News Wrap-Up: August 16th, 2011

Borderlands 2 has a teaser trailer up, it doesn’t really show much, but I do like the look of it.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition has been released today on Sony’s Experia Play (you know the PlayStation Phone), it costs $6.99. If you’ve played it before, you pretty much know what to expect.

GamesCom is happening as we speak in Cologne, Germany and a bunch of trailers has been released, so I’ll just list them all here. Soul Caliber V, Lollipop Chainsaw, Street Fighter x Tekken, Need For Speed: The Run, Devil May Cry, Dark Souls, Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, SSX, Uncharted 3, Infamous 2: Festival of Blood, Resistance 3 and UFC Undisputed 3.

EA has revealed a new FIFA Street will be debuting in early 2012. Continuing in EA news, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be released on February 7th, 2011.

After a Portuguese board game blocked the European release of Double Fine’s XBLA title Trenched, Microsoft confirmed today that the game will be released in Europe this September under the new title Iron Brigade.

Bastion is now available on Steam for $15, highly suggest checking it out if you don’t have a 360.

Announced during their press conference at GamesCom, Sony let word out that the Vita’s games will all be available to download. Ubisoft will bring a new Lumines and Assassin’s Creed to PS Vita. They also unveiled a new PSP model, that doesn’t have wifi and costs 99€, it will be available in Europe only.

Resistance: Burning Skies just got revealed for the PS Vita, it will take place moments before the 2nd game in the series. They showed off some gameplay footage on-stage, it looks good, finally dual analog sticks on a portable!

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 has been dated in Japan for November 17th. I’m guessing the North American release couldn’t be far off this date then.

Ninja Gaiden 3 has PlayStation Move support, I don’t know where the demand for it came from, but I’ll check it out.

Wow! The PS3 just got a world-wide price-drop effective immediately, you can go to your local shop and snap one up for $250. That’s insanely cheap.

News Wrap-Up: August 1st, 2001

Just Dance 3 will feature a mode called, “just create”. It will allow you to record your moves and challenge your friends to re-create them.  Not only that, you’ll be able to also share your moves on Facebook. There’s no lack of dancing videos on Youtube, so this is just Ubisoft’s way to streamline the process. I’m not exactly sure how it’ll work, but it will be fun to see that feature in action when the game comes out on October 11th.

The game once known as True Crime: Hong Kong, cancelled by Activision, is getting resurrected by Square Enix. It won’t be called True Crime but Square Enix’s London Studio will be picking up the development. General manager Lee Singleton said it was “a fantastic opportunity to create a new and unique franchise which gamers will come to know and love for years to come.” That remains to be seen, we all know games get cancelled and plans for a series don’t always pan out.

Ragnarok Online has gone offline for an iOS title called Ragnarok Violet. It’s already out in Japan and will be released in North America on Friday, for free! It’s free because much like the MMORPG, it’ll support in-app purchases. You can check out the Youtube video here.

Warner Bros. announced that it’ll be bringing Lollipop Chainsaw to our side of the pond. If you haven’t seen our coverage of the game on FAIOR, it’s Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami’s next project after Shadows of the Damned. Expect weird Japanese stuff, the screenshots released already show off a short skirted, schoolgirl’s panties. You can already hear it screaming out: “Hey look at me, I’m Japanese.”

Capcom announced at Evo, that Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is getting a 2012 version. No word on whether the update will be free or not. We can only hope that it will be, people are already unhappy about Megaman Legends 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 so it’d be nice to see them give it out. Talking about Evo, the fighting game tournament wrapped up this weekend and it was easily the best one. Perfectlegend destroyed the competition with Kung Lao on Mortal Kombat, Viscant wrecked MvC3 while Fuudo came out of no where to win SSF4:AE (Big ups to I Am Latif for cleaning up Daigo and Poongko though! Mad respect). The most shocking events of the tourney included, Noah, the 8-year-old boy wonder, who finished top 48 in MvC3. Justin Wong not making the finals nor did Daigo, infact they both got perfected in their game of choice, which was surreal.

Blizzard will let you sell your Diablo III loot for real money! Weird right? I thought Blizzard was up-tight about that stuff. They also mentioned that mods will be outright banned, you can’t even do it for fun.

There’s a rumor out there that Mirror’s Edge 2 will be on the Frostbite 2 Engine, the very same engine that powers our beloved Battlefield 3. This would not be a surprise, as the first ME ran on DICE’s original Frostbite engine. What’s surprising is that there’s a second Mirror’s Edge in development! The first one did terribly in sales, neither did it get superb reviews.

The FemShep for Mass Effect 3 has been chosen by the Facebook fans. The blonde came out on top in a controversial decision. The game is not about good looking people, nor is FemShep, she is all about action, so it was a weird way for EA to decide her look. (FemShep FOUR, guys! COME ON. – Techcore)