Today's round-up includes news of Red Steel
showing up at E3, a new storage solution for the Xbox 360, and the top ten selling PC games for March 26 – April 1, as well as the latest posts from GameSetWatch, product news and Gamasutra job postings.
- Previously revealed in the pages of Game Informer, Ubisoft today announced that their Revolution-exclusive first-person action game, Red Steel
, will make its worldwide debut in May 2006 at E3 in Los Angeles. The game is set in modern-day Japan, and will have players fighting opponents with both a sword and modern guns through the Revolution's unique controller. “We're honored to announce this exciting new franchise and we're confident that Red Steel
will be the must-have title for the Revolution when it launches,” said Serge Hascoet, chief creative officer at Ubisoft. “We have been working closely with Nintendo to take full advantage of the innovative controller to create a thrilling experience that can only exist on the Revolution.”
- Datel has announced an Xbox 360 storage solution called XSATA which offers users a way to transfer files between the next-generation console and the PC, effectively utilizing the PC's hard drive as a secondary storage medium. The device requires the use of file management software such as Xplorer 360, and is a plug-and-play peripheral that sits between the Xbox 360's hard drive and the console itself. Data downloaded from the console are treated as files by the PC, and as such can be emailed to other users who could potentially upload the data to be used on their Xbox 360, provided that data is not tied to the originator's Xbox Live Account or Gamertag.
- U.S. video game sales chart compiler NPD Group has revealed that as expected, Take-Two Software and Bethesda Softworks' recently released The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
was the best selling PC game for the week of March 26 – April 1, 2006. Vivendi Universal's World of Warcraft
continued to dominate the competition, coming in at number two. The Sims 2 Open For Business Expansion Pack
took the third spot, followed by the Oblivion Collector's Edition
in fourth. LucasArt's Empire At War
continues to be the dominate PC strategy title on the market in the fifth spot, while two Electronic Arts offerings, The Sims 2
and The Godfather
, come in ranked sixth and seventh respectively. Surprise contender Disney Princess 2Pack
from Cokem takes the eighth spot, followed by Civilization IV
in ninth and finally Battlefield 2
for the tenth and final spot on the chart.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch include a look at SNK and ADK’s 2D fighter for the Neo Geo: Ninja Masters
, a Jeff Minter classic getting the movie treatment
, opinions on games and storytelling
, a guide to the best two-player board games
, and We Love Katamari speed runs
- Also updated today: product news, featuring Ubisoft using Internap FCX to manage data
, as well as the latest Gamasutra job postings
, featuring openings from Backbone Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Incredible Technologies, LucasArts, Midway Games, and Radical Entertainment.