The fallout from E3 is seemingly now past us, and as a result normal news is back on the agenda. Here’s a quick roundup of the most interesting news from the past week or two.
- Yesterday, a 56 page document was supposedly leaked from Microsoft headquarters detailing future business plans, including a template for their next console. The document, which has quickly been removed by legal types, suggests that the next Xbox will have Blu-Ray compatibility, an enhanced version of the Kinect and will cost $300 at launch. The document also featured references to the Smartglass feature revealed at E3. Now there have been more industry leaks over the last year than a broken sieve, but what interests me with this one is that a few Xbox specialist journalists have come out and said that a few of the details featured in this document are very close to information that has been passed down to them; also when lawyers get involved you can assume that Microsoft are trying pretty hard not to reveal anything.
- Ages ago, I reported that a Ratchet & Clank HD collection was in the works. After a short delay, Sony have confirmed that the collection will eventually be making its way to British shores on June 29th. To remind you, the collection features the first three games in the series (the ones on the PS2) with updated visuals and trophy support. I recently finished off the first game (I played them the wrong way round), and will hopefully have a collection review up soon
- And in related Insomniac Games news, do you remember Overstrike? It was a new IP revealed at Electronic Arts’ E3 conference last year, and not a snippet of information has been revealed since…until now! In an interview with EA head honcho Frank Gibeau, he revealed that the game had been delayed to allow for ‘extra time to nail the gameplay and the quality’. I’m happy to hear this, as coming out of this years E3 I feared that the game had been cancelled
- Finally, this year marks the 20th anniversary of yet another classic game franchise, in the form of Kirby. To celebrate this, Nintendo will be releasing a special collection for the Wii featuring the lovable pink blob in six of his best outings. The games featured are Kirby’s Adventure (NES), Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2 (Game Boy), Kirby Super Star & Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES), and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64). That’s a lot of Kirby, and as far as I can tell is one of the only games coming out for the Wii in the next few months.