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Wal-Mart confirms $100 PS3 gift card YES, even MGS4 bundle

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342w ago - We have confirmed with Wal-Mart Corporate Communications that the company is currently offering a $100 gift card this week with the purchase of any Blu-ray player.

This applies to all PS3s, including the Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 bundle available tomorrow. This re-confirms the information and documentation one of our reliable sources gave us two weeks ago.

After we made sure to ask about the MGS4 bundle this morning, Melissa O'Brien, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, told us, "Any Blu-ray player. Blu-ray. All of them."

She said that the deal is quite explicit in the Wal-Mart flyer for this week (an image of which we've placed after the break), and the deal is both online and in stores. We hope this clears up any confusion on the matter.
 

Retailer GAME confirms BioShock PS3 Home Integration

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342w ago - Leading UK retailer GAME has updated their online box shot for BioShock on the PS3 today, and have included a HOME logo on the front of the cover.

Assuming this coverart makes it to retail, this indicates upcoming PS3 Home integration with the title, likely including trophies among other online aspects.

Below is a closer look at the updated box cover art... as always, click to enlarge.

Bioshock for PS3 is slated for an October 1, 2008 release date, with a pre-order price of £39.99 for those interested.
 

Lanning confirms new Oddworld Title

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344w ago - Lorne Lanning, president of Oddworld Inhabitants, has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that the studio is working on new game based on the highly-regarded Oddworld franchise.

Reports of a new title emerged last week, following a speech given by Maxis co-founder Jeff Braun at Wilfrid Laurier University, where the industry vet revealed that he was working with Lanning's studio.

"I can confirm that we're working with Jeff on Oddworld stuff, but that's all I can say at this time," offered Lanning.

Braun stated that the new title would use development tools able to create content on a par with movie animation, with assets suited for both film and games.

"The rendering tools are getting so good now for 3D animation that you can literally create a linear animation and create a video game using the exact same objects," he said.

Oddworld is currently working on Citizen Siege, a title that has been conceived as a game and CG movie from its early stages.
 

PS3 Mirror's Edge won't be in 1080p, DICE confirms

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346w ago - Dice Studio has said that Mirror's Edge will not be in 1080p but both the 360/PS3 versions will be in 720p.

Dice say however that we can expect "crisp, clear texture resolutions".

To quote: Decker said: "It's more about in certain situations you're going to see very crisp, clear texture resolutions there and, again, this is more for the tech-file, somebody like me who's sitting up there and looking at every single little detail and saying, OK what's the difference between this one and this one, putting them side by side."
 

SCEE Confirms Grand Theft Auto IV PS3 Bundle

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349w ago - Alright, so we already pretty much knew that Grand Theft Auto IV PS3 bundle was coming thanks to various retailers, but Sony Computer Entertainment Europe finally made it official today. Scheduled to hit on April 29 for 439 Euro, the bundle will include a copy of GTA IV, a 40 GB PS3, and a SIXAXIS (no DualShock 3 - sorry Europe).

SCEA has no plans at the moment to release a similar bundle package in North America.

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) Confirms Official Grand Theft Auto® IV bundle

Grand Theft Auto® IV to be bundled with 40GB PLAYSTATION®3

April 23rd 2008: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today confirmed the release of an official Grand Theft Auto IV bundle exclusively for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™).The bundle, available on April 29, 2008, will consist of a PLAYSTATION®3 40GB model, a SIXAXIS™ wireless controller and a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest title in the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto franchise, all for just €439 (RRP).

"We are delighted to offer the millions of PS3 and GTA fans the ultimate gaming package," said David Reeves, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV) is the eleventh, upcoming installment of the best-selling Grand Theft Auto video game...
 
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