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Rumours Confirmed: DMC, Colossus, ICO HD & Suda/Mikami Crossover - News Roundup 15th September 2010

Jonathan Lester
Case: West, Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry, DMC, Games news, ICO HD, Ninja Theory, Shadow of the Colossus, Team Ico

New Devil May Cry Revealed by Ninja Theory


Our regulars may remember that we caught wind on a secret parallel project that Ninja Theory were running in parallel with Enslaved. Subsequent rumours appeared to suggest that this project might be none other than the next Devil May Cry... and Capcom have just announced that this is right on the money.

Entitled simply DMC, this new stylish hack & slash promises to deliver a little backstory to set up Dante's larger-than-life character. Here's what we know, fresh from the press release.

“Set against a contemporary backdrop, DmC will depict a duplicitous world where nothing is ever as it seems and the line between good and evil is constantly blurred. Spurred into action by the promises of a trusted relation, Dante bursts into this world intent on revenge at any cost.”

It's far too soon to talk release dates, but naturally DMC has been confirmed for both Xbox 360 and PS3. We'll keep you updated by the wire.

SCEE Confirms ICO & Colossus HD


Yet Another rumour has been confirmed courtesy of the Tokyo Game Show! We've been howling about the possibility of a PS3 HD revision of Team ICO's classic titles for months now... and finally, the poorly kept secret has been let out of the bag.

“We can confirm that we will be releasing an HD version of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. More information will follow during the Media Briefing at TGS tomorrow ”- SCEJ Rep to VG247

It's about damn time... and we'll be bringing you the details tomorrow. [Thanks, VG247]

Suda51/ Shinji Mikami Crossover is Shadow of the DAMNED


Famitsu magazine has spilt the beans on the crossover project from the (worrying) minds of Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami. We promised you that we'd deliver the details as soon as we heard anything... so here goes.

It's entitled Shadow of the DAMNED; and will feature motorbikes, demonslaying and a hellacious romp through the underworld. We'll know more after the EA presser later on today- but at least you're now ahead of the curve! Shadow of the DAMNED apparently has a Summer 2011 release date, and we'll keep you informed after EA reveals the full details. [via 1UP]

Dead Rising 2: Case West Announced

Xbox 360 owners have been able to get their teeth into an early taste of Dead Rising 2 with the exclusive Case 0 prologue... but Capcom has now announced that their upcoming survival horror sequel will also have an exclusive epilogue to round things off.

Due to our incessant begging for some closure for Frank West (the beloved protagonist of the original Dead Rising), the intrepid photographer will be back in the imaginatively-titled Case: West. I guess there's a case to be made that this is slightly spoileriffic... but hey, we're just glad to see Frank back.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Hands-on Preview

Brendan Griffiths
Alex Garland, Andy Serkis, Enslaved, Games previews, Namco Bandai Partners, Ninja Theory, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
Playstation 3 | Xbox 360


Early PS3 owners will already know that developers Ninja Theory can make stunning looking games. Their last effort, Heavenly Sword, was a bit unlucky as it was released too early on in the PS3's lifecycle to become a significant sucess. Despite the much healthier numbers of PS3s out there now, Ninja Theory have decided to play it safe with a multi-platform release. And who could blame them with a game this good looking?

Before we lucky handful of fans get three delicious hours with a complete build of the game (ahead of the world’s press, by the way), Namco Bandai’s Lee Kirton gives us a bit of background about the game.

Enslaved takes place 150 years from now, in a post-post-apocalyptic environment, meaning the world has seen numerous wars and diseases and humanity has almost disappeared. The people left have known nothing but pain and fear all their lives. The crumbling cities have been deserted for so long that the plants have reclaimed the land as huge trees burst through concrete and green ivy and flowers attempt to smother every building.

The plot is only very loosely based on the 16th Century Chinese novel, Journey to the West. In truth, it’s a whole new story, penned by film writer Alex Garland of The Beach and 28 Days Later fame. Apparently Garland is a big gamer himself and also had some influence on elements of the gameplay as well as the story.

And who could forget Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis? He not only voiced and mo-capped the lead character, Monkey, but directed the other actors for the motion-capture sessions too. After the amazing work he did on Heavenly Sword and what I saw playing Enslaved, it’s a great decision. The game utilises the same mo-cap tech that James Cameron used for Avatar, importantly though, Ninja Theory used it first. Games 1: Hollywood 0. The games also uses the Unreal III engine, but NT has completely redeveloped it to get the very best out of the famous tech.

