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Rumor: Microsoft's Surprise Reveal for Comic-Con a Rare Project?

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270w ago - Gavin Price, Principal Designer at Rare Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios, is [Register or Login to view links] an "as yet unannounced project" from January 2009 until present.

Perhaps this will debut at Comic-Con International this year, which is set to run from July 23-26, 2009. To quote:

Rare Ltd. / Microsoft Game Studios
(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
January 2009 – Present (7 months)

Following a reshuffle at Rare, I've taken on further responsibility in a new principal designer role on a very exciting new project.

Price also worked on Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. So it's unlikely it's a brand new title in that franchise.

Could we finally see the re-emergence of Perfect Dark? Or even Killer Instinct? Maybe even Kameo? How about Jet Force Gemini? Meanwhile, we pray Grabbed by the Ghoulies 2 most definitely doesn't happen.
 

Rumor: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to Arrive on September 30?

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271w ago - French Web site PS3Gen shared an alleged 'leaked' copy of Sony's PS3 games calendar for this year.

Among the biggest revelations unveiled in this calendar would be the supposed release date of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves which shows a release date of September 30, 2009.

To quote: Up to now, Naughty Dog would go no farther than to give us the release window of their highly anticipated sequel, keeping it pinned at an "Autumn release."

They have also so far debunked rumors of an October launch for the game, which this calendar, as you will see, does corroborate.

That's because Uncharted 2 is listed as being released on 30/9/2009 = September 30, 2009. Definitely, that's not October. It's Autumn, yeah, but not October.

Included in the alleged leaked info would be a still undated Gran Turismo 5, as well as two Singstar titles for Michael Jackson, one being with the special microphone.

Take this news with a fair grain of salt in the meantime, until we hear anything more substantial - and better yet, official - word from Sony or Naughty Dog themselves.
 

Rumor: God of War Movie Script Leaked?!

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271w ago - CinCity2000 (linked above) reports that they've come across the advance script of the God of War movie, which was written by David Self.

The the movie seems to be based on the events on the first God of War. The script (or parts of it) were not published, but the claim is big enough to spark this juicy rumor anew.

Spoiler Warning: We all know what happened in God of War one, and despite the close adherence of the movie to the in-game storyline, the ending will be different: Instead of accepting the offer to replace Ares as the God of War, Kratos refuses, continues his cliff dive, whispering "Your turn, Hades..." as he falls.

Now we turn to who's playing Kratos. For me, no one will ever make a better Kratos than Vin Diesel, and perhaps Goldberg would come a distant second.

Lead game designer David Jaffe, however, wants Djimon Honsou to take the role. Djimon's a great actor and everything, but he doesn't quite give out a fierce Kratos aura like Vin Diesel can.

Just a reminder - this is a rumor, so let's not get carried away... just yet. It's not clear whether the script was part of the Brett Ratner-directed movie that got shelved, or if this one is a new project under a new director.
 

Rumor: Leaked Photos Tease Tomb Raider Reboot Multiplatform

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271w ago - An underground agent, reportedly working in conjunction with Four Player Co-Op, snagged some alleged [Register or Login to view links] of concept art and details for a new Tomb Raider game.

To quote: According to the text accompanying the art, Lara's new adventure will be open-world, will feature a reworked combat system and - most importantly - will serve as an origin story for the young heiress.

Anonymity breeds contempt in the gaming news world - however, this report is supported by four pieces of news that have dropped in the past two months:

1. Eidos' president said the next Tomb Raider game will "reinvigorate the franchise."
2. Crystal Dynamics is hiring folks to work on an installment in a "AAA franchise."
3. Toby Gard, the series' creator, is leading a design group for an "unannounced project."
4. Eidos is terrible at keeping its secret games under wraps.
 

Rumor: Sony's PSP2 to Feature a Quad Core Graphics Chip?

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272w ago - Today [Register or Login to view links] is reporting that PowerVR technology from Imagination Technologies will form the basis of the still-in-development PSP2.

The site claims to have insider sources that reckon that a quad core iteration of the low-power SGX543MP chip, codenamed "Hydra", will be present in the next generation handheld, not to be confused with the forthcoming PSPgo.

To quote: The chip itself appears to be very close indeed to the enhanced GPU experts say resides within the iPhone 3GS, providing a generational leap in performance over older PowerVR MBX processors found in the previous models.

The same technology is also found in select netbooks such as the Dell Mini 12, as part of the new low power Poulsbo chipset. The single core version of the chip has been demonstrated at CES running Quake 3 Arena at 30FPS.

The obvious difference of course is that the SGX543MP is a multicore processor, available with anything up to 16 cores on tap. According to the original report, PSP2 opts for a quad configuration offering notional specs of 133 million polygons per second, and 4Gpixels/sec fillrate, assuming that Hydra operates at the chip's low-end of 200MHz (higher speed variants are also available, presumably...
 
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