industry. The change in name is not only a return to our previous name but also an indicator of the evolution of our company.The new name reflects the renaissance of the company- CEO Remi Racine
SSX: Deadly Descent Trademarked By EA
Sounds scary. EA has earmarked domains for SSX: Deadly Descent, suggesting that a new title in their long-running snowboarding series may well be on the way. That's all we know- though the title does imply that this iteration might be slightly more hardcore and edgy than its predecessors. Would it be too much to ask for Run DMC to make a welcome return? [ScrawlFX]
Black Ops Released Today
Just in case you've been living in a cave these last few weeks, it's my joyous duty to inform you that the highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops has released today. Early reports are very promising- and we'll soon have our own review for your delectation.
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