The Wii U won’t make it to the 2014 holiday season, says former Sony developer Kenny Linder.
The Little Deviants developer added that Nintendo made such a mess of marketing Super Mario 3D World, that “no one gives a sh*t” about the game.
Linder made the comments in a lengthy post on NeoGAF that he has since edited.
“Releasing [Super Mario 3D World] the same day as PS4 in UK/EU wasn’t wise. The frustrating thing was this game was probably ready to go in October. I think retail and the market will push Nintendo in a direction whether they like it or not. They MUST be in danger of losing shelf space at this point,” said Linder.
“Retail will have four major consoles (PS3/4, 360/One) plus 3DS/2DS to push which will all move units, and it looks like Mario can’t help even poor Wii U out. If it goes from shelves, it will be finished. I am still confident in my crazy mind that Wii U will not see another Christmas after this one. But that’s just me. The future games will just get moved/axed.
Mark Rein says none of the second screen functions available now on Wii U and SmartGlass add real value to a game.
Speaking with Alist Daily, the Epic Games vice president said, “I think we’ve yet to see the real value of the second screen idea, if you’re talking about [Xbox] SmartGlass and companion apps and things like that. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t be big one day. I don’t really know what it is yet.”
“Where it fits into gaming, I don’t know,” he added. “I’m not sold on picking up my tablet to choose my play and then putting it back down and picking up my controller. It’s kind of a wonky way to choose to play, so I don’t know if that’s how it’s going to go or not.
The studio that created the ambitious if flawed Spec Ops: The Line is now recruiting for a new free-to-play game for next-gen consoles.
Several listings on Yager’s website make reference to the AAA project. The roles call for developers with expertise in vehicle combat and weapon design, free-to-play, next-gen, the latest version of Unreal Engine, and multiplayer.
Yager first mentioned the project in August 2012, but no further information was subsequently released.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 only have four or five years before they’re forced to vie with devices from likes of Apple and Google for dominance of the living room, says EA’s new CEO, Andrew Wilson.
Speaking at the Credit Suisse 2013 Technology Conference, Wilson explained that interactive entertainment was evolving “at a very, very, very rapid rate.”
“I think that Microsoft and Sony have a real opportunity to build a strong following and a strong install base while they continue to be the single best way to get high fidelity, high definition interactive entertainment to your 80-inch television,” he said.
Battlefield 4’s China Rising downloadable content pack is available now for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, but comes with several issues developer DICE is working to fix.
China Rising adds four new maps to Battlefield 4, the Air Superiority game mode, as well as two new vehicles, new weapons, gadgets, assignments, and the new Proxy Attack ability in Commander Mode.
However, users report multiple issues with the DLC pack including erroneous prompts to download the DLC again after installation, and regular disconnects for some PC users. Some Xbox 360 players also report being unable to join matches.
More than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide since the system went on sale in the US on November 15, estimates Sony.
That figure includes more than 700,000 units sold in Australasia, the UK and Europe.
“PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we’ve continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America,” said Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House.
Nintendo is no longer relevant in the hardware space says former THQ and Naughty Dog boss Jason Rubin.
In an interview with GameTrailers, Rubin described Nintendo’s console as “irrelevant”, but tempered his remarks by adding that the company is a “worldwide treasure.”
Rubin said Microsoft and Sony were well position this generation as Nintendo had stumbled, and added, “Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business right now.”
A road on the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit has been renamed Gran Turismo Drive after the PlayStation-exclusive racing simulator.
The street name was unveiled this morning in a ceremony attended by racing veteran and gamer Shane Jacobson, and Bathurst mayor Gary Rush.
The Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, often simply referred to as Bathurst, has been recreated in Gran Turismo 6. The game has been permanently installed in Bathurst’s National Motor Racing Museum, allowing visitors to drive on a virtual recreation of the famous Australian circuit.
Square Enix will air at least two new trailers at the Spike Video Game Awards next week.
The news was broken by the publisher’s Europe and North America vice president of marketing, Karl Stewart.
“Just reviewed the final cuts of both trailers we’re showing at next Saturdays Spike TV VGX,” said Stewart. “Amazing stuff from the teams as ever. Cant wait.”
The first downloadable content pack for Total War: Rome II will focus on Julius Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul, Sega announced today.
Caesar in Gaul is set over just seven years from 58 BC to 51 BC. Players will be able to play one of four factions: the Gallic Arverni, the Germanic Suebi, the Belgic Nervii and Rome. Famous figures from history, such as Caesar and Vercingetorix, will also feature.
The DLC takes place on a new campaign map of 18 provinces that covers Gaul and southern Britannia. The turn count for each year has been increased to 24, and there will be seasonal changes distinguishable throughout.
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