The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Fable II Getting New DLC, Assassin's Creed 2 Detailed, PSP2 to Feature Dual Thumbsticks?, and more!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Fable II Getting New DLC, Assassin's Creed 2 Detailed, PSP2 to Feature Dual Thumbsticks?, 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.

Konami got the week started by announcing that the vaunted Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for the Wii will also be coming to the PSP and PS2. Set for a fall release, Konami will reinvent its first Silent Hill classic as Shattered Memories. No word on whether the title will find its way to the PSN.

The hardworking men and women at Lionhead and Microsoft have announced the latest bit of Fable II news . The anticipated second DLC add-on has been named and detailed. “See the Future” is the title of the additional content, which will release in May as long as Lionhead stays on task. New items and quests will be available for users including: The Ghosts of the Snowglobe Quest; The Cursed Knight Quest; and the Coliseum. The DLC will cost you 560 MS points ($7 USD).

We also found out that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the PS2 classic Shadow of the Colossus has been picked up by Sony Picture’s Kevin Misher for production. Justin Marks, writer for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, has been given the nod to pen the script. Hopefully Colossus will be treated with greater care.

Nielsen released their quarterly PDF on the state of the gaming industry appropriately entitled, The State of Video Gaming, which revealed that the Nintendo Wii, despite being the best-selling console, is actually the least played . The Xbox 360 is the most played bit of hardware, with the PS3 following closely in second.

Rock Band Unplugged has been dated for PSP on June 9 th . Also, Rock Band 2 now has extra kick pedal peripherals and double bass adaptors available at retail. The new rig will set you back $24.99.

According to a Wall Street Journal interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, the Nintendo Wii and DS will sport an on-demand video service in the near-future. Apparently, the Nintendo Wii will be used as the hub, with the DS receiving the video remotely. Nintendo also wants to make their video service distinct from its competitors. More details should come out of E3.

Nintendo also let it be known that Wii Sports Resort and Wii Motion Plus will be making their way to North American, European, and Australian retail outlets in July. The Japanese will have the first crack at the new Wii goodies in June.

If you’re looking for free stuff and own a gaming PC, you’ll be happy to know that EA and Crytek have gotten together to offer a free, full-featured trial of Crysis Wars. Beginning Thursday, April 9th and continuing on until Friday, April 17th, new players will have the ability to sign up and join in on the strategic fun. All three modes and all 23 maps are included. What are you waiting for?

On the rumor front, a site was launched that teases an upcoming reveal of information concerning Assassin’s Creed 2 . A date of 4/16/2009 seems to point to a concrete news date. However, the short video clip seems to incorporate some of the Assassin’s Creed mythos into the journals of Leonardo Da Vinci. This led us to believe that Altair or one of his progeny may be on their way to Italy during the Renaissance. In fact, a ton of leaked info was released today and it looks like an unrelated assassin named Ezio will be taking to the streets of Venice. Click HERE to get connected to all the important updated info.

Finally, the newest PSP, rumored to be in development, is speculated to also have dual thumbsticks . By now you’ve likely seen the fan-generated picture of the next-gen PSP (click HERE if you haven’t). It sports a large, sliding face and dual thumbsticks. It seems to be more and more of a prescient vision. Rumors also tout the possibility of a touch screen as indicated by patent filing drawings. Other recent rumors have the next PSP dropping the UMD format in favor of cart or even downloadable software. It seems Sony has become enamored with Apple’s App Store. Thus, the next PSP might be the next iPhone/iPod Touch killer.

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

To top