Wedbush Securities analyst Micheal Patcher believes that Microsoft and Sony are “likely” to announce price cuts for their consoles at E3 this year.
“We expect hardware sales to rebound once price cuts are implemented, but expect a recurrence of the dip next holiday, partially buffered by some modest contribution from the introduction of the PS Vita in February and the Wii U later this year. Recent slowing of Xbox 360 hardware sales could cause Microsoft to consider a price cut by E3,” he said to GamesIndustry International.
“PS3 hardware sales should continue to lag those of the Xbox 360, and we expect sales to trend downward by 10 – 20% monthly, until Sony cuts prices once again, likely at E3.”
While Nintendo will most surely showcase the WiiU at the gaming event, Microsoft’s unveiling of its nex-gen Xbox is not expected, Patcher said, at least not until the Xbox 360 core model reaches a price point below $200.
Many argue that Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 is not a “true” Max Payne sequel – where is the noire style art, they ask? Where is the brooding, dark atmosphere? Why the hell is Payne bald and fat? These are some of questions that can only be answered when the game releases on May 18, but among the doubters, at least one man believes the game will be awesome. And that man just happens to be former Max Payne developer Remedy Entertainment boss Matias Myllyrinne.
Speaking to GamesIndustry International, Myllyrinne says, “It’s f***ing brilliant. I’ve had a chance to play it and we’ve worked with Rockstar a little bit – obviously, they’re doing the heavy lifting. They’re doing the development. But they wanted our input on a couple of occasions and we’ve had loads of our people, our core group, who worked on the first two games, give input and it’s awesome.”
“Those guys, they just don’t put out bad games. And so, in that respect, it’s very – it’s almost like the best position to be in. It’s like somebody’s making a great game and you just get to give them input, and it’s already brilliant so I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “I can’t obviously – I don’t want to give any spoilers and can’t give out any spoilers, but it’s a testament to their attention to detail and it’s a testament to their passion and dedication. It’ll be worth the wait.”
How much of the game is a departure from previous Max Payne titles remains to be seen. But getting the thumbs up from Remedy themselves at least ensures that the game, regardless of being a ‘Max Payne’, will be good.
Max Payne 3 will be out on May 18 for PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version will release on May 28.
“Marcus! Chainsaw”, you could have shouted, at your Xbox, at Kinect, in a game called Gears of War: Exile, a voice and motion controlled on the rails shooter, to make blood and gore splatter magically on screen. But alas, Epic Games has confirmed that the game is no longer in development and probably won’t see the light of the day. Ever.
“Let’s just bury the hatchet now. Gears of War: Exile was an unannounced game that I can’t give any details about that has since been cancelled,” lead designer Cliff Bleszinski said during PAX East.
Well, there you have it. No Gears of War for Kinect. Yet.
Alex O’Dwyer, a character animator at Rockstar Games, has supposedly slipped the release date for Grand Theft Auto V.
According to his CV, which has since been removed, the anticipated open-world title was listed for an October 2012 release. O’Dwyer’s LinkedIN profile reflected the same as well, however he seems to have removed the part.
Very little is known about GTA V, except for a short trailer. Unless Rockstar suddenly ramps up the production and starts prompting the game, an October release date seems highly unlikely.
While we are still mulling over what would be the perfect price point for Nintendo to launch its new home console, we now know how much the internals of the console cost.
According to sources at Forget the Box, the WiiU will cost $180 to make, inclusive of the tablet-like controller. However, since Nintendo calculates labor, marketing and various other costs into the price, sources say the system will be sold at no less than $300.
“Cutting production costs to maximize profits is Nintendo’s main concern with the Wii U. They are cutting costs in the Wii U’s hardware to build back confidence in investors. Nintendo wants investors to view Wii U as a less risky proposition,” the source said.
Forget the Box details cost of each component in their article. The touch screen, the source say, has an estimated cost of $14, while the camera, which is touted to be better than the one found on the 3DS and the DSi, cost $6.
Nintendo is expected to showcase WiiU at this year’s E3. Hopefully, the publisher will lock the release date and the price then.
Epic Games heads Cliff Bleszinski and Mike Capps announced they are working on a PC-exclusive title during a PAX East Panel.
Capps told JoyStiq that the unannounced PC project is currently in development and that there are no plans to release the game to other platforms.
“We might be working on a PC-only title,” Capps teased during the panel, before Bleszinki pitched in to confirm it, “Let me say that again: we are working on a PC game.”
Any guesses to what this new title could be? It cannot be a new IP – Epic wouldn’t risk it by making it PC-exclusive. Our best guess is Unreal Tournament 4, that’s something that they would consider catering to the PC market.
Original maps will be transpired to your Uncharted 3 multiplayer expedition. After two retro packs, fans can finally look forward to freshening things up with four new maps made specifically for the blockbuster’s third entry.
Uncharted 3’s add-on map pack will be released next week on April 10, featuring the following maps: Graveyard, Old Quarter, London Streets and Oasis. As a standalone purchase, downloading the maps will come at the cost of $9.99, whilst if you already signed up to the Fortune Hunters’ Club, then yes, you claim the new maps without having to pay a dime. Of course, the membership isn’t free, as $24.99 is what will set you up to Uncharted 3’s season pass.
That won’t be quite the end; support for the game’s content will ensue with Naughty Dog promising more DLC to come. So better keep refreshing your browsers for further updates as details on new Uncharted 3 add-ons will be entitled in a new PlayStation Blog post. Meanwhile, look, there’s a trailer for the new map pack.