274w ago - Per Shalom Mann (Senior Vice President of Development, SOE LA):
For 2008, we've been hard at work on a few games for the PLAYSTATION Network. Today, we are happy to announce that our first game, JEOPARDY! will be released for the PSN on Thursday, September 11, 2008.
JEOPARDY!, as you may know, is one of the most popular game shows on television and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. During my time here at SONY, I have had the good fortune to work on several games based on JEOPARDY!, including multiple versions for PCs and mobile phones, as well as skill-based and ITV versions. The PSN version, however, is easily the best looking and marks the first time we have been able to include real-time multiplayer capabilities.
While having multiplayer games was one of the key features we wanted to include, we also needed the game to look like the TV show. Everyone on our team worked on dual monitors, and it was common to see the TV show running on one monitor with the game engine or Maya on the other. Below are a couple of screen shots for comparison.
Some features of the game include:
- More than 2,500 clues and categories randomized for multiplayer games.
- Single-player games versus AI with three levels...
274w ago - SCEA has teamed up with leading country music label group and sister company, Sony BMG Nashville, in order to bring country fans the most authentic music experience possible by allowing them to sing along to their favorite artist music videos.
As a result, SingStar Country will be the first title in the franchise to feature artists on the cover, including popular Sony BMG Nashville country stars Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson and Alan Jackson. "It's great to be one of the first SingStar Country artists," comments Wilson. "This game lets me reach out to all country fans in a whole new way, not only giving them the chance to hear my music, but also to become a part of it."
Press Release: SINGSTAR¬® COUNTRY TAKES CENTER STAGE ON THE PLAYSTATION¬®2 SYSTEM THIS OCTOBER
New Edition to the Multi-million Selling Global Singing Franchise Features Leading Country Stars Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson and Alan Jackson on the Cover
FOSTER CITY, Calif., September 9, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of SingStar¬® Country, available exclusively for the PlayStation¬®2 computer entertainment system (PS2™) on October 28.
Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studio's London Studio, SingStar Country...
274w ago - Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios boss, has stated that all things are now coming together for the PS3 in terms of hardware, pricing and cost and all the associated content.
Yoshida says that Sony are feeling comfortable with all momentum gained on all the PlayStation platforms and hinted at secret and big plans for 2009!
To quote: Yoshida believes the pricing of the system is now falling into place, as is the hardware itself - especially in Europe.
"All the things are now coming together in terms of the right hardware, cost and pricing, and we are increasing our hard disc space as we are increasing the content we're offering through the network and the big titles we're working on, coming out this Christmas," he beamed.
He continued: "We are feeling very comfortable about the momentum we have on all PlayStation platforms, and especially the way things are going in Europe. It's very, very encouraging."
Yoshida also hints a big, presently secret plans for 2009. We'll keep you in the loop.
274w ago - Eastasiasoft today announced further release details of their upcoming video game Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer (URL: http://www.soldner-x.com) for the PS3.
The PS3 version contains lots of additional new features not found in the original 2007 PC version release, including audio and visual improvements, updated game play, trophies support and much more.
Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer is anticipated to be released on the PLAYSTATION Network in North America in October 2008, with other territories expected to follow shortly after.
From the Press Release: Set in the distant future, the game is a fast and furious shoot 'em up with state-of-the-art graphics, driving soundtrack and classic fun gameplay sprinkled with fresh innovations. In the storyline, planet Earth's resistance aims to stop a deadly infection consuming both life forms and technology alike, oddly having to rely on an antihero mercenary and bounty hunter to pilot a mighty prototype star fighter. His goal: To fight his way to the virus' origin, save civilization and earn cash to boot!
- Visual improvements including y-scrolling, new background animations, newly added effects and more
- Contains new enemies, including newly crafted standard foes and...
275w ago - According to Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward's director of communications, the team has an Xbox Live and PlayStation Network promotion in the pipeline for the weekend of September 13th. Exact details of the promotion haven't yet been revealed, but Bowling stated that double-experience points will be on offer for those itching to raise their in-game rank quickly.
More interesting, however, is the fact that Infinity Ward's developers are pushing hard to complete their new playlist updates in time for the promotion - making it all one-big promotion, says Bowling.
Should the team manage to get it done, and certified by both Microsoft and Sony, we could see some of the following playlists next weekend. Be aware, though, that Bowling has stated that the following list is far from final, and there's currently no telling what we'll receive.
To quote: Back from PAX means back to work, and while it's a short week thanks to Labor Day it's the one time I wish it wasn't because I have a lot of stuff to get done. I'm currently working on getting everything organized and together for an upcoming Xbox Live / PSN promotion we have coming up the weekend of Sept. 13th - 14th.
Which isn't this weekend, but next weekend. I will have exact details on what it is in the near future but...