Recent Articles: PlayStation Meeting 2013

All 12 of Sony’s internal studios are working on PS4 games

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Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony Worldwide Studios, has been talking to everybody since the PlayStation 4 was unveiled last week. And in a recent conversation with IGN, the executive confirmed that every Sony Computer Entertainment studio is working on at least one PS4 game:

IGN: “Is it fair to say that all of the first party studios are working on PS4 games?”

Yoshida: “Is it fair or not fair? It is fair to say.”

Thanks to the PlayStation Meeting 2013, we know that Media Molecule is busy sculpting clay figures and that Guerrilla Games (Killzone: Shadow Fall), Sucker Punch (InFamous: Second Son), Evolution Studios (DriveClub), and Sony Japan Studio (Knack) will have something ready for the system’s launch or soon after.

This news means that Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo 6 is likely a PS4 game and Naughty Dog is surely hard at work on Uncharted 4, but what are Guerrilla Cambridge, Sony Bend, Sony London Studio, Sony San Diego Studio, and Sony Santa Monica Studio up to?

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The Witcher 3 officially announced for PS4

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Earlier this month, Game Informer called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, “a must see next generation RPG.” Those words rang true as CD Projekt RED confirmed through a press release that the game will in fact be coming to the PlayStation 4 when it is released in 2014.

Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED, was excited to announce the news, “We were thrilled when asked, several months ago, to be one of the developers who were granted early access to the PlayStation 4. It was an exciting moment to be invited to be in the company of other legendary developers like Bethesda, EA, LucasArts, Ubisoft or Activision as one of the teams working on titles shipping early in the PlayStation 4’s lifecycle. Of course, we couldn’t reveal any specifics about this to our fans, even though many journalists and forum members asked about when and how The Witcher might show up on Sony’s console. After yesterday’s PlayStation Meeting we can finally promise: The Witcher 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4.”

The Witcher 3 will come out on the PC and “all high-end platforms available” in 2014. Will the open-world game also make it to the currently unannounced Xbox 720? We’ll see.

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The Witness coming to PC/iOS… but probably not Xbox 720 or Wii U

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One of the highlights of Sony’s PS4 announcement was the whimsical, Myst-like trailer for Jonathan Blow’s upcoming puzzler The Witness. The developer has since expanded on its unveiling to Kotaku, and confirmed what other platforms it will appear on.

“Our deal with Sony is a limited-time exclusivity that applies only to competing console platforms. Basically it is that you will see the game on the PlayStation 4 before you will see it on the Wii U or the next Microsoft console, if the game ever appears on either of those.”

In other words, he is free to launch it on the PC and iOS regardless of his deal with Sony. In fact, Blow states that if he and his team were able to develop those versions in time for the PS4 launch, “The ideal situation for us is to release everything simultaneously or close to simultaneously.” The outspoken developer was very forthcoming when discussing why he had chosen the Playstation 4 as the right console for The Witness, and revealed that Sony did not give him money for the exclusivity.

“The real situation is that, because we are a small developer, we only have the ability to launch on a small number of platforms at once. We liked the idea of being on a console, and originally we thought we might be on the PS3 or Xbox 360, but eventually we decided not to target either of those due to the relatively low system specs… The Wii U still has pretty low system specs, so it came down to a choice between the next Microsoft console or the next Sony console.”

In typical Jonathan Blow fashion, he had a lot more to say about The Witness. (more…)

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Watch Dogs is coming to every platform ever this holiday season

Well, not quite every platform, but it will be one of Ubisoft’s most widely released titles to date. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot was at the New York launch event for Sony’s new console, the PlayStation 4. There, he was singing the console’s praises, and revealed that Watch Dogs will be available during the system’s launch this holiday season.

“Ubisoft has a strong history of supporting new technologies with unique and creative offerings. The power and capability of the PS4 allows the Watch Dogs team to further push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in interactive entertainment.”

Bold words, but Ubisoft are not hedging their bets on Sony’s new box alone. With the company showing the same strategy that has lead it to become one of the most successful developers during the current generation, the futuristic open world third-person thriller will also be released on the console’s predecessor, the PS3, as well as the Xbox 360, PC, and the Wii U. There has been no word on if Watch Dogs is a timed exclusive for Sony’s next-generation system, but given the recent debacle surrounding the delay of Rayman Legends so it could also be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, it would be reasonable to assume that Watch Dogs will hit all consoles simultaneously.

And while it has not been mentioned thus far, we can only assume this wide umbrella will also ensnare Microsoft’s Xbox 720, whenever it is announced.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall confirmed as PS4 launch title on Jimmy Fallon

Late night’s most famous gamer, Jimmy Fallon, is the first person outside of Sony Computer Entertainment to publicly get his hands on the PlayStation 4. During last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the talk show host was joined by actor Anthony Anderson and Herman Hulst, the Managing Director at Guerrilla Games.

Naturally, they played some Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Fallon and Anderson played the same section of the game we saw during Sony’s PS4 reveal, but we did learn two things. One, Anthony Anderson is an absolutely terrible video game player. And two, Killzone: Shadow Fall will be a PS4 launch game and it’ll be available this holiday season.

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Diablo III for PS3 will be playable at PAX East 2013

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After years of hints (which started before the PC version was even released), Blizzard has finally announced the existence of the console of Diablo III. And we’ll get our first chance to play it at this year’s PAX East expo (March 22-24).

Sadly, Blizzard is only bringing the PS3 version to Boston. So if you were hoping to get your hands on the new DualShock 4 controller, I’m sorry to disappoint. But the PS3 version is better than nothing, right?

“Diablo III looks and plays great on the PlayStation,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We put a lot of care and thought into the PlayStation version to make sure it would deliver an authentic Diablo gaming experience, and we’re really pleased with the results. We can’t wait for players to try it out at PAX East.”

Diablo III on the PS3 will feature all of the enhancements found in the latest edition of the game including “the Paragon leveling system, customizable Monster Power, Brawling, and epic Legendary items.” PS3 players should be on the lookout for “an all-new user interface, including an intuitive control scheme and a new dynamic camera perspective.”

Oh yeah, and couch co-op for up to four people as well.

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PS4 Trailer: Killzone: Shadow Fall

It’s an entirely different world in Killzone: Shadow Fall. The Helghast and the Vektans share a single world, but are trapped in a harsh cold war with a wall separating the majestic Vektan City:

Set thirty years after the events of the Killzone trilogy, the world of Killzone Shadow Fall is a very different place. Forced together by circumstance, the two rival factions of the Helghast and the Vektans live side by side in a futuristic city, divided by a vast wall.

Tensions are high, and a war can spark at any moment. In the midst of this all stands a Shadow Marshall, the most special of the special forces, tasked with maintaining the delicate balance.

We don’t know when Killzone: Shadow Fall will be available, but Guerrilla Games expects 2013 to be one of their biggest years ever. So here’s hoping it’s a launch game.

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PS4 Trailer: DriveClub

Evolution Studios wants to take “car porn” to the next level with DriveClub, their team-based first-person racing game for the PlayStation 4.

Evolution has promised that DriveClub will include visual details that are “borderline insane” including individually rendered carbon fiber panels and leather seats on the cars.

Yup, sounds pretty insane.

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