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Development diary for Dante’s Inferno details game’s backstory

EA have released a development diary video featuring interviews with various developers working on Dante’s Inferno, an action adventure brawler releasing next year from the team who made Dead Space.

Dante's Inferno Screenshot 3

Dante’s Inferno, the game, takes its cues from the first part of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy, which details protagonist Dante’s descent into the nine circles of hell on a quest to save his beloved Beatrice.

The development diary details how the team is using Alighieri’s vision of hell to create what seems to be a suitably epic game. Watch below:

A new development diary for Dante’s Inferno will be released every month until the launch of the game next year, detailing a new circle of hell, so look forward to it!

2009/06/12 03:20:00 PM

Assassin’s Creed II dated for the UK, will partake in special edition

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While it was confirmed during the week of E3 that Assassin’s Creed II would go on sale on November 17th in the US, a date for the UK had not yet been confirmed, until now.

Assassin’s Creed II will release on November 20th in the UK, while a special edition will be available for purchase, which includes:

  • a 64-page leather-and-parchment-style Conspiracy development book
  • an Ezio figurine wearing Master Assassin garb
  • three in-game bonus quests promising to cover ‘the most prestigious moments’ of the Italian Renaissance
  • the soundtrack by Jesper Kyd
  • behind-the-scenes developer interviews

Check out a shot of the Ezio figurine below:

Assassin's Creed II Ezio Figurine

2009/06/12 02:51:00 PM

Explosive CoD: World at War Map Pack 2 launch trailer

Call of Duty World at War Banner Image

To further tantalise players of Call of Duty: World at War, Activision and Treyarch have released a launch trailer featuring their latest piece of downloadable content (DLC) for the game, Map Pack 2.

The map pack is pretty extensive, with three new multiplayer maps, new weapons, traps, devices and achievements, as well as a new zombie mode map which includes a new zombie enemy, the Hell hound.

The trailer is pretty stylish (and action-packed) so it would be a good idea to watch it below:

Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2 is now available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

2009/06/12 02:24:00 PM

Japanese Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver packaging revealed

PokeMon Heart Gold Soul Silver Screenshot 5

Kotaku have managed to get their hands on shots of the Japanese box art for the Fall releasing (in Japan) Pokemon Gold and Silver remakes, Pokemon Heart Gold and Pokemon Soul Silver, for the DS.

Heart Gold and Soul Silver will also come standard with the PokeWalker, a special PokeBall-shaped pedometer that allows you to train up one Pokemon as you walk, converting the number of footsteps you take while holding the device into experience points for your chosen Pokemon.

Check out shots of the Japanese Pokemon Heart Gold and Pokemon Soul Silver boxes below:

Pokemon Heart Gold Box - from Kotaku.com

Pokemon Soul Silver Box - from Kotaku.com

Source: Kotaku

2009/06/12 02:11:00 PM

Controversy over Halo: ODST pricing, Microsoft responds

Halo Wars: ODST

When the next entry to the Halo universe, Halo: ODST, was announced last year, member from developers Bungie stated how they didn’t view the title as a full-price, $60 game, and that, as far as pricing was concerned, they were think of something “value-oriented.”

During the week of E3, however, the final pricing structure of Halo: ODST was revealed to be the full $60, which naturally sent fans into a fit of rage, now being required to essentially pay for content they have already bought (Halo: ODST is packaged with previously release Halo 3 multiplayer maps).

Microsoft have responded to the outcry over ODST’s price, however, as a spokesperson says:

“At the time of [Bungie’s] statements, the overall scope of Halo 3: ODST was not yet finalized, and since then the project has grown increasingly more ambitious. We believe this standalone experience is much more than just an expansion.

“Halo 3: ODST provides a new campaign from the point of view of an entirely new character. Combine that with three new multiplayer maps, the entirely new cooperative mode called Firefight, and the complete Halo 3 multiplayer collection on a standalone disc, we feel this is a good value and tremendous addition to the Halo franchise.”

Source: Joystiq

2009/06/12 01:54:00 PM

DOOM: Resurrection heading to iPhone next week, trailer released

A new DOOM title will be winding its way onto the iPhone and iPod Touch next week in the form of DOOM: Resurrection from id Software and Escalation Studios.

DOOM: Resurrection Logo

DOOM: Resurrection is an entirely new entry to the DOOM universe, but using lower resolution assets from 2004’s DOOM 3 to create a ‘next-generation,’ fully 3D iPhone game.

The title isn’t a port or a remake, as Wolfenstein on the iPhone was before it, but has been built from the ground-up for Apple’s mobile devices. The game apparently contains eights levels and a promise of five hours of gameplay, as the events that play out run parallel to those in the original DOOM 3.

