Thu, Jun 16, 2011 | 09:16 BST
BULLETCAST, June 16 – What you need to know now
Reading is such a difficult thing. Watch me read the news to you instead. Do the written words afterwards. Break it up a bit.
- Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Wii U won’t have support for Blu-ray or DVD playback. Hit this for a complete look at Wii U, its tech, its game and what we learnt from its E3 reveal.
- Nintendo is “not interested in offering software free of charge,” according to Iwata.
- Game Republic, the independent studio behind Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom and Genji: Days of the Blade, appears to be closing doors amid financial woes.
- L.A. Noire sold around 900,000 units in the US during May, and is comparatively behind Red Dead Redemption by 40 percent.
- BioWare’s confirmed that up to 18,000 accounts have been compromised on its forums through an old Neverwinter Nights forums.
- In further hackZ0r news, LulzSec his EVE Online again last night, taking down both the MMO’s log-in server and the main play server, Tranquility.
- The decision to pull Crysis 2 from Steam was not made by EA, the publisher’s claiming. Apparently this is down to an agreement Crytek has with another download service which meant the game violated a new “a set of business terms for developers” on Steam.
- It’s being rumoured that Half-Life 3 is in the works, and that Episodes 3 and 4 have been canned.
- Rumour has it that Microsoft will release the Kinect SDK for Windows this week.
- Forza producer Dan Greenawalt has said we’ll see the results of Kinect’s effect on games development in about two years. Two years from now. Not now.
- Sony virtual E3 booth in Home attracted over 500,000 visitors last week.
- The Australian Classification Board is rethinking its rating of “naughty” Ubisoft game We Dare after home affairs minister Brendan O’Connor lodged a request for review.
- 2K Games has stopped using PR firm The Redner Group after its founder Jim Redner threatened to blacklist journalists and outlets that gave Duke Nukem Forever a “venom-filled” review.
- ArenaNet has said plans for “the delivery of future content – retail or otherwise – has yet to be 100 percent determined,” despite an earlier report stating the firm was planning to skip out on releasing expansions at retail.