Fans of the Dragon Quest series will be disappointed to know that Square Enix has delayed the release of Dragon Quest 9 to 2008. Originally set for release later this year on Nintendo DS, the game has been pushed back to “make a game that will better satisfy players,” according to IGN.
In an IGN preview it has been confirmed that the PS3 version of Half-Life 2: Orange Box will arrive weeks later after the PC and Xbox 360 versions are released on October 10. No specific reason was provided for the delay.
Their preview of the game has them describing a new section of the game involving the ever-lovable Alyx and a combine advisor. They have a video of that segment, which I have embedded below. The rest of their preview talks about the Xbox 360 version of the game, as well as the PS3 version of Portal.
IGN carries word that the PS3 sequel to Loco Roco was shown at the PlayStation Premier event and that it is coming soon to the PlayStation Network.
Dubbed Buu Buu Cocoreccho! By LocoRoco, the game is said to be more than a “peculiar extra chapter,” according to Sony. “Even if you don’t play it [as in control the game], the world and the LocoRoco will play [as in both playing amongst themselves and as in playing back like a video] on their own.”
According to the report, the PS3 version of the game will feature 200 LocoRoco characters and gamers will be able to use the SixAxis for motion-based controls. The game is also to be expected soon, as it is being listed by Sony as being 95% complete.
Good in creating grotesque monsters everyone loves? Be sure to enter your ghastly creation in SouthPeak Interactive and IGN‘s original character creation contest for Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia. Contestants will have to submit their original design of a monster, complete with super powers and weapons, for the chance to be incorporated in the final version of the game for the PC and Xbox 360. The game is expected to smash into stores in Spring 2007.
Out of all the entries, five contestants will be selected to win prizes by IGN. The grand prize winner will have his/her creation appear in the game, along with a copy of the game, a 32″ LCD plasma TV and a Xbox 360. The second prize winner will receive a laptop and a Windows version of the game. Rest of the winners will each receive a $100 Visa gift card and a Xbox 360 and Windows version of the final game.
Last date for entries is December 1.
On IGN is word that a director’s cut edition of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is coming our way. Dubbed ‘Complete‘, the movie will hit stores on Blu-ray and will feature additional scenes, as well as changes to existing scenes. Here’s a bit: “One new scene shown during the presentation was Sephiroth impaling Cloud and hoisting him over his head while his Masamune was still embedded inside of him, much like in Final Fantasy 7 for the PSOne.”
The article doesn’t report a definite release date, but that the title is expected to hit Japan sometime next year.
A Surreal Software job listing for a Senior Associate Producer confirms that the Midway studio is working on a completely new IP, refuting rumors that they just might be working on next-gen follow-ups to Drakan or The Suffering.
The listing states that it is a “new, exciting IP, on a new technology base, with a concept which will blow you away.” The person who will be hired will get the chance to be the “keystone of a large and experienced development team.”
As expected, neither Midway nor Surreal had anything to say about the project.
Thanks to a press event held down under, IGN has learned of three new tracks which will make their way to Guitar Hero II. The newly-announced tracks are covers of Stone Temple Pilot’s “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”, “Madhouse” by Anthrax, and Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil”.
Videos of the three songs in action are available on IGN, so give them a whirl if you’re interested.
This rumor was shot down before, but it has been going persistently strong since people just cannot get the idea of a really hot Final Fantasy 7 remake on the PS3. Anyways, IGN sent off an email to Square Enix to squash the rumor once and for all; here is their reply:
Since the FINAL FANTASY VII tech demo at E3 2005, there have been a lot of rumors about the presentation hinting at an actual remake. While the June 2006 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly confirms the remake for release in 2007, Square Enix has never stated this.
We have however confirmed that development has begun for Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII on PlayStation 3. These titles are part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Project which also includes a mobile game titled FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII.
Really, what kind of an answer do people need? “WE ARE NOT MAKING A F&*&@#! FINAL FANTASY 7 GAME!” That’s more like it, I guess.