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 #43 – 3/10/2008

UPDATE: If you couldn’t figure it out on your own, we meant to say that the price of the Xbox 360 has dropped in the UK. That is why the prices are in pounds.

Daily News for March 10th, 2008.

  • Microsoft has slashed the price of Xbox 360, cutting the estimated retail price for the Arcade pack by £40, to £159.99. The Premium pack, which includes a 20GB hard drive and a wireless controller, has had its price cut by £50 to £199, while the Xbox 360 Elite will retail for £259.99 which is down £40.
  • Guess what, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is now available in a store near you.
  • The first downloadbale content pack for Mass Effect, Bring Down the Sky, is now available on Xbox Live. The pack adds around 90 minutes of gameplay. It can yours for 400 Microsoft Points.
  • Wii Ware has been set for a March 25th, 2008 release for Japan. If you want, take a look at the nine games that will be downloadable on that day. But it doesn’t really matter for most of us since we don’t live in Japan.
  • Apparently G4TV’s The Feed has done a little research. A recent post is stating the fact that Portal has received over 100 awards this year. 50 of the awards were game of the year awards, and the other 50 or so were overall special achievement awards. Ya done good Portal, ya done good.

In the News #42 – 3/7/2008

Daily News for March 7th, 2008.

  • Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Sony about adding Blu-Ray support for their products. Whether this means Blu-Ray support for the Xbox 360 is still unknown.
  • Rockstar Games is well aware that Bully: Scholarship Edition is freezing up at times for some players. They plan on releasing a title update through Xbox Live that will fix the problem. When Sam Houser, president of Rockstar Games, was asked about the problem, he said “It appears that some older 360s are experiencing framerate issues, freezes and other problems.”
  • 2K Sports today announced a free demo of Major League Baseball 2K8 is now available for download through Xbox Live Marketplace.
  • Details of The Sims 3 has arrived early. A 12-page World Exclusive First Look preview was released in the April/May issue of Games for Windows magazine. More details to come.

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 #33 – 2/25/2008

Daily News for February 25th, 2008.

  • 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. In a statement released today, Harrison said that his resignation will be effective as of February 29th, 2008.
  • Electronic Arts attempted to buy out Take-Two Interactive over the past couple of days, but Take-Two gave them a final answer of “Not right now.” After all of that was said and done, EA made a new website directly regarding this situation. You can find it at: eatake2.com
  • 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.
  • It has also been announced that the HD-DVD player add-ons for the Xbox 360 have received a major price drop from $129.99 to $49.99. The package contains the player, an Xbox 360 Media Remote, a USB 2.0 cable and a copy of King Kong on HD-DVD.
  • This doesn’t affect the game industry directly, but Sony has announced several changes to the administration of the company other than Phil Harrison resigning. Robert Dyer will be Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Ian Jackson will be Vice President of Sales and Sally Buchanan will be Vice President of Human Resources.

In the News #31 – 2/21/2008

Daily News for February 21st, 2008.

  • Microsoft announced today that they’re cutting the price on four of the Xbox 360 SKUs in Canada. The Xbox 360 Elite is dropping from $499 to $449; the Xbox 360 Premium system is dropping from $399 to $349; the Xbox 360 Arcade Bundle has been reduced by 20 dollars to $279, and the Halo 3 Special Edition Xbox 360 is reducing its price from $449 to $399.
  • GDC 08: Bionic Commando Rearmed is set to arrive on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Marketplace and PC in May.
  • GDC 08: Portal 2 has been confirmed. It was revealed on tonights episode of X-Play. Read More and see video.
  • GDC 08: The end credit song from Portal, “Still Alive,” is going to be released as Rock Band downloadable content in the near future.

Really? Is that it? Yes. Weird Huh!?!

GDC 08 – Gears of War 2 Finally Announced!

Today, during the GDC Microsoft Keynote, Gears of War 2 was officially announced. A teaser trailer was played during the keynote which can be seen below:

The keynote ended with an announcement that the release date for GoW2 is November 2008 as an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Along with all this, Microsoft and Epic Games will be releasing a Limited Edition version of the game as well as the regular standard edition. No details on what exactly the Limited Edition will contain as of yet.