A few days ago, Microsoft announced its plan to release a 250GB standalone Xbox 360 hard drive in Japan. The company has also confirmed that it's cutting the price on its 120GB hard drive in Europe from £99.99 to £79.99. The 250GB hard drive is only releasing in Japan for now, but the price cut on the 120GB hard drive, taking place "while supplies last," suggests that it will be releasing outside of Japan.
"Microsoft is now offering a standalone 250GB hard drive in Japan to provide consumers in Japan more storage options for their games and entertainment," Microsoft told Eurogamer. "We work closely with retailers to determine the best approach for our products on a region-by-region basis.
"In Europe, the 120GB hard drive is available for an ERP of €129.99 / £79.99 while supplies last. We also offer other storage options for consumers to choose from such as the Xbox Live 60GB Starter Pack that includes a 60GB hard drive, three-month subscription to Xbox LIVE, ethernet cable and wired headset for an ERP of €79.99 / £59.99."
Legendary rockers The Who will be performing at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, and MTV announced today that the entire performance will be made available on Rock Band right after the game to purchase and play. Called "The Who Super Bowl S-mashup," it will sell for 160 Microsoft Points or $1.99. It will be available "immediately" on Xbox 360 and Wii, but it's coming shortly after on PS3.
The band has recorded a special version of the performance in prior to the big game, which is what will be available for download.
Game Informer has revealed its March cover, and it looks like L.A. Noire is finally being shown off in a 10-page feature article. Maybe this means the game's development isn't as troubled as previously reported.
[via Game Informer]
According to a report from analyst group FADE, Xbox Live Arcade is estimated to have made $103.4 million in 2009. This seems to only prove that digital downloads are catching on big time now and will only continue to grow. The top ten games of 2009 were as follows:
- Battlefield 1943 - $12.5 million
- Castle Crashers - $7.3 million
- Trials HD - $7.1 million
- Shadow Complex - $6.1 million
- Family Game Night - $4.2 million
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - $4.2 million
- Magic: The Gathering - $2.8 million
- Worms 2 - $1.8 million
- Peggle - $1.8 million
- Turtles in Time: Reshelled - $1.7 million
Kind of surprising to see that Family Game Night mad it onto that list. It can be downloaded for free as a frontend for the various games, but I guess I didn't think many people would pay $10 a pop for those board games.
Ubisoft has confirmed to VG247 that Splinter Cell: Conviction will not be getting a demo anytime soon. This contradicts what a Ubi rep said before the game's delay, saying that it would be getting a pre-release demo.
"There is no plan for a demo [at the moment]," the rep said today.
The release date for Conviction was confirmed yesterday as April 13.
SCEE has confirmed that EyePet 2 is on the way. Sony Europe boss George Fornay made the announcement in an interview, saying that the PlayStation Eye game is currently in development, and it may even release as early as this year.
It comes as a bit of a surprise since the game didn't do terribly well in Europe, and it hasn't even released in North America yet. I guess Sony still thinks the game has untapped potential. Any chance we could see Arc support for it? That's right, I called it Arc.
Eidos' Just Cause 2 is due out next month, so talks about a demo have begun to sprung up. Fortunately, Eidos has confirmed that the game is indeed getting the pre-release demo treatment, and it's "on its way."
"Just Cause 2 demo on its way, details to follow!" they tweeted before later adding, "No details just yet, only confirmation that there will be one. Stay tuned and we'll post details as soon as possible."
They also released a new trailer for the game, which you can see above.
As we know, EA and Dr. Pepper teamed up to offer some exclusive downloadable content for Mass Effect 2. The bad news about that was that Dr. Pepper isn't really supplied outside of the US. The good news is that the promotional codes are actually reusable, meaning you don't have to drink any Dr. Pepper, although I suggest you do because it's delicious.
Hellforge has obtained the codes for your convenience:
Now you just have to head over to the Dr. Pepper promo website, sign up for an account, and then make some copypasta. The content includes the Umbra Visor, the Recon Hood, and the Sentry Interface. Not too exciting, but it's free!
Because you wanted it (right?), Capcom has announced that Dark Void is getting downloadable content. Dubbed the "Survivor Missions," the DLC will provide gamers with a sort of Horde mode (since that seems to be the hip thing to do these days), pitting gamers against waves of enemies. It consists of ten rounds in total, and it will cost you 400 Microsoft Points or $4.99. It's hitting Xbox Live February 10 and PSN a day later.
The Dark Void soundtrack is also getting a release consisting of 80 minutes of hand-picked score. It will also feature a bonus 8-bit version of the game's main theme. Look for that on February 9.
Rockstar Games participated in Movember, an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, bringing awareness to men's health issues. As a part of Movember, Rockstar held a moustache contest, promising that the entry with the most supreme bristles would be featured in the studio's upcoming Red Dead Redemption.
Today the winner was revealed as Charles Leece, who will appear as a villain in the game. His brilliant stache will be featured on wanted posters all over.