20 items from 2014
Now reaching the eight year mark, there's still no sign of The Last Guardian. Ryan takes a look at its current status...
Ah, 2009. The year Barack Obama was inaugurated as president, and the year Avatar dominated the box-office. It was also the year when Sony officially announced The Last Guardian - designer and director Fumito Ueda's follow-up to Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus.
For many who played them, Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus were little short of unforgettable. Ico was a platform-puzzler which took place in a lonely, echoing citadel, where a young boy guided a spectral girl through a maze of trapped rooms and corridors. Shadow Of The Colossus was even more ambitious, with its mysterious giants pushing the hardware capabilities of the PlayStation 2 to their limits.
Neither game was a huge financial success, but both have had a huge impact on the industry. Various "are games art? »
By now, the indefinite hiatus surrounding Team Ico’s The Last Guardian has become a bit of a recurring joke in the industry. Having initially unveiled the action-adventure title all the way back in 2009, where it was pegged as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, now, esteemed game creator Fumito Ueda has hinted that the long-gestating game is being reworked with PlayStation 4 in mind.
Speaking to Dengeki PlayStation (via Kotaku), Ueda touched upon the trials and tribulations that the development team have overcome, and how The Last Guardian is now making headway “under new conditions.”
“The Last Guardian, by which I mean all the hardships and the unforeseen amount of time required than what was originally thought. Talks with Sony Computer Entertainment on The Last Guardian have been ironed out, and we’re making progress under completely new conditions. I’m also working on some other things that I’ll hopefully be able »
- Michael Briers
During yesterday’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, Sony outed a brand new entry in the Hot Shots Golf franchise for its PlayStation 4 console. We now have video footage of that reveal, as well a tiny bit of translated dialogue, thanks to the electronics giant itself.
Speaking at the event, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida promised viewers and attendees that Hot Shots Golf on PS4 will offer “open world entertainment focusing on golf.” Going further, the presenter also mentioned that the series’ cute visual style will be front and centre, once again.
Little is known about this next instalment in the popular action-sports series, and we apparently won’t hear anything more until springtime rolls around.
Check out Hot Shots Golf PS4′s first trailer below, then let us know your thoughts via our comments section.
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- Chad Goodmurphy
Of all the employees at Nintendo of America, those who donated to the Als research campaign were put into a raffle to drench their management team in icy cold water, with one lucky employee getting the chance to soak Reggie himself. Reggie Fils-Aime has emerged as something of a cult celebrity icon amongst the gaming community, ever since his introduction at E3 2004, where he proclaimed, “My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.” Since then, he has often been the spokesman for the company at the trade shows, bringing charisma to Nintendo’s events.
Fils-Aime took the soaking like a champ, even raising his arms in defiance. Plus his shirt is awesome. »
- Tom Powter
Are you one of those gamers that double your PlayStation 4 as a super powerful box that plays all the latest and greatest Blu-Ray experiences, but frustrated that the system isn’t 3D capable yet? Maybe you are anticipating 3D Blu-Ray support in the hopes that inevitably some PlayStation 4 games will take advantage of the 3D capabilities?
Well, whatever the reason is, Sony has officially announced via its Twitter account that the PlayStation 4 will indeed be receiving Blu-Ray support through the next system update.
Coming next week: PS4 system software update 1.75 adds 3D Blu-ray film support. Woo-hoo!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 24, 2014
Right about now you’re probably saying to yourself, “I just updated that freaking thing yesterday, you’re telling me there’s another update!?” And to that I say yes, except that this isn’t your average stability update meant to fix a bunch of boring issues filled with technical jargon. »
- Robert Kojder
With the buzz and excitement building for the remastered version of "The Last of Us" hitting stores in a few weeks, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida was asked last week if there were any other PS4 remasters planned.
He responded: "There are requests from some consumers for games that were released later in the generation, like Uncharted, which people might have missed. That would be a good candidate. We don’t want to flood the market with remade games either."
Following those comments, Digital Spy spoke with Naughty Dog Community Strategist Arne Meyer who said the company is very open to the idea of a remaster of PS3's biggest exclusive series - the "Uncharted" trilogy - ahead of the planned late 2015 release of the fourth and final game "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End". Meyer says:
"When we look at the PS4 generation, especially in the Us - I »
- Garth Franklin
The newest generation of consoles has been making grand promises since early 2013, and – to the relief of early adopters everywhere – has largely kept to its word. Does PlayStation 4 have its heavily vaunted stop-resume feature? No, but as DualShockers reports, Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida says it will come to the system soon enough. Has Microsoft fully fleshed out the Xbox One’s relationship with Twitch? No, but streaming and sharing content is constantly becoming easier thanks to frequent firmware updates.
