In an interview with CVG, Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson said that the design of Tali’s true face has been a subject of serious stress for Bioware. As fans of the series know, Tali has been perpetually masked since the original Mass Effect, and what’s underneath the mask is one of the series’ great mysteries. Apparently it’s a mystery to Bioware as well: Hudson says that the Mass Effect team hasn’t even decided if they’ll show Tali without her mask, forget about what she’ll look like.
SCEA and developer Sucker Punch announced today that long-awaited super hero sequel Infamous 2 will be hitting stores on June 7th. The release coincides with the beginning of E3, which could be an ominous sign; syncing the game’s release may force critics to put their reviews on hold to cover the conference – using a strategy like that COULD be seen as a not-so-subtle way of saying that the game might not hold up to journalistic scrutiny. (Of course, it could also simply be coincidence, but that doesn’t make for an interesting story, does it.) Of course, since the original Infamous was a great game, Sucker Punch probably deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Google has put up a want ad for programmers and designers from the gaming industry to create a “next generation game-console-based TV experience with YouTube video content.” There is already a YouTube portal available on Wii and PS3, YouTube XL, but it’s somewhat unwieldy and works through the consoles’ respective internet browsers. Presumably this new program would be similar to console “apps” like Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN. Qualified candidates should have “deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii.”
A proper YouTube portal is long overdue, especially considering how many gamers put up speed runs and random clips from games. Finally, no more cameras pointed at the TV!
Korean electronics manufacturer LG has filed a set of patent infringement claims against Sony that, if enforced, would prevent the sale of all Sony Blu-Ray players in the US, including the PS3. According to Eurogamer, the claims, which were filed with the International Trade Commission yesterday, allege that four components used in Sony’s current Blu-Ray player designs are proprietary LG designs. Though LG’s claims would likely effect all Sony Blu-Ray players, LG pointed specifically at the PS3 as a product in question.
Whether or not the claims are legitimate, it’s unlikely that the claims will bear fruit. LG and Sony are respectively the second and third ranked television producers in the world, and legal issues between the companies aren’t uncommon. It is rumored that these claims are revenge against Sony for a similar set of lawsuits filed against LG in December. In those claims, Sony alleged that LG infringed on seven different cell phone-related patents.
This week’s upcoming issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu is expected to have the first details on Dark Souls, sequel to the 2009 sleeper hit RPG Demon’s Souls. Demon’s Souls is an online-focused action RPG from Japanese developer From Software that became notorious (and popular) for its insane level of difficulty.
Though it is the direct follow-up to Demon’s Souls, the Dark Souls’ plot won’t have any connection to the original. The game will drop Demon’s Souls’ region-based format, opting for a much larger open world and emphasizing exploration as a key gameplay component. From Software also mentioned expanded character creation and creative new uses of the series’ co-op mode, which lets a player enter a game as either a friend or foe.
Dark Souls will be a PS3 exclusive in Japan, but publisher Namco Bandai plans to release the American version on the 360 as well.
From Famitsu, via 1up
Sony confirmed last week’s Kotaku report that the next PS3 firmware update will allow Playstation Plus subscribers to save their games online, making them accessible via their PSN profile. The new service, called “Online Saving”, comes in extra handy for players who regularly use more than one console, allowing them access to their saves without a flash drive or memory card. It also makes switching consoles (or more likely replacing broken ones) much less of a hassle.
Until now, Playstation Plus offered access to exclusive demos and DLC. While those features are nice, they haven’t been enough to make Playstation Plus as successful as Xbox Live Gold: Online saving might not be enough to make the service a success overnight, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.
According to an interview in the upcoming March issue of EGM, Developer Just Add Water is working an HD remake of PS1 classic, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Just Add Water is already working an HD port of the most recent Oddworld game, Stranger’s Wrath. In the interview, Oddworld series creator Lorne Lanning describes the new Oddysee; “It’s basically Abe’s Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer.” You might argue that this description implies larger changes, but Lanning assures fans that the goal is to update, not change; “<We’re> not trying to reinvent any wheels. It’s like, ‘Can we make that experience in a new engine, with new tech, in the old way?'”
With all the remakes and collections flooding the market (Sly, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, etc) the Oddworld series seems like a logical choice for revival. Let’s hope it sticks!
EA announced today that a DLC pack for Dead Space 2 is already underway. The announcement serves an extra bit of incentive for gamers to go pick up the highly anticipated sequel, which hits store shelves today. Neither the DLC or the announcement comes as much of a surprise: The Dead Space franchise has rapidly grown into one of the publisher’s largest properties, and publishers regularly announce DLC for high-profile titles in first week of their release.
Ever since SCEE and Guerilla Games let it slip that Killzone 3 is in the works last month, there has been a steady stream of new info coming about the game – It’s coming. It’s gonna be in 3D. It’s going to push the limits of what the PS3 can do. Now, Sony has released the “debut trailer” for the game. No, the trailer doesn’t show off anything substantial about the game: It’s a classic “show off your visuals to look cool and get people excited” kind of trailer.
According to a circular from a South African video game retailer, PS3 owner may get to try their hand at motion-control gameplay sooner than expected. BT Games’ June sales ad announces that gamers should “watch out” for Move during the month of July. The possibility of this being true is weak at best: BT Games has said nothing about a specific release date, and Sony made it very clear that they plan to release the Move and its initial software lineup in the fall. Plus, the idea of releasing a piece of relatively expensive gaming hardware so far away from the holidays seems like a disastrous plan from a business perspective.
Still, BT Games has built a little of credibility in these matter, the chain broke the news about the 250 GB Xbox 360 in an ad months before Microsoft announced it’s existence. It is possible that the BT ad refers to pre-ordering the controller, or possibly some kind of promotional event. Regardless, the Move’s future will be set in stone in just over two weeks at E3.