Retail Radar: Assassin's Creed DS, CSI for Wii and 360, Manhunt 2 plot

A sweep of the retail landscape provides product listings for a handful of unannounced games.

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When it rains it pours, and online retailers have been particularly "leaky" of late when it comes to jumping the gun on game announcements. The last month has seen the US edition of Project Sylpheed and Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition prematurely revealed by online retailers, with a number of other listings like Time Crisis 4 and Rock Band peripherals awaiting confirmation.

Another handful of unconfirmed titles has appeared on retail Web sites today, with a trio of Ubisoft ports leading the way. First up is a DS edition of the upcoming Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 stealth action game Assassin's Creed. GameStop is taking preorders for the game with a $29.99 price tag and an expected September 25 release date, while online rental service GameFly has the game down for a September 27 release.

GameStop is also suggesting that Ubisoft's upcoming PC adventure game C.S.I.: Hard Evidence will be ported to the Xbox 360 and the Wii. The retailer expects the games to arrive alongside the PC edition on September 18, but it pegs a $39.99 price point for them, instead of the PC game's $29.99.

While it's not surprising that GameStop has listings for the previously announced Manhunt 2 on the Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable, it is surprising that the retailer includes a plot description of the game. Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games have been tight-lipped about their upcoming action sequel, but the retailer's product page features new box art (pictured above) and the following text:

An experiment at a secret research facility has gone catastrophically wrong. Daniel Lamb and Leo Kasper are the only surviving subjects. The Pickman Project will stop at nothing to hunt them down and stop the truth from getting out.

Demented screams echo around the dank asylum that has caged you for the last six years. You open your eyes. A white-coated body slumps to the floor through your shaking hands. A bloody syringe slips from your arm. Waves of confusion and paranoia crash over you. You have no idea who you are or how you got here.

The door to your cell is open. One choice. One chance. They took your life. Time to take it back.

Finally, a listing for Art of Fighting Anthology on the PlayStation 2 has also surfaced on GameFly with a May 31 release date. Last month a forum for the collection of the Neo Geo fighting franchise was spotted on the official SNK message boards.

Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's existence; nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.

Discussion

321 comments
knux15
knux15

It doesnt mean anything you dorks... It just means that Gstop has put up an un-confirmed schedule for MH2 along with several other games... To us this is basically useless as it is total speculation until an announcement is made. And it should be noted that Sony was the one to scrutinize Manhunt2 FIRST! Even before Nintendo said no AO to Take2. The pressconference is in 2 hours so we will see what they have to say there. Other than that Gspot and Gstop need to stop putting out stuff they cant confirm!

enral
enral

I'm not gonna put too much hope in to ac..until the preview and screen shots are out, i'm gonna keep quiet about this.

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

shame manhunt 2 isn't coming to 360 cant see why when the first one was on the xbox weird

Dizzy-P
Dizzy-P

YEH MAN! manhunt 2 NOT for 360 thats tha way it shud be xbox aint stealin PS stuff this time!

dino-sideras
dino-sideras

STANDERD it shoudnt be on 360, its a piece of crap. ps3 is on next levels

xTheExploited
xTheExploited

At least Rockstar is giving us GTA IV the same time as the PS3, stfolife.

stfolife
stfolife

i aint no 360 fanboy or anything but i dont understand why manhunt is coming to the wii and not the 360 rockstar has no love for da 360

meaty24
meaty24

game looks awesome and i cant wait for it to come out on the 360!!!!!!

htdkid11
htdkid11

hmm now i have to go reserve assassin's creed

Shishio817
Shishio817

There's no way AC could be on the DS, and if it is, I'd really like to see how they pull it off.

