2007 in video gaming

Events

Month Date(s) Event
March 14 Microsoft announces Games for Windows – Live, a version of Xbox Live for the Windows platform. The service launched on May 8. [1]
27 Microsoft announces the new " Xbox 360 Elite" stock-keeping unit (SKU). The revision comes with a bigger hard drive and the ability to output HDMI. It went on sale in April. [2]
28 Nintendo and Sega announce Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Nintendo DS and Wii. This marks the first time Sonic and Mario have ever appeared in a video game together.
April 11 Sony announces that they are discontinuing the 20 GB PlayStation 3 SKU, one of two SKUs available at the systems launch, leaving only the 60 GB SKU available for consumer purchase. [3]
May 19 Blizzard Entertainment announces StarCraft II at Seoul, South Korea. [4]
June 27 Nintendo announces WiiWare, a service similar to Xbox Live Arcade, that will allow developers to release original downloadable games for the Wii. Previously the only downloadable games available on the Wii have been limited to its Virtual Console program. [5]
July 5 After an outpouring of complaints over faulty Xbox 360 hardware, Microsoft announces an extension for the Xbox 360's warranty that applies retroactively to all consumers who have purchased the console since launch. [6]
August 29 Nokia reveals plans to revive its failing N-Gage brand in November; however, this time the line will not be a console, but rather a service players can download onto Nokia phones and/or PCs. [7]
September 25 Halo 3 is released and grosses US$170 million in a 24-hour period, a record for the highest grossing opening day in video game history. [8]
26 Activision buys Bizarre Creations, developer of the Project Gotham Racing series. [9]
October 1 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is released in the United States on the Wii's Virtual Console, twenty-one years after it was released in Japan.
5 Bungie announces its split with Microsoft to become an independent studio. [10]
10 The Orange Box (a video game compilation that includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal & Team Fortress 2) is officially released in North America on PC and Xbox 360.
11 Electronic Arts (EA) announces plans to buy VG Holding Corp., which owns both Pandemic Studios and BioWare, effectively making both companies subsidiaries. [11]
November 6 EA closes down its EA Chicago studios. [12]
December 19 3D Realms releases a teaser trailer for Duke Nukem Forever [13] after six years since the last trailer and eleven years since announcing the game.[ citation needed] It was not released until 2011, 4 years later.

Business

Month Date(s) Event
July 11 - 13 E3 Media & Business Summit at several hotels and the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. [14]
August 23 - 26 The Leipzig Games Developers Convention in Leipzig, Germany.
24 - 26 Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, United States.
September 20 - 23 Tokyo Game Show at the Makuhari Messe International Convention complex in Mihama-ku, Chiba, Japan.
28 - 30 Digital Life at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, New York, United States.
October 18 - 20 E for All Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, United States.
November 2 - 4 Videogames Expo (VGXPO) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
27 - 28 Montreal Games Summit at the Palais de Congress international convention.
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