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FYI: More 360 Woes Covered, Wii Motion+ Dated & More

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Announcements

  • Microsoft Includes E74 Failures Extended Warranty (via Microsoft KB)
  • Killzone 2 ‘Steel and Titanium’ Map Pack Dated For April 30th, 2009 (via PlayStation.Blog)
  • Wii MotionPlus & Wii Sports Resort Dated (via Press Release)
    • Wii MotionPlus accessory dated for June 8th, 2009 for $19.99 USD
    • Wii Sports Resort w/ Wii MotionPlus bundle dated for July 26th, 2009 for $49.99 USD
  • Konami Announces Six Days in Fallujah for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & Windows PC (via Press Release below)
  • Patapon 2 to be digitally distributed? Sony unofficially says “Yes”. (via ArsTechnica)

Press Release of the Day

KONAMI ANNOUNCES SIX DAYS IN FALLUJAH FOR THE XBOX 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 AND WINDOWS PC

Third-Person Action Shooter – Based on Fiercest Urban Battle of The War in Iraq
Uses Real Footage, US Marines Who Fought in the Battle and Real Missions
Features Co-op and Online Multiplayer Modes

El Segundo, Calif. – April 14, 2009 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today that Six Days in Fallujah is currently in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Developed by Atomic Games, Six Days in Fallujah is a new third person shooter experience that puts the player in the center of the largest urban military operation in four decades. Six Days in Fallujah combines the action of a military shooter with the realism of a documentary film to create a new kind of experience that is both historical and engaging. Partnering with over three dozen US Marines to help develop the game along with unprecedented access to battle plans, after action reports, photos, videos and satellite maps makes this game the most authentic military shooter to date. Coupled with missions, objectives and scenarios grounded in factual events, Six Days in Fallujah will create an authentic 3rd person shooter unlike any ever developed.

“Six Days in Fallujah creates a very compelling interactive experience,” said Brian Christian, Vice President of Product Development for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “We are creating a 3rd person shooter unlike any other by combining a brand new game engine, authentic weaponry, missions and combat set against the gripping story of the US Marines on the ground.”

Six Days in Fallujah lets players experience the historic battle of Fallujah as a US Marine fire-team leader and places them in the heat of the action against the insurgency. Players are able to physically shape the battlefield just as US Marines did during the battle in Fallujah. Create new lines of attack by kicking in doors, blowing up walls, eliminating enemy cover and destroying the environment around them. To make the battle even more authentic, heavy emphasis has been put into the environments using real world satellite maps, weapons from US Marines and vehicles used in the conflict to fully immerse players in this epic confrontation and experience what it was like to be a Marine on the ground. In addition, Six Days in Fallujah will include multiplayer functionality – allowing players to team up with other fire team members in co-op and online modes.

Six Days in Fallujah is scheduled to be released in 2010 on Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION®3 system and Windows PC.

Video of the Day

Trine (PSN, PC)


Today’s news is rife with controversial topics. There’s potential market splitting content (KZ2, Wii Motion Plus), the announcement of an Iraq war themed shooter which is based off of a real battle and Microsoft covering their butts from additional Xbox 360 failure related lawsuits. Oh and Patapon 2 to be only digitally distributed in North America?

Of course some are more controversial than others.

Six Days in Fallujah has already upset a number of people and I don’t think it’s going to win anyone over with promises such as “online multiplayer”. For many people, it’s just far too soon to be making games based on the Iraq war. At least the developers won’t have to worry about this game being lost in the modern warfare shooter pile. Even if it turns out to be derivative, at least people are paying attention to it thanks to its title.

Trine sure is pretty.

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