Click here to read about Enslaved's killer gameplay

From Lost Planet's Patch to E3 Rumour Roundup - News Roundup 6th June 2010

Jonathan Lester
Bethesda, Capcom, E3, Games news, Half Life 2 Episode 3, Konami, Lost Planet 2, Ninja Theory, PES 2011, Slim 360, Valve

Lost Planet 2 Patch Incoming... Thank God


Lost Planet 2 promised to deliver a high-octane cooperative thrill ride through the hostile world of EDN3- but a host of godawful problems and niggles make it a truly miserable slog most of the time. Luckily, Capcom has announced that a new cross-platform patch will fix many of the annoying issues that practically ruin the singleplayer experience. Here are the highlights:

  • New respawn checkpoints have been added to all levels that will allow players to pick up where they left off rather than being forced to restart the level. Frankly, this should've been sorted from the get-go.
  • Knockback attack animations will be shortened and more difficult to trigger. It's about time- since most players spend the majority of the time lying on their back swearing at the screen.
  • Players will dish out and defend against more damage at lower difficulties. Perfect for those singleplayer slogs.

The free patch will be hitting June 7th for PS3, and the Xbox 360 version is being "planned". [Capcom Unity]

PES 2011 Gameplay Footage Hits The Net

Pro Evo was once the Cadillac of footie games, but FIFA's new lease of life has relegated it to the lower leagues these last couple of years. However, some leaked footage and new screenies show an enhanced graphics engine and some fluid mechanics. Why not judge for yourself? (NB: it's a handcam video, but you'll see what we're on about) [VG247]

Rumour Mill: E3 Roundup


E3 is nearly upon us- and naturally the internet is now full of half-truths, whispers and conspiracy theories about what's in store. Here's a roundup of some of the more promising rumours we've heard these last few days.

  • Valve to announce Half Life Ep.3? Valve has recently announced that their Portal 2 reveal will be replaced by a "big surprise". Blatantly faked promotional imagery aside, it's likely that this could be the Episode 3 announcement we've been waiting for. If it's true, I'd expect to see Episode 3 running on a significantly enhanced Source Engine to compete with current titles.
  • Bethesda to announce new Elder Scrolls? A "surprise" entry in the Bethesda E3 lineup has prompted many pundits to theorise that a new Elder Scrolls game is on the way. Whilst there's no concrete proof at this stage, it's been years since the staggeringly capable Oblivion was released... and the time is right. We're willing to bump this one up to "likely."
  • Ninja Theory Developing Devil May Cry V? We've picked up on this rumour ourselves a while back- but it's sticking around. Either way, Ninja Theory are definitely developing something big, though it's still unclear whether they're working on Dante's latest excursion. Watch this space.
  • Slim 360 on the way? Analysts and pundits have been predicting this one for years- and a few independent bloggers have announced that they've acquired proof of a leaner, meaner console SKU. Personally, I'm not convinced- as this story has been floating around for time immemorial. Still, we'd be the first to welcome this announcement if it turns out to be kosher.

Know something we don't? Got some rumours you'd like to share? Drop us a line in the comments?


From Redemption's Pottymouth to EA's Developer Disrespect - News Roundup 27th April 2010

Jonathan Lester
Black, Bodycount, EA, Enslaved, Exclusive, Games news, Ninja Theory, Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption

Black: EA Lacks Respect for Devs


Bobby Kotick's Activision may be the current public enemy number one when it comes to developer treatment, but renowned FPS designer  Stuart Black has spoken out against EA's policy towards its developers. Whilst he praises developers that treat their employees as valuable individuals (and claims that they make better games), he claims that the bigger publishers lack respect for their employees.

"[Developers such as Valve and Blizzard] build on their ideas and themes and the games they develop get richer. But those teams that chop and change on membership, they flounder. I'll pick out, just in broad terms, EA – I don't think there's a lot of respect for individuals on teams, the team members are building blocks that they can just mix and match…"

Stuart went on to explain that he's built a close-knit and passionate team to develop Bodycount, the upcoming spiritual successor to Black at Codemasters Guildford. We're excited to see if they deliver a triple-A product as well as Black's trademark ultraviolence. [The Guardian]

Pachter: No More Console Exclusives "Ever Again"


'Celebrity' industry analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that we've our last platform exclusive from the big publishers. Whilst first-party developers (such as Media Molecule and Rare) will still continue to create exclusive games as per their contracts, Pachter believes that publishers simply won't cut their profits in half by releasing AAA titles as system-specific games.

"I don't think you're going to see Ubisoft or Take-Two or Activision do an Xbox 360 or PS3 exclusive ever again because the install base of the two consoles is just too big to ignore. They'd be giving up way too much unless Microsoft is willing to pay up."

Pachter also predicts that Microsoft will be the worst off from the situation; a situation our very own Matt Gardner has already foreseen.

"I don't think Microsoft is willing to pay up what it's going to take to ignore that whole PS3 crowd."

