At the annual State of the Union Address, President Barrack Obama encouraged legislation that would give companies more tools to combat cyber threats.
The proposal follows a number of cyber attacks on Target, Staples and most recently Sony Pictures–an attack which North Korea took credit.
“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids,” said President Obama.
“We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.” Continue reading
In an interview with Game Informer, Naughty Dog director Bruce Straley revealed that other projects at the studio have taken a backseat with the development of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
This includes the team that’s brainstorming the potential sequel to The Last of Us. “We’re 110 percent in Uncharted 4 territory now. Blinders on, make this awesome,” Straley Responded.
“We totally get it, because we have those same feelings as well. We have brainstormed sequel ideas for The Last of Us, and we’ve brainstormed ideas for new games, but all of that is put on ice right now while we work on Uncharted 4.”
Then, Straley added that the studio ever committing to a sequel for The Last of Us is still a “big assumption.” So, it could or could not happen. But, we all know Naughty Dog will do it.
Media Molecule has a new “game” in development.
According to Creative Director Marcos Healey, the developer plans on announcing a new game sometime this year.
Interestingly enough, however, the wording of the Tweet indicates that it may not really even be a game, but a developer-ish title like Project Spark which wouldn’t be surprising seeing that it’s Media Molecule.
If you’ve been playing games like Mass Effect and BioShock Infinite. I’m sorry to tell you, but you’ll been playing a lie.
Developers for sometime now have promoted games as being “player driven” and “choice crafted.” However, in an article published by Matter, BioShock: Infinite director Ken Levine calls those things “lies.”
“When it comes to story in video games, at best there’s an illusion of choice,” said Levine. “At worst, there’s no choice at all.”
“In our work, we tried to say, Well, pal, you really don’t have a choice. So let’s see if we can use that concept to mess with your head. And hence was born the “Would you kindly” moment in BioShock, a moment in video game history primarily remembered for reminding us that, when it comes to player choice in narrative, our medium is limited indeed.” Continue reading
Sony Santa Monica Studio are currently developing a new God of War title, confirmed Creative Director Cory Barlog at the God of War: Retrospective panel at PlayStation Experience.
Sadly, Barlog didn’t dive into much other detail, but he did say its indeed not a prequel. Which means it could be the much discussed “reboot” that Scott Rohde alluded to after a round of layoffs hit the Sony Santa Monica Studio.
But, don’t expect a revealed anytime soon. The game is still in the early developmental stages, and Barlog doesn’t expect anything to be soon within “the next year or two”, reports IGN.
That being said, back in August, Sony announced Barlog’s return to Santa Monica Studios. This move lead to speculation that Santa Monica Studios where developing another God of War. Fast forward today, at the PlayStation experience, Sony has confirmed its development.
Naughty Dog showcased 16 minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End at the PlayStation Experience.
“Although we are still in the pre-alpha stage of development, everything you see in the video is in-game and in real-time running at 1080p and a stable 30hz,” said Community Strategist Eric Monacelli. “It’s looking pretty spectacular already and we still have quite some time to optimize and refine our technology to make this the best looking and playing Uncharted game to date.
Naughty Dog held a community Q&A yesterday on Twitch answering questions about the possibility of Uncharted Remastered for PlayStation 4, and about plans for more The Last of Us downloadable content.
“Nothing brewing for Uncharted collection,” said Naughty Dog regrading the rumored remastered edition.
In addition, the developer also revealed plans for new The Last of Us downloadable content, which will be playable at Sony’s PlayStation Experience event. Naughty Dog has stated that the downloadable content would be available for all versions of The Last of Us.
However, the downloadable content won’t be included as apart of the season pass because “the season pass ended a long awhile back. [They've] delivered more than [they've] promised in the season pass.”
BioWare showcased some of the conceptual art from the next Mass Effect game at the N7 Day special livestream event.
While its already been announced that the next game will not follow Commander Shepard, the developer said this installment as “much larger” with more diverse worlds and characters. They’ve even confirmed that their will be new alien races and species. Continue reading
Prey 2, sequel to the 2006 first-person shooter from Human Head Studios, has officially been cancelled.
Bethesda Studios vice president Pete Hines, at PAX Australia, confirmed the cancellation of the highly anticipated sequel.
“It was game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be – we never saw a path to success if we finished it,” Hines said.
“It wasn’t up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. It’s no longer in development. That wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s one that won’t surprise many folks given that we hadn’t been talking about it. Human Head Studios is no longer working on. It’s a franchise we still believe we can do something with — we just need to see what that something is.”
According to sources close to the sequels development, Respawn Entertainment plans to develop the upcoming Titanfall sequel on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The source claims that the sequel is still in the “early stages” of it’s development and won’t be out for awhile; calling it the “planing stage” of it’s development.
Recently, reports surfaced that Respawn Entertainment regretted not developing the original for both next generation platforms–calling it a missed opportunity to strengthen it’s overall community.