Rumor Round-Up: LocoRoco 2, Infinity Ward Bid for CoD, Retro Studios in Turmoil, and more!

Rumor Round-Up: LocoRoco 2, Infinity Ward Bid for CoD, Retro Studios in Turmoil, and more!


The Rumor Round-Up summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related gossip over the past week.  This weekly article, in conjunction with the Week in Review, will keep you plugged in and in-tune.

According to PlayFrance, LocoRoco 2 will hit the European region on June 6. This is the first we’ve heard about the new title and it seems unlikely that it’s true.  Why?  Because a game that found such success should have considerably more hype time. Furthermore, Sony has not confirmed the date or the following details:

The sequel will have 30 new missions, several new actions, and even a new online feature. We’ll keep you posted once Sony actually gives confirmation.

The Australian site, Gameplayer, released a screenshot of the Versus roster for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed . In the picture you can clearly see 30 distinct portraits including Darth Vader, Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, and Qui-Gon Jinn.  However, many of the 30 faces were repeats with distinct clothing.  Hopefully the Force Unleashed will provide us with even more unlockable love.

It was widely rumored that Infinity Ward was making a bid to have exclusive development rights for the Call of Duty series .  The rumor went like this:

Infinity Ward didn’t like the prospect of developing the title every other year.  Activision instilled the rotating development rights so that the franchise could release every year.

This rumor seemed like a plausible scenario, especially when you take into account the fact that Infinity Ward was the original development team for the first two iterations.  Subsequently, Activision has come out in opposition to the rumor stating that it is baseless.  We’ll take them at their word, but the buzz simply won’t go away.

Gamers in PAL and NTSC regions around the world are supposedly already able to download GTA IV via various torrent sites .  The ripped PAL file is approximately 6.32 GB and came from the Xbox 360 version.  This was shortly followed by the NTSC file which was nearly 1 GB larger.  The cracked code was done by a pirate group that calls itself iCON.

According to Shacknews, key members of Retro Studios development team have left to pursue other optio ns.  Design director Mark Pacini, art director Todd Keller, and principal technology engineer Jack Mathews were “escorted off the premises last Friday.”  It is assumed that the core talent of Retro Studios will branch off and form their own studio.

Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!

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