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News: PlayStation Maker Ken Kutaragi Complimented Shuhei Yoshida Twice

PlayStation Maker Ken Kutaragi Complimented Shuhei Yoshida Twice

And that was more than most

Ex-PlayStation president Ken Kutaragi may be the ‘Father of PlayStation’, but he had a tenuous relationship with his employees at best. Speaking as part of a question and answer session conducted by PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny, Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida recalled the discussion that preceded his...

News: There's an Entire Team Working on PS4 Shooter The Division's Guns

There's an Entire Team Working on PS4 Shooter The Division's Guns

Secret weapon

Ubisoft is known for its gigantic global development operations, but the recruitment of Red Storm to PlayStation 4 shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division is a little bit ridiculous. According to an official blog post on the French publisher’s website, the legendary Rainbow Six creator has been enlisted to design the ambitious online...

News: Uncharted PS4's Director Justin Richmond Departs Naughty Dog

Uncharted PS4's Director Justin Richmond Departs Naughty Dog

Could the last one please turn out the lights?

Whip out your Sony studio boss bingo sheet, as yet another high-profile developer has bit the dust. The latest in the long line of executives to exit the manufacturer is Justin Richmond, who was acting as Uncharted PS4’s game director. His departure follows in the footsteps of Amy Hennig, who worked...

News: DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios Struck by Layoffs

DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios Struck by Layoffs

Two other UK teams affected

We’re approaching the end of the fiscal year, which means that Sony’s still going through the process of downsizing some of its teams. Following redundancies at God of War developer Sony Santa Monica earlier in the month, the platform holder has now confirmed that there have been casualties at three of its British...

News: The Lead Designer of inFAMOUS: Second Son Has Left Sucker Punch

The Lead Designer of inFAMOUS: Second Son Has Left Sucker Punch

Another one bites the dust

It's been a tough few weeks for Sony's Worldwide Studios. With the recent departures of several high profile developers, including Uncharted series director Amy Hennig, we're starting to notice a bit of a worrying trend. And it seems that yet another creative has joined the causality list, as Jaime Griesemer – the lead...

News: In Some Parts of the World, the PS4's Price Is Increasing

In Some Parts of the World, the PS4's Price Is Increasing

Going the wrong way

Price drops are common in this industry. It’s becoming increasingly regular for new releases to be discounted – both physically and digitally – shortly after launch, with patient players often rewarded with a bargain. Moreover, console cost adjustments frequently factor into a manufacturer’s hardware marketing roadmap,...

News: Uncharted Franchise Director Amy Hennig Leaves Naughty Dog After 10 Years

Uncharted Franchise Director Amy Hennig Leaves Naughty Dog After 10 Years

The Last of Us author to take on the mantle

Long time Naughty Dog staffer Amy Hennig has recently left the Californian developer after 10 years of service, Sony has confirmed. Notable for her role as director and writer on all three Uncharted games, the storied scribe vacated her position on 3rd March. Thankfully, the Japanese giant was quick to...

News: God of War Studio Sony Santa Monica Slashed by the Blades of Corporate Chaos

God of War Studio Sony Santa Monica Slashed by the Blades of Corporate Chaos

By Zeus' beard

Sony Santa Monica has been hit by layoffs today, the studio has confirmed. In a statement issued to IGN, the platform holder revealed that the move is a result of “resource re-alignment” and is a decision which it “hasn’t taken lightly”. The firm added that it has offered any affected employees “outplacement services and...

News: There Are More Developers Working on PS4 Than Any Other Console

There Are More Developers Working on PS4 Than Any Other Console

Teacher's pet

This week just keeps getting better and better for the PlayStation 4. With Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima proclaiming that the system is the "best console" currently available and Sony revealing that it has already sold over five million units, figures have now been released that show that a whopping one-in-five developers are...

News: Ken Levine Closes the Booker on Irrational Games

Ken Levine Closes the Booker on Irrational Games

BioShock studio caught in the Rapture

Irrational Games, the legendary developer best known for the BioShock franchise, is no more. Writing on the company’s official website, founder Ken Levine has confirmed that the studio is shutting down after an incredible 17 years of development. The outfit’s last ever release will be the second episode of...

News: SCE London Studio Is Hastily Hiring For a New PlayStation 4 Exclusive

SCE London Studio Is Hastily Hiring For a New PlayStation 4 Exclusive

Listings of a vehicular variety

SCE London Studio has recently posted a job listing for a senior artist position in a team hard at work on an unannounced PlayStation 4 exclusive. The advertisement calls for an applicant capable of "the creation of environments and vehicle assets to a superb level of quality”, as well as the ability to "solve the...

News: Virtue's Last Reward Sequel Sunk by Japanese Investors

Virtue's Last Reward Sequel Sunk by Japanese Investors

Seek a way out

Kotaro Uchikoshi, the creator of Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, opened a personal Twitter account for his English fans this week. Sadly, the reasoning behind this spelled bad news for the series' future. Despite the PlayStation Vita murder mystery and its Nintendo DS predecessor 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors being...