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Analyst: Two New GTA IV DLC Episodes Due Next Year

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264w ago - Take-Two and Rockstar are expected to release two brand new downloadable episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV in fiscal 2010, and release GTA V the following financial year.

According to analyst Todd Mitchell, who told GamesIndustry.biz (linked above) that following the release of Xbox 360 exclusives The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, two all-new episodes are due - possibly across both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

To quote: "I would expect that there would be two more pieces of downloadable content for GTA IV, that's what has been indicated to me, although formats are unsure. It's been indicated to me to me that would be the case," said Mitchell, of Kaufman Bros. Equity Research.

Mitchell also stated that he's expecting Grand Theft Auto V to be released in the 2011 financial year, and there's also the possibility of a new GTA title for the PlayStation 2 next year.

"Coming out of E3 there was no commitment to a new Grand Theft Auto, and I think that's because of Rockstar's track record with delivering on time," said Mitchell.

"Of the three, I'm least confident in saying for sure there will be a new GTA for PlayStation 2, but the track record shows that PSP titles have been repositioned [on PS2]," he said, referring to the recent announcement...
 

Next Hitman Game Due in Late 2010, Movie Sequel Will Tie In

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264w ago - The sequel to 2006's Hitman: Blood Money will reportedly be arriving sometime in late 2010 according to [Register or Login to view links].

A second movie in the franchise would also act as a tie-in for the video game stating, "[Hitman 2: The Movie] contain story elements from Hitman 5", due to release "in late 2010".

To quote: Twentieth Century Fox has "Hitman 2" in its crosshairs.

Studio has hired screenwriter Kyle Ward to write a script for the movie that catches title character, Agent 47, at a low point. He must build himself back up psychologically and physically to reclaim his mantle as the world's most feared assassin.

The film will contain story elements from "Hitman 5," the upcoming Eidos vidgame that will be released in late 2010.

Adrian Askarieh is producing with Chuck Gordon, with Daniel Alter executive producer.

The original "Hitman" starred Timothy Olyphant and grossed $100 million on a $30 million budget.
 

Prison Inmates' PlayStations Now Banned Due to Escape Fears

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266w ago - Just over a month ago it was rumored that crime lords were running empires from jail via PlayStation consoles.

Today it appears some prison officials are taking no chances, and are banning inmates' PlayStation 3 consoles amid escape fears.

To quote: A prison has banned inmates from using PlayStation 3 games consoles because they fear they could be used in an escape attempt.

Inmates at Rye Hill prison, near Rugby, Warwickshire, were found to be using the consoles' built-in wireless connections to chat to friends outside prison.

Wardens have confiscated the consoles over fears they pose a "significant threat" to prison security. A spokesman for the Prison Service said:

"PlayStation 3 consoles are barred on the grounds that they have the capability to send and receive radio signals as an integral part of the equipment."
 

Sony: Microsoft Writes Checks for Games Due to Insecurity

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275w ago - CEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has told VG247 that Microsoft's apparent need to pay for exclusivity on certain products - such as the Lost and Damned - is borne from a self-perceived lack of strength in its first-party line-up.

To quote: "Microsoft has had a much more lenient policy to writing checks than we do," he said.

"We don't feel the need to write checks necessarily with every publisher, like they did with the Lost and Damned and some other titles, because we feel very strongly in our first-party line-up.

"I think it's safe to say that we'd put our first-party line-up against anyone's, and Microsoft and other manufacturers probably lead a little bit when they're writing checks about how they feel about their own internal line-up."

Microsoft reportedly loaned Rockstar $50 million for two episodes of GTA IV DLC, although the figure's never been confirmed.

The first episiode, The Lost and Damned, is rumoured to have sold in the region of 1 million units. Koller was speaking at GDC last month.
 

Pirate Bay Trial Ends, Verdict Due on April 17, 2009

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281w ago - Just a few days ago, prosecuters had their say, and today the Pirate Bay court trial is over with a verdict is due on April 17th.

Apparently things are looking good for the Bay as they presented that they were merely a search engine, and as such did not host any copyrighted files.

To quote: Today was the last scheduled in the Pirate Bay trial, and the four defence lawyers made their closing statements. They all presented much the same points, the main ones being that the Pirate Bay site didn't hold any copyright films or music - it merely acted as a search engine - and that no copyrighted content passed through it anyway.

The prosecution had failed to produce any uploaders or downloaders, and had not shown their actions were illegal where they happened to live.

Fredrik Neij's lawyer, Jonas Nilsson, said that the prosecution had not established that most of the links on the Pirate Bay were to copyright material, but linking to copyright material wasn't specific to Pirate Bay, it was an Internet-wide problem.
 
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