Retail Radar: No Spore 'til '07, Guitar Hero sequel $89.99?

Changes to GameStop's database hint that Will Wright's sim may be delayed--and Red Octane's rocker won't come cheap.

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Regular readers know that from time to time, retail Web sites leak information about upcoming games. Sometimes the info that slips gets it right (like when EBgames put up early pages for OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, Burnout Revenge for the Xbox 360, and the Halo 2 Triple Pack), but often the information that gets posted consists of placeholder dates.

For example, the odds of Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Too Human: Part 1, and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2007 all shipping on November 1, as GameStop.com currently suggests, are beyond remote. So while nothing that pops up on the retail sites can be taken as concrete confirmation, it can still offer a "heads up" on developments in the gaming world.

A glance at the new and noteworthy changes to the Web sites of merged retailers EBgames and GameStop this week casts light on a number of new release dates. First and foremost, it seems Will Wright's Spore needs a little more time in the Petri dish, as the retailer is listing a February 1, 2007, release for the ambitious simulation game. Also in the PC section of the site, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade's unannounced release date is pinned down to October 2.

On the console front, GameStop has put up a listing for the PlayStation 2 Guitar Hero 2 bundle that includes the guitar controller. Neither the existence of that bundle nor the posted November 1 release date are especially shocking, but the package's price might raise a few eyebrows. Where the original Guitar Hero bundle ran for $79.99 on the site (and is currently backordered), GameStop is asking $89.99 for the sequel's bundle.

GameStop has new details for Sony's NBA 07 Featuring the Life, Vol. 2 on the PS2, and an apparently Life-free edition of NBA 07 on the PSP, both set to ship on October 3. According to the product descriptions, PS2 ballers will be able to take one of two players, The Kid or Big W, and lead them through the on- and off-court difficulties of a pro career, including agents, injuries, and endorsements. The page also lists a new "power boarding system" to better simulate the art of going up for a rebound and coming down with the rock, as well as a "true shot indicator" to give players more concrete feedback about just how stifling defense impacts their shooters.

Over on the PSP tip, NBA 07 is being offered with a handful of tweaks to last year's model. In addition to new play-by-play commentary and instant-replay features, the next portable version of Sony's hoops series will supposedly introduce a new conquest mode that lets you add the stars of defeated opponents to your squad as you attempt to dominate the league, and a variety of minigames, including skee-ball, pinball, and a rhythm-based dunk contest.

Beyond that, GameStop is now listing new release dates for a number of upcoming games for Sony's platforms. On the PSP, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is listed with a July 18 ship date, with Killzone: Liberation expected to drop October 31. Finally, Sony continues support of its PS2 camera peripheral with the listed release of EyeToy: Play 3 on September 1.

Discussion

51 comments
Simpson_Fan
Simpson_Fan

need....for....spore..........building..................................................BOOM!!!!!! I need spore now!!!! After i saw it yesterday on G4's E3 coverage i knew i needed it. O well. i hope it's worth the wait T_T

Sandman100
Sandman100

I woudn't play $90 dollars for Guitar Hero, and Spore in 07 no way.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It would be so great if Too Human and Mass Effect shipped on November 1st.

Scarabus
Scarabus

I have only one thing to say about the spore release date: Well DUH!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Can't wait for Spore and Guitar Hero 2... although that price is kinda high. :|

gibb1
gibb1

whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat, that's too expensive for a game!!!!!!

Autolycus
Autolycus

gamestop makes everything up hopeing you reserve something(aka give them money) and never pick up. So please come on in a reserve something, otherwise we(employees) get in trouble. And when you buy something. buy it new so the developers can keep making games!

DrPerson
DrPerson

You also realise that there will be a huge chance that the sell copies without the guitar, for people who already have a guitar. (like me!)

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

$90? you may as well get a REAL guitar for a little more than that.

automaticsnake
automaticsnake

wow 2007..... it was the only PC game i was looking forward to...... pc gaming like so dead.........

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

This is a joke.. right? a very very veeery late April fools joke?

d3a7hfrog
d3a7hfrog

MAN! spore looked like the coolest game ever! when it comes out, it better be as good as TWO of the coolest games ever.

redlar
redlar

Hopefully, they're just making the release date incredibly far away so that gamers wouldn't get frustrated if it was delayed from it's original release date.

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

not really anything new. its all speculation for games i dont care too much for

RazMasters
RazMasters

I work at a GameStop, and they sell "Guitar Hero" for $79.99 because they can. Not because they have to, not because the public likes it (because, well, why would they?), but because they can. Is it shameful? Yes. Do I agree with it? Of course not, but sadly, I cannot change the prices. Expect to see "Guitar Hero II" for considerably less at Best Buy and the like, unless they decide to greedily follow suit.

gteck
gteck

is it possible to use my guitar from part 1? im not paying 90 bucks for the same guitar contl.... and i hope spore is really good...cause its taking sometime....cant wait for some wackyness...*_*

tomagreen
tomagreen

thats bullcrap why would they make it more expensive if its a sequel, than most people buying it already bought the first one and have controllers. they are really screwing over their fans there.

n-c
n-c

ohhh, wrong, i meant gamestop, sorry. gamestop doesnt know ****!

n-c
n-c

gamespot doesn't know ****!

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

the cost of guitar hero very well could have gone up because there were almost twice as many songs to licence.

concord9
concord9

Wow 90$ bucks for a game, what loosers would pay that.......just sad

Rahxon
Rahxon

$10 says that the MSRP for GH2 will be $79.99 and $90 is Gamestop's price gouge for a popular item.

zzzxx
zzzxx

I didn't know you could use the first controller for this one. Now I hope they release the game by itself.

samekila
samekila

god I would never pay 90 though I would like to play it never got the first one

kainenable
kainenable

How much will guitar hero be without the controler for those of us that already have it?

Xenothaulus
Xenothaulus

Spore would work quite well with the Revolution's controller, I bet... I would like to dream that it's "delayed" so they can work on a Rev version, but that is only because I want it Right Now, not next Februrary.

gameloverx
gameloverx

WHAT Guitar Hero 2 will be 90 dollars man that's low for Red Octane

CJL13
CJL13

90 BUCKS?! Dang............ good thing I have the first one

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

THats highter then I would like to pay to play Guitar Hero. I hope soon Spore will be also coming out on the 360 and PS3. THe longer the wait the better the game will be when it comes out.

WombatGuy
WombatGuy

Wait, GameStop sold the first Guitar Hero for $79.99? I got mine at Best Buy for $69. Heck, Red Octane's website doesn't even charge $79.99 for the first one...

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

NO! Damn, I want Spore so badly. Oh well, maybe this means they'll put even MORE content in there.

mattmarr
mattmarr

NBD, who cares what the bundle for GH2 retails for? I already have the guitar from the first one, I just need the game.

zzzxx
zzzxx

Guitar Hero 2! I can't wait. I will definately pay $90 for that. The first one was well worth the money. I wonder what the controller will look like now. I can't wait.

jwmakoto
jwmakoto

Burning Crusade in October, woohoo! .... that is if Blizzard doesn't delay it. October would be nice though. Now if they'd just tell us the new Alliance race, we'd be all set.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

I wish I could afford to play Guitar Hero...

slow-pc
slow-pc

never understood why gamespot had guitar hero more than other stores...

godson86
godson86

Damn that's going to set me back a pretty penny.

MiKaNoH
MiKaNoH

bad...(spore) but i hope the delay worth the wait...