GamesCom 2012 - News

August2012

  • News Metal Gear Rising Vita Cut Loose Due to Power Limitations

    Sharp pain

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is not coming to PlayStation Vita because of hardware limitations, according to creative director Yuji Korekado. It may be the most powerful handheld on the market, but it’s still not competent enough to deal with Revengeance’s complex cutting technology. “As of now we aren’t considering a Vita...

  • News DUST 514: Neocom Details Enter the Atmosphere

    Never stop playing

    DUST 514: Neocom is not a PlayStation Vita version of CCP Games’ upcoming free-to-play shooter – but it is an interesting idea nonetheless. The application will allow you to interact with various elements of the PS3 game, including load-outs, messages and more. While the download won’t necessarily feature any gameplay, it...

  • Reaction Criterion's Setting an Example to All Vita Developers

    Doing it properly

    Criterion’s enthusiasm is infectious. “We’re going to make the best racing game on Vita this year,” an excitable Alex Ward told IGN last week. And judging from the reaction to Need for Speed: Most Wanted's first showing, it’s going to take some beating. Unlike the vast majority of other developers, the Guildford-based...

  • News Sony Executive Laughs Off PS3 Super Slim Rumours

    Sly devil

    Ask Sony Computer Entertainment Europe gaffer Jim Ryan about the recently leaked PlayStation 3 Super Slim and he’ll spin you a yarn. “Which new PS3?” he told CVG when quizzed on the subject, before laughing the question off and moving on. Asked again about the hardware’s absence during the company’s GamesCom 2012 press...

  • News Cast Your Eyes On Ni No Kuni's Magical GamesCom Trailer

    Excitement levels increasing...

    Namco Bandai has released a new GamesCom trailer for Level 5 and Studio Ghibli's upcoming video game collaboration, Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch. Two demos of Ni No Kuni have been showing at this year's Gamescom: 'An Errand for Father Oak' and 'Eruption Interruption', the first of which Push Square was...

  • News Anomaly: Warzone Earth Targets PSN on 29th August

    Death from above

    Anomaly: Warzone Earth will explode onto the European PlayStation Network on 29th August, developer 11 Bit Studios has told Joystiq. The title will arrive in North America at some point in September. The PSN version of the popular real-time strategy title adds local co-op and a new human unit called the Chainer. Exciting stuff,...

  • News Beyond's Visual Presentation Will Blow Your Mind

    Good grief

    Quantic Dream’s upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond will probably be remembered as the best looking game of the generation. This brand new gameplay footage may not be direct-feed, but the quality of the visual presentation shines through. There’s a scene where protagonist Jodie Holmes looks directly into the camera, and the detail...

  • News Team Ninja Wants Ryo Hazuki in Dead or Alive 5

    "I see"

    When Ryo Hazuki is not searching for sailors, playing Lucky Hit, or ignoring the advances of countless beautiful women – he’s fighting. And Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi reckons that would make him a perfect fit for the upcoming arcade brawler. Asked by VG247 if he had any dream cameos in mind, Hayashi responded: “I’d say...

  • News Beyond's Script Is 2,000 Pages Long

    How many words is that?

    We thought our University dissertation – which clocked in at just under 200 pages for all four of you curious – was a whopping hunk of content, but it turns out that David Cage is the master of racking up a word count. The ambitious writer has revealed during a GamesCom panel that upcoming PS3 exclusive Beyond’s script...

  • News Recognisable Developers Flock to PlayStation Mobile

    Microgames

    Despite being designed for bedroom programmers and indie outfits, a host of recognisable names have signed up to take advantage of Sony’s innovative cross-platform initiative, PlayStation Mobile. Notable publishers include Team 17, SEGA, THQ and Tecmo Koei. The big names will be accompanied by an array of smaller developers, including...

