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Xbox Founder Fries And 2D Boy's Carmel To Keynote MIGS
(via Edge Online) - Organisers of the Montreal International Games Summit have announced the keynote speakers for November’s event. Ed Fries, co-founder of the Xbox project at Microsoft, “will discuss beauty, constraints and the Atari 2600”, while 2D Boy co-founder Ron Carmel will examine the “crucial steps involved in developing an independent videogame”.
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Chime Headed To PC
(via Edge Online) - Xbox Live Arcade charity game Chime is to get a commercial release on PC via Steam at the “end of this summer”. UK-based developer Zoe Mode, which created the original game pro bono for OneBigGame, has said that it will donate five per cent of the purchase price of royalties to the non-profit publisher, benefiting its charity partners Starlight Children’s Foundation and Save the Children.
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Microsoft: “We Are Still Squarely Focused On The Core”
(via Edge Online) - Xbox Live Studios boss Jerry Johnson has stated that the company is “still squarely focused” on its core gamer audience despite moves to widen Xbox 360’s appeal. "I know there's a lot of controversy over, are you turning your back on the core gamer? Are you just focused on the Wii bunch? My answer to that is an emphatic no," he said at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival, Eurogamer reports.
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Shank Review
(via Edge Online) - Format: 360, PS3 Release: Out now Publisher: EA Developer: Klei Entertainment Shank, despite the pointed pseudonym, is pure blunt instrument. Fiery of temper and thick of neck, he barrels through the game’s brisk but brutal run time like Schwarzenegger in his prime, minus the one-liners.
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Microsoft To Keynote Tokyo Game Show 2010
(via Edge Online) - Tokyo Game Show organiser CESA has announced that key Microsoft Xbox executives are in line to deliver one of the two keynote sessions at next month’s event. Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer and Xbox Japan head Takashi Sensui will present ‘Xbox 360's Vision and 2010's Strategy’ on the first business day of the show, on the morning of September 16, Andriasang reports.
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Ubisoft: Ten Year PS3 And 360 Lifecycle Unlikely
(via Edge Online) - Ubisoft thinks it’s unlikely that Move or Kinect will extend the lifecycle of the current console generation to the extent hoped for by platform holders Sony and Microsoft. When asked by GamesIndustry.biz if the new motion control peripherals can extend the life of PS3 and Xbox 360 beyond another two years, European MD Alain Corre said: “I don't think so, no.
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Microsoft Working On Mobile-To-Console Gaming
(via Edge Online) -- Microsoft is aiming to deliver real-time multiplayer gaming between Windows Phone 7 and home platforms like Xbox 360 in the “near future”.read more
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Kinect To Launch Without Voice Control - Report
(via Edge Online) - Update - Microsoft says voice control will be active at launch. Microsoft has said that Kinect won’t feature any voice control functionality at launch. “We will be announcing when voice control will be turned on in due course,” Robin Burrowes, marketing manager for Xbox Live EMEA, told MCV.
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Not Actual Gameplay Footage
(via Edge Online) -- Last week a TV advertisement produced by Square Enix for Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360 was banned because it used FMV footage captured on a PlayStation 3. read more
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Mafia II Review
(via Edge Online) -- Format: Xbox 360, PC, PS3 Release: Out now Publisher: 2K Games Developer: 2K Czech Screenshot gallery read more
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Microsoft Aggressively Investigating Halo: Reach Leak
(via Edge Online) - Halo: Reach has reportedly been leaked to public filesharing sites nearly a month ahead of its official September 14 launch date. The game was recently made available on Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace store for review purposes, but a group of modders claims to have bypassed security measures to download and play the title, IGN reports.
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PSP Best Selling System In Japan
(via Edge Online) - PSP was the bestselling system in Japan during the week ended August 15, according to data from Media Create. Both DS and PSP sales increased in Japan this week, by 13874 and 5337 respectively. Xbox 360 sales dropped off a little from last week's 5639 to 5065, while the PS3 managed a healthy 33,057.
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Kane And Lynch 2: Dog Days Review
(via Edge Online) -- Format: Xbox 360, PC, PS3 Release: Out now (US), out tomorrow (UK) Publisher: Eidos / Square Enix Developer: IO Interactive Screenshot gallery read more
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Avatars Will Be Redesigned For Kinect
(via Edge Online) - Rare updates Xbox 360 Avatars as unrealistic proportions affect hand-eye coordination when using Kinect. Rare senior programmer Nick Burton has told Official Xbox Magazine that the developer is redesigning the Xbox 360's Avatars for Kinect. The change is as a result of users struggling to co-ordinate themselves with the cartoony proportions of the current Avatars, which Rare also designed, when using Microsoft's motion control device.
