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Warner Bros Confirms Batman: Arkham City is Coming in 2011

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215w ago - Warner Bros confirmed today the title and release window for the next Batman videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios, namely Batman: Arkham City which is coming next fall to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

As the title implies, Batman is headed to Gotham City for the sequel, which has now become the new maximum security "home" for all of the city's criminals. Not much else was revealed.

WB says the game will feature a brand-new story, include a new cast of classic characters and villains, and new enhanced gameplay features.

To quote: The (amazing) covers of the new GameInformer confirms Catwoman will be in Arkham City, and by the looks of it, will be playing a major role in the story.

Arkham City was one of several names registered for the game picked up on last month. Two other confirmed villains so far include Mr. Freeze, played by voice actor Maurice LaMarche, and Talia al Ghul - daughter of Ra's al Ghul - played by actress Stana Katic.

Actor Mark Hamill confirmed it us in an interview last May he'll be reprising his role as the voice of Joker for the game for the last time ever. "This will be my last, there's no question about that," he said. "But it's the last hurrah."
 

Warner Bros. Announce April DLC for F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin

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289w ago - Monolith's horror FPS sequel F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin will be getting downloadable content in April, adding a "new perspective" to the multiplayer.

The new content's main feature is a "Toy Soldiers" Map Pack, promising this new perspective. Sadly, there appears to be no addition to the game's excellent single-player campaign, but to make up for it we have a Premium Theme and Picture Pack on the way.

Press Release: Warner Bros. Announce DLC for F.E.A.R 2

Alma is once again beckoning you to visit a city of paranormal chaos and terror with new DLC available in April!

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will deliver a new dimension of paranormal horror, cinematic combat and highly kinetic action with the release of new downloadable content that will be available beginning in April.

The new content will include a "Toy Soldiers" map pack that will allow players to experience multiplayer from a new perspective, as well as a premium theme and picture pack.

F.E.A.R.2: Project Origin is a blend of advanced visceral combat mixed with seamless game pacing set inside a sinister and paranormal universe that begins shortly before the ending of F.E.A.R. A Special Forces squad is...
 

Will Time Warner Acquire Eidos?

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297w ago - So many developers are losing ground over the last year and it seems even extremely large ones like Eidos are not immune either, especially after recent losses.

At a recent investment conference Time Warner showed interest in the gaming market, as reported at [Register or Login to view links]. It is interesting to note that this could herald a bid by Time Warner for the failing Eidos Development Studios, especially given recent job losses and financial difficulties.

Although Martin said he's not looking at anything specific "of any scale that we're going to go out and acquire," he noted, "I think it's going to be done incrementally."

The suggestion of increments makes Time Warner an even more likely front-runner for an acquisition of British publisher Eidos, as it's twice increased its existing stake in the company over recent months, most recently purchasing an additional 10 million shares in Eidos in mid-December."

Now you just do not go buying that many share just to be helpful to the competition... Poor sales of Tomb Raider: Underworld have had shareholders jump ship and Eidos' stock value has sunk by 25%, prompting the gaming company to re-state their annual profit/loss figures for the fiscal year.

This has seen...
 

Blu-ray usage on the rise among PS3 owners, study concludes

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333w ago - Are you using your PS3 for Blu-ray movies? A new study shows that yes, in fact, you are. Blu-ray usage is on the rise amongst PS3 owners, according to Warner Home Video's research.

It seems that between the last quarter of 2007 and the end of February saw a usage increase of the PS3 as a Blu-ray player from 53% to 80%. In addition to this, after Sony's ad campaign pushing Blu-ray, disc sales rose from 10% to 15% between October and December of 2007.

Take it as you will, but the PS3 is definitely paving the road for Blu-ray and we hope you get more out of your system than merely playing games!
 

Labels deny deals on file sharing

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347w ago - Three major record labels have denied signing deals allowing their music to feature on a new file-sharing service offering unlimited free downloads.

The service, Qtrax, boasted it would carry up to 30 million tracks from "all the major labels".

But Warner, EMI and Universal all say they have not licensed their music.

Qtrax said it expected an agreement to be reached with Warner and that terms had been agreed with the others even if deals had not been formally signed.

Discussions ongoing

Qtrax aims to allow users to download music from the major labels for free, with advertising revenue used to pay licensing fees.

But Warner says it "has not authorised the use of our content on Qtrax's recently-announced service".

And Universal and EMI said discussions with Qtrax were still ongoing but that licensing deals were not in place.

A spokesman for Sony BMG - the other "big four" record label - was not available for comment.

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Qtrax president Allan Klepfisz said that, while a deal with Warner had not been signed, he expected terms to be agreed "shortly".

"With everyone else, we have agreed on all terms," he said.

In some cases, deals had not been formally signed,...
 
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