All News tagged with 'Industry News'

Conception Plus Removes Touch Communication, Likely Due To Censorship

Conception is a turn-based RPG crossed with a dating simulator, in which the hero must charm 12 Star Maidens into producing and raising Star Children with various abilities. Those Children are then allies in turn-based battles.

Posted yesterday by Sam Quirke, 6 comments

Despite Everything, EA is Still "Fully Committed" To Star Wars

Publisher Electronic Arts is still "fully committed" to making more Star Wars games, despite previous microtransaction PR disasters and collapsed projects, including rumours that an open-world game has been canned completely.

Posted 4 days ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

God of War Sweeps Up In The PlayStation Blog Game of the Year Awards

Not to be satisfied with taking the main trophy from last year's Game Awards, Santa Monica Studios have swept the floor in PlayStation Blog's own Reader Awards for 2018, winning in almost every available category.

Posted 5 days ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

HITMAN Developers Open A New Studio In Sweden

In what must be one of the biggest turnarounds for a developer in the past few years, IO Interactive has gone from potentially closing down to opening a whole new studio in Malmö, Sweden.

Posted 5 days ago by Andy Mills, 0 comments

Poll: Which Game Studio Would You Like To See Split From Their Publisher?

One of the biggest stories of the day is the fact that Bungie have not only parted ways with Activision Blizzard, but they have managed to do so while retaining the Destiny IP. Which studios would you love to see follow suit?

Posted 11 days ago by Sam Quirke, 20 comments

Bungie Parts With Activision, Will Self-Publish Future Destiny Games

Destiny publisher Bungie has announced they are separating from publisher Activision after a multi year relationship. Bungie will retain all rights to Destiny and self-publish the title going forward.

Posted 11 days ago by SikNicBlade, 2 comments

The Order: 1886 Developers Are Hiring For A New Original Game

Like Ryse on the Xbox One, The Order 1886 is one of those early titles in the generation that stumbled commercially but is looked on fondly by many. The developer is ready to take another stab at the action genre.

Posted 12 days ago by Sam Quirke, 4 comments

Paradox Interactive Acquires Prison Architect IP, More Architect Games Planned

Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive have announced their purchase of the Prison Architect IP from the game's original developer Introversion Software for an undisclosed fee.

Posted 13 days ago by Andy Mills, 0 comments

PS4 Lifetime Sales Approach 100 Million

During this year's Consumer Electronics Show Sony executives have announced that PlayStation 4 is approaching 100 million lifetime sales. Spider-Man has been shifting units nicely too.

Posted 13 days ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

MyPS4Life Videos Reveal Player Numbers For The Biggest Games

Just ahead of the weekend, PlayStation revealed a new feature in which players can produce a video of their PlayStation 4 milestones. An unexpected side effect is the ability to see total player numbers for games.

Posted 1 month ago by Sam Quirke, 7 comments

PlayStation Classic Source Code References Even More Titles

The PlayStation Classic released this week, but for many the final line-up of 20 games on the mini console was a little disappointing. Several more titles have now been found referenced in the machine's source code.

Posted 1 month ago by Sam Quirke, 3 comments

TGN Podcast: Red Dead Online Beta, December's PS Plus Games and More

Welcome to episode eight of the TGN podcast, where Sam, Jack and I saddle up for the Red Dead Redemption 2 Online beta, discuss the new Sea of Thieves achievement requirements, and more.

Posted 1 month ago by Dave Horobin, 0 comments

The Game Awards: More Than 10 New Games To Be Announced During The Show

The Game Awards is increasingly more of a sizzle reel than an awards ceremony, with most of the hype centred on potential game announcements and updates. This year is no different.

Posted 1 month ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

Rumour: A New Alien Game Could Be Announced at The Game Awards

Alien: Isolation is easily the scariest gaming experience I've managed to see through to the finish, but I'm not sure I'm ready for another xenomorph adventure. I may have to hide behind a couch if this rumour is true.

Posted 1 month ago by Sam Quirke, 1 comment

TGN Podcast: Xbox vs PlayStation 2018

Welcome to episode eight of the TGN podcast. On this week's show, Sam, Ollie and I debate if 2018 has been a better year for Xbox or PlayStation.

Posted 1 month ago by Dave Horobin, 0 comments

Could Parasite Eve Return? Square Enix Files Trademark in Europe

Parasite Eve was a classic PlayStation horror title, often high on the list of favourites which fans wish would make a return. It's possible that something related to the game could appear in the future thanks to a new trademark.

