Today's round-up includes news of new downloadable content for Project Gotham Racing 3
, Iwata's comments regarding the speculated death of the Game Boy, and Philippe Thibaut's latest PC strategy game signed for North America, as well as the latest GameSetWatch posts, product news, Serious Games Source news, and Gamasutra job postings.
- Microsoft and Bizarre Creations have announced the availability of the Cadillac V-Series Collection as a free download for Project Gotham Racing 3
for the XBox 360. The new download adds all three Cadillac V-Series vehicles to a player's virtual garage, as well as opening up a new online challenge. Those who download the Cadillac V-Series Collection can compete in the game's new Cadillac challenge for a chance to earn a Cadillac Elite gamer picture. Any player who places within the top 100 on the Nurburgring F1 racetrack in any of the three Cadillac cars will be awarded this gamer picture.
- In an E3 interview
with GameDaily.Biz, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressed a number of topics, including the reactions of people playing the Wii at E3, the PlayStation 3, and the rumored phasing out of the Game Boy hardware product line. Specifically regarding the Game Boy rumor, which stemmed from an apparent misquote by Reuters, Iwata commented to GameDaily: "No, it's not true after all. What we are repeatedly saying is that for whichever platform, we are always conducting research and development for the new system, be it the Game Boy, or new console or whatever. And what we just told the reporter was that in thinking about the current situation where we are enjoying great sales with the DS and that we are now trying to launch the Wii, it's unthinkable for us to launch any new platform for the handheld system, including the new version of the GBA... Perhaps they misunderstood a part of this story, but as far as the handheld market is concerned [right now] we really want to focus on more sales of the DS; that's all."
- The PC strategy title Birth of America
, developed by SEP BOA and industry veteran Philippe Thibaut, best known for PC titles such as Pax Romana
, Great Invasions
, and Europa Universalis
, has been signed for North American distribution by Strategy First, though no specific release date has been announced. The game, which allows players to take part in the French & Indian Wars and subsequent American Revolutionary War, was originally distributed in France by Thibaut's own independent French publishing company Ageod Sarl. Birth of America
covers the wars in Colonial America from 1755 to 1783, including all of North America, from Florida to Quebec and New England to Mississippi.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister weblog GameSetWatch include news on Sky Nash's hilariously apocalyptic Earache Extreme Metal Racing
, video game references
(and a hatred for Artoon's Pinobee
) in Bret Easton Ellis' latest novel, Lunar Park, and the passing of the Multicart Project
(and promises of something new).
- Also updated today: Serious Games Source
news on America's Army new matchmaking and stat tracking site
and the 2006 Games for Health Conference
, product news on PathEngine now including a Maya integration
, as well as the latest Gamasutra job postings
, featuring openings from Budcat Creations, Eurocom Developments Limited, Factor 5, High Moon Studios, LucasArts, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sucker Punch Productions, and Ubisoft.