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Sony unveils super-slim PS3
Sony used its TGS conference to unveil the latest revision of their Playstation 3 hardware – one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets thanks to a series of leaks over the last few months.

The new machine carries half the weight of the original fatboy model, and is 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the current slim model. It also has a rather cheap-looking sliding disc cover.

The console will arrive in the UK in October in two flavours: a 12GB flash memory version. and a model with a 500GB hard drive. A 250GB hard drive add-on will also go on sale. Prices are so far only given in Euros – €229.99 for the 12GB, €299.99 for the 500GB, which will come bundled with a game.

HD remasters will own Hallowe’en
High definition remasters are everywhere these days, and two of the most promising conversions on the horizon will arrive this Hallowe’en. Konami’s Zone of the Enders HD Collection, comprising PS2 games Zone of the Enders and ZoE: The 2nd Runner will release on the 30th of October for PS3 and Xbox 360.

In a humourous nod to the past, Hideo Kojima’s mech combat compilation will come with a demo of  Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, mimicking the free Zone of the Enders that came with a demo of MGS2. Or was it the other way around..?

The following day will see the release of Capcom’s HD remake of the much-loved Okami on PSN. The remaster will support PS Move, 1080p resolution and comes complete with trophies, and you can expect to pay £15.99 for the pleasure. You can see the latest TGS trailer below.

Gravity Rush director hints at sequel
A sequel to Sony Japan Studio’s beautiful Gravity Rush may be on the cards. The gravity-defying adventure won Game of the Year at Tokyo Game Show’s Japan Game Awards, and when a fan tweeted director Keiichiro Toyama on Twitter to congratulate him, adding “looking forward to the sequel”, Toyama replied, “Thank you! I’ll do my best on the sequel.”

When pressed for more, Toyama only replied, “It’s a secret.”. Ok, so it’s very far from confirmation, but hopefully we will be seeing that sequel at some point – as I’ve mentioned before, Gravity Rush is one of my favourite games so far this year, and it certainly left some unresolved story threads for a sequel to tie up. Japan Studio are currently working on Vita 3rd person action game Soul Sacrifice with ex-Capcom man Keiji Inafune, so maybe we’ll hear more once the spine-ripping adventure launches.

Kingdom Hearts PS3 collection announced
Square-Enix has unveiled Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix for PS3, a compilation of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts -Re: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

The Final Mix version of the first Kingdom Hearts game was a Japanese-exclusive re-release of the original with added content, and the version of Chain of Memories in this collection will be an update of the PS2 release of the original GameBoy Advance game. Aaaand breathe…

Bizarrely, according to speculation, the collection will apparently contain only the cutscenes from DS title 358/2 Days, rather than being a full playable game. I’m sure this will be clarified when more details are available.

I’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game (though I have watched friends play a couple), so this may be a good introduction to the series if it makes it outside of Japan.

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E3 is almost upon us, so today, in lieu of the usual ‘Sunday Soapbox’ piece, I’ve decided to list some of the things I’ll be looking forward to or blindly hoping for. Because everybody loves a good list, don’t they?

The 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo starts on Tuesday June 5th at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, though Microsoft will be jumping ahead of the competition by having their press conference the day before. Yup, that means tomorrow!

So what am I looking forward to? I’ll try and group my thoughts by publisher or developer, so read on to find out, and then leave a comment to let me know what you’re looking forward to.

Microsoft
Seeing as they’re first off the blocks, I’ll get straight onto the Xbox 360 manufacturer, and the obvious starting point is Halo 4.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a massive, massive Halo fanboy, so I’m predictably overexcited about the prospect of seeing some single-player footage, learning more about the setting and figuring out just what in the name of Sergeant Johnson is going on. I’ve read a few previews that have all described the beginning of the game (which unfortunately doesn’t answer any of the above questions), and I have a feeling that this is what we’ll be seeing as an on-stage demo. Not that this would disappoint me of course – I really want to see what 343i have achieved with their first entry into the franchise.

