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From Rhythm Games to Bayonetta: News Roundup July 18th

Bayonetta, Ken Levine, News, Xbox Handheld

Project Natal could make way for a new generation of rhythm games, according to original Parappa the Rapper creator in today’s news roundup.   Also, a bit more light is shed on a potential Microsoft Handheld, Bayonetta is pushed back to 2010, and Original Bioshock director shares a tiny bit of what he’s got planned.

Project Natal Could Allow for New Niche in Rhythm gaming

From Rhythm Games to Bayonetta: News Roundup July 18th

Parappa the Rapper was the once the pinnacle of rhythm gaming when it hit the PlayStation all those years ago. Nowadays he can’t seem to catch a break as the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band dominate the scene.   NaNa-On Sha president and Parappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura see Project Natal as the key to carving a new niche within the rhythm genre.

It's very interesting, we are thinking about ideas.  I think any kind of interaction with a camera will be good for music games, but the important thing will be how we can find the new breed of gameplay.  That will be a very important thing” said Matsuura.  Parappa being one of the most influential Rhythm games ever made all eyes are on Matsuura.  [Videogamer]

Microsoft Handheld Planned?

From Rhythm Games to Bayonetta: News Roundup July 18th

Sony and Nintendo have been battling it out in the handheld market for some time now.   While Microsoft has been quietly waiting on the sidelines, speculating whether or not to join in.  Recent comments from Shane Kim would seem to indicate they’re finally ready.

For us, it's a matter of focusing on 'when', because if we chased after a mobile or handheld opportunity, we would not have the resources and ability to do things like... Project Natal” said Kim.  He went on to add “we're building a service in Live that will extend to other platforms.  No question about it”.  Not directly saying a handheld is in the works, but its looking likely it will happen at some point.  (Kikizo)

Bayonetta Latest game Pushed Back Until 2010

From Rhythm Games to Bayonetta: News Roundup July 18th

Games originally planned for 2009, but then deciding to come out in 2010 seems to be the latest trend, with Sega’s Bayonetta now pushed back until January 2010, although still out in Japan in October.  “Bayonetta is an extremely important new IP for Sega and adds a new level of depth to our growing portfolio”, according to Sega West president Mike Hayes.

As a result of marketing analysis we have taken a publishing decision that January 2010 is the optimum release time in the Western Markets to maximize this exciting new title's potential”.  All of this years biggest games are coming out in 2010 now to avoid getting ignored amongst all the other titles, ironically now facing the thing they were trying to avoid.  (1UP)

Original Bioshock Director Working on Something Ambitious

From Rhythm Games to Bayonetta: News Roundup July 18th

Original creative director behind Bioshock Ken Levine has revealed a bit of what he’s doing now instead of working on Bioshock 2 "When we thought about the shipping date of the project," Levine said, "we needed a certain kind of length for the title, because we had a scope and ambition in mind which is more ambitious than anything we've ever done. Even more, substantially more ambitious than BioShock. And we knew that was not going to happen overnight." Rumours have pointed to a reboot of tactical turn-based strategy series X-Com, but nothing so far has been denied or confirmed.  (gamasutra)

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