It would appear that Bobby Kotic’s wallet has gotten too full as of late. In a recent announcement, Activision has revealed that they are spending $500 million on Bungie Studios next game, Destiny, for development and promotion.
This being Activision, the amount of money being spent here seems less extreme. Taking a logical look at the situation suggests that this move is less of a risk than initially appears. For one, Bungie isn’t a new studio. They have over a decade of experience behind them and as such know what they are doing. Activision’s relationship with the studio is as classic as it comes. Activision provides the money and publishes the game and Bungie are left to their own devices to makes said game, and so Activision clearly trusts Bungie enough to invest so much in them. Continue Reading
From hells heart I stab at thee
Every so often the world of gaming comes to a crossroads, a point where the industry can continue as it is or change and opt for something else. It is such a crossroad we stand at right now and the decision made here may well determine the shape of the games industry for the foreseeable future. the problems surrounding free to play payment models is one that is becoming a more prominent problem for all platforms in the wake of the new generation of consoles and the push for always online functionality causing a rise in concern for the industry as a whole. Free to play is nothing new, the PC has several examples of good F2P models, so the question remains why are the other platforms struggling with it when we have examples of how to do it right? Continue Reading
I’m not surprised, at how Microsoft’s little reveal conference played out, as well as being cynical I’m also somewhat pessimistic and after Sony’s reveal my expectations were in negative figures. I’m somewhat concerned how far Microsoft intends to go down this road they have chosen.
It started off well enough, we actually got to see the new console, which was a pleasant surprise after Sony’s mystery box, but then they told us the name, a name so stupid I thought they were joking. They weren’t. The Xbox one as they have called it is apparently the ultimate gaming platform, an EA executive has even been so bold as to claim that both the new Xbox and the PS4 are a generation ahead of the PC, at this point I can’t help but laugh. So how does Microsoft showcase the supposedly amazing abilities of this next-gen power house? with live streaming features and Kinect functionality of course, oh and don’t forget Internet Explorer and Bing, because you know, most people don’t just install Chrome or Firefox rather than use that disaster of a browser combo.If you draw your mind back to E3 last year you may remember some similarities in Microsoft’s objectives during their press conference, a conference where the focus seemed more on Kinect and features then it did on games. Talk about misunderstanding your audience. Continue Reading
So the Playstation 4 got announced, sort of. we got to see what the controller looks like, what first and third party games are hopefully being launched with the console and we got to learn about the architecture of the system, but most importantly we didn’t actually get to see the console. This is where I imagine the console as the Mystery box. You can have anything you want or you can trade it all in for what’s in this box.
So what do we know, well in terms of specs the console will be utilizing an 8 core x86 set up, meaning that in terms of development the games made will be optimized a lot sooner than previous iterations thanks to the fact the system uses a more PC style architecture. this is both good and bad, on the up side PC ports should be a lot better quality thanks to the similar system structure however the console may have a short life span as games will reach their full potential out of the hardware far sooner and thus will not be able to advance in terms of graphical fidelity or complexity. the system is also running 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, I don’t know why Sony has chosen to use graphics RAM to run the system but 8GB is more than enough when compared to the PS3’s lackluster 512MB.
The only piece of hardware we actually got to see was the controller, which had been leaked earlier, but otherwise it was nice to have a solid confirmation of what it looked like and the features it had. all in all it seems like a revised version of the standard controller we are used to, they have made it a bit chunkier to quell the complaints of the PS3 controller being too fragile.
We also saw a further integration with social media, if you don’t enjoy your Facebook page being updated with Farmville notifications your probably not going to be too enthused about the PS4 notifying you of your friends achievements either.
So once again it was pretty much a press conference devoted to telling the press that yes we are making something. So sit on your hands until E3 I guess, when we may, if we’re lucky get to see the console and probably a price if Sony’s feeling generous.
Just as a side note some retailers have already started taking pre orders for the PS4, despite it not having an actual price tag yet, which means retailers want to jump on the band wagon early or they have a time machine and know what will happen in the future.