34w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli posted up a follow-up video today spotlighting The Last of Us development series dubbed Episode 2: Wasteland Beautiful below.
To quote: In our first video in The Last of Us Development series we took a look at the Infected. We explored their unpredictable nature, what the Cordyceps fungus has done to these humans, and how we as developers worked some plausible science about infection into the game.
Area 5 returned to the studio to discover how we created the game world. The second video in the series looks at what went into the concept and design of the world and its environments in The Last of Us.
The key word for the development of every aspect in The Last of Us is contrast. There's a counterpoint to nearly every detail in the game and we strive to show as much beauty as the ugly, brutal realities of the world allow. We think you'll find our wasteland beautiful once you get into the game world in just a couple months.
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Our next video in the series will explore the crafting and scavenging gameplay mechanics. An in-depth documentary on the game disc will contain an expanded look at all the content in these videos. The Last...
36w ago - Sparpweed Creative Director Richard Boeser has shared some video footage today of Ibb and Obb spotlighting the development prototypes documenting the game's evolution below.
To quote: We're almost there. ibb and obb is nearing completion and we hope to release the game on PSN this May.
Getting to this point has been quite an adventure. Currently there are between four and ten people working on the project, but around seven years ago this all started with my graduation project and I could only dream of where it is right now.
I studied Industrial Design and always thought I would become a product designer. But over the course of my studies my interest for product design faded and at the same time it felt like something new was happening in the game industry.
It was around the time that Katamari Damacy made its first appearance on Playstation. I loved it and to me it signalled a start of more original titles finding their way to a larger audience.
I strongly wanted to be part of this change and decided to focus my graduation project on game design.
Part of the project was to design a game concept myself. I was convinced that the best way to design games is to work with prototypes...
One of the most widely used menus for eCFW on the PS Vita is about to receive a full update, lots of new features, improved code, optimizations, and much more will come with pyMenu 0.4 and you’re about to see what it can offer, but first we’ll do a walkthrough of all the version pyMenu has had and how it has evolved from being a very simplistic menu, to a full fledged XMB replacement.
pyMenu 0.1: The beginning
pyMenu was created in June 2012 as an entry to the VHBL Menu Contest and competed against yMenu (which was also created for that contest). Most of the work in pyMenu had gone to installing the pspsdk and modifying the python interpreter to be able to load homebrews in VHBL.
The little time I had and the time the SDK + interpreter consumed left me with very little time for the actual menu. pyMenu was a pioneer in...
39w ago - Today Gamasutra has revealed several Sony PlayStation 4 / PS4 development Tools and Engines for those interested in developing on the next-generation video game console with details below.
To quote: "It looks as if the NDAs for several tool-makers supporting Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 were lifted today, as our inboxes have been flooded this morning with announcements.
Below are the tools and engines that should be available now for those of you developing on the PlayStation 4. We'll update this story should any other announcements come our way.
Update: Added NVIDIA's PhysX and APEX, and NaturalMotion's Morpheme 4.
Animation tool FaceFX is billed as "an advanced facial animation solution unique in its ability to liberate artists from the complexities of creating realistic dialogue and emotive characters." Recent titles that used the tech include Far Cry 3, Halo 4 and Dishonored. More information is available here (facefx.com).
Germany's xaitment is supporting the PS4 with xaitControl, its AI software package for game logic and character behavioral modeling.
xaitment was founded in Germany in 2004 as an offshoot of the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence. More on xaitControl...
40w ago - Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli shared the first in a series of development videos today showcasing The Last of Us for the PlayStation 3 dubbed Episode 1: Hush below.
To quote: A few weeks ago we revealed the Infected and let select media get some hands-on time against these unpredictable, fungus-infested humans.
The responses were tension-filled and fantastic. We're excited to share more information with you about The Last of Us and the Infected.
Starting with this video we're kicking off a series that will pull back the curtain on our design, our technology, and our ideas that shape The Last of Us. We want to give you a straightforward look at our development process and the work we do here at Naughty Dog.
We invited Area 5 to visit the studio and capture the development process. Along the way we'll be unpacking the many different aspects of the game and its development with a documentarian's approach.
This first video is just a taste of what's upcoming. Extended cuts of these videos will be available via the game disc. We'll have more behind-the-scenes access and content as we march toward June 14th and the launch of The Last of Us.