The Week in Review and Rumor Round-Up: Microsoft Making Boku, Bethesda Softworks is Rolling in Money, Dead Rising 2 Developer Revealed?, and more!

The Week in Review and Rumor Round-Up: Microsoft Making Boku, Bethesda Softworks is Rolling in Money, Dead Rising 2 Developer Revealed?, and more!


The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week.  This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.

A week of big game releases leads a rather slow week of news.  However, Microsoft did announce that it is currently developing a title called Boku for the Xbox 360 and PC. More of a simplified programming language than a game, Boku allows users to create levels with controller inputs via a series of icons and submenus.  Also, instead of the side-scrolling platforming offered in LBP, Boku will immerse players in fully 3D worlds.  The early buzz has placed this upcoming title to unseat LBP, but will just have to wait and see about that.  Meanwhile, click HERE to see the teaser trailer and the game’s key features to decide for yourself.

Earlier in the week it was rumored that MGS4 fans might be given a little more Snake via DLC on December 12th. The rumors pegged the December 12th date because it is exactly six months after the release of MGS4, which would give clout to Snake’s proclamation that he only has six months to live at the end of MGS4. Could we possibly see an extended ending?  How about Trophy support? Unfortunately, as was our gut feeling, it looks like we’ll see nothing of the sort.  In a conversation with Konami, CVG found out that there are plans to expand MGS4. The only DLC related to the series that is on the table is for Metal Gear Online.  Sorry people.

On a somewhat happier note, 2K Games announced that consumers will be able to download the vaunted Challenge Rooms for BioShock on PS3 on November 20th. The downside to it is that the additional content will cost you $9.99 and include just three rooms.  Thankfully, from what we saw at E3 2008, the Challenge Rooms are probably worth the price tag even though it was originally slated to be included with the retail release.  The rooms included are “A Shocking Turn of Events,” “The I in Team,” and “Worlds of Hurt.”  Click HERE for more detailed info on what each room contains.

According to Bethesda Softworks , the gaming industry is still vibrant and healthy in the face of global economic crisis.  They announced that they have already shipped an astounding 4.7 million units of Fallout 3, and that it has grossed $300 million worldwide thus far across all three platforms.

Virtual Console downloaders despair: SEGA has announced the development of the SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis) Ultimate Collection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game pack will feature more than 40 16-bit titles, including “Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Columns, Alien Storm, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier, and Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3.”  Moreover, the games will be mildly re-mastered and transmit in 720p.  Flying in the face of the good news, those who have invested hard earned cash into VC downloads are likely to feel slighted, as the compilation will put all the best SEGA classics together for a reasonable price.

Another rumor going around suggests that the developer of Dead Rising 2 has been revealed. According to a source close to Canadian developer Blue Castle Games of Vancouver , the development firm is in fact creating the zombie beat-‘em-up for Capcom.  The source said, “Everyone’s really excited; the team has obviously seen the rumors and it’s been hard to keep quiet, but they can’t wait to show off the game.”  No confirmation has come from Capcom, but it looks as though this rumor is more fact than fiction.

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

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