Archive for December 2006

Virtua Fighter 5 Release Dates Set

December 20, 2006

 Virtua Fighter 5

The release dates are set for the Playstation 3 versions of Virtua Fighter 5.

  • Japan: Feb 8th 2007
  • US: Feb 20th 2007
  • Europe: PS3 Launch Title
  • UPDATE: Xbox 360 version in 2007!
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Gearbox to Develope Aliens FPS

December 18, 2006

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Obsidian Entertainment would be making an Aliens rpg, comes the announcement that Gearbox Software will making an FPS based on the Aliens license.

Gearbox have previously been invovled with FPS games such as Half-Life Blue Shift and Halo (PC).

Press Release 

 SEGA’s official Aliens site

Sega Hires Obsidian Entertainment to Handle Aliens RPG

December 13, 2006

Sega have signed  Obsidian Entertainment, the devs behind Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2, to develope an RPG based Sega’s recently aquired license to the Aliens movie series.

The strange thing though is that Sega were previously said to have Obsidian co-develope an RPG (code-name Project Georgia) based on new intellectual property for the PC, Xbox360 and PS3. So this could mean they’ve either switched from new IP to Aliens, or they’re actually working on two projects with Sega.

SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Obsidian Entertainment will create a role-playing game based on the Alien film franchise with license from Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising. This title will be developed for the next-generation systems and the PC.

Obsidian Entertainment draws upon their wealth of design knowledge creating successful games such as the best-selling Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: Sith Lords and the award-winning Neverwinter Nights 2 to bring the Alien franchise to role-playing gamers for the first time. The role playing game will build upon the distinctive look and feel of the original films while utilizing next-generation technology to create an entirely different and unique Alien experience.

“With Obsidian Entertainment’s development pedigree, they were our first choice to bring the Alien franchise to the RPG universe,” said Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America, Inc. “They are the only developer for us that could effectively combine the Alien mythology with compelling RPG gameplay to create the ultimate Alien experience.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the great production and publishing teams at SEGA to deliver the ultimate in-depth Alien experience to gamers worldwide,” said Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment. “Building an epic RPG with a license as heralded as the Alien franchise is truly a great honor.”

From Strategy Informer

Dynamite Deka EX Impressions, Pics and a Vid!

December 12, 2006

Alex Kierkegaard, who runs the fantastic site insomnia.ac, was nice enough to point me to his great write-up about his playtest of Dynamite Deka EX. Thanks Alex!
He’s also got a number of pictures and a vid of the game in action.

Link

Alien Syndrome for the Wii/PSP Announced

December 12, 2006

 Another classic IP is going to be revived on the PSP by western dev (Totally Games), but this time it’s going to the Wii too.

The following is taken from Worthplaying:

Derived from the classic SEGA IP, Alien Syndrome for the Wii and PSP plunges players into its easy to pick up and play action-RPG gameplay, while offering depth and a wealth of features and missions to challenge all gamers.

Alien Syndrome puts players in control of the strong and enigmatic heroine – Earth Command Trooper Aileen Harding – as she battles through a wide variety of environments including onboard infested spaceships and bizarre alien planets, taking on a mixture of fearsome aliens and colossal bosses. Players can choose from a wide selection of character specialties and skills to hone their character before embarking upon their sci-fi adventure. As they progress through the engrossing campaign, protected by different types of armour and using a variety of melee and ranged weaponry, players can improve their heroine’s statistics and discover powerful new abilities.

“Alien Syndrome is a great update of a classic franchise that has been designed to fit perfectly onto both the innovative Wii and the portable PSP,” said Matt Woodley, Creative Director, SEGA Publishing Europe Ltd. “Alien Syndrome is the only fast-paced, sci-fi action –RPG for the Wii and PSP and brilliantly blends arcade-style shooter gameplay with elements from RPGs.”

“Completely re-designed from the ground up for the PSP and the Wii, this new Alien Syndrome offers a refreshing blast-athon on a venerable classic,” said Larry Holland, President and Creative Director of Totally Games. “As well, it has allowed us to exercise our science fiction chops to the fullest to create a totally involving futuristic action-RPG game experience.”

Alien Syndrome offers 20 different weapons to use, ranging from flamethrowers, quad-barrelled lasers, nanobot swarms that dissolve enemies and incendiary grenades that unleash fire geysers from the ground. Each weapon offers different advantages and disadvantages, dependent upon how it is used and which speciality the player has chosen to adopt. With the sheer variety of weapons and abilities available to players, any number of combat strategies can be used to defeat hordes of more than 100 different alien enemies.

Alien Syndrome on the Wii will utilise the Wii remote’s unique gyroscopic feature by enabling players a full range of motion when slashing through enemies, unloading devastation on bosses, or running and gunning through hallways. Players will also be able to access various new game modes and mechanisms. These extra features include using the Wii controllers to craft new items, to enhance existing items and character abilities and to hack into computer systems.

For gamers on the go, Alien Syndrome on the PSP is wi-fi enabled so that up to four players can embark upon playing cooperatively through the alien infested levels in various multiplayer modes.

Alien Syndrome is developed by Totally Games and will be available for the Wii and PSP system in summer 2007.

New Sega Horror Game for PS3/Xbox360 From Developer Silicon Knights?

December 8, 2006

Sega of America were sending out emails to people asking them to participate in a survey, from the questions asked it appeared to concern a horror game for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

In addition to the typical video game survey questions (what systems do you own etc), they ask you to choose the best match of four title names to a brief summary of the story.

The story (this is all from memory) is about some person who gains great power and is then seduced by it. The titles they give you a choice of are The Gift, The Box,  Crucible, and The Sacrament.

On the neogaf forums it being said that this game is actually a game that’s been in developement for over a year, by non other than Silicon Knights, known as The Box.

Ryu ga Gotoku 2 Scans

December 4, 2006

Found some magazine scans of Ryu ga Gotoku 2 here.