Sledgehammer's CoD Will Be First Person
Treyarch's Black Ops has been dominating the FPS headlines recently... but we haven't forgotten about Sledgehammer Games' upcoming Call of Duty title. Billed as an action-adventure that would broaden Call of Duty's audience, most of us naturally assumed that it'd adopt a third person perspective. However, according to recent job listings, they are currently seeking to recruit a "First Person Shooter development team."
“We are actively recruiting top talent for our Call of Duty First Person Shooter development team. If you have a desire to work on the most successful FPS franchise in the history of video games, apply online. We’re always looking for great people.”
Wow, a Call of Duty FPS? What a radical new idea! Apparently, Sledgehammer will be broadening call of duty's audience by making yet another first person shooter, though we'll naturally be keeping you up to date by the wire. [Gamasutra]
Veemee: Playstation Home "Is Not Sh*t"
The Wii has its Miis and the Xbox 360 has avatars, but even diehard Sony fans consider the Playstation Home service to be significantly lagging behind. It was a nice idea that could've provided a genuine purpose for the customisable avatars, but the original vision has been somewhat mired in a sea of adverts and bland identical soulless drones. However, Sony's customisable virtual social space will apparently be moving out of the Beta stage this December. About time too, since it's been hanging around for over two years now.
It also seems that Veemee, the company behind Playstation Home, is on the defensive. Speaking at the Game in Scotland event in Dundee, Veemee developer Kirk Ewing has a less than strong message for Home's detractors.
"Most people think that Home is sh*t. I'm here to say that it's not."
Wow, that's us told. Expect Home to beef up its features and services at the end of the year. [Kotaku]
What do you guys make of Playstation Home? Have you cast it aside as a worthless advertising gimmick- or do you see real potential in the social network? Let us know in the comments!
Apple now More Valuable Than Microsoft
Microsoft once stood practically unopposed as the world's biggest technology company, but Apple has now edged past its longtime rival according to the latest Wall Street reports. Yesterday, Apple was valued at $222.12 billion...with Microsoft weighing in at 'only' $219.18 billion. To put that in perspective, the only American company with a higher net value is Exxon Mobil with a whopping $278.64 billion valuation.
Skyrocketing iPhone sales have provided a huge boost to Apple's revenues (which are still slightly below Microsoft's, with high share prices making up the difference). Hail to the new chief! [Gamesindustry]
Naughty Dog Not Helping Out With KZ3 [Update]
We recently got wind of an exciting potential team up between Guerilla Games and Naughty Dog, but a recent press release has nipped this rumour in the bud. Whilst Guerrilla Games admit to swapping development tips and a friendly rivalry with the Uncharted developer, apparently they will not be directly involved with Killzone 3's engine.
Our bad. We can't be right all the time. [VG247]