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If any company has had a rough past 12 months, it has to be EA. Sales expectations were not met on big name titles such as Crysis 3, APB, and Kingdom of Amalur: The Reckoning. To top that off, several of EA's major releases such as SimCity have been plagued with issues since launch.
This morning there are several reports that EA will be closing its Partners asset as a direct result of the recent shortfalls. EA Partners is the publishing force of EA that worked with external developers like Valve to produce games like The Orange Box and Portal 2's retail versions.
Basically the idea behind EA Partners was to allow smaller developers to leverage EA's skill and experience to help promote titles without the need of an expensive dedicated in-house team. News of this pending closure comes hot on the heels of EA shutting down its Montreal Studio.
No official word has been released from EA at this point, but we are hoping to hear something soon.
It looks like Nintendo won't be having a press conference at E3 in Los Angeles later this year, compared to pretty much every E3 in history having E3 make a big splash with their press conferences at E3.
Nintendo will not be unveiling any new hardware, with their main objective to "announce and have people experience our software". Nintendo will talk about the upcoming Wii U titles, where they plan to have some of these titles in playable form at E3. They're using this years E3 to "establish a new presentation style for E3".
Instead of one big event, the Japanese giant are going to "host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market".
PlayStation 3 owner? You might want to check for any new system updates on your console, as Sony have confirmed that update 4.41 is hitting the PS3 today.
Update 4.41 is designed to "improve system stability", but it's currently not known if this is a mandatory update or not. Sony took to the PlayStation Twitter account stating that it's just a minor update.
Earlier today, I turned on my Xbox to watch a bit of Netflix and discovered the homepage featured an advertisement for an upcoming Microsoft event. That's right, Microsoft is advertising an event at which the next generation Xbox will be unveiled. Microsoft is trying to get the #XboxReveal hashtag trending, as seen in the picture below.
We will hopefully be able to feast our eyes on the next-gen Xbox 720 on May 21 at 10am PDT. Interested parties can watch the event on Xbox Live, Xbox.com or Spike TV. We will, of course, have full coverage of the event here in case you miss it. We also figure Microsoft will offer the event for replay.
We've seen a number of rumors about the upcoming Xbox 720. Just which would you like to prove true?
The next game in the Call of Duty (COD) series has just been leaked thanks to US retailer Target and UK retailer Tesco. Target let the name slip in an advertisement which offered $10 off any game when you reserve your copy of Call of Duty Ghosts.
Tesco actually leaked box art on their website, which appears to have now been removed from their website. Thankfully, Joystiq managed to grab a screenshot before it was taken down. Each retailer posted a separate release date in the November and December time frame, which is traditionally on par for the series.
Judging by the box art above, the game does appear to be developed by Infinity Ward and Activision.
EA and Maxis has released a 2.0 patch for its popular city builder, SimCity. The patch is said to fix a number of issues, but users internet-wide are reporting that the patch causes more issues than it fixes.
The patch was said to fix things like issues with the transit system, high population building issues, and allowed users to now pump water from nearby rivers. While those things appear to be fixed, a thread on Reddit has popped up that tells a different story.
"This patch has created more bugs than it has fixed", said one Redditor. The list of new issues being reported is quite staggering actually. After the patch, sewage issues seem to run rampant, along with random phantom sounds from objects, buildings get stuck in construction, and even increased random game crashes.
If you were hoping for some motion control in the upcoming first-person shooter from DICE, then you're out of luck. Battlefield 4 will not be featuring any motion control gameplay. Patrick Bach, executive producer of Battlefield 4 told Edge:
We are not interested in things that don't make the game better. There are a lot of gimmicks - people throwing money at us - 'can you implement support for this quirky control thing?' No, it doesn't make the game better.
Bach also said that DICE are "extremely open to innovation", but they do not like gimmicks, adding that they do not add value to the player. Bach isn't completely against motion control, where he is open to the technology if it actually adds to the gameplay. Hopefully we see Oculus Rift support, DICE, don't disappoint me, okay?
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is a game that sits close to my heart, I was young when I got the chance to play it (I wasn't even double digits) and I guessed my way through most of the questions to enable me to play it (to prove my age).
Well, there's a high-definition remake coming from German publisher UIG Entertainment and Replay Games, Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded. The remake is going to arrive in high-definition, feature hand-drawn art and animation, as well as expanded puzzles and locations. The musical score has been redone and rewritten by Journey composer Austin Wintory.
Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded launches on the PC, Mac and Linux in June.
Have Bethesda just unveiled their latest title? We've heard whispers of it for a while now, but the Australian Video Game Classifications Board has just outed another video game.
Bethesda are calling this one 'Endless Summer', which is a game set to feature "strong horror themes and violence", and in Australia, has earned itself an MA15+ classification. The classification report states that Endless Summer features high impact violence, but no drug use. There should be mild nudity and a mild impact when in relation to sexual themes.
Remember, that Endless Summer could just be a codename, and that the name could change before its release, or even unveiling to the public.
That is all that is known, so let's recap. Bethesda, Endless Summer, horror, strong rating. Zenimax is involved, so could we expect some form of an open-world horror title? That would definitely be something new on the market. Next-gen consoles, do you work!
The PlayStation 4 is coming out this year, where I suspect we'll see it a month or so before the Holiday season - so November 2013. What could sell millions of consoles by itself? A truly next-generation Gran Turismo game.
It seems that Newegg are listing Gran Turismo 6 for a November 28 release, with Italian retailer Multiplayer backing them up. We've slapped a RumorTT stamp on this post for now, but this news gives us two gems to take away with us. First, GT6 is coming - we know this, but November 2013? That is awfully close considering GT5 only came out in November of 2010.
The bigger thing, is that if Sony were to really push the PS4 to its limits in terms of sales before the lucrative Holiday season - GT6 would be the title to do it with. We could also theorize that the PlayStation 4 would be released sometime in November if the GT6 release date is true. Exciting times.