Today’s news sees talk of additional downloadable content for zombie shooter Resident Evil 5. In other news, Square Enix are set to take on the publishing role for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in Japan, and PS3Centre looks at how the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII will be affected by the Xbox 360 edition.
Resident Evil 5 Downloadable Content Rumoured
Capcom has recently expressed interest in additional downloadable content for Resident Evil 5. Capcom vice president of strategic planning and business development Christian Svensson said “We're talking about it. I don't know if you have seen some of the threads on Capcom Unity, but questions came up on whether we are going to do any more.” Christian stated that after asking what fans would want, a thread spawned that was “literally hundreds of posts long” and seen “tens of thousands of views.”
The Resi 5 team have been discussing their options ever since, but that’s all he’s willing to reveal. The last DLC released for Resident Evil 5 was the controversial “Versus” multiplayer mode, something fans believe should have been included in the game without them having to pay for it. Hopefully if any more DLC is headed to Resi 5 it will be worth the money. [VG247]
Square Enix Handling Publishing Duties For Japanese Modern Warfare 2
In a move to perhaps strengthen their grasp on the western gaming market, Square Enix has officially announced they will be responsible for publishing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in Japan. Call of Duty 4 will also be republished by Square Enix as part of the Xbox 360’s Platinum Collection.
People have had their suspicions ever since Square Enix hinted the idea on a teaser site a while back, so official confirmation was pretty much inevitable. Square Enix will be responsible for publishing the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC editions of the game. Modern Warfare 2 will be hitting Japan slightly later than the rest of the world, with a winter release date slotted in. [AndriaSang]
PS3 Final Fantasy XIII To Suffer Because Of Xbox 360
PS3Centre has published an article detailing how they believe the Xbox 360 edition of Final Fantasy XIII will affect the PS3 version, focusing on the multiple discs issue. The addition of a 360 version has already forced Square Enix to downgrade the graphics, but now the gameplay look set to suffer. Apparently due to the size constraints of the DVD, Japanese voiceovers with English subtitles are no longer an option. The DVD doesn’t hold enough space to feature a Japanese audio track, something PS3 fans were looking forwards to.
Another area of concern is the pacing of the game. If the game was only on a single Blu-ray disc, then the player could explore much more areas, and take part in more side-quests at any time, as the space on the disc allows this. Apparently DVD limitations mean the game will be cut up, with many areas only being available at a specific time or on a specific disc (the 360 edition is likely to appear on several discs). Although there is no doubt the PS3 version of the game has been compromised to “keep both versions of the game identical,” the extent of it may be exaggerated here. Whatever the case the game is still on track for an early summer 2010 release date in the UK. [PS3Centre]