As Gamescom kicks off in Germany, Sony makes some big Vita announcements, an iOS Simpsons title returns to the ring, Australia thunders back into the development scene, Zynga (unsurprisingly) plans a new “Ville” game, Call of Duty shows its stuff on Vita, and — as always — the world continues to rabidly froth for the iPhone 5.
- The iPhone 5 rumor mill continues. Speculation runs rampants over a release date, a new screen and an updated form-factor.
- Sony is launching a new mobile game service for Vita and other certified devices. With luck, its software will fare better than the misguided PlayStation Minis.
- More impressively, Sony is finally offering a “Cross-Buy” service, allowing gamers to pay once for dual access to Vita/PS3 games that are available on both platforms.
- After a curious hiatus from the App Store and a PR nightmare for EA Mobile, The Simpson: Tapped Out will soon be available once again for iOS devices.
- Sony and Activision finally offer a first look at Call of Duty: Declassified, a Vita exclusive. Depending on who you ask, it looks a little rough.
- With the blossoming mobile and social markets worldwide, Australia is resurging as a major force in game development. Here’s a nice editorial on the matter.
- Judging from ads, Zynga may be planning a new Facebook game called CoasterVille. In any case, they seem to be working on some upcoming thrill-park-themed title.