F1 2013 - F1 Classics Line-up Revealed, Developer Q&A Detailed

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35w ago - Codemasters Community Manager Luke "Hatta" Spring revealed the F1 2013 Classics line-up today alongside detailing the PS3 developer Q&A below.

To quote: We're going to start this blog post with a big F1 Classics reveal. We've been teasing a few details since announcement, but today we're very happy to confirm the big names and legendary cars that will feature in F1 2013, plus the extra content you'll find in F1 2013 Classic Edition.

F1 Classics is a fictional racing series that allows you to race F1 cars, drivers and circuits from the 1980s and 1990s. The teams are represented by two drivers, the original that raced in the team's specific car and the team legend that has represented the team during a different era.

We're incredibly excited to have 10 iconic world champions feature in F1 Classics including Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost. Between those and the five F1 2013 champions they've won an incredible 29 World Driver's Championships between them:

1980s (F1 2013 and F1 2013: Classic Edition)
1980 Williams FW07B - Alan Jones & Alain Prost
1986 Team Lotus 98T - Mario Andretti & Emerson Fittipaldi
1988 Ferrari F1-87/88C - Gerhard Berger & Michael Schumacher
1988 Team Lotus 100T - Satoru Nakajima & Mika Hakkinen
 

Video: Rain - PS3 Developer Diary Volume 1 with Yuki Ikeda

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37w ago - Sony Senior Producer Florence Kum shared a Rain PS3 developer diary Volume 1 video today with Yuki Ikeda among those included from the project below.

To quote: Hello Everyone! Your excitement over Rain at E3 was well received by the team and we'd like to thank you for your support since!

I hope you have all had a hot summer - as it should be!  We have certainly been enjoying the sun here, but I am guessing that some of you are craving some more 'Rain'... perhaps? Without further ado, I am pleased to present you with our first Developer Diary for Rain.

In this video we meet Game Director Yuki Ikeda, Lead Planner Tomoharu Fujii, Art Director Seiichi Terashima, and Designer Tomokazu Oki.  They explore Rain, what it means to them and how they interpret it in the game.





Enjoy! Watch this space for more to come!
 

Video: PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits Version 2 Surface at IGN

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72w ago - Following up on the previous rumor and PS4 (Orbis) details, IGN has shared some video footage and details on Version 2 of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) Developer Kits below.

According to their source, a new version 2 of the PlayStation 4 dev kit is currently being distributed to developers with the final version expected next year.

To quote from their page (linked above): Anonymous sources have reportedly told VG247 that new versions of the Orbis kit are winging their way to developers, replete with Blu-ray support and housed in the humble cases of normal PCs.

This is apparently the second iteration of the dev kit; the first, which appeared earlier this year, was in essence just a graphics card, while this version is now a "modified PC". The report asserts that the next update will come in January, when it'll be close to final specifications, with the ultimate version landing with devs next summer.

The shipping of the Orbis kit apparently follows a series of meetings held by Sony...
 

Video: The Unfinished Swan: Art and Design Developer Diary

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78w ago - Giant Sparrow Game Designer Ben Esposito has shared a video today spotlighting the art and design as part of their The Unfinished Swan developer diary.

To quote: Like a lot of folks, I first saw the tech demo for The Unfinished Swan when it made the rounds online in 2008. The idea stuck in the back of my head but it wasn't until later when Giant Sparrow put up a job posting that I decided: I had to make that game.

I had just graduated from college without much professional experience, so I did what I do best and made a game for them. You can check it out here if you'd like. The video cuts off because the end of the game says "Call me" and has my phone number on it.

It got the attention of the Giant Sparrow team, and I ended up flying out to Los Angeles to work on the game. I was elated and a little shocked, but I came to learn that at Giant Sparrow, the player experience always comes first - and my little game was designed to create a very specific experience.

Now, in October 2012, The Unfinished Swan is out in the wild (well, to PlayStation Plus members) and we're proud that we were able to make a truly experiential game.




 

Killzone HD Re-Developer PS3 Interview - Part 2 Arrives

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80w ago - Killzone Community Editor Victor Zuylen has shared Part 2 of the Killzone HD Re-Developer PS3 interview today with fans.

To quote: In Part 1 of the Killzone HD (re-)developer interview, Guerrilla Technical Director Michiel van der Leeuw and Senior Programmer Frank Compagner discussed the challenges they faced while bringing Killzone to a new platform. In the second part of our interview, they talk about the changes and enhancements made to Killzone HD by the conversion team.

Victor Zuylen: Last week you explained how you retrieved the code and assets for the original Killzone. What happened once you handed them over to the conversion team?

Michiel van der Leeuw, Technical Director: That's where the real fun began! There were corruptions and missing bits in the exported data, which caused all kinds of weird artifacts like polygons shooting through the game world. For the conversion team, the first order of business was to go in and fix all that.

Frank Compagner, Senior Programmer: Our old exporters no longer functioned, so the conversion team rather ingeniously re-used portions of the Killzone 3 pipeline...
 







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