After the lacklustre Resistance: Burning Skies released on PS Vita last month, Sony may be calling time on Insomniac's FPS series.Click here to read more...
Insomniac have announced that they'll be putting the Resistance franchise to bed now that the trilogy has been concluded. Speaking to VG247 at the Game::Business::Law Summit, CEO Ted Price simply stated that "we won't be making any more Resistances," instead focusing on new multiplatform IP Overstrike and their social games service Insomniac Click. Price believes that "a huge evolution in visuals" is headed to social gaming over the next couple of years, and they're in on the ground floor.
Note, however, that Resistance: Burning Skies will be releasing for the PS Vita with Nihilistic at the helm.
Insomniac, creators of such PlayStation luminaries as the Ratchet and Clank and the Resistance series, announced yesterday at a community event in LA that they will not be developing games for Sony's new handheld in-house, preferring to focus instead on the HD home consoles.
The games industry faces many issues despite the major profits that development generates... but according to Treyarch, recycled titles and buggy coding aren't the major problem. We are. Speaking in an interview with NowGamer, Treyarch community manager Josh Olin states that gamers with "negative" attitudes are holding back games development.
Too many developers who try new things are getting burned by “pundits” and angry entitled fans who look to be contrarian, sometimes simply for the sake of being contrarian.
The only thing this attitude aims to achieve is stunt that creativity and innovation even further, which is something that no rational gamer looking to be entertained would want to do.
Treyarch has also been receiving a huge amount of flak regarding Call Of Duty: Black Ops' PS3 performance. Maybe we're just being too "negative?" [NowGamer]
Right, you know that you want to weigh in on this one. Do us gamers have an attitude problem? Are we holding back development? Or is the giving us plenty to moan about? Have your say in the comments!
Cor blimey, wow and so on. Sony has released a new trailer for its recently-unveiled NGP handheld that shows off some of the games that will be hitting the platform- and it's enough to make even this jaded gamer reel his tongue back in. Killzone, Uncharted and Resistance look absolutely stunning, but several newly-unveiled IPs are also shaping up nicely. Insane parkour platformer Gravity Daze will be one to watch.
Seriously, hit play already. And ignore the terrible preppy music.
The NGP has met an extremely mixed reception from pundits, journalists and gamers alike, but there's no denying that it's shaping up to be a stonking piece of hardware with some killer games. You can read our reactions to the device here.
THQ Executive VP Danny Bilson has confirmed to VG247 that a "big" Saints Row 3 announcement will be "coming soon." We expected that the third entry in the anarchic sandbox franchise make would be unveiled last year, but after nary a peep from THQ on the subject, we're delighted to hear that we'll soon be in for some concrete intel. Since the Q3 investor's call is set for later tonight, the smart money is on at least a mention.
Naturally we'll keep you posted. [VG247]
Here's another teaser for you. During today's quarterly investor's call, EA boss John Riccitiello dropped a few hints about a potentially new and "exciting" FPS title that will be announced this year. When questioned about the future of the Medal Of Honor franchise, Riccitiello delivered the following cryptic response:
This year, with the tail-end of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 still doing well and Medal of Honor still doing well... with Crysis and Bulletstorm we're clearly going to make more progress towards our goal and that's before we get to what I think is going to be a very exciting entry later in the year that we're not yet announcing.
Before you get too excited, this "exciting entry" could well turn out to be a Battlefield 3 or a new addition to the MoH franchise. Here's hoping for a new IP- possibly from Respawn Entertainment. [EG]
Good news for fans on both sides of the console divide. The third chapter of Lionhead's Fable franchise will soon be with us, and Insomniac's Resistance 3 was revealed at Gamescom... but many fans have been wondering whether this will mark the end of their respective trilogies. Luckily, both developers have confirmed that they were never trilogies in the first place.
Let's start with Fable. When asked by Inside Xbox at this year's Eurogamer Expo, Lionhead's Peter Molyneux stated that he had no intentions of limiting the franchise to three outings.
Forget about the word ‘trilogy.’ I hate limiting ourselves to a trilogy. I want you to feel that you’re on a journey in Fable, and I’m not going to tell you what happens at the end of Fable III but I don’t think you’ll feel in any way that you’ve reached the end of a trilogy. - Peter Molyneux
Fable III is set to release in less than a fortnight. We'll soon know whether the franchise deserves a fourth outing. [Gamerzines]
Resistance 3 is still many months away (likely to release some time next year)- but Insomniac seem to be considering potential sequels even at this early stage. When asked whether the Resistance franchise will end with its third iteration, Insomniac's Ted Price replied:
I don’t think so. I think Resistance 3 is a story within the Resistance universe that can be expanded upon. Doors will be shut, but they won’t be slammed.
