Monday, March 17, 2008

Home Beta Survey Shows Signs of Home Square Revamp

An onAXIS reader who choses to remain anonymous has tipped us about a new survey those in the Home beta are receiving by e-mail. Along with things such as "How important is innovation in Home?" and "How important is different shopping areas ins Home?", the main focus is on the Home Central Plaza.

One of the questions asked if you could choose what you wanted the Square to look like, what would it be, from the choices in the image to the left (A-J). If it were me, I'd definitely choose selection D.

Something else to note is that when taking the survey it asks if you are in the Home Beta, Home Development Team, or an SCEA Employee. It looks like they are branching out to see what everyone thinks.

[Thanks Anonymous!]

Gran Tursimo 5 Prologue: More Ferrari F2007 Screens

Thanks to Ruliweb, we have even more screenshots of the Ferrari F2007 in Sony's upcoming Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. The verdict: they are looking better than ever. The detail on this ride is insane, and I'm loving the color. Enjoy!

Call of Duty 4 PlayStation 3 Patch Releasing This Week

Well, Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward got word from Sony that they are on the final stages of certifying the PlayStation 3 feature patch for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. He says we will definitely be seeing it go live this week. It's possible for it to come very soon.

[i haz PS3 feetur patch?]

Race Driver: GRID to Beat GT5 Prologue to the Finish?

At Live 2008, Codemasters made available a playable version of their upcoming racer, Race Driver: GRID. The title is expected to feature GTR racecars, American muscle cars, and Japanese drift machines. Codemasters wants to take it in a different direction than other racing games go.

“This is not a game about collecting cars or spending all of your time in the front-end tuning suspension settings or designing liveries. We want to make racing exciting again,” exclaims Ralph Fulton, Chief Game Designer.

The game sounds like it could possibly give Gran Turismo 5 (& Prologue) a run for it's money. The game will feature tracks in America, Europe, and Japan. The game will feature traffic on the streets with Japanese drifting as well. It is slated for a mid-2008 release.

[Codemasters plans to race ahead of GT5 Prologue]

Grand Theft Auto IV: Leaked Intro?

A video has shown up on YouTube from the user DT042908 showing a the supposed introduction of Grand Theft Auto IV. We really aren't sure whether to beleive it or not, however, some pieces look legit, others don't.

European PlayStation Store Releases Leaked (again)?

Kotaku seemed to have been able to pickup a leak of the upcoming European PlayStation Store content. Lets take a look at the list.

  • March 2008
    • 3/20/08
      • PAIN (€7,99)
      • MotorStorm 2 trailer (free)
    • 3/27/08
      • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (€39,99)
      • Eye of Judgement Biolith Rebellion Set 2 (€9,99)
      • Blast Factor: Advanced Research (€7,99)
  • April 2008
    • 4/15/08
      • Resistance 2 trailer (free)
      • God of War: Chains of Olympus demo (free)
      • Dark Mist (€9,99)
      • Lair: Diabolical Dragons add-on (?)
      • Super Stardust HD Solo add-on (?)
      • PAIN: Nigel character add-on (?)
    • 4/24/08
      • Elefunk (?)
      • High Velocity Bowling (€9,99)
      • High Velocity Bowling: Mike character add-on (?)
      • High Velocity Bowling: Amber character add-on (?)
  • May 2008
    • Unknown
      • Wipeout HD (?)
      • Domino (PC Store) (?)
      • The Last Guy (?)
      • Echochrome (?)
  • June 2008
    • Unknown
      • SOCOM: Confrontation (?)
      • Siren: New Estatement (?)
      • EyeCreate 2 (?)
      • Flower (?)
      • Home (?)
      • Ratchet: Quest for Booty (?)
Seems to be some new titles in there, such as Ratchet: Quest for Booty and Siren: New Estatement. The Ratchet title is probably Insomniac's DLC for Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Siren could be a PlayStation Network title from the PS2 series. When we find out more about these, we will be sure to update you. And whats this, LAIR is showing itself again as DLC? This could also show signs of the game's patch.

[Rumored PlayStation Store Release List Shows Home, Ratchet: Quest For Booty Due In July]

European PlayStation Forum PlayStation Network Integration Postponed till April

The big PlayStation Network integration that was supposed to occur today has been postponed until April. They write "Although the technical aspect of PSN Authentication is working fine, a little more TLC is needed in terms of the look and feel, and we just need some additional time to get everything ship-shape and ready for your arrival."

April is the month of the big PlayStation Network overhaul. Signs anyone?

[Important Announcement – PSN Authentication work postponed]

E3 2008: Sony Has Something Really Big Planned?

Acording to sources (of PS3Center), Sony Computer Entertainment has something really big for the PlayStation 3 to be revealed at E3 2008.

Their sources say this huge announcement could give the PlayStation 3 a boost heading into the holidays against the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

What can the announcement be? Possibly God of War 3? Possibly a horde of new games? I guess we won't know till E3 2008. Count down the days.

[Sony Has Something Big Ready For The PS3 At E3]

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: New Screenshots

Electronic Arts released five new screenshots today of the EA Los Angeles developed upcoming Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3. Enjoy!

BAJA Announced for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

THQ has announced today the development of their upcoming off-road racing title, BAJA. The game is scheduled for an August 2008 release.

Developed by 2XL Games (formed by the founding members of the MX vs. ATV franchise), BAJA will combine real-world racing with arcade fun with players able to race across more than 100 square miles of tough off-road terrain.

"As the long-standing off-road racing leader, THQ is thrilled to bring something completely new to the off-road racing genre," said Richard Browne, vice president of product development, THQ. "With the level of detail in each vehicle, the vast open vistas and the most realistic off-road physics to date, BAJA will provide an unparalleled racing experience."

More than 40 vehicles across eight classes will be available to race, including Trophy Trucks, 4x4s and buggies, all of which will be upgradeable with hundreds of authentic parts.

Race modes will include the near-vertical Hill Climb, head-to-head Open Class races, circuit races and the Baja, the ultimate endurance challenge. So vast is the game's landscape that races can last up to four hours and require the highest level of concentration and player skill to complete.

Multiplayer modes will also be catered for, with four-player split-screen and 12-player online/LAN supported. Those with the kit to make it happen will also be able to enjoy a multiple-screen panoramic view.

BAJA is scheduled for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in August.

[BAJA off-road racing heads to Xbox 360 and PS3]

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for PSN to Weigh in at 1.9GB

Sony's upcoming downloadable Gran Tursimo 5 Prologue is going to weigh in at a hefty 1870mb when it releases on the PlayStation Network. The game is set to release on the PlayStation Network next Thursday, March 27, 2008 (at least for Europe).

[GT5 Prologue PSN download is 1.9GB]

Rumor: New Final Fantasy XIII & Versus XIII at PS Premier

This year's PlayStation Premier Event is said to feature new trailer for Square Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Here is what we know.

· There will be a 3-4 minute video showing a three men party fighting at a plain region.
· The battle scene camera will make you get motion sickness according to the original poster.
· The final design of Final Fantasy Versus XIII's antagonist will finally be revealed, apparently he has a long gold or white hair.
Whether this is going to be shown to the public at first or in private viewing, we do not know. But knowing Square Enix, a private showing is probably the case.

[Rumor: New FFXIII and Versus XIII footage at PS Premiere] Live 2008: Far Cry 2 Presentation

At the Live 2008 event at the Wembely Stadium, Ubisoft's Peter Redding showed off a presentation of Far Cry 2. He tells us that the game will be amazing on [high-end] PCs and fantastic on consoles. Enjoy!