Earlier this year some of you may have recalled EA talking about getting Criterion Games to develop the next Need for Speed game after Need for Speed SHIFT. Criterion Games has made the highly successful Burnout Paradise a year and a half ago. Since the announcement at the press conference a half a year ago EA has been tight-lipped about the happenings in the Criterion Games office.
Today they finally revealed more pieces of info for the game, nothing major, but some good info. “In recent years, we failed to put adequate resources behind the franchise and, as a result, quality suffered,” Frank Gibeau, EA Games label president, recently stated about the Need for Speed franchise, “Next year’s Need for Speed has been under development now for some time at our award-winning Criterion Studio,” he added.
At least we know the series will release next year, probably around Fall as the pattern usually goes with the franchise, hopefully we will see some details about the game in the near future. I for one cannot wait to see this game. It’s good to know that EA is taking more care of their Need for Speed franchise again, Need for Speed SHIFT proved well but lets see if Criterion can bring this series back to how it was in its golden days.
A quick heads up to anyone using a modified Xbox 360 to play pirated games. Major Nelson has reported on his blog that Microsoft is clamping down on these people and has been banning, and will continue to ban many more accounts if this is spotted. Read his full statement after the break.
Nolan North the voice of Nathan Drake was interviewed on the latest OPM UK podcast and stated he was interested in playing Nathan Drake in the movie, but says he understands Hollywood, and as of right now they are strongly going after Hugh Jackman who is known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies.
“I would love to do the movie, obviously I’d love to do it as Nathan Drake, but I’ve done film and television and I understand the reality of the business,” he went on to say,
“Jackman is who I’d like to see. I think the producers would like to see Jackman too, because he has that tough guy exterior, but there’s also a lot going on behind his eyes. A lot of emotion and sensitivity on that brusque exterior, and he has great comic timing. He’s a phenomenal actor.
“I just hope I get a part on the movie so I can work with Hugh.”
This week, North Americans are getting their hands on the first of two demos for Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time, you will be playing Clank this week. Be sure to pick up the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Eye of Indra Motion Comic for free to find out what happened in the events before Uncharted: Drakes Fortune. Burnout Paradise is also just $15 for a limited time only. Oddworld games are also PS1 Classics and GTA Vice City and Liberty City Stories are now digital for the PSP. The full list of content is after the break.
Today’s North America update was late but worth the wait. We have a lot of content in the store, a bunch of new games including .detuned, an interactive art game like Linger in Shadows, Topatoi, a platformer game and the NBA 2K10 Demo. Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty has dropped from $15 to $10 for a limited time. There is also a bunch of PSP games hitting the digital world today. The full list of content can be found after the break.
In today’s PlayStation Store Update, Europeans get Uno! Some of you have been waiting for it and it’s here (already at NA store). There’s also “.detuned,” which is another interactive art game like Linger In Shadows was. There’s also some new dynamic themes like PixelJunk Monsters, PAIN, and High Velocity Bowling. The full list of content can be found after the break.
We have had some previous information about cross-game chat coming to the PlayStation 3 in the next firmware update. Less than a month ago, VG247 said that they were given a tip from Sony that cross-game chat was coming in update 3.10 but now ReklissAbandon, a Naught Dog staff member left a comment in a forum post about Uncharted 2 online communication. He said the following…
“I think they wanted people to have fun and e[n]joy the show since all dead players can talk to each other no matter what team you are on. But I will suggest it anyway. Not to mention that the next PS3 firmware update is going to allow cross game chat. So if players use that instead of in game communication then they would also be able to communicate enemies positions.”
It can’t be seen now because it was mysteriously deleted from the forums. You can probably guess why but it can be seen as a quote for a reply to him further down the forum board. Sony quickly came with the popular saying this time, “We haven’t made any announcements on upcoming firmware and don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”
The latest issue of Xbox 360 World had an article speaking with Sébastien Puel, the producer of the Assassins Creed series. Puel talked about the possibility of a female character in the next game “We’ve had discussions on that very topic, It could be really interesting but we’d need to find the right time period and place for that.”
“Where would that make sense? We don’t want to just decide we want to change and have a female hero as the first inspiration is always the time period, but if you’re talking about, say, World War II the economies in England and France were run by women because the men were off fighting.“
Creative Director Patrice Fortier also added “What’s so great about Assassin’s Creed is that we can just expand and expand … I’m often asked if we’re doing a third game after Assassins Creed II… I mean, we could do 35 of these.” Now, we can probably expect more than the proposed trilogy this series was proposed to be a couple years back.
This week, you’ve all been waiting for it, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves hits store shelves this Tuesday for the US and Friday for Europe only on the PlayStation 3. This game has been getting some great ratings and based on the first game, this one is definitely worth a play. Brutal legend makes its way to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, Afrika comes to the PS3 in the US, and much more. I am also making This Weeks Upcoming Releases more friendly for the blokes across the pond. =) All of this weeks releases can be found after the break.
Today Europe is getting some more Fallout 3 DLC, please welcome Mothership Zeta and Point Lookout. LittleBigPlanet is getting a music maker, that will prove useful for you level makers. Sudoku also joins the PSP minis line-up. Full details can be found after the break.