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The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Insomniac Jumping Ship, Gears 3 Hype Incoming, Xbox 360 Getting Skinny, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Insomniac Jumping Ship, Gears 3 Hype Incoming, Xbox 360 Getting Skinny, and More!

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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.

Rumors dominated the gaming news landscape this week. Sure, it was nice to hear about upcoming DLC and gaming street dates, but there were a few speculative nuggets that proved to be far more interesting.

For starters, it was reported early in the week that Insomniac Games, of Ratchet and Clank and Resistance fame, might jump the Sony-exclusive ship and flex their independent muscle. According to an inside source cited in an IGN report, Insomniac has its eyes set on developing multiplatform franchises in the future.

It was also rumored this week that Gears of War 3 not only is deep into development, but that we can expect the game to hit in April 2011. According to Edge Online, on April 8, 2010 the first cinematic Gears 3 trailer will be released, essentially announcing the countdown.

More interesting still, two pictures of a new Xbox 360 motherboard were leaked onto a Chinese message board (click HERE ) that seem to point to an Xbox 360 ‘Slim’ model. If the pictures are legitimate, it looks like the streamlined console will feature just one chip for both CPU and GPU processes.

It also seems likely that the Xbox 360 will be getting USB mass storage device support in the very near future. Apparently, Microsoft is getting out of the memory unit business and will allow consumers to store saves, games, videos, etc. on pen-drives. This will allow you to store up to 32 GB of data between two solid-state USB memory drives.

Finally, EA and DICE had some great news for gamers. It looks like the conventional wisdom that AAA titles must be launched leading up to the Holiday season is, in fact, just a myth. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has already sold over 2.3 million units worldwide, making it the top-selling March title “on record in North America and Europe.”

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

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