Nzeee
Nzeee

Lol AC on DS Haha i would like to see it...they could have at least made it for PSP

Nzeee
Nzeee

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Nzeee
Nzeee

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adash5000
adash5000

wtf??? DS is getting AC but wii isnt wat a rip off

termadoyle
termadoyle

kewl. Manhunt 2 will rock. I can't even imagine getting my hands on AC for my 360. happy happy me. ^_^

snowblind54
snowblind54

how could you play assasins creed on ds?

tryagainlater
tryagainlater

Assassin's Creed on the DS? I would like to know how that works.

racerx737
racerx737

ahhh why is Assassin's Creed pushed back again?

cfgfa
cfgfa

i love this game....he have all we need...exciting !!!!!!

giglebits
giglebits

going to be a great game !!!

AFWorm
AFWorm

Now it's getting old with the whole, "oops, it slipped!"

Nicksta101
Nicksta101

Manhunt was great, 2 looks to be as suspenseful and violent as before, love the setting, Mental Asylum, right up Rockstar's sadistic alleys. The story is also good, bring it ont his summer!

Cabal23
Cabal23

Manhunt....what crap that was. Just plain stupid and boring. How many ways can you kill someone and become even more detached from reality by desensitization of your brain? Ick!

raziellich
raziellich

Why would you need coop for Assasin's Creed? Why can't people play single player games anymore. Sheesh.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

i'm really eager to get my hands on this one, Assasin's Creed

red-orc
red-orc

Nice, but what's sad is that: "Assassin's Creed will not feature any multiplayer or coop modes." (Jade Raymond) - almost a sin.

kahonee
kahonee

rkgambill come down, of course everyone compares them because of so, and no, Assassin's Creed is using the Scimitar engine while the Prince of Persia series used the Jade engine.

rkgambill
rkgambill

Sooo... all of you people comparing Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia, whether you say it's "way better because PoP was crap" or you think "Assassin's Creed is nothing but a ripoff"... you do realize it's made by the same development company? Of course it's going to be similar, they're using the same game engine, if I'm not mistaken.

AbrahamPenaloza
AbrahamPenaloza

just like guitar hero lost its rarerity this game lost its

AbrahamPenaloza
AbrahamPenaloza

damn assasins creed is officially not a rare game no more

denaz
denaz

Manhunt 2 would be sweet, lets hope this one doesn't get taken off the shelves like the first... god that game was fun:P

a-man-called-e
a-man-called-e

nothing but the 360 Assasins Creed is important here

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

Assasin's creed on ds......thats giving me that old cellphone vide for reason. i really doubt that ubi would put the effort and resources into making a ds port

NY_Yankees_Fan
NY_Yankees_Fan

Sweet!,I'm picking up Manhunt 2 for both my Wii and PSP!

SinfulSpikey
SinfulSpikey

I hope I get a Wii in time for Manhunt. I need to brush up on my social kills. Er. Social skills. Whatever.

gleniscool
gleniscool

I hope Manhunt 2 is better than the first one.

ranman1990
ranman1990

assasins creed looks awsome lol ,,, nothing like price of persia ,,,, its like a medival splinter cell :) lol thats sick

littlewiz77
littlewiz77

cant wait for mh2... sounds pretty good. CSI, not so much.

samyyo1
samyyo1

"hotdork70minus1 Is it me or does Assassins Creed just seem like a Prince of Persia rip off ?" Are you kidding me???I have all of the p of p's,and theyre nothing like this game,those games sucked,i dont even know why i bought them all...then again they were all burnt anyways. This games gunna be sick,on ps3 and xbox(note,I have a PS3,and im not hating on the xbox 360),but i dunno bought the DS version,cuz its prob gunna be like the DS version of spiderman 2 prince of persia is nothing like this game,only thing in common,is that u jump around alot...and plus,lots of games are like that

bubnux
bubnux

Assasins Creed DS had better use the hardware to it's potential, I don't wanna see another GBA looking side scrollin' beat 'em up for kids.

diablos101
diablos101

the texture of leons hair lol... nah im jokin, probs a new mini-game and perhaps some cool extra weapons and a new boss perhaps which was smimiliar to what capcom did for Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition