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Rumor: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Is No More(?)

Rumor has it that Square Enix has officially canceled Final Fantasy Versus XIII. According to Kotaku and their sources, the game has been shut down, the team is reassigned to other projects and Square Enix plans to not come right out and say that the game has been canned out of fear for their stock prices falling. Probably so that they can just let the game eventually fall into the back of people’s minds until it’s been forgotten completely.

The newest issue of Game Informer magazine actually has an interesting article about Final Fantasy Versus XIII and one of the bits in the article talked about what went on in the world during the development of Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Some of the things that they had mentioned:

  • Four other Final Fantasy games (Final Fantasy XII, XIII, XIII-2 and XIV) were released
  • Mass Effect 1, 2, 3 AND the extended ending DLC were all released
  • The entirety of Bioshock AND Assassin’s Creed series
  • The entire lifetime of the Playstation 3

The article goes on to show a time table starting from May of 2006 when the game was first announced all the way to June of this year and explains what little we saw from FFvXIII at each month/public gaming event (if we saw anything from the game at all).

To some this might not be news, but there are some who, if this rumor turns out to become true, will be horribly dissapointed at this news. But Square Enix DOES plan to have an announcement ready for September 1st involving Final Fantasy XIII. Now it is possible that the game could just make a name change just like Final Fantasy Agito XIII Final Fantasy Type-0 because unless they go into more detail about the story relation between XIII’s universe and Versus XIII’s universe, there’s really no reason as to why it should be called ‘Versus XIII’ in the first place. Although it’s more than likely that the announcement will be the official announcement for Final Fantasy XIII-3.


PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal

Either people who patrol the internet have way too much time on their hands just searching and finding out these web domains are taken, or game companies are doing a poor job keeping things like this under wraps. Not long ago, Sony has registered the domain [http://playstationallstars.com/]. The link now leads to a blank screen, but we do know that later this week, Sony is going to have an announcement of a new game so it’s all but certain that it’s going to be true.

The rumors are that this game, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal is supposed to be Sony’s solution to Super Smash Bros. But with the game still not officially announced yet, all that can be done right now is speculate as to who exactly is going to be in this game. Here’s hoping that we get to see an army Sackboys fight the cast of Heavy Rain.

Source: [Playstation Lifestyle] and [G4TV]


Super Mario…4?!

So does anyone remember about a year ago when we found out that Final Fantasy XIII was getting the X-2 treatment by Square Enix registering the online domain name finalfantasy13-2game.com? Well if it’s an indication to all but officially confirming a game is going to come out, then prepare yourselves because IGN discovered that Nintendo had recently registered an interesting domain name…[www.supermario4.com]!

As of right now going to the site redirects you to Nintendo.com‘s front page however, with the fact that Nintendo went out of it’s way to take the domain name before anything else, combined with the fact that Nintendo announced beforehand that it’s working on a new 2D Mario game, you can be sure that this is definitely going to come into existence.

Now let’s just hope that Nintendo doesn’t decide to  follow Sega’s example and have Mario’s fourth Super adventure be released in episodes unlike a certain blue hedgehog that we all know who has fallen on hard times during the past several years or so. (with MAYBE an exception to Sonic Generations…that game is actually pretty good.)


Assassin’s Creed III or April Fools?

March begins tomorrow which means it’s one month away until April rolls around. Meaning that it’s not too surprising to start seeing false rumors about video game news coming to light (i.e. April Fools). Well Kotaku got their hands on an image showing what could really be Assassin’s Creed III.

If this image is truly accurate, then it looks like the next game is set to take place in North America where the US was in it’s infancy. BUT REMEMBER…video game April Fool’s jokes like to spring up like crazy up to a whole month before the actual day. So we’ll wait and see if Ubisoft or someone else will come forward and confirm whether or not this leak is true. Especially since Kotaku apparently got the image from “a tipster from Best Buy” according to Gamesradar and according to IGN, Ubisoft is scheduled to make an announcement this Monday.


