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OnLive MicroConsole starts shipping; monthly flat rate pricing starts January 15

As promised last month, the OnLive streaming PC game service has started shipping pre-orders of its MicroConsole which lets folks who have a TV and a nearby wired internet connection play OnLive's selection of games on their TV set with an included wireless controller.

In addition to today's shipment announcement, OnLive revealed more details on its upcoming monthly flat rate pricing plan. The PlayPack option will actually start with people who get the MicroConsole. They will be able to play the games included in the PlayPack option for free in a beta test. The PlayPack option officially goes live for everyone on January 15 and will cost $9.99 a month. OnLive says over 40 games will be included in the PlayPack option when it goes live and will include the following titles:

Prince of Persia
NBA 2K10
Tomb Raider: Underworld
F.E.A.R. 2
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Unreal Tournament 3
Vin Diesel Wheelman
LEGO Batman
Defense Grid Gold
Saw

World of Goo

In case you are wondering, OnLive will still have the option to let folks pay for individual games, including titles not included in the PlayPack option, in 3 and 5 day trials as well as full PlayPass versions

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - October 13

So we are getting a graphical remake of Defense of the Ancients with some enhanced community features. But will Valve continue to support the original DoTA? How much will DOTA 2 cost? Will the game be a downloadable only title? Will it support third party mods? There are still lots and lots of questions.

Report: Ubisoft canceled plans for modern day Prince of Persia game

Can you imagine seeing a Persian prince jumping and swinging around modern skyscrapers? According to a new report publisher Ubisoft at one time had such plans for its Prince of Persia game franchise. Computer and Video Games reports that Jonathan Jacques-Belletête, a former Ubisoft team member (now working at Square Enix on Deus Ex: Human Revolution) stated that he worked on a version of the Prince of Persia series "in the contemporary world."

According to him, "
Think a bit Day After Tomorrow, but replace the snow with sand and everything. It was really wicked." Unfortunately the game was canceled for unnamed reasons. Ubisoft went on to make the cel-shaded Prince of Persia revamp and this year released the disappointing Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

More info on Prince of Persia movie DVD/Blu-Ray release

A little while ago we reported that the DVD and Blu-Ray version of the movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time would be released on September 14. The Disney film, based on the long running game franchise, became the highest grossing game-to-film adaptation (in worldwide box office numbers) when it was released in theaters earlier this summer but was still considered a disappointment in both revenues and in reviews.

Perhaps that's why the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the movie will have just a few special features. IGN reports that the DVD version will just have a behind-the-scenes video while the stand alone Blu-Ray version will have that same video and one deleted scene. The three disk combo pack will have the most extras. In addition to the DVD and Blu-Ray disk the third disk will have a Digital Copy version of the movie to transfer to your PC or mobile device. In addition the combo pack will have one more extra feature for the Blu-Ray disk; "CineExplore: The Sands of Time" which will allow folks to unlock over 40 video segments while watching the movie.

Rumor: Prince of Persia movie coming to DVD/Blu-Ray in September?

It has become the number one grossing video game-based movie of all time worldwide and now Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time looks like its heading to DVD and Blu-Ray very soon. High-Def Digest reports that the Disney movie based on the game series created by Jordan Mechner will be released on September 14, according to early retail reports. There's no word yet on what the disks will contain in terms of extra supplements and features.

According to Box Office Mojo, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has now grossed $320 million worldwide, with the majority coming from overseas. The movie has now grossed $89 million here in the US which makes it the number two video-game based movie of all time in the US, behind Lara Croft Tomb Raider and just ahead of Pokemon: The First Movie.

Prince of Persia movie is closing on $300 million in box office

Remember how the Prince of Persia movie was something of a disappointment when it came in third in its debut weekend at the US box office? Well things have changed a bit for the latest game-to-movie adaptation, thanks in part to a much better worldwide response to the movie.

According to Box Office Mojo, the US revenues for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time currently total $80.5 million after four weeks of release in theaters. That's a respectable but hardly outstanding number. However the current international box office take now stands at $213.1 million, over twice the US numbers.

That brings the total worldwide take for the movie to $293.6 million. It's likely that the total will exceed $300 million worldwide before its theatrical run comes to an end. That will make the movie the biggest box office game-to-movie adaptation of all time when adding both domestic and worldwide numbers with Lara Croft Tomb Raider now in second with a worldwide take of $274 million (Prince of Persia is still the third biggest game-to-movie adaptation with just the US box office numbers) The big question: Will those box office results get the movie a sequel?

Assassin's Creed's creative head leaves Ubisoft

One of the main folks behind the Assassin's Creed action franchise at Ubisoft has made a rather sudden departure from the company. Game Informer reports that Ubisoft Montreal creative director Patrice Désilets has indeed left the studio. Ubisoft's only comment about his leaving was that Désilets "has decided to take a creative break from the industry."

Désilets has been with Ubisoft Montreal since it started and helped to revive the Prince of Persia franchise at the studio before helping to launch the Assassin's Creed franchise. His departure comes as Ubisoft is planning to release Assassin's Creed Brotherhood this fall. Ubisoft said his involvement in the making of that game was "essentially done" before he left.

This Week In PC Games: June 7-13

Unless something pops up that's out of the blue there's only one commercial PC game that's due to be released this week. In addition to that game you can expect to see the second of four 99 cent weekly map packs for Defense Grid: The Awakening to be released this week.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands: After being released for consoles in May, developer-publisher Ubisoft finally releases the PC port of their latest game in the Prince of Persia action-adventure series. This title, which is also a (kind of) tie in with the recent movie, is set in between The Sands of Time and The Warrior Within.

Prince of Persia movie now in second place in four-day Memorial Day box office

On Sunday, the film adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time could only manage a third place finish in its first three days at the box office in the US. However the movie managed to move up a spot in its latest box office results which include the Memorial Day numbers.

According to Variety, the movie based on the action-adventure game series brought in a total of $37.8 million for the four-day weekend in the US. That puts it in second place ahead of Sex and the City 2 which generated $37.1 million in revenues for the same time period. Both movies were still well behind the first place film Shrek Forever After which claimed $55.7 million for the four day weekend. Keep in mind that these are estimates; the final numbers won't be known until Tuesday. As we reported on Sunday, the Prince of Persia movie is doing much better overseas with box office numbers that overall are nearly twice as much as the movie has made so far in the US.

Prince of Persia movie comes in third in debut weekend with $30.2 million [Update]

Not even the abs of Jake Gyllenhaal could boost the movie version of the Prince of Persia game series to the top of the box office for the Memorial Day weekend. The Associated Press (yia Yahoo) reports that Prince of Persia The Sands of Time could only manage a third place finish in the box office in its debut weekend with $30.2 million.

That amount was behind the second place position of Sex and the City 2 with $32.1 million and first place's Shrek Forever After with $43.3 million. Even with the modest opening Prince of Persia The Sands of Time still had the third biggest box office opening for a video game-based movie, according to Box Office Mojo. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is still number one at $47.7 million while (ugh) Pokemon: The First Movie is number two with $31 million.

Update: While the movie came in third in the box office here in the US, The Hollywood Reporter states Prince of Persia did much better overseas,bringing in $59 million from all of its international theaters this weekend and taking first place. The movie so far has earned $87.5 million overseas (it opened a week earlier than here in the US).
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