It’s time to play catch-up on a few key games that are releasing later this year and share some fun news bits for some of our recent favorites. We’re going to look at the idea of MMOs and remote play on the PS4; Zynga and CCP Games woes; new releases of Terraria, Skyrim and Doodle Jump; the release date for Dark Souls II; incredible Borderlands 2, Remember and Red Dead Redemption videos & more!
Read on for the details and more stories.
PlayStation 4 MMOs
Although we’ve not seen it taken advantage of yet on the console front, Sony’s PlayStation brand has Sony Online Entertainment behind it. Games like DC Universe Online showcased that MMOs can work on consoles and come time for the next-gen PlayStation 4, expect to see much more of this phenomenon as the free-to-play online market continues to grow. DCUO Executive Producer Larry Liberty:
“I would expect that, with all of the amazing features that have been announced for the next PlayStation, that it will be a great platform for MMOs.”
We’ve already seen Sony’s efforts in bringing the EVE Online universe to the consoles with PS3’s exclusive DUST 514, it is possible that games like PlanetSide 2 and the upcoming EverQuest Next will work on PS4?
Speaking of EVE Online and DUST 514, the games went offline Sunday-Monday in response to a DDoS attack, as the developers shut down the Tranquility cluster to investigate and rectify the issue. They stress user data wasn’t at risk and will compensate players for the downtime, announcing what that compensation is at a later time
“We would like to stress that at no time was customer data compromised or accessible in any way.”
On the bright side, the Odyssey update (its 19th expansion) is coming – check out the funny development video/trailer for it here.
Red Dead Redemption Movie
Silk Dog Films launched a live-action trailer for their fan-made Red Dead Redemption movie “The Hanging of Bonnie MacFarlane” and it looks pretty fun. How long until Rockstar makes another Red Dead open-world Western?
Zynga, the company once famous for borrowing ideas and game designs from successful casual and mobile apps/games is now more known for its continued downslide, laying off another 520 employees today. The latest victim is another overpriced acquisition: OMGPOP. OMGPOP made a name for themselves with the incredibly popular Draw Something last year, a game that lead to Zynga paying $200 million to acquire the dev. And to what end? Immediate drop in player counts followed now by Zynga entirely shutting it down. And to think, had they not acquired it, OMGPOP would be in better shape working away on Draw Something 2.
Source: USA Today
The Legend of Skyrim
One of the most fun and most memed games of the current generation of game systems is the latest from Bethesda’s flagship franchise: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It’s getting re-released with all of its DLC (Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn) for the original full retail price of $59.99. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition is available now.
Play all PS4 Games on Vita
What began as a rumor is now confirmed: The PS Vita will be a crucial part of the PlayStation 4’s future as it will be be able to play most PS4 titles via remote play. The rumor had it that Sony was going to require that all PS4 games support remote play so Vita owners could continue their games on the Vita through wifi by compressing the image. With Sony focusing more on digital content and their massive acquistion of cloud gaming juggernaut Gaikai, this is the first step in Sony’s cloud-gaming future.
Dark Souls 2 Release Date
While we are concerned of any potentially mainstreaming of the core game design elements of Dark Souls II, we couldn’t be more excited to get our hands on it at E3. According to the big E3 banner at the LA Convention Center, the next-gen title’s release date will be in March 2014.
New Borderlands 2 Short Film
Gearbox Software put out a short original in-game short film for the latest DLC character of Borderlands 2: Krieg the Psycho. Find out just how crazy he is, but also, how much of a heart he has too. Make us want to jump back into our Vault Hunter boots.
Doodle Jump for Kinect
The seemingly out-of-control spoiler machine we know as the Australian Classification Board has partly outed ANOTHER unannounced game: Doodle Jump for Kinect. The popular mobile title was announced to come to Xbox 360 supporting Kinect two years ago and now we know it’s coming this June for 400 Microsoft Points, developed by Smoking Gun Interactive.
Remember Me in Live-Action
Capcom’s Remember Me is now out (read our review), so we wanted to share the cool live-action trailer. These are the final thoughts of Antoine, the Founder of Memorize.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
The next and oddly numbered Assassin’s Creed installment is getting some cool tie-in merchandise for fans of the series an its lore. There’s a novel titled Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (what the game should’ve been called) about the The Golden Age of Piracy, an art book, and a strategy guide by Prima Games.
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