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First Wave Of Windows Phone 7 Games Announced
(via Edge Online) - Microsoft reveals the launch games for its new phone at Gamescom 2010. Microsoft unveiled the first wave of Xbox LIVE games for its Windows Phone 7 device at Gamescom 2010 today. The titles will launch with the device this christmas, and include projects from Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap and THQ.
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Kinect “Will Not Support Sign Language”
(via Edge Online) - Microsoft has said that Kinect for Xbox 360 won’t support sign language upon launch this November. While a recently uncovered patent indicated that the motion sensing peripheral was capable of reading American sign language, the device releasing this holiday won’t be able to do so.
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Crysis 2 Preview
(via Edge Online) -- Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Release: Q1 2011 Publisher: Electronic Arts Developer: Crytek Screenshot galleryread more
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250GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle Sighted
(via Edge Online) -- Microsoft is preparing to launch a 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect hardware bundle, according to the Australian packaging for the 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect offering. read more
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Interview: Joy Ride
(via Edge Online) - Joy Ride, BigPark's answer to Modnation Racers, was originally intended for XBLA but has since been promoted to a full price Kinect launch game. As the only launch title to have been initially destined for a traditional control scheme, it serves as an interesting example of how well established genres translate to Microsoft's device.
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Blitz: Kinect Haters “Don't Have A Vision”
(via Edge Online) - Blitz Games Studios chief technical officer Andrew Oliver has hit out at pre-launch criticism of Kinect for Xbox 360. When we put it to him that a lot of people are being quite negative about the motion sensing peripheral at the moment, he told us: “They don't have a vision.
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Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow Preview
(via Edge Online) -- Format: 360, PS3Publisher: KonamiDeveloper: MecurySteamOrigin: SpainRelease: Autumn read more
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Fable III For PC Delayed
(via Edge Online) - Lionhead's sequel no longer due for simultaneous release on PC and 360. Speaking to IGN, Microsoft has confirmed that the PC version of Fable III will not be released alongside the Xbox 360 version, due October 26. No details on a revised date were forthcoming, but the announcement follows Microsoft's recent assertion that it would be investing more heavily in PC development.
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Call Of Duty Map Packs Surpass 20 Million Sales
(via Edge Online) - Life-to-date sales of Call Of Duty map packs surpassed 20 million units during the quarter ended June 30, according to publisher Activision Blizzard. The most recent, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s Resurgence Pack, was released on June 3 for Xbox Live and in early July for PS3 and PC.
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XBLA Sales Up 13% In First Half Of 2010
(via Edge Online) - Xbox Live Arcade revenues for the first six months of 2010 came in at $46.1 million, representing year-over-year growth of 13 per cent, according to a new report from analyst firm Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE). The company said that it expects full year XBLA revenues to reach $130-$140 million.
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Hollywood Blues
(via Edge Online) - When it comes to console transitions, the rule of thumb is that they should arrive, like clockwork, every five to six years. Yet here we are, heading towards the fifth anniversary of the Xbox 360’s release, and March’s Game Developer’s Conference came and went without any mention of new hardware.
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Hydro Thunder Hurricane Review
(via Edge Online) - Format: XBLARelease: July 28Publisher: MGSDeveloper: Vector UnitThere are many good things to be said about Vector Unit’s debut game, but let the first be this: it handles like butter. Hydro Thunder Hurricane's a comeback for a much-loved series, a breezy and cheesy powerboat racer with an arcade heart, and a winning one.
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Street Fighter X Tekken Games Announced
(via Edge Online) - Capcom and Namco Bandai will bring renowned fighting series Street Fighter and Tekken together in two new games.Street Fighter X Tekken is in development at Capcom, while Namco Bandai is working on Tekken X Street Fighter, the companies announced at Comic-Con over the weekend.
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Naughty Bear Review
(via Edge Online) -- Format: 360, PS3 Release: Out now Publisher: 505 Games Developer: Artificial Mind And Movement Screenshot gallery read more
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Xbox Division Boosts Annual Profits
(via Edge Online) - Microsoft has reported a giant leap in full year profits at is Entertainment and Devices (EED) division, which covers the Xbox 360 and Zune platforms as well as PC and online games. While annual revenue remained flat at $8.058 billion, profit leapt 529 per cent to $679 million in the fiscal year ended June 30.
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UK Xbox 360 Sales Up 1000% Last Weekend
(via Edge Online) -- Microsoft has said that Xbox 360 sales rocketed 1000 per cent last weekend following the launch of the slim version and price discounts to older models. The new Xbox 360 costs £199 in the UK, while the Elite now sells for £149 and the Arcade for £119. read more
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