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From No PS3 Backwards Compatibility To Hideo's Metal Gear Confusion: News Roundup August 21st

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The PS3 looks like it will never again use backwards compatibility in today’s news roundup. In other news, recently defunct developer GRIN were revealed to be working on a Final Fantasy game before they were forced to shut down, Final Fantasy XIII looks set to appear on three discs on the Xbox 360, and Hideo Kojima admits he finds Metal Gear Solid a little confusing, even though he invented the thing!

PS2 Backwards Compatibility Never Coming Back To PS3

From No PS3 Backwards Compatibility To Hideo's Metal Gear Confusion: News Roundup August 21st

Loyal Sony fans have been harping on about reintroducing backwards compatibility to the PS3 since it was removed along with the old 60GB model. Now with the PS3 Slim on the way, that chance looks to be gone forever. Jone Koller looking to end the matter once and for all said “[Backwards compatibility is] not coming back, so let me put that on the table. But it's all people ever talk about!

When questioned about the reason for the permanent removal of backwards compatibility, Koller replied “It's not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing, we've got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They've been buying it for PS3 games and Blu-ray movies. That won't be returning.” Looks like you’ll have to hang on to your PS2 yet.  [ArsTechnica]

GRIN Working On An Unannounced Final Fantasy

From No PS3 Backwards Compatibility To Hideo's Metal Gear Confusion: News Roundup August 21st

Following the regrettable shut down of Swedish game developer GRIN, some light has been shed on the “unreleased masterpiece” the studio hinted at in their farewell note. According to many ex-Grin sources the “unreleased masterpiece” is an unannounced Final Fantasy game. Some of these sources also imply Square Enix never paid them for their input on the game, one of the reasons behind the studio’s closure.

Résumés from the ex-GRIN team first leaked this news, with Erik Lindqvist’s page reading “During 2009 I've been working on the preproduction for an unannounced, and now canceled project with the production name 'Fortress' for Square Enix.” Its possible Square Enix weren’t happy with how GRIN was handling Final Fantasy, and decided against continuing with the project, hence the no payment issue. Whatever the case, it looks like the world will have to continue with one less Final Fantasy.  [1UP]

Final Fantasy XIII Will Arrive On Three Discs On 360

From No PS3 Backwards Compatibility To Hideo's Metal Gear Confusion: News Roundup August 21st

In more Final Fantasy related news, Xbox 360 owners can now have a rough idea of how many discs Final Fantasy XIII will arrive on. Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed a GamesCom “This isn't the final count yet, but we're aiming for about three discs.” Square Enix are working hard to compress as much as possible, but still maintain the high quality. We’ll see if they can pull it off when the game is released in the Spring.  [JoyStiq]

Hideo Admits Metal Gear Can Confuse Him

From No PS3 Backwards Compatibility To Hideo's Metal Gear Confusion: News Roundup August 21st

When a developer of their own game gets confused over the story, then you know it’s hard to follow. Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear Solid games, admitted “I personally get confused too about the whole timeline and saga of Metal Gear Solid”. Pointing out “This is especially tricky when you create the future first and then go back in time to create something new. There are a lot of small aspects where sometimes it doesn't match completely.” If Hideo can't understand it, then what chance do we have?  [EuroGamer]

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John McLaggan  Aug. 21, 2009 at 23:02

I think Sony's decision to leave out backwards compatibility is reasonable, clearly stripping down the PS3 as much as possible has worked extremely well for Sony. Given the choice I prefer the 60GB model (which I grabbed before they disappeared) although it wouldn't be a deal breaker, it's just handy not needing to have the PS2 hooked up as well as the PS3 plus the newer console upscaled better over hdmi than the PS2 over component.

Rubisco  Aug. 21, 2009 at 23:15

It was a dealbreaker for me. Loved my PS2, was saving up for a PS3 and then they removed BC. This annoyed me enough to stop saving and buy a 360. Would it bother me today? No, but it did then, and a lot of others felt the same way. Now they've gone from market leader to trailing in third place, they might easily have outsold the 360 if they'd kept brand loyalty.

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