Quick Hits- LEGO The Hobbit confirmed, two Persona games announced for handhelds

LEGO The Hobbit has been confirmed by Warner Brothers as a Spring 2014 release. Since the game will be released prior to the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, There and Back Again, it will only feature levels from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug. The game will be available on all platforms- Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.

It’s been reported that Apple has acquired PrimeSense, the company behind the 3D sensing technology found in the original Kinect for the Xbox 360. The company has developed smaller sensors that could be used in such products as tablets, smartphones, and laptops, which may explain Apple’s interest in making the acquisition. Apple didn’t offer any explanation beyond a Spokesperson’s statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” The reported purchase price was $360 million.

Atlus has also announced two other new Persona games in addition to Persona 5 and the new Persona Arena fighting game. The other two games are both for handhelds. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS, marking the first time that a title in the franchise has not been announced as a Sony exclusive and it’s the first time the franchise has appeared on any Nintendo platform. It’s set for release on June 5, 2014 in Japan. Sony’s handheld isn’t being ignored, however, with Persona 4: Dancing All Night set to come to the Playstation Vita in Japan in the Fall of 2014. The game will be a rhythm/music game set during the events and featuring the cast of Persona 4. Neither game has as yet been confirmed for a western release, though that is likely. We’ll update as we learn more.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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