Straight Scoop Vol.1, No. 8


posted 10/28/2002 by Michael Askounes
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Monday, October 21

Bulletin! Bulletin! Bulletin! Squaresoft has confirmed what most already know – that Final Fantasy X-2 is indeed in development for the PS2, and is set for a March 2003 release in Japan (which means that we’ll get it in America sometime in 2010).

The news was not without surprises though, as it was also announced that X-2 would be a sequel to Final Fantasy X, and will cast Yuna (from X) as its main character. This marks the first true sequel in the series, and also is the first time Square has used a female protagonist. Yuna’s character was a priestess in X, although judging from early screenshots it looks as if her church has just made it mandatory to wear super tight “Daisy Duke”-style shorts and carry dual handguns. Aaah… now there’s a religion I could get into!

Microsoft is threatening to pull all its X-Box’s from Australian soil due to a recent court ruling legalizing mod-chip manufacturing. Steve Ballmer – who I think runs the janitorial services at Microsoft or something – said that unless the Aussie legal system provides more protection against pirating, it just wouldn’t make economic sense to continue to sell the X-Box on that continent. In my opinion, this would be an awful development, as it would keep all our friends “down under” from enjoying classic X-Box titles such as Halo and… erm… uh…

I’ll get back to you on that…

Tuesday, October 22

Electronic Arts has announced that X-Box and Gamecube ports of its popular PS2 title Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers would be available at retail outlets before the end of the year. The game allows players to assume the roles of Aragorn, Gimli, or Legolas as they adventure through 13 orc-infested levels on a quest to find out why anyone would buy the Fellowship of the Ring 2-DVD Special Edition when they knew a 4-DVD package was going to be released a few months later.

The guy who works at the Dunkin’ Donuts down the street broke into my house to inform me that Eidos was pushing back the release date of its upcoming PS2 title Tomb Raider: Check Out Those Cans back to February 2003.

Originally, the title – actually called Tomb Raider: A Few Dollars More – was set to be released in time for Christmas. However, the date was pushed back in order to give the Tomb Raider: Who Asked for Another Sequel? team time to solidify the upcoming title. There is no truth to the rumor that I just made up that the delay was due to the PC team wanting to wait for Microsoft’s DirectX 10, which supposedly will include support for “native hardware breast jiggling.”
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