228w ago - Today TheSixthAxis.com (linked above) has discovered a post by ARG Producer David Varela on nDreams which states they are working on new spaces, apartments and games for Sony's PlayStation Home.
For those unaware, nDreams is the team behind the 'Xi' Alternate Reality Game that ended in PS Home not long ago.
To quote: "Making and running our first ARG, Xi, was a huge undertaking and took well over a year to complete. For most of that time, we stayed under the radar. It wasn't until Xi went live that people really noticed nDreams and now, well, many are keeping an eye on us, not least because they want to know how we aim to top Xi.
Xi is a tough act to follow, but I hope the game I'm now producing will be even better. It won't be based in PlayStation Home - sorry, Home fans - but I fully expect it to be one of the biggest ARGs in the world next year.
Meanwhile, nDreams is working on plenty of fun projects for Home - new spaces and apartments and games that I know you're going to enjoy. They'll be going live very soon and we'll continue to produce new content for Home for the foreseeable future."
232w ago - Valve isn't quite as against the idea of developing games for the PS3 as previously thought.
Speaking to Valve's Doug Lombardi at the Left 4 Dead 2 event in London today, JoyStiq (linked above) discovered that the company is still "up on the idea" of developing for the PS3 - it's just waiting until it has hired some decent PS3 coders.
To quote: "If you look at The Orange Box - PC: 96 on Metacritic, 360: 96 on Metacritic, PS3 like... 84 or something. That's not even close to where we are right now with the 360 and PC and the reason is people."
Lombardi went on to say that "we have to get people under our roof who are dedicated, talented PS3 guys and then all bets are off. We can take the same sort of strides and get the quality out of the box and offer the same support post-launch on that platform, as well." Sounds like Valve-developed PS3 games are more a case of "when" than "if," nowadays.
When asked whether Valve is actively seeking to hire PS3 developers, he noted that "Valve is always looking to hire people. So yeah, definitely."
233w ago - LittleBigPlanet developers Media Molecule are working on a new PS3 title, at least according to a job posting from earlier this month.
According to the listing, they are seeking a Gameplay Programmer for "ground-breaking, AAA, PS3 title for Sony Computer Entertainment" as part of an expansion of Media Molecule Ltd.
To quote: It was thought that the developers were working only on LittleBigPlanet PSP, as the studio is fairly small and employs only a handful of people. This news is good news for PS3 owners, and certain requirements in the listing suggest that this game will be LittleBigPlanet 2.
The listing asks for "experience writing and maintaining physics code" and requires the prospective employee to have "shipped a console game with an online component."
This is obviously all speculation, but don't be too shocked when the game announced is LittleBigPlanet 2 (or LittleBigUniverse?)
236w ago - A job listing found on both Gamasutra and Microsoft's careers Web site is seeking out an engineer to work on a "game" that will support up to "300,000 players in real-time."
The job ad states that Microsoft is working on "building an extremely high performance system to extend console games to the server in new ways" and that it's "creating a completely new set of Web services" for Xbox Live and Xbox.com integration.
It sounds to us like Microsoft is planning to overhaul the Dashboard and Xbox Live service and combine it with an MMO-like system (given the 300K-player support).
Or, it could be building a separate virtual world interface like Sony's PlayStation Home. What do you think Microsoft could be working on?
237w ago - As part of Ubisoft's financial report released yesterday, company founder Yves Guillemot stated "10 percent of Ubisoft's workforce is working on developing games for the next generation of game systems that will eventually replace [the] Wii, [the] Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3."
Yes, he actually said that.
To quote: "What has helped us is we always take the new technologies right at the beginning of their availability, and we go after them faster than everyone else," he continued.
The company was one of the first to make titles exclusively for the Wii, and appear to wish to continue this with launch titles for the PS4 and whatever the next Xbox will be called.