He's also stated that we can expect to see Splinter Cell Conviction on the PS3 within the year. [Gametrailers Pach Attack via Gamerzines]

Red Dead Redemption to contain Filthy Ultraviolence

red dead red

Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar's upcoming Western, has been rated M due to excessive swearing, violence and shockingly adult themes. Drugdealing, mutilated corpses and plenty of gore will certainly help shift a few copies thanks to its simple shock value.

“Language such as ‘f**k,’ ‘c*nt,’ and ’sh*t’ can be heard in the dialogue. In one sequence, a bloodied and mutilated corpse can be seen hanging from the rafters of a barn.”- ESRB

It'll be interesting to see whether this overtly controversial and mature content actually makes for a better game rather than a cynical way of netting shock sales. Yeehaw, motherf**kers! [VG247]

Enslaved Gets Countdown Site


Enslaved, Ninja Theory's postapocalyptic current project, is now being teased by a new countdown site. Details are currently very sparse, but apparently a trailer will be incoming... in just under a fortnight.

Enslaved is shaping up to be a rich, futuristic action experience that's based on a classic Chinese legend. We'll keep you up to date with the latest developments as we receive them.

Want to weigh in on EA's developer treatment? Fancy punditing on Pachter? Drop us a line in the comments!

From Major Hacking to Secret Projects - News Roundup 29th March 2010

Jonathan Lester
Games news, Hackers, Heavenly Sword, Major Nelson, Ninja Theory, Super Mario Kart, Xbox 360

Major Nelson Majorly Hacked!

nelson hacl

Major Nelson (Larry Hyrb) is the face of Xbox Live, announcing new games and deals with wild enthusiasm. Gold Members tend to view him as a well-meaning, if occasionally embarrassing, uncle. However, someone's clearly gunning for him, as his Xbox Live profile was maliciously hacked earlier today. Nothing too nasty, but suffice to say that Larry's sexuality was called into question a couple of times.

Hacker website lightzz claims responsibility for the attack, and has even stated their intentions to offer their services for a hefty fee (even advertising on the hacked profile itself!). I personally find it disgusting that talented coders feel the need to do this, but I daresay a few people will 'take advantage' of this worrying new industry.

Is no-one safe? [Kotaku]

120 GB Hard Drives and MUs are Dead...

250 hdd

We recently reported that Microsoft plans to add USB hard drive support to the Xbox 360, and Larry Hyrb has taken time out from his busy schedule of being hacked to announce that the hefty 250 Gb hard drive (typically only bundled with the Super Elite package) will now phase out its little 120 Gb brother.

As we keep saying, the move towards bigger hard drives can only be a good thing. Companies and fanboys alike continue to rag on the Xbox for its relatively low disc space compared to Blu-Ray, and capacious hard drives will allow enormous games to be directly downloaded to the console without the need for a bigger physical storage medium (possibly with the use of a fast compression tool...Xbox ZIP?).

Expect the USB firmware update to arrive on April 6th... though capacity will be capped to 16Gb. I guess we can't expect Microsoft to give up its lucrative Hard Drive stranglehold yet. [Gamesindustry.biz]

Heavenly Sword Devs Start Secret Project


Ninja Theory were responsible for bringing us Heavenly Sword, the 2007 PS3 exclusive that almost lived up to its staggering hype machine. Sure, it was shiny- but it was all over far too quickly. Oh, and the hat-throwing puzzles sucked. However, Ninja Theory are now working on a "top secret" new project. Speaking in a podcast interview with 1UP, co-founder Tameem Antoniades let slip the following glib details:

"It's a full scale, it's a pretty big project.  It's still top secret, but it's gonna be awesome, obviously."

Not much to go on, but we can discern that this project is a full-budget next gen title. Ninja Theory are working on this new venture in parallel with Enslaved, a third person shooter to be published by Namco Bandai. Naturally, we'll bring you the latest as soon as we hear anything. [1UP via Playstation Lifestyle]

Super Mario Kart Hits Virtual Consoles this Week


It's about time. The seminal (and still ridiculously fun) SNES version of Super Mario Kart is considered by retro gamers to be one of the finest multiplayer experiences of all time, and it's finally being released on the UK Wii Virtual Consolesthis Friday. The States has been hogging SMK all to itself for months now, so it's great that we finally get to have a crack at it.

Start your engines for the original, legendary Super Mario Kart, racing onto your Wii on 2nd April 2010, available exclusively on the Wii Shop Channel! For only 800 Wii Points you can relive the excitement of going head-to-head with your friends in split-screen, enjoy the multiplayer favourite – Battle Mode or go solo racing against an all-star line-up of Mushroom Kingdom characters. - Nintendo Press Release

So there. This Friday. 800 Wii Points. There's never been a better opportunity to round up some old mates and relive the glory days!