News Wrap-Up: August 5th, 2011

Twisted Metal got delayed today to 2012, it was originally scheduled for October 4th, 2011. David Jaffe, the game’s creator had this to say on the PlayStation blog: “If we shipped Twisted Metal tomorrow-–going off the response from folks who have played it—I assure you, it would never be a bad game. Not even close. But we’re aiming for a heck of a lot more than that! With Twisted Metal we plan to ship a multiplayer classic. We plan to ship the best Twisted Metal ever made. We plan to convert a lot of folks who think vehicle combat is a relic best left to 90’s nostalgia. And we plan to explode the belief that the only relevant kind of shooter is a first person one (or a 3rd person one, where you play a human… with a tee shirt not all the way tucked in …). Most importantly, we plan on treating you – the kind folks who play our game (and pay our bills) – like the VIPs that you are. You only deserve our best and we appreciate your understanding as we take a little more time to guarantee that our best is what we deliver”.

You can get the Bastion soundtrack right now on Super Giant Games’ site. It’s available to stream, or download for $10, you can also get it on a compact disc for $15. In more Bastion news, the PC version got a release date of August 16th on Steam for $15. If you’re not a fan of Steam, looks like you’ll have to wait an unspecified amount of time.

Minecraft is still in beta but it has managed to sell 3 million copies. That’s quite the feat for any game, but for a game that’s not even officially out yet, that’s very impressive.

We’ve discussed this on Fresh Air is Over-Rated before, but for some reason it seems to be reappearing on other blogs. So let’s reiterate, EA has released a list of digital retailers that Battlefield 3 will be available on, and that list did not contain Steam. There’s no word if it’ll ever come to Steam, so don’t count on it yet.

Sony revealed PSN PLAY today, it’s very much like the Summer of Arcade on the 360. There are 4 games you can buy for $15 each, (Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition, The Baconing, BloodRayne: Betrayal and Renegade Ops) they go on sale starting August 23rd. If you purchase all of them (and you’re above 18 years of age) you’ll receive Payday: The Heist a $20 value, for free. On top of all this, if you’re a PSN+ subscriber you’ll get 20% off everything. The value just keeps coming, if you buy all of these games. You get DLC for free, and if you pre-order it all, you get XMB themes.

Nolan North, the voice of Drake in Uncharted and everyone else in every other game, will voice the Penguin in Arkham City. Crazy right?

For some reason Bethesda is suing Notch over his next game entitled Scrolls. The title is a card-battling game, so I’m as baffled as the next person as to why they’d do this. Notch has said that this is simply lawyers-being-lawyers and is still looking forward to playing Prey 2.

PlayStation Network Blackout 2010 Coverage!

So in case you haven’t heard via my twitter account @wildmatt, PSN is down for the majority of people around the world! This is not allowing people to play any games online and in the case of many games, like Heavy Rain and most if not all DLC, don’t work. That’s ridiculous because Heavy Rain is a single player game. Initial reports are that slim systems have been unaffected by any of this.

UPDATE #1 03/01/2010 10:30AM: Well it’s currently now approximately 15 hours after the crash. If you haven’t heard the story, seems like the PS3’s internal clock thinks today is 2/29, that’d be all fine and dandy if 2010 was a leap year, but it isn’t. Not only are retail systems being affected, but developers also reported their debugs as non-functional. This is something that could fix itself tonight at 7pm EST, if the theory is right.

UPDATE #2 03/01/2010 12:30PM: Sony have a post on the Playstation Blog saying, it is indeed an internal clock error and are hoping to get problems fixed within the next 24 hours. They advise you to leave your PS3 off until then.

UPDATE #3 03/01/2010 6:30PM: Everything seems back to normal now, so rock on PSN brothers.

We’ll keep you posted.