It’ll also be interesting to see what the devs have to say about multiplayer; fans have been worrying that Halo 4 seems to be going the Call of Duty route, with perks and other xp-based unlockables. Halo has always been an open playing field – if you win, it’s because you’re better than the opposition, not because you have better equipment. Hopefully 343 will be on-hand to allay fans’ fears.

The new Gears of War game, titled Judgment, will also be a big draw for Microsoft’s conference, and again, I’m looking forward to find out what’s going on. It appears to be a prequel, given the existence of Locust forces and the fact that Cole looks very young, and it’ll also be interesting to see how deep Bulletstorm creator People Can Fly’s involvement goes. Essentially nothing is known about this title yet, so hopefully a full reveal will help to ground it somewhere in the existing Gears canon.

I’m also wondering whether we’ll see more of Crytek’s Kinect action game Ryse this year. It’s been awfully quiet of late regarding the former Codename: Kingdoms, so perhaps E3 is the perfect time to show it off. Sticking with the Kinect theme, I’m hoping to get a good long look at Yukio Futatsugi’s Crimson Dragon. As a big, big fan of Sega’s Panzer Dragoon (all four games still proudly grace my shelf), the spiritual successor to that series is one of my most highly anticipated games this year. An on-stage demo would be great, as would a release date.

Yukio Futatsugi’s Crimson Dragon.

Sony
What I really want to see from Sony at this year’s E3 is massive support for their new handheld. I absolutely love my Vita (I’m currently making my way through Resistance: Burning Skies), but most wouldn’t argue the point that it’s floundering in the marketplace at the moment. Some big new franchise announcements specifically for the Vita would certainly help alleviate the perception that it has no games. Seeing Ken Levine walk on-stage to demo BioShock Vita would certainly be a good start, and perhaps we’ll hear more about Killzone and Call of Duty. Aside from shooters, I’m hoping we’ll hear about some good RPGs coming to the handheld in the next year.

Besides the Vita, some gameplay footage of The Last of Us would be great to see. The trailers so far have got mouths watering, but we know nothing of how the game will play. Will it be a post-apocalyptic Uncharted, or will Naughty Dog pull out all the stops and head in a completely new direction? I can’t wait to find out.

Joel and Ellie, wondering what they’ll be doing for the next ten hours.

Square-Enix
The Tokyo-based company recently announced their list of games they will be showcasing at E3, and all I can say is I hope they’re planning to hit us with a load of surprises. On the list were Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Heroes of Ruin and Kingdom Hearts 3D for the 3DS. The rest are mostly mobile phone games.

Seriously Square-Enix? It’s Final Fantasy‘s 25th anniversary! Come on! They have to have something up their sleeves, don’t they? Final Fantasy Versus XIII is apparently not being shown at E3, although recent rumours have claimed it’ll be renamed Final Fantasy XV and will in fact be unveiled at the trade show… I’m taking that one with a barge-full of salt, but I am blindly hoping for some kind of big FF news at the Expo, considering the 25-year milestone. At the very least I want to see the PS3/PSV re-release of Final Fantasy X that we’ve heard absolutely nothing about in God knows how long. If Square-Enix’s conference holds no surprises, I’ll be very disappointed.

Nintendo
The house of Mario are expected to unveil their final Wii U hardware and, more than anything, I’m hoping to see a gorgeous HD Metroid adventure (hopefully from Retro Studios please!). Despite last year’s HD Zelda demonstration, I don’t expect to be seeing anything from Link and friends this year, though I imagine we’ll get a proper glimpse of a new Mario game. I think Nintendo will keep Wii U game reveals to a minimum and focus on the console and tablet and what they can do together, allowing third parties to take up the slack, as they did with their E3 2011 showreel.

Hopefully we’ll see some great new 3DS titles announced (perhaps a new handheld Zelda?) as well as get a good look at New Super Mario Bros 2, and I’d love to see more of Luigi’s Mansion 2.

Namco-Bandai
Having recently watched a Namco-Bandai presentation (at last week’s London Expo), I’m not foaming at the mouth (quite as much) to see Ni No Kuni and Tales of Graces f, though more on both would certainly be welcome. I’d love to get confirmation of a European release date for Tales of Xillia though, and I’d imagine we’ll be seeing more of the recently-announced Xillia 2. Tying into my earlier words about Vita games, I’m also hoping we’ll get a Western release announcement for the handheld’s version of Tales of Innocence R, too.

