UPDATE: Kaz Hirai in today’s press conference revealed that as many as 10 million credit cards numbers may have been stolen. That number appears to be all of the credit card numbers that Sony has, since many of the 77 million registered users log into the network and play online for free.

After the highly infamous cyber-attack on Sony’s data-centers in San Diego, California, U.S.A. which caused all network services to be disrupted worldwide, it seems Sony Network Entertainment International ( SNEI; Sony Computer Entertainment America – SCEA – underwent a legal name change , if you didn’t know ) is finally getting things set right. SNEI  will being a phased restoration by region of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, with gaming services being prioritized to be functional at the earliest.

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The Need for Speed franchise was getting a bit too dull in the recent past, but EA cleverly handed Criterion Games the job of making a reboot in the series to stir up interest in the minds of gamers, which Criterion Games indeed succeeded in doing. But that doesn’t mean Black Box will no longer make Need for Speed games, because hey – there’s a new one coming out in November 2011!

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It all started on April 20, when the PlayStation Network went down. A post quickly went up on the official US page of PlayStation Blog which revealed nothing new except that Sony is aware of the network issue. Then, a day later another post went up wherein Sony stated that it would take them a day or two to get servers worldwide back up and running. It was only on April 22 when Sony admitted that the PlayStation Network was affected by an external intrusion and that they had pulled the plug on the online services ( which includes Qriocity ) on the evening of April 20 – the day when the first blog post went up regarding the infamous attack. Another day passed, and on April 23, Sony stated that their employees were working around the clock to “re-build” the infrastructure.

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UPDATE: An anonymous and reliable source has reported to PlayStation Underground that the issue affecting about 90 million PlayStation users worldwide is a bit more complicated than it was originally thought to be. According to the source, the PlayStation Network sustained a DDoS attack ( evolved from an initial LOIC attack ) that wrecked havoc on Sony’s servers. The attack also resulted in many administrators having their accounts breached, and “Sony then shut down the PSN and [is] currently in the process of restoring backups to new servers with new admin dev accounts.”

For those of you who think that AnonOps is behind this, just to reiterate – they aren’t. Although the network outage would have no doubt caused heavy losses to Sony ( with Microsoft also commenting that they’re expecting an increase in Xbox LIVE traffic ), Sony understandably thinks its better to utilize this time to equip themselves with better infrastructure so that such disasters don’t happen in the future.

The servers in Japan are expected to go up tomorrow with the U.S and E.U. servers expected to go up the following day.

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Robert Bowling ( Creative Strategist at Infinity Ward ) in a tweet stated that Activision’s upcoming magnum opus Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – which is being developed by Infinity Ward, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games- is using the same game engine as Modern Warfare 2. According to him, developing a new game engine from the ground up is “counter productive. An engine takes years and years to develop and get right.”

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Score: 9.5/10

Platform: PS3

Developer: Media Molecule

LittleBigPlanet 2 is a sequel to LittleBigPlanet which originally released in 2008. LittleBigPlanet was a game which came under the “Platformer” category, but LittleBigPlanet only loosely fits that description. It’s a game which belongs to no particular genre. LittleBigPlanet 2 ( & 1 ) were developed by England-based developer Media Molecule and was released on January 18, 2010 exclusively for the PS3 in North America.

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New Battlefield 3 Trailer Out!

Posted: April 16, 2011 in News
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Although we’re one day away from April 17, when the promised 12-minute full length trailer of DICE’s upcoming magnum opus of a game Battlefield 3 is out, the official Battlefield Channel on YouTube just published another trailer, called “My Life”. Watch the video after the jump.

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