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Beyond Co-Op, January 31st to February 6th

Welcome to Beyond Co-Op, a weekly piece that talks about industry stories that may or may not be related to co-op gaming.

The stories for this week:

- Splinter Cell Conviction Definitely Coming April 13
- Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Coming in Episodic Form
- BioShock 2 and Dante's Inferno Highlight Releases

Splinter Cell Conviction Definitely Coming April 13

Although this was covered here on Co-Optimus earlier this week, I figured I’d give another shout about it here because I really like the Splinter Cell games. This specific 360 exclusive game has had an interesting development story. The game today is far different than it was originally intended and it has had many delays. The game is finally coming out on April 13 and the feeling from E3 last year was that this was going to be a special game. Let’s hope after all these delays that it is still true.

Source: Colony of Gamers

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Coming in Episodic Form

Project Needlemouse was finally unveiled as Sonic the Hedgehog 4, a new 2D Sonic game that takes place right after Sonic and Knuckles. It will be released in episodic form on XBLA, PSN and WiiWare starting this summer. Good news that we’ll get a new 2D Sonic, but I’m not sure the episodic format is such a great idea because who knows how long the episodes will be or how many of them there will be. I will say the Nintendo portable 2D Sonics have been pretty good games, so I would expect this new one to be good as well.

Source: Colony of Gamers

BioShock 2 and Dante's Inferno Highlight Release

Sorry for the short Beyond Co-Op this week. Really couldn’t find much news to talk about. Next week two rather large releases come out: BioShock 2 on 360, PS3 and PC; Dante’s Inferno on 360, PS3 and PSP. I’ve heard early news that BioShock 2 is good, although I am awaiting reviews for it to see if what I’ve heard is true. I’m still in the camp that thinks there were too many cooks in the kitchen with this game and that it could be a disjointed mess.

Dante’s Inferno on the other hand has reviews already out for it and some are good, but almost all talk about it being a basic carbon copy of the God of War games. That isn’t a bad thing, but if there are no new avenues taken on the basic gameplay from that series it could be quite bad. A game like Darksiders seems to have made its own way while borrowing from other games, Dante’s Inferno by all accounts is a straight rip-off. Unfortunate for Visceral games, but maybe their B-squad was on this game whereas the A-squad is on Dead Space 2. Maybe Glen Schofield’s departure was more damaging than thought.

Source: me