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Sony admits 2015 PS4 First-Party Lineup will be ‘Sparse’

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Sony Admits First-Party Lineup will be Sparse in 2015

Sony plans to gather stronger third-party support in 2015 to make up for their ‘sparse’ first-party line up

Sony’s Playstation 4 started out 2015 strong with two major first party titles, Bloodborne and The Order 1886, hitting stores at the beginning of the year. Since then Sony has had trouble keeping up that momentum, having to delay their two biggest hitters – a new Ratchet & Clank title and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The delays were a big blow to the PS4’s upcoming lineup leaving fans to wonder what Sony will bring to E3 in a few weeks. Hoping that Sony has a surprise exclusive that they’ve managed to keep under wraps leading up to E3.

Unfortunately those hopes have been dashed today by an announcement made by Playstation president Andrew House at the annual Investor’s Day Conference. During the conference House admitted that the PS4’s 2015 first-party lineup will be smaller than usual. Going onto say that Sony will have to depend heavily on third-party support to fill out the PS4’s lineup this year.

“We are working very hard to continue very strong support from third-party publishers and developers. Our first-party lineup is a little sparse this year so I think this places an even greater emphasis on getting good third-party support.”

House doesn’t appear to be worried about the PS4’s small first-party lineup for this year however, pointing to Sony’s firm lead in the console market. He believes the company has an advantage over the competition that they keep even without strong first-party support. Their plan is to increase the appeal of their third-party titles by having them take full advantage of the PS4’s unique features. Saying that Share and SharePlay functionality have been defining features on the PS4 that can make their third-party titles stand above the competition.

If Sony can convince third-party developers to take full advantage of the PS4’s unique features than they just might be able keep their lead in the console race. What’s strange about the announcement is the timing; with E3 only weeks away, why would Sony choose to admit this now?

Fans are speculating that the company still has some kind of surprise in store for the conference pointing to the mysterious game that Guerrilla Games is working on. While it’s possible Sony still has a secret first-party title to announce it’s much more likely they plan to announce new partnerships with third-party developers. Showing off exclusive DLC similar to what they’ve done with Destiny and Batman Arkham Knight in the past.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Frostpunk 2 offers a thrilling combination of post-apocalyptic survival strategy and intense political maneuvering

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Frostpunk 2 is the follow-up to a morally challenging strategy game that has captivated players, and it appears that even more difficult decisions await in the sequel. The game is set to release on PC and Xbox Series X|S on July 25th, with plans for a later release on PS5. Thanks to IGN, we were treated to an in-depth preview of 11 Bit Studios’ dark and gritty survival city builder.

Players are faced with the challenging task of making difficult decisions in order to endure the impending storm. They must carefully navigate through various ideological technology trees to reach their inevitable outcomes. Considering the shortage of manpower, are you planning to employ underage workers to fulfill the demand? What is the most efficient method for controlling a rebellious population: using brute force or employing religious manipulation?

In Frostpunk 2, players are transported to a world 30 years after the catastrophic global weather event that challenged their survival skills in the original game. The world remains frozen, with the most pressing danger now coming from fellow survivors vying for scarce resources and the growing democratic nature of your own people. Take a look at the trailer below to get a taste of what makes the series truly exceptional.

Can you handle the challenging decisions necessary for your survival? Are there any boundaries you refuse to cross? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 had a more manageable development process compared to Larian Studios’ previous RPGs

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According to Swen Vincke, the founder and CEO of Larian Studios, the level of crunch on Baldur’s Gate 3 was lower compared to their previous games like Divinity: Original Sin 2. Crunch, also known as “crunch culture”, refers to the overtime that many developers are often expected to work when production deadlines are approaching.

According to GamesRadar+, Vincke was questioned about the challenges that emerged during the game’s extensive development and whether the studio had to work under intense pressure. Vincke mentioned that they are investing less in BG3 compared to their previous projects. We definitely did. We encountered unforeseen events.

Vincke highlights Larian’s global studio setup as a method through which the developer alleviated the pressure. This structure was established to guarantee round-the-clock coverage, specifically designed to prevent individuals from having to put in additional effort to resolve late-night issues. The Belgian developer has expanded its reach by opening a seventh office in Poland.

According to Vincke, employees who had to work long hours were compensated with overtime pay. He also mentioned that after 8pm, the offices would be nearly empty, and weekend work was a rare occurrence at the studio. Expanding on the topic, he clarifies: “We didn’t excessively push ourselves, but we did have to put in some extra effort.” And I believe, honestly, there will always be a sense of anticipation when you’re working towards completing a project, particularly when there are numerous intricate elements that need to be integrated.

Did you know that the development of Baldur’s Gate 3, with its immense size and scope, involved developers working tirelessly to meet the deadline? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Mad Max developer responds to comments made by Furioso director George Miller about Kojima

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Last Friday, we shared with you the news that George Miller, the director of the Mad Max franchise, mentioned Hideo Kojima as his top choice to develop another video game adaptation during the premiere of his latest film, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. By doing so, it appears that he also criticized the previous game with the same name. The founder of Avalanche Software and creator of the Just Cause series, Christofer Sundberg, the developer behind the last Mad Max game, has responded with strong determination.

On Twitter (thanks, Eurogamer), Sundberg expressed his disagreement with Miller’s comments about Avalanche’s Mad Max game not meeting his expectations. The director stated: “I prefer to only engage in activities if they can be executed at the utmost level of excellence.” Sundberg strongly disagreed with Miller’s statements, describing them as baseless and arrogant. He then proceeded to provide insights into the game’s development, revealing some interesting details.

Sundberg believes that Hideo Kojima has the potential to create an incredible Mad Max game, but emphasizes that it would offer a unique and distinct experience. He adds: “The publisher made extensive efforts to transform this game into a strictly linear experience, despite partnering with a developer known for their open world games.” In a subsequent Tweet, Sundberg elaborated on the situation, revealing that after the initial year of development, the higher-ups came to the realization that they had inadvertently steered them towards creating a linear experience instead of the open world game they had originally proposed. He stated: “We wasted an entire year of effort and were informed that ‘players desire independence in the current era’.” Well, obviously…”

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Larian Studios’ director of publishing, Michael Douse, expressed his opinion, stating that Avalanche faced challenges in capturing the spirit of the 2015 film due to limited access and legal restrictions on intellectual property. He suggests that there may be a subtle detail that Miller is unaware of.

Mad Max, developed by Avalanche and published by Warner Bros Games, was released in the same year as Miller’s previous Mad Max film, Fury Road. Drawn from the series, it presented a backstory for Max, where players were assigned the mission of collecting components for his legendary Magnum Opus.

What are your thoughts? Were Miller’s comments inappropriate? What are your thoughts on Avalanche’s Mad Max game? Additionally, would you be curious to see how a Kojima-led adaptation would bring a unique perspective to the game? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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