Posted 1 month ago by Sam Quirke, 9 comments

PlayStation Are Skipping E3 Next Year, Breaking a 24 Year Tradition

Sony have announced that they are not going to bring anything PlayStation related to E3 this year -- no show floor presence and no conference. It's a surprising move following the cancellation of PSX in December too.

Posted 2 months ago by Sam Quirke, 6 comments

PlayStation 5: Square Enix Artist Claims To Be Working On A PS5 Title

More evidence that the PlayStation 5 is just around the corner (and that it will be called PS5), as a Square Enix employee adds a reference to a "New AAA title for PS5" to their work credits on LinkedIn.

Posted 2 months ago by Sam Quirke, 5 comments

Veteran Game Guide Publisher Prima Games Is Shutting Down

Veteran video game strategy guide publisher Prima Games will be shutting down next year. Dorling Kindersley have made the "extremely difficult decision" to discontinue the imprint from Spring 2019.

Posted 2 months ago by Sam Quirke, 13 comments

Three Final Fantasy XV DLCs Cancelled, Game Director Leaves Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV was supposed to be getting four more DLC episodes, but only one of the upcoming four will now be released. The rest are cancelled, as game director Hajime Tabata leaves Square Enix entirely.

Posted 2 months ago by Sam Quirke, 5 comments

TGN Podcast: RDR2, New Assassin's Creed Odyssey Trophies and Von Coins

Welcome to episode five of the TGN podcast, where Ollie, Sam and I discuss all of the hottest news and the biggest games from the past seven days.

Posted 2 months ago by Dave Horobin, 0 comments

All-Stars, Sound Shapes Server Shutdowns Extended Until January 31st 2019

Despite no official announcements, several servers seem to have had a stay of execution. Sound Shapes, Twisted Metal PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale are all now listing 31st January 2019 as the shut-down date.

Posted 2 months ago by Sam Quirke, 6 comments

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is The Third Biggest Entertainment Launch In History

As no strangers to ridiculous record-breaking launches, Rockstar Games has proudly revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 has enjoyed the biggest opening weekend in retail entertainment history.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 5 comments

Massive Layoffs as Trion Worlds is Acquired By Gamigo

More industry woes this week as Defiance 2050 and Trove developer Trion Worlds has been acquired by free-to-play publishing house Gamigo. Reportedly 150 employees have been let go as a result of the transition.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 4 comments

The PSN ID Change Beta Has Started, The Risks Are Worse Than We Thought

That risky-sounding PSN Online ID change feature we reported on a couple of weeks ago is now in beta stage, with registered Preview members receiving their invitations. However the risks look worse than we initially thought.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 21 comments

TGN Podcast: Fallout 76, Red Dead Redemption 2, Black Ops 4, Spider-Man and More

Welcome to episode three of the TGN podcast, where Ollie, Sam and I discuss all of the hottest news and the biggest games from the past seven days.

Posted 3 months ago by Dave Horobin, 0 comments

Rockstar: Former Employee Speaks Out About Working Conditions

Following some controversial comments from Rockstar's lead writer, later somewhat clarified, a former Rockstar employee has taken to Twitter to reveal that the company's work ethic has been problematic for years.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 9 comments

Red Dead Redemption 2 Head Writer Clarifies 100-Hour Work Week Comments

Red Dead Redemption 2 writer Dan Houser came under fire after an interview with New York Magazine suggested that Rockstar had been working 100-hour weeks. Houser later clarified that he was talking about the writers.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 2 comments

More Evidence of PlayStation 5 as Marketing Job Listings Appear

The evidence for an imminent next-gen console continues to ramp up as Sony put out a job listing for a Senior Product Manager, to manage the "next generation PlayStation campaign"

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 4 comments

TGN Podcast: Red Dead Redemption 2, xCloud, Bully 2 Rumours and More

Welcome to this week's TGN podcast, where this week I was joined by Ollie and Sam, as we discuss the Red Dead Redemption 2 trophy list leak, rumours of Bully 2, xCloud and more.

Posted 3 months ago by Dave Horobin, 0 comments

Rumour: Is Bully 2 Finally Happening? Casting Call Has Some Fans Wondering

Could the long-rumoured Bully 2 finally be rolling into production? It's a bit of a stretch, but fans at Rockstar Intel think some recent casting calls could point to Rockstar finally making a return to Bulworth Academy...

