9 Lives just Not Enough.

Mad Catz have been making gaming peripherals for well over 30 years, heck they’ve even produced a console of their own in the form of the Mad Catz Mojo however neither the company’s collective history or experience have saved them from the bankruptcy they filed this week.
The road that inevitably lead to this collapse is almost as long lived as Mad Catz themselves & surely began back in the company’s earlier years when their peripherals were not considered to be of the highest quality, pair that uncertainty surrounding the brand with a number of poor investment choices in more recent years and perhaps Mad Catz’s fate wasn’t quite as out of the blue as it first appeared.

Peter Molyneux leaves Lionhead.

After 15 years of service Peter Molyneux, the brains behind Populous, Black & White and the Fable series  has confirmed via Twitter that he has left Lionhead, the Microsoft owned studio he founded.
“I have left the lovely amazing Microsoft and Lionhead. for something really amazing, scary and brave, a new company called 22 Cans.”
Molyneux said no more but many are already speculating on what Peter Molyneux will do next and why he decided to leave his studio in the first place. As for the Lionhead itself, well it’s continuing it’s working on Fable: The Journey.

SimCity 5.

EA’s have confirmed that Maxis’ long running SimCity series is set to return to the PC next year. The fifth instalment of the city-building simulation will bring more of what the fans have come to expect, again allowing players to run their mega metropolis in any way they see fit. Along with the familiar aspects that come with all   SimCity instalments EA are promising a number of other features including network play that would see repercussion for player decisions not only their city but the cities of other players across the world (i.e.  climate change). More details are come by E3 but I’m sure you already know what to expect from SimCity.

Assassin’s Creed 3.

Ubisoft’s much anticipated Assassin’s Creed 3 (out October 31th) has received it’s first trailer, confirmation of a Wii U edition and a long press release hyping what Ubisoft hope will be the biggest entry into the series so far.

Assassin’s Creed III is powered by Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a revolutionary new game engine that delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence. Assassin’s Creed III will feature a ground-breaking level of stunning graphics that bring Colonial America to life.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnaké ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars.

Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.”

Persona 4 Arena.

All though not quite Persona 5, fans of the ever more popular JRPG series are likely to be pleased none the less that Persona 4 Arena is heading westward after all. The 2D fighter is now set to appear on both the PS3 and 360 this August but only in the States, as for Europe Atlus could make no promises but were hopeful an EU publisher could be found.

No Mass Effect 3 At Game.

As if Game wasn’t having enough problems already the retailer has now confirmed that they won’t be stocking any Mass Effect 3s at all.

Game Stores currently have a supply issue with regards to Mass Effect 3, which means that GAME and Gamestation will not be able to fulfill orders for Mass Effect 3 at this time. We want to give customers as much notice about this as possible and provide them with a range of options ahead of launch.

We appreciate that this is disappointing for our customers, and we apologies sincerely for the inconvenience that this will cause. We value the loyalty of our customers very highly and as a gesture of goodwill we are providing the following:

Customers who have per-ordered in store, will have the opportunity to add £5 worth of Reward points to their card if they visit us from 1st March through to 16th March 2012

Customers who have placed a deposit for the title will receive a refund as well as the £5 worth of Reward points between 1st – 16th March 2012

Customers who have per-ordered online, will be provided with an online voucher to the value of £5 to be spent on any purchase on our sites”

Bad news then for any customs who’ve already per-ordered their copy or those hoping to pick up the game in store. My advice to all Game customers. Spend however many points you have on your Reward Cards as Game my not be around for much longer.

Acquire: stop copying the West.

Takuma Endo, president of developer Acquire, the studio responsible for titles like Tenchu, Way of the Samurai and Class of Heroes has warned Japanese games developers to “Stop copying the West.”
“We as developers must create titles that fit our abilities, rather than copying the West – and that particularly applies to art styles. And we must develop odd games.”
Endo went on to tell those gathered at the Japan Foundation in London that developers should also fear the ever rising cost of games manufacturing.
“I’m worried, for example, if the production costs for games on the Xbox 720 or PS4 are doubled. The production costs from the PlayStation to PS2 doubled, and somewhere between doubled and tripled from PS2 to PS3,”

Pokémon Black & White 2.

Pokémon fans, 3DS owners and the rest of the world alike have known for some time that a new pocket monsters title was on the was, however few could have predicted that said title would be Black & White 2. Yes that’s right, you heard me. Pokémon Black & White 2, the first direct sequel to a Pokémon title ever will be out worldwide by years end. Stranger still Pokémon Black & White 2 is set for released on the DS instead of the 3DS, although of course it will be playable on both. No other details as yet but it’s safe to expect we’ll be seeing plenty more of Black & White 2 soon.

Crimson Dragon.

Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi is making a new on-rails shooter in the vain of his Sega Saturn Classic. Fans of the Panzer series however are likely to be disappointed to learn that Crimson Dragon is a Kinect title which will see players waving both hands in the air to power special attacks. Still with Yukio Futatsugi behind the wheel and the promise of extensive customisable features Crimson Dragon could surprise us all.