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Arkane Studios

Check Out 40 Mins of Prey From PAX East 2017

[embedded content] Among all the developers who shared quite a bit of gameplay from their upcoming titles at PAX East was Arkane Studios with Prey. The developer showcased forty minutes of gameplay from its first-person shooter, which you can check out above courtesy of YouTube user lzuniy. We’ve previously been told that Prey is neither a sequel nor a remake of the original title. Here’s an official description, in case you missed it: You are Morgan Yu, the subject of morally dubious experiments designed to improve the human race. You awaken aboard the Talos 1 in the year 2032 and must uncover the secrets hiding in the depths of the space station while being hunted by the mysterious alien force that has taken over. You’ll have to rely on the tools you find on the station – along with your wits, weapons and mind-bending abilities – to combat the growing threat and, hopefully, survive.  Prey releases on May 5 this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Dragon Quest

Square Enix Shows Off Dragon Quest Heroes II and Final Fantasy XII Gameplay at PAX East

At PAX East 2017, Square Enix demoed some Dragon Quest Heroes II and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age gameplay, videos of which have now appeared online. Do note that they might not be the best quality and we’ll share official videos as and when they become available but in the meantime, these offer a good look at what you’ll get. First up are two Dragon Quest Heroes II clips courtesy of YouTube user RabbitFootTV Gaming and Caffeinated Gamer: [embedded content][embedded content] Next, we have all the Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age gameplay captured by YouTube user Caelum Rabanastre XII/XV. [embedded content] While Omega Force’s Dragon Quest Heroes II comes to the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe on April 25 and 28, respectively, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age releases for PS4 worldwide on July 11. What do our readers think of the gameplay thus far? Let us know if you’re planning to pick either or both of the titles up. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Industry Events

Farpoint, Crash Bandicoot Trilogy and Gran Turismo Sport Among Playable Games at PAX East

Sony has quite a few PlayStation games to show off at PAX East 2017 – from Farpoint (VR) to Gran Turismo Sport and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – all of which will be playable at the company’s booth. Without further ado, here’s the full list: Boundless Cosmic Star Heroine Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Cryptark Dino Frontier Disc Jam Eitr Everything Farpoint Full Throttle Remastered Gang Beasts Gnog GT Sport Loot Rascals MLB The Show 17 Nex Machina Nidhogg 2 Pox Nora Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Rain World Rime Sundered Tooth & Tail What Remains of Edith Finch Windjammers Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles PAX East will be held from March 10 to 12 in Boston. In case you missed it, THQ Nordic also announced its event lineup this past weekend, which you can check out here. If you’re heading to PAX East, let us know which games you’re planning to get your hands on. [Source: PlayStation] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

THQ Nordic Announces Sine Mora EX for Consoles and PC, Delays Open-World RPG Elex

In a press release announcing its PAX East 2017 lineup, THQ Nordic has revealed that it’ll be releasing an extended version of Sine Mora, aptly titled Sine Mora EX. The horizontal shoot’em up, which is heading to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this summer, has been described as follows: The extended version provides a unique challenge where time is the ultimate factor. It is a gorgeous shoot’em up that offers a Story Mode which weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge genre fans. In the same press release, we noticed some delays as well. Open-world RPG, ELEX, will now release in Q3 2017 and strategy adventure game, This Is The Police, is now set for March 22 this year. However, recently announced Lock’s Quest is on course for an April 25 release and RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar will also be out sometime this year. All the aforementioned titles will be playable at PAX East, which will be held from March 10 to 12 in Boston. (Note: the image above is from Sine Mora. Screenshots of the extended version aren’t available at this time) READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

428: Shibuya Scramble

Critically Acclaimed Visual Novel 428: Shibuya Scramble Releasing for PS4 and PC in the West

Spike Chunsoft made quite a few announcements at this week’s GDC event, including but not limited to the revival of Fire Pro Wrestling series, Cyber Danganronpa: The Class Trial for PlayStation VR, and a new project code named Psync by Zero Escape director Kotaro Uchikoshi. To end the week in style, the company revealed that its critically acclaimed visual novel, 428: Shibuya Scramble will be releasing in the West for the PS4 and PC in 2018. In a press release, the company wrote: We are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that our titles have enjoyed in the west, and are honored by the reception from the media about our upcoming portfolio of games. The exciting return of Fire Pro Wrestling and 428, along with games from the Danganronpa series, The Nonary Games collection and Project Psync are just the beginning. We’re dedicated to localizing even more games in the future and want to hear what fans want next! Here’s an official English overview of the game courtesy of Gematsu: Story A kidnapping on the streets of Shibuya brings together a hot-blooded detective, hard-hitting journalist, former gang leader, the head researcher of a big pharma manufacturer and a part-timer stuck in cat costume for a series READ FULL STORY AT…