New Darkstalkers Game “Announced”

Anyone remember back in February when Yoshinori Ono was interviewed by IGN discussing his interest in making a new Darkstalkers game? Well it looked like he got enough support from both the head honchos at Capcom and fans of the series alike because it was said during a Street Fighter X Tekken panel at San Diego Comic Con that a brand new Darkstalkers is in fact in the works!

There are no details about the game right now other than the fact that it’s indeed going to happen. So congratulations to you, Darkstalkers fans…your new game is on it’s way! Be on the lookout for more details in the upcoming months about the game!


Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Super 3D-HD REMIX Arcade Edition…Plus Alpha

Okay…most of those additions to the name ARE indeed fake, but people knew that when Street Fighter IV first came out in 2009, that there was going to be remakes of the game resulting in a long title. One year later we got Super Street Fighter IV and now we have Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. I’m guessing we’re six months away from getting wither Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition EX, or it’s abbreviation… SSFIVAEEX.

However, more and more rumors are surfacing about an update to Marvel vs Capcom 3. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is rumored to be officially announced this weekend at San Diego Comic Con. The roster is believed to be increased from it’s 38 characters to a whopping 50 characters.

Some character addition speculations include from the Marvel side:

As for Capcom’s additions:

This IS speculation though and there’s a chance that some or none of these characters will even appear in the game, or even if this game will definitely be announced but we’ll find out more this weekend during Comic Con.

Other characters rumored (i.e. more I’ve seen rumored as I was typing this up)


Catherine Effect Demo News

Just two weeks before its new game is going to be released, Atlus announced via Twitter that Catherine will be available for download from the PSN and the Xbox Marketplace tomorrow (7/12). From the look at the trailers that have been shown for the past few months, the game still looks like Q-bert+Tetris times Shin Megami Tensei, but the trailer will hopefully shed some light to just how the game is played as well as giving players a taste to see just how true the rumors were that the game was unbearably difficult.

In other demo news via Twitter, Casey Hudson said on Twitter in regards for Mass Effect 3, “…stay tuned for news on demo plans in a few months.” Which is really nice since the game has been delayed all the way until March. No news about any specific details yet, but we now know that it’s definitely under consideration.


E3 ’11 Impressions Part 1

The Electronic Entertainment Expo began yesterday morning and with full force. Several announcements were revealed by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo that  wowed the audience, as well as announcements made by 3rd party publishers like Insomniac and Ubisoft. So here are the things that I’m most looking forward to thanks to E3.

First off is the Tomb Raider reboot. This game looks really amazing based on the video shown. Now I personally never got into the Tomb Raider series, yet this looks like a game where I could have hours and hours of fun with. Tomb Raider is now more of a survival game rather than run and gun, and the active time events adds to the tension that the player is going to have while playing this game. Graphically the game looks great, so playing this game on anything other than an HD monitor would probably feel like a waste.

Speaking of reboots, another that I’m excited for was the reboot of the SSX series. SSX On Tour was shown and EA announced that there’s going to be three modes of game play. Race to see who’s the fastest, Trick to see who can get the most points, and Survive, where the video that was shown was the characters trying to outrun an avalanche! Another major thing to mention is that EA used satellite imagery to get realistic mountain levels based on actual locations all around the world.

Gears of War looked pretty good with it’s live demo. Marcus and company running through the levels and kicking ass like normal, but the one thing that was a little weird but yet still kind of awesome was the boss that they showed, a kraken! Yes there was actually a giant squid-like monster that Marcus and the others had to fight. At that point it wouldn’t have been much of a shock to see Jack Sparrow appear to dive head first into it’s mouth with a lancer rifle, but nevertheless it still looked pretty awesome.

Overstrike is going to be my dark horse pick this E3. The trailer here really says it all, but think of the game Brute Force for the original Xbox system mixed with Timesplitters. Interesting cast of characters, crazy weapons and the multiplayer support are probably what going to make this game. Let’s hope that this game will featured 4 player split screen co-op as opposed to only online like some games only have nowadays. Insomniac is working on the game and it’s supposed to be out by 2012.

