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News Blips: Microsoft hiring for next-gen console, Dance Hero in development, Deus Ex: Human Revolution gets a release date, and more

Rumors and release dates abound in today's News Blips. Consider it a distraction from all the hours you've sunk into Dragon Age 2 already.

News Blips:

Microsoft posts job openings that hint of a next-gen console in the works. A forum post on Beyond3D revealed job advertisements for a graphics hardware architect and a performance engineer on LinkedIn for the Xbox Console Architecture Group. Both positions would work on "next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation." No further information outside the postings is available, and Microsoft is expectedly mute over the whole affair. I guess I'll go back to believing the Kinect is Microsoft's next console until more concrete evidence is known.

Activision is apparently working on Dance Hero. After the company yanked its resources from the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises, it looked like the fate of the rhythm game genre had been sealed. But as Kotaku reports, the in-development Dance Hero is Activision's contender to rival the surprisingly popular Just Dance and Dance Central games. Activision hasn't given any official word yet, but four songs have been tentatively chosen for inclusion in the game so far:

  • "2012" by Jay Sean (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  • "Out of Space" by The Prodigy
  • "The Way I Are" by Timbaland (feat. Keri Hilson and D.O.E.)
  • "Take Over Control" by Afrojack (feat. Evan Simon)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution gets an August 23 release date for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC platforms. Square Enix initially pushed back the game's release to its next fiscal year (starting this April) in order to spend additional time polishing the game to its current golden sheen. Take all the time you need, Square Enix — I don't want another repeat of the disappointing Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Production company GK Films acquires Tomb Raider film rights from Square Enix. GameSpot says GK Films is preparing a "reboot" of Lara Croft's silver screen adventures to supposedly coincide with Crystal Dynamics' forthcoming game (which deals with Lara's origins) and "create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft." Expect to see the new film in the franchise heading for a 2013 release.


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