In the News #59 – 4/1/2008

Daily News for April Fools’ Day, April 1st, 2008.

  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2, having only been on the market for one week, has sold nearly 2 million copies.
  • The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and Clearspring Technologies  have announced the launch of a new ESRB ratings search widget that is available for free use and download by consumers right here. This widget allows the user to search for ratings for more than 14,000 games. The widget is fully customizable (color, size, and language) and can be placed on desktops and on blogs and websites.
  • A new patch is available for The Sims 2 Freetime that allows you to play catch, fix cars, build trains, and practive ballet among other things. This download is available for free from the German The Sims 2 website.
  • Stormfront Studios, developer of recent projects such as Spiderwick Chronicles and Eragon, is closing its doors. A Stormfront Representative confirmed the rumors to Next-Gen.biz just today. The representative states that “Frankly, we didn’t get pitched, and the project [we were working on] made no revenue… The economy is such that the projects that we weren’t winning, ended.”
  • Grand Theft Auto IV continues to heat up. Several news reports are rolling in daily. To check them all out, go over to GTA-Division.com.

In the News #56 – 3/27/2008

Daily News for March 27th, 2008.

  • The fourth and final Grand Theft Auto IV trailer before the game’s release on April 29th has arrived. You can go watch “Go lord, What are you doing?” aka “Everyone’s a Rat” right here.
  • A demo for Ninja Gaiden II is on the calendar for a release sometime in May.
  • It has been announced by EA that Madden NFL 09 will be available in stores on August 12th, 2008. A new special edition, Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, has also been announced for a release on the 12th. It will feature full versions of both Madden NFL 09 and the all-new NFL Head Coach 09, exclusive classic Madden NFL gameplay, and an extensive library of exclusive bonus video content.
  • Sony has announced that SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation will be released on September 16th, 2008.
  • Rockstar Games has announced an online community, Rockstar Social Club, that will launch on April 15th. The first game that it will feature is Grand Theft Auto IV. Go here to read the details from our original source.
  • The latest Playstation Network update is ready to go. Read More.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 has been confirmed, and for a 2009 release.
  • WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 has been confirmed, but an announcement won’t come until tomorrow.

GTA IV 4th Trailer Coverage

Our Grand Theft Auto network site, GTA-Division.com, will be having full coverage of the release of the 4th and final GTA IV trailer.

4th Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer

“Good Lord, What are you Doing?” aka “Everyone’s a Rat” goes live on Thursday, March 27th, 2008.

In the News #50 – 3/19/2008

Daily News for March 19th, 2008.

  • GTA IV has been rated “M” in the USA by the ESRB. Haha. Grand Theft Auto IV has been rated Mature for: Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol, Blood, and Intense Violence. Ahh, the perfect game.
  • Guitar Hero is finally making it’s way to the Nintendo DS. The console spinoff has been cleverly named Guitar Hero: On Tour. IGN has all the details.
  • Microsoft announced today that three new maps and an update for the Forge are on the way for Halo 3 on April 15th. The new maps are: Ghost Town, Avalanche and a third, unannounced location. The Legendary Map pack will cost you 800 Microsoft Points (US $10) from the Xbox Live Marketplace..
  • The Sims 3 has been announced for a 2009 release. The announcement comes from the unveiling of the official website, which can be found right here.

We are sorry for the lake of updates lately. We’ll do better.

In the News #47 – 3/14/2008

Daily News for March 14th, 2008.

  • Manhunt 2 has finally been given the ‘ok’ to be release in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification rejected the game twice for certification. There is still no UK release date for the title. The US version was released last October.
  • It seems that Mass Effect 2 will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 only for a short time. “I believe we’ll be Xbox 360 exclusive for at least a short period of time,” BioWare senior manager Matt Atwood told CVG.
  • So much Grand Theft Auto IV news and info is rolling in. Check out GTA-Division.com for all of the latest details.

Bioshock 2 Officially Announced

Take-Two Interactive has released the first quarter financial results for the company. Several interesting things were talked about, but one got our attention.

Bioshock 2 was confirmed. Take-Two also confirmed rumors that 2K Boston would not be developing the sequel are true. They announced that 2K Marin will make the BioShock sequel.

BioShock 2 is set for release in Q4 of Take-Two’s fiscal year 2009, which is around October ’09.

