Archives for posts with tag: Catch-up News

Playstation Plus to offer cross-platfom discounts?
A survey, spotted by Digital Spy, has alluded to cross-platform discounts for Playstation Plus subscribers.

Respondents were asked how willing they would be to download a Vita version of a digital PS3 title if it were made available at a discount. The level of discount was offered in increments from £5 off all the way up to 100%, making Vita versions free downloads.

The survey also asked if respondents would be tempted to buy digital games rather than retail if they were £5 cheaper.

Nintendo considered dropping Wii U two-screen concept
Speaking to The Telegraph, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata admitted that the company considered dropping the GamePad’s screen late in development.

He told the paper that there were concerns the price of the tablet controller would drive up the RRP of the Wii U, saying, “Sometime during that final discussion we almost gave up on the idea of the additional screen. This was due to our concern over the expected high cost, it may not have been feasible to create this and sell it at a reasonable price point for the consumers.”

He added that their rivals’ E3 conferences acted as validation for their two-screen concept, as both also unveiled similar functionality; Sony showing Vita/PS3 Cross-Play, and Microsoft with their SmartGlass technology. “It’s quicker than before.” he said. “After our showing of motion control, it took three years for other companies to follow suit. But this time it’s just one year after our proposal, even before we brought out the actual product. I think that proves the great potential of what we showed last year.”

Journey developer raises $5.5m capital, plans multiplatform development
Thatgamecompany, the indie studio behind PSN gems flOw, Flower and Journey has raised $5.5 million dollars in venture capital after completing their three-game contract with Sony.

Now fully independent, the studio is planning to release its titles on multiple platforms. “We got so many emails from fans saying they wished they could play our games on other platforms,” studio boss Jenova Chen told VentureBeat. “We make games for human beings, not just gamers. Young, old, men, women, and from all countries. We want to change the concept of what a game is and show society what a game can be.”

The cash was raised with help from venture capitalist firm Benchmark Capital, whose Mitch Lasky said, “Jenova has a chance to be the John Lasseter of the video games business. I feel privileged to be riding shotgun with him. The ambitions for Thatgamecompany are very exciting to me.”

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99.9% of JSR soundtrack returns for HD outing
Sega have announced, via the humble art of the blog post, that “99.9%” of Jet Set Radio‘s original soundtracks will be brought back for the forthcoming HD re-release. Only two songs from across the Japanese, European and US soundtracks didn’t make it – Deavid Soul’s ‘Yappie Feet’ and ‘Many Styles’ by O.B. One.

The post refers to the list as the “worldwide soundtrack”, so I wonder if all three will be blended into one, or whether you’ll be able to select by region? Either way, this is great news considering what a huge part the music plays in the Jet Set experience. It’s even more pertinent when you think about what happened to the soundtrack for Crazy Taxi‘s HD appearance…

Ni No Kuni release date announced
Namco-Bandai has announced that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will launch in Europe on 25th January 2013.

The Level 5/Studio Ghibli-developed jRPG is currently being localised, with the dialogue being re-dubbed in English, and subtitles added for French, German, Spanish and Italian. However, the game will also include the original Japanese voicework, playable with English subtitles.

It’s been a long time coming, but, as I found out at last week’s MCM Expo, Ni No Kuni will be well worth the wait.

New Tomb Raider trailer gives away release date
Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot will be released on March 5 2013, a new trailer has revealed.

The brutal trailer, which you can see below, shows a young Lara Croft struggling to stay alive, fending off attacks by humans and animals alike, as well as using a bow and arrow to hunt a deer for it’s meat. The trailer is interspersed with footage of plenty of massive set-pieces, and, dare I say it, seems a little reminiscent of Uncharted in places (ironic, no?). With that said, it also looks far darker than any of Drake’s (or indeed Lara’s) adventures to date.

Doom 3 BFG edition announced
A remastered and expanded version of Doom 3, dubbed the BFG Edition, has been announced for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 by iD Software.

This new version features remastered graphics, 5.1 surround sound, and support for 3D and head mounted displays. Also included are the original Doom, Doom 2, the Resurrection of Evil expansion pack and the never-before-seen Lost Mission, a separate story set across seven new levels.

Best of all? The game now features an armour-mounted flashlight so you can finally see and shoot at the same time!