EA Loses $641M Last Quarter

EA $641 Million In Loses

Last quarter was not a good one for EA, they saw a $641 million in loss for the fiscal third quarter ending December 31. CEO John Riccitiello had this to say: “Our holiday quarter came in below our expectations and we have significantly reduced our financial outlook for fiscal 2009, a clear disappointment.” They also announced further layoffs (1,100 people, 11% of their total workforce) and facility closures (12 facilities in total will be closed).

That sucks, I thought EA put out quite a few decent titles for the holiday season. Dead Space was amazing and a lot of people enjoyed Mirror’s Edge. I hope this doesn’t discourage them from making good games because they weren’t profitable enough.

[ via Yahoo ]

Atlus-O-Weenie 2008

If you’ve ever wanted to dress up as an Atlus character AND win fabulous prizes (not just for fun), now’s your chance. Basically you just dress up, take a picture, and send it to Atlus, it’s that easy. If you have the best costume, you’ll win:

* Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 Poster signed by Masayuki Doi (character designer)
* Growlanser: Illustration Archive signed by Satoshi Urushihara (character designer)
* Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard 3-disc Music Collection
* Set of 3 Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns Posters (including the super-rare third unreleased mini-poster)
* Persona 4 T-Shirt
* Dokapon Kingdom (your choice of PS2 or Wii)
* Large hardback promotional poster of an Atlus title of your choice (subject to availability)

I want all that stuff…maybe I should work on an outfit. Last year’s winner looks exactly like Elizabeth (the one from the game, not the other one)…

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Ubisoft! Ubisoft! Ubisoft!

Ubisoft released its First Quarter Reports (2008-09) today. Sales for the company are up 25.8%. Titles launched in 2007-08, such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Assassin’s Creed and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, are mainly what brought about these numbers. While this may seem like boring news to non-business people, the company did mention some titles that will be released during the second quarter of 2008-09. The second fiscal quarter will see the following main releases: Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway and Soul Calibur IV (with Darth Vader and Yoda). I am sure everyone knew this already anyway.

Avid gamers can also look forward to the Ubisoft DS title “My SAT Coach”. I personally wish there was a gameboy game when I was younger that mixed the fun of gaming with the intelligence and vest of the SAT’s.

In other Ubisoft news the company opened up two new, randomly placed, studios. One in Kiev, no clue where that is, and Sao Paolo. Fascinating.

Sony’s E3 Conference

PS3

– Resistance 2 – Game play trailer, looks very nice. Fighting a GIANT Leviathan guy that’s bigger then most buildings. Showed another level, Twin Falls, Idaho. Giant battleships, all kinds of gigantic bad things, it looks very cool.

– LittleBigPlanet – Used a level in the game to show sales graphs for Sony, basically. Actually it was really cool, I can’t believe how they did it. Seems like you can create anything in the game.

– Export PS3 videos to Youtube. Called Life With Playstation. Available before the end of the month.

– DC Universe Online – Jim Lee talked about the game. Did one-handed push-ups like Jack Palance. Talked about how, as a kid, he just wanted to read comic books and play videos. We all did Jim, we all did. Talked about how you can be a villain and help the Joker get criminals out of prison to attack the bat cave, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.

– 80 GB PS3, $399.99.

– Showed a number of games: LittleBigPlanet, Motor Storm Pacific Rift, Metal Gear Solid 4, Quantum of Solace, Socom, Ghostbusters, Soul Caliber IV, Resistance 2, The Agency, Naruto, Mirror’s Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Guitar Hero World Tour, NBA 09 The Inside, Buzz! Quiz TV, Killzone 2.

– God of War III. Trailer looked awesome, but it was short.

– inFamous. Basically, I guy gets like force powers in a modern setting.

– Massive Action Game (MAG). Multiplayer game. Battles of 256 players at one time! Broken into 8 player squads, a command system (character growth, basically). Showed a video…prerendered.

PS2

– Showed a number of games: NCAA, Tiger Woods, Star Wars Unleashed, Warriors Orochi 2, Singstar Pop 2, Yakuza 2, Madden XX Years, Mercenaries 2.

– New bundle, Lego Batman Bundle, Lego Batman and a Justice League movie.

PSN

– Can log in via computer, send messages, see friends.

– Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty. $14.99.