Just when we thought that Gearbox couldn't be any more of a class act. As of today, they've given permission (and a personal non-commercial license) for a team of fans to remake the original Duke Nukem 3D using Unreal Engine 3.
Currently working under the operating title Duke Nukem: Next Gen, the project aims to emulate Duke Nukem 3D's singleplayer and multiplayer components as if it were being developed today. It will contain all three original episodes as well as a brand new MP It's Duke Nukem "by the fans, for the fans"... and will be a completely free standalone package. The handpicked team of volunteer devs have their work cut out- and we wish them the very best of luck.
Oh, and did I mention that Duke Nukem: Next Gen is shaping up to be absolutely awesome? Don't take my word for it.
We're in two minds about Tecmo Koei's upcoming brawler. On the one hand, it's squaring up to sock us with uber-macho, brutal, insane, shamelessly vulgar action. On the other hand, it might just turn out to be yet another clunky Eastern beat-em-up with sluggish controls and grindy gameplay.
Luckily, we'll soon get to find out. Look out for the demo this Tuesday on PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace.
Today’s news roundup sees Microsoft claim Blu-ray will definitely not be coming to the Xbox 360, a new Elder Scrolls game rumoured thanks to the blurb describing a new Elder Scrolls novel, and Insomniac show disappointment as they claim fans saw the sequel as a failure.
Following rumours and everything but confirmation from Microsoft, it now appears Blu-ray is not intended for the Xbox 360. Company CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated Blu-ray drives will be coming to the 360 as add-on accessories, igniting mass speculation. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb was quickly on the case to correct Ballmer’s ‘error’. “Steve was referring to Blu-ray accessories for the PC,” he explained. “As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.”
A rather odd statement considering Ballmer’s claims were made in response to a question regarding the 360. Maybe he was just confused. Or joking. I don’t know. Whatever the case it appears Microsoft are developing a Blu-ray accessory in some form, apparantly for the PC. [MajorNelson]
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was a tremendous success for Bethesda, achieving both commercial and critical acclaim. The prospect of a new game in the series is surely a welcome idea to Bethesda, and according to the Waterstone’s retail site listing for Greg Keyes' The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel, the next game is in the works and set 200 years after the previous one.
The story is described as taking place “forty-five years after the Oblivion Crisis, which is the story of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion game and the expansion pack Shivering Isles. It partly bridges the gap for the next game, which is set 200 years after the Oblivion crisis.” The description has since been removed from the site, and of course cannot be treated as official confirmation. But if it is to be believed it looks like the next Elder Scrolls is at least being considered. [Kotaku]
Overall Resistance 2 was a success. It managed to surpass reviews of the original Resistance, and sold pretty well. But according to Insomniac games this still isn’t good enough. Senior community manager James Stevenson claims feedback from hardcore fans deemed the game as a failure, and this reaction greatly troubled Insomniac.
“The overall opinion of it is that it was a failure by fans, that Resistance 2 was a failure, because maybe the expectations were so high for it.” He described the negative fan feedback felt “like your dog turned on you.” Hopefully by the time the next Resistance rolls around, Insomniac will have a product pleasing hardcore fans as well as the rest of the gaming community. [Videogamer]
The war with the Chimera spills onto American shores as the infected Nathan Hale struggles to contend with the invasion and his own transformation, in Resistance 2, available from Argos for just £17.59!
According to a price-comparison, Argos’ offer for Resistance 2 is the cheapest you can find! Resistance 2 is the archetypal sequel, building upon the foundation the original set, but never straying far from the building-site, averaging an 87/100 on MetaCritic. It was awarded a perfect score from G4 TV, who claimed “there’s something magnificent in the campaign’s execution”.
Despite our best efforts, the Chimera have spread beyond Europe, finding America and conquering it within days. Nathan Hale, who was among the American forces deployed to England in the original, returns to his homeland, infected with the Chimeran virus responsible for the global destruction. He is captured by a clandestine organisation of similarly infected soldiers, who help to stall his transformation. Hale, now a member of these elite commandos, is tasked with removing the Chimera from America.
Resistance 2 may appear to be yet another military game with an alien-invasion theme, but its defining feature is its scale. It is simply immense, with sweeping vistas, bustling conflicts and colossal creatures. Certain Chimeran foes fill the screen, brushing past skyscrapers and swatting aircraft like flies.
It also boasts an impressive suite of multiplayer options, with an 8-player co-operative campaign running parallel to Hale’s plight, and 60-player competitive multiplayer. Frantic and yet rewarding, the multiplayer is sure to grasp fans for months, if not years, until the inevitable third Resistance game is released!
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