In today’s news roundup Tripwire president John Gibson defends Steam from Randy Pitchford’s allegations, Sucker Punch is rumoured to be looking for new voice actors for Infamous 2, Ready at Dawn announce their plans to develop a new console-based game engine, and the president of Nintendo of America shares his criticisms of the PSP Go.
Tripwire President Runs to Steams Aid
Following Randy Pitchford’s warning to stay wary of Steam, Tripwire Interactive president John Gibson ran to their defence, announcing they are “absolutely not” exploiting independent developers. “Without pulling any punches, I can say with certainty that if it weren't for Steam, there would be no Tripwire Interactive right now,” said Gibson. “In the early days, when we were shopping our first game Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 around to traditional brick-and-mortar publishers, we were shocked at how terrible their proposals were."
“We were getting pitched offers like, 'We'll give you a 15 percent royalty rate, take the IP rights to your game, and slap a $1.5 million administrative fee on top of your recoupment costs.' And deals like this were being offered for a game we funded ourselves!” Gibson points out they were “amazed” with what Valve offered, pointing out the lack of “land mines” and traps that lie hidden in the fine print. His love for Steam doesn’t stop there, as he teases to ask if he feels exploited “as I drive away from the company that was built from the royalties we made on Steam, in my sports car paid for by the royalties we make on Steam, to the home that I pay for with the royalties we make on Steam. If that's exploitation, I'll take a little more.” Exploit me Steam! Exploit me please! [GamaSutra]
Infamous 2 and Recast Main Character Possibly on Way
Twitter probably accounts for 80% of all gaming rumours nowadays, and this piece of news is no exception. Actor David Sullivan prematurely revealed on the site Sucker Punch is gearing up for the sequel to PS3 exclusive Infamous, and currently in the process of auditioning for voice talents. “First voiceover/motion capture audition today for a video game. Re-casting of Cole in the sequel of Infamous. 'I'll melt your face.' e.g.”
Sony hasn’t even announced an Infamous sequel, never mind reveal a new voice actor for main character Cole. But given celebrities tendencies to jump the gun on major game announcements, this can probably be considered likely. [G4TV]
Ready at Dawn Announce Plans for New Game Engine
In a move to perhaps offer an alternative to the hugely popular Unreal Engine, developer Ready at Dawn has announced their intention to create an engine for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PSP, suitably named the Ready at Dawn Engine. President Didier Malenfant announced “We are building something for developers who are tired of the challenges of PC engines shoe-horned into consoles, or trying to stitch together layers upon layers of middleware from multiple vendors. Our solution will be a complete game development platform that simply works.”
Ready at Dawn are best known as developer of acclaimed PSP game God of War: Chains of Olympus, recognized as one the best-looking games on the machine. No release date is currently set, but once it’s officially released it will hopefully offer some worthy competition to other popular middleware engines currently in use. [GamaSutra]
President of Nintendo America Slams PSP Go
It’s probably fair enough to say the PSP Go isn’t that great. I mean, with a lack of physical games and the expensive price tag, Sony offer gamers no real reason to own one. Even Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, is joining in on the criticism. Fils-Aime believes the PSP Go has a “fundamental concept problem in terms of 'Who's it for?' and 'What's the benefit?'”
Upgrading to the PSP Go from the original equals a redundant UMD collection, and newcomers are met with only full price downloadable games on the PlayStation Store. Used games or borrowing off friends is typically an easy and inexpensive way to try out games, something the PSP Go cannot offer. Although negative comments from a rival company is hardly unexpected, it's not something they're going to welcome. Especially when it's kind of true. [WashingtonPost]