320w ago - IGN recently revealed that players the PS3 version of Blacksite will not have all the online features of the 360 version. On the 360 players will be able to play ranked and unranked matches, and have voice support features. However an insider claims that problems run much deeper than this.
He said "The PS3 version is experiencing issues and missed deadlines," and that it is likely the demo and full game will be delayed. "Midway isn't happy at all about the progress, and it's a story I've heard over and over this year across the industry when it comes to the PS3 and cross-platform titles," the insider states.
To quote: The Unreal Engine powers Blacksite, which presents the possibility that the engine itself is leading to development problems. Midway's other big PS3 releases of Stranglehold and Unreal Tournament 3 have also seen long delays.
Sadly, the problems with Blacksite: Area 51 only further the growing list of problematic multiplatform releases on the PS3, and could reinforce the qualms about working with the Unreal Engine among multiplatform developers.
325w ago - In an interview in UK videogame trade paper MCV, a Midway representative has made the interesting claim that BlackSite (its forthcoming sci-fi FPS) will actually benefit from going up against Halo 3.
"BlackSite will absolutely benefit from the popularity of Halo, and stands a fair chance of hitting number one," Aidan Minter, European brand manager for the company told MCV.
And while we're not going to say he's wrong per se, it does seem like a fairly bold claim, don't you think? With a TV ad campaign that cost $10 million alone, and one million pre-orders already for Halo 3 we can't imagine any other 360 FPS released this year will get much of a look in - let alone one released just a month after it, regardless of how good it might turn out to be.
And then there's the small business of Haze, UT3 (also from Midway), Call of Duty 4, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Orange Box, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Turok, name but a few. Do all these other shooters coming out the same three month period benefit BlackSite too?