Today’s news roundup proves that all good things come to those who wait as Rockstar announces the imminent release of Episodes from Liberty City for the PS3 and PC. Microsoft reveals declining sales figured for the last quarter of 2009 - although they shouldn’t be too worried in the wake of astronomical profits from Windows 7. Lastly, CD Projekt announces that work on its forth coming FPS title They has been put on indefinite hold.
GTAIV Episodes coming to PC and PS3
Although Rockstar announced that GTA: Episodes from Liberty City would be exclusive to the Xbox 360, they have now revealed that both episodes will be out on the PC and Playstation 3 on the 30th of March. PS3 and PC gamers will, like their Xbox 360 counterparts, have the option to buy EFLC in a standalone disk or in the form of a digital download from Games for Windows Live or the Playstation Network.
Rockstar’s Sam Houser released a statement saying: ‘It's been a long time coming, but we are proud to finally deliver Episodes From Liberty City for the PC and PlayStation 3. We appreciate the patience of our PlayStation 3 and PC fans worldwide, and we look forward to putting the games in your hands this March.’ Just a shame that with so many great titles hitting the shelves we’ll all probably be broke by March. [Eurogamer]
Xbox 360 sales down 13% year-on-year News
Whilst Nintendo bosses toast one of their greatest ever financial years with 10m copies of Resort, Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Brothers – not to mention 17m Nintendo Wii consoles – shifted, Microsoft announces a slump in sales for the last three months of 2009. The company has seen a 13 per cent decline year-on-year with just over five million 360s sold during the last quarter of 2009. However it’s not all doom and gloom. Microsoft sales of Elite and Special Edition 360 consoles increased, and with overall sales raking in around $19 billion (much it deriving from sales of Windows 7) things for Microsoft could certainly be worse. [XboxBlips]
CD Projekt suspends FPS They
First Marvelous Entertainment, then Red Dead Studios, and now - having announced that their Sci-Fi FPS They has been shelved - it's CD Projekts who appear to be buckling under the strain of the ongoing recession. ‘Due to tough economy, we had to put They on hold, as we have decided to allocate all resources to the next Witcher game in production, said CD Projekts’ Marcin Iwinski. ‘Having said that we have by far not buried They, and we would really like to return to it’ he added.
They, an intriguing FPS set amidst the ruins of an apocalyptic future England ravaged by robots, sees a brave band of humans struggling for survival and uncovering the shocking truth that their oppressors are actually in league with deadly invisible aliens (sounds superb). [GamerRSS]