Exhibiting at Game Conventions Can Be Expensive

Image via Thumper A fascinating article went up on today as Matt Sayer spoke to a number of different publishers and developers to find out how much it costs to exhibit games at shows like E3, PAX, and GDC. Unless you follow the games scene closely, the results are pretty surprising as there are plenty of hidden costs that go alongside demoing a game at one of these events. As Matt details in the article, necessities like electricity are not included with an E3 booth. Developers have to pay for that out of pocket on top of a booth fee (it was $3,333 per day for a 200sq ft booth at E3). Expenses can pile up quickly when attending one of these events. It’s worth noting that E3 is certainly one of the more expensive ones to exhibit at, as the article shows off less pricey alternatives as demoing at a three-day PAX will cost around $2,240. Here’s an example from the piece of how costly it can be to exhibit at E3 for a four-person team: 200sq ft booth, E3: $10,000 Electricity: $700 Two 65″ TVs for demo reel: $3000 Four demo stations (PC+monitor): $4000 Table for demo stations: $84…


E3 2017: Bethesda & Microsoft Hosting Their Press Conferences on Sunday, June 11

The Sunday before E3 2017 will be a big one, as Bethesda has announced that they’ll be joining Microsoft in hosting a press conference on June 11. Bethesda’s event will happen in the pm (specific time TBA), with Microsoft’s at 2pm PT/5pm ET. Microsoft announced their press conference timing yesterday, and Bethesda – who hosted on Sunday last year – said today, “Sunday before E3 getting busy. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery. Bethesda E3 Showcase will still be Sunday pm. Details soon!” Judging by the image Microsoft tweeted, their press conference will have more details on Project Scorpio: Brace for big news.#XboxE3 briefing will air Sunday, June 11 at 2 PM PT. — Xbox (@Xbox) February 15, 2017 At E3 2016, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony all held their press conferences on Monday. Sony and Ubisoft have yet to confirm their press conference timings for E3 2017. If EA’s hosting a press conference this year, it will likely be on Saturday, June 10, which is the first day of EA Play. Want to attend E3 2017? It looks like consumer tickets are still on sale. What do you hope to see from Bethesda at this year’s E3? [Source: READ FULL STORY…


E3 2017: Participating Companies List Includes Sony, Bethesda, Ubisoft & Many More

As spotted by members on NeoGAF, the list of participating companies at E3 2017 was uploaded over the weekend, revealing that Sony Interactive Entertainment, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Nintendo, Bandai Namco, Activision, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix, Take-Two, SEGA, and many more will be at this year’s event. You can see the list of participating companies below (more will likely be added in the future): 505 Games Activision Publishing, Inc. Aksys Games Alienware Arozzi North America, Inc. Astro Gaming Atlus/SEGA A4Tech Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. Bethesda Bigben Interactive Bionik BKOM Studios Capcom U.S.A., Inc. CBS Interactive China Press & Publication Pavilion Click Entertainment Ltd. Cloud Hub Daedalic Entertainment GmbH DC Games Group Dell DGL Group DreamGear DXRacer USA LLC Epic Games Inc. Focus Home Interactive GameLoft Genertec – China Pavilion Grey Box Hori Hyperkin, Inc. IGN InComm InnoGames Kalypso Media Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Lifeform Logitech G Magic: The Gathering Maximum Games Mayflash Limited Mecca Electronics Microsoft Corporation My Arcade Naughty America nDreams Nexon America, Inc. Nintendo of America Inc. NVIDIA Corporation Nyko Technologies PDP Penguin Random House – Prima Perfect World Entertainment Pico Technology Co., Ltd. Plantronics R.D.S. Industries Inc. Rebellion Rizing Games Roccat, Inc. SEGA Europe Shacknews Sony READ FULL…


Insomniac Games Talks Ratchet & Clank – Movie, Sequel and Remasters

Given how much we loved Insomniac Games’ Ratchet & Clank re-imagining (it’s not really a just a remaster, let’s face it), we took the time out to chat with the studio about the duo. Did Insomniac regret the game’s $40 price point given how well it sold? Should we expect a sequel to the movie anytime soon? These and more are answered by Insomniac Games Community and Marketing Lead James Stevenson. PlayStation LifeStyle: After seeing how well the game was critically received and how well it sold, did you regret the $40 price point? James Stevenson: Not at all! People seemed to respond very positively to the price point and the game had terrific word of mouth. PSLS: Has Insomniac given thought to a sequel? Leaning toward remaking other Ratchet games or taking the franchise in a new direction?JS: We always have ideas floating around in our head, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time. PSLS: Did the performance of the Ratchet & Clank movie have any impact on the future of the games franchise?JS: The interesting thing here is that our core fans really loved the movie overall, so from that standpoint, the film READ FULL…


