News round-up August 1-5

News round-up August 1-5


  • Blizzard announces that Diablo III will controversially require an internet connection to play and include a real-world currency auction house. The announcement is followed by the news that the game will not allow thirdparty mods.
  • Nintendo confirms that paid DLC is coming to 3DS and Wii U.
  • Norwegian retailers remove Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops and World Of warcraft – among other games – from shelves following the Olso killings.
  • Silpheed and Grandia designer Takeshi Miyaji dies aged 45.
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment picks up Grasshopper Manufacture's highschool zombie brawler Lollipop Chainsaw for distribution outside of Japan.
  • Japanese used-game retailers slash 3DS prices in response to Nintendo's announced price cuts.
  • The ongoing legal tussle between THQ and Namco Bandai results in the Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 being delayed until 2012.
  • A Namco QA lead attempts to explain the controversial save system in 3DS game Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, confirming that saves cannot be rest. This is quickly followed on Tuesday by a release from Namco saying that there had been a "miscommunication" and that players will in fact be able to reset saves on the cart.
  • Sony announces that it is bringing Japanese and US PSone emulators to the European PlayStation Store.
  • Gameloft reports that its sales are up 15 per cent year-over-year in the first half of 2011.
  • Japanese social and mobile gaming firm DeNA reports record sales for the seventh consecutive quarter. 
  • Square Enix picks up the rights for the formerly canned True Crime: Hong Kong.