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The Short News: Saints Row PSP, Bayonetta, Wipeout HD Fury

Can you carry tha Row up in your pocket? Also, Bayonetta delayed to 2010, Wipeout add-on dated, and morrrrrrrre!

It's tha Row, son!
Is Saints Row coming to PSP? It most certainly is, if you believe the official site for Swedish metal band Opeth. Here's the update from the band's official site:

We may not like playing video games all that much but we do like it when our music is featured on them! Makes us a bit proud even when it's a game as big as Saints Row for the PSP and even prouder when the nice developer people show excellent taste by picking "The Lotus Eater" for it. So if you love playing video games: the game is expected to hit the streets around March 2010.

Hardly an officially official confirmation, obviously, but it's close enough for me. Actually, it's way more specific than the typical "band or voice actor says something about an announced game" scenario plays out. Normally you'd just get something like "we're in Saints Row" with no platform or anything. And hey, nothing says "keeping it gangsta in the streets of Stilwater" like Swedish metal?

Do you ever get the feeling that this holiday season is going to be a real bummer? Here's another delay for you.

Sega has officially pushed the release of Bayonetta to January 2010 this morning. That date applies to both North America and Europe. Japan will still get the game this year... October 29, to be exact. Interestingly, the reason given by Sega has nothing to do with needing more time to develop the game. Here's part of the statement that Destructoid ran:

“Bayonetta is an extremely important new IP for SEGA and adds a new level of depth to our growing portfolio. As a result of market analysis we have taken a Publishing decision that January 2010 is the optimum release time in the Western Markets to maximize this exciting new title's potential,” said Mike Hayes, President and COO for SEGA West.

Certainly not the first time that a game's been pushed out of the holidays to give it a better chance of success, but normally publishers don't specifically cite that as a reason.

In other news involving dates, the Wipeout HD expansion pack, called Wipeout HD Fury, will be out on July 23 for $9.99. Three race types, 13 new ships, 12 tracks, new trophies, and even additional music will be included. Sounds like a monster upgrade to an already great game. And if you're into expanding PlayStation 3 games, July 23 is also the day for the third Killzone 2 pack, Napalm & Cordite. This adds two maps which will contain two new (well, new to multiplayer, anyway) weapons: the flamethrower and the boltgun.

Yesterday was the day for NPD to release its sales figures and the 360 version of Prototype took the top spot, followed by the 360 version of UFC 2009 Undisputed. As Variety's Chris Morris noted, this is also the first time in 29 months that Wii Play hasn't appeared in the top ten.

And closing out today's wrap-up is word that Midway has give a 60-day notice to all 60 of the people at its corporate office in Chicago. This is everyone at the executive level, including the company's CEO, Matt Booty. The 100 people on the studio side of Midway's Chicago operation--which includes the Mortal Kombat team--have all been given offers to continue their job for the new owners, Warner Bros.. Looks like the company is still looking for a buyer for the Midway San Diego operation, where TNA Impact! 2 is/was in development.

Oh, one more thing! If you're looking to catch some fighting action this weekend, Evo 2009 is going down this weekend. Check the tournament's live page for a streaming schedule. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
It's tha Row, son!
Is Saints Row coming to PSP? It most certainly is, if you believe the official site for Swedish metal band Opeth. Here's the update from the band's official site:

We may not like playing video games all that much but we do like it when our music is featured on them! Makes us a bit proud even when it's a game as big as Saints Row for the PSP and even prouder when the nice developer people show excellent taste by picking "The Lotus Eater" for it. So if you love playing video games: the game is expected to hit the streets around March 2010.

Hardly an officially official confirmation, obviously, but it's close enough for me. Actually, it's way more specific than the typical "band or voice actor says something about an announced game" scenario plays out. Normally you'd just get something like "we're in Saints Row" with no platform or anything. And hey, nothing says "keeping it gangsta in the streets of Stilwater" like Swedish metal?

Do you ever get the feeling that this holiday season is going to be a real bummer? Here's another delay for you.

Sega has officially pushed the release of Bayonetta to January 2010 this morning. That date applies to both North America and Europe. Japan will still get the game this year... October 29, to be exact. Interestingly, the reason given by Sega has nothing to do with needing more time to develop the game. Here's part of the statement that Destructoid ran:

“Bayonetta is an extremely important new IP for SEGA and adds a new level of depth to our growing portfolio. As a result of market analysis we have taken a Publishing decision that January 2010 is the optimum release time in the Western Markets to maximize this exciting new title's potential,” said Mike Hayes, President and COO for SEGA West.

Certainly not the first time that a game's been pushed out of the holidays to give it a better chance of success, but normally publishers don't specifically cite that as a reason.

In other news involving dates, the Wipeout HD expansion pack, called Wipeout HD Fury, will be out on July 23 for $9.99. Three race types, 13 new ships, 12 tracks, new trophies, and even additional music will be included. Sounds like a monster upgrade to an already great game. And if you're into expanding PlayStation 3 games, July 23 is also the day for the third Killzone 2 pack, Napalm & Cordite. This adds two maps which will contain two new (well, new to multiplayer, anyway) weapons: the flamethrower and the boltgun.

Yesterday was the day for NPD to release its sales figures and the 360 version of Prototype took the top spot, followed by the 360 version of UFC 2009 Undisputed. As Variety's Chris Morris noted, this is also the first time in 29 months that Wii Play hasn't appeared in the top ten.

And closing out today's wrap-up is word that Midway has give a 60-day notice to all 60 of the people at its corporate office in Chicago. This is everyone at the executive level, including the company's CEO, Matt Booty. The 100 people on the studio side of Midway's Chicago operation--which includes the Mortal Kombat team--have all been given offers to continue their job for the new owners, Warner Bros.. Looks like the company is still looking for a buyer for the Midway San Diego operation, where TNA Impact! 2 is/was in development.