  • News LBP Karting Will Support Sackboy's Existing Wardrobe

    Dressed to impress

    We already know that LittleBigPlanet Vita will support Sackboy’s extensive backlog of outfits and accessories – but upcoming kart racer LittleBigPlanet Karting has remained an overlooked exception. Well, until now that is. Sony has officially confirmed that the majority of LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2 costumes will be...

  • News Shuhei Yoshida: It's Too Early for a Vita Price Cut

    Staying put

    Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has ruled out a PlayStation Vita price-drop this year. Speaking with Eurogamer.net, the affable executive noted that engineers are working hard to decrease the manufacturing cost of the platform – but admitted that it’s too early to reduce the system’s price tag. "People like cheap...

  • News Media Molecule's Also Working on a Second Project

    Pulling back the curtain

    Unbelievably attractive PlayStation Vita exclusive Tearaway is not the only title in development at UK outfit Media Molecule. Indeed, the company's announced that a small team of 15 are working on the papercraft adventure while the rest of the studio focuses its attention on another unannounced project. Did someone say...

  • News Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Sneaks into 2013

    Polish period

    You won’t be playing Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time this Christmas, developer Sanzaru Games has announced. The game has been pushed into 2013 – but it's getting a bunch of new features to make up for it. First up is PlayStation Vita cross play. While we already know about the game’s cross save functionality, the title will also...

  • News Criterion's Developing Need for Speed: Most Wanted for Vita

    Uncompromised port

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the PlayStation Vita is a direct port of the PS3 game, developer Criterion has announced. Normally that would sound like a derogatory statement – but in this instance, it’s an incredibly impressive feat. “Everything from the ‘TV game’ is here on the small screen,” Criterion’s Alex Ward...

  • News Soul Sacrifice Continues to Look Absolutely Disgusting

    Urgh, gross

    Upcoming Vita exclusive Soul Sacrifice has not been toned down since its previous public airing. Sony has released a brand new trailer which shows a lady summoning a web of blades from inside her body. It’s brutal, revolting, and totally bloody awesome. Feast your eyes on the horror below – if you dare.

  • News 007 Legends Opts to Die Another Day

    License to kill

    Two more classic flicks have been added to 007 Legends’ nostalgic roster. Missions based on both Die Another Day and A License to Kill will be featured in the upcoming Eurocom shooter. Toby Stephens and Carey Lowell will reprise their respective roles. In addition to the announcement, publisher Activision released the brand new...

  • News Mass Effect 3's Leviathan Emerges on 28th August

    Reaper the rewards

    Mass Effect 3’s first proper single-player DLC will jet off on 28th August in North America, developer BioWare has announced. European players will be forced to wait until 29th August to get their hands on the content. The expansion pack promises to extend the space opera’s single-player campaign, setting protagonist Shepard...

  • News DONTNOD Details Sony's History with Remember Me

    Drifting away

    French upstart DONTNOD Entertainment and Capcom have only recently joined forces on Remember Me. The two met up last year following a fall out with Sony. As we’d rumoured at the time, the cyberpunk title was going to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive. But that, of course, fell through. "The Sony deal was signed February 2010 and ended a...

  • News Ratchet & Clank Make Their Debut on PlayStation Vita

    Full frontal assault

    Sneakily teased during Sony’s GamesCom 2012 press conference last night, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (or Ratchet & Clank: QForce as it's known in Europe) is firing onto PlayStation Vita. The title will take advantage of the platform holder’s new cross buy initiative, meaning you’ll get both the PS3 and...

  • News Japan Studio's Latest Adventure Steps into the Rain

    The invisible made visible

    Few can touch Sony when it comes to artistic experiences at the moment. The platform holder is constantly breaking new ground with its experimental endeavours, and Japan Studio’s latest PSN exclusive Rain is no exception. Announced during the platform holder’s GamesCom 2012 press conference yesterday, the ambitious...

  • Reaction PlayStation Vita Is Back in Play

    Drumming up hype

    Sony evidently heard the criticism to its lacklustre E3 showing earlier in the year. SCEE executive Jim Ryan’s declaration that the first hour of its GamesCom 2012 PlayStation press conference would be devoted to the Vita was proof enough. For perhaps the first time in the history of the brand, the platform holder shrugged aside...