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 3 comments

Suikoden Website Gets First Update in Two Years, Fuelling New Release Rumours

Suikoden is one of those JRPG series that sits just outside of the mainstream. A new site update has fans wondering if the series is finally making a return of some sort.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 4 comments

Sony Chief Confirms Development of Next-Gen Hardware

Sony's chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida spoke to the Financial Times about the company's hardships and PlayStation's value. Among his revelations was the existence of next-generation hardware, though he didn't say PS5.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 1 comment

Skybound Make Deal to Finish The Walking Dead, Seeking Original Developers

Robert Kirkman is the original author of The Walking Dead comic which Telltale's doomed series was inspired by, though it follows a completely different narrative. His company, Skybound, want to finish Clementine's story.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

PSN ID Changes Officially Coming, Entering Preview Soon

Following on from the strong rumours last week, PlayStation Blog have confirmed that PSN Name changes are finally headed to the network with the functionality being tested in the Preview program.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 12 comments

Rumour: Multiple Developers Preparing for PSN Name Change Functionality

Another long-awaited policy shift may be on the cards. It's rumoured that multiple developers are working towards implementing an upcoming PSN feature that will finally allow players to change their user names.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 15 comments

Rocket League Full Cross-Play a Top Priority for Pysonix

Psyonix have offered their thoughts on PlayStation's about-turn on the matter of cross-play. The CEO has issued a statement via Reddit that they're very excited to get to work on universal access across their platforms.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

Sony Japan Drops the Price of the PS4 Pro, Other Regions May Follow

The PS4 Pro price has been officially reduced in Japan, and other regions may follow suit. The drop is equivalent to about $50 US. The Glacier White limited edition is going to be available as standard in Japan too.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 5 comments

Bungie Files a Trademark for Something Called Matter

Halo and Destiny creators Bungie have filed a new trademark in the EU for something called "Matter". There's a logo to go along with it, but so far the studio have been quiet about what the trademark is for.

Posted 3 months ago by Sam Quirke, 0 comments

There Won't Be a PlayStation Experience in the US This Year

On the PlayStation BlogCast, Shawn Layden has revealed that the regular 2-day event in the States in December, the PlayStation Experience, will not be happening in 2018. The reason? There's not enough to show...

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 3 comments

Analysis: Beyond The Walking Dead, No One Has Been Playing Telltale Games

How did Telltale crumble? Our analysis shows that despite critical acclaim and fan hype, the company never even got close to the success of its most famous creation, the first season of The Walking Dead.

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 28 comments

Fortnite Cross-Platform Play Confirmed By PlayStation, Open Beta Starts Today

Sony are finally backtracking on their cross-platform stance. Fortnite is getting cross-play in open beta from today. Once tested PlayStation plan to open up cross-play permanently. A policy shift suggests more games could benefit

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 9 comments

Confirmed: No Post-Launch Content or Trophies for the PlayStation Classic

The PlayStation Classic was revealed last week and pre-orders are already flying off of digital shelves, despite the fact that only five of the 20 pre-installed games have been announced. No further games will be added.

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 9 comments

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood Bundle Rated for PS4

It seems highly likely that PlayStation 4 players are going to get a bundle of two Castlevania classics. Both the Korean ratings board and the ESRB have now posted the bundle, the latter with an English description.

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 14 comments

Ten Games We'd Love to See on the PlayStation Classic

Sony have announced the PlayStation Classic, a mini PS1 arriving this holiday season. Five of 20 preloaded games have been announced - what else do you want to see on the device to justify a purchase?

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 18 comments

Telltale Games is Shutting Down, and We May Not See the End of Clem's Journey

Some worrying news is trickling out from Telltale Games. Reports state that there have been more massive layoffs with only a core team of 25 remaining on site. Projects have been cancelled, and Clem might not even get her finale.

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 29 comments

PlayStation Now is Finally Allowing Game Downloads

Finally! PlayStation Now is getting into a position to give Xbox Game Pass a run for its money. PS4 and PS2 offerings on the subscription service can now be downloaded if customers would prefer not to stream.

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 10 comments

THQ Nordic Acquires The Kingdoms Of Amalur Franchise

Another forgotten IP with a cult following has been snapped up by acquisition-hungry publisher THQ Nordic. Kingdoms of Amalur was a pretty popular fantasy concept that vanished after a single game. Could it return?

Posted 4 months ago by Sam Quirke, 10 comments

Gamescom Nominations Include Mysterious "Project Mephisto"... Is It Diablo IV?

Gamescom have release the nominees for the annual awards that take place during the event, and there's a curious entry in the "Best Console Game" for PlayStation 4. The internet's buzzing about it being Diablo IV.

Posted 5 months ago by Sam Quirke, 6 comments

THQ Nordic Acquire TimeSplitters, and Might Actually Do Something With It

Timesplitters has been acquired by THQ Nordic via Koch Media, and it sounds like plans are already under way for some sort of product. Whether it's a sequel or a remaster - or both! - remains to be seen.

Posted 5 months ago by Sam Quirke, 10 comments