Joystiq is reporting that a remake of Halo: Combat Evolved is currently in development and planned for a 2011 Holiday launch, specifically on November 15 the ten year anniversary of Halo’s launch on the Xbox.
According to their sources the game is being developed by Saber Interactive and features all new art assets, 1080p resolution, 3D support, online co-op, and some kind of online multiplayer. The exact game engine being used was not revealed, but it was said to not be the Reach engine.
Assuming this Halo remake actually exists, I guess it’s safe to say that Microsoft found a way to “weave” it into their overall portfolio.
Kotaku is reporting that Sony has been telling developers that soon PlayStation 3 owners will be able to save their games in the “cloud” (Sony’s remote servers), and not just one their PS3 hard drives. The advantage for consumers is that they would not only be able to backup their saves to Sony’s server, but they could also import those saves through PSN to different consoles. Of course, according to the sources, that you will need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
The service will be called “Online Saving” and will be available as part of the PS3′s 3.60 firmware update.
Consider this a rumor for now, but keep in mind Sony did trademark PS Cloud back in March of 2009.
“Hell yeah! I know RE6 is in the works, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to audition for it… Or you guys could bug Capcom into casting me in it! ;-) I’m workin’ it, baby!” – Albert Wesker’s voice actor D.C. Douglas
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Capcom would continue on with the Resident Evil series (plus this is not the first time we have heard of RE6), but it’s always nice to hear of a new RE title. Hopefully, we get a return to survival horror and zombies with this one.
Kotaku has a picture of what could either be the unannounced PSP 2, or just a nice photoshop job. I’m leaning towards photoshop for a couple of reasons.
First off, it looks like someone took an image of the PlayStation Phone and shopped it up with a couple analog sticks. I doubt very much that Sony would put out two devices (a phone and the PSP 2) and have them look this similar.
Secondly, all the rumors that we have heard point to Sony not going with a PSP Go slide out style for the PSP 2 (here and here).
The good news is that we won’t have to wait long to find out. Rumor has it that Sony will announced the new handheld this Thursday.
Ahead of Sony’s expected reveal of the PSP 2 on January 27th, Nikkei has released some preliminary details about the handheld.
According to the report the PSP 2 will have 3G support in Japan provided by NTT DoCoMo, which is in line with statements made by the wireless carrier last July. Gamers will be able to use the 3G connection to play online games and download software and movies. However they will not be able to use the connection to make calls. There was also no mention as to if a service fee would be required.
In addition to 3G, Nikkei is also claiming that the PSP 2 will have an OLED touch screen that is “larger than normal” and a new processor for “high resolution visuals”.
A recent Bloomberg report is claiming that Sony will announce the PlayStation Portable 2 (PSP2) at a media conference on January 27, followed by an official announcement of the PlayStation Phone at the Mobile World Congress in February.
Of course none of this is official, but it does fall right in line with other rumors concerning the announcement of the PSP2 and the PS Phone. It also happens to repeat Sony’s M.O. of not being able to keep a secret.
Jonathan Ross, host of Nintendo’s Amsterdam conference, mentioned on his twitter account that Nintendo could have some surprises for their upcoming NYC/Amsterdam conferences on Wednesday. A follower responded that they have their “fingers crossed for Metroid”, to which Ross replied ”I think you’re going to be pleased then…”.
This is obviously not a confirmation of anything, but it looks like we might be getting a lot of interesting news this Wednesday.
“[The rumored reports are] a perfectly reasonable description of the hardware’s capabilities… [The difference between the PSP 2 and the 3DS is] comparable to the difference which exists between PSP and DS.” – Unnamed source with experience working on the PSP 2
I suspect that what is going to kill Sony on the PSP 2 is the launch price and that it will come out after the 3DS has been able to pick up a lot of steam.
In the end though, it all depends on who can get the most compelling software support. Although we don’t yet know what is in store for the PSP 2, the 3DS is looking pretty strong with third-party software.