IGN kommentiert Gerüchte
In der Rubrik PS2 Confidential: Case File #1 hat PS2IGN Gerüchte der letzten Zeit aufgeschnappt und kommentiert. Keine der folgenden Meldungen wurde offiziell bestätigt:
- Geheimtitel von Koei
Koei hat ein neues Entwicklungsstudio in Kanada eröffnet, um action-orientierte Spiele speziell für Nordamerika herzustellen. Der erste Titel ist bereits in Arbeit, Details liegen aber noch nicht vor.
- Devil May Cry 3 und andere Capcom-Spiele erst 2005
- Devil May Cry 3, Viewtiful Joe 2 und Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 sollen sich angeblich auf 2005 verschieben. Nach Rückfrage bei Capcom heißt es offiziell dazu nur, dass alle Spiele für Winter in den USA angekündigt sind. Ob damit November/Dezember oder Januar/Februar gemeint ist, ist unklar.
- Rygar 2 kommt für PS2
In einem Inteview der letzten Game Informer äußerte sich Tomonobu Itagaki von Team Ninja, dass er wohl bald ein neues Rygar-Spiel ankündigen wird. Allerdings soll Rygar 2 nicht auf der Xbox, sondern auf der PlayStation2 erscheinen. In den USA ist die Auslieferng für 2005 geplant.
- Deception 4 ist in Arbeit
Das Strategiespiel Deception 4 soll sich angeblich bei Tecmo in Arbeit befinden und 2005 für PlayStation2 erscheinen - in Deception entschärft und legt man Fallen in Kerkern.
Natoll, haben sie von Gamespot die Idee gezogen
Naja werd ich die von Gamespot auch mal hinschreiben...
This week: Yet more Xbox Next specs and the PSP's newfound MP3 incompatibility.
RUMOR #1: The first PlayStation 3 game has been announced.
Source: Recurring RC guest star SPOnG.
The official story: Attempts to contact the developer of the game were not successful as of press time; Sony had no comment.
What we heard: In an interview with SPOnG, Mark Cale, head of British developer Studio 3 (which apparently hasn't updated their Web site since the Clinton era), was commenting on his company's long-delayed game, The Last Ninja. Originally, the Last Ninja was scheduled to be published in 2003 by Simon & Schuster's now-defunct game arm for the Xbox. Now, according to Cale, the game won't appear until the next generation of consoles. Boasting of its graphical quality--"Ninja Gaiden simply doesn't compare," in his words--Cale said "the game is simply too advanced technically for a release on current systems." So which next-gen console will we see this dazzling title on? "We are going to release it on PlayStation 3," announced Cale. That mention sparked murmurs that the game was already approved by Sony, who hasn't even officially announced the PlayStation 3's name yet. Still, such facts did not dent Cale's confidence. "We want the game to be shown off in all its glory," he chimed, "and current systems simply couldn't handle it."
Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus. We'll believe this "glory" when we see it.
RUMOR #2: The Xbox Next specs have been leaked--again.
Source: Indeterminate, although the rumor was picked up by well over a dozen high-profile game sites.
The official story: "Since we havent made any public announcements about future Xbox products and services, were not going to comment." (emphasis in the original)--Microsoft spokesperson.
What we heard: Just under two months after a diagram of the Xbox Next--coded named "Xenon"--was allegedly leaked, a more detailed dossier supposedly outlining the console has surfaced. Like the first diagram, the paper sported the name of a real-life Microsoft engineer, Peter Isensee. It says the "Xenon" will feature a three-core, 3.5GHz IBM PowerPC CPU and an ATI GPU clocked at over 500MHz with 256 MB of RAM. It will also sport a 12x DVD-ROM drive, designed for use with both standard and high-definition televisions, and will feature advanced built-in anti-piracy and anti-hacking security technology. Some accounts also had the paper containing a redesigned controller with two extra trigger buttons, much like Sony's DualShock. However, none of the sites that mentioned the story had a reproduction of the original document, unlike the widely circulated scans of the earlier diagram. So is it legit? Gamesindustry.biz quoted several developers who looked at the specs as saying they looked like the real thing. "There's certainly nothing in there which doesn't fit with what they've been telling us," said one. "If this is a hoax, which I doubt, it's a hoax so close to the truth that it hardly makes any odds."
Bogus or not bogus?: Semi-bogus, for the reason above.
RUMOR #3: The PSP will no longer have the MP3 playback functionality Sony previously announced.
Source: The latest issue of British Edge magazine, by way of PSPinsider.
The official story: Inquires to Sony were passed between different reps, with no results.
What we heard: Someone who got a hold of an early copy of Edge relayed its contents to PSPInsider's editors, who passed them along to GameSpot. The main draw was an interview with Phil Harrison, SCEE's famously garrulous executive vice president of development, in which he discusses the PSP. Some of his comments were not so shocking: Games and movies on the UMD format the PSP uses will be in line with current PS2 and DVD prices, and the device's external battery pack will be 8mm thick and will be worn on the wrist. However, Harrison did drop one bombshell, mentioning that the PSP will NOT play the über-popular MP3 music format. Such move would deal a major blow to Sony's marketing of the PSP as an all-in-one portable media device to gadgeteers already lugging around a cell phone, PDA, iPod, and (presumably) a wallet. But is it true? Given SCEA's silence and the fact this month's PSP-themed Edge hasn't hit UK newsstands yet, it's impossible to confirm for now.
Bogus or not bogus?: Hopefully bogus.
RUMOR #4: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will not have online play.
Source: British industry Web site Gamesindustry.biz.
The official story: "We are not commenting further on the Houser interview."--Rockstar spokesperson.
What we heard: As avid readers of the American and European games press, Gamesindustry.biz picked up on an interview that Rockstar's creative director Dan Houser gave to the Dutch game magazine Power Unlimited. In the interview, Houser confirmed what many had suspected: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will not have an online component. While American Rockstar representatives would neither confirm nor deny the report, such a revelation is unsurprising, given that Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City didn't have online components. That means that for the foreseeable future, the only place would-be Tommy Vercettis and Carl Johnsons can run each other over is via the PC Mod Multi Theft Auto.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not Bogus.
By Tor Thorsen -- GameSpot
POSTED: 06/25/04 07:08 PM PST
IGN hat ja irgendwie nicht viel kommentiert, oder Gamefront hat nicht mitübersetzt
Itagaki entwickelt nicht Rygar und er entwickelt erst recht nicht für PS2, Rygar wird wie Deception und Monster Rancher auch nicht von Team Ninja und damit Itagaki entwickelt.
Entweder IGN ist bescheuert oder sie haben ihn missverstanden, Itagaki hat z. Z. 5 X-Box oder X-Box Next Projekte in Planung ( DoA: Ultimate, DoA: Code Chronus, DoA 4, Ninja Gaiden 1.1, Ninja Gaiden 2 ), Rygar wäre da rein zeitlich gesehen nicht drin.