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From Rachet And Clank To An Early Halo Release: News Roundup August 28th

Capcom, Guitar Hero, Halo, News, Ratchet and Clank, Rock Band

In today’s news, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time sees an official release date.  In other news, an EEDAR analyst predicts Guitar Hero 5 will sell twice as many units as The Beatles Rock Band, Capcom tease several new game announcements at the upcoming Tokyo game show, and Halo: ODST sells four weeks early in a French retailer, prompting action from Microsoft.

 New Ratchet And Clank Release Date Announced

From Rachet And Clank To An Early Halo Release: News Roundup August 28th

Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time has received an official American release date of October 27th.  Retailers are of course offering the usual bonus offers that come with any new game, with Amazon offering customers two new power-ups, plus 5000 bolts already in their account.

This news comes as a relief to fans, with nearly every publisher moving their major games back to 2010, keen to avoid the threat of Modern Warfare 2.  A European release date announcement should follow soon.  [EuroGamer]

Analyst Predicts Guitar Hero To Sell Twice As Much As Rock Band

From Rachet And Clank To An Early Halo Release: News Roundup August 28th

Despite the excitement and buzz created by The Beatles Rock Band, EEDAR analyst Jessie Divnich predicts Guitar Hero 5 will incredibly sell over twice as many units.  EEDAR predicts Guitar Hero 5 should sell over 4 million units, while The Beatles Rock Band will only manage 1.7 million units.  “I believe that at the end of the day, it comes down to marketing muscle, and Activision has proven in numerous showdowns that they can out advertise and out promote their competitor” said Divinich. 

Although he went on to admit his predictions could turn out to be wrong, due to the arrival of new Activision game DJ Hero.  Activision may divert their attention and funding to DJ Hero, denting the success of Guitar Hero.  Divinich also points out both franchises could have trouble attracting new customers, with the rhythm genre apparently “peaked”.  After such growth over the past two years, further growth seems unlikely.  [BloomBerg]

 Capcom To Reveal Several New Games At Tokyo Game Show

From Rachet And Clank To An Early Halo Release: News Roundup August 28th

Capcom teased they will be revealing “several new games” at this years Tokyo Game Show.  A post on Twitter said “Hard at work on Tokyo Game Show plans. Several new games to be announced in Japan, lots of new content for [Lost Planet 2], [Tatsunoko vs. Capcom], [Dead Rising 2]. Exciting!”  Hopefully these new games include both new IPs as well as new instalments in their classic franchises.  [1UP]

Halo: ODST Released Four Weeks Early, Microsoft Remove Live Ban For Playing It

From Rachet And Clank To An Early Halo Release: News Roundup August 28th

4 weeks before its official release, a French retailer has been caught selling copies of Halo 3: ODST.  Microsoft of course caught wind of this, issuing a statement that anyone caught playing the game will be banned from playing Xbox Live.

This seems a rather harsh punishment for anyone playing a game they legally bought from a retailer.  Microsoft must have later regretted these actions, as an announcement from Stephen Toulouse informed gamers that while Microsoft are looking into matters, “we will not be banning legitimate customers from Xbox LIVE who play early”.  Anyone lucky enough to be in possession of a copy can now sit back, relax, and enjoy the game.  [Kotaku]

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