Sony announced a new God of War game for PSP today. Developed by Ready at Dawn Studios (the same team behind Chains of Olympus), God of War: Ghost of Sparta will feature our beloved Kratos, depicting his rise to power sometime after the events of the first God of War on PS2.
"Excitement for the God of War franchise is at an all-time high and we're thrilled to continue that momentum with God of War: Ghost of Sparta," said SCEA product marketing VP Scott Steinberg. "This new adventure will showcase Kratos on PSP like never before in an experience that fans and newcomers can enjoy on the go, anytime, anywhere."
Ghost of Sparta supposedly boasts 25% more gameplay content than Chains of Olympus, and it will kick the number of on-screen enemies up a notch. It's expected to ship later this year.
StarCraft fans, rejoice! Blizzard announced yesterday that the hugely anticipated sequel, Wings of Liberty, will be available at retailers starting July 27 and directly from Blizzard itself shortly thereafter. The game has been in beta since February with a rather hefty update releasing just a few weeks ago, which included the custom map editor, achievements, and a number of other Battle.net additions.
"Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and co-founder.
Wings of Liberty will continue the StarCraft story arc, following Terran rebel leader Jim Raynor. The game will allow players to pick and choose the missions they run, creating a very customizable single-player experience.
It seems as though Blizzard is opening its beta for StarCraft II up to more people. Early this morning I received an email from Blizzard, a legitimate one, mind you, telling me that I can now invite a friend into the beta.
"Congratulations! This is an additional invitation to the beta test for Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ for you to share with a friend!" the email reads. "You are receiving this email because you are currently participating in the StarCraft II beta test, and we want to encourage you to test out some of the social features of the revamped Battle.net® online-gaming service by inviting one of your friends to play with you. This email contains your additional beta key for you to send to a friend, along with instructions to help your friend get started."
It's hard to say of these friend invites are going to ALL participants or only a select few. I guess it won't be long before we know. Hopefully I'll see you online.
Infinity Ward has finally put out official word on the incoming DLC pack for Modern Warfare 2, entitled the "Stimulus Package." The pack will launch worldwide on March 30 for Xbox Live. It will later be coming to PC and PSN down the line of course.
There's no word on what maps will be included in the package, but rumors suggest it will include five maps, which may include some familiar locales.
2K issued a press release earlier today detailing the first add-on pack for BioShock 2. Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack will be releasing worldwide on March 11 for 400 MS Points or $4.99. The DLC pack will include the following:
- Rank increase to level 50 with Rank Rewards
- New playable characters - Louie McGraff and Oscar Calraca
- 20 new trials
- A third weapon upgrade for each weapon
- Five additional masks
More announcements for BioShock 2 DLC will be arriving "in the coming weeks."
This morning we learned that the PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, making it the first PS3 title to do so since Killzone 2. Sony is reporting that shortages for the game might be coming.
"We have been extremely delighted with the demand for Heavy Rain," an SCEE spokesperson told MCV.
"Whilst it isn't out of stock we are aware that supplies are running low. There is still supply in the chain, but I'm afraid if you're hunting for a copy it may require a little extra footwork. There will be more stock arriving next week."
Marketing hype or not, the game's sales have already proven that it's a success. Check back for our review of Heavy Rain soon.
It's only a few short weeks away, people. God of War III releases March 16. A new TV spot has released in Europe, and it's pretty intense. Check it out.
Call him crazy, but Black Rock Studio's Jason Ried, producer of the upcoming racer Split/Second, likens his new game to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Uncharted 2 more so than the traditional racing game.
"It's a tough one. [Activision's] Blur is obviously competition -- it's racing and it's doing things slightly different as well. But we almost feel we're closer to Call of Duty or Uncharted in what we do than other racing games," Ried told CVG. "Animation-wise, Split/Second is the most ambitious thing that's ever been done in a racing game. So that is where we come down to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2 comparison -- because of these huge set pieces."
Split/Second: Velocity is due out May 21.
A bug in the original PlayStation 3 models has left the systems unable to access the PlayStation Network. The issue surfaced last night, suggesting that the problem is related to a calendar bug. Sony quickly issued a statement addressing the widespread outage.
"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network," SCEE said in a statement. "We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."
What's worse is that systems offline are also affected, including PS3 debug kits used by the press and developers. Some PS3 hard drive content cannot be started at all, and titles that synchronize trophies are also unable to launch.
Sony has not yet offered a solution to the problem but says a fix is coming in the next "24 hours."
While it seems just about everyone and their mom has weighed in on the Natal debate, when Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter speaks, people listen, whether it's to criticize him for his bold predictions or not. Pachter recently predicted that Natal would outsell PS3's Arc -- five to one in fact -- simply due to the fact that it will likely be cheaper. He's not the only one who thinks the device has potential. Co-founder of Naughty Dog, Jason Rubin, recently expressed his thoughts on Natal during the latest episode of GameTrailers' Bonus Round.
"I think Natal and things like Natal are going to revolutionize more than gaming," said Rubin. "Putting Natal in the Xbox gives it the opportunity to become a lot more than just a gaming machine. The things you can do outside of gaming justifies buying Natal. If Microsoft plays its cards right it can sell far more Xbox's to people who don't buy games."
Microsoft wants Natal to replace your TV's remote control. Is that what gamers want?