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Ubisoft CEO: 50% of games to be 3D by 2012

Posted in Other Gaming, Ubisoft with tags on May 19, 2010 by James Love

Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has been peering into his crystal ball and has said that by the year 2012 he expects 50% of video games to be in 3D.

“The 3D games are going to come more and more with the TV screens that are available. We did Avatar last year and the experience was enhanced by the 3D experience. On 360, PS3 but also maybe on portable machines,” he said. “So we can count on substantial growth on the 3D aspect just because it’s more immersive.

“I think next year we should maybe see 15-20 per cent of games that will be 3D on next-generation consoles. And then the following year it will be 50 per cent.”

Bearing in mind that the current generation of consoles aren’t even running most games in 720p never mind 1080p, we’re quietly pessimistic about Yves claims of 3D being so prevalent.

Moreover, with an entry level 3DTV at Amazon is costing the best part of £1000 for a 40″ LCD model (and note, that doesn’t include any active shutter glasses at all) we can’t see 3D taking off rapidly in the short term.

[Thanks GI]

FIFA World Cup tops UK chart

Posted in ELSPA UK Chart, Other Gaming with tags , , on May 17, 2010 by James Love

EA do it again with another FIFA game topping the charts in the UK, with 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa hitting the top spot.

Alan Wake debuted at number 2 with Lost Planet 2 at 3.

Check out the full chart after the break.

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Rumour: Leaked E3 list shows Killzone 3, LBP2 & Forza 4

Posted in E3 2010, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Opinion Articles, Other Gaming, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Rumours, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 28, 2010 by James Love

If this is true, E3 2010 could well be one of the biggest E3’s for a year with a slew of AAA games on the way.

This pre-E3 link was picked up on Twitter and lists various ‘confirmed’ titles for this years E3 including Killzone 3, LBP2, XBL Bond game (our bets, GoldenEye), Gears 3 and inFamous 2.

Another title sure to get the rumour mill going is Mass Effect 3 but not just for its unveiling, but for the fact that it will be done by Sony, adding fuel to the fire yet again that BioWare’s epic sci-fi franchise may finally make it onto Sony’s box.

See the picture of the leak after the jump with even more games to salivate over. Just remember, and we do stress this, it is only a rumour and the validity of the leak cannot be proven.

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Details on new Bond game released

Posted in Activision, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Other Gaming, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 with tags , on April 21, 2010 by James Love

CVG have unveiled the new title for Activision’s forthcoming James Bond title.

The new game will be called James Bond: Bloodstone and will not be tied in to Bond 23 movie. Rumours about the game speculate that it is more than just the racer that was first mentioned but that the game could also incorporate FPS or TPS mechanics.

Rare say “it’d be nice” to revisit old IP’s “but that doesn’t mean we will”

Posted in Other Gaming with tags , on March 29, 2010 by James Love

Mark Betteridge, head of Microsoft-owned Rare, has been speaking to Develop about the possibility of returning to games from their past, with Betteridge saying Rare “would only go back to older franchises if [they] saw an opportunity to make the product in a different way that would do justice to [them].”

“We’d only go back to older franchises if we saw an opportunity to make the product in a different way that would do justice to that, not just for the sake of it.” Betteridge added.

He also added “a first-party’s job should be to define the Xbox 360 platform, and that’s what we are looking to do here,” with the Rare still in the market to create blockbuster titles according to Betteridge.

Just Cause 2 top of UK chart

Posted in ELSPA UK Chart, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Other Gaming, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 with tags on March 29, 2010 by James Love

Just Cause 2 has  been kicking ass at the top of the UK chart, with God of War III only lasting a week before being ousted from the top.

Pokémon SoulSilver jumps in at number 2, with GoW III falling down to seventh.

Check the top 20 chart after the jump, and you can check out last weeks here.

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ELSPA respond to UK Budget

Posted in Journalism and Media, Other Gaming with tags , , , on March 24, 2010 by James Love

With Alastair Darling and the Labour government pledging to support the UK video games industry today with tax breaks, but what the breaks will entail has not yet been revealed, but it could create 3,500 more jobs over the next five years.

ELSPA have responded today over the announcement, and director general Michael Rawlinson told MCV, “I am delighted that this financial measure will support private and inward investment in the computer games industry and will help keep British talent in this country.”

He added, “We look forward to examining the details of these proposals and ensure that the measure is designed and implemented to support the largest number of businesses in the UK. ELSPA is ready to work alongside key stakeholders and take a full and active role to deliver for the computer games industry as a whole.”

ELSPA chairman and Mastertronic MD Andy Payne also commented saying “It is absolutely heartening news to hear that the Chancellor has offered support for one of the country’s leading creative digital businesses. This is a very significant day for the computer and videogames business in the UK.”