  • News Sony Had to "Re-do" Work on The Last Guardian

    Debilitating headaches

    The Last Guardian is definitely still in development, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed. "The team is still working on it very hard," he told Eurogamer earlier today. "There are certain technical issues they've been working on. That's the period of time when the game, looking from the outside,...

  • News Shuhei Yoshida Teases Imminent Gran Turismo 6 Details

    Sooner than expected

    Details about the next Gran Turismo title aren’t far away, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed. Chatting with VG247, the affable executive explained: “Kazunori seems to have started talking about it, so I won’t be surprised to hear more about their plans, our plans, on future Gran Turismo rather...

  • News Don Your Shades for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Trailer

    Brightest stars

    This brand new Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed trailer is delightfully SEGA; the thumping soundtrack, perfect blue skies, and bright red fonts all ooze nostalgia. We suppose it’s appropriate considering the theme of the game. We're still not overly convinced by the terrible title, though.

  • News Sony Paints New The Unfinished Swan Trailer Online

    Beautifully simplistic

    Sony’s GamesCom 2012 press conference was laced with creative ideas yesterday, but one title that didn’t get an airing was The Unfinished Swan. Thankfully, the platform holder has taken the time to remind us about the indie adventure by releasing the striking trailer embedded below. Looks good, doesn't it?

  • News Smart As Bends Brains in This Brand New GamesCom Trailer

    Show off

    This video might look like a new Match.com commercial at first, but it’s actually a brand new trailer for upcoming Vita brain trainer, Smart As. The title’s due out later this year and promises plenty of face melting puzzles, in addition to narration from Monty Python icon John Cleese. Take that, Dr. Kawashima.

  • News Spy Hunter Races onto Vita This October

    Driven for speed

    Spy Hunter will drift onto the PlayStation Vita this October, publisher Warner Bros has announced. The portable reboot of the 1983 classic will see you assume the role of The Agent, and once again find you on the pursuit of bad guys in the amazingly equipped Interceptor. Visually the game’s looking weak, but as humongous fans of...

  • News EA Considering Cross Buy for Need for Speed: Most Wanted

    Yes, please

    EA Games has revealed that it's considering taking advantage of Sony’s recently revealed cross buy initiative for Need for Speed: Most Wanted. If adopted, the scheme will allow players to purchase the PS3 and Vita versions of the racer for a single fee. Naturally, we’re on board with this idea. “We’re taking it under...

  • News Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Cuts PS3 on 19th February

    Razor sharp

    Konami has randomly stabbed a pencil into a 2013 calendar and concluded that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will release on 19th February in North America and Europe. Japanese gamers will get to experience Raiden’s latest adventure on 21st February. The date was accompanied by a new trailer, which, well, repurposes most of the footage...

  • News The Last of Us Gets Melancholy GamesCom Trailer

    Sky has turned grey

    On the whole, Sony’s GamesCom press conference was a determinedly joyful affair. The likes of Tearaway and Puppeteer were relatively cheerful, leaving the platform holder in need of something darker to restore the status quo. Thankfully, The Last of Us delivered the goods. Feast your peepers on the brand new trailer below and...

  • News Wonderbook Commits Brand New Franchises to Paper

    Brought to life

    There was a palpable irritation filling our Twitter feed when Sony started to discuss Wonderbook during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today. But, by the time the company was done, we noticed a distinct change in tune – Wonderbook is cool, and it has the potential to sell gangbusters. Heck, even we’re sold. The...

  • News PS Plus Members Scoop God of War: Ascension Beta Access

    War with friends

    PlayStation Plus members will get the first opportunity to test out God of War: Ascension’s controversial multiplayer component when an online beta hits the PlayStation Network soon. Non-subscribers will be pleased to learn that there will be a “few other secret inroads” into the test, but you should probably just stump up for...

