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RATCHET AND CLANK GETTING ULTRA CHEESE-IFIED:
The next Pixar/Disney clone has been announced and it’s going to look pretty familiar to you. Ratchet and Clank are getting a big screen treatment courtesy of Escape From Planet Earth animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment. I’ve never heard of EFPE but it got a 27% on Rotten Tomato and stars Brendan Fraser, so if you’re a fan of the series feel free to worry.
This doesn’t surprise me. No, not because Ratchet and Clank “deserve” a movie but because Wreck-it Ralph was the fourth highest grossing movie of 2012. I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of mixing of the mediums.
I know a lot of people are hoping this movie transcends the standard quality of video game based movies (that quality being shit), but I think they should go the full nine and get Uwe Boll directing.
THQ AUCTIONS OFF REMAINING ASSETS:
The rest of THQ’s high profile IPs have sold and all of the big name games left have gone to… Nordic Games(?). I’d never heard of them either, but research reveals they’re an Austrian publisher and the only game of note they ever published was the Painkiller reboot. In comments made to various gaming websites, Nordic Games CEO Lars Wingefors said he really just wanted the smaller assets and wasn’t planning on making a new Darksiders or Red Faction anytime in the near future.
THQ picked up the classic space strategy game Homeworld and 505 picked up the Drawn to Life series.
The damaged gaming company made about $7 million on the deal, which is going to come in handy…because EVERYONE is suing them now.
NINTENDO CHANGES TUNE ON E3. 2K ALSO OUT:
Nintendo canceled what would have been its over-the-top keynote event at E3 this year and is restructuring its marketing plan to do mostly closed door meetings. In a statement, Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata explained that because they weren’t releasing new hardware it was more imperative that they got people using the hardware at booths instead. Basically, they need to use their resources to get the Wii U into as many people’s hands as possible.
2K games also said they would be behind closed doors for most of the event.
Is this going to be the trend from now? Are a lot of companies going to pass up this over-hyped cluster-fuck? It wouldn’t surprise me; E3 has become a crazy PR fuck-fest that’s less about games and more about theatrical presentation. Focussing on closed door meetings with press and other video game bigwigs might be just what the big N needs to turn things around for its faltering console.
NEXT XCOM GAME ANNOUNCED:
This was possibly the coolest news this week. A live-action trailer emerged for what is going to be the once-rumored XCOM shooter. The game is being developed by 2K Marin of Bioshock 2 fame and takes place in the 60s at the inception of the XCOM Initiative.
2K Marin’s take on Rapture was a lot cornier than the original Bioshock, but it was a solid shooter. I’m interested to see what kind of game they can can deliver.
If you haven’t played XCOM: Enemy Unknown yet, you totally should because it’s fucking awesome.
XBOX AND PIZZA HUT- TOGETHER AT LAST:
This was all over the web, but if you haven’t heard, you can now an app on your 360 which orders a pizza to be delivered straight to your house. Thank God, the 14,000 other ways I order a pizza were becoming stale.
Here’s a video that shits on the whole thing.