Weekly Video Game News & Trailers – 06/16/2012
By Patrick Newman
SWTOR Free to Play?
In an interview with GamesTM, Emmanuel Lusinchi, the lead designer of Star Wars: The Old Republic, says that company BioWare is looking into a free-to-play business model for their MMO game. “If it was just free-to-play games and they weren’t very good, it wouldn’t even be a question,” said Lusinchi, “But there are definitely good games out there and good games coming out, so of course all of this competition impacts your plan with what you want to do.”
Sorry No Microsoft
In a show of continued secrecy about upcoming projects, Microsoft has bowed out of both Germany’s Gamescom exhibit and the Tokyo Game Show. These conventions are among the largest for the industry worldwide, and are being traded for smaller promotions leading up to the holiday season. According to Larry Hryb, the Xbox Live director of programming, “This year, Xbox will be focusing on smaller, more localized promotions and experiences for press, partners, retailers, and customers around the world.”
Heroes of Ruin – Launch Trailer
More Thief 4 Issues
Thief 4, which was first announced by Eidos Montreal GM Stephane D’Astous in 2009, has been experiencing some development turbulence lately. A senior animator, technical level designer, audio director and two lead level designers have all been divorced from the project, according to Superannuation. Square Enix has not commented as of press time on the situation, but the high turnover rate at Eidos Montreal can only mean further delays for a game that was due last year.
Nintendo godfather Shigeru Miyatomo indicated recently in comments made to IGN that there won’t likely be further iterations of the 3DS. After developing the hardware through the DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL, Miyatomo seems to think that a next-generation portable console should be where Nintendo sets its sights next. “”I really feel like I’m satisfied with the 3DS hardware as it is. I feel like it’s the best for this generation. What we’re thinking about right now is probably going to be for a future generation of handheld,” Miyamoto told the publication.
Hitman: Absolution – E3 2012 Trailer
Miyatomo and First Person Shooters
In other Shigeru Miyatomo news, the developer spoke to Kotaku about his dreams of bringing a first-person shooter to consoles. Miyatomo, who has dealt primarily in family entertainment (Mario and Zelda are his brain children), seems intent on continuing that emphasis across genres. Miyatomo, who first came into the sphere of the first-person shooter with 2002’s Metroid Prime, seems to be more interested in the dynamics of 3D space than in the bloody carnage one usually expects from the modern FPS. “Having that 3D space that in theory you are in and being able to look around and explore that–particularly being able to do that in conjunction with another person–is very interesting,” he told Kotaku through a translator.
New Playdead Game in the Works!
Limbo developer Playdead is already hard at work on their newest project, temporarily titled “Project 2.” So far, the game has only been described (via the Danish Film Institute) as a puzzle platformer for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, following the trials of a young boy as he navigates “puzzles and changing scenarios.” Though the graphics will be rendered in 3D, the game will adopt a side-scrolling, 2D perspective.
NCAA Football 13 – Gameplay Clips featuring Maryland and Michigan
Neversoft and COD Partnership
Neversoft, the developer behind Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk, has been tapped by Activision to help bring the latest Call of Duty to fruition. The Neversoft website first broke the news, by posting eight new job listings for their Woodland Hills, California office, and posting the following announcement: “We have molded our team into a crack squad of eager developers ready to push the first-person action genre in support of Activision’s Call of Duty franchise.”
Splinter Cell to the Big Screen
A film adaptation of the popular, Michael Ironside-starring Splinter Cell franchise seems to be just around the corner. According to a recent Deadline story, both Warner Bros. and Paramount (which is the current front-runner) are negotiating with Ubisoft over rights to the project, which is still in its primordial stages. Though a green light seems a distant possibility, the game’s narrative, which is already intensely cinematic, seems a natural fit for the silver screen.
Resistance: Burning Skies ‘NEAR’ Trailer
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