Rumor Round-Up: PSP 3000, Last E3 for ESA, Marvel Vs. Capcom Game, and More!

Rumor Round-Up: PSP 3000, Last E3 for ESA, Marvel Vs. Capcom Game, 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 various shady sources, the PSP 3000 is now being manufactured. The most important picture being passed around (featured below) shows a new PlayStation button (instead of Home) and a small slot to the right of the volume controls that is assumed to be a microphone. There aren’t any other features being talked about.

According to Australian gaming magazine, Australian 360, Bioware CEO Ray Muzyka says that the proposed Mass Effect Trilogy will stay exclusive to the Xbox 360. Subsequently, BioWare released a statement saying they have not confirmed anything of the sort. Chalk it up to speculation.

Rumors have been swirling around both forums and the industry that E3 2008 was the ESA’s last expo. Evidence is sparse, but the fact that the LA Convention Center (LACC) has not yet been reserved by the ESA for next year is somewhat telling. Regardless, an unconfirmed representative of the ESA denies this rumor, and assures us that E3 will be back for at least one more year. We’ll have to wait and see.

Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe’s president, David Reeves says that Sony is planning on making some rather important announcements at the Leipzig Games Convention. Reeves feels that E3 is just one of three major stages for revealing content. “We feel now that we have a pattern globally which is E3, Tokyo Games Show, and Leipzig – it gives us three bites of the cherry to come out with our announcements. We cannot tailor all our announcements to July.”

This language has led many to speculate that the upcoming conferences in Germany and Japan may hold far more goodies in store. We’re taking you at your word Mr. Reeves, show us the Sony sweetness! Of course, we’ll let you know what happens as it all unfolds.

Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, made a statement that seems as though a Marvel Vs. Capcom title may be on the horizon. According to IGN, when Feige was asked if Marvel vs. Capcom was a possibility, Feige said, “Yes. And maybe sooner than you think.”

Of course, banter like this can’t be taken as official confirmation, but the prospect of mixing the two IPs is intriguing indeed and does make some sense.

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

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