The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Sony Exclusives Leaked, Hardware Deals Coming, Natal and EyeWand Cheaper than we Thought, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Sony Exclusives Leaked, Hardware Deals Coming, Natal and EyeWand Cheaper than we Thought, 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.

This week was light on game news but big on rumors. For starters, it appears that Resistance 3 is currently in development. While this isn’t a surprise to anyone, it was interesting to see a billboard advertising the game before it’s even been announced. That’s right; a billboard for Resistance 3 was erected in Shreveport, LA for a picture currently being filmed called Battle: Los Angeles. The movie is set for a 2011 release, which seems to be an appropriate timeframe for Resistance 3. Also, if the billboard graphic is to be believed, it appears the game will be based in New York City.

Another unannounced PS3 exclusive that’s apparently currently in development is Sucker Punch’s Infamous 2. An actor tweeted the news, claiming that he was slated to audition for the role of Cole, the game’s hero/anti-hero.

A PlayStation forum post by Naughty Dog Developer ReklissAbandon let slip that cross-game voice chat is set for PS3 and will arrive in the next firmware update. Naturally, the unintentionally revealing post was quickly deleted by Sony, only adding fuel to the speculation.

Wedbush Morgan industry analyst Michael Pachter revealed what he thinks Microsoft’s Natal and Sony’s EyeWand will cost when they hit retail. Pachter sees Natal retailing for just $50, while the EyeWand will likely go for around $100 by his estimation. While his guesses are typically prescient, we’re a little skeptical this time around.

Continuing with hardware speculation, industry sources close to Microsoft have supposedly confirmed that “AMD / ATI has already won the GPU deal for the next generation XboX console.” This has fueled speculation that the next Xbox will likely be backwards compatible due to the fact ATI will be able to make a compatible chipset. As such, it’s proffered that the next Xbox will be a “re-freshening” of the platform rather than a full-fledged launch. No official confirmation has been made. But the rumor is hardly a stretch, as it jives with previous hypotheses.

Hardware news that can be confirmed is that a standalone PS3 console with 250 GB hdd is set to hit North American store shelves on November 3 for $349.99.

Likwise, Nintendo officially announced that a black Nunchuk and Wii Remote & Wii MotionPlus bundle will launch on November 16th. The black Wii Remote will sell bundled with a black Wii MotionPlus accessory for $49.99, while the black Nunchuk will sell separately for $19.99.

Finally, Crytek, known for its graphics-intense game engine and Crysis video game, has announced the launch of CryENGINE 3. CryENGINE 3 is an “All-in-one multiplatform development solution” that is more than capable of delivering AAA quality games. “CryENGINE is the underlying technology for Crytek’s critically acclaimed games Far Cry, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, and NC Soft’s recently released MMORPG blockbuster AION,” and the latest iteration of the toolset has already garnered the attention of several big names in the gaming industry.

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

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