The stories for this week:
- Namco Bandai Buys Atari Europe
- Game Informer Modern Warfare 2 Info Leaks
- New Slim PS3?
- New Tony Hawk to Include Peripheral on All Systems
- Punch Out!!!, Bionic Commando and Terminator Salvation on Tap This Week
Namco Bandai Buys Atari Europe
The fallout from Atari Europe selling exclusive distribution rights to Sony for the European release of Ghostbusters continues its fallout. Namco Bandai has now taken over distribution of all Atari Europe releases in the future minus the Ghostbuster rights Sony had taken. Add this to the fact that Atari pulled out of E3 and the American arm may not be far behind. I have a few companies that I could guess about being interested in either the IPs or Atari as a whole, but I want to see if my thoughts pan out before I unload them.
Game Informer Modern Warfare 2 Info Leaks
Unlike last month where I got my Game Informer early, the newest one has yet to show up at my door. However a lot of the details were leaked this week ahead of the magazine being out for general consumption. Biggest thing for Co-Optimus readers is that there will not be Co-op through the story mode, but that there will be an additional gameplay type that will include Co-op. Win one, lose one I guess. Check out the Giant Bomb link below for more info about the game.
New Slim PS3?
E3 rumors are rolling! Biggest one this week comes from some camera shots someone took in China that shows a purported Slim PS3 system being worked on. Personally, I have a hard time believing this to be true simply because the material on the system looks pretty shoddy in the pictures. Now, if Sony does indeed announce this, my biggest question is why not go for the easy news item and reduce the price of the PS3. They’ll probably release this new one at the same price as the current model and drop the price on the older models. I do know of one thing Sony will for sure be showing off at E3, but unfortunately I can’t spoil that yet.
New Tony Hawk to Include Peripheral on All Systems
Not a huge surprise here since it is one of the worst kept secrets in the industry (that and the fact that Eidos was making Thief 4). Spike TV’s Gametrailers TV showed it off last night on their show. The peripheral looks just like a skateboard and will evidently be included on the 360, PS3 and Wii versions of the game. Will this bring the series back to prominence? There is another developer working on it as well after Neversoft was basically ripped off it. They are working on the billion Guitar Hero’s after all…heh.
Punch Out!!!, Bionic Commando and Terminator Salvation on Tap This Week
It’s Christmas in May this week as Punch Out!!! on the Wii, Bionic Commando on the 360, PS3 and PC AND the Terminator Salvation movie tie-in game all come out this week. There’s also the EA Sports Active bundle on the Wii and UFC Undisputed on 360 and PS3. I’m pretty sure Punch Out!!! will be good and I’m beginning to think Bionic Commando is as well after hearing 25 hour adventure (we’ll see) and Terminator Salvation looks like Gears of War homage. Have a good week, things continue to be interesting from here on out.