PS3 Price Drop
One of the safest bets for Gamescom 2011 is that Sony will announce a hefty European PS3 price drop, with some sources claiming that the console will soon retail at £179.99 (about $290 in the U.S)
This comes in the wake of the PS3’s networking nightmare that took away the PlayStation Network for almost a month in April, and the widespread rumours that the Xbox 360 would receive a similar cut at E3. They were of course proven to be false. There is no telling yet whether a price cut would be effective, especially with the steady rumbles of the next generation of consoles being announced as early as next year.
The classic Amiga title Syndicate, an isometric strategy title set in a gritty Blade Runner-esque universe, has not graced our consoles in more than 15 years, and it has been sorely missed by old fans. Whilst rumours have been around for years about a new title in the classic franchise, developer Starbreeze has made no secret of its involvement with the series - though an official Syndicate 3 reveal has never been made.
This changed very recently on August 10th when Starbreeze developer Rickard Johansson ‘accidentally’ tweeted “Grand moment approaching. The reveal for Starbreeze and EA's Project Redlime (believed to be the codename for the Syndicate project). Time to meet the press”. The tweet was deleted shortly after, only being caught by the good folks at Playsyndicate.de.
While some may be skeptical that this ‘leak’ was more deliberate in order to drum up publicity, consider Microsoft’s dud of a Halo 4 leak at E3 - though the move may prove more valuable to smaller companies. With that in mind, a new Syndicate title looks almost certain for a Gamescom reveal, and if the folks at Starbreeze haven’t been working on it, they better get started now that expectations have been raised.
Of course GTA V is in the works. The fans want it so badly it just has to be. Rockstar has taken a well-deserved break from the Grand Theft Auto series since GTA IV’s release, bringing the fantastic Red Dead Redemption and L.A Noire into the world in the meantime.
While GTA V was highly expected to be revealed at E3, it missed the lineup and so this means that all hopes lie on a Gamescom announcement. However it may be more likely that Rockstar will bide their time until E3 2012, considering the enormity of the announcement. Careful though, Rockstar – Saints Row: The Third is shaping up to be the best yet in the series, and already has a big fan base. Waiting until E3 2012 could be a bad move, especially if GTA 5 ends up disappointing due to taking the more serious route that GTA IV did. Fans have been quite vocal saying that they just want to have fun in their sandbox city, and were not so happy with what GTA IV offered.