Oh, one more thing! If you're looking to catch some fighting action this weekend, Evo 2009 is going down this weekend. Check the tournament's live page for a streaming schedule.
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Posted by Jimbo7676

I'd get wipeout on my PS3 but it won't accept my debit card. It keeps saying the information isn't correct when it is. They even do that authorized hold thing on it but still say the info is wrong.

Posted by TobyD81

So Sega doesn't want Bayonetta to get buried under Modern Warfare 2. Understandable, but still disappointing. Hey, still looking forward to it!

Posted by dagas

Not surprised that they don't like playing video games. It seems anyone older than the pokemon-generation have never played a video game in Sweden =( I know when I grew up only the nerds (like me) played video games.

Posted by samman6

I want a wipeout port to 360, they did with n64 like 10 years ago

Posted by Aarny91

I'm kind of glad Jeff done his homework on Opeth. That is if he isn't a fan.

Posted by Nasar7

I enjoy Sega's transparency.

Posted by JJOR64

I'm said that Bayonetta got delayed.  I think the game looks awesome.

Posted by Delsaber

A little more Wipeout is never a bad thing.

Edited by Linkyshinks

Bayonetta being pushed back doesn't surprise me in the slightest. I get the impression from all that I've read that Kamiya and his team have been working obsessively on the inner workings of the game, making sure all the gameplay is as tight and as fresh as it can be. Those dudes are in no rush at all to push that out. Platinum Games know they have to deliver after MadWorld.

The game already looks stunning, a breakthrough in the game engine department on 360, I can happily wait as long as it takes, you just know that game is going to be awesome.


Posted by Leadcat

augh, Bayonetta getting delayed. :(

Posted by Three0neFive

Hell yes Saint's Row PSP. I've logged close to 80 hours on SR2... Truly the San Andreas of the current generation.

Posted by diminian

Who wouldnt believe Opeth. Mikal Akerfeltd, their lead singer did lie to the audience when I saw them live though...

Posted by CoolDrMoney

I gotta remember to pick up Wipeout HD for $15 this week

Posted by VoshiNova

Sony's plan to forever make the PSP worthless has now changed, with a cliche port of yet another open-world-crime game.

Is anyone really playing their pussssp anymore?

Posted by MeatSim

I get all my Video Game news from Swedish metal band websites.

Edited by radion_null

WipEout Fury pack Sweet!!!

Oh yea, the Killzone maps don't hurt either :)

Posted by Akeldama

new killzone pack sounds great. The last two map packs have been sweet. 

Posted by XII

Sad to see Bayonetta get delayed, but I'm not complaining. I can see where they're coming from, and knowing the folks at Platinum Games and their track record in the genre I'm sure it'll be worth the wait in the end.

Posted by Curufinwe

It will be very interesting to see how Bayonetta's sales compare to those of Devil May Cry 4 which came out in February 2008.

Posted by Media_Master

killzone maps and wipeout expansion are good news

Posted by Nets

Bayonetta deserved the delay. It seems Modern Warfare 2 is scaring away the competition. First Heavy Rain, Singularity, Bioshock 2, MAG, and now this (I know I'm probably missing some). Of course, they all weren't delayed solely because of Modern Warfare 2, but you got to think that publishers are scared that their games won't get the deserved sales during the most busiest quarter of the year.

Posted by Tordah

Haha, Opeth in a Saints Row game? o_O That was unexpected.

Posted by Gnorbooth

Well they already did have Opeth in Saints Rows 2, and they picked a damned amazing song.  Props to Opeth for getting the rumor mill going, easily one of the best bands on the planet right now.  Not to mention, The Lotus Eater is CLASS!

Posted by jakob187

Jeff, if Opeth says it's the truth...then it's the muthafuckin' truth, son!!!

Posted by Ineedaname

Bayoneta was hardly in my top games to buy ever if I'm honest.


Posted by DannyJ

Saints Row 2 had some pretty brutal death metal in it. It surprised me that they had it in there, and that it was all mostly great songs too.

Posted by CitizenKane
Posted by C2C

I am definItely on board for Wipeout Fury.  Wipeout HD is probably the PSN game I put the most time into (even though I'm rubbish at it XP).

Posted by damnboyadvance

It's about time. Probably not coming to the DS though. :)

Posted by Rourkey

Woo! Opeth are awesome


Posted by mariokart64fan

there is no saints row for psp , lol ,

it was officailly coming to 3ds and xbla called saints row drive by , canceled for both sorry if you believed it was for psp haha

Posted by Hailinel

@mariokart64fan said:

there is no saints row for psp , lol ,

it was officailly coming to 3ds and xbla called saints row drive by , canceled for both sorry if you believed it was for psp haha

Dude, this article is over two years old. There may have been a Saints Row PSP game at one point, but it was obviously scrapped.

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Posted by CornBREDX

Someone give me a shotgun, we got a necro.

@mariokart64fan: Ya, kid. You tell that 2 year old article about rumors who's boss. =)

Posted by Hockeymask27

@Hailinel said:

@mariokart64fan said:

there is no saints row for psp , lol ,

it was officailly coming to 3ds and xbla called saints row drive by , canceled for both sorry if you believed it was for psp haha

Dude, this article is over two years old. There may have been a Saints Row PSP game at one point, but it was obviously scrapped.

Or maybe Swedish bands are not very trustful news outlets. I say we get Patrick on the case!

Posted by mariokart64fan

saints row is not on psp

Posted by TooWalrus

God damn, who bumped this? I saw the title and was immediately hopeful for Bayonetta 2 information...

Posted by Generiko

I'm still waiting

Posted by Kidavenger
@Generiko

I'm still waiting

Good.