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Konami Announces New Castlevania for PS3 and XBox 360

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320w ago - At TGS 2008, developer Konami has announced that a new entry in its vampire-slaying Castlevania franchise in is development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, reports ITmedia.

Few details are known at this point. Following a brief teaser trailer depicting a well-dressed man with a glowing red sword, series producer Koji Igarashi commented that he hadn't expected the game to be announced yet.

The new title will mark the first Castlevania game designed for the PS3 and Xbox 360. While the franchise traditionally has players exploring a 2D or 3D castle, the series is soon expanding into the fighting genre with Castlevania Judgment (Wii).
 

Konami hands out two more MGS4 codes, one download

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325w ago - Here are some more Metal Gear Solid 4 codes for all of you who want "free" stuff. It's technically free because you don't have to exert any effort in getting them, but it's all content already on the disc, which means you already paid for it. Go figure.

Anyway, these items are not as great as last week's, but we're sure you'll enjoy them just the same.

- skynytktjp - Scanning Plug S.
- mgo2play - Subsistence Action iPod Music

Just like last week, there's another item for download in addition to the codes. "Metal Camo" is available which causes Life and Psyche gauges to decrease at half the normal rate.

Your Camo Index will also go down by 10 percent. You can grab all three items by accessing the "Extras" menu.
 

Konami Issues Apology to Metal Gear Online Players

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331w ago - Konami has issued a formal apology on its official Web site in response to the unplanned downtime of its Metal Gear Online servers, following the release of the Gene Expansion pack earlier last week. A statement on the site reads:

We regret to inform that the release of the Expansion Pack "METAL GEAR ONLINE EXPANSION" on 17th July 2008 was marred by major system related problems resulting in great inconveniences for all our customers.

We have been taking numerous correct measures since problems initially started, but unfortunately there are no permanent solutions we can announce at this present moment.

As reported earlier last week, Konami placed a temporary IP restriction on the MGO Shop – still in effect – in order to combat the high server load. The latest round of status updates reveals that the billing system has been given an overhaul and the purchase records of 490 customers, who were mistakenly overcharged due to server-side errors, have been corrected.

Meanwhile, the MGO Reward Shop is still closed and Konami has not provided at set date as to when it will reopen.
 

Konami Levels Lawsuit Over Rock Band

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332w ago - Gaming is big business, and just like any big business, it has its fair share of courtroom proceedings. The latest big lawsuit is Konami Corp. vs. Viacom Inc.'s Harmonix studio; the former party claims Harmonix's Rock Band game violates patents.

According to Bloomberg, Konami issued patents in 2002 and 2003 that "relate to simulated musical instruments, a music-game system and a musical-rhythm matching game." They are now arguing that Rock Band goes against Konami's acquired patents, and they're demanding cash compensation, plus an order that would stop Viacom and Harmonix from utilizing those inventions in the future.

Now, Konami has revealed they plan to issue a competitor to the likes of Rock Band and Activision's Guitar Hero; it's Rock Revolution, which is scheduled to arrive later this year. But it seems they want one of those competitors to pay them for stealing what Konami claims was part of those patents. Viacom and Harmonix have yet to issue a response to the suit.

We really don't know what's going to come of this, but it could turn into a serious issue for the Rock Band makers. Then again, these things tend to drag on for a while...we might see Rock Band 3 and Rock Revolution 2 before everything is settled. Courts these days, you know?
 

Konami announces Metal Gear Solid 4 Add-on

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335w ago - Konami has announced that a free downloadable add-on for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots will be made available on PS3 on Thursday (June 26th) in Europe.

The Metal Gear Solid 4 Database is a comprehensive archive detailing characters, weapons and plot elements from 1987's original Metal Gear title right through to the most recent title.

According to Konami, the system allows users to search via three central hubs: GENE (a glossary), MEME (which maps the relationships between characters in the series), and SCENE (a timeline for the series).

Users can jump from page to page using specific keywords, with the relevant information appearing instantly. All information relating to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, however, can only be accessed when the software detects a save data file created when the game has been completed, as to avoid spoiling the final adventure.

A statement from Konami reported: 'Metal Gear Solid 4 Database is a stunning - and completely free - companion to the series, and will answer any question pertaining to Hideo Kojima's games and characters.'
 
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