In the News #48 – 3/17/2008

Daily News for March 17th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts has a new president on their hands. According to MCV, John Pleasants has been named President and COO of Electronic Arts.
  • Activision has released details on the four new maps for Call of Duty 4 coming to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network this spring. All four will be included in a single map pack. No specific date has been announced, but it will be in April for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  • Ripten.com is reporting that Haze will remain a PS3 exclusive. According to the website, at a Play.com Live event in the UK, two Ubisoft representatives confirmed that they are not publishing a 360 version.
  • Prey 2 has been officially confirmed. There is no release date yet.
  • Nintendo of America announced on Monday that Super Smash Bros. Brawl is now officially the fastest-selling game in the company’s history. More than 1.4 million gamers have purchased the game since its release on March 9th. 874,000 people bought the game in its first day.

Want to see more video game news everyday? Just wait until the Division-Gaming Network relaunches in April ’08. Coming April 2008

In the News #46 – 3/13/2008

Daily News for March 13th, 2008.

  • Xbox 360 group product manager Aaron Greenberg confirmed, “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience.” The rumors were wrong.
  • Capcom officially announced plans to release a two month long beta for Super Street Fighter II HD Turbo Remix. It will only be available through the Xbox Live Arcade.
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 group manager Aaron Greenberg said production is back on track for the console and that he expects console sales to back back in the coming months. The Playstation 3 is still likely to have outsold the Xbox 360 for the month of February.
  • The Playstation Store has been updated. Read the full list of details on IGN.
  • Team Fortress 2, Portal, and the Half-Life 2: Episode Pack will be available April 9th, 2008. They are all now stand-alone titles.
  • The Playstation 3 did indeed manage to outsell the Xbox 360 in the month of February. The PS3 was able to sell 280,000 as oppose to the 360’s 254,000. The DS came in first place with 587,000 units sold. The Wii came in second with 432,000 sold. Somehow, the Playstation 2 is still manage to outsell the PS3 and 360 to land in 3rd place with 351,000 units sold. The PSP was able to crawl into last place with 243,000 sales.
  • Call of Duty 4 managed to stay atop the charts for most units sold in February. It pulled in 296,000 new owners. Devil May Cry 4 came in second with 295,000.

In the News #44 – 3/11/1008

Daily News for March 11th, 2008.

  • Yesterday we reported on how Wii Ware is set for a March 25th release with 9 games being available at that time. Tetris has been announced for a Wii Ware appearance, but not until summer of this year. It will feature online multiplayer for up to six players.
  • Ouchide Mugen Puti Puti, a Japanese bubble wrap popping game, has also been announced for a Wii Ware release in Spring ’08 for 800 Wii points. 
  • Call of Duty 4 brings home the gold once again as last week’s Xbox Live most played game. Halo 3 came in second.
  • Bioshock 2 has been announced. Read More.
  • Mafia II is set for a release in Take-Two Interactive’s Fiscal 2009 year (November 1st, 2008 through October 31st, 2009.)

Weekly Review #3

Here’s our Weekly Review for the week of February 25th – February 29th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts started off the week by offering to buy out Take-Two Interactive. It didn’t go so well. Read More.
  • Phil Harrison, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has announced that he is to be parting ways with the company after 15 years on the job. He retired on February 29th, 2008.
  • Microsoft has announced that they are completely shutting down their HD-DVD format. They will no longer build the add-on HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360, but will continue customer support on existing units.
  • Ubisoft made the announcement that Haze will be arriving on the Playstation 3 in May. Read and Watch More Here.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 has been set for a June 12th, 2008 release. There will be a standard edition and an 80GB Playstation 3 MGS4 bundle. Read More Here and Here.
  • Bioware announced that Mass Effect will be coming to the PC on May 6th, 2008.
  • The DualShock 3 for the Playstation 3 (complete with rumble) will be released in North America in April 2008 for $54.99.
  • Call of Duty 4 has been patched for the Xbox 360. Additions like Host Migration, kill cams, and better sniper accuracy were some of the changes.  

Also, the Division-Gaming Network has several staff positions open that need to be filled for the release of Division-Gaming version 2. If you want to work on the staff of the all new video gaming network, email us: admin@division-gaming.com.

In the News #37 – 2/29/2008

Daily News for February 29th, 2008.

  • SCi Entertainment has announced that it will be cutting a quarter of its workforce, as well as cancelling 14 projects currently in development.
  • Capcom announced today that Rocketmen: Axis of Evil will be made available for purchase through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on Wednesday, March 5th for Xbox Live and a day later on PSN. It is 800 Microsoft points or $9.99.
  • Call of Duty 4 has been patched for the Xbox 360. Additions like Host Migration, kill cams, and better sniper accuracy were some of the changes.

Weekly Review #1

We are now going to combine our Xbox, Nintendo, and Playstation Weekly Reviews together to form one Weekly Review. Here’s our Weekly Review for the week of February 11th – February 15th, 2008.

  • Now available on the Wii Virtual Console is Harvest Moon for Super NES, and Lords of Thunder for TG-16 CD. Both games were released for 800 points.
  • Electronic Arts Inc. and Maxis have announced that Spore, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7th, 2008. Spore will be available for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones. Go here to see IGN’s article which includes the Release Date Trailer.
  • 274,000 Wiis were bought in January.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl was first place in sales again in its second week, having 251,789 copies sold, twice as many as the second place game. Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold one million copies faster than any Wii game before.
  • A multiplayer demo has been released for Frontlines: Fuel of War on Xbox Live. It allows up to 32 players for multiplayer combat.
  • Hironobu Sakaguchi’s newest RPG; Lost Odyssey is now exclusively available on the 360 console.
  • BioWare has announced Mass Effect for PC with added features including: High Resolution visuals, Fully customizable controls, Run and Gun control, new decryption mini-screen and new inventory screen GUI and functionality.
  • Electronic Arts Inc. and Maxis have announced that Spore, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7th, 2008.
  • Call of Duty 4 continues to control all that is Xbox Live. It stays on top as the most played Xbox Live title for last week, followed closely by Halo 3.
  • It’s not an officially official confirmation, but an ‘official’ confirmation of the discontinuation of the 80GB Playstation 3 has been released. Read More.
  • Sierra Entertainment has announced that World in Conflict will appear on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems this fall. Additional single player and multiplayer content is expected.
  • The Guitar Hero saga continues, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith has been announced. It will arrive in June ‘08.

In the News #26 – 2/14/2008

Daily News for February 14th, 2008.

  • Sierra Entertainment has announced that World in Conflict will appear on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems this fall. Additional single player and multiplayer content is expected.
  • The Witcher has sold more than 600,000 copies world-wide.
  • A new report by warranty company SquareTrade indicates that the Xbox 360 has a failure rate of about 16.4 percent under normal usage conditions, a number lower by about half than some retailers have claimed but about four times higher than estimates Microsoft made last year. Read More on IGN.
  • Call of Duty 4 continues to surpass any other game on the market. The Xbox 360 version of the game alone sold more than 300,000 copies in just the month of January.
  • It’s hard to believe, but the Xbox 360 sold less copies than the Playstation 3 and Wii. 230,000 Xbox 360 consoles were bought in January, compared to 269,000 for the PlayStation 3 and 274,000 for the Nintendo Wii. On the portable side, 251,000 DS units were bought, and the PSP sold about the same amount of units as the 360.