– Showed off a bunch of PSN games: Crash Commando, Fat Princess (looked interesting), Eden (looks sweet), Pain Amusement Park, Flower (looks interesting as well), Siren Blood Curse, Ragdoll Kung Fu.

– Gran Turismo TV. Watch real life races, learn about cars.

– Trophies – Achievements, basically.

– Playstation Home – Say it’s worth the wait, basically. Showed a video. Warhawk room, Uncharted room.

– Video delivery. Can download to PS3, then to PSP. Looked pretty nice. Takes an hour to download a two hour movie. Can download or rent the movie for less. Available tonight.

PSP

– New entertainment pack. October. Ratchet & Clank Size Matters pack. $199.

– Resistance Retribution – 3rd Person Shooter, looked O.K. Spring 2009.

– Brief videos for: Star Wars The Force Unleashed, Madden 09, Loco Roco 2, NBA 09 The Inside, Super Stardust Portable, Lego Batman, Patapon 2, Buzz! Master Quiz, Valkyria Chronicles

Various

– Buzz to PSP, PS3.

Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference Overview

Overall I was extremely disappointed…there really wasn’t anything announced for the Wii and DS that I need to get. Animal Crossing is cool and everything, but it’s not on the same level as a new Mario/Metroid/Zelda/etc. game.

3rd Party Games Wii

– Star Wars The Clone Wars – Use Wiimote like a light saber. Coming sometime in 2008.

– Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party – used balance board as a flying ironing board.

– Call of Duty World at War – use Wiimote like a gun or flamethrower. Lots of things blowing up. “Coming Soon”.

3rd Party Games DS

– Guitar Hero on Tour Decades – On the way this Fall. Share songs between games.

– Spore Creatures – Different then the Spore. Just basically looks like the creature creator, can share creatures with others.

– Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars – Coming to DS this winter. Custom game engine, same GTA gameplay.

First party DS

– Pokemon Rangers Shadows of Almia (sp?) – No real details.

First party Wii

– WiiSports Resort – Uses Wii MotionPlus. Packaged with WiiSports Resort, along with extended sleeve. Knows where your arm is in space. Showed throwing a Frisbee, riding a jet ski and sword fighting. Sword fighting looked pretty cool.

– WiiMusic – Some guy playing drums and sweating a lot. Miyamoto playing a WiiMote like a saxophone. Playing at the same time. You don’t play notes, you don’t have to know how to play a real instrument. All you do is hold the WiiMote and move like your actually playing the instrument and the game does the rest. Playing a song from an F-Zero game. Played a variety of instruments. Drums, use Wii Balance Board. Can record a music video. 4 people playing the Mario song together, look stupid.

– Animal Crossing Town Folk – See here

Technology updates

– For the DS, they talked about using it to find your gate at an airport, didn’t say how exactly. DS can earn a spot in your kitchen, in November there is a game coming out that’s basically a cookbook. Didn’t catch the name.

– For the Wii, Wii MotionPlus. Renders movement better.

– WiiSpeak – Microphone for the Wii. See here

Castle Crashers E3 Screenshots

The only thing I’m worried about is convincing Gmoney, Thrasher, and Robert to buy this game. I want to play it, but I don’t want to play it alone. I haven’t played a side scrolling beat-em-up in a long, long time…

I love the artwork in the game, too. More images after the link…

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Final Fantasy XIII Coming To Xbox 360

Holy shit, this is great news. At the Microsoft E3 conference, it was officially announced by Square Enix president Yoichi Wada that Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the Xbox 360, and should be released alongside the PS3 version. That’s totally awesome…but I guess it sucks for Sony that’s it’s no longer exclusive.

Also, Star Ocean will be out Spring 2009, which is great. Also, the Last Remnant will be out on 360 first this holiday season.

[ via E3, IGN ]

There’s a trailer after the link…

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Square Enix E3 Lineup

Square Enix has a hell of a lot of games coming out…interestingly, Final Fantasy XIII isn’t on the list, which kind of sucks but at the same time is OK because I don’t own a PS3 yet. Regardless, there are still a ton of great games coming out, the Chrono Trigger remake should be cool, DRAGON QUEST: Chapters of the Chosen, Star Ocean: Second Evolution, The Last Remnant…I just hope they don’t lose focus with so much going on…

The complete list is after the link…

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