The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Elder Scrolls to Go MMO, Sony Software Sequels, Sports Coming to 360, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Elder Scrolls to Go MMO, Sony Software Sequels, Sports Coming to 360, 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.

There was a ton of news this week, but not a lot of barn-burning headlines. Perhaps most interesting were the rumors concerning existing gaming franchises. The diehard out there will be happy to know that Bethesda’s super-secret MMO is likely Elder Scrolls Online. A return to the high fantasy realm, this time in MMO form, could bring with it a lot of gamers. Maybe it’ll even give WoW a run for its money – we’re not going to hold our breath, however.

We found out this week that the God of War franchise will not end with God of War III. That being said, the series as we know it will end as a trilogy. Nevertheless, expect the franchise to live on in other incarnations – both gaming and otherwise. The producers know that fans are looking for closure, but they also know that such a wildly successful IP can’t be shut down completely. Regardless, the powers that be know that they can’t taint the name with a succession of silly spinoffs.

It was also unofficially revealed that the next Uncharted game is already well underway. News came via an interview with Nolan North, the voice actor that portrays Nathan Drake in the first two entries in the series. While we can’t possibly fathom the third game coming out in 2010, we know that recording dialogue sessions means it is quite far along in the development process. Maybe Naughty Dog did enough foundation work with Among Thieves to provide for a quicker turn around for the third installment.

Last from Sony concerned a “firm” release window for their “Motion Controller.” According to the electronics juggernaut, the wand will release worldwide in autumn 2010. This is somewhat later than we had expected it, though it will likely still release ahead of Microsoft’s Natal. Still, we’re encouraged by the new timeline, as it seems realistic will allow Sony to offer “an exciting and varied line-up of software titles,” rather than tech demo novelties.

In the battle for your money, where there’s Sony, there’s Microsoft. News has leaked out that Microsoft and Disney have been in discussion with each other to bring ESPN coverage to the Xbox 360. According to the rumor, the most likely candidate is for streaming sporting events to hit the dashboard. ESPN 360 is already free to Verizon and Comcast customers, so maybe it will also make its way to LIVE Gold subscribers.

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

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