E3 2017 Is Open to the Public, 15,000 Tickets Go on Sale This Monday

[embedded content] The Entertainment Software Association has announced that E3 2017 will be open to the public, and 15,000 tickets will go on sale this Monday, February 13 at 9am PT/12pm ET through Priced at $150 on February 13, and $250 after that, the E3 consumer tickets give you access to the show floor, panel discussions, developer interviews, and more. Expect further details to arrive in the coming weeks. In an interview with GameSpot, the ESA’s Rich Taylor explained that last year’s free E3 Live event, which allowed people to play upcoming games outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, was a factor in this decision: The feedback we heard was clear – they wanted to play the games inside the convention center. In addition, exhibitors inside the convention center wanted to have access to the fans. So this year we’re bringing the two together. It’s a changing industry, and E3 has always evolved to meet industry needs and anticipate where we’re heading together – as an event, as an industry, and as fans. The decision to open our doors to 15,000 fans was a strategic decision. It is thanks to our members and their vision and leadership that made this possible. We READ…


Sean Murray Will Be at GDC to Talk About the Math Behind No Man’s Sky

While opinions on the quality of No Man’s Sky may vary, there’s no denying that Hello Games’ sandbox title is an impressive feat from a technical standpoint. It’s amazing that such a small team could create a universe so vast, and to many it seems like they accomplished it via magic. That’s not the case, though, as it actually was due to a lot of math. To shine a light on just how No Man’s Sky was made, Hello Games’ founder Sean Murray will be giving a speech at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) called “Building Worlds Using Math(s).’ The one hour talk takes place Thursday, March 2, and begins at 5:30pm. Those with the following passes will be able to attend: GDC All Access, GDC All Access + VRDC, GDC Main Conference, GDC Main Conference + VRDC. It’s intended for programmers and technical artists that are interested in creating procedural based games. Here’s the description of the lecture from the GDC website: No Man’s Sky is a science fiction game set in a near infinite procedurally generated universe. This lecture will describe some of the most important technologies and interesting challenges behind generating both realistic and alien terrains without artistic input, using READ FULL…

Devolver Digital

Devolver Digital Will Demo Games at GDC by Those Affected by Immigration Ban

Indie publisher Devolver Digital might be best known for putting out crass games like Shadow Warrior 2 (or violent ones like Hotline Miami) and maintaining the hilarious Twitter account of their fictional CFO Fork Parker, but the company put out a very serious press release earlier today. The publisher is now accepting submissions to demo games on behalf of developers that are now unable to attend the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco later this month due to the recent immigration ban. They also tweeted out their plans, which you can see below: If you canceled plans to demo a game at GDC due to the US immigration ban, we’d like to demo it on your behalf. — Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) February 2, 2017 “One of my favorite things about games is that they are truly global in nature, transcending borders and cultural differences more seamlessly than other art forms, and working with different people from all over the world with wildly varying backgrounds has been a huge part of Devolver’s success and of our personal enjoyment of what we do,” said Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson. “We are happy to have the opportunity to help create a bridge in READ FULL STORY…

GDC 2017

GDC Organizers Issue Response to Trump’s Travel Ban, Refunds Those Affected

Organizers of the annual Game Developers Conference have issued a response to the 90-day travel ban imposed by President Trump, stating they plan to reimburse those attendees affected by the controversial executive order. Last week, the POTUS ordered a temporary ban to anyone attempting to enter the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It’s a move that has sparked widespread protest across the globe, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has issued a statement urging the White House to “exercise caution with regard to vital immigration and foreign worker programs.” GDC is a global community – we’re horrified by the #MuslimBan. Of course we’ll refund affected attendees, and keep fighting for inclusivity. — Official_GDC (@Official_GDC) January 29, 2017 Our statement on the new travel policy issued this weekend: — ESA Gov Affairs (@ESAGovAffairs) January 30, 2017 In closing, executive director Kate Edwards added: “The issue isn’t necessarily the affect on these specific countries but on the general spread of xenophobia in the U.S. government and how it will certainly affect the U.S.’s ability to hire talent and remain globally competitive.” GDC 2017 begins on February 27 and READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Industry Events

Uncharted 4 Earns 8 Nominations Including GOTY for SXSW Gaming Awards

Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has picked up nominations in eight categories including Game of the Year in the upcoming SXSW Gaming Awards. Other than GOTY, the game was nominated for Excellence in Narrative, Excellence in Design, Most Memorable Character (Nathan Drake), Excellence in Animation, Excellence in Visual Achievement, Excellence in Technical Achievement and last but not least, Excellence in SFX. GOTY contenders include Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, Arkane Studios’ Dishonored 2, id Software’s DOOM, and Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2. Other notable award categories include eSports Game of the Year, Excellence in Gameplay, Most Promising New IP, Excellence in Multiplayer, Excellence in Musical Score, Excellence in Art, and more. For a full list of categories/nominees and to cast your vote, simply head over here. The SXSW Gaming Awards will be held on Saturday, March 18. Do our readers think Uncharted 4 can fight off Overwatch? More importantly, who do you think should win? Let us know. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!