You are looking at Sony's humongous banner draped on the outside of the West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center, host once again for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the biggest spectacle the video game industry has to offer. Our badges are in hand and holders, are appointments for tomorrow are confirmed, and all that remains is to wait for the shows big kick off tomorrow at noon when the doors to the convention halls will be opened to the journalistic masses. We'll see you there!
Nintendo has officially announced its handheld successor to the DS line, the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS will take advantage of "3D effects without the need for any special glasses."
The new hardware will support backwards compatability with Nintendo DS and DSi software and is expected to go on sale in Japan by March 2011. To ensure full support for its predecessor expect the 3DS to have two screens, touch functionality, a camera, and support for downloadable software.
More details about Nintendo 3DS are to be revealed at this year's E3 which starts June 15.
If you haven't coughed up the bones for the Wii's Motion Plus add-on, you will now. The next Zelda title will require it.
"After actually making it compatible, it just feels so natural," explained producer Eiji Aonuma. "Link's sword and the controller that you're holding become one."
Aonuma also says that the game will likely be in playable form at this year's E3, adding, "I'd like to show something playable."
It's been suggested that the game would be ready before the year ends, but Aonuma refused to confirm a time frame. When asked, his only response was: "We'll work hard in order to get you playing it as soon as possible." It appears that development for the game is coming along rather swimmingly, however, with the producer saying "the core areas have come into clear view" and that development has "progressed" since last year.
Well that's a relief. For a second I thought they were all sitting around with their thumbs up their you-know-whats.
BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka told Eurogamer that the studio plans to unveil some new titles at this year's E3. He didn't give any hints as to what these games would be, but when asked if BioWare would be showing anything new, he answered with a resounding, "Yes!"
There's been rumors that Mass Effect would be coming to the PS3, and BioWare has confirmed before that it is working on games for the system. Could they be showing that off this June?
It's also possible that Mass Effect 3 will have some sort of presence at the show. Muzyka confirmed that one of the games being unveiled is in pre-development, which could indicate the third installment in the Mass Effect series.
E3 is no more than five months away, and its website went live earlier today, listing some of the show's exhibitors (and missing a few as well). Notably absent from the list is Take-Two Interactive, but contrary to other reports, T2 will be at the show.
"...we are planning on taking part as usual at this year's E3," a T2 spokesperson told Big Download.
Other notable absentees from the list include NCSoft, Namco Bandai, Southpeak, and Blizzard (although Blizzard does BlizzCon in August).
E3 takes place June 15-17 at the LA Convention Center.
According to PlayStation: The Official Magazine, three AAA PlayStation 3 exclusives are set to be revealed at this year's E3. Of course, it's not surprising that Killzone 3, Resistance 3, and inFAMOUS 2 are all coming considering their colorful history, especially considering we've been hearing rumblings about all three for some time now. If this rumor is in fact true, then Sony might have one hell of an E3 this year. They will also likely be showing off their new "wand" controller.
The rumors suggest, however, that none of the three games will be available until at least 2011.
Sony has refused to comment on speculation.
"It's not about reinventing the wheel, it's about no wheel at all," explained legendary director and producer Steven Spielberg. Those words were used to describe Project Natal. Natal, of course, is Microsoft's bid to capture a piece of the market Nintendo originally sought out (and succeeded) back in 2006. And with Sony's "anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better" mentality, Microsoft isn't embarking on this endeavor alone. At last year's E3, both Sony and Microsoft announced their motion-control interfaces, codenamed Gem and Natal respectively. Is this the next step in the industry? One thing's certain: the future of gaming is in motion.
What does Rockstar Games have up its sleeve for Grand Theft Auto? One analyst believes we could see info on GTA 5 in June at this year's E3."I think we're going to hear about another Grand Theft Auto," said Jesse Divnich, director of analyst services for Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEEDAR). "I think there won't be any playable stuff. I think they'll give you some type of teaser, because we do think that a year from then in 2011 we're going to see another Grand Theft Auto."
Divnich doesn't expect either Microsoft or Sony to attempt to bargain for an exclusive deal for the title, especially after what could be conceived as a failed attempt by Microsoft to capitalize on exclusive DLC.
We spoke last week about how the next Zelda on Wii will use Twilight Princess as a starting point for the game, but has work on it actually begun yet? Many have been speculating that the game is merely in the early design stages, but series director Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that this is not the case. In fact, the game is well into the development phase.
'You may be under the impression that we are still only in the early stages of development, [but] in fact we are well into the making of the game," said Aonuma. "Our team has been working on making the building blocks regarding the action, the scenarios, dungeon-making and so on. We are well underway."
"I hope that we can show you something at the E3 show next year, and it is something we are hopeful will be surprising," he added.
Zelda at next year's E3? This would be huge for Nintendo and definitely a showstopper. We'll keep you up-to-date on any new developments regarding the next Zelda title on Wii.
In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma stated that Nintendo is hoping to show off the new Zelda at next year's E3.
“It is something we used to talk about with Mr. Miyamoto, and he and I agree that if we are following the same structure again and again, we might not be able to give long time Zelda fans a fresh surprise,” said Aonuma.