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From Software’s Next Project Will Support PlayStation VR

From Software has experienced a renaissance since the Dark Souls series captured widespread attention, but the studio's been around for decades. A recent video highlights its past work – including the King's Field and Armored Core series – and offers a tiny fragment of tantalizing info about its next project.

The video below, found by Reddit user 113mac113, concludes with a slide calling out what's called simply "Next Title." That's all there is, other than a list of supported platforms, and that's where it gets interesting. In addition to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, it calls out the upcoming PlayStation VR peripheral. (Note: The image above is from Dark Souls III, not this upcoming title.)

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It's barely a nugget of information, but it does indicate support for the device, which is set for an October release.

[Source: Reddit, via GamesRadar]

 

Our Take
We've seen more than a few minigame collections and tech demos in the nascent VR space, but hopefully this is a game that has some actual meat on its bones. The From Software name alone is encouraging, as is the fact that the game is being developed for multiple platforms, which aren't necessarily able to lean on the VR gimmick.

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Is BioWare Teasing Another Dragon Age Project?

Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah has a mysterious book that looks like it could be related to the Dragon Age series.

What do you want from us? Dragon Age: Inquisition came out in November of 2014, so we’re hungry for what’s next. If you’re in the same boat, you might find executive producer Mark Darrah's recent tweet fairly interesting.

 

Our Take
This isn't hard news, but for Dragon Age fans this is certainly enticing. Could this be game design documents for the next Dragon Age? Is this an entirely new project? Or is this just some art book? Hopefully we'll know more soon.

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Shadow Moses Fan Project Developers Shift Gears To Metal Gear VR Museum

After suddenly shutting down development in March, the fan developers of Metal Gear Solid remake Shadow Moses are back. This time, they are attempting to create a “museum” for the series.

The group, iRam Gamer, describes The Fan Legacy: Metal Gear Solid as an “unofficial, non-profit” endeavor. Though, there is no evidence that the group meets the legal definition of “non-profit,” a tax status bestowed by the United States federal government.

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The description indicates that VR support will be included. Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter, whom we recently interviewed along with other members of the Metal Gear Solid cast, is involved with the project.

The team hopes to release the museum in May for free.

 

Our Take
Simply saying that you are a “non-profit” doesn’t create protection from cease and desist orders or an acceptable circumvention for rights infringement. Simply building on the Metal Gear brand, which is owned by Konami, could lead the publisher to put a stop to the effort. As a fan of the franchise, I would like to see this come to fruition. As a realist, I suspect Konami will step in (probably for the second time) and pull the plug.

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[Update] 3D Smart Phone NES Zelda Fan Project No Longer Available

Update: The fan project that was making a 3D port of the original Zelda for mobile devices is no more, but its creators are planning for its Zelda-free return.

Nintendo requested the removal of the project and the creators Scott Lininger and Mike Magee shared the news on its Zelda30Tribute.com website writing, "Nintendo has every right to protect their IP. No complaints from us, we had a blast working on this tribute and made some friends along the way." Liningerand Magee also thanked everyone for trying out their tribute and wrote, "We plan to post the project to Github soon, once we've had a chance to remove Nintendo-owned assets."

[Source: Zelda30Tribute.com]

Original story:

If any part of your childhood involved plopping a golden The Legend Of Zelda cartridge into an NES, then you’re probably susceptible to the wave of nostalgia brought on by the game’s opening fanfare. Two Zelda die-hard fans have started recreating the original NES classic in 3D, and you can play it now.  

Creators Mike and Scott decided to express their love for Link’s first appearance by making an open source recreation of the game using WebGL and voxels, giving it a similar aesthetic to From Software’s 3D Dot Game Heroes. You can see for yourself by playing the game on your phone or browser here.

The project is still incomplete, with many dungeons being prefaced by the cave-dwelling Old Man who warns, “Oh no! My demo is showing. This is not yet complete.” To keep up with the tribute’s progress and state of the project, you can visit the team’s Facebook page.

This isn’t the first time Link has been turned into a blocky voxel-boy, you can check out his unofficial appearance in 3D Dot Game Heroes here. You can also watch a parade of Game Informer’s best and brightest trudge up 30-year-old memories in order to beat The Legend of Zelda in Super Replay.

[Source: Nintendo Life]

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Sega Announces Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X Is Coming To The West

Hatsune Miku has the benefit of being in multiple places at once. It’s one of the many perks of being a digital singer, you can mingle with the cast of Persona and make a David Letterman appearance while working overtime on your next game. Sega has announced that the blue-haired vocaloid will be making a trip stateside once again with Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X for the PlayStation 4 and Vita.

Project Diva X is the newest entry in a long line of Hatsune Miku games. The latest iteration in the Project Diva series breaks up songs into five separate “clouds” including: classic, cool, cute, elegant, and quirky. Miku and her vocaloid friends sing and dance their way through 30 songs, unlocking close to 300 costumes along the way.

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In addition to the progression of the main game, a concert editor feature allows you to put together your own show by assembling your choice of songs, costumes, and accessories. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X releases physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and Vita this fall.

For more coverage of the talented vocaloid that never seems to sleep, click here.

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5th Cell Confirms Layoffs After Canceled Scribblenauts Project

5th Cell, the development team behind the popular Scribblenauts franchise, is experiencing layoffs after a canceled project.

After seeing staff members tweet about their departure, we reached out to 5th Cell to confirm that staff have been let go, at least temporarily due to a project cancelation. The canceled project was upcoming mobile game Scribblenauts Fighting Words. 

5th Cell has issued the following statement:

Unfortunately, due to a project cancellation, we have had to let go of 45 of our very talented staff members today.

Layoffs aren’t something we take lightly and we’d like to thank all our employees for all the hard work and dedication over the years.

5th Cell as a company is not closing down, but our focus right now is 100% on helping our staff make the transition to other external opportunities. If we haven’t already reached out, any interested employer can reach us at [email protected]

This news comes just after 5th Cell's recent failed Fig campaign for the game Anchors in the Drift. 

 

Our Take
Hearing about layoffs is always unfortunate, and it looks like 5th Cell hasn't had an easy run lately by not meeting its Fig goal and having its latest project canceled. This doesn't mean the company is shuttering, but it's unclear what the future will hold. Our thoughts are with those affected by these layoffs.

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Bear Simulator Developer Cancels Further Development On Kickstarter Project

After successfully raising over $ 100,000 on Kickstarter for a game about being a bear, developer John Farjay has decided to call it quits.

Farjay seems to have drummed up a small amount of interest over his game Bear Simulator, but in a recent Kickstarter update, the developer wrote:

"Well the game didn’t have a great reception, has a stigma against it’s name and there’s plenty of other problems so making any updates or going further is basically a lost cause now. Plus not skilled enough to make the game better than it currently is or write better updates than previously…Also don’t want to deal with the drama anymore. Can’t ignore it because that causes more drama and can’t do anything about it because that causes more drama…Must be doing this PC game dev thing wrong because it is way too hard to stay happy and productive."

Farjay plans to release one final update that adds a Kickstarter
backer island and fixes a few bugs, but some of the originally-promised Kickstarter stretch goals
may not ultimately be fulfilled. Bear Simulator is still available on PC of $ 14.99 if you want to see what the fuss is all about.

[Source: Kickstarter via Kotaku]

 

Our Take
This is sad. It seems that Bear Simulator isn't a great game. It has several negative Steam reviews and even Pewdiepie took the game to task on his YouTube channel. Negative reviews are part of the business, but it's unfortunate when a developer feels overwhelmed by them and hangs up their hat because of an overly negative atmosphere.

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