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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


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