Mass Effect 3 was probably the biggest thing that I have to look forward to now. We saw two game play demos yesterday, one where Shepard was on a mission with Mordin and Wrex with Liara and Garrris in the main party. A new weapon featuring a blade on Shepard’s omni-tool appeared in the demo which allows him to make quick kills as long as he’s up close to his opponent and also makes for dispatching enemies stealthily. The game was also announced that it’ll have kinect support, which is incredibly superfluous to the game. Instead of actually picking chat options with the controler, you can actually say what you want Sheppard’s response to say and the game will continue. Although, another thing you can do is shout commands to your squad mates without pausing the action to scroll through attacks. Now you can target a specific enemy and say “Liara, Pull!” and she’ll use that ability to whoever you target. Again, awesome, but completely unneeded.

Also, I dunno if anyone knew this beforehand, but EA’s CEO looks so much like the Illusive Man it’s almost criminal! Apperendly he’s supposed to have more of a resemblance to his voice actor, Martin Sheen but I don’t quite see is as much as I do here. Did EA do this on purpose?! Am I really the last person to find out about this?!


Tri-Ace Tech Demo: Star Ocean 5???

Tri-Ace released a technical demo of their “Physically Based Rendering version 0.1″ using their game engine on the current generation consoles. But just like another certain tech demo we’ve seen in the past, Tri-Ace claims that this video isn’t involved with any new games that they are planning to work on. The video is getting some attention because it does show two characters from past Star Ocean games, Fayt Leingod and Edge Maverick.

Information and details about what exactly the demo was showcasing can be found here.

The comments on Youtube were interesting to read, some people, under the assumption that this is really a new Star Ocean game thinks that it’d be interesting if they finally make a main character that more older than most RPG main protagonists, while others are wondering why aren’t they putting this kind of effort into making a Valkyrie Profile 3 game?

Also, to test out something new, click to vote on what you think down on the poll above on which game would you’d rather see, or leave a comment about the video down below.


BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2 Release Date

After months and months of fans waiting for news, the patch for BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 finally has a release date for consoles, players will be able to gain the DLC patch on May 10th (in Japan only?), a little less than a month away. Most notably, the changes in the game will be newly balanced gameplay as well as the addition of a new character for the consoles, Platinum The Trinity (who you would still have the usual $7 price to unlock like Makoto Nanaya and Valkenhayn…unless you own the Xbox 360 version) but aside from paying for Platinum, the patch to play Continuum Shift 2 will be free for download!

In more news about BlazBlue, the 3DS and the PSP versions of Continuum Shift 2 will be out in the states on May 31st. The game has already been out in the arcade and the PSP in Japan, but soon it will be out in the US as well, so if you have either of those systems instead of a 360 or PS3 and still want to play the game (with all three DLC characters available without having to download them for a separate fee), then you’ll be able to three weeks after the patch comes out for the major consoles.

Sources: here and here


School Days is Back Like You’d Never Believe!

She looks so…happy(?) about this. May God help us if this turns out to be an April Fools joke

Epic news was made a few hours ago, possibly one of the most epic events to happen in the year 2011! In an ultimate team up that’ll make even Marvel comics pee their pants, JAST USA, Overflow, and Sekai Project are joining forces to bring the visual novel, School Days HQ to America, completely uncensored, high quality, and in English!

Earlier last year, School Days HQ came out in Japan, which was an updated version of the original game, which was buggy and went out of sync at times. School Days HQ was made with the engine that it’s sequel, Cross Days, which ran at least 10 times smoother. The franchise has never set foot outside of japan (except for the anime, which if you’ve seen, then you’d understand why this is big news!) School Days is probably known for it’s main protagonist, Makoto Itou, becoming such a professional man/man-whore, it’s happy beginnings slowly going towards it gruesome and violent endings, and of course ”Nice Boat”. It’s the closest an anime fan will get to watching a devious little soap opera and enjoy it!

