Pachter 'Disappointed' Activision Aren't Charging For Multiplayer
Speaking to Industry Gamers, everyone's favourite smug bastard analyst Michael Pachter has recently said that he was 'disappointed' not to have seen Activision charging a subscription rate for Black Ops' online multiplayer.
'We were disappointed to hear Activision’s new head of publishing flatly deny the company’s plans to charge for multiplayer,' said Pachter, allegedly tickling a feline's chin from the comforts of his underground lair. 'We firmly believe that until the publishers address monetization of multiplayer, game sales will continue to be challenged by the publishers’ altruistic decision to provide significantly more entertainment value per hour than ever in history.'
Of course, Activision Publishing's CEO Eric Hirshberg has already stated that it won't charge for Call of Duty's online content. 'Ever'. Poor Michael.
'In our view, monetization of multiplayer is one of the greatest opportunities for the publishers, and we think that it would be a serious strategic error to pass on this opportunity,' said the Wedbush Morgan analyst.
Speaking with his business hat squarely on, Pachter isn't really wrong. Online subscriptions would be an incredibly cynical but, also, profitable move. It would also be an enormous PR nightmare to charge for something that has been free up to this point. Restricting online content for second hand purchases is one thing. Making you pay for it out of a brand spanking new box is something completely different. [VG247]
GT5's B-Spec Mode Coming To A PC Near You...Eventually
Kaz Yamauchi is at it again, promising new and exciting things for Gran Turismo 5 fans everywhere on his Twitter account. Apparently 'early next year' you'll be able to monitor races from a web browser, issuing commands like 'overtake' and 'stop in the pits'. Your PS3 game will still need to be running, though, but it means you can multitask whilst managing a race, which is nice.
Fanboys rejoice! And don't be too hard on Yamauchi...he's very 'sorry to have kept you waiting'. [Kotaku]
Activision: Tony Hawk Still Relevant
No, not the guy who hitch-hiked around Ireland with a fridge...Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder and Activision's trendy cash cow.
Apparently, even in the face of depressingly mediocre sales of latest game Tony Hawk's Shred, head of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg maintains that 'Tony Hawk does really still have relevance and tremendous appeal for people'.
'He is a lasting icon,' Hirshberg went on. 'He has that Michael Jordan-ish or Jordan-esque staying power, seemingly. And that doesn't mean that other great skaters haven't come up who are younger and more current, but he really is that kind of Mount Rushmore-level guy in that category, so that's not the issue.
'I think we have to ask all the smart questions and make some smart moves in terms of innovation to see if we can recapture people's imaginations.'
I think that making a game that works rather than spoiling a legacy by chasing after some high-end, peripheral-based cash, might have been a better p;an. Still, Activision expect Shred, which only sold about 3,000 copies in the US over October, to sell 'steadily' over the Christmas period. We rather expect it to get shredded. [IndustryGamers]
Report: PSP2 Capable Of PS3 Quality Graphics
We're going to believe it when we see it, but according to a new report courtesy of IGN, the PSP2 will be able to reproduce graphics akin to those witness in PS3 games.
'As far as graphics are concerned,' IGN's report suggests, 'the PSP 2 is a beast, packing enough processing hardware to produce graphics comparable to early PlayStation 3 titles. The processor, we're told, is just over half as powerful as the PS3, though the specific framework of the cores and the clock speed was not revealed.
'While the device isn't as powerful as the PlayStation 3, its components should allow it to sufficiently play games of comparable graphical quality due to the fact that it is rendering to a smaller, lower-resolution display than a full 1080p HDTV.'
Their source also allegedly confirmed the leaked VG247 pics (one of which is seen above), which give us an inidcation of the current develomental state of the handheld console.
Naturally, we're a little excited; but, as the first PSP proved, power really isn't everything. If Sony give Nintendo too much of a headstart, as that man Pachter says, the PSP2 might find itself 'dead on arrival'. It'll be very interesting to see if it makes an appearance at E3 2011. [via Eurogamer]