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Speculation: Is Rockstar Still Working on the PS3 Exclusive?

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294w ago - In June 2007, director of third party relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) Michael Shorrock revealed on the Official PlayStation Blog that Sony and Rockstar had come to an agreement on developing a new PS3 exclusive.

To quote: "As part of our long standing relationship with Rockstar, and the incredible success for both companies with the cultural icon that is Grand Theft Auto, we've agreed to the PlayStation exclusive rights of the next great franchise from the Rockstar studios," Shorrock wrote.

"Rockstar really wanted to make a game that you can truly only do on PS3, harnessing the power of CELL and Blu-ray disc and this deal lets them do just that...This is really a win-win situation for both companies."

President and CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton further discussed the new agreement with Rockstar on Spike TV's Game Head show with Geoff Keighley, confirming that the unnamed project was not L.A. Noire and that Sony was able to release Take-Two from GTA IV exclusivity in exchange for acquiring the rights to the publisher's next franchise.

"What we're really excited about is the next great franchise from Take-Two and in exchange for letting them out of that exclusive (Grand Theft Auto IV), we've got the rights to the next great franchise from Take-Two."
 

Confirmed: Capcom is Not Remaking Resident Evil 3 for Wii

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294w ago - Last night, Resident evil fans got a glimmer of hope that a remake or re-release of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was heading to Wii.

According to Capcom's Press Site, Resident Evil 3 was listed as coming to Wii along side the confirmed title 'The Darkside Chronicles'.

However, those with access to the Capcom press site will be able to tell you this listing includes artwork from the original Resident Evil remake coming to Wii.

Christian Svensson from Capcom has also denined the rumors of a re-release of Resident Evil 3: "It's either a shop or a typo. False rumor."

So there you have it. No Resident Evil 3 remake on the Wii. Let's just keep dreaming...
 

Team Bondi Seeking More Talent for L.A. Noire Production

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296w ago - Every time we see the title "L.A. Noire" in the news, we always tense up in anticipation of bad news. After all, this is a project that seems to have struggled through a lengthy development process, and there was even talk of a cancellation at some point.

But as Joystiq pointed out, the latest update should be considered encouraging. Team Bondi (also responsible for The Getaway) is [Register or Login to view links] for plenty of talented individuals to join the team, perhaps in an attempt to push through the final stages.

They're looking for everything from animators to artists to coders to designers, so if you think you've got the skills, perhaps you'd like to apply. If not, and you're merely looking for good news concerning L.A. Noire, then you should be somewhat satisfied. Although we'd like to assume that development has reached a critical stage, we still have no official update on the team's progress.

Our last update said the game would be about a year away, and that was last fall; September, to be exact. Therefore, E3 may be the time when Rockstar announces a concrete release date for this long-awaited crime thriller, and if that happens, it'll be big news indeed.

Anyway, we'll let you know if there's any movement on the L.A. Noire front; at this point,...
 

Three Speech Making Way for a New EU PlayStation Blog

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298w ago - Sony's semi-official blog 'Three Speech' is to be overtaken by an Official EU PlayStation Blog, in similar fashion to the official North American [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: As of April the 17th Three Speech will be bowing out to make way for a brand new and shiny EU PlayStation blog.

It's your feedback, comments and suggestions that have made this possible, so you should all be very proud! Obviously both Three Speech and SCE UK are very grateful to everyone who has made this site so busy and lively over the past two and half years.

Your input has really helped PlayStation to grow, and the new blog will be a further way for you to contribute ideas. It's been good fun meeting all of you and we're looking forward to seeing you on the EU blog!

We'll have more info on this over the next few days...
 

PS3 Gets Cross-Game Chat, XBox 360 Still Lacking Text Chat

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298w ago - Recently Sony released the latest firmware in a long series of iterative updates.

The firmware added one feature that is really worth talking about - cross game text chat. This feature is so revolutionary gamers across the globe have jumped for glee as the PSN is now more robust than Xbox Live.

Of course the only caveat to the statement above is that it is not completely true. The PSN is still lacking one of the most sought after feature - cross game 'voice' chat. This is a feature that has been available on Xbox Live for a long time.

Ironically, the one feature Xbox Live does not have PSN gets - cross game 'text' chat rooms (not to be confused with messaging). I've been playing around with the new chat room feature and to be honest it really is neat. Gamers can now keep up to three chat rooms active while playing any game. These chat rooms will continue to run in the background until you decide to shut them down. Each chat room can hold up to 15 friends as well.

This is definitely a great feature, but what about cross game 'voice' chat? There is the regular voice and video chat, but cross game 'voice' chat is glaringly missing. The option for cross game 'voice'...
 
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