A reason why this is big news was that the Sekai Project is a group of fan translators who’ve been working for years trying to translate and complete the game for fans who wanted to play the game in America but couldn’t understand Japanese. So it’s amazing that Overflow decided, rather than throwing a fit at what Sekai Project was trying to do and order a Cease and Desists,  to partner up with them and JAST USA and bring School Days HQ to the USA.

If you’ve never seen the School Days anime, watch it! Seriously, it’s worth at least one watch through and you won’t be disappointed. For more info on the story of School Days, the Sekai Project website has a great synopsis of it all. There’s no news yet as to exactly when the game is supposed to be out, but again, let’s hope this isn’t really an elaborate April Fool’s joke. Cause if so, there’s a good chance that there will be riots in the streets.

Sources: ANN, Sankaku Complex, Sekai Project, and JAST USA

Edited on 07/12/11: JAST USA recently tweeted that School Days is now scheduled for a release sometime in 2012 due to the current conditions in Japan.


Fans Need to Scream for More Darkstalkers!

In a recent interview with IGN, the producer of Super Street Fighter IV, Yoshinori Ono discused with the return of Street Fighter being as sucsessful as it was because of the fans, a new Darkstalkers game is possible with some support from the fans.

“At Comic-Con last year I brought it up at the panel discussion and virtually [everyone in the] entire auditorium raised their hands when asked if they were interested. I took that information back to the company. I’ve been lobbying for it ever since…” Ono said when he spoke with IGN. He goes on to mention that he has run into similar problems such as this before, the game he was trying to get made at the time was in fact Street Fighter IV.

“…if I can show there’s enough interest, maybe something will happen.” Ono tells IGN.

If it’s true that enough fan buzz will get a new Darkstalkers game into development, then help Ono by voicing your demands loud enough for Capcom to realize what the fans truly want.  Maybe Ono and fansof the classic game can take a page from Arc System’s book and put together a petition for Capcom to see!

The last Darkstalkers game to be released was a port of the first two games on the PSP, Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower back in 2005, but the last chronological release we’ve seen from the series was all the way back in 1997!


Heavy Rain Movie Details

CNN’s pick for Game of the Year, Heavy Rain is officially in the works of getting a movie. The creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood, David Milch is taking the director’s chair in this endevor, which means that when the movie comes out, there won’t be any skimping of the drama that made the game so well liked amongst it’s fans. There’s still the scary chance that it’ll follow the logistics of video game to movie and it will suck beyond belief, but still…what if it’s good.

The movie is going to be called simply ‘Rain’ and Milch is going to be working with Bob Shaye and Michale Lynne. Kinda makes you wonder who are they going to consider the actors for each character. Will they go for the big names or stick with a lesser known cast so that the viewer won’t be distracted from the story?


The Following Is NOT Going to Happen

This has been a day of news where some clarifications, speculations and rumors have been cleared up. Some may be good news while some may be disappointing

Speculation: Metroid and DOA

One of the latest trailers of Dead or Alive: Dimensions showcased a Metroid level with Ridley flying about in the background. Don’t worry, that part is true, but it was confirmed that Samus will NOT be a playable character. She is still rumored to appear in the game to help the player in the game.

Rumor: There is going to be two more Matrix movies

As of now, this is entirely false. There was a rumor going around that Keanu Reeves spoke at The London School of Performing Arts University revealing that a fourth and fifth Matrix movie was going to be made. However Screenrant.com reported that they heard from the Senior Administrator of the school officially saying that the story is completely false.

