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Microsoft Buys Gears of War IP January 27, 2014

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Hot off the presses, Microsoft has announced the purchase of the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games.  Next to Halo, Gears of War is one of the biggest exclusive franchises that the Xbox 360 held over Sony platforms since the Playstation 3 launch.  However, up to today, the Gears of War property was owned by developer Epic Games, and if they chose, they could have released it on other platforms like the PS3.  With Microsoft buying the property, there is no chance of a Gears of War game coming to a non-Microsoft platform any more.

This is highly unusual for Microsoft, as they typically acquire IPs by purchasing the companies that developed them outright.  My guess is that Epic either wished to stay independent, or Microsoft had no interest in acquiring extra companies right now.  The details of the deal are still pretty secret, so we don’t know how much Microsoft paid for the franchise yet, but Microsoft did acquire Epic team member Rod Fergusson (seen here) as part of the deal.

Microsoft says they plan to announce their future plans with the IP later this year.  My bet is they may announce something at this year’s E3.

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inFAMOUS: Second Son Behind the Scenes – Make it Rain January 27, 2014

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The latest release in the inFAMOUS series, inFAMOUS: Second Son, is going to take place in the city of Seattle.  If you’re going to reproduce Seattle for a gaming environment, you’re going to want to go all out, and that means also recreating Seattle’s signature weather patterns.  Thanks to the power of the Playstation 4, the game’s developers plan to do exactly that, and here’s how they are doing it.

inFAMOUS: Second Son is coming March 2014 exclusive to the Playstation 4.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Collector’s Edition Trailer January 27, 2014

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Square Enix is in the process of remastering Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 to the PS3 in glorious HD with entirely new scenarios never released in North America.  However, that is not all Square Enix is planning to do with this HD remaster, they are planning to release two Special Collector’s Edition versions of the game for fans.  The first is very similar to the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX release in that it will include a detailed artbook.  This version will be available at no extra charge for anyone who preorders the game from participating retailers.  The other is a very special Collector’s Edition which will include a full sized artbook, and the soundtrack for both games on Blu-Ray Disc.  This CE is going to be so rare it will only be available on Square Enix’s Online Store.  Take a look for yourselves to see which version you want to pick up.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is coming March 2014 to the Playstation 3.  A Playstation Vita version is also in development.