They don’t have every last bell and whistle nor will they make you breakfast in the morning, but PS4 and XOne are shaping up to be the biggest and best consoles have ever offered. From a platform perspective, things have never been better. From a game perspective? Well, that’s more debatable.
New titles like Infamous: Second Son and Wolfenstein: The New Order have done justice to their respective franchises, »
- Austin Wood
PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has commented on the Uncharted series coming to PS4 in the form of remakes, stating that the series is a “good candidate”.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Yoshida said, “There are requests from some consumers for games that were released later in the generation, like Uncharted, which people might have missed.” This wouldn’t be the first time Sony are re-releasing a latecomer to the last generation, for the benefit of those who missed it. The Last of Us Remastered is coming to the PS4 on July 29th, fully decked out with the Dlc and improved visuals. Although agreeing that Uncharted would be a good fit, Yoshida was keen to stress that Sony doesn’t want to “flood the market with remade games, either.”
The Last of Us isn’t the only game being remade – the original Ratchet & Clank was announced at E3 to be »
- Tom Powter
Unveiled during Sony’s E3 Press Conference, the glacier white PS4 will be bundled exclusively with Destiny when it launches later this year. However, it has now been confirmed that you will eventually be able to purchase the white PS4 standalone.
Word comes from Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida that the machine will be available for those not really interested in Destiny. He goes on to say, “In Europe we’re going to launch the bundle with Destiny on September 9th,” he said. “But after that, later this year, we’re going to release the standalone white PS4 as well in Europe.”
So Europe is certainly getting the ‘glacier’ white PS4, but there’s no current word on the console’s availability in other regions. However, it seems highly likely that the white PS4 will see both an American and a Japanese release in the near future.
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- Tom Powter
As the PlayStation Vita inches ever closer to its third year anniversary in Japan, Sony has announced that indie titles and third-party content will remain as the primary focus for the struggling handheld going forward.
Though the system has received first-party support over the last couple of years in the form of Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Killzone: Mercenary, Sony has admitted that the graphical horsepower of the Vita is “no longer” a talking point, and that the handheld will be forced to rely on Remote Play and its burgeoning roster of indie titles.
Speaking with Polygon, Sony’s head of worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, outlined the marketing strategy behind the company’s flagship handheld.
“So when we launched the Vita with Uncharted, it was amazing; PS3-like quality in your palm, but as time moved on, you are seeing PS4 quality and people’s expectations for the graphic fidelity has gone up. »
- Michael Briers
Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been in the public ether for close to sixteen months by now and, harkening back to the console’s first reveal in February, 2013 for a brief moment, there are a number of system features that are still missing from PS4’s architecture. Nevertheless, quirks including suspend and resume and remote gameplay takeover are imminent.
That’s according to the company’s head of worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, who spoke candidly about the promised features in an interview with Kotaku:
“Our team has been working on it. There are some things that we announced in February of last year that were not planned for the launch timeframe. I am asking the same question to my tech team every other week.”
Perhaps the most enticing feature that is still brewing in development is the aforementioned suspend and resume. Back in February, Sony assured users that the window of »
- Michael Briers
With the excitement at its peak during Sony’s press conference at E3, Playstation executive Shuhei Yoshida entered the scene. Amidst a gigantic round of applause, he announced a new title by developer Software, a team that he reports is "dear to my heart."
Shuhei’s stamp approval is a promising sign as he unleashed the trailer for the previously unannounced horror title Bloodborne. Amidst shots of long forgotten surgical equipment, a slow dragging corpse, and extreme closeups of point blank murder, the new Bloodborne trailer is a true exercise in atmospheric horror.
But it’s not atmosphere alone, as a brief glimpse is caught of a gargantuan monster as it sneaks up in the background, playing on the horror of the unseen. The trailer closes with the announcement: Coming 2015.
In the months leading up to E3, content from Bloodborne was leaked under its alternate title, Project Beast.
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- Scott Dell
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Is Sony going to make up for previous mistakes and release Demon's Souls 2 for PS4?
Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to the PS3's Demon's Souls for one major reason – Sony owns the rights to the Demon's Souls IP. Although Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida initially claimed that Demon's Souls was “unbelievably bad”, leading to Atlus and Namco Bandai publishing the game in the west, the first game was a breakout hit, impressing both critics and gamers. Sony didn't continue with the series, but FromSoftware managed to secure a deal with Namco Bandai, and Dark Souls was born.
