296w ago - Speaking with Japan's Nikkei BP Web site, Konami president Fumiaki Tanaka revealed that Kojima is working on the concept for a new game outside of the Metal Gear universe. Pressed further on this mystery title, or possibly titles, Tanaka said that he couldn't reveal anything at this point and that a formal announcement won't be coming this year.
Instead, we can probably look forward to hearing something after Kojima has written the new title's scenario, which won't happen until after MGS4 has been released and Metal Gear Online has been given a major push.
No give aways or hints at all really, just a heads up.
Outside of Metal Gear, Tanaka shared a few insights into Konami's development plans as a whole. The company will be releasing remakes of more classic titles and tapping into more classic franchises in the future. Although Tanaka wouldn't get into specifics, he did suggest that download services like Wii Ware could play a role in this effort.
Very neat, remakes are always cool.
Tanaka made mention of all the major platforms in his discussion with Nikkei, but one in particular got praise: the PS3. In previous interviews, Tanaka has shared his opinion that Sony's online platform for the PS3 fits well with Konami.
297w ago - Another day, another story about how the release of Monster Hunter Portable G 2nd in Japan has caused a country-wide frenzy of consumerism. Since its release last Thursday, the game reportedly sold out on its first day on sale, then went on to shift over one million copies within six days.
Today, chart data from Famitsu based on software and console sales for last week (March 24-30th) and reprinted here shows what sort of impact the game's release has had on console sales in Japan.
Answer: a massive one.
Last week PSP actually managed to sell more units than all of its competitor consoles put together. The handheld sold approximately 139,000 units, compared to (rounded up or down) 57,000 DSs, 49,000 Wiis, 13,000 PS3s and 2,800 Xbox 360s.
The game itself unsurprisingly tops the Japanese multiformat chart. But to put it in perspective, the game in second place - Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage - only sold an eighth of the copies Monster Hunter managed during that week.
So Sony and Capcom will be buying all the drinks at Tokyo's many bars, although the success of Monster Hunter in Japan (the series, including the console iterations, has managed sales in excess of six million) just shows how tastes there and in the west vary. Despite the popularity of the franchise's latest...
297w ago - You heard it here first. Forget about GTA IV. Forget about Gears of War 2. Forget about Metal Gear Solid 4. All of those games are going to be awesome, yes. All of those games are going to sell millions.
But one game from Bethesda Softworks is going to rise to the top in 2008 and claim the crown for game of the year. That game is Fallout 3. As creators of the critically acclaimed Elder Scrolls series, Bethesda has firmly established itself as one of the leading RPG game designers on consoles.
Currently in development for the Xbox 360 and PS3, Fallout 3 is set in the United States after a nuclear war in the year 2077 kills almost everyone on the entire planet. After the nuclear fallout, only a handful of humans who took refuge in Vault 101 in Washington DC are thought to have survived.
For 200 years Vault 101 has remained closed... awaiting the day when it is safe to emerge into a world that is completely decimated, and where radiation has mutated those who survived outside the safety of Vault 101.
While very little has been released to the public on this game, the buzz from review editors and industry insider's that have had the good fortune to see the game is incredibly positive. Early word on the game also indicates that there will be 200 different endings. Whether these are...
297w ago - Criterion has revealed that they've found a way to support 1080i in Burnout Paradise. This will enable any gamers who own a 1080i TV that doesn't support 720p to run the game in HD instead of SD.
They recommend that if you have the option to run 720p, run the game in this mode, because the 1080i image is effectively scaled from 720p. This feature will appear in the "Cagney" update version 1.3.
To quote: To trigger this feature, all you'll need to do is make sure you have 1080i ticked and 720p unticked in the XMB display options, once you've installed the Cagney download.