Sony Jailbreak Pirates... Under Threat From Piracy!
This week brought us the (sadly inevitable) news that the PS3 has been completely hacked to play backup games and movies by copying Blu-Ray discs to the Hard Drive. Known as PS3 Jailbreak, this applet uses a combination of software and a USB dongle. We take a dim view of piracy here at Dealspwn... but in an ironic twist, the Jailbreak software and device has itself fallen victim to imitation and subsequent competition.
PS3 Jailbreak are now urging consumers to support their developers by buying the "original solution" in the wake of their own piracy device being pirated. There's something... genuinely poetic about the whole situation.
Portal 2 Dated, Co-Op Gameplay Trailered
During our Gamescom preview, we learned that Portal 2 is slated for a February 9th release... and not much else. We were hoping to get some more information about the cooperative mode, but luckily GT managed to get an extremely short gander at how it's going to work.
For your delectation: robots, terminal velocity and a button slam dunk.
Torchlight XBLA & PSN Release Ready for Christmas?
Deathspank gave us a funny, flawed and surprisingly pretentious taste of downloadable loot grinding- and it's practically alo0f on both XBLA and PSN. However, Runic Games' Torchlight is headed to both downloadable marketplaces and has now been strongly hinted for a Christmas release.
In an interview with Joystiq, Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer revealed that they were looking for a release "by the holidays"... and that the sequel would also be heading to consoles after the springtime PC and Mac debut. [Joystiq]
Realtime Staff Sacked En Masse
A while back, we hypothesised that Scottish Studio Realtime Worlds (creators of Crackdown and ABP) was on the ropes... and it sadly seems that our fears were confirmed. Over 60 staff members were laid off in a brutal speech that forced them to march out individually to collect their severance package and leave the building.
At least they aren't going to have to worry about employment. 23 have been rehired for a new project, and from the whispers that we heard on the trade floor, a number of other big-name developers are doing their best to secure some experienced talent on the cheap. [Gamesindustry]