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Counterspy: Interview with Creative Director David Nottingham

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1w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton shared an interview with Creative Director David Nottingham today on Counterspy for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita platforms below.

To quote: In just a few weeks' time, on August 20th, you'll be able to play [Register or Login to view links] on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. In case you're not up to speed, it's a larger-than-life spy caper from Dynamighty, a talented new studio with serious pedigree - its ranks include Lucasarts and Pixar alumni.

Counterspy's blend of stylish 2D side scrolling action and full 3D exploration makes for one of the most entertaining digital titles you'll download all year. Not only that it's also one the most stylish and visually interesting games on this year's slate.

We sat down with Creative Director David Nottingham to find out how his small team have combined the game's rich cocktail of influences into such an irresistibly idiosyncratic experience. Read on as David takes us through Dynamighty's sources of inspiration, one-by-one...

1. The digital revolution

Make no mistake, Counterspy is slick, polished and exciting, but it also feels personal and charismatic. That's a delicate balancing act born out of Dynamighty's experience...
 

Uncharted 4 First Interview: Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann Speak

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10w ago - Sony Social Media Senior Manager Sid Shuman shared an Uncharted 4 first interview from E3 2014 today with Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann below!

To quote: Last night's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End trailer (which ran on PS4 hardware, by the way) closed the PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference with a bang.

To get further insight into what Naughty Dog is planning for Nathan Drake, I sat down with Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley, who famously catapulted last year's The Last of Us to more than 200 Game of the Year Awards.

But Straley and Druckmann are no strangers to the Uncharted series, having played key roles in both Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.





Watch the video above to learn more about their plans for one of 2015's most anticipated games.
 

The Last of Us: New Heads Revealed, Neil Druckmann PBS Interview

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40w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli shared a Neil Druckmann PBS interview video today for The Last of Us below.

To quote: Our first-ever single player DLC, [Register or Login to view links], was unveiled last week in New York during the PS4 launch event. If you haven't seen the teaser, check it out now. There are some cool hints as to what kind of gameplay you'll be seeing in the video.

The Last of Us: Left Behind is one element of our $19.99 Season Pass. We wanted the Season Pass to be all-inclusive and a great value. The first piece of DLC for the Season Pass was our Abandoned Territories Map Pack. The [Register or Login to view links] released in October and it's a blast, with four brand new maps for the Factions multiplayer in The Last of Us.

In addition to our behind-the-scenes documentary, Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us, we added over 60 multiplayer head items to the Season Pass. The [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links]
 

Tales of Xillia Interview: Hideo Baba on the Return of an RPG Giant

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59w ago - Sony Contributing Editor Roland Fauster shared an interview today on Tales of Xillia with Hideo Baba on the return of an RPG giant.

Below are the details, as follows: Hi there RPG fans! 2013 has now silently swapped into its second half but beware - before the end of the year there are all manner of great new games lined up that have the potential to blow our minds.

Case in point - acclaimed JRPG Tales of Xillia, which [Register or Login to view links] is finally bringing to western shores after two years of waiting.

With the release now only a few weeks away, we caught up with the game's producer Hideo Baba and asked him to tell us all there is to know about this latest installment in the Tales franchise.

Can you describe the core concept behind the Tales games for any players who are not familiar with the series?

Hideo Baba: I would like to say that the key concept in the Tales series is that it is an RPG that is set in a fantasy world describing the growth of the hero, heroine and other main characters.

We always put a key theme and message in the storyline to convey to players through the gameplay and would like players to feel encouraged and moved, which leads them to take the first step towards a new...
 

Transistor Interview: Why Indies Matter on PlayStation 4 / PS4

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61w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton shared a Transistor interview today on why Indies Matter on PlayStation 4 / PS4 below.

To quote: One of the stand-out moment at this year's PlayStation press briefing at E3, for me at least, was when eight independent developers took to the stage to show off their PS4 titles.

As Adam Boyes explained following the show, indie games are a key part of what makes PS4 such a special platform, and it was a landmark moment seeing these fantastic teams sharing the limelight with AAA titles such as Assassin's Creed IV and Final Fantasy XV.

Leading them out were Greg Kasavin and Amir Rao of Supergiant Games, who announced that Transistor, their bewitchingly beautiful follow-up to smash hit action RPG Bastion, will be debuting on PS4 when development wraps up in 2014.

I caught up with Greg on the showfloor the following day to pick his brains about the role of indies on our new platform, and to find out a little more about Transistor.

PlayStation.Blog: Supergiant started out just a few years ago in 2009 as a humble developer with just two staff members (it's now up to 10). Fast forward to 2013 and you're presenting your new game onstage at the PlayStation E3 press conference. That must feel surreal...
 
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