Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer has spoken out against fanboyism, and lavished Sony with praise for its performance in the new-gen so far.
In an interview with Geoff Keighley at SXSW, Spencer addressed the subject of fanboys, and said, "There seems to be this natural faction that gets created around what console you own, and then this… I would call it ‘unhealthy dislike’ for people who own the other console."
Spencer said he enjoyed healthy competition, but wanted to keep it in the marketplace. "I have a ton of respect for people at Sony and the franchises they build. The same with Nintendo, or my friends at Valve… In the end what we all wanna do is to take this art form of playing games and experiencing the breaking down of the wall between the narrative and interaction [...] and just make a better form of entertainment.
"I love the fans that we have, but being a fan of Xbox doesn’t mean you can’t be a fan of something else, or that you have to be an anti-fan of some other brand," Spencer continued. "I own a PlayStation 4. I play games on my PlayStation 4. I own and I play games on my Wii U. I learn a ton from what happens on those other platforms."
Spencer concluded that the success of both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 so far has demonstrated that consoles are still important