CryEngine & Others Confirmed As NGP-Compatible
Goodness me, the NGP keeps getting more impressive every time we lay eyes on it. A recent SCE press release has shown off some of the engines and middleware that will be compatible with the new device, and whilst the Unreal Engine and Havok physics suite have been re-confirmed for the NGP, the surprise headline act comes courtesy of Crytek's powerful proprietary CryEngine.
You can read up on the new list here, but there's no doubt that Sony have realised the need for a strong third party lineup in order for a handheld to succeed. We can't wait to see what- and if- Crytek aims to develop for the platform. [Pushsquare]
New Playstation Move Heroes Dev Diary Spills The Beans
Nihilistic Software have released a new developer diary explaining how Playstation Move Heroes has been specifically designed to show off the hardware to advantage. In the accompanying blog post, lead designer Mark Cooke explains that the experience will allow fans to control their favourite new characters in innovative new ways.
We’ve blended some of the familiar weapons, abilities, and character movements from the original games with a fresh new set of motion-controlled mechanics that you’ll only be able to find on the PlayStation Move. For example, one of our favorites in the buzzsaw disc, a new weapon that the heroes fling into space to collect crystals, powers-up and more.
Playstation Plus members will be able to download a demo on March 1st, which will hopefully let us assess whether it's a cynical motion control cash-in or a great game that just happens to use Playstation Move. We'll keep you updated. [US Playstation Blog]
Bethesda Rewarding Dragonborn Children
This is one of those quintessential we couldn't make this up moments. Bethesda's Peter Hines has officially promised a mysterious prize to the parents of any child born on 11th November 2011... as long as they name their newborn Dovahkiin. This apparently stands for Dragonborn in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's dragon language- and as a publicity stunt, this takes some beating.
However, Bethesda have also offered the following legal disclaimer to any parent willing to doom their offspring to years of teasing and bullying for the vague promise of a reward:
Disclaimer: Any reward for completing this quest will not ultimately justify the potential teasing your child could — and probably will — endure over its lifespan. Bethesda Softworks is not responsible for your parenting. You may gain experience points for completing this quest, but you will not care at 3am on a work night. Completion of this quest may also result in decreased desire to play video games and/or function as a human being. Consult with your friends before embarking on this quest; while it may not start in prison, it probably ends there.
Please let us know if anyone plans to go through with this. So we can inform the authorities. [Bethesda Blog]