Ubisoft's E3 Press Event brought us the grim exciting news that a Michael Jackson dancing game is on the way- and they've finally decided to give it a name. Entitled Michael Jackson: The Experience (no jokes, I beg you), this multiplatform title is set to utilise each platform's peripherals in a unique way.
The Kinect version is slated to project a 3D image of the player onto the screen (in order that you can see what you're doing... and to make sure that you don't moonwalk into anything breakable), whereas the Wii version is said to function as a traditional rhythm game along the lines of Elite Beat Agents. There's no word yet as to how the PS3 version will function, but it's been confirmed to utilise the Move controller and a microphone for a dedicated singing feature. Personally I hope that it's a next-gen Moonwalker revival... but that's just me.
For those who've been following the World of Warcraft scene this past week, Blizzard recently came up with the controversial plan of forcing the use of real names on the Battle.net forums... and was met by a massive (and well-deserved) surge of opposition. Predictably, Blizzard has now U-turned on the decision after the potential dangers of identity theft and online crime was brought to their attention in a big way.
The violent and intense backlash from Blizzard forum dwellers culminated in Bobby Kotick's personal information being plastered all over the site in order to demonstrate how easy it is to research addresses, phone numbers and family details. On a slightly more malicious note, a forum mod who signed up to the real ID scheme has had his school history, employment history and even information about his family splashed all over the place. I personally don't entirely approve of the means by which the aggrieved fans made their point... but it has effectively demonstrated the weakness in the Real ID scheme. The end justifies the means, I suppose. [Blizzard]
A mysterious piece of PopCap artwork has been doing the rounds today, depicting a decaying zombie hand clutching an enigmatic sign. Using a blend of guile, experience and good old fashioned detective work (and... you know ... the picture of the golden gate bridge and S.F. initials right there in the corner) we've deduced that something involving zombies will be occurring on August 2nd in San Francisco. Naturally, this has got to be an announcement of Plants vs Zombies 2 (the sequel to their wildly successful tower defence phenomenon) or a release of the original for home consoles.
We love PopCap here at Dealspwn, and we'll be keeping a close eye on San Fran early next month. And yes, we'll be wearing ribbons in our hair. Or our brainless bleeding scalps if our plant defences are breached. [Thanks, PC Gamer]
DeathSpank, the action RPG from legendary games developer Ron Gilbert, will be hitting XBLA and PSN next week... and frankly we can't wait. To get you in the mood and introduce you to Ron's trademark humour (that fueled the likes of the Monkey Island series), the latest trailer details the epic weapons that you;'ll be wielding on you quest.
I won't spoil it for you. Enjoy.
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.
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!
It’s the end of the week and today’s News Roundup sees an Xbox 360 ‘Favourite’ coming to the PS3, a mysterious new horror game Calling coming to the Wii, a brand new Michael Jackson game heading for a Xmas release and Bioshock 2 recruiting four different developers to work on the game.
Although no specifics can be revealed for a while yet, it has been confirmed the Playstation 3 has acquired the rights to a popular Xbox 360 exclusive. The title will be released near the end of the year, and more information will be available in around a month’ time. Watch this space. [TheSixthAxis]
The Wii remote has found many uses in games over the years, from turning keys to washing elephants, but this is by far the scariest. Konami’s new horror game for the Wii, titled Calling, uses the Wii remote as a cell phone, with the player receiving calls through the Wiimote speaker from some kind of spirit.
The story is based on a website that puts visitors in a deadly coma - think The Ring except with websites. If the users manage to use the chat rooms they receive a call from Abyss, then entering ‘Border’, an afterlife where apparently the game takes place. Calling will be hitting the Wii in early 2010. [1UP]
Many Michael Jackson fans requested the re-release of Sega Mega-Drive game Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker upon his death a few weeks back. Little did they know they would be treated to a brand new Michael Jackson game.
MJ productions have apparently been working on a Michael Jackson title for several months, featuring many of his “most iconic hits”. Jackson’s unexpected death will not affect progress according to MJ productions and is slated in for a Xmas 09 release, most likely appearing on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. [MCVUK]
To make sure Bioshock 2 hits its intended release date on November 3rd a total of four different development houses has been involved in the project. 2K Marin have used original Bioshock collaborator 2K Australia to develop the game’s technological component, Digital Extremes was also picked up to develop the games multiplayer content. Now Arcane studios have been signed to help with “design, animation, and art”.
BioShock 2 is due to hit store shelves on November 3 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, and 2K Marin has had no shortage of help in seeing that happen. Along with tapping original BioShock collaborator 2K Australia for the game's technological component, 2K Games signed on Dark Sector developer Digital Extremes to craft the game's multiplayer component. [Gamespot]