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Doak Left Free Radical Earlier this Month, Company Now Closed

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293w ago - Multiple sources have confirmed to VG247 that Free Radical is, indeed, closed.

Edge has posted up a lengthy account of recent events at the firm from what looks to be a good source. Apparently founder Dave Doak left earlier this month, and is now in the process of setting up a new developer with co-founder Steve Ellis called Pumpkin Beach.

Free Radical was working on Battlefront III for LucasArts until recently, but the project was pulled, supposedly relocating at Rebellion.

Haze is cited by the Edge source as being the final nail in the coffin, along with the failure to seal the deal with Lucas.

"They had already started working on TimeSplitters 4, and had been for over a year, but due to the failure of Haze and the deal falling through with Lucas, they couldn't get a publisher to back them," said the source.

"They had a last ditch attempt last week down South somewhere, but it came to nothing so I think that was the last hope."

The gossiper continued: "People have been leaving in droves due to lack of security, poor treatment of staff, better offers and guaranteed work from other local developers such as Monumental Games and one in Derby whose name escapes...
 

EA release their NHL 09 demo on PSN, hits XBox Live next month

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310w ago - PlayStation 3 owners get a bit of a treat today. Along with the release of NHL 2k9's demo, EA Sports has just announced that it's NHL 09 demo is live on the PlayStation Network with the 360 version to follow shortly next month.

Enjoy, as the hockey pre-season/season is close to getting under way!

PRESS RELEASE: NHL 09 DEMO AVAILABLE NOW ON PLAYSTATION NETWORK - COMING TO XBOX LIVE EARLY SEPTEMBER

Lace Up Your Skates and Be A Pro!

August 21, 2008 - Need your hockey fix? Experience the critically acclaimed EA SPORTS™ NHL franchise in a whole new way with the NHL 09™ demo that is now available on the PLAYSTATION® Network™- Xbox LIVE™ demo to follow in early September. Re-live the excitement of last season's Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings by stepping into the skates of a top NHL star in the new Be A Pro mode. With a dynamic new camera that puts the focus on your player, Be A Pro is a whole new way to play the greatest game on ice.

The new Be A Pro career mode will put you in the skates of an up and coming superstar. Start in the AHL and work your way up to the NHL, with the ultimate goal of becoming an NHL legend. The new Performance Tracker will rate your play in over 60 categories so you will know exactly what...
 

Confirmed: Sony's PlayTV out next month, priced at 69.99 GBP

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311w ago - It's now confirmed that Sony's PlayTV, the cool digital TV receiver and recorder (using the PS3's hard drive) is due out next month in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, and will be priced at the bargain price of £69.99.

The hardware has two tuners, so you can watch one station and record another, and you can even watch movies and play games whilst recording TV, so the missus has no room for complaint.

With remote streaming of content to your PSP and freely movable recordings, this is something to look out for when it lands in September.

Finally, Eurogamer has confirmed the date: the 19th of September.
 

Japan Gets Cinnabar Red PS2 Next Month

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321w ago - In proof that the last-gen PlayStation 2 is still alive and kicking, Sony today announced that it will release an all-new limited edition Cinnabar Red colored PS2 model on July 3 in Japan.

Priced at 16,000 yen, the package will include one slim PS2 unit coupled with an integrated power supply and DualShock 2 controller.

Press Release: Tokyo, June 3, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, announced today that it would introduce PlayStation®2 in a new color "Cinnabar Red" (SCPH-90000 CR), on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at a recommended retail price of 16,000 yen (including tax) as a limited offer for the Japanese market.

Since its launch in November 2007, the new PlayStation 2 (SCPH-90000 series) system has been highly successful gaining enthusiastic support from a broad range of users. The internal architecture of the system has been completely overhauled for this series resulting in lighter weight, and by adopting a built-in AC adapter, users' convenience to enjoy various entertainment contents anywhere at home has been further enhanced.

More and more exciting new software titles continue to be released for PlayStation 2 from third party licensees as well as from Sony...
 

Sony: Flood of SOCOM information next month in EGM

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334w ago - Over at the Official Playstation Blog, the team has confirmed that the May issue of EGM will have a flood of information regarding SOCOM's next outing for the PS3.

They also confirm a brand new map which has a 16 player core area as well as an expanded footprint for 32 player matches.

To quote: In anticipation of the Confrontation cover story in the May issue of EGM, 1UP has posted two new screenshots.

The initial reaction has been positive, and the dev team is really excited that the world can finally see some of their hard work. This has also been a huge relief to SealTeam-6, who has the unenviable job of telling SOCOM's huge, hungry fan base every week that:

a) yes we are still working on the game, and b) no, there is no new information we can share at this time No more! The flood of information is coming in the May issue of EGM. As to the hundreds of private messages and emails that we get every week, we read and appreciate all of them. Whether it's a quick note to inquire

"What the [heck] is taking you [fine fellows] sooooo long??"

or an encouraging

"Please don't [mess] up the new SOCOM!!"

we feel the love. The overwhelming message is that you want Confrontation to be great, and you want it soon. So to...
 
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