It’s just not a week in the industry without some long-forgotten property being dug up, only to be reburied just as abruptly. Times like these are hell for anybody that was born in time to appreciate the 90s. In tonight’s episode:
- Interplay and Bethesda reach some kind of settlement which allows Interplay to continue pretending to develop Fallout Online. The judge was kind enough to deliver the settlement notice to the cardboard box Interplay is currently working out of.
- The ESA reaffirms their support of SOPA, whereas Epic Games – a member of the ESA – actually comes out publicly against it. It’s… complicated.
- Vox Media plans to launch a gaming news website, and goes on a talent-poaching spree to staff it. So how many articles about Japanese dating sims can we expect per month? This is important.
- Speaking of Japan, Japanese retailers preempt Sony by offering in-store price cuts on 3G PS Vitas. Sony, if you’re hiding Monster Hunter on us, now would be a good time to show it.
- Social game Shenmue Towns is shut down, dashing the hopes of all five people who were aware Shenmue had a social game.
- By contrast, X-Com makes a surprising comeback in all its brainy, strategic glory as X-Com: Enemy Unknown. Take that, Shooter Season 2011!
- Kaz Hirai is announced as Sony’s next president, the iOS gold rush (and pending disappointment) continues, we deal with E3 and 2012 speculation, and more!