273w ago - The next generation of consoles will be the "catalyst for a renaissance" in gaming graphics.
During yesterday's GC Asia keynote speech on the future of gaming graphics, the president and CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli emphasised several times how important the next generation of consoles (i.e. PS4 and Xbox 360 II: Electric Boogaloo) will be to a renaissance in gaming graphics that he predicts will arrive in 2011-2012.
Not only will the company link its technology development with the console cycles, but it sees the PlayStation 4 as the most important machine of the coming generation, with Yerli stating that "frankly, we are linking ourself to what the PS4 will take up as [its hardware] position; that is the console makeup that will drive all our research, so we cannot wait to know what the [machine] will be about. That's probably the most important missing information we have right now in our company."
So, what's this graphics renaissance he's talking about? Yerli believes that - given that the Xbox 360 and PS3 will be around for a few more years - it will be today's technological framework that drives graphics for the next three years, but come 2011-2012 - and new consoles - there will be a huge shift. Sure, processing power and hardware sophistication will increase as they always...
274w ago - Update: This morning we have been in touch with Square-Enix Europe in an attempt to confirm a European release of the PS2 remake of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, originally a GBA title.
We reported yesterday that Square-Enix USA has confirmed to managers at the Gamestop Convention that the game will be landing this fall with a budget price.
Confimation of a UK and EU release is at this moment in the words of a Square-Enix rep "tbc." The representative went on to state that they were "unaware" of any plans to bring the game to EU shores, and that it would be "near impossible before Christmas." It was noted that since a US release was happening, a European equivalent would "Probably happen", even if it is a limited release similar to the GBA Final Fantasy remakes.
It seems an international release is unlikely. Europeans should begin praying to the release god now that they see Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories PS2 in 2009.
Square-Enix have revealed to managers at this week's Gamestop Manager Conference that they will be releasing Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for PS2 this Holiday season in the USA.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is a PS2 3D remake of the Game Boy Advance spinoff title that takes place between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. The...
288w ago - This is a leaked trailer of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, emailed to KHInsider by Johnhay Ancheta showcasing two full minutes of footage. You'll have to excuse the quality, as the clip was recorded on a cellphone, but despite this, the game looks fantastic. Look forward to a more detailed in depth look soon!
As with Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, it's clear that we can expect visuals that rival even some of the more impressive PS2 titles.
A release date for Birth By Sleep has yet to be announced.