In a surprise move that sent shockwaves throughout the gaming community earlier this week, Irrational Games founder Ken Lavine has announced that the studio will be downsizing from its current format as an AAA studio to one with just fifteen members. Considering the critical and financial success both the original Bioshock and last year’s Bioshock Infinite have enjoyed this move might seem out of left field, but Mr.Lavine has attempted to explain the rationale behind this decision in a rather lengthy blog post.
Developers affected by the closure will be offered financial and logistical support according to Levine to help them find new homes in the development community. Other publishers and developers will be visiting the irrational offices to recruit those who didn’t make the cut.
The as of yet unnamed new studio that will focus on digital titles that are ‘highly re-playable’, the first of which is expected to be published under Irrational’s previous publisher 2K games.
Looking back, In his blog post Levine reflected on the founding of irrational and how he feels they will tackle the road ahead. (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News, PC, Sony Tags: Bioshock: Infinite, Closure, Industry News, Irrational Games
SQUARE ENIX today released the New Features trailer for FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster.
The game features completely remastered visuals, updated music, and new content.
FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster will available on March 18 as a single disc bundle available on the PlayStation 3. The collector’s edition for the PlayStation 3 system will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $79.99.Posted in: Sony Tags: Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Playstation 3, PlayStation Vita, Square Enix
Perhaps one of my most anticipated titles for 2014, yes I’m not like most other people, is Hellraid. From the studio that brought us Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, comes a dark fantasy twist from Techland with the awesome gameplay that made the Dead Island franchise so popular. For those unfamiliar, you can check out some of the screenshots that have been released. You can also see the first gameplay trailer that was released almost a year ago.Posted in: Microsoft, News, PC, Sony Tags: Dead Island, Hellraid, Techland
Today at the New York Toy Fair Activision announced a new Transformers video game, presumably to coincide with the release of the next Transformers movie, titled Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. With unfortunate layoffs at High Moon Studios, it appears that the new Transformers game will be in a new developers’ hands: Edge of Reality (whom is most memorable for The Incredible Hulk tie-in). Activision, with the announcement of the new game, have also released a teaser trailer to go along with it… (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News, Nintendo, PC, Sony Tags: Activision, Autobots, Decepticons, Edge of Reality, Transformers, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, WayForward Technologies
The extremely popular Worms games are getting ready to make their next-gen debut on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Worms Battlegrounds is the next title that will be released in the Worms franchise. Details are scarce at the moment, but Team17 states that it is targeting a 2014 release date for Worms Battlegrounds and it will be released as a digital download title. Stay tuned as more information becomes available!Posted in: Microsoft, News, Sony Tags: Team17, Worms, Worms Battleground
Sony has added a few more games to their PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, which will be available to donwload after today’s store update. One of the two new games will be PlayStation 4 title Outlast with PS3 game Metro: Last Light filling in the other slot. Also a few game discounts are also being dished out. Check out the list below.
Outlast Hell is an experiment you can’t survive in Outlast, a first-person survival horror game developed by veterans of some of the biggest game franchises in history. As investigative journalist Miles Upshur, explore Mount Massive Asylum and try to survive long enough to discover its terrible secret… if you dare.
Metro: Last Light (PS3)
Metro Last Light It is the year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour…Posted in: Sony Tags: Playstation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Vita
Reef Entertainment announced yesterday that RAMBO THE VIDEO GAME will be released in EUROPE on February 21st, 2014. The game will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. The game will be released in North America on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC in Q1 2014.
Rambo the Video Game will put players in Rambo’s boots and take them on an action-packed adventure through the iconic action-sequences and story-arcs of FIRST BLOOD, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II & RAMBO III.
The game will feature the original movie voice-tracks of John Rambo and Col. Samuel Trautman as well as selected music from the original Rambo Trilogy.Posted in: Microsoft, PC, Sony Tags: PC, Playstation 3, Rambo the Video Game, Reef Entertainment, Teyon, Xbox 360
Last evening Sony began sending out invites for their upcoming PlayStation Now game streaming service, IGN.com has reported. The streaming service is entering a small closed beta period ahead of its official release sometime later this year and requires a 5MB internet connection and the use of a PlayStation 3 is recommended according to the invite email.
PlayStation Now is an online streaming service that will allow gamers to play titles from the console maker’s nearly 20 year history on the PlayStation 3, PS4 as well as Sony Bravia televisions and Smart Phones. The technology behind PlayStation Now based off of GaiKai’s streaming services, whom Sony purchased for $380 million dollars in 2012.
We don’t have a definitive list of launch titles for PlayStation Now but when the service was shown at CES 2014 both Beyond Two Souls and The Last of Us were both playable. We also do not have details on a pricing structure, launch window or whether or not PlayStation Now will tie into PlayStation Plus.
If you got into the beta, we’re super jealous!Posted in: News, Sony Tags: Beta, Gaikai, PlayStation Now, PS3, PS4
The Amazing Spider-Man is set to make his return to video game consoles via developer Beenox and publisher Activision this year. Historically, I personally believe that Beenox has done an outstanding job with the Spider-Man games. They are looking to continue this trend with a new Spidey game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which will release sometime in the spring of this year. While the storyline will not follow the movies’, which is truly not a bad thing, it will feature some of the enemies featured in the film. Don’t worry true believers, there will also be more classic villains for you to take down as well - Beenox has confirmed.
This new trailer features one of those classic villains… (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, PC, Sony Tags: Activision, Beenox, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
GameSpot has released some gameplay footage that shows what Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s new Lord of the Rings title Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor looks like from Monolith Productions. So far it seems to be somewhat Assassin’s Creed inspired with random rival generation which makes Orc foes that you build a history against called the Nemesis System. All this taking place between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Interestingly, this is possibly the first non canon LOTR video game. Read on for the video! (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, PC, Sony Tags: lord of the rings, LOTR, Monolith Productions, PS4, Talion, Warner Bros, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Xbox One