Clarification: Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be out this by winter 2011

I posted earlier that a the remaining titles left to come out for Tetsuya Nomura’s Fabula Nova Crystallis will ALL be out by the end of 2011 (in Japan)…well I was wrong. In a recent interview, Nomura said that he and his team’s main focus for Final Fantasy Versus XIII is the quality of the game and to get the desired results that they’re looking for, the game’s release won’t be until after next year. However, the other games in the Fabula Nova Crystallis line up are still scheduled to come out within the 2011 mark. (With Dissidia 012 as the first with a release date of March 22nd in the states)


Epic Video Game Release Dates

We’ve seen an influx of release dates announced this week and more and more keep getting announced.

Dissidia Duodecim comes out March 22nd

Nintendo 3DS along with it’s plethora of launch titles comes out March 27th

And now Duke Nukem Forever AND Mortal Kombat just got their release dates announced! Mortal Kombat is coming out April 19th while Duke Nukem Forever will be out on May 3rd!

And with games like Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Dead Space 2 just over the horizon, it’s like the first half of 2011 is planing to keep gamers in their houses  indefinitely!


FFXIII-2?!

Today, IGN posted some rather interesting(?) news this morning. It seems that a domain name was registered recently by Square Enix…a domain called [finalfantasy13-2game.com].

While many people would have mixed feelings about this, there is the possibility that this could just be a rumor and doesn’t neccisarily mean that this will come true. However after thinking about it, FFXIII had mixed reviews [mostly bad as far as some people are concerned] but maybe another game would make some up for the first game’s mistakes…as long as they DON’T repeat the same mistakes as the first one.

For those of you who DID finish the game, this section is mainly for you, I for one hated the fact that the game seemed to just end. It was like, “yay, we won…and then [spoiler] and [spoiler] [spoiler]ed so that [spoiler] didn’t [spoiler]….[spoiler]” and that was it. There was no closure. So a new game would be good to give us some of that without looking to buy the International Version that no one in Japan seemed to care about.

Other problems that the game did have was that the game was like a really, really long tunnel with awesome music and art that looked pretty, after 20 or so hours, it was going to get old. Final Fantasy X-2 was very different from X [again, for the wrong reasons according to most people] but it was still really enjoyable! So maybe if they changed the gameplay a little and gave the players more freedom that didn’t remind them of waiting in a line at an amusement park, Square can redeem themselves with their fanbase.

[As long as it's NOT like this!!]

Again we need to remember that these are rumors, so there’s a chance that a domain registered with the name [finalfantasy13-2game.com] [going to the like results in a blank screen] might not mean anything at all. Especially since Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still nothing short of an enigma as to when it’s coming out and to be frank, some people would rather see a Kingdom Hearts III from Square Enix rather than a Final Fantasy XIII-2 or even Versus XIII at this point.


SSX Reboot

Okay, seriously?! Another franchise is possibly getting a series reboot?! Video games have been guilty of imitating movies with constantly giving sequels to everything [especially some movies/games that didn't deserve sequels to begin with] but now they’ve been going the way of TV shows lately and trying to rebuild old favorites from the very beginning again!

But at least with TV, most of those shows like Night Rider and Hawaii 5-0 haven’t been on for decades, while games on the other hand need only around 5-10 years until a reboot is in order apparently. Now there are rumors that SSX is going to be receiving a reboot as well. I’m not sure if it really qualifies for one though because i remember playing SSX Tricky AND SSX three in high school a few years ago! I don’t know if that really is a sign of my age, or are video game developers just jumping on the bandwagon on rebooting games just for the sheer hell of it!

What other reboots are we going to see in 2011? It’s almost like developers are planning to now have any creative ideas for a good part of next year. I swear, I wouldn’t be surprised if they announced a reboot of games like Bloodrayne, Luigi’s Mansion, Onimusha or even Pokemon from the very beginnning [wait...they already did that]…er…Mass Effect (even if Mass Effect 2 was released last year and three is planned in the future).

But…I have to admit, if Nintendo pulls a fast one and announce that they’re going to reboot Fighter’s Destiny, then I’d be all for it!

Actually…a rebooted Bloodrayne wouldn’t be that bad either…y’know…if they did it right [and NOT make a movie based on it again!]


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