Week in Review: E3 2009 to Revert to Open Format, Star Wars: The Old Republic Announced, Gears of War 3?, and more!

Week in Review: E3 2009 to Revert to Open Format, Star Wars: The Old Republic Announced, Gears of War 3?, 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 marked by some solid game releases but not a whole lot of important news. Below you’ll find the week’s top stories, followed by a Gears of War rumor!

News of the Week:

Perhaps the most exciting news for gaming fans was the Monday announcement that E3 2009 will revert to a far more open format than what it has been in recent years. While the event will “technically” not open to the general public, attendees will number somewhere in the tens of thousands. As usual, the event will be held at the LA Convention Center, but the July dates have changed to June 2-4.

Boing! Dokomodake, Japan’s most famous mushroom platformer, will sprout up in North America on March 2009 for the Nintendo DS for only $19.99. The colorful fantasy world combines “action, adventure, and strategy with a fun and memorable storyline.” Click HERE for more details.

As was already presaged, Star Wars: The Old Republic, an MMORPG from BioWare and LucasArts, was confirmed on Monday, October 21. BioWare community members were treated to an emailed letter from BioWare founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk explaining their hopes for the upcoming massive online world based on the Star Wars I.P. Star Wars: The Old Republic will take place in the ancient era before the height of the Galactic Republic, as represented in the KotOR series. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a number of other, yet-to-be-revealed classes. The storyline will follow the struggle between The Republic and the original Sith menace.

The Interactive Achievement Awards have long been recognized as one of the industry’s most prestigious award convocations. But now, with the inclusion of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the IAA has been launched to a position of preeminence. “All members of the IDGA will be able to vote for the Games of the Year categories, making the IAA the official awards of the games industry.”

Atlus announced this week its plans to restore a legend among RPGs: the Legacy of Ys: Books I & II for Nintendo DS. Two of gaming’s all-time classics will be reborn for the on February 10, 2009. MSRP will be $34.99 across North America. Click HERE for game details and features!

Also, the PS3 version of GTA IV will be getting Trophies on Monday, October 27. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the Trophies will not be retroactive. As such, players will have to go back through the game and unlock them. Click HERE to find a list of all 51 Trophies (excluding the Platinum Trophy). However, we’ve also included the secret Trophies in the list at the very bottom of the page; consider yourself warned!

Rumor Round-Up:

Finally, according to GoWFans.com, at the end of Gears of War 2 there is a hidden message after the Epic credits roll from Adam Fenix. Does it foreshadow a third installment of the Gears franchise? Likely. Click HERE and you’ll find the recorded audio and an explanation taken from the Gearspedia to decide for yourself if this rumor carries any clout.

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

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