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From Splinter Cell Remaining On the 360 To Microsoft's Mass Banning On Xbox Live: News Roundup October 31st

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Today’s news roundup sees a Ubisoft CEO suggest Splinter Cell will forever remain on the Xbox 360, Sony reveal the extravagant God of War 3 Collector’s Edition, and Microsoft begin banning hundreds of members of Xbox Live for playing pirated games.

Splinter Cell to Remain on Xbox 360 for Time Being

From Splinter Cell Remaining On the 360 To Microsoft's Mass Banning On Xbox Live: News Roundup October 31st

Splinter Cell is typically seen as more of an Xbox game than anything else, even though the franchise appeared on the PS2 and GameCube.  This generation however, it looks like Ubisoft are keen to keep the series on the Xbox 360, most likely in exchange for a big fat pile of money.  When Ubisoft Toronto and Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat was questioned on the likelihood of Splinter Cell appearing on the PS3 or elsewhere, he replied “Until further notice [the franchise is staying on Xbox 360]. However, I'm only the one making the games, you should talk to the people in Paris [for a final answer].

Microsoft is notorious for their timed exclusives, releasing a game before anyone else to forever associate the game with the 360.  This will most likely be the case with Splinter Cell: Conviction, eventually seeing release on the PS3 and PC.  [GamingUnion]

God of War 3 Collector’s Edition Revealed

From Splinter Cell Remaining On the 360 To Microsoft's Mass Banning On Xbox Live: News Roundup October 31st

Collector’s editions seem to get bigger and badder with every new release that appears on the shelves.  Halo 3 kicked the whole thing off with their ‘Legendary’ edition of Halo 3.  Since then a number of ludicrous collector’s edition has been announced, including night-vision goggles for the prestige edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  Sony has now joined in on the fun, announcing the “Ultimate Edition” for God of War 3, due for release next year.

The release offers all the usual stuff you can expect with any collector’s edition, including: a limited edition art book, exclusive downloadable content vouchers, a “Dominus” skin for Kratos, a documentary on the making-of, and the original soundtracks for the entire God of War trilogy.  The whole lot comes packaged in a gigantic 8.3” wide x 10.5” long x 5.9” tall replica of Pandora’s Box, taken from the first God of War.  No price has been confirmed, but expect to pay upwards of £70 for the pack.  [1UP]

Microsoft Begin Mass Banning On Xbox Live

From Splinter Cell Remaining On the 360 To Microsoft's Mass Banning On Xbox Live: News Roundup October 31st

Microsoft has recently begun a mass banning on Xbox Live of anyone owning a modded console and playing pirate copies of games.  According to a Microsoft spokesperson  "We have taken action against a small percentage of consoles that have been modified to play pirated game discs.  In line with our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community, we are suspending these modded consoles from Xbox LIVE."

A look at the official forums shows hundreds of complaints in the past week, with many threads in the technical feedback forum protesting they’ve been banned from Live.  The spokesperson points out it should be clear modifying their Xbox 360 to play pirated games violates the Xbox LIVE terms of use, voiding their warranty, and resulting in a ban.  He adds “The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive from manufacturers, retailers, and the third parties that support them.”  [IGN]

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fanpages  Oct. 31, 2009 at 18:33

The "God of War III" Ultimate Edition is for the US territories.

Yes, no announcement has been made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, but it is widely believed that the European territories will just have a Special/Collector’s Edition (instead).

"...No price has been confirmed, but expect to pay upwards of £70 for the pack".

US retailer, GameStop(.com), lists the Ultimate Edition at USD 99.99 with their own pre-order incentive bonus.

BFN,

fp.
(1upGamers.com)

Simon Wilson  Nov. 1, 2009 at 15:17

Splinter Cell will be coming to PS3, Xbox has rights to any game for 3 months and after that its anyones. The difference is a large amount of DLC will be added to Blue Ray...

Patience is a ......Sony Owner....

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