Author - Jerry Paxton

Halo DS Petition, Save the Clock Tower!!!

PocketGamer.UK is reporting that after the game’s sordid past a new petition to resurrect Halo DS has been created. Apparently the game was in development but was canned for reasons that Cassamassina is reluctant to disclose. Nay sayers have been claiming the game being played in the video is a hoax and is merely a modded game made using the Goldeneye: Rogue Agent engine.

The Infamous Halo DS video:

Anderson Says Castlevania Film Moving Nicely

Joystiq reports that after two years in the design phase, a Paul W.S. Anderson produced Castlevania flick
seems to finally have a full head of steam. Anderson told SCI FI Wire,
‘[I’m] hoping to get a script for it in two or three weeks. And I’m
hoping it’s great. Sylvain White is directing it, and we’re hoping to
kind of make it a pre-strike movie. So it kind of shoots in the next
couple months’.

Toshiba Shoots Down HD-DVD Equipped Xbox Rumor

Engadget is reporting that a Toshiba spokesman told Stuff that the uber-speced, Toshiba-branded Xbox 360 console with built-in HD DVD
rumor is bogus. ‘It’s got nothing to do with us, ‘ says Tosh, ‘But we
know Microsoft doesn’t want to include the HD DVD drive so as not to
limit the user’s experience.’ Thats a real shame, was such a good idea if they could have done it without raising the price of the systems.

Spore Six Months Out?

Joystiq is reporting that in a recent BBC radio interview, Wil Wright stated that Spore is ‘in final testing and was ‘roughly’ six months away from release’.

From Wikipedia:
Spore is a multiplatform god game under development by Maxis and designed by Will Wright that allows a player to control the evolution of a species from its existence as a multicellular organism to a spacefaring sapient creature. The game has drawn wide attention for its massive scope, and its promise to simulate this development of a species through open-ended gameplay using procedural generation.

Another Resident Evil Film in the Works?

1up is reporting that the contract for a fourth Resident Evil movie was dependent upon the third film’s success. Extinction did well at the box office, raking in $24 million it’s first weekend.
Resident Evil movie producer Jeremy Bolt, has suggested the
next sequel might focus on another character from the series’ universe, Claire Redfield. ‘We haven’t changed our mind about working on another one,’ said Bolt. ‘We want to be respectful. I think the thing is, we’re in the middle of Death Race. We haven’t really focused on another Resident Evil. Certainly we’d like to look at it, but I wouldn’t want to say we were or weren’t doing anything at this point. It’s too early.’

Turok Goes Hollywood

Joystiq is reporting that Turok is in the process of becoming an animated feature. Thats right, everyone’s favorite Native American dinosaur killer will star in the straight to DVD release in early 2008. Turok, Son of Stone is being produced as a 70-minute animated DVD for Classic Media by ex-Disney (Aladdin & Hercules) producer Tad Stones.


Bioware MMO Going to be KOTOR 3?

Gamespot is reporting that the rumor mill is a blaze with talk of Bioware’s next project being an MMO based in Knights of the Old Republic universe.

From the GameSpot article:
However, rumors of a KOTOR MMORPG petered out, thanks to BioWare’s successful attempts to keep virtually every detail about the game under wraps. Now though, they are back, thanks to Primotechnology’s claims–which are the first to directly cite a source with knowledge of BioWare Austin’s inner workings.

‘A source close to BioWare confirmed to us today that the studio’s upcoming untitled massively-multiplayer online RPG will be centered around the Star Wars universe, specifically that of Knights of the Old Republic, which the developer released in 2003,’ read the report. Primotechnology went on to point out the popularity of Star Wars: Galaxies–which was released in 2003 and drastically revised in 2005–is waning. ‘It’s estimated that the game now has fewer than 100,000 subscribers and less than 20,000 active players,’ said the site without sourcing the numbers.’

And now the best from HK-47:

Comcast Denies Intentionally Affecting Downloads/Uploads

MSNBC reports that Comcast is now denying that they intentionally manipulate certain web traffic.

Last Friday, however, the Shogun spoke and described Comcast’s admission to the contrary. A Comcast employee actually gave pretty clear statement confirming that Comcast had policies or processes in place to limit peer-to-peer file sharing, targeting the uploading computer. The Associated Press even conducted experiments to confirm the blockage.

Now Comcast is backpedaling. In a statement released Monday, Comcast stated, ‘Comcast does not block access to any Web sites or online applications, including peer-to-peer services like BitTorrent.’ Rather, Comcast states that they employ ‘bandwidth management technology’ which may slow peer-to-peer applications, but not block them (i.e., the system prioritizes bandwidth and may allocate more resources to a VOIP telephone call, to the detriment of a torrent download).

Return to the Shogun for more information as it developes.

Perpetual Dissolved, Star Trek Online Affected

The Escapist is reporting that Perpetual Entertainment is being dissolved after being acquired by a ‘major game company’ which is currently unnamed. Perpetual, who’s latest game Gods and Heroes was recently cancelled was also tasked with creating the far-off Star Trek MMO. It seems that the Star Trek MMO as well as at least ‘some’ of that team have been bought up by this new company as well. So it would seem the Star Trek MMO has been shook up but still in development.

Army of Two Delayed

1up is reporting that EA’s Army of Two has been delayed to sometime in early ’08. ‘Game quality is our top priority. Army of Two has potential to become a lasting EA franchise, so getting the first title right is essential,’ said President of the EA Games Label.

From Wikipedia:
Army of Two (AO2) is a co-op third-person shooter with a focus on cooperative and coordinated strategies. Players will join up with either the game’s built-in ‘Partner Artificial Intelligence’ (PAI) or other players ‘to fight through war, political turmoil and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world.’ Story details are vague at the moment, but the game has been designed to necessitate teamwork; some missions may be close to impossible to complete without another player or cooperation with the PAI.