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Ubisoft sides with amBX

BIA and Far Cry 2 coloured in.

CES 2008: Bill Gates keynote

The king is dead. But he has 10m Live users to mourn him.

TGS: No PS3 price cut this year

"No surprise" for Hirai in Tokyo.

As has been widely anticipated, Sony has failed to confirm a PlayStation 3 price cut for 2007 during its Tokyo Game Show keynote speech this morning, with worldwide boss Kaz Hirai saying only that such a move is a "possibility" for the future.

TGS: PlayStation Home delayed

Next spring, says Hirai.

PlayStation Home, PS3's online social networking "thing", will not release this year as planned, Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai has confirmed in his Tokyo Game Show keynote this morning.

TGS: Sony confirms DualShock 3

Being shown on nine titles.

Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai has announced the Dualshock 3 controller for PlayStation 3 in his keynote Tokyo Game Show speech this morning, confirming that it will include vibration features and that nine titles on the event's showfloor - including Metal Gear Solid 4 and Devil May Cry 4 - will feature full support.

Crysis dated

This year, upgrade fans.

Crytek's beautiful sci-fi shooter Crysis will release for PC on November 16th, publisher EA has confirmed.

Garriott skirts PS3 online games in Brighton

Details "hopefully" this year.

NCSoft MMO dev legend Richard Garriott keynoted Brighton's Develop Conference this morning, talking loosely about upcoming sci-fi title Tabula Rasa, but failing to add detail to the E3 announcement that the publisher is to create PS3-exclusive online games.

World in Conflict Multiplayer Beta

Massive CEO talks online. He can't be that big, surely?

World in Conflict (WiC) isn't like other RTS games, as developer Massive Entertainment has been at great pains to stress throughout its development. Set in an alternate reality where the Cold War went critical, the game purports to be the antithesis of Supreme Commander's mega-complexity. With a plot penned by Clancy cohort Larry Bond, the single-player game pits the player against a Soviet force on American soil, theoretically focusing on layering ease-of-use and bite-size gameplay over deep, fast-paced military strategy and the allure of tactical nukes.

E3: Sonic, Golden Axe on XBLA!

SEGA gems available now.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Golden Axe are now available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for 400 points each, Microsoft announced at its E3 press briefing tonight, which is good news in anyone's language. Besides Swahili, probably.

E3: Mass Effect in November

BioWare RPG finally firms up.

First-party 360 sci-fi opus Mass Effect will be released in November, Microsoft confirmed at its E3 press conference early today.

Microsoft E3 conference roundup

European date for Elite, Halo 3 Special Edition X360 and more.

E3 2007 began in earnest tonight, with Microsoft showing off an extensive Christmas line-up in Santa Monica, California, while making several large announcements concerning hardware and software.

Major EVE Online content update

Revelations II deployed.

CCP is currently in the process of deploying Revelations II, the second part of its second major game update for EVE Online, its space-based MMO.

10 Years of CCP

The Free Territory of the Americas.

In December 1964, Che Guevara delivered a classic speech to the UN General Assembly in New York. The South American revolutionary effortlessly did what revolutionaries do best, inspiring, threatening and posturing, rising to his historic occasion with vehemence and dignity. It was his time and he took it neatly. During a withering diatribe focused almost exclusively on US foreign policy, Guevara said, "Cuba, distinguished delegates, a free and sovereign state with no chains binding it to anyone, with no foreign investments on its territory, with no proconsuls directing its policy, can speak with its head held high in this Assembly and can demonstrate the justice of the phrase by which it has been baptised: 'Free Territory of the Americas'."

EVE walking appeals to girls

"Women don't want to be spaceships," says CCP.

Functionality allowing players to walk around space stations in MMO EVE Online is being added for "flavour and fun", CCP marketing boss Magnus Bergsson told us at the company's offices in Reykjavik, Iceland, last week, and will also open the game up to more female players.

World of Darkness MMO in "4-5 years"

EVE maker gradually going vamp.

World of Darkness, the in-development White Wolf MMO, will take four to five years to complete, CCP marketing director Magnus Bergsson told us last Friday at the company's offices in Reykjavik, Iceland.

EVE Online art book for August

Yours for USD 50, says CCP.

Icelandic developer and publisher CCP is to release an EVE Online art book this summer, priced USD 50, to be made available from its online store.

E3 US-only, says Ubi-chief

Games staple gone Stateside.

E3 - the legendary, soon-to-be-reborn staple trade show of the games industry calendar - has been dubbed as "only for the US" by Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot in Paris tonight.

Warhammer 40K MMO confirmed

THQ signs rights till 2013.

THQ's to release a Warhammer 40K MMORPG at an unspecified date, the company's confirmed. The game is currently under development at THQ's wholly owned Austin-based outfit, Vigil Games.

Dave Perry has "top secret" MMO

Have your "life changed".

Dave - sorry; "David" - Perry is working on a self-monikered "Top Secret MMOG Project" for Acclaim Games, the company confirmed over the weekend, which is to be strongly influenced by user input during its development.

Chew Man Fu for VC, mobile

Opens Hudson's gates, apparently.

Hudson's releasing aged puzzler Chew Man Fu on Wii's Virtual Console and mobile phones in Europe next month, the company said yesterday.

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