News Snatch: Microsoft Selling Xbox To Sony, Old Dante, iPhone Rumours And Final Fantasy Discounts

Glorious Missions!

I cannot decide if the newly announced ‘Classic Dante’ DLC for DmC is a massive cop-out or a cynical money grabbing exercise.

Possibly both, check out the video below. Not that this should really matter to anyone, of course – new Dante isn’t exactly obnoxious.

In one of the earliest April Fools of the year, Adam Hartung, contributor (not analyst as some sites seem to think) to Forbes has predicted bad times ahead for Microsoft.

As well as huge job losses he predicts the following; “The entertainment division will be spun off, sold to someone like Sony or possibly Barnes & Noble, or dramatically reduced in size.  Unable to make a profit it will increasingly be seen as a distraction to the battle for saving Windows.” The entertainment division includes Xbox so this is obviously a huge jape, as if Microsoft would sell their brand to their biggest rival.

Oh wait, it’s not, Adam Hartung is being serious.

Staying in the land of Fortune Tellers, analyst Peter Misek thinks yet another new iPhone will soon enter production and be released this summer. The new ‘big screen’ iPhone is said to be “Similar to the iPad mini, we expect a concentrated low-cost iPhone rather than a ‘cheap’ one. Likely specs: polycarbonate case with 4in non-Retina display and no LTE.”

The PlayStation Store has a Final Fantasy sale this week with pretty much every game half price which means Final Fantasy VII is a tempting £3.99.  The sale begins this Wednesday, 23rd January and last for one week, for the rest of bargains click here.

Further to last week’s news that Tomb Raider will not be getting a demo comes the news that the gamers will not be able to buy a season pass for the DLC. Not that any has been announced but it’s blatantly going to have some and you’re all going to have to pay top whack for it rather than get it in a nice bundle. Happy days!

Release Date Round-up: History: Legends Of War will land on PC and consoles (including PS Vita) on 8th March 2013. Check out the trailer above.

Rumours of Monster Hunter 4 appearing on the Vita have been dashed, “I would not believe everything you read on the Internet. It will set you up for disappointment or misdirected frustration,” they told Destructoid.

And Finally, Ubisoft and EA beware! China’s ruling communist party is about to enter the world of gaming, an area the previously regarded as “electronic heroin”.  A series of ideologically correct online multi player games entitled “Glorious Missions” will be published, each of these has been scripted by seven unnamed Propaganda officials and the whole project has been overseen by the beady eye of the People’s Liberation Army.

Sounds a bit like how Activision make the Call Of Duty series.

Allegedly, the lawyers have asked me to add.


  1. The Microsoft thing sounds like a big April Fool’s story… yes… on ther side, a lot of reports come lately about then end of the Microsoft era… and they are based on two facts:

    1) Windows 8 which the 98% of people hate it already (especially the developers community)
    2) New XBox where a lot of reports also say that it has lost the next generation war right before even started. And Microsoft is not Sony in consoles to mind the gap as Sony did in this generation and now is first in worldwide shippings.

    What I do hope as a hard core console gamer is Microsoft to be vanished from consoles since this company is the one to blame that kept gaming technology tight to grounds because of the decision to use the limited in terms of capacity DVD in XBOX. I hope most of people know what I mean.

    • I think the wolves baying for the end of Microsoft are the same ones baying for the end of the desktop. Certainly the desktop either at home or work, is where most of Microsoft’s income stream is at the moment. They do not currently have a large enough foothold in tablets and most analysts see the future going that way…
      Also, given the general decline in Desktop sales, Windows 8 is selling as well as they expected and once you get past the hate it’s not that bad – It’s mostly Windows 7 under the hood anyway ;)

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