News Snatch: Tomb Raider, Hitman And A DLC Explosion

And now a screenshot from the PlayStation Vita game Persona 4 Golden, spotted by TSA regular nemesisND1derboy.

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Are you enjoying the latest Hitman game? Good, because there is another one on the way but it is being developed by Square Enix Montreal instead of IO. “It’s the first time you could say Hitman has gone out of the house,” said Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad.

“Luckily it’s with someone we know. Some of the key developers came from IO and have been working on previous games so it’s not like it’s in completely new hands.” He then went on to compare the development to – oh dear – Call Of Duty. “It’s like with Treyarch and Infinity Ward,” says Blystad. “You have an IP that has been developed. They will feed off each other, as well as somethings that stand out. I think with these big franchises it takes a long time to develop just one game. If you can, work a little bit in parallel at least and help each other out”.

Hopefully this does not mean a Hitman game each year.

Crytek UK, formely Free Radical, have revealed why Timesplitters 4 was not picked up a by a publisher, the answer is the god-awful PS3 launch shooter ‘Haze’. “We pitched it to a lot of publishers, and from each of them we got the same two responses,” said Crytek UK managing director Karl Hilton. “Firstly, they would ask what happened with Haze. We were the company that made a series of high-rated shooters and then we had released Haze, which wasn’t as well received. Secondly, their marketing person would say something alone the lines of, ‘I don’t know how to sell this.'”

The Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaderboards are currently offline, Treyarch tweeted “Since this morning’s backend update, we’ve been made aware of leaderboard issues that some are having — we’re looking into it, stand by.”

Super Mario Bros. 2 news: players have collected over 300 billion coins and to celebrate this ridiculous achievement Nintendo have released a free DLC level pack. The extra levels are feature a number of classic courses from previous Mario games and were chosen by fans of the game.  Nintendo UK have also revealed via their website that the Nintendo TVii service will launch “in selected regions throughout Europe in 2013”.

And finally, ever wondered what Kratos would look like if he hacked and slashed his way through Tron? Then wonder no more, DeviantArt member ~Zachula has created ‘Kratron’. Click the picture for the awesome full sized image.

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22 Comments

  1. Thought it would be impossible to be looking forward to a release more than I am Tomb Raider, but the news that it won’t feature any swimming makes it even better.

    Awesome!

    Is there a game where the shoehorned-in swimming section isn’t dire?

      • But that’s a swimming game, not a game with a shoehorned in swimming section.

      • The studio behind the swimmer game also made DOA 5 … Lots of swimsuits in THAT game too. There is the odd chance you might get motion sickness.

      • How can you shoehorn in something to a swimming game? You dont wear shoes when swimming.

        ANn don’t even suggest “Flipperhorn” because that just sounds like a randy dolphin,.

    • I’m with you on Tomb Raider, was so impressed with it at EuroGamer – it looks like a more adult version of Uncharted, more gritty – cannot wait!

  2. Seriously?

    Marketing teams don’t know how to sell a Timesplitters game?

    It’ll sell itself!

    • Nope, TS3 didnt even break 1 million sales over 3 formats. TS2 didnt sell all that well either, certaiinly no where near the 2-3m sales publishers expect these days.

      • Really?

        Sigh… This is why we can’t have nice things.

  3. Tomb Raider still looks brilliant, I couldn’t care less if you could swim or not.

  4. Timesplitters 4: Time travel, hybrid mutants, monkeys dual-wielding shotguns. It’s not a hard pitch…

    • Timesplitters 4: Monkeys with guns

      That would sell it to most

      If you don’t know how to sell Timesplitters 4 then you probably need to find a new career

    • Off topic but have to say Moshbag, your avatar rocks. Love the marx bros. Dr. Hackinabush!!

      • Haha thanks! Don’t point that beard at me, it might go off!

  5. TS4 would be very hard to sell. It’s not like it has monkey wielding banana guns,humour,a bald dude that is not a generic space marine,set in different periods of time,dual wielding monkies,monkey hockey, oh wait… So they will publish COD clones but not TS? In a market where it is full to the brim with average to bad clones of a select few games, it would be stand out. Also, they would get away with including a zombie mode as TS3 included it. Or have the zombies be disco dancers in a zombie like trance.

    Damn that Haze and it’s abilitiy to put publishers off from publishing TS4.

    Not surprised about the Capcom releasing DLC for *insert game here* bit as they are worse then EA with DLC.

    Speaking of EA, that’s pathetic. Waiting over 1 year to fix an audio bug and input lag that has been reported by the community god knows how many times. Even Bethesda managed to sort out the lag on Skyrim within a year. :O And they had a semi decent reason to take a long time to fix it due to it being a massive open world RPG.

    I really hope they don’t plan to release a hitman game every year as it would just ruin the franchise imo due to the nature of the games and people would get fed up with seeing Hitman released every year.

    • The real problem with Haze is that Free Radical got to the point where they had to release an unfinished game and despite the bad reviews (which were a little harsh) the game still charted quite highly (no.3 when GTA IV was at no.1)

      • How the feck did it managed to do that!? O-o *hires a team of detectives to figure out how that happened*

  6. At least do a ‘TimeSplitters HD Collection’ for the PS3 Crytek :P Anyway hopefully this Petition will get to 300,000 erm soon –

    https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/crytek-uk-create-a-timesplitters-hd-collection

    Nearly at 70K now! :P

  7. I’m not that worried about a robot apocalypse: http://what-if.xkcd.com/5/

  8. Input Lag fix….,,Yaaaassssssssss!!!!!!’

    • Congratulations! You are one of two people I know had this problem. :P

  9. Really!? There’s loads of people have this problem. 3 or 4 on my friends list alone.

    I along with many others gave up on the game altogether due to it being so bad, and its only taken them a year to give us a fix. Well done guys, no really.

    Loads of patches fixing all sorts of minor things whilst breaking others, and yet a game breaking issue like this is left untouched for near 12 months.

    A simple google search will show you a vast number of gamers suffer from input lag on BF3

    Wait, its our TV’s fault… right ?? Lol

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