Some other interesting details from the first quarter report:

  • The first part of Xbox 360 episodic content for Grand Theft Auto IV is still targeted for release between August and October 2008.
  • The second part of Xbox 360 episodic content for GTA IV is still targeted for 2009.
  • As of today, March 11, 2008, there is no mention of any GTA IV episodic content for the PlayStation 3. There never has been.
  • GTA: Vice City Stories has been released in Japan.
  • The entire Grand Theft Auto series have sold 66 million units to date.
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles will be released between August and October.

In the News #39 – 3/4/2008

Daily News for March 4th, 2008.

  • Just as a heads up, the Playstation Network Store is getting a major overhaul come April. Keep on the lookout.
  • The Wii port of Okami is being pushed back 3 weeks from it’s original March 25th release to April 15th.
  • New DLC for Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 is now available on Xbox Live. The DLC pack includes a new co-op campain and 9 additional maps.
  • If you are planning to pre-order Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360 over in the UK, might I suggest pre-ordering the the UK retailer GAME. They are offering 500 free Microsoft Points that you can use to purchase Xbox Live Downloadable Content.

EA Bids on Take-Two, then gets rejected (twice)

Over the past couple of days, gaming giant Electronic Arts has bid on Take-Two Interactive with two different offers. The first one being for $25 a share, which was rejected.

The second offer came around midday yesterday for $26 a share. This offer is roughly $2 higher than Take-Two’s highest share price over the past year. Coming late yesterday, a press release was issued stating that “Take-Two Interactive Software’s board rejects Electronic Arts’ unsolicited proposal as inadequate.”

“Given the great importance of the Grand Theft Auto IV launch to the value of Take-Two, the Board has determined that the only prudent and responsible course for [Take-Two] and its stockholders is to defer these discussions until immediately after Grand Theft Auto IV is released. Therefore, we offered to initiate discussions with EA on April 30th, 2008 (the day after Grand Theft Auto IV is scheduled to release).”

In letters from EA, reasons were given why they think Take-Two should be bought out now.

  • They think once GTA IV ships, the share price and value of the company will go down.
  • They also believe that since the company is pretty much done developing GTA IV, now would be the perfect time to merge so there would be minimal disruption inside the company.

Original Source: Reuters
Yahoo! Finance: Take-Two’s Share Chart
Newest Press Release: Take-Two Rejects EA
Network Source: GTA-Division.com

In the News #30 – 2/20/2008

Daily News for February 20th, 2008.

  • GDC 08: Release dates for Wii Fit and WiiWare were announced during GDC 08. Read More.
  • Capcom announced today that 2 million copies of Devil May Cry 4 have been shopped worldwide. This includes shipments for Japan,  North America, and Europe.
  • David Braben’s Frontier Developments announced today that its first title for WiiWare, LostWinds.
  • GDC 08: Gears of War 2 has been officially announced. Along with this, a teaser trailer has also been released. Also, a Limited Edition version will also be available when the game releases in November 2008. View the trailer and read more here.
  • GDC 08: The release date for Ninja Gaiden II has also been announced for a June 3rd, 2008 release.
  • GDC 08: During the Microsoft KeyNote, Lionhead Studio had a surprise for Fable 2. Instead of demoing the game, it was revealed that prior to the release of Fable 2, there will be a mini-game available for download that lets you build up your character before you even begin the game. Not much else is known as of right now.
  • GDC 08: A Ninja Gaiden II demo is apparently coming to Xbox Live soon. Go to the Marketplace tab on Xbox Live and look at what is in the Spotlight. Go up to the GDC banner and then go down to find a tab for New Game Announcements. Under Ninja Gaiden II you can a tab for an upcoming demo currently listed as “Coming Soon.”
  • 2K Games has announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution will be in stores beginning June 3, 2008. It will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo DS.
  • GDC 08: Grand Theft Auto IV: Episode One has been announced for an August ’08 release. Don’t know what it is? Read More Here.

GDC 08 – GTA IV: Episode One

The general release date for the first piece of episodic content for Grand Theft Auto IV was announced earlier today at GDC.

“Microsoft confirmed [today] that the first downloadable “episode” for GTA IV will be coming this August. It will be exclusive to Xbox 360.

Grand Theft Auto IV: Episode One
, as it’s being called, is presumably the first in the previously announced two downloadable episodes for Rockstar’s sequel.”

GTA-Division.com