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From Final Fantasy XIII Sequels To The 360's Limits - News Roundup 18th January 2011

Jonathan Lester
Call of Duty: Black Ops, Cannon Fodder 3, Codemasters, Crytek, DLC, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, First Strike, Games news, Kingdoms, Square Enix
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Square Announce Final Fantasy XIII-2 & Versus Exclusivity

Big news out of Japan today. Square Enix has officially confirmed Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PS3 and Xbox 360, suggesting that it's slated for a Winter 2011 Japanese launch and will subsequently be localised for the West. The sequel will feature a full new story that expands on the events of the original, with tweaked battle mechanics  that have "evolved further since XIII." Apparently it will "exceed" its predecessor in "every aspect."

The trailer looks promising enough, but we hope that the core gameplay will have also evolved beyond the original remit. Final Fantasy XIII disappointed even staunch series veterans with its grind-heavy first half, and with any luck, Square will learn from their mistakes.

Square also confirmed that the long-awaited Final Fantasy Versus XIII will remain a full PS3 exclusive. Still no European release date as yet, but expect this to be a fair way off yet. We'll keep you posted. [Andriasang]

Crytek: Kingdoms Will Push The 360 "To Its Limits"


Crytek's Xbox 360 exclusive was one of the biggest yet most overlooked announcements of last year's E3- and ever since, we've been wondering exactly what Kingdoms is set to deliver. So far, all that Crytek's told us is that Kingdoms will be "nothing like God Of War" despite reportedly being a third-person action game with mythological overtones- but CEO Cervat Yerli has spoken out to state that it will push the 360 hardware "to its limits" as well as offering an entirely new game experience.

As a company we can't just make shooters, we need to breed genuinely new forms of entertainment and interactive experiences, and I think Kingdoms is a new interactive entertainment experience.

Working with Microsoft allows us to do something really new and awesome from our perspective, and from gamers' perspective I think they'll have a very different experience with Kingdoms.

Yerli went on to discuss Crytek's future plans, suggesting that they're looking at reinventing existing genres or even creating entirely new ones. Well, it'll make a change from eyepopping shooters, I suppose.

Kingdoms is set for a big reveal at this year's E3. We'll keep you posted. [CVG]

Black Ops: First Strike DLC Gets First Video

In case you missed it, Activision and Treyarch have released the first official trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops' first DLC map pack. We brought you the details a few weeks ago, but this latest communication gives us a closer look and some developer feedback about what First Strike promises to bring to the party.

A lot of people are getting excited about the phrase "New Perks/Killstreaks" appearing at the very start of the trailer, though I wouldn't hold your breath. This likely refers to the new features that Black Ops implemented since Modern Warfare 2.

First Strike launches on February 1st for the Xbox 360, and will reach the PS3 and PC a month later due to their exclusivity deal with Microsoft.

Cannon Fodder 3 Announced...

cannon fodder 3

Well it's about damn time. Codemasters has announced that a PC/Xbox 360 sequel to the venerable Cannon Fodder series is in production, featuring the classic cartoony ultraviolence and a wide variety of battlegrounds. Including outer space! This would normally be cause for widespread, uncontrollable jubilation... but unfortunately there's some nasty small print.

So far, Codemasters has only confirmed Cannon Fodder 3 for Russia and CIS territories, though according to Eurogamer, release outside these countries has "yet to be announced." Here's hoping. [Eurogamer]

From Ubisoft...to EA...to Microsoft at E3 - News Roundup 15th June 2010

Jonathan Lester
Child of Eden, Criterion, Crytek, Driver, E3, Games news, Gun CLub, Hot Pursuit, Kinect, Kingdoms, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Michael Jackson, Microsoft, Project Dust

Day Zero of E3 has finished... and what a day it's been. We've had animatronic elephants, new consoles, great games and a few surprises along the way...  but wouldn't it be nice to cut through the fat and get everything in one convenient place? With easily- accessed trailers? Well worry not... because we've got what's yours.



