Todays news see's Sega arguing Nintendo can grow out of their nappies, StarCraft fans rage at the absence of local area network play in StarCraft II, a triliogy of DLC for Red Faction and new games in the form of Castlevania and Final Fantasy.
Nintendo Can Mature
Mature gaming is often associated with sex and violence, something which apparently the Wii lacks. Nintendo has long since suffered from not appealing enough to ‘mature gamers’. Madworld, a game catering for the bloodthirsty Wii owners, was released to remedy this but although receiving great reviews it achieved poor sales. Sega Europe's Gary Dunn still feels optimistic despite this saying, "You have to push boundaries and explore. I think whilst MadWorld commercially didn't sell what we were expecting I wouldn't say it's game over for mature Wii titles from Sega”.
Dunn pointed out, with reference to House Of The Dead: Overkill, that their games can often sell well when offered at a lower price point. With Dead Space: Extraction on the way and The Conduit just released on the Wii, Nintendo’s mature scene is looking to get stronger. [Gamesindustry]
StarCraft II Fans Start Petition
Blizzard recently announced their decision not to include local area network play in the upcoming StarCraft II. Fans responded to this news by starting a petition opposing this, citing possible latency increases as the main concern, and already gaining more than 6000 signatures in the process.
Blizzard representative Bob Colayco argued the main reason for not including local area network play was to allow for the best multiplayer service available and improved protection against piracy. Although a petition with the might of a small army behind it may yet change their minds. [1UP]
Red Faction To Get Three Helpings Of DLC
THQ Announced Yesterday Red Faction: Guerrilla will receive three DLC packs before the end of the year. The first of these is set for release on August 13th for the Xbox 360 and PS3 while PC owners still wait patiently for release of the actual game.
The first pack “Demons of the badlands” features a single player story arc set in a completely new environment, and will sell for 800 Microsoft points on the 360 and roughly £7 on the PS3. [Gamespot]
Mystery Square Enix Title Reveled
Thanks to leaks from major Japanese publication ‘Weekly Jump’ Square Enix’s mystery game has been prematurely revealed as a new Final Fantasy title. Hikari no Yon Senshi revealed to the magazine that ‘Final Fantasy Gaiden’ (translated to mean Final Fantasy Side Story) will be a DS RPG focusing on a 14-year-old boy charged with the task of a finding a princess. Final Fantasy: Gaiden will hit Japan this fall with no confirmed UK release date. [IGN]
New Castlevania Blows Roof Off
Konami’s press conference at the LA Convention Centre unveiled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and according to Weekly Famitsu the reception was so intense “the entire conference hall trembled”.
The fact that the announcment of a new Castlevania game is capable of causing earthquakes is a testament to how revered this series is. This time around Konami will really be aiming to satisfy Western gamers, believing the previous Castlevania games were more directed towards the Japanese market. MercurySteam Entertainment will be developing the game with assistance from Kojima Productions. [1UP]