The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Sequels and Imports, Gem but no Holograms, God of War Fever, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Sequels and Imports, Gem but no Holograms, God of War Fever, 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 lot of great games have been keeping the CheatCC crew busy. That being said, the glut of holiday game releases was not quite as big as we had hoped. As many of you already know, a number of important titles actually decided to delay their releases from holiday 2009 to Q1 2010 in an attempt to alleviate the congestion and maximize their game’s earning potential. This has made December decidedly slow. Concomitantly, news and juicy gaming tidbits have also been hard to come by.

Nevertheless, a few quality announcements were made. EA got the ball rolling when they confirmed that Dead Space will in fact be receiving a sequel. Though the announcement of Dead Space 2 surprises no one, it’s good to see such a quality franchise get a second chance in spite of less than ideal sales on HD consoles. Dead Space 2 will once again have players take on the role of Isaac Clarke, but this time in a position of authority. Little else is known about what the game will offer other than more Necromorphs to slice and dice and more tools to cut them up with.

We also heard from Wyck Godfrey, one of the producers for the upcoming Gears of War film, who took the time to outline what he’d like to see in the initial film and what he’s discussed with the creators over at Epic. According to Godfrey, rather than dropping viewers of varying levels of mythos knowledge into the middle of a war-torn, Locust-infested Sera, the film will likely be a prequel to the games, initially featuring an Earth-like, functioning society hours before Emergence Day. Once hell breaks loose, the bulk of the film will concentrate on the subsequent 48 hours of Seran history. This will be a survival tale, possibly in the mold of Cloverfield, set years before the creation of the COGs.

SEGA announced this week that Yakuza 3 is coming to North America, Europe, and Australia in spring of 2010. Rather than completely localizing the game, the devs decided to leave the Japanese voice work and provide region-appropriate subtitles to help with plot elements. While we typically like a deeper localization effort, this case is different; having Kiryu Kazuma and his Yakuza buddies speaking English, Spanish, French, or German just seems ridiculous.

Sony confirmed that the codename of their upcoming motion controller is, in fact, “Gem”. The company released a statement to several gaming news outlets after EA CEO John Riccitiello dropped the name at an investor event. However, Sony was quick to clarify that Gem is a waning codename and that word of official branding is still forthcoming.

Speaking of motion controls, it looks like Lionhead chief Peter Molyneux is contemplating bringing back his classic god-game Populous. Because Molyneux is so closely tied to the development of Natal, it is being speculated that a revamped populous for the Xbox 360 console could be a perfect candidate for Natal.

Finally, PS3 fans can both rejoice and take a sedative, as God of War III is complete and moved on to beta testing. Now the dev team has four months to work out any bugs and get the game ultra-smooth before its release in March 2010.

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

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