Vanquish: Lots More Action

There’s been a lot of action shown off in the various trailers for Vanquish, but only the basic framework of the story. With this new trailer, Sega cranks it up to 11 by giving the best sample of gameplay and narrative yet.

Ni No Kuni Comes To Life

While the cel-shading graphical technique can make games look more cartoonish, few have managed to look like a 2D animated feature brought into the 3D realm. Level 5 has worked with Studio Ghibli to accomplish this with Ni no Kuni, with breathtaking results.

HP, Oracle Bury Hatchet And Affirm Partnership

HP and Oracle settled the lawsuit stemming from Oracle’s hiring of former HP CEO Mark Hurd as co-president. The two companies reaffirmed their long-term strategic partnership as well.

“HP and Oracle have been important partners for more than 20 years and are committed to working together to provide exceptional products and service to our customers,” said Cathie Lesjak, chief financial officer and interim CEO, HP. “We look forward to collaborating with Oracle in the future.”

“Oracle and HP will continue to build and expand a partnership that has already lasted for over 25 years,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Milla Jovovich Says ‘We’re Definitely Going To Make Another’ Resident Evil

Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth movie in the Resident Evil series and so far the most successful. To Milla Jovovich, that means a greenlight for a fifth Resident Evil movie.

“This new Resident Evil is the first one to ever open at No. 1 worldwide. It s the biggest movie in the franchise,” said Jovovich. So we re definitely going to make another one.

She noted that her husband and series director Paul W.S. Anderson has some ideas for the fifth Resident Evil installment and is looking for input from the fanbase. “We ve been talking to a lot of fans on Twitter and stuff, so it s probably going to be one of the first movies where we really talk to fans to see what they want, and what characters they want to see. It’s going to be a more interactive process.

Source: New York Magazine

Apple Working On New IPad For 2011, Says Report

According to reports, Apple is looking to release a new version of the iPad in early 2011. Taiwanese suppliers are planning to roll out shipments at the beginning of next year, which would hold to Apple’s normal product refresh cycle.

This would mesh with a report from an Apple Insider who said, “A version of the tablet device with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages,” according to a person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans.

Source: PC World

Digital Surpassing Retail For PC Games

The NPD has released a study called PC Games Digital Downloads: Analyst Report. They estimate that for the first half of 2010, there were 11.2 million full-game digital downloads purchased online and 8.2 million physical units purchased at retail.

Despite digital comprising a majority of sales for the PC gaming sphere, the NPD notes, games sold at physical retailers continue to maintain a greater share of dollar revenue at 57 percent versus 43 percent from digitally downloaded games.  This is attributed to a higher average selling price at retail.”

Regardless of the trending towards digital purchases, sales for both digital and physical PC games for the first half were down 21 percent. Total unit sales were also down 14 percent compared to the first half of 2009.

One major finding from this latest report is that the ‘big got bigger’ in the first half of 2010, with both Steam and Bigfish capturing a bigger share of full-game PC games digital download sales than they did last year,” said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “The overall decline of PC games when combining sales via both digital downloads and physical retail sales is impacted by the expansion of social network gaming as well as the continued expansion of free game options.

Global Agenda Targets APB Users

APB and developer Realtime Worlds are both very dead right now, leaving many MMO shooter fans disappointed and angry. Still, one man’s loss is another’s gain and Hi-Rez Studios is looking to swoop in with their game Global Agenda.

“Today, we mourn our latest fallen colleague, APB. In making APB, Realtime Worlds had a bold vision to make an MMO devoid of traditional tab-targeting, cast bars, and die-roll combat. We honor their effort and innovation, and greatly mourn the game’s closing, wrote Global Agenda executive producer Todd Harris. So between today and Friday, September 24, 2010, we are offering refugees from APB and other Shooter/MMOs an opportunity to join Global Agenda’s growing community more easily and affordably than ever. We figure you deserve it. And you’ll fit right in since you already know how to aim.”

Thus, those who purchase Global Agenda from http://www.globalagendagame.com/ can enter a code LongLiveShooterMMOs to get a 30 percent discount ($20.99) on the game.

Nintendo Of America Marketing Exec Leaves

Nintendo of America has announced that Cammie Dunaway, executive vice president of sales and marketing, is leaving the company. Last November, Nintendo of America’s vice president of corporate affairs Denise Kaigler also left, leaving a noticeable gap in the company’s executive structure.

We appreciate Cammie s contributions to Nintendo and the role she played in bringing the Wii and Nintendo DS experiences to millions of people, said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Her team and the rest of Nintendo of America remain focused on our goal of maintaining the incredible momentum Nintendo enjoys heading into the busy holiday season.

I m thankful for my time with Nintendo and proud of our team s accomplishments in growing the Nintendo audience, said Dunaway. I look forward to watching the continued growth of the Nintendo brand in the years ahead.

Dunaway joined Nintendo of America in November 2007 and helped to launch Wii Fit and form partnerships with companies like Netflix and the American Heart Association.

Facebook Phone Considered

Facebook has come out and denied reports that the company was working on a branded mobile phone. However, other reports say that the company this summer did touch base with phone manufacturers and carriers to try and see if a Facebook phone is a good business idea.

A source has said that while Facebook is mulling the idea of a mobile phone, they have not decided whether to pursue the matter or not. The failure of Google and Microsoft of their Nexus One and Kin smartphones might prove to be a good example of why Facebook shouldn’t launch this venture.

Source: CNet

Michael Jackson MMO Planned

See Virtual Worlds has announced an agreement with the Michael Jackson Estate to publish Planet Michael. This virtual world will be built around the King of Pop’s music, his life and the global issues that concerned him.

When we first approached the Estate and talked about creating Planet Michael, one of our primary goals was to build an interactive environment where fans from all over the world come together to affirm Michael’s life-long dedication to fostering global friendships, said Martin Biallas, CEO of See Virtual Worlds. In building a space worthy of those global connections, we envisioned a magical, enjoyable place that will capture that zest for fun and life that was at Michael’s very core. Throughout his extensive career, the King of Pop was well-known for his visionary contributions to music, dance, fashion, entertainment and philanthropy, and it was critical that we somehow incorporate all of those elements into the game.

Planet Michael will be published for the 3D environment known as Entropia Universe. It will be free-to-play, with players able to take occupations in the game environment and sometimes contribute to charity.

No artist unified the world like Michael Jackson, so it is fitting that in Planet Michael his fans will be able to join together in such a unique way online to celebrate his music, his artistry and his devotion to helping those in need, said John Branca, co-executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson.

Michael was always exploring creative new ways technology could enhance the experiences of his fans, and for that reason we are thrilled to be working with See Virtual Worlds to build a global interactive experience that befits an artist as innovative as Michael Jackson, added John McClain, co-executor of the Estate.