EA Discusses "Connected Online" Single Player Games
The days of being able to fully enjoy a single player game straight out of the box as a full experience are over, at least that’s what EA Games believe. Stating that new business models are pushing games to include online functionality somewhere in the product, EA Games label President Frank Gilbeau made the statements at Develop, declaring that future products need to be “connected online” to succeed.
[We're] very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay — be it cooperative or multiplayer or online services — as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you’re out. I think that model is finished. Online is where the innovation, and the action, is at.
I firmly believe that the way the products we have are going, they need to be connected online.
If you look at the additions of multiplayer to Dead Space 2, or the DLC packages of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, it’s clear this approach is already in effect. However Gilbeau said that these are just a few forms of EA’s online plans, so it’ll be interesting to see what the former top dogs of the industry are cooking up for the future. [Wired]
Cypress Hill Singer Sues Rockstar Over Likeness In San Andreas
It seems that Rockstar and the GTA series just can’t catch a break for even a minute, although this time round the subject in question is, in my humble opinion, ridiculous.
Micheal “Shagg” Washington, known as the singer from Cypress Hill, has issued a complaint to Rockstar because he believes that his likeness was used without his consent for the main character of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas CJ Johnson. He had previously consulted on the game about “street life” back in 2003, and in his complaint states that he was told he would be informed by Rockstar should he be included in the game.
Having managed to avoid the game and all its hype, advertisements, and controversy for seven years, he was informed via his nephew last summer about San Andreas and upon inspection felt that his image had been stolen for the game.
Being the reasonable man he is, Washington wants only 25% of the total profits for the game. That translates to $250 million. Publishers Take Two are actively fighting the case, telling IGN that “The Company believes the lawsuit is completely without merit and will vigorously defend itself in the matter.”
Do you think he's got a good case? Or perhaps you feel he's just after some cashflow until his next royalty cheque reaches him? Or maybe you have a likeness lawsuit of your own? Sound off in the comments people! [VG247]
Details of “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” Revealed
If the recently announced news of Mark Wahlberg playing Nathan Drake in the cinematic version of Uncharted made you feel a little ill, then this news should help improve matters. Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the next game in the series will be called Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and will be primarily set in the desert, specifically the Arabian Peninsula and Rub’al Khali Desert. Everyone’s favourite dirty old man Victor “Sully” Sullivan will be returning, with the plot focusing on the relationship between him and Drake. As the title suggest, expect deceit at every turn as well not only happening to Drake, but done by the main man himself.
Multiplayer is reportedly getting more attention this time round, with Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells hoping for U3 to “take on the big boys of the multi-player genre.” As for the change of scenery from snow to sand, the developers are relishing the challenges it will bring according to main writer Amy Hennig.
When we first came up with the idea of sand, you see everyone’s eyes light up here and go, ‘Yeah, that’s going to be really hard — let’s do it!’
If EW’s report is accurate, expect the game to land late next year. A full trailer for the Playstation exclusive will be shown at the VGAs this weekend, but if you can’t wait that long head over to EW to see the teaser here. [VG247]