Well, imagine that – we’re all still here (except Randy Savage, I guess). Since we here at Comic Booked weren’t worthy of being vacuumed up into the sky, we’re delighted to bring you another exciting installment of Gamer Pulse, our weekly gaming news feature! As always, the industry was ablaze with news this week: this fall’s two anticipated military shooters were shown off a bit, damage estimate on the PSN downtime, and some absurd news from our Chinese friends.
– It looks like our own predictions about the future of L.A. Noire weren’t so far off base: Take Two (Rockstar’s parent company) has confirmed that the detective game is the start of a new, successful franchise. While the final sales figures for the game won’t be available until the May NDP report comes out in June, Take Two and Rockstar have both reported their satisfaction with sales so far. L.A. Noire 2 should be coming to a gaming console near you in the next few years.
– Following up from a report we made in the first edition of Gamer Pulse, the next installment of Alan Wake, 2010’a critically-acclaimed mystery/suspense thriller, will likely be in the form of an Xbox Live Arcade title. Diehard fans of the game may find something familiar in the supposed title, Alan Wake: Night Springs. For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed out on one of last year’s best games, Night Springs was a fictional television series that played on various television sets throughout the game (one of the many parallels that can be drawn between AW and David Lynch’s excellent television series, Twin Peaks). Remedy, Alan Wake’s developer, has yet to directly confirm AW: Night Springs, but most news outlets have picked up XBLAFans.com’s story as gospel, given their succes in breaking the news on Gotham City Impostors, the Batman XBLA title due out this year.
– Activision treated us to a substantial Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer this week, which gives a glimpse of the game play, at long last. It seems that much hasn’t changed since Modern Warfare 2. Sure, the graphics have been fine-tuned, but I don’t expect this latest outing will differ much from its predecessor. Still, expect this game to sell like the hottest type of hot cakes imaginable.
– In an earnings call this week, Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato confirmed that company is developing the successor to the PS3. The full quote follows:
“For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform – when we’ll be introducing what product I cannot discuss that – but our development work is already under way, so the costs are incurred there.”
Aside from confirming the existence of the successor, Kato offered no further details on the matter.
– In other Sony news, the company has announced a “PSP Remasters” program that will bring HD remasters to the PS3. The first title to receive the treatment is Monster Hunter 3, which is set to arrive in Japan over the summer. No word on an American release date or any other titles receiving the special treatment.
– We’ve all heard about how awful it is to be a gamer in Australia, but it looks like, for once, our friends down under will be getting some special treatment. Nintendo has announced a special edition packaging for this summer’s Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. This picture definitely says it all. The included ocarina looks gorgeous and, certainly, this is an extremely special treatment for long standing fans of the franchise. Only one other special edition has been confirmed so far, Greece’s Deku Nut version (I know, Greece? What the hell?). No word on a possible North American or Japanese special edition yet, nor on pricing for the Australian or Greek special editions.
– Finally, we’d like to leave you with a “WTF” story. Anyone who has played an MMO (especially World of Warcraft) is familiar with the “Chinese gold farmer,” an account that slaves away at grinding for money that a third party sells to players for real-life cash. A prisoner, interred in a Chinese prison from 2004 to 2007, has come forward to PC Magazine, claiming that he was forced to engage in 12-hour gold-farming sessions after a day of hard labor. I’m curious to see if any former prisoners come forward to corroborate the prisoner’s story. As an on-again-off-again WoW player, I’m familiar with the tedium of money-making practices. Certainly, it’s a new form of punishment for society’s wrong-doers.
Join us again next Friday for another dose of Gamer Pulse! Thanks for reading.