  • Driver: San Francisco Trailered and Dated for Christmas. The latest iteration in the Driver franchise will be hitting stores this holiday season. Why not check it out courtesy of G4? Engines roaring and tyres squealing? Yes please.
  • Mizuguchi Unveils Child of Eden. We recently reported that Tetsuya Mizuguchi's spiritual sequel to Rez was in the pipeline- and it's finally been trailered. This is well worth getting excited about... as it's the first hardcore game designed specifically for Kinect and Playstation Move. We're psyched to try this out on Kinect as it'll feel like conducting an orchestra made out of lethal space lasers.
  • Michael Jackson Dancing Game. Ever wanted to boogie down to the setlist of a controversial dead pop star? Well now you can. Details are thin on the ground, but it's tipped to be Kinect and Move compatible. Cross-platform release suggests that it'll also be compatible with dance mats.
  • Project Dust Announced. Eric Chalhi, creator of the cult classic Another World, is the brainchild behind Project Dust: a soulful, beautiful and slightly depressing adventure of a dying tribe's attempt to harness elemental magic. Well worth checking out the trailer!
  • Future Soldier Trailered. New Cross-Com? Invisible shenanigans? In 3D? Okay then.



  • Criterion's Hot Pursuit Named and Dated for November 16th. Criterion's take on the Need for Speed franchise has been officially named Hot Pursuit... and it's looking extremely hot even at this early stage. Expect fast cars, realistic damage and big explosions. This is Criterion, after all.
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam Announced; Dated for winter. In direct competition with CoD: Black Ops, EA has trailered a Vietnam FPS based around Bad Company's deformable terrain and spot-on squad banter. Vietnam's a perfect setting for a ragtag band of cynical, sarcastic heroes- and well be keeping our eye on this one.
  • Love Shooters? Join the Gun Club! EA's announced a new VIP scheme for shooter fans that will give us early access to FPS DLC, betas and Demos. It's yet another way of clawing some DLC money out of us ahead of time, but it's set to be a fairly attractive package.
  • Medal of Honor Beta Hits June 21st. EA's set to revamp the MoH franchise in the wake of Infinity Ward's collapse- and beta signups start later this month.
  • Bulletstorm to release February 2011. We're psyched for Bulletstorm here at Dealspwn. Now we're psyched for next February! Why not check out our preview?
  • Dead Space 2 Dated for January 28th. Apparently there'll be loads of juicy new details at Sony's Presser. We'll keep you posted, but at least it's finally been dated.
  • EA Sports MMA Dated for October. EA's revealing more dates than my cheating ex-girlfriend used to go on. Cheap puns aside, we're looking forward to some serious martial arts action.



  • New Slim Xbox 360 Headed to Stores. This is the big one, folks. Don't let the Cirque Du Soleil and videos of horrendously embarrassing families distract you, because this is probably the most important news of the entire expo thus far. Microsoft's new slim 360 has built in WiFi (about time), a sleek new form factor and looks like the lovechild of an Alienware rig and the Batmobile. However, its internal hard drive means that it won't be compatible with existing Xbox HDDs- meaning that you'll need to transfer your data over with an HDD Transfer cable or the rumoured improved online data transfer facility that's currently in development.
  • Crytek to develop Xbox 360 Exclusive. Kingdoms, an action game in the God of War vein, has been trailered and blown wide open. This is a a megaton, guys!
  • Halo Reach will have playable Space Combat and Firefight mode. Bungie showed off a singleplayer campaign demo that's looking mighty fine indeed. Expect full 3D space combat and more addictive multiplayer horde mode shenanigans.
  • MGS Rising will let us cut stuff up. Kojima's recent obsession with cutting things (yeah, we called it) has finally led to the first gameplay trailer of his latest project. Yeah, we called it. Expect brutal combat and lots of discarded watermelons to practice on.
  • CoD Black Ops DLC is a timed 360 exclusive. Xbox owners can get their hands on any and all Black Ops DLC before anyone else. MW2 fans will already know the drill.
  • Kinect is Coming. Been there, pundited on that. All the games and hardware previewed for your delectation... Felix and I have Kinect handled.

That's day one down... with Nintendo set to peddle its wares later on this afternoon. It's time to ask the important (and immature) question: Who's Winning E3? Let us know what you think in the comments!