Hideo Kojima smoothes over any bad feeling in the game community with some masterful PR in today’s news roundup. Courtney Love once again kicks off over Activision’s use of a Kurt Cobain avatar – but insists Kurt would have probably found the whole thing quite amusing. Lastly, Bungie set the record straight in the wake of ceaseless rumors over Halo: Reach and Project Natal.
Kojima ashamed of Japanese MGS delay
‘Apology accepted’ seems to have been the general consensus from the game community after Hideo Kojima – creator of Metal Gear Solid – spoke of his deep regret for fans after MSG Peace Walker , due to be released on the PSP in Japan on the 18th March, will now be delayed until the end of April. ‘I always preach to the staff, 'You must not have a delay after a release date has been announced. There is no greater crime as a game developer,’ Kojima announced on his blog.
‘Official announcement of a release date is nothing less than a promise to fans and business partners’ he added. ‘In other words, a release date change is like betraying the expectations of everyone... It probably takes a long time to earn back trust that has been lost. However we will work hard, with the hope that we will one day earn the support of everyone again.’ Kojima’s apology seems to have certainly done the trick. His post was met with outpourings of sympathy and forgiveness from the gaming community – although it emerged that this delay should not affect the game’s European release date. [Eurogamer]
Cobain would find GH5 funny, says Love
Although it emerged last September that Courtney Love was fuming over Activision’s use of a Kurt Cobain avatar in Guiter Hero 5 – in which a likeness of the Nirvana front man mimed other people's songs - Cobain’s widower now reckons her late husband would probably find the whole thing quite funny. ‘What pisses me off the most about it is I think Kurt would be fine with having five Kurt Cobains singing the (Spice Girls) song Wannabe, like, 'Tell me what you want, what you really really want,’’ Love told NME.
‘But at the same time it's gross what they did. Gwen Stefani started the lawsuit. I have really good lawyers now and will join that lawsuit," she went on, referring to Gwen Stefani’s decision to initiate legal proceedings against Activison after the company used the song No Doubt in Band Hero. So, for the moment at least, Courtney seems to be making good on her promise to ‘sue the s***’ out of Activision. [GamerRSS]
Halo: Reach doesn't use Project Natal
In the hope of putting a stop to the endless speculation, Bungie has released a statement categorically denying that Halo Reach will be compatible with Project Natal. Having been inundated with requests to confirm once and for all whether there is any truth in the rumors – most of them being spread online – Bungie insist ‘Halo: Reach is NOT a Natal title and is being developed expressly with the traditional Xbox 360 controller in mind.’ The company has also confirmed that the Falcon can be piloted in both single and multiplayer modes. Halo: Reach is out this autumn exclusively on the Xbox 360 and is being dubbed as this year’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. [DailyRadar]