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Video: Bend Studios Unmask Uncharted: Golden Abyss Characters

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135w ago - Today Creative Director John Garvin at Bend Studios has shared some video footage unmasking the Uncharted: Golden Abyss characters in the upcoming PS Vita video game.

To quote: Learning how to bring characters to life with all the nuances of personality, habits, quirks and mannerisms was really Sony Bend's first and most important job when we started to work on Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

We have an awesome example in the Uncharted series, and we wanted to give the characters a level of depth that transcends the screen. These videos show just a glimpse of our process and how we worked with our eclectic cast of characters.

I'm no stranger to writing, having written all the [Register or Login to view links] games, but this title taught me some new tricks. By the time we started shooting in February 2011, I had gone through over 40 revisions, changing everything from setting, characters, names, dialogue and action. If we count all the in-game VO dialogue, we ended up with over 400 pages of script for Uncharted: Golden Abyss.





Of course, writing and performance capture was just beginning. What followed was an intense year of motion capture clean-up, animation,...
 

Mortal Kombat on PS Vita: Touchscreen Fatalities, Challenge Tower

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135w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared details today from Ed Boon, who talks touchscreen fatalities and a new challenge tower in the upcoming Mortal Kombat title for PS Vita.

To quote: The good news: Mortal Kombat is coming to PS Vita! The bad news: Details are so scarce that we haven't seen so much as a single screenshot!

Luckily, [Register or Login to view links] Creative Director Ed Boon emerged from the shadows to share first details with readers, including the existence of a PS Vita-exclusive second Challenge Tower and hints at how the game will take advantage of PS Vita's unique hardware capabilities.

Read up on our full Q&A below and check back soon for more details on this spring's eagerly anticipated portable pugilist.

PlayStation.Blog: What's the scope of Mortal Kombat for PS Vita? Does it include all the content from the PS3 game?

Ed Boon, Creative Director, Netherrealm Studios: It's actually everything from the PS3 game: the entire Story mode and all the downloadable characters and content, plus additional modes and features that are tailored for PS Vita. We really wanted to take advantage of Vita's hardware.

PSB: How have the graphics transitioned to PS Vita? Did...
 

PS Vita Designer on Perfect Screen Size and Battling Engineers

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135w ago - SCEE Manager James Gallagher has shared an interview today with the PlayStation Vita designer on the perfect screen size and battling engineers below.

To quote: Last December I attended the Tokyo launch of PlayStation Vita, which is going to be in your hands just about one month from now.

While I was there I got to chat with Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Centre, head of the team in charge of the aesthetic of the console.

Sogabe-san has 27 years of experience working with Sony, in which time he has designed the Walkman, Vaio notebooks, the current slimmer model of PS3 and many other electronic
devices.

We spoke about the look and feel of PS Vita and the eternal tug of war that goes on between the designers wanting to create something as sleek and compact as possible and the engineers whose job it is to cram as much technology as they can into that shell.

PS.Blog: A lot of people seem impressed by the five inch OLED screen on PlayStation Vita. How did you decide on that particular size?

Tokashi Sogabe: When we first saw a prototype of the beautiful OLED screen we used on PS Vita, we felt it deserved to be bigger than the 4.3 inch screen on PSP. It's almost as if we settled on five inches in order to really...
 

PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for January 17, 2012

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135w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this week's US PSN updates today, as follows:

Hi Everyone - With two big events starting today, new Uncharted 3 DLC, along with brand-new PSN Games and amazing new additions to the PS3 Full Game collection, we find ourselves with plenty of great content for this week's PlayStation Store update. So let's get to it!

We start things off with and the PSN-exclusive Zack Zero. This gripping platformer contains more than 30 characters, 5 spectacular bosses and ever-changing levels.

Help Zack Zero save his beloved Marlene, kidnapped by the evil Zulrog in an effort to obtain the powerful substance that will allow him to travel back in time.

On the other end of the spectrum is Amy. From the original creator of Flashback, Amy delivers deep cooperative gameplay and a unique system that requires players to strategize in order to protect Amy and keep both characters alive.

In DLC news, the first multiplayer map pack for Uncharted 3 hits today with the Flashback Map Pack! Get 4 multiplayer maps for UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception including "Sanctuary", "Fort", "Cave", and "Lost City". Download Flashback Map Pack #1 for UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception.

This map pack is included with your Fortune Hunters'...
 

Sony Releases PS Vita 1.52 Firmware / System Software Update

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135w ago - Following up on the previous PlayStation Vita System Software updates, today Sony of Japan has released PS Vita version 1.52 Firmware update.

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As usual, the Sony PlayStation Vita 1.52 Firmware update is a mandatory install. According to [Register or Login to view links] the PS Vita update is simply another small bug fix.

To quote: "A number of Vita owners are saying via Twitter and blogs and so-forth that the update fixes a version 1.51 bug where the 3G system would not recognize your SIM card."

So far I'm unaware of any visible changes in the system or settings, however, this article will be updated as a change log becomes available on Sony's official [Register or Login to view links].

System software version 1.52 for PlayStation Vita Update:

  • From January 16, 2012, began to update the system software version 1.52.

To become available and...
 
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