You can watch an impressive trailer for DOOM: Resurrection below:

2009/06/12 01:30:00 PM

Green Day heading exclusively to Rock Band

Green Day

MTV Games and Harmonix have announced that the popular band, Green Day (who are, we’re reminded, multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award winning), will be providing exclusive tracks from their extensive musical history for use in Rock Band.

The exclusivity begins with three songs from their latest release, 21st Century Breakdown – namely 21 Guns, Know Your Enemy and East Jesus Nowhere – which will be available on July 7th. Additional Green Day songs heading to Rock Band will be announced at a later date.

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong said of the deal: “We are excited to be working with MTV and Harmonix. They are leaders and visionaries in the world of music and video games, and Rock Band is a really cool way for fans of all ages to experience our music.”

SVP, Electronic Games and Music, MTV, Paul DeGooyer also expressed his excitement for the co-operative effort: “It’s awesome that one of greatest bands on earth is coming to the Rock Band platform.

“Green Day is a longtime favorite of the Harmonix team, and we’re very excited to provide a new way for their fans to connect with them, while at the same time helping put this incredible music in front of a whole new audience.”

2009/06/12 01:15:00 PM

US and European PlayStation Store Update for 11/06

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Wow, this must be one of the best PlayStation Store updates in ages, with the Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2, the Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder map pack, and tons of other downloadable content.

Also making an appearance on the store fronts this week are Wolfenstein 3D, Gunstar Heroes and Puzzle Quest Galactrix on the European store, and Heavy Weapon, Gunstar Heroes and Bomberman Ultra on the US store.

Iron Maiden tracks are also available for Rock Band, while a few interesting game videos are on hand for some leisurely viewing.

The full list of content now available on both the European and US PlayStation Stores follows below:

European PlayStation Store Update

Playable Content

  • Puzzle Quest Galactix (£15.99/€19.99)
  • Wolfenstein 3D (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Gunstar Heroes (£3.99/€4.99)
  • Overlord II Demo (free)

Applications & Services

  • VidZone (free)

Add-On Game Content

  • Call of Duty: World at War – Map Pack 2 (£7.99/€9.99)
  • Killzone 2 – Flash and Thunder Map Pack (£4.79/€5.99)
  • Burnout Paradise – Big Surf Island (£9.99/€12.99)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Weapon X Arena (£3.99/€4.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Ico costume (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Wander Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Yorda Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Colossus II Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Colossus III Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Costume Kit (£4.79/€5.99)
  • Saints Row 2 – Corporate Warfare (free)
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. Supremacy Pack (£7.99/€9.99)
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 – Additional Mission Packs (7, 8, 9, 10) (free)
  • MotorStorm: Pacific Rift – Atlas Signature Livery Pack (free)

Guitar Hero: World Tour DLC

  • European Track Pack 06 (This pack contains all three tracks listed above) (£4.39/€5.99)
    • Adrenalina by Finley (£1.59/€1.99)
    • Cadillac Solitario by Loquillo y Trogloditas (£1.59/€1.99)
    • The Bitter End by Placebo (£1.59/€1.99)

Rock Band DLC

  • Iron Maiden Pack 01 (£9.99/€14.99)
    • 2 Minutes To Midnight by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Aces (High) by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Can I Play With Madness by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Fear Of The Dark (Live) by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live) by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Iron Maiden (Live) by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Powerslave by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Run To The Hills (Original Version) by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • The Clairvoyant by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • The Number Of The Beast (Original Version) by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • The Trooper by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)
    • Wasted Years by Iron Maiden (£0.99/€1.49)

Videos (free)

  • Battlefield 1943 Iwo Jima Trailer
  • Fat Princess Battle Royale Trailer
  • PAINalympics Trailer

US PlayStation Store Update

Playable Content

  • Heavy Weapon ($9.99)
  • Heavy Weapon Demo
  • Gunstar Heroes ($4.99)
  • Bomberman ULTRA ($9.99)
  • Bomberman ULTRA Demo
  • PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
    • Medal of Honor Underground ($5.99)

Add-on Game Content

  • Killzone 2 Flash & Thunder Pack ($5.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet ICO Costume Pack ($5.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Gaius costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Quadratus costume ($1.99)
  • LBP Ico costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Wander costume ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Yorda costume ($1.99)
  • MotorStorm Atlas Signature Livery Pack (free)
  • The Last Guy Add-on ($1.99)
  • Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island ($12.99)
  • Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2 ($9.99)
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM 2 DWG2 - Pack 7 (free)
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM 2 DWG2 - Pack 8 (free)
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM 2 DWG2 - Pack 9 (free)
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM 2 DWG2 - Pack 10 (free)
  • Sonic Unleashed Empire City & Adabat Adventure Pack ($2.99)
  • Saints Row 2: The Unkut Pack (free)
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X - Supremacy Pack ($9.99)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Spyglass Hill Golf Course ($7.50)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Course Pass ($2.25)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Apparel (x16) ($1.50 - $2.25)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Equipment (x16) ($1.50 - $2.25)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Intermediate, Advanced and Expert Clubs (Drivers, Woods, Irons, Wedges and Putters) (x15) ($1.50 - $1.99)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Max Stats Costumes ($3.75)

