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The Xbox 360 DVD version of Sqare Enix’s re-engineered Final Fantasy XIII-2 will fit on a single disc, a physical media saving of two-thirds compared to the original Final Fantasy XIII, which shipped on three. Game director Motomu Toriyama told Famitsu that use of more real time cut-scenes and less reliance on the prerendered ones that FFXIII was so fond of has helped reduce the amount of ...read more
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Microsoft must be confident in early Gears of War 3 sales numbers, because the company has announced a new initiative to have "live" TV ads market the game. What this means is that during commercials, Microsoft will display the current number of players online in what we can only assume is an attempt to entice people who only want to play games that a lot of other people are playing. The ad ...read more
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You like live music, right? Of course you do; who in their right mind could possibly hate live music? Well, you can gorge yourself on this weekend's iHeartRadio music festival, which will be streaming in HD on Xbox 360 through a partnership with Clear Channel Radio. Held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, iHeartRadio will feature dozens of what the kids call "fresh acts," including Carrie ...read more
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Online retailer Play.com has been taken over by Rakuten, the largest online retailer in Japan, in a deal worth £25 million. Rakuten chairman and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said: "The UK market is one of Europe's largest and most mature e-commerce markets. Play.com is not only a pioneer in the market, but also one of the UK's most successful e-commerce businesses. "We aim to leverage our strength ...read more
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Blizzard Entertainment confirms beta under way for action role-playing game sequel; more invitations to be rolled out over course of beta. In keeping with Blizzard Entertainment's traditionally noncommittal approach to release dates, Diablo III will be released when the developer decides it's done. However, the studio is making progress toward that end, as today it announced the launch of the ...read more
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Most of us don't look to Israeli news show "The Headlines" for video game news, but it looks like a recent episode might have confirmed Dead Space 3 is in production in California. Eagle-eyed IGN reader David Porges was watching the Israeli staff tour EA's Redwood Shores office and talk about the evolution of video games. During the piece, some b-roll aired and Porges (from Kfar Saba, Israel) ...read more
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Despite an expected release in the fourth quarter of 2011, it appears that the next Resident Evil might move to 2012. Speculation began after Operation Raccoon City failed to make an appearance at last week's Tokyo Game Show, fueling rumors that the game might see a delay. In a statement to IGN, Capcom said "We haven't announced a delay in the game. Since the announcement of Resident Evil ...read more
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Siliconera spied an update detailed on the Vita's Japanese website. If you download a PSP title onto your shiny new Vita, you'll still be able to connect and compete with PSP users playing the same title. The downside: this will not be the case with every title. While Eurogamer states that it will work with "the majority" of games, a list of compatible titles has yet to be released. What games ...read more
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If you tried to sign into the PlayStation Network today, you were likely met with login issues. The PlayStation Network is currently inaccessible to most (if not all) gamers, though according to the @PlayStation Twitter account, the company is aware of the problem and is working to fix whatever's wrong. We'll keep you updated on the situation, whether with further maintenance updates or when the ...read more
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In what could be seen as a desperation move, Blockbuster today announced all in-store purchases of Gears of War 3 will include a pass for free unlimited in-store rentals of games and movies for a month. Gears of War 3 is available today and the promotion will run until Oct. 7, 2011. “We want to get back on gamers’ radars with a promo that packs a punch,” said Randall Baker, ...read more
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