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FEZ Turns Heads on PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita on March 25th

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42w ago - Polytron Producer Marie-Christine Bourdua announced today that FEZ turns heads on PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita on March 25th, 2014.

Below are the details, to quote: This is it. We've come to the end of development, and Fez is finally coming to PlayStation on March 25th!

It's been an incredible adventure, and we couldn't have made it without the amazing work of [Register or Login to view links] and the support of Sony's team. In the name of all of us at Polytron, thank you so much!

People have been asking for a PS3 version of Fez since day one, and we believe it was worth the wait. Blit took the time to make a solid C++ port of the game, which runs smoothly at native resolution on PS Vita, and 720p at 60 frames per second on PS3.

The PS4 version is what we consider to be the best-looking and smoothest Fez experience you can get on a TV set, running at beautiful 1080p (and yes, 60fps too). You wouldn't think that upping the resolution would make a big difference in a game like ours, where the pixels are the size of Gomez's fist... but it really does look even crisper and blockier - in a good way.

No one's going to blame you for digging around, but you won't find many big changes in these versions of the game. However, there are a few surprises... especially...
 

Spry Fox Details Road Not Taken for PS4 and PlayStation Vita

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43w ago - Spry Fox Chief Creative Officer Daniel Cook detailed Road Not Taken for PS4 and PlayStation Vita for fans today.

To quote: This post is about Road Not Taken, Spry Fox's upcoming roguelike for PS4 & PS Vita. If this is your first time hearing about RNT, check out our trailers [Register or Login to view links]!

As we've mentioned in previous blog posts, Road Not Taken has procedurally-generated levels. That is, you get a completely new experience every time you venture into the forest.

When designing a game like [Register or Login to view links] or God of War, a designer must hand-select the placement of every corridor, every object, and every enemy in the game.

With Road Not Taken, we're not hand-selecting anything. We spend our time creating interesting objects and enemies, and then carefully defining the probabilities of when and where you will encounter them.

The process reminds me of Duchamp's painting 'Nude descending a Staircase, No. 2'. For thousands of years, humanity painted a single instant, captured in time. Duchamp, inspired by advances in motion pictures, decided to paint all the possible states of a woman walking down the stairs in a single painting.

To me, designing a roguelike is...
 

PS Vita Turns Two, PlayStation Vita Fans Celebrate with PSN Sales

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43w ago - Sony Platform Marketing Manager Sharon Kapitula announced that PS Vita turns two today and invites PlayStation Vita fans to celebrate with PSN sales outlined below.

To quote: Hi everyone! I can't believe it's been a year, but here we are celebrating another PS Vita anniversary! So much has happened since its launch in North America two years ago - many amazing games were released, Remote Play functionality with PS4 was added, and we announced PlayStation Now is coming to PS Vita.

The platform has greatly transformed in the past year, and the passionate support and personal stories I've heard from our development community have been truly inspiring. Plus exciting things are on the horizon, including the launch of our new slimmer model PS Vita this spring.

In the meantime, we wish a big "thank you" to our fans for being a part of our community. Starting tomorrow, enjoy the week-long PS Vita Anniversary Sale which will discount some amazing titles.

In addition, [Register or Login to view links] is hosting a week-long sweepstakes, featuring Vita related games and accessories. Stay tuned on Twitter for more information!

PS Vita Anniversary Sale

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Castlestorm (cross-buy)...
 

Deception IV: Blood Ties Hits PS3 and PlayStation Vita on March 25th

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44w ago - Sony Producer Keisuke Kikuchi announced today that Deception IV: Blood Ties hits PS3 and PlayStation Vita on March 25th, 2014.

Below are the details, to quote: The Deception series was born from the fusion of two gameplay concepts: playing as an evil character and using traps as weapons. The combination of these features creates a truly unique gameplay experience - one in which you can plan and lay out traps, lure enemies into them, find the right timing to activate them, and enjoy the reactions of your victims.

The thrill and anticipation as you watch for that perfect moment to press the button and activate a trap is a feeling we really strove to capture for players in Deception IV: Blood Ties, coming to PS3 and PS Vita March 25th.

The real fun, however, lies in combining these traps into combos. When your enemy slips on a Banana Peel, you could follow it up by pushing him into position with the Nudge Wall, picking him up with the Claw, and then finally taking him out with a strategically-placed arrow, for example.

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Players can take advantage of the themed traps that come with each stage, and combine them with their own equipped...
 

Gunslugs on PlayStation Vita: Developer Q and A is Detailed

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44w ago - Abstraction Games Creative Director Tj'ien Twijnstra shared a Gunslugs PlayStation Vita Developer Q and A with PS Vita fans below today!

To quote: Hey everyone! I'm extremely excited that Gunslugs is finally coming to its natural home, PS Vita, on February 18th. To celebrate the launch, we're offering a 20% discount for all PlayStation Plus members during the first week, so don't miss out!

For the occasion, I figured I'd give you guys a sneak peek at the porting process of Gunslugs; or as we like to call it, an "adaptation" process.

As I have no technical skills whatsoever, I interviewed Rutger Janssen, one of our elite programmers, and Ralph Egas, CEO and [Register or Login to view links] Mastermind. Both developers were involved with the Gunslugs adaptation.

Tj'ien Twijnstra: Rutger, could you tell us a bit about the adaptation process? How does something like that work?

Rutger Janssen: After we determined the base version, the first step is to strip the game code of all the platform specific functions; only the game code remains. Then we take it through our in-house developed tool chain so the basic language is converted from Objective C to C++. Unfortunately, tools are never perfect, so here and there I needed to manually...
 
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