  • News First Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Trailer Fires Online

    Burning skies

    Sony pulled a cheeky move during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today, temporarily glossing over Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified before closing the show with an explosive debut trailer. Developed by Nihilistic Software – the studio behind Resistance: Burning Skies – the shooter promises to bridge the gap between...

  • News Vita Firmware 1.80 Implements Home Screen Button Controls

    Smudge free

    PlayStation Vita’s next firmware update will allow you to navigate the system’s home screen without getting finger-prints all over your device. Sony has announced that it is implementing traditional button controls to the device’s hub area on 28th August, alongside PSone Classics support. Other improvements include the ability to...

  • News Killzone: Mercenary Targets PlayStation Vita Next Year

    Behind orange eyes

    Arguably the most exciting moment during Sony’s GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today was when Guerrilla Games’ logo flashed up on screen. The ensuing video featured two minutes of live-action melodrama interlaced with footage of the developer’s brand new Vita exclusive, Killzone: Mercenary. For the first time in the...

  • News Sony's Japan Studio Announces Rain and Puppeteer

    Very welcome

    During Sony's GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today, Japan Studio announced two new titles: Rain and Puppeteer. Rain is a gorgeous PSN exclusive puzzle platformer, which centres on "an invisible world revealed by Rain". The trailer features a young boy, who becomes invisible when trying to save a little girl. Yet when it rains,...

  • News PlayStation Plus Cloud Storage Capacity Extends to 1GB

    Room to breathe

    Sony announced that it's increasing PlayStation Plus' cloud storage capacity to 1GB during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today. The confirmation – which was met by rapturous applause by the attending audience – adds another feather to the premium service’s already rather compelling cap. The initiative's cloud...

  • News Sony Confirms PlayStation Plus Is Heading to Vita

    Freebies and offers incoming

    PlayStation Plus is coming to the PlayStation Vita, Sony announced during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today. While Sony was coy about the specifics of the service's implementation, Vita owners can look forward to the prospect of discounts and freebies in the not-so-distant future. It was also announced...

  • News New Combatants Sign Up for PlayStation All-Stars

    Filling up nicely

    Sony announced four new fighters for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today. Ratchet & Clank, Dante, Spike and, of course, Sackboy will all be selectable characters when the mascot mash-up launches later this year. The newcomers were shown brawling on a stage taken from...

  • News Until Dawn Haunts PlayStation Move Next Year

    Are you afraid of the dark?

    As we correctly predicted, Sony officially revealed Until Dawn during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today. The Supermassive Games developed PlayStation Move exclusive follows a group of high school classmates as they revisit a campsite to mark the first anniversary of their friends’ disappearance. As you...

  • News PSone Classics Expand Vita's Library on 28th August

    At long last

    The agonising wait for PSone Classics on Vita will finally draw to a close on 28th August, Sony has announced. A firmware update released on the aforementioned date will implement the sought after feature. Which classic titles are you planning on revisiting first? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • News Sony Launches Cross Buy Initiative for PS3 and Vita

    Buy one, get both

    During its GamesCom 2012 press conference this evening, Sony announced a new Cross Buy initiative for PlayStation 3 and Vita. The scheme works similarly to PSN titles like MotorStorm RC, allowing you to grab a selection of cross-platform titles for a single fee. The first games set to take advantage of the offer include...

  • News Media Molecule Reveals Beautiful Vita Title Tearaway

    Spellbinding

    Media Molecule made an unexpected cameo during Sony’s GamesCom 2012 press conference this evening to announce Tearaway, a gorgeous new PlayStation Vita exclusive set in a papercraft world. The game features a cutesy protagonist named Iota – spotted in a promotional banner earlier today – and sees players embark on a 3D adventure...

  • News Watch PlayStation's GamesCom 2012 Press Conference Live

    Boom

    Sony’s GamesCom 2012 press conference is about to go live. As always we’ll be providing commentary on Push Square throughout the evening, but if you’d like to watch Andrew House and friends drop some bombs live – you can do so through here. Remember to keep a close eye on our Twitter account for reaction to every announcement. And let...

