News Bytes: A Weekly Roundup of Games News

News Bytes: Roundup of VG News

Hey folks, there’s a lot of news every week in the gaming world. Now, I’m not going to promise this column will happen every Friday, unless there’s a huge outcry of support for it. This week, though, in skimming press releases, there was just too much to choose just one story. So here are some news bytes to round out your week.

01: Midway Drops Licenses: The writing has been on the wall for quite some time over at Midway games. The developer/publisher has not been having the best of times financially, recently recording a huge quarterly loss, and canceling in-progress projects while reducing and closing studios. Now they’ve announced they are dropping several licenses, in favor of concentrating only on their “core” ones. The only two mentioned out of a recent list of about 5+ as sticking around are the TNA Wrestling license and the DC Comics license. It was not specified if these are in fact the only two they are keeping however. This means their 3rd Quarter earnings projection is now predicting an even bigger loss, and the future of the entire company could very well hinge on the performance of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. The potentially company-saving game hits US stores November 16th, and Europe on the 21st of the same month.

10: SouthPeak Interactive Acquires Gamecock Media Group: Well, Austin-based trumpeter of indie development, Gamecock, came out swinging two years ago, wanting to change the way the industry works. Their first potential AAA titles, Legendary and Mushroom Men, are due to come out this quarter. Before they can even get those out, SouthPeak Interactive has gobbled up Gamecock, but plans to keep the current titles publishing schedule, along with the general mission of bringing “great original titles from independent developers to market,” according to Gamecock CEO Mike Wilson. Legendary, the story of Pandora’s Box being unleashed upon the modern world, is scheduled to ship soon, and you can check out new screenshots from the game in the click box.

11: Soulcalibur IV DLC Is Official: In the least surprising announcement ever, and contrary to previous public statements by Namco Bandai, the “console exclusive” characters of Yoda on Xbox 360 and Darth Vader on PS3 are exclusive no more. On October 23rd, five Galactic Credits Standard will allow you to download the missing character into the blank mystery slot in your character bank. What’s that? Five sounds like a lot of money for one lousy character when you already paid Sixty for the game? Unfortunately, force persuade isn’t going to make the deal any better. Sorry.

100: LittleBigPlanet Delayed: The mega-awesome create-a-game platformer-cum-system savior that every PS3 owner (and even some planning on buying the system for the game) is clamoring for is coming out next week! …Or not. The game has been delayed not because of a last second bug or a major issue like a mod that can unlock a sex mini-game, but because a song on the soundtrack contains a couple lines from the Qur’an. In the hardcore Muslim crowd, this is unacceptable and even offensive, so they’re pulling the song and releasing the game a week later (October 28th).  The good news is, that gives gamers a week to concentrate on Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Fable 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, well, you get the idea. There’re a lot of games coming out that week!

101: Unleash the Force, again!: In News-I-Somehow-Missed-Nearly-Three-Weeks-Ago, LucasArts is giving gamers a reason to dust off their copy of The Force Unleashed (Come on, you’ve all beaten it already, right?) by adding some premium DLC to the game. A set of new costumes includes best-Jedi-name-ever Kit Fisto, reason-for-me-to-use-more-hyphens Ki-Adi-Mundi, our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi (though it’s unknown if that will be Sir Alec Guinness or Ewan McGregor), and the superstar, the O.G. Death Star Destroyer, he kissed his sister and now he can unleash the force, Luke Skywalker. In addition, owners of the game (and according to sales last month, there are quite a few of you) can play an all new mission at Coruscant’s Jedi Temple, where hopefully you can kill several young Jedis-in-training. With that, I end the hyphenated madness.

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