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Publisher Ubisoft confirmed that the first chapter of Rayman Origins is slated to hit the market for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this holiday season. The news comes via Ubisoft's blog. Mind you, no specific platforms are mentioned in the update, with the publisher explaining the new Rayman game is for "HD consoles." Also, they stressed that PC, Wii, 3DS and iPad versions are being considered.

Ubisoft made it clear that the game utilizes the so-called UBIart Framework. The company described it as "a complete 'homemade' solution for creating and editing levels and characters," which, by the way, is going to be open-sourced in 2011.

So yeah, other Rayman Origins episodes are also gonna launch in 2011.

You know, I've really come to appreciate the work that's been poured into similar 2D games as of late. It brings us closer to the days of classic platformers and pushes us away from the current gaming scene that's becoming increasingly overburdened with first-person and thrid-person shooters.

Don't forget to check out the screenshots and the Rayman Origins debut trailer.


"2D is a new fad, it will probably go away in a year or two :P - GrgoljBlaster"6

The Alpha Protocol franchise sort of juts got a nasty kick in the face (or in the nutts, whichever you prefer). Now, for some reason a lot of people thought this game was good. Well, we sure as hell didn't. Although it did have great potential, it ended up being a rather lousy realization of a very good concept (not to mention the huge amount of bugs you are forced to sit through - if you are determined to complete the game).

Anyway, having reviewed the game's sales, which were quite poor, Sega confirmed that there are no plans to make a sequel to Alpha Protocol.

"Let's speak very commercially; the game hasn't sold what we've expected, therefore we won't be doing a sequel," explained Sega West president Mike Hayes.

"The concept was brilliant, though," he continues. "You know this whole thing with Metacritic where you have to be in the high 70s to mid-80s minimum [to have any success] - well, with RPGs you have got to be in the late 80s."

"i agree with ftmc . and youj, thestweieman, your momma so fat i had to roll her in flor just to... - Shpongle"33

Codemasters releases a new developer diary for their racing game, F1 2010, describing more about what it takes to create an authentic F1 racing experience:

"No tuning? Well it wouldn't surprise me because Codemasters have dumbed down all their franchises.... - PainZero"2

That's really disappointing. In fact, those are some of the poorest sales figures of a high-profile game I've seen in a long time. Take-Two Interactive CEO Ben Feder recently mentioned that Red Dead Redemption "sucked the oxygen out of the room" at retail upon the game's release.

We just found out that NPD group has sales figures which indicated that top releases Alan Wake and Split/Second sold 145K and 86K units in the US during May. Just to give you a better idea of how low these sales are, Red Dead Redemption sold 1.51 million copies during that same month and all three titles launched on the same day in the US.

Wow. What can I say... True enough, RDR was available on both PS3 and 360, but it's still a tremendous difference sales wise.


UPDATED: Just to give you the heads-up on this as well; Red Dead Redemption sold 946,000 copies on 360 alone. Here are more details.

"they screwed over PC. Even if they change their mind and publish it for PC. I won't get it. It was... - Xmortis"31

Publisher Capcom plans to make a huge announcement, according to the company's recent Twitter post.

Capcom Euro twitter wrote this morning: "Big announcement... 2 days to go!"

Something tells me that this won't be big news, as we are being told. So, if I were you, I wouldn't expect things like Resident Evil 6 or Devil May Cry 5 (although, either of those would be very nice indeed :)).


"Resident Evil Online? - gameX"9

Not gaming news. Well, mainly because there's precious little gaming news at the moment.

Anyway, thought you might be interested in having a peek at the US Weekend Boxoffice Chart:

1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $69.0/$161.0
2. The Last Airbender $40.6/$57.0
3. Toy Story 3 $30.1/$289.0
4. Grown Ups $18.5/$77.0
5. Knight & Day $10.2/$45.5
6. The Karate Kid $8.0/$151.5
7. The A-Team $3.0/$69.1
8. Get Him to the Greek $1.1/$57.4
9. Shrek Forever After $.7/$232.1
10. Cyrus $.7/$1.4
11. Letters to Juliet $.6/$50.8
12. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $.6/$88.1

The Twilight Saga... I must throw up.

There. All better... They say that this one's pretty good though. Mind you, I'll probably never watch the movie because I feel it emits a very powerful vibe of undeniable crappiness.

"I saw the first movie. You can feel the sexual tension between the protagonists on the screen in... - gameX"17

So, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer is out. Dunno. Is anybody actually still into these Harry Potter movies? Even the kids aren't sure whether they should still follow the franchise or not. I mean, when Harry and the gang were kiddies, the whole thing was kinda cute. Now, it looks a bit weird. Of course, that's just what I think and I was always slightly inclined to think that Harry Potter is just plain gay.
"Harry Butter is lame and poor excuse for fantasy novel. JK Rowling is even worse with her 'I'll sue... - gameX"18

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