Warhawk rumor explosion

July 14, 2007

The build that the beta players played on some weeks ago was by far not even close to the final version. When Warhawk launches this fall you will notice several updates:

  •  A huge graphical update- Were talking about something around Gears of War
  • Expanded player limit to 32 vs. 32 in team matches
  • Lots of downloadable content on launch
  • 6 new weapons ( 1 from Insomniac’s popular PS3 shooter Resistance)
  • 4 new vehicles

Possibly Warhawk could turn out to be a suprise hit.

EDIT: Note the little word in the title that says “rumor”. Sorry for all confusion.

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At E3 2007 in Microsofts press conference Scene it for the Xbox 360 was unvieled along with 4 new somewhat odd looking controllers. Although they certainly don’t look that great, I am pretty sure people will find them easy to use, which is what Microsoft is aiming for with this product. And if the game does well enough and attracts a new, less hardcore audience to the Xbox 360 games will be created with this controller in mind. Possibly, this could be Microsofts answer to the Nintendo Wiimote? It most likely is.

 But here is the kicker. The controller has the ability to be synced with the Xbox Live Vision Camera to allow for motion sensing in all directions. If this is true than the 360 ultimatley will attract a new audience and will be able to compete with the Wii for casual gamers. We will just have to wait and see.

No more Wii DVD version

July 14, 2007

After the success of the current Wii, its hard to imagine the point of adding another SKU to the mix. Especially one that is higher priced and will unsatisfy early adopters. Originally the plan for the Wii was to have an add-on Wii DVD player. Then later, there would be a DVD Wii version in late 2007. But after this years E3 and the success of the current Wii there will be no way for you to have a DVD playing Wii (unless you mod it). While I don’t think anyone will be unhappy with this desicion, its important to note that this could mean that they will add another SKU later in about 2-3 years known to some of us as Wii HD.

As it is, Haze and Unreal Tournament 3 are both timed exclusives. Both titles will arrive on the Xbox 360 in 2008. In order for Sony to show 3rd party developers that games can do very well on the PlayStation 3, they plan to use Haze and UT3 as an example. Sony is trying hard with both studios -Ubisoft and Epic Games- to assure that both titles are top notch and will be available no where else. Although the former is much more likely than the latter and probably will happen, if Sony is consistent in starting off this fall to a good start than just maybe. But I doubt any studio will just throw away ports that they already are working on.