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New Sony San Diego team working on existing PlayStation IP

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 11:36 GMT Rumours point to studio handling next Uncharted title.It seems there’s a new team at Sony’s San Diego studio tasked with working on existing PlayStation franchises.That’s according to the LinkedIn profile for the developer’s former boss, Michael Mumbauer – as spotted by ResetEra – which says that he helped create a “brand new, all-star” team to work on triple-A action-adventure titles. This is seemingly separate from the already-existing Sony San Diego teams, responsible for the God of War series and MLB: The Show.The creation of this new studio doesn’t seem to be…

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PS5 exclusive Returnal showcases combat in new gameplay trailer

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:08 GMT Here’s how weapons, death and loot work. Developer Housemarque has given us more of a look of its upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal, this time with a focus on the game’s combat.In a post on PlayStation Blog, creative director Harry Krueger wrote that players will be able to augment the various weapons that protagonist Selene picks up over the course of the game with Weapon Traits. These modify the game in a variety of ways.Each weapon also features a random alt-fire mode, meaning that players can have an extra secondary option…

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Patent suggests PlayStation might be working on a user-created tips system

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:42 GMT This could be the latest step the firm is taking to make games more accessible. PlayStation maker Sony Interactive Entertainment is seemingly looking into a system that would allow users to leave tips for other players.As spotted by Scrubwiki – and reported by VGC – this patent lays out a method of making and displaying tags that help other users in-game.“Such tags introduce an additional dimension of community participation to both single and multiplayer games,” the patent reads.“Through such tags, players are empowered to communicate through filtered text messages and images…

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GameStop reportedly accepting all Cyberpunk 2077 returns

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 12:10 GMT Cyberpunk 2077 has been labelled as “defective” before being sent back to GameStop warehouses.US retailer GameStop is telling staff to accept all returns of the recently-released Cyberpunk 2077.That’s according to Kotaku and Vice Games’ Patrick Klepek, which both report that the company issued an internal memo to all employees saying that they are to take the game back even if it has been opened. Furthermore, GameStop has been told to label the returns as “defective” before returning them to the warehouse.Normally, the retailer only takes back games if they haven’t been…

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CD Projekt stock drops following Cyberpunk 2077’s removal from PS4 store

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 18 December 2020 12:01 GMT It looks like investors aren’t happy about the studio’s run-in with Sony.The share price of Polish games firm CD Projekt has plummeted after Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 was pulled from sale on the PlayStation Store.The company’s stock closed at PLN309.20 ($85.19) yesterday, Thursday, December 17, but opened at just PLN260 ($71.63) this morning. That’s a 15.9% decrease overnight and a 40% drop from the all-time high CD Projekt shares hit in August, back when the company was worth PLN42.4 billion ($11.7 billion). This is no doubt a reaction to Sony pulling…

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UK politicians call for scalping laws following PS5 and Xbox Series X launches

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 17:23 GMT This legislation would make it illegal to resell goods bought with bots.A group of UK politicians have said that there should be legislation to stop people scalping highly-sought-after items like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles.That’s according to VGC, which reports that that six Scottish National Party members of Parliament (MPs) have tabled an Early Day Motion yesterday (Monday, December 14th) asking that laws be drawn up to stop the “resale of gaming consoles and computer components at prices greatly above Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price.” This will also make…

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An Uncharted easter egg was hidden in a The Last of Us multiplayer map

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 4 December 2020 16:06 GMT This isn’t the first time Naughty Dog has thrown a reference in its game.Since its 2013 release, there’s been an Uncharted easter egg in one of The Last of Us’ multiplayer maps.Former Naughty Dog game designer Rodney Reece took to Twitter to highlight that the remains of a plane in The Last of Us’ Beach map in the game’s Faction mode is in fact Victor “Sully” Sullivan’s plane, Hog Wild, from the first Uncharted title.“Not saying that’s canon,” Reece wrote. “But I took it from [Uncharted], broke it into pieces and…

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Days Gone’s director leaves PlayStation’s Bend Studio

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 16:33 GMT While the project’s writer departed last year.The director of 2019’s Days Gone Jeff Ross is leaving Sony’s Bend Studios.In a post on Twitter, the game director said that this week was his last at the developer and in PlayStation’s first-party stable. He didn’t say if he had another role in the pipeline but did say that he plans to move to Chicago once the coronavirus pandemic has died down.“I’m incredibly proud of all the games I got to make but also looking forward to new challenges ahead,” he wrote.Meanwhile, Days Gone’s…

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Smash Bros’ Sakurai is impressed by PS5 but not the amount of SSD storage

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 27 November 2020 17:21 GMT And no, the console isn’t coming to Nintendo’s chaotic brawler.Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has weighed in on Sony’s brand new PlayStation 5 console.In his regular column in Japanese games mag Famitsu – as reported by Kotaku – the developer overall was impressed by the hardware but did have some criticisms.Sakurai said that the PS5 is a big beast, saying what many people have been saying since the console was unveiled earlier this year. That being said, he said that he was able to fit the machine into his entertainment…

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A PS5 Remote Play app has appeared on PS4s, revealing streaming resolution options

By Alex Calvin, Monday, 9 November 2020 14:01 GMT A PlayStation 5 Remote Play app has automatically been added to PS4s.As spotted by VGC, this new software has been downloaded to consoles and appears to allow users to use their PlayStation 5 machines from their PS4.In order to be able to use this, players need to enable the Remote Play feature on the PS5, before using Wi-Fi or a code to find Sony’s new console. This application doesn’t seem to work with the PlayStation 5 hardware that’s currently out in the wild, but it does show that users will be…

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Sony will “explore” bringing more exclusives to PC

Earlier this year, Alice0 mused that it would be weird if Sony didn’t bring more exclusives to PC and by golly it looks like they were listening to her specifically because now they’re having a proper think about it. Sony now say they will “explore” bringing more games by Sony-owned studios to PC players. (more…)