Just a quick update this week on three bit of news to come out of the industry:
- All the evidence in the world pointed to it, and earlier this week we got a crystal clear confirmation – Grand Theft Auto 5 is indeed real and will be coming out sometime in the future. Given the gigantic success of the franchise since its jump to the world of 3D environments in 2001, and in particular the critical acclaim of GTA 4 in 2008, you would have thought this would be a no-brainer for Rockstar Games, but they are famously good at keeping their cards close to their chest. All eyes will be on the Rockstar website on November 2nd, as this is when we will get out first glimpse of GTA 5 in the form of an official trailer. In the meantime, all we can do is twiddle out thumbs and observe the only picture of the game released – and it’s the logo. The dollar wrapped around the Roman Numeral gives a bit of weight to the theory that for this instalment, Rockstar may make the jump to the real world and focus on the current economic climate, maybe in Los Angeles. I for one am horrified at the idea; Grand Theft Auto has always been at its peak by offering ridiculous action and a scathing commentary on real life. Also, please please please don’t do Liberty City again – give me more Vice City and ill slap my money down right now for a copy.
- It’s all looking a bit gloomy for Nintendo at the moment – a year marked by a highly disappointing sales for the 3DS, a lack of big hitting titles for the Wii and DS and early scepticism towards the Wii U have all come together to give the Big N a first half loss of a staggering 70.2 BILLION Yen (that’s £578 million for us English folk). Nintendo haven’t made a annual loss in profits for over 30 years now, and it really would be a sign of the economic times if the biggest name in gaming were to hit a downturn as catastrophic as this come April 2012 (Christmas will boost profits, but I doubt it will cover such a huge initial loss).
- And finally in another sad bit of news, another game has found itself displaced from the November release schedule – the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection which will now be released on the 3rd February 2012. Logic would dictate that either Konami don’t fancy their chances against the other big hitters in November and have made the decision to bail out, or the game simply wasn’t ready yet. Still it might prove to be a crafty bit of business – at the moment, the only other major challenge in February is from Final Fantasy XIII-2, so it might be able to mop up on those gamers who are burnt out over Christmas.
Cheers for the continued support of the blog, and if anyone is going to the MCM Expo in London tomorrow I hope you have a great time – I can’t go to this one unfortunately due to work constraints (and I’m skint as well – typical student).