Yesterday Capcom confirmed Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a new edition of the original with a roster of 50 fighters- 12 of which are new additions exclusive to this version.
Confirmed new additions include Strider, Firebrand from Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Ghost Rider, and Hawkeye with more to be announced in the coming months.
Ultimate also has eight new stages, improved balancing and online functionality and a Spectator Mode where players can watch other’s matches online. The link here has plenty of gameplay videos showing off the new crossover fighting action.
The title is slated for a November 2011 release at a MSRP of $39.99 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
That’s the end of the fact portion of this post, now to move into rumor territory… Images were also discovered on the Capcom web server hinting at a few more leaked characters including Virgil, Rocket Raccoon, Phoenix Wright, Nova, Nemesis, Iron Fist, Frank West, and Doctor Strange. The images and another gameplay video can be found in this PCWorld article.
UPDATE: In an interview with Siliconera, Capcom confirmed that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be on disc only, with “so much data in the game” that the DLC route wouldn’t be possible.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is slashing it’s way to the Playstation 3 and Xbox360 in America slated for January 2012. The Japanese release of the title has a release of December 2011. Roughly a one month window of time between the two regions releases, which is shorter than the three month window that happened with Final Fantasy XIII. No announcement for other regions have been announced at this time.
I have yet to play Final Fantasy XIII, but XII-2 is starting to sound like it will be a great improvement. Director Motomu Toriyama, has stated that it will be “player driven” rather than “story driven”. So that exploration is widely more available to the player, and more choices and events are affected by decisions the player makes.
“player-driven. The player actively explores the world, and events take place based on his actions. It’s made to allow a lot of choices to be made by the player. Compared to XIII, we’re using very few prerendered scenes; it’s mostly realtime.”
So far it’s looking pretty good, we’ll keep you updated on further updates or changes.
Ask the average gamer and they’ll tell you that Kinect isn’t exactly perfect for a core gaming experience. If you ask Microsoft, you’ll probably get a completely different answer. So it is surprizing to see one of Microsoft’s biggest developers call out the flaws of Kinect.
Developer Peter Molyneux, creator of the Fable series, Populous and the recently canceled Milo, spoke with Gaming Union about the hands-free peripheral. “As an input device it has some real problems. Without a thumb stick, navigation is a real problem. You haven’t got any buttons, so ordering the player to do something can be somewhat of a problem.“ But, of course, the system does has its benefits, specifically Molyneux points out that the Kinect allows for “a great sense of freedom and emotion.”
Of course, that isn’t stopping his development team from trying to make a core title for the platform. Fable: The Journey, which he claims will capture a core audience, is definitely an interesting title, but the Kinect has yet to really prove itself in the hardcore arena yet. We will have to see if the title holds up to the franchise name when it releases.
Wii U pretty much claimed the E3 prize, even if the show was a little uneventful compared to past years. But, according to Video Gamer, Microsoft might be already planning a big boom for E3 next year. A “high-ranking industry source” within Crytek claims that Microsoft is planning on revealing the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3 next year.
The same source claims that Crytek will be producing TimeSplitters 4 for “next generation consoles.” Supposedly a select few were able to see the title behind closed doors at E3, and it is being built on the Cry 3 engine.
The same source also claims that, from what he has heard, Sony is in the back of the pack in terms of their next generation console development. So they may be the last to market.
A rumor, and I’m sure by next years E3 we’ll probably have forgotten about it. But who knows, maybe it will show up.
Today the Europe Square Enix Members blog confirmed the company’s complete E3 lineup, as well as a promise to have a new Tomb Raider trailer up tomorrow. You can see the full list below.
- FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Hitman: Absolution (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Dungeon Siege III (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Heroes of Ruin (Nintendo 3DS)
While it reveals nothing we didn’t already guess was going to be there, and Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Type-0 are both missing much to my chagrin, it will undoubtedly still prove to be a solid lineup at this year’s conference.
(Source: Square Enix EU Members)
E3 is only a couple weeks away, but Microsoft is already rolling out a Gears of War 3 trailer. As with the last two Gears of War titles, the third entry features manly men doing manly things, like shooting things with guns and chainsawing things with chainsaws. This time around there is even a manly woman doing manly things.
Aside from Forza 4, this is the only title Microsoft has announced in their pipeline for 2011. We’re bound to see both more of Gears of War 3 and new titles on June 6th, when Microsoft holds their E3 press conference.
Yesterday we heard mention of Alan Wake 2 on an employee resume. While the employee was indeed working on an Alan Wake title, it isn’t Alan Wake 2. Speaking with Eurogamer, Remedy didn’t even try to pretend the title didn’t exist. They confirmed that more Alan Wake is indeed coming, but not in the form of Alan Wake 2 or DLC.
So what will it be? “The rest we’re saving for our official announcement when we’ll actually show you.” Yep, not getting that out of them. But he did say that a Fall 2011 release seems likely right now.
Remedy was recently hiring for some one with Kinect experience, so this could be Alan Wake Kinect. Remedy also mentioned to Eurogamer that they wanted to open up the series to a new audience, so that could be a sign of them going in that direction as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Althea Suarez Gata, Previs Artist at The Graphic Film Company, might have updated her resume a bit earlier than Microsoft would have wanted her to. According to her resume, she’s been working on in-game cinemas for Alan Wake 2, a title that has yet to be announced. Whoops.
Alan Wake was received very well by both consumers and critics when it was finally released early last year, after the title had been in development for over five years. The development team in the past said it would love to work on a sequel, as long as Microsoft would green light it. Late last year we learned that they were working on a AAA project, just not exactly what.
Hopefully we’ll get a peek at E3.
The Kinect had a pretty good launch last year with hit titles like Dance Central hitting top ten charts. But ever since then, there really hasn’t been much to get pumped for. There are a few Japanese Kinect games announced, but that’s about it. Microsoft is looking to get the more hardcore consumer involved with kinect.
Microsoft Vancouver opened their website. The website describes their upcoming project as a “core” game, but digging into one of the employee’s resume reveals that he is working on a “core AAA shooter experience using Kinect.” Other than that, there really isn’t much else known. There’s a rumor of a Halo: Combat Evolved remake coming later this year, although this could be something entirely different. And considering Microsoft’s current known line-up for this year, it’s probably better if they’re separate experiences.
To get a ‘core’ shooting experience using Kinect, I’d imagine it would use both the Kinect and the standard Xbox 360 controller. But that’s all speculation. We’ll probably have to wait till E3 to find out more.
Portal 2 just recently launched, but for some reason retailers all around have decided to slash the price on the title. GameStop is offering the console versions for $39.99, and physical PC copies for $29.99. Amazon is slightly undercutting this with the console versions for $34.99. Other retailers like BestBuy are marking the similar deals.
It’s hard to say whether these are temporary or permanent cut. Either way, if you’re looking for a great puzzler, $20 off or full retail price, you’ll probably get your money’s worth with Portal 2.