Sony: 3D Adoption Will Be Faster Than HD
We're still not completely sold on the concept of 3D gaming- but as you'd expect, Sony are pushing it as hard as they can. Spurred on by the adoption of 3D technology by Sky TV and other television networks, SCEE President Andrew House believes that 2011 will herald a massive surge for the new tech... and that it will catch on faster than HD did.
Rather than saying when the tipping point will be, I do think [3D gaming] will be a faster adoption than the shift from standard to high definition
Our role is to act as a pioneer, as evangelists and to help developers get the right experience with 3D games. We've done some great groundwork and I think you'll see 3D games come to fruition next year.
He's certainly not wrong about the games. Killzone 3 and Motorstorm Apocalypse will support 3D (to name just two)... but as far as outpacing HD is concerned, we're not so sure. Lose the glasses and we'll talk. [MCV]
Have you bought into 3D gaming already or are planning to get involved next year? Reckon it's the future or a fad? Have your say in the comments!
Kingdom Hearts 3D Will Be "On Par" With Main Titles
The whole idea of high fantasy meeting Disney whimsy doesn't really work on paper, but Kingdom Hearts has become one of Sony's most beloved franchises. After announcing Kingdom Hearts 3D for the 3DS at this year's E3 expo [too many 3s -Ed], director Tetsuya Nomura has revealed that it will be much more than a spinoff. It will feature every Disney world thus far, and will rival the main numbered games in terms of storytelling and canonical development.
Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts 3D are not the same. However, it is a brand-new adventure starring Sora and Riku. The story is on par with that of a numbered title, and I’m sure the ending will shock fans.
Sounds good. We'll bring you more details as they become available. [Nintendo Everything]
Braid Dev Lashes Out Against "Sensationalist Crap"
Jonathan Blow, the veteran Indie developer behind the critically-acclaimed Braid, recently conducted an interview with EDGE magazine to discuss the state of the industry. However, a report from CVG (amongst others) contained a number of out-of-context quotes about Sony's readiness to back left field titles; designed to make readers assume that the developer was slamming Microsoft's Indie Games policies. This managed to turn Blow into public enemy number one almost overnight, making him extremely unpopular both in the independent scene and with the Microsoft crowd. The furious developer has lashed out against the allegations.
CVG’s article is a deceptive, manipulative piece of sensationalist crap meant to drive hits by stoking the argument between Sony fans and Microsoft fans. It misrepresents the content of the interview almost entirely.
They fill out their article by pasting in somewhat-out-of-context quotes to support this statement (and nothing else). To believe their account, it was a highly anti-Microsoft and pro-Sony interview.
Yikes. So there. Don't believe everything you read. [The Witness]
However, to provide some balance, Blow definitely did state that Sony were "less conservative" than Microsoft (as reported by CVG)- and he has a point. Microsoft's Indie Games community allow developers to publish their own software without interference... but also without help. Conversely, Sony are willing to take a publishing punt on the likes of Flower, so there might be some truth to it.