Friday, February 22, 2008
LucasArts' "new baseline" for their forthcoming games, besides games such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, will be the PLAYSTATION 3.
"Our next project will use the PS3 as the baseline, and then apply that to the Xbox 360," said Haden Blackman, project lead for Star Wars: The Force.
They learned some lessons while developing Star Wars: The Force, and now are going to develop multiplatform titles on the PLAYSTATION 3 first. Good to hear more developers are using the PLAYSTATION 3 as their console of choice.
[GDC '08: LucasArts prioritizing PS3, unleashing Force]
According to a page in the latest issue of Famitsu, which is an ad for Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, the title will be releasing on June 12, 2008.
We assume this form the "2008.06.12" that appears on the right hand side of the image. Could this be Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots solid release date? Only announcements will tell.
[Famitsu advertising shows MGS4 release date?!]
At the Game Developers Conference 2008, Square Enix's Taku Murata had a conference during the show. He revealed that the White Engine, which is being uses in Square's upcoming Final Fantasy XIII title, has been renamed to Crystal Tools. He also mentioned bringing the engine to the Wii, but of course the graphics will not match up with that of the PLAYSTATION 3's.
[GDC 08: White Engine renamed to Crystal Tools]
Scott Steinberg, the SCEA VP of product marketing, has said at the Game Developers Conference 2008 that he believes the PLAYSTATION 3 is a smart choice for any small developers wanting to get their games known to an online audience.
When responding to the XNA Presentation Microsoft gave in their keynote, Steinberg said "it was interesting in the sense that what they were talking about we've sort of been doing for the last couple of years with PSN and giving smaller, start-up, entrepreneurial developers the chance to get in and make their games available on the PSN."
Of course, he had to bring up that the PLAYSTATION Network is free where LIVE makes you pay. "We don't charge for our online service," he said. "We make it available for everybody. So, the accessibility of somebody's content who decides to make a game that is maybe smaller, more affordable for consumers to buy – I think we're a better choice because the PS3 owner has the ability to go online day one without having to cut a check.
"I think on a global basis, the PS3 brand is going to be the winner. I think the story is already written in Europe and in Japan. In the US it is sort of a 'jump ball' that is remaining, but quite candidly I think if a small, start-up company wanted to have global access to their content, and have global commercial potential for their content, Sony is by far the best platform."
He said regarding this year, they are exactly where they want to be chessboard-wise. Lets see how that plays out.
[Sony completely confident over 2008 performance]
A new trailer for SEGA's upcoming Battle Field Valkyrie: Gallian Chronicles surfaced on the Japanese PLAYSTATION Store. The new trailer shows the three types of gameplay modes in the game. Sadly, we don't understand Japanese. Do you? Enjoy!
TGR had an interview today with the game development team for Dark Sector. They asked about the differences of the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 versions. Their answer was "it will look the same on PS3 and the Xbox 360".
Josh Austin, the producer for Dark Sector was asked this question. He responded “this is what works on a 360, this is how this is how it’s going to have to be close to on the PS3.” He seemed proud of the success they had with the system.
HE did admit the team hadn't fully figured out the PLAYSTATION 3 yet. At least the game is going to be the same on both consoles.
[Dark Sector to Have Same Look on PS3 and Xbox 360]
Matt Wilson, Director of Development and Executive Producer of Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming The Agency, spoke with Ten Ton Hammer's Garret Fuller today about the game. He speaks on the community of The Agency and how he feels it is the game's secret weapon. Enjoy!
[GDC '08 Q&A Video with The Agency's Matt Wilson]
Sony Computer Entertainment is holding one hell of a party over at the Game Developers Conference 2008. They have a breakdancing crew, women in short skirts, 70's throwbacks playing from the DJ, and even a barbershop on the second floor. We sure wish we were there to cover it (and drink up some beers). Perhaps next year. Enjoy the video!
[GDC08: You're at the PlayStation Block Party]
Radical Entertainment held their own "making an open world game" conference yesterday in which they showed off their upcoming title, Prototype. The game is looking sharp, and he has some sick attacks and aerobics, a must watch on my book. Enjoy!
Those of you who want to get the most out of the Game Developers Conference 2008 may want to check out Bravo for the next few days. Gamer.TV will be airing the biggest games on the show floor, specials, and more.
Gamer.TV's Executive Producer said, "GDC is now one of the very biggest events in the gaming calendar and we’ve got all the very best bits for our viewers this weekend!"
You can watch their GDC 2008 special at these showtimes below.
Saturday February 23, 2008 @ 11:30 am (Bravo)[Gamer TV offers GDC 08 Special]
Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 11:30 am (Bravo)
Monday February 25, 2008 @ 8:00 am (Bravo)
Home was announced just about a year ago, with so many users anticipating it's release that October/November. Unfortunately, it was delayed till 2008. People can become frustrated when games like HAZE and some multiplatform PLAYSTATION 3 games are delayed as well.
Those frustrated gamers started a petition demanding Sony Computer Entertainment to release an open beta for Home. If you support it, swing by and give it a sign.
[Petition of Home Open Beta]
Straight out of Japan, here is some two minutes of gameplay for Capcom's upcoming Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The gameplay features many bright lights, so be warned. Also, I remember reading the PLAYSTATION 3 version didn't have motion blur, this video seems to disagree. Enjoy!
Seems like SEGA is packing in more tennis with their upcoming SEGA Superstars Tennis title. The title will include some mini-games such as the Curien Mansion and Sonic mini-games. In Curien Mansion, you use your tennis racket and ball to fight off a horde of zombies. In the Sonic mini-game, you collect rings while avoiding the shooting spike balls. Enjoy the videos!