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PSW Magazine July '09 Issue Reveals Legitimate PS Cloud Details

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265w ago - Despite Sony stating that the recent PS Cloud rumor was pure conjecture, today Glyn_Dwr has shared a little substantial evidence that PS Cloud does exist.

Below is a scan from PSW Magazine's July '09 issue, to quote:

A small paragraph of information on PS 'Cloud' in July 09 issue of PSW page 73! Sorry about the lousy quality, the article reads:

You've always been able to create and share levels in PSN puzzler Echochrome, but an update will let you do this via 'Cloud'.

This system removes the need for Sony to check levels before being uploaded - an early problem for LittleBigPlanet. The new update will also allow for Playstation Eye support.

You will be able to film yourself solving the game's complex puzzles and then upload your performance to YouTube. Trash Panic also enables you to upload footage.

Does this mean we can expect to see user-created content via Playstation Cloud in future games?
 

Square Enix Reveals New Final Fantasy XIII Details

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267w ago - Square Enix has shed some more light on its highly anticipated PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 RPG Final Fantasy XIII.

Compared to the demo, the final product will have a more realistic feel to it and the transition from CG sequences to real-time scenes will be smoother. AI will be improved and party members will be capable of delivering a varied portfolio of combination attacks.

To quote: The development team isn't ready to explain exactly what kind of relationship exists between Lighting and Snow, yet Snow apparently refers to the heroine as "older sister." Lightning's crystal is shaped like a rose, whereas Snow's looks like a heart.

Following Ifrit, Shiva, Carbuncle and Bahamut, Odin is the fifth summon officially confirmed to appear in the game (as seen at Microsoft's E3 press conference). Like Shiva, Odin will be able to transform into a vehicle during battle.

Talking about Shiva, the two sisters which make up this icy summon can be transformed into a bike. Players can ride this bike by using the analog stick to freely move around on the battlefield and attack their opponents by pressing a button.

In this mode, the game will feel similar to an action game. Apparently,...
 

Famitsu Reveals Images of Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star for PSP

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267w ago - The latest Famitsu has revealed some new images of Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star for Sony's PlayStation Portable console.

This latest version, Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star, will feature not only updated visuals, but an all-new user interface, along with new art and new music.

At the moment it's obviously only been confirmed for a Japanese release, but since most other Lunar games have been released in the West sooner or later, fans of the series can have some hope of seeing the title.

To quote, roughly translated: The most recent edition of the magazine Famitsu has some pictures from Lunar: Harmony of the Silver Star, for PSP remake of the game originally released for Sega CD in the 90s.

Check out the pictures below, with the rest linked above.
 

Kojima Countdown Timer Site Now Reveals a Mask

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269w ago - Update: The cover of the upcoming Famitsu PSP/PS3 issue which promises to have huge blowout on the upcoming Metal Gear Solid game is below... no translation is available yet though.

As was previously mentioned in the recent issue of Famitsu, the countdown teaser Web site for Kojima Production's next project has changed once again.

Now, you will not only see a lot of new characters flash by but also the image of Raiden (assuming that's Raiden) as well as a strange mask which the Kojima Production's logo morphs into.

Not only that, but by clicking on the logo at the teaser site, you will be brought to YET ANOTHER [Register or Login to view links] for something called 'Mask'. What does this mean, two announcements for E3? Perhaps MGS5 and Mask?

Additionally, as noted by [Register or Login to view links]...
 

GameStop Exec Reveals Video Game Release Margins

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270w ago - Answering an earnings call, GameStop exec David W. Carlson reveals the release of four major titles by October and November.

Noting that GameStop is a US retailer, the only conclusion we can make out of the info is that the release margins are for the US, and we can only speculate on how it's gonna be for other regions.

Here's what he said, responding to a query on new titles:

Yes, the new title base actually looks very very strong for the second half starting in the fall obviously with Madden, Rock Band Beatles, you've got Guitar Hero 5, the new Halo 3, and Batman as I said earlier, and then going into October with Tekken 6 and BioShock 2, and then going into November with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed 2, and we believe there's a couple of Nintendo titles coming that have not been announced. So, it looks like actually a very very strong fall and holiday season.

So based on what Carlson has said, it's October for Tekken 6 and BioShock 2. For November, it'll be Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed 2 plus a few unannounced Nintendo titles. We already know Modern Warfare 2 is due out on November 10th, while BioShock 2 has a vague Q4 '09.

Given that those four titles are multi-platformers, it's not clear if all versions would come out all...
 
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