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Ubisoft: Future Soldier Remains Loyal to Franchise’s Authenticity

by Tyler Treat Feb 12, 2010 2:44 PM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, news, pc, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

When Ubisoft revealed the debut trailer for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier earlier this week, a certain part caused a lot of discussion. As seen in the trailer, the game will clearly feature optical camouflage, which some believe to be a bit too farfetched for what it known to be a "realistic" franchise. Ubisoft has come out and stated that Future Soldier will remain "loyal" to Ghost Recon's authenticity.

"Despite popular belief, we didn't design this after a certain bespectacled wand-wielding boy's accoutrement," writes Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Community Developer Kimi Matsuzaki.  "We are, and remain, loyal to the Ghost Recon brand value of authenticity. In general Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is based on the very real Future Soldier Initiative 2030, which is a U.S. Army R&D program run by the US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center. Optical camo, like other technologies in Future Solider, is a near-future reality, and this is why we chose to include it in GRFS.

"We plan to discuss our references and inspirations in the coming months, so that you can see that we’ve done our homework in order to bring you a plausible future war scenario," she adds.

January NPD: Wii Takes Top Spot (Again)

by Tyler Treat Feb 12, 2010 12:47 AM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, industry, news, ps2, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

The January NPD Group figures are in, and, once again, Nintendo's Wii takes the top spot for most units sold (and now it's sold out). Total industry sales came in at $1.17 billion, a drop of 13%, with hardware falling 21% and software falling 12%. Gaming peripherals did, however, see a slight increase of 2%.

Although the PS3 had a strong December, its January sales dropped off a bit at 276,900 units, putting it again behind the Xbox 360, which sold through 332,800 units. As per usual, the Wii and DS were the real winners, selling 465,800 units and 422,200 units respectively. The PSP sold 100.1K units and the PS2 trailing off at 41,600.

In terms of software, New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the top-selling game. This might come as a surprise considering Mass Effect 2's critical acclaim, but the game had a very late release. Five of the top ten selling games in January were Wii titles.

[via Industry Gamers]

Halfbrick Announces Rocket Racing PS3/PSP Mini Out Later This Month

by Alex Rubens Feb 11, 2010 12:00 AM CST
filed under news, ps3, psp

Halfbrick Studios have just announced Rocket Racing, a PS3 and PSP Mini that sets players atop raceways up high in the sky. The game has three main modes: Challenge Mode, Grand Prix, and Party Mode. Challenge Mode offers a variety of racing and skill based challenges that the player must complete, while Grand Prix pits players agains multiple AI-controlled opponents, and Party Mode allows players to switch off and pass around the controller attempting to break each others high score, fastest time, etc.

Rocket Racing will be released for the Playstation 3 and PSP minis via Playstation Network for $4.99 later this month.

NaturalMotion Trademarks IceBreaker

by Tyler Treat Feb 10, 2010 12:07 PM CST
filed under handhelds, iphone, ipod, news, ps3, xbox 360

Expect more games along the lines of NaturalMotion's arcade football game Backbreaker. If a recent trademark filed by the company is any indication, the company will be moving on to hockey next. Superannuation noticed the trademark, which was for IceBreaker Hockey.

Backbreaker is coming out May 18 for PS3, Xbox 360 and iPhone.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Announcement Trailer

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 4:32 PM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, pc, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

Ubisoft announced the next installment in its Ghost Recon franchise, titled Future Soldier. Along with the announcement, which was made on Xbox Live, the studio has sent out a trailer for the game.

As a member of the elite Ghost Recon, you are among the few who possess the power, the adaptability, and the cognitive fortitude of the future soldier in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Specialized in every area of combat, equipped for survival, and trained in absolute discretion, you are entrusted with the missions no other soldier can handle. Armed to the teeth with an arsenal of real-world high-tech weaponry only in prototype today, you are an F-16 on legs, trained to lock-on to your objective even in the worlds most complex, high-risk warzones.

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! Forced to Change Names

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 4:15 PM CST
filed under handhelds, news, psp

NIS America is being forced to rename its hilariously named PSP game Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? due to an apparent IP conflict. In a statement issued today, the publisher said the title will be renamed to What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?!

It wasn't revealed what existing IP was causing the conflict, but it was likely a little Warner Bros. franchise called Batman.

"We did not intend to create any conflict, so we have decided to change the title," said NIS.

The game also has a sequel coming out May 4, which will be getting a new name as well. Initially planned to be called Holy Invasion Of Privacy, Badman! 2: Time to Tighten Up Security!, the game will instead be named What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2.

FIFA 10 Pushes 10 Million

by Tyler Treat Feb 9, 2010 12:25 AM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, iphone, ipod, mobile, news, pc, ps2, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

EA announced during its investor call that its FIFA 10 had sold 9.7 million units by the month ending December 31, 2009. The game launched outside North America in early October with a late October release stateside. It's very likely that the title has already broken the 10-million mark by now considering the dated information EA divulged. It's estimated the game sold 5.2 million units in December alone.

The publisher recently announced 2010 FIFA World Cup would be releasing April 27.

[via GI.biz]

EA Confirms Fiscal 2011 Lineup

by Tyler Treat Feb 8, 2010 4:36 PM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, news, pc, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

Electronic Arts posted its third quarter fiscal year 2010 results today, revealing the company's lineup of games for its fiscal 2011. Confirmed for Q1 2011 are Skate 3, Need for Speed World, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11. In Q2, or July-September 2010, we'll be seeing APB, Medal of Honor, and the usual run of sports games.

Crysis 2 and and a "TBA" Need for Speed title are pegged for third quarter, putting them somewhere within the October-December release window.

Lastly, Dead Space 2, an unnamed Dragon Age title, a "shooter" from Epic and a handful of other unannounced titles (including a new Spore game) are set for Q4, which puts them between January and March 2011.

Plants vs. Zombies Gets iPhone Release Date

by Tyler Treat Feb 8, 2010 2:42 PM CST
filed under handhelds, iphone, ipod, news, videos

After being delayed a couple times, PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies iPhone port has been given yet another release date, and it looks like they'll be hitting their mark this time. Check the App Store on February 15 for some Zombie tower-defense action. Along with the good news, PopCap has sent out a new trailer for the game, which you can see above.

Tom Clancy’s EndWar 2 is ‘on the Backburner’

by Tyler Treat Feb 8, 2010 12:16 PM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, news, pc, ps3, psp, xbox 360

Wondering why there hasn't been a sequel to Ubisoft's console RTS Tom Clancy's EndWar? Then you might not like this news. EndWar lead Michael de Plater has confirmed that EndWar 2 is not currently in the works. When asked in an interview, de Plater simply answered, "It's on the backburner."

Not too convincing, but considering the poor sales of the original, it's not a surprise. EndWar was a game I found difficult to get into myself.

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