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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Multiplayer Beta Starts June 3

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281w ago - Today Naughty Dog Multiplayer Designer Justin Richmond has officially announced that the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Multiplayer Beta starts on June 3, 2009.

To quote: For the past few years, we here at Naughty Dog have been cranking away at creating not only a new single player adventure for Nathan Drake, but an awesome new online experience as well.

It has taken blood, sweat, and possibly even a few tears to get to this point, but on June 3, you can get the first crack at a small slice of the multiplayer modes we'll pack into the full game.

Everything in the Uncharted 2 multiplayer experience has been designed to get you into the game and playing quickly, so you can just skip this blog post if you're really that impatient. Just kidding.

When you boot up the beta you'll find we've included 2 playlists for you to try out: co-op and competitive. If you've got friends, we've made it easy to play together - just hit the triangle button to see your PSN friends list and you can send them an invite, join their party, or just check out their profile. Keep in mind that for the beta, the party size is limited to 5 for competitive and 3 for co-op!

Let's give you a quick rundown of our two playlists so you can be ready day one...

The competitive...
 

Forza Motorsports 3 Announced at Microsoft's E3 Conference

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281w ago - Forza Motorsports 3 has been announced for the XBox 360, which of course will be an exclusive. It will release in October of this year.

To quote: Dan Greenawalt of Turn 10 Studios has just entered stage left and finally announced announced Forza 3 at Microsoft's E3 press conference in LA.

It's been a while in coming, but finally, here it is.

Turn 10 has announced that Forza 3 will be released in October.

More details to come as they are available, and check out some of the first ingame screenshots below!
 

Nomura Mentions Kingdom Hearts III in Recent Interview

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282w ago - In the recent issue of Dengeki PlayStation, an interview with Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura is held where he talks the series up and even mentions Kingdom Hearts III.

To quote: "Once all three currently announced Kingdom Hearts titles are complete, maybe Sora's turn will come."

Nomura's talking about the portable Kingdom Hearts titles, saying once they're finished, Kingdom Hearts III may begin development.

There's also talk in the issue of "Birth by Sleep being a prelude to Kingdom Hearts 3."

Don't get us too excited, Nomura.
 

Sony is Cutting Down on the Number of Parts Suppliers

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282w ago - After 14 years of profits, Sony recently posted its first annual net loss for the fiscal year ended March.

As part of its plans to turn things around, the company has announced that it will cut the number of its parts suppliers by half in order to slash costs.

The Associated Press (linked above) reports that Sony plans to reduce number of its parts makers from about 2,500 now to about 1,200 next year.

Additionally, the company will be centralizing its purchasing to better negotiate for cheaper prices. In the past, each Sony division worked out contracts with suppliers individually.

Centralized purchasing will likely affect Sony's games division, which traditionally has been given more leeway to buy parts.

Hardware cost reductions have already cut the games division's operating costs by more than half, and if the plan goes well, it should give Sony even more incentive to institute a price cut for its game consoles in order to remain competitive.
 

Nintendo Cripples DS R4 Piracy Threat, eBay & Amazon Ban Carts

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283w ago - In addition to the recent new protection being implemented on Nintendo DS games, now both eBay and Amazon have officially banned the sales of DS R4 flash carts.

As expected, Nintendo is pleased about this and has issued a brief comment as follows:

Nintendo is pleased with the co-operation it has received from both eBay and Amazon to prevent the sales of game copying devices," Nintendo of America's global head of anti-piracy Jodie Daughtery told MCV this week.

"Nintendo has been aggressive in curtailing the sales of these devices on a global scale, from manufacturers in Asia to Internet webshops and retail operations across Europe and the UK.

"Since January 2008, Nintendo has coordinated over 560 actions and confiscated approximately 411,000 game copiers. In the UK, Nintendo collaborates with ELSPA and takes independent actions. Over 225,000 devices have been seized by authorities in 170 actions since 2008."

An eBay spokesperson added: "eBay prohibits sellers from listing any hardware or software that allows people to make unauthorised copies of copyrighted games, including the R4 DS cards, and we are taking steps to remove the few listings found...
 
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