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No Bungie at E3?

Last Friday, Bungie, the publishers behind the all-conquering Halo series, announced that they would not be showcasing any new content at this year’s E3.

This will come as a disappointment to many fans of the developer, as they have been teasing us for months with their new project, which is supposedly a far cry from the Halo franchise.

No show - Bungie will be absent from this year's E3

The announcement has led to speculation that Bungie do not want to overshadow something that Microsoft already has in the works, which many reports suggested was the Xbox 360’s successor, the “Xbox 720”. These rumours have since been debunked by a Microsoft source. 

Wishful thinking - There will be no new Xbox at this year's E3

So what can we expect from E3 this year? Do you think that it is still too soon for another new Xbox? Or will you be dusting off the ol’ Mega Drive and getting your money’s worth out of Sonic & Knuckles??? Sound off in the comments below!

Assassin’s Creed Revelations Officially Announced

Following the leaked information earlier this week, Ubisoft has officially announced the first details on where the game will take place.

Ezio heads to far away shores....

AC: Revelations will once again follow the adventures of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the main protagonist of the last two AC games. The player will follow Ezio as he heads East to Constantinople, walking in the footsteps of his ancestor, Altaír, in order to further investigate the mysteries of the templar order, and their ongoing war with the Creed.

Ubisoft also announced that the hughly acclaimed multiplayer experience from Brotherhood will be back, featuring “more modes, more maps and more characters”. The company also anounced that players will have the ability to “manipulate the construct of Desmond’s memories and the Animus to decipher the mysteries of his past and gain insight into the future.”

Revelations has also been described as the final chapter of the Ezio trilogy. More information is

likely to be made available at next moths E3.

There has been one official image released from the game so far, showcasing Ezio using an entirely new tool known only as the “hook blade”, which you can see below. The game itself is scheduled for a release in November of this year.

Just hangin' out bro!

So are you excited to see Ezio in action again? Or do you think that the team at Ubisoft should have went in a different direction? Sound off in the comments section!

Assassin’s Creed Revelations leaked

Apparently the title of Ubisoft’s fourth entry in their highly popular Assassin’s Creed franchise has been revealed.

Forum members of NeoGAF managed to extract information from a Ubisoft Facebook page post, revealing Assassin’s Creed Revelations, likely the fourth major title for consoles following last year’s Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

Nothing else is known about the title, and the report is till unconfirmed by Ubisoft themselves, but an announcement will likely be made at their E3 2011 news conference on June 6th.

Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot previously went on record in February stating that the next AC game would be revealed this May, and that it would be a full retail title. Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy was previously announced for 3DS and is slated for release this year.
An Ubisoft spokesperson said the publisher has nothing to confirm at this time.

Is this the next chapter in the Assassin's Creed lineage?

Project Café: What do we know?

A couple of weeks ago, rumours started to circulate that we would be seeing a new home console from Nintendo much sooner than any of us anticipated.

The “Wii 2”, or to use it’s super secret codename “Project Café”, is set to make it’s debut at this year’s E3 expo, with a projected release date of some time in 2012.

So what do we actually know about this new console? Below is a list of what we know to be true, and what at this point is typical internet speculation.

What is Nintendo cooking up?

The Controller

According to numerous sources, the new Nintendo controller will feature dual analog sticks in addition to standard d-pad and trigger buttons. It’ll mirror a Gamecube controller in general function but not in specific form. Sources have confirmed that the new controller will allow players to stream entire games to the device from the console, saying it’s like a miniature television. The screen size on the controller is also confirmed to be six inches in size. The price of course depends entirely on how much Nintendo is willing to invest into the development of this ‘Wii 2’, which will ultimately determine the retail price. Initial reports have suggested that the console will sell for up to $500 (around £300).

Could this be the new controller for Project Café?

The Hardware

Again, there is no definitive answer from Nintendo at this early stage, but many reports have suggested that the new console will be “significantly more powerful that the PS3 and xbox360, and will also be capable of running HD AND 3D games.

The console is also said to be backwards compatible with both Wii and Gamecube games, allowing those of you with an abundance of Wii games to keep playing them until your hearts content.

Obviously the HD speculation is completely understandable, and that will probably be a given when Nintendo finally announces the specifications, as the graphic capabilities of the Wii are most definitely outdated and obselete when compared with those of the PS3 and X360. The more interesting report however, is the one suggesting that the console will be capable of running 3D games. Again this is just specualtion, but Nintendo are known for being innovators in the field, what with having introcued the first 3-dimensional game in the form of Super Mario 64, and revolutionising the way we play games with the Wii. It is not too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that Project Café will have 3D capabilities, but again this will most certainly be reflected in the retail price, and let’s face it, 3D technology ain’t cheap.

One can’t help but think that Nintendo is finally looking to recapture the ‘hardcore’ gaming market from Sony and Microsoft. Fans of the Wii have been left wanting when it has come to hardcore titles, and the novelty of Nintendo’s revolutionary console only lasts so long.

Whatever Nintendo is planning, it’s shaping up to be a big reveal come this year’s E3, and it could be the shake up that the games market needs.

For now, here is IGN’s video report on the Wii 2.