At Develop Conference 2011, Phil Rodgers – Sony’s European R&D Manager – gave some details on what we can expect the Vita to be capable of when it launches.
First off is Near, eerily similar to the 3DS’ Spotpass. However the gifts that you can obtain follow the system around, rather than exist in one place. Users can create their own little gifts, but can not exceed more than 100kb – these may be things like weapons, rare stuff and even challenges in games such as Wipeout.
Party is a borrowed concept from the 360, that allows up to four users to chat via voice and text no matter what they are playing or doing on the system. However, this won’t be shoehorned into games for the Vita, with Rodgers stating that “game can choose not to” include the system, however with a push of a button, people in your party can join the game you’re playing.
Finally the LiveArea, which is where you go when the system is booted up. It’s a bit of mixture of the current PS3 menu as well as Facebook, as you can comment on other player’s progress and achievements, with automatic updates given. LiveArea is also a way for developers and publishers to give out more news about the game as well as DLC and updates.
They certainly seem promising, even if they are taking the best elements from different consoles – no official release date as yet, but the rumoured date is still sitting at November 4th of this year.
(Source: Eurogamer )
Rumours were circulating, as they do, when Capcom registered for the trademark for Ixiom Saga. Today, some, if only one or two, details were revealed in Japanese magazine Famitsu.
The PC-Exclusive Game is set to be purely online based, with eight versus eight players. The only other details known at the moment is that players will be able to customise their character from one of three classes – Striker (Swords), Caster (Magic) and Blaster (Big Guns) and will not only do battle with other players, but also with giant monsters.
While the release date is not until next summer, the Alpha Test is due to begin by the end of July, so stay tuned for more details about this game. This will be Capcom’s second online game with Monster Frontier Hunter Online their other online IP, with no indication if it will be dropped when Ixion Saga is released.
(Source: Andriasang )
PSN is down and no one can buy anything or play online games. Sony has been telling us to wait constantly for the past few weeks and pushing back dates over and over. It looks like they have finally just given up on specific dates, but they are saying that it should take a couple more days. Which is what they said the time before and the time before. If you don’t know about the current issue over at Sony, they were hacked by an unknown group and had a lot of their networks security compromised. Information such as names and passwords are confirmed stolen, but they continue to say that they aren’t sure any credit card info was gotten.
The first aspect of PSN that will be coming back up will be online games and to compensate for the wait Sony is going to be offering 2 free games off of PSN from a list of 5 and to PSP users another 2 free PSP games off of PSN from a list of 4. We can only assume that these games will be first party Sony releases most likely, but not much more than that. You can read the full quote here as well “I know you all want to know exactly when the services will be restored. At this time, I can’t give you an exact date, as it will likely be at least a few more days. We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this process.”.
One of the first thing*most* gamers look at when purchasing games is how much it’s going to affect their pocketbook. Since games like World of Warcraft are massive cash-vacuums, perhaps this is why online retailers hiding subscription fees to their buyers? Many online retailers are completely failing to mention the game’s monthly fee completely. A few, however, mentioned its online nature, but failed to mention prices.
While the games come with a 30 day free subscription, gamers will have to pay a recurring monthly fee. For those that don’t know, here is the fees they have to pay.
- 1 Month – €12.99
- 3 Month – €34.99
- 6 Month – €64.99
- 12 Month – €124.99 (PC)
- Lifetime Subscription – €179.99 (PC)
Then again, it might just be a massive marketing oversight that a lot of gaming journalists are blowing out of proportion? Well, buyers beware and all that.
If you’re an EA gamer who plays some previous years game titles, you might want to take a look at the list after the jump. With the server bills rising, EA is shutting down several of their previous online supported video games. Even 09′ titles are getting the boot!
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