The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Makin' Movies, Microsoft Shake-up, Sony's Online Move, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Makin' Movies, Microsoft Shake-up, Sony's Online Move, 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.

Games becoming movies seems to be set in stone. This week, it was confirmed that Mass Effect is in the early stages of film production. Legendary Pictures, BioWare, and former Marvel honcho Ari Arad are working together to bring the gaming fiction to the silver screen.

In the battle for online supremacy, Sony launched a salvo in the form of HBO programming. The stellar cable entertainment outfit now has loads of content on the PSN for digital delivery.

Along those lines, SCE Europe President Andrew House confirmed that a premium online service (or services) will be added to PlayStation Network. It was stated that the services currently provided will remain free, but that additional services, which will be confirmed at E3 2010, will be associated with a fee structure.

Microsoft effectively closed its Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division, formerly responsible for gaming. The division’s President, Robbie Bach, is set to retire in six months and J Allard, Senior Vice President of Design and Development for E&D is leaving the company but will remain on in an advisory position to CEO Steve Ballmer, who will take more direct control of the businesses formerly under E&D.

On a higher note, Rock Band 3 is going to incorporate keyboards. Little else is known about the title. We also found out that the next Guitar Hero will be called Warriors of Rock and that it will launch on September 21 st .

We also learned that Insomniac Games, developer of Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, have signed an agreement with EA to join EA Partners. According to the press statement, Insomniac is currently working on a brand new franchise that will make a multi-platform release.

Finally, it is once again rumored that Microsoft’s Project Natal will be releasing in October. Also, it was suggested that the device will be sold in an Xbox 360 Arcade bundle for $299 or as a standalone product for $149. Later in the week, it was also rumored that Natal will be getting its name changed to Wave.

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

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