GTA V in 2013?
Arvind Bhatia, an analyst at Sterne Agee, predicted over the weekend that Grand Theft Auto V will launch sometime during the first three months of 2013 to an opening of $700 million dollars and 14 million copies shipped. This is in stark contrast to the prediction of Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who previously guessed that the title will be out this October.
THQ aiming to stay stocked
THQ is trying to avoid a delisting from NASDAQ by performing a reverse stock split. The company sent a notice to the Securities and Exchange Commission of a pending stockholder meeting where the decision of approval will be made. A reverse stock split would effectively halve the number of shares the company has, thusly doubling the price of those left, allowing THQ to skirt through the $1 per share minimum NASDAQ rule.
Sony’s evil plan for the future
A Sony patent uncovered by NeoGAF has revealed the first rumblings of the future we all fear; in-game advertising that pauses gameplay. The patent illustrations show a process of the games gradually slowing and freezing to show the player an advertisement, in this case the best brand of soda, before warning the player gameplay is about to resume before slowly bringing it back. Suddenly, those batteries in Alan Wake don’t seem so bad, although that Verizon ad in the middle of a monster attack still does.
[Source: Game Informer]
A new Zone of the Enders, finally
Kojima Productions announced a new addition to the Zone of the Enders franchise this Friday at the appropriately titled Zone of the Enders HD event. Twitter posts from an attendee suggested the game will specifically be a sequel to Zone of the Enders: 2nd Runner, and take place in some ancient civilization rather than the distant future of previous entries. The press event also included the previously announced HD re-releases of the series, due out later this year.
It’s hot as balls outside, so don’t go with warm coffee. Our choice is the Northern Lite Vanilla Cooler from Caribou.