Others
Electronic Arts will no doubt have a strong presence at the show, and I’m looking forward to a full-on Dead Space 3 reveal, though I am worried about how far co-op will permeate the core experience of the game; let’s hope it’s entirely optional, though I’d prefer it if co-op was a separate side-story entirely. Crysis 3 will most likely also be a focus for EA, and I’ll be hoping it’s more like the first than the second, with large, open environments with flowing objectives and tactical options that allow you to feel like the Predator.

I’m hoping to get a good look at both Zone of the Enders HD Collection and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance from Konami, and it seems they’ll also be tearing the veil from two new Castlevania games – a direct sequel to 2010’s Lords of Shadow and a 3DS spin-off.

Ubisoft are expected to show off tropical shooter Far Cry 3 and colonial stab-’em-up Assassin’s Creed 3, and I’ll be looking to THQ to show us how Metro: Last Light is coming along. Last but by absolutely no means least, I’m hoping for a solid release date for Jet Set Radio HD. And while you’re at it Sega, how about some Shenmue news?

Yeah, I’ll keep dreaming…

Konami has released a studio update for the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, ahead of the game’s appearance at E3.

In the video, series creator Hideo Kojima talks about some of his inspirations behind ZoE, as well as the improvements that we can expect from the re-release.

Kojima-san also mentions a new opening cinematic for the HD Collection, created by Sunrise Inc., the anime studio behind Gundam, My-HIME, Cowboy Bebop and others. You can see the action packed intro below.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360. No European release date is yet announced, but the game will be out in Japan this October.

Kojima teases new ZoE title

A full-fledged sequel to 2003’s Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner has been outed by creator Hideo Kojima.

At a Japanese event to showcase the series’ upcoming HD collection, the audience was treated to artwork and a scale model from the as-yet untitled ‘Enders Project’. The game is apparently still in an “experimental” phase, and Kojima is looking to use the Fox Engine to power it. In the meantime, we have the aforementioned Zone of the Enders HD Collection, due some time this year, to look forward to.

Platinum announce Anarchy Reigns delayed in the west

Sega has delayed the Western release of Platinum Games’ brawler Anarchy Reigns, even though the game is ready to go.

A note on Platinum’s website confirmed Sega has changed the date to TBC (to be confirmed), and added: “While our work on the game is finished, localised, and ready to go, as publisher, Sega gets to make the final decision as to when it is released. The Japanese release date, however, remains unchanged for 5th July 2012.”

In a video, a Platinum rep noted: “The game is fully localised. If you buy the Japanese version or any version, it’s going to have all the languages in it.” So if you’re planning to import, at least language won’t be a barrier.

Persona 4 Arena confirmed for Europe

Atlus has announced that PS3/360 fighting spin-off Persona 4 Arena will be released in Europe.

The game, which is a collaboration between Atlus and BlazBlue developer Arc System works, features characters from Personas 3 and 4 and is set after the latter game. The characters are drawn in Arc System Work’s trademark hand-drawn style, and we can presumably expect it some time after its August US release.

Sony developing Shadow of the Colossus movie

Much-loved Team Ico classic Shadow of the Colossus is to be adapted into a feature film at Sony Pictures.

According to a report on develop.com, Chronicle director Josh Trank will helm the film. He apparently sought out the project, having been a fan of the game. There are no details yet regarding script-writer, cast or release date.

Wii U controller undergoes subtle redesign

An image posted to Twitter has shown a subtly different Wii U tablet to the one we saw at last year’s E3.

The photo came from the Twitter feed of a quality assurance tester at Traveller’s Tales, developer of the Lego “insert-franchise-here” games (and Sonic R! Come on!), and shows that the pad now has actual analogue sticks, rather than the 3DS-style slide pads it previously sported. The start and select buttons have also shifted position.

Personally, I think this is a positive change. As much as I like the 3DS’s sliders, they’re good for a handheld. On a home console, I think they’d feel inadequate.

Are these the only changes we’ll see? We’ll no doubt find out for sure at E3.