Guitar Hero World Tour DLC

  • European Track Pack 06 ($5.49)
    • Adrenalina by Finley ($1.99)
    • Cadillac Solitario (Live) by Loquillo y Trogloditas ($1.99)
    • The Bitter End by Placebo ($1.99)

Rock Band DLC

  • Iron Maiden Pack 01 ($19.99
    • Aces High (Live) — Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • 2 Minutes to Midnight— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Run to the Hills (Original Version)— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Number of the Beast (Original Version)— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • The Trooper— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Can I Play with Madness— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • The Clairvoyant— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Wasted Years— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live)— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Powerslave— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Fear of the Dark (Live)— Iron Maiden ($1.99)
    • Iron Maiden (Live)— Iron Maiden ($1.99)

Game Videos (free)

  • PAINalympics Trailer
  • Fat Princess Developer Diary Video 2
  • Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island Trailer
  • Cell Factor Launch Trailer

PS3 Themes

  • Bomberman ULTRA Theme (free)
  • Terran 3020 PS3 Theme ($1.49)
  • Anime Snipers PS3 Theme ($1.49)

Wallpaper (free)

  • Final Fantasy XIII E3 Wallpaper

2009/06/12 12:23:00 PM

Media Create Japanese Software Sales for week ending 7/06: Kingdom Hearts DS and Ace Attorney still dominate

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Boxshot

The latest Media Create figures show that Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days has held on to the number one spot for a second week in a row. The DS title from Square Enix sells 106 000 copies for the week ending the 7th of June, bringing its life-to-date sales to 401 000 copies in just two weeks (this after its debut last week with 295 000 copies).

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth for the DS and Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires for the PS3 follow in second and third, making the top three identical to last week. The new court simulation game from Capcom sells 42 000 copies, plummeting from last week’s 172 000, while the Koei title sells 27 000 copies, also down quite considerably from last week’s debut of 76 000.

A new entry slides into number 4, Arc Rise Fantasia for the Wii, with 26 000 copies while Sloane and MacHale’s Mysterious Story for the DS slips one spot to number 5 with 26 000 copies. The next three titles belong to the PSP, Namco Bandai’s Evangelion: Jo (Prologue) enters the chart at number 6 with 15 000 copies while Monster Hunter Portable 2G (Best) re-enters the Top 10 at number 7 with 14 000 and Yuusha 30 (Half-Minute Hero) drops three places to number 8 with 9 000 copies.

Nintendo’s Wii Fit is the second title to re-enter the Top 10 this week, climbing four places to number 9 with 9 000 copies. Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 2 rounds off the Top 10, falling one spot to number 10 with 9 000 copies.

H.A.W.X. drops out of the Top 10 to number 15, followed by the Xbox 360 version of Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires at number 17. Higurashi no Nakukoru ni Kizuna: Dai San Kan - Rasen (3rd Chapter - Rasen) for the DS and Utawareru Mono Portable (Aqua Plus) for the PSP drop out of the Top 30 completely after debuting at numbers 6 and 7 respectively last week.

Software Chart

  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (Square Enix) - NDS – 106 000
  • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (Capcom) – NDS – 42 000
  • Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires (Koei) – PS3 – 27 000 (New)
  • Arc Rise Fantasia (Marvelous) – Wii – 26 000 (New)
  • Sloane and McHale’s Mysterious Story (Level 5) – DS – 26 000
  • Evangelion: Jo (Prologue) (Namco Bandai) – PSP - 15 000 (New)
  • Monster Hunter Portable 2 G (BEST) (Capcom) – PSP – 14 000
  • Yuusha 30 (Half-Minute Hero) (Marvelous) – PSP – 9 000
  • Wii Fit (Nintendo) – Wii – 9 000
  • Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 2 (SEGA) – DS - 9 000

Source: Media Create

2009/06/12 12:11:00 PM

Nintendo wins Wii patent lawsuit

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Nintendo of America has revealed that a US District Court Judge has granted an early dismissal for the publisher in a Wii infringement patent lawsuit.

Guardian Media Technologies alleged that Nintendo’s Wii had infringed on one of its patents, but the US District Court in Los Angeles granted Nintendo’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement earlier in the week, less than six months after Guardian filed the lawsuit against Nintendo.

The lawsuit alleged that Guardian’s patent for parental control technology in TV programs and DVD video playback was violated. Although the Wii does feature parental control functions, it does not feature DVD video playback.

“We are very pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of Legal and general counsel. “Nintendo vigorously defends patent lawsuits. At the earliest stages of this case, Nintendo convinced the Court to dismiss this case as Guardian’s patent had nothing to do with Nintendo’s products.”

2009/06/12 11:41:00 AM
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