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N3: Nightly News Narration: Xbox 720 No Used Games, Cliffy B on Industry, Kingdom Hearts 1.5, & More

Ian Livingstone, Eidos President, says that the next-generation of consoles, with the PlayStation 4, and whatever Microsoft calls their next Xbox, will go half-way to moving to a full digital platform. Though Microsoft and Sony don't want to continue offering disks, they still are forced to because global broadband is not fast enough, or available in all places, to ensure easy delivery of games without issues.

He went on to say:
“With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another. So I think the generation after that will be digital-only.”

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will play used games and be available to play games offline.

Speaking of the next Xbox, rumors have been filling up the tubes of the interwebs that April would be the magical month for a Xbox 720 (We call it the Spybox 720) reveal. It looks like April 26 could be that official date. an insider source was leaked onto Twitter:
"The next Xbox event is scheduled for April 26th, I’ve been told by someone I trust. Microsoft may change date, obvs, but diarise tentatively."

Hang on folks, this next-gen console war is about to really heat up!

So where exactly does Nintendo fit in all of this? Cliff Bleszinski, the former Epic Games Design Director, and better known as Cliffy B, spoke some bleak things about the industry today.

"This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s. I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil."

On the subject of Nintendo, he said:
"I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad."

On the PC, he adds:
"The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we're ready to do digital download games all the time. I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins."

If Peach and Mario do have a battle to the death, I want a front row seat! Maybe this is how Nintendo can save their hardware business?!?!?!

The Walking Dead, regarded as the best game of 2012, is currently in preproduction for Season 2. While this will be quite a ways off, Gary Whitta, writer, story consultant, former PC Game EIC, and someone who once blew kisses at me during E3 1997 in Atlanta (creepy story), has said:
"There may very well be more Walking Dead from Telltale before season two. We may have a little something extra for you between season one and two."

Heres looking forward to something spectacular to tide us over until the full-blown sequel arrives in the form of Season 2!

Tomorrow, PlayStation owners have some Zombie fun to look forward to. Plants vs Zombies for the PS Vita will be free via the PS Plus program. This is a savings of $10.49. Other discounts will include:

Escape Plan ($14.99, $10.49 on sale, $7.34 with Plus)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational ($35.99, $25.19 on sale, $17.63 with Plus)
Hustle Kings PS Vita ($9.99, $6.99 on sale, $4.89 with Plus)
Little Deviants ($17.99, $12.59 on sale, $8.81 with Plus)
MLB The Show 12 PS Vita ($19.99, $12.59 on sale, $8.81 with Plus)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip ($17.99, $13.99 on sale, $9.79 with Plus)
MotorStorm RC Complete Edition ($11.99, $8.39 on sale, $5.87 with Plus)
PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale ($35.99, $25.19 on sale, $17.63 with Plus)
Reality Fighters ($17.99, $12.59 on sale, $8.81 with Plus)
Retro/Grade (PS3) ($9.99, $2.44 with Plus)
Smart As ($26.99, $18.89 on sale, $13.22 with Plus)
Sound Shapes ($14.99, $10.49 on sale, $7.34 with Plus)
Super Stardust Delta ($9.99, $6.99 on sale, $4.89 with Plus)
Unit 13 ($26.99, $18.89 on sale, $13.22 with Plus)

Looking to strike it rich on XBLA? Super Meat Boy Developer Tommy Refenes says you are much better off releasing your game on Steam.
"XBLA isn't a golden ticket to riches anymore.. Just ask any of the numerous games that came out on XBLA that haven't broken 50k copies sold. I do not recommend XBLA for developers. Stick to Steam. Steam gives you more sales and there are no hoops to jump through to sell your game on Steam. XBLA wants control, they want to tell you want to do and at the end of the day they have control over aspects of your game that they shouldn't... like the price, release date, marketing support, etc."

Having dreams of what the former Call of Duty developers are up to at Respawn Entertainment? Your dreams will soon be answered at E3 2013. Co-Founder, of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Zampella, said on Twitter:
"I've gotten a 'few' questions about @e3expo plans this year. Yes, we will finally be at E3!"

He also followed up stating that they will be showing something at the show. Sounds like the EA E3 2013 Press Conference may be the place to be unless Sony or Microsoft get the announcement first.

Square-Enix, better known as Squeenix, announced some big news today. No, it isn't the PS4 news they are holding off on until E3 2013. They are bringing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX to the PlayStation 3 exclusively this fall in North America!

This former Japanese only title gave players a HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories in a single package. The North American release will also contain HD Cinematic stories from Kingdom Hearts 358/1 Days! You can finally catch up on Kingdom Hearts this fall!

Could Squeenix be readying Kingdom Hearts III?

By Kaleb Rutherford - 02/25/13

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