Sony clearly dropped the ball here, but if recent leaks are true, then it would appear as though it's going to try and pick that ball back up, and has realised its mistake, as Demon's Souls 2 could well be coming as an exclusive to »
"Halo" creators Bungie have confirmed they will have copies of their upcoming new IP "Destiny" available in playable form at this year's E3. They've also released twenty-one new photos from the game which can be seen at GamePur
Bungie have announced that Playstation 4 is their leading platform for development on the game, while there's still no PC version in the works with the game's design lead Lars Bakken saying "That doesn't mean it can't happen in the future, it just means it won't happen right now." Finally, a seven minute gameplay trailer is also out below:
Mass Effect Trilogy
It was one of the defining game series of last gen, now Chilean retailer Zmart Games has posted a retail listing suggesting the "Mass Effect" trilogy is getting remastered for the PS4 and Xbox One.
The listing has no information regarding release dates or prices. This follows on from rumors »
- Garth Franklin
Almost six months since it was originally planned to release, Sony has finally confirmed that its all-new racing simulator Driveclub will release on October 7th in North America.
In tandem with the announcement, Evolution Studios — the company behind the proverbial developing wheel — unveiled a brand new launch trailer, which touts some of the game’s innate social features.
What was once a launch title, Driveclub slipped from the PlayStation 4’s starting grid last year following concerns over technical issues. In fact, Sony’s Worldwide Studio Boss Shuhei Yoshida touched upon the specifics of the delay in a post over on PlayStation Blog.
“The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What Driveclub offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you’re waiting for. »
- Michael Briers
Sony has announced that Driveclub will be available for the PlayStation 4 on October 7 in North America, October 8 in Europe and October 10 in the UK. The game was supposed to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 but was delayed until early 2014 last October. Shuhei Yoshida, President, Sce Worldwide Studios, says the further delay is because "the team needed more time to give you the game you're waiting for." He added that Paul Rustchynsky, aka Rushy, is now the game director of the title. »
The last time we reported on Until Dawn, the teen slasher horror title was looking all but cancelled. It was originally being developed for the PS3 with Move support almost two years ago but after a great teaser trailer the news just kind of stopped. Well, we now have movement again and things are looking good. Shuhei Yoshida, Head of Sony Worldwide Studios, stated that the game was still in development. That being said, as for which platform and whether or not it would use Morpheus, a Sony PR rep who was on hand refused to allow the question to be answered. Interesting.
The post Teen Slasher Video Game Until Dawn Still In Development After All appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Assassin's Creed: Unity
Kotaku reports that not one but two "Assassin's Creed" games are on the way later this year, the big one being a French Revolution-set next-gen console only game currently going by the title "Assassin's Creed: Unity".
Apparent leaked screenshots showcase visible Paris landmarks like Notre-Dame, while another report indicates the game will offer four-player co-op. There's also a new navigation scheme which offers "parkour up" and "parkour down" options. The second game is going by the codename of 'Comet' and will be released on PS3 & 360. Ubisoft have yet to comment on the story. [Source: Polygon]
Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed the DualShock 4 controller's light bar will be made dimmable (but not completely turned off) in the next firmware update.
Also, IGN has reported on demo tech from this week's Gdc 2014 that allows users to control in-game camera movement with their eyes via an Smi camera. »
- Garth Franklin
1. Virtual Reality: Inspired by the Kickstarter-funded Oculus Vr, Sony Corp. showed off a new virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 4 game console at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday. "It's something which we believe will push the video-game industry forward," said Shuhei Yoshida, president of worldwide studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, "This is the culmination of our work for three-plus years and realizes our vision for Vr for games." Read the full story here. 2. Terry Gilliam: Talking about his latest film, the science fiction drama "The Zero Theorem," director Terry Gilliam told The Belfast Telegraph he has concerns about our relationship to technology. "I fear through all the connectivity we're being disconnected. It's easier to just tweet somebody than talk to them and more people are doing it than not." Read more of his thoughts about technology here. 3. Netflix: Netflix announced today that its next original. »
- Paula Bernstein
The entertainment business inched one giant step towards a virtual reality future on Tuesday when Sony Corp. showed off a new virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 4 game console. "It's something which we believe will push the video-game industry forward," said Shuhei Yoshida, president of worldwide studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. "This is the culmination of our work for three-plus years and realizes our vision for Vr for games." The headset, which Sony has code-named Project Morpheus, will rely on motion-tracking technology that enables players to pan their view around and have an immersive high-definition, 3-D experience. Companies such as Sony are scrambling to catch up to Oculus Vr, the start-up which developed a prototype virtual reality headset through a Kickstarter campaign. Oculus Vr, which raised more than $75 million in financing last year, has sold more than 50,000 of its headset for developers, »
- Paula Bernstein
20 items from 2014
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