  • News GamesCom 2012 Takes Over PlayStation Home

    Social discovery

    If you’re not lucky enough to be soaking up the festive atmosphere in Cologne this week, Sony has concocted a novel solution. The platform holder has announced that it is bringing the excitement of GamesCom to PlayStation Home – and everyone’s invited. In addition to live streaming the PlayStation press conference in the Home...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Ditches Kill Streaks

    Read all about it

    Developer Treyarch has already proven that it’s not afraid to deviate from the established Call of Duty rulebook. The studio made a big splash out of its decision to incorporate branching plot points and sandbox missions into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s single-player campaign – and it’s making similarly radical changes to...

  • News Battlefield 3 Premium Edition Deploys This September

    Locked and loaded

    EA’s firing an updated version of Battlefield 3 onto store shelves next month. The imaginatively titled Battlefield 3 Premium Edition will include the original game, in addition to a Premium Subscription which grants free access to the title’s various DLC packs. The Premium Edition will also include a “Multiplayer Head Start...

  • News Dead Space 3 Spooks PS3 on 5th February

    Hide behind the sofa

    Dead Space 3 will shuffle onto PlayStation 3 on 5th February in North America, publisher EA announced during its GamesCom press conference this afternoon. A European release will follow on 8th February. Those that pre-order the title from participating retailers will automatically be upgraded to the Dead Space 3 Limited...

  • News Hitman: Absolution Features Asynchronous Multiplayer Mode

    Follow the leader

    Upcoming murder simulator Hitman: Absolution will feature an asynchronous multiplayer mode named Contracts, developer IO Interactive has announced. Inspired by the custom challenges created by fans of the previous games, the mode will allow you to direct your own scenarios by playing missions – and then upload your custom...

  • News Native YouTube Application Streaming onto PS3

    Broadcast yourself

    You’ll no longer have to wrestle with the PlayStation 3’s sluggish web based version of YouTube, because the system is getting its own native application. Polygon reports that the free download will support high-definition video, enhanced search functionality, and more. Apparently you’ll also be able to use a connected...

  • News New PlayStation Characters Debuted in GamesCom Banner

    New blood

    Sony’s released a promotional GamesCom image featuring a handful of characters yet to be announced. The newcomers – standing alongside a slew of recognisable PlayStation mascots – include a wooden chap with a pair of scissors, a crimson pixie, and a rectangular, leaf thing. The former looks like a Wonderbook character to us, while...

  • Feature What to Expect from PlayStation at GamesCom 2012

    Reading the stars

    It’s pretty obvious that Sony adores GamesCom. The mid-August timing of the show appears to play right into the platform holder’s plans, allowing it to cast the spotlight on its holiday campaign much more assuredly than at E3 earlier in the year. Previous announcements that have taken place at the German tradeshow include the...

  • News Need for Speed: Most Wanted Trailer Teases Multiplayer Reveal

    Gearing up

    If 25-second trailers are your thing, this brand new Need for Speed: Most Wanted teaser should get you all hot under the collar. The animated short promises to fully expose the racer's multiplayer component at GamesCom next week – and that’s pretty much the sum of its contents. We suppose you could say that the video's designed to...

  • News Activision Talks Up Call of Duty Vita Ahead of Full Reveal

    True experience

    Sony may be struggling to secure third-party content for the PlayStation Vita, but the platform holder still has Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified to boast about. While the handheld spin-off is currently shrouded in mystery, publisher Activision has promised to share more details about the title at GamesCom – and it has insisted...

  • News Don't Worry, Sony's Streaming Its GamesCom Press Conference

    Dropping bombs

    Sony’s announced that it will be live streaming its GamesCom press conference online next week. The show will kick-off at 18:00PM BST on 14th August. It’ll be followed by a panel featuring Shuhei Yoshida (SCE), Kellee Santiago (ex-thatgamecompany), Alex Evans (Media Molecule) and Ian Dallas (Giant Sparrow). The platform...

  • News Oh, Sony's Also Trademarked Until Dawn Again

    Coincidence?

    Hot on the heels of this morning’s Rain trademark, seasoned snoopers have also discovered that Sony has re-registered the rights to Until Dawn. The name has long been associated with a mysterious PlayStation Move survival horror project that first appeared in a demo reel almost three years ago. Sony’s expected to

  • News Oddworld Titles Arriving on Vita "Very Soon"

    Save your moolah

    Quirky re-releases Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD will arrive on PlayStation Vita “very soon”, publisher Oddworld Inhabitants has announced on its Facebook page. "Both titles are coming to Vita very soon, we just need to get them finished up and through Sony QA before we can release them,"...

  • News Sony Trademarks Rain Ahead of GamesCom

    It's pouring

    Here’s a juicy tidbit to set you up for the day: Sony is working on a project called Rain. The platform holder registered a trademark for the mysterious title in North America last week – just days ahead of its GamesCom press conference. The title is unlikely to be associated with Heavy Rain, primarily due to the timing of the...

  • News JAW Promises Munch's Oddysee Update at GamesCom

    It's an odd world

    It sounds like UK developer Just Add Water is gradually getting closer to plopping Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD onto the PlayStation Store. Last time we heard from the studio, it was making sturdy progress with the modern makeover – and now it’s teasing a GamesCom announcement pertaining to the former Xbox exclusive. A...

July2012

  • News Square Enix Bringing Final Fantasy XIV to GamesCom

    The latest version, of course

    Try to forget that Final Fantasy XIV actually released way back in 2010 – it’s a brand new game now, remember? Square Enix has announced that the updated version of the MMORPG will headline its GamesCom offering, with on-stage gameplay demonstrations and signing sessions by producer and director Naoki Yoshida...

  • Rumour New PlayStation Move Title to Debut at GamesCom

    Move it, move it

    One of the two new titles Sony’s set to unveil at GamesCom next month will support PlayStation Move, according to a report on PSU. Details are unsurprisingly scarce, but the website claims that the platform holder will reveal a new motion controlled property at the European event. We’re secretly hoping that it’s the survival...

  • News Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Sneaking into GamesCom

    Rooftop runner

    Despite receiving a positive critical reception at E3 earlier in the year, we still haven’t seen much of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for PlayStation Vita. That looks likely to change at GamesCom next month, as Ubisoft has confirmed that the handheld spin-off will be playable on the show floor. It’ll be joined by a...

  • Rumour Sony Unveiling Two New Titles at GamesCom

    Place your bets now

    Sony is set to announce two new titles at GamesCom, according to a report on German website PlayFront. The publication explains that the games are hinted at in an event invitation from the publisher. It’s unclear what the new titles will be, but it seems likely that they will be for PlayStation Vita considering last month’s...

  • News Rambo: The Video Game to Debut at GamesCom

    Explosive introduction

    Sylvester Stallone is starting to become one of the more recognisable faces on PlayStation 3. Not content with his appearance in Ubisoft’s upcoming The Expendables 2 tie-in, the Hollywood heavy is also set to star in Reef Entertainment’s Rambo: The Video Game. The explosive action title – which was officially announced...

June2012

  • News Don't Worry, Sony Is Going to GamesCom After All

    Snap decisions

    Seems like Sony’s comments yesterday managed to panic GamesCom's management team into giving the platform holder better terms. The organiser hurriedly announced this morning that PlayStation will have a presence at the show. Yesterday, a German spokesperson for SCE said the company was still undecided about whether it would attend...

  • News Sony Might Not Be Going to GamesCom This Year

    Missing out

    Sony loves GamesCom. At least, that’s what we thought. In previous years the platform holder has had a big presence at the European show, announcing titles such as inFamous: Festival of Blood and even revealing the PS3 Slim to the world. But the Japanese company is unsure whether it’s going to show up at the German event this year...