Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was revealed yesterday with Sega pinning it as a "Summer 2010" release. That window has been narrowed down today thanks to the people over at Sonic Stadium. The game will be releasing this July. In addition to that information, is confirmation that an iPhone version of the game will be coming also.
Looks like Sega needs to be a little more careful with its website assets.
The iPad presents new opportunities for mobile game developers, so one might wonder if it has any impact on handheld gaming devices such as Sony's PSP or Nintendo's DS. According to Sony, Apple's entrance into mobile gaming has actually benefitted them.
"Apple's entrance into the portable gaming space has been a net positive for Sony," said Sony's John Koller, Director Hardware Marketing. "When people want a deeper, richer console, they start playing on a PSP."
So basically they're saying when people get bored of the iPhone or iPad, they'll come to the PSP. That's quite some amazing spin Sony has managed to put on that.
Let’s take a moment to reflect. When the iPhone first arrived, it never really left an impression as a viable gaming platform, but judging from the fact that roughly 20% of the now 100,000+ apps. in the iPhone App Store are video game-related content, it’s probably safe to say the iPhone is as much a gaming platform as any Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable. Developers seem to think so too as more and more big name companies like EA and Capcom are throwing their own content onto Apple's nifty online distribution center. Gameloft is one such company and developer of N.O.V.A: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, a futuristic shooter that basically looks like Halo for the iPhone. Does the game deliver portable FPS action at its finest? Let’s take a look.
We were delighted to hear PopCap's quirky tower-defense game Plants vs. Zombies was coming to iPhone. It was originally set for "late 2009," then "late January." It's now late January, and alas, no zombie-combating shrubbery to be seen on Apple's gadget. PopCap dropped the bad news yesterday, confirming the game would be getting yet another delay.
"Apologies for the lack of updates regarding PvZ iPhone. The game has been further delayed, but we are *confident* it will launch in mid Feb," PopCap tweeted.
So, by mid-February they mean March? Let's hope not.
Three former Lionhead employees have gone on to form their own studio called Wonderland Software. Although the studio was initially formed over the summer by Mark Rose and Matthew Wiggins, they have now been joined by Al Harding. Their first project is an iPhone game called GodFinger.
"Wonderland is a scrappy start-up, aiming towards a big future," wrote the team on its website. "Our games will be full of charm and wonder, with social interaction at their core. Initially targeting the iPhone and iPod Touch, we can’t wait to see what the future holds."
GodFinger will be published by ngmoco.
With the recent announcement of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 and the PGA Tour Online beta, EA Sports boss Peter Moore reaffirmed the company's support for Tiger Woods. According to Moore, the recent scandal had no impact on their games' sales.
"We've looked actually at the overall franchise for calendar year 2008 and 2009 and are slightly up when we look at all platforms for the Tiger franchise," Moore told CNBC. "Despite what has gone on in his personal life, we've seen no negative impact on sales.
A Sega Genesis emulator is coming to the iPhone, but unlike other emulators, it won't be taken down. That's because the emulator is being made by Sega itself. That said, it's not a complete emulator. You'll still have to purchase games via the app, which includes titles like Ecco the Dolphin, Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force, and Golden Axe. The app comes free with Space Harrier II.
It's expected to hit the App Store next month.
[Gizmodo via Destructoid]
EA announced today that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will release this summer on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and iPhone. They also confirmed that an open beta for Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online starts today.
"During beta testing we've already seen tremendous participation and enthusiasm from golf fans around the world for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online," said Executive Producer Mike Taramykin. "We're looking forward to offering all players the opportunity to preview the game for free in the coming weeks. Also, during open beta gamers can invite others to play via Facebook and we continue to encourage the community to help to drive the game’s evolution and development."
Rockstar Games has announce that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is now available from the App Store. Developed by Rockstar Leeds, the app infuses the award-winning gameplay of Chinatown Wars with fresh blood to create the definitive hardcore action game for iPhone and iPod touch.
"We're thrilled to finally unleash Grand Theft Auto on the App Store," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "Fans of the franchise have clamored for Chinatown Wars on the iPhone and iPod touch, and we're very happy to make good on our promise and deliver such an action-packed experience on these exciting platforms."
The Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars App packs a range of new features developed for the iPhone and iPod touch, including Independence Radio, the brand-new station allowing players to create custom iTunes playlists; enhanced presentation with higher 480 x 320 resolution graphics; intuitive Multi Touch user interface controls; adjusted difficulty levels, and more.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is available for $9.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.