Downloadable Virtua Fighter game, character customization packs announced
SEGA (yes, it’s all caps!) today announced Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, a stand-alone downloadable game for release on PSN and Xbox Live Arcade. It’s going to cost $15 (or 1200 Microsoft points) and is due out on June 5 on PSN and June 6 on XBLA.
The game’s going to be accompanied by character customization packs for its 19 fighters. They are going to cost $5 (400 points) each and will contain anywhere from 600 to 950 customization items. Attached below is an introduction video.
Aliens: Colonial Marines gets new cinematic trailer
A new cinematic trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines is now out. In development at Gearbox, the game was originally slated for release in spring. However, the game has now been delayed to fall instead.
It is in development for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
Sega exec slips Wii U launch date
Nintendo may have had an interesting show at E3, but they didn’t reveal any details on when the Wii U would be out. This was taken care of by a Sega executive who let it slip that the console would launch next spring or summer.
EVP of marketing Alan Pritchard made the mistake when asked if Sonic Generations is coming to the platform: “Generations releases this November, and the Wii U is coming out next spring/summer.”
He added that a new game would be better suited for the platform, noting that it is “more likely to be a separate stand-alone installment or in conjunction with a multiplatform release in the future.”
Here’s to looking forward to the Wii U next spring/summer.
Sega-Sony’s secret love affair revealed to world
From the juicy-leaks-department comes a story of Sega and Sony’s secret love affair that is so scandalous that it might shock your pants off! Well, not exactly, but it’s still pretty cool. The accidental publication of a confidential talk between the two parties revealed a lot of things, the most important of which is the fact that downloadable PS2 games are coming to PS3.
Apparently, SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on the PlayStation Network. The company is also considering hosting a special Japanese import section that will offer up rare games from the region that the West is yet to experience. There is also talk of Dreamcast games coming to PSN, with Sega noting that it might be “exclusive” to PSN, though they didn’t rule out the possibility of appearing on Xbox Live.
Moving on, the document also reveals that Sony’s motion controller may be released during spring 2010, with a March launch in Japan; no pricing was given. Sega has expressed its interest in the controller, noting that it will offer titles for the platform.
The two companies also discussed the possibility of games heading to PlayStation Home, including the AvP and Iron Man franchises. There is also a Thor game-movie tie-in in the works that Sony wants to take a look at.
The two lovebirds talk more interesting stuff that you’d surely love to eavesdrop on. Hit the jump link and have fun!
Alpha Protocol Delayed, New “Your Weapon is Choice” Trailer Released
Seeing as how the game missed its February release, Sega sent out word that Alpha Protocol will be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this October.
Developed by Obsidian, the action-RPG will have players step into the shoes of a modern day spy… doing spy stuff. A new trailer has been released, showing off the mix of RPG with third-person action.
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Valkyria Chronicles Getting DLC
Sega has announced a batch of DLC for its critically acclaimed strategy RPG Valkyria Chronicles, revealing that three pieces of downloadable content will be released, each slated to arrive sometime this spring.
- Hard EX Mode – fight your way once again through the entire Imperial army, where the enemies are more lethal and your main tank Edelweiss is unavailable. You’ll have to be more strategic in order to overcome your opponents.
- Edy’s Mission "Enter the Edy Detachment" – six members have been separated from Squad 7 and on their journey to reunite with their squad, they stumble upon a tiny village under attack by the Imperial Army. Play as Edy and command your outnumbered team to defend the small village from annihilation.
- Selvaria’s Mission "Behind Her Blue Flame"- Taking place right after the outbreak of Gallian battle lines, you play as Johann, a young and meek engineer assigned to Selvaria’s troop. See the action as it unfolds behind enemy lines and see the war play out through the eyes of the enemy.
No pricing was mentioned in the announcement.
Bayonetta In-game Screenshots
Sega has finally put out in-game screenshots from Bayonetta, its upcoming action game that stars a nerdy, but hot heroine.
In development at Platinum Games, the game is being headed by Hideki Kamiya, the creator of the Devil May Cry series – hence the influence. It is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 later this year.
Rumor: Aliens RPG, Colonial Marines Cancelled
Kotaku reports that Sega has cancelled the Aliens role-playing game that was being worked on at Obsidian; it was announced back in 2006, but little has surfaced since. The site’s sources say that the cancellation has resulted in more than 20 employees being laid off. Similarly, Sega is also said to be “reviewing” Aliens: Colonial Marines, a shooter in the works at Gearbox, leaving its fate unclear.
Seemingly confirming Kotaku’s sources, Joystiq’s sources claim Sega has stopped funding both of the aforementioned games. Obsidian’s layoffs are also said to have affected the team working on Alpha Protocol, which is still expected out later this year.
All this comes days after Sega announced Aliens vs. Predator. It is set for release sometime next year.
Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games
Their relations get even frostier than usual, as Mario and Sonic are teaming up once again in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for Wii and DS.
Developed by Sega of Japan under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, the game will feature the legendary cast of playable characters, as well as new faces, as they square off against each other in winter-themed Olympic games. This includes alpine skiing and speed skating, among other events.
Scheduled for release late this year, the game will also feature multiplayer gameplay in both cooperative and competitive terms and will make use of the Wii Balance Board for more realistic gameplay.
Overkill Collector’s Edition Gets Graphic Novel
Sega sends word that the collector’s edition for The House of the Dead: Overkill will come encased in an exclusive collector’s slipcase and is accompanied by an exclusive graphic novel. It will only be available through selected retailers as a pre-order bonus.
More interesting, however, is the addition of a “Prelude to an OVERKILL” graphic novel that tells the stories of Agents Washington and Varla Gunns on the night before the events of the game. It has been illustrated by Steve Copter of dissident punk bad “Black Mekon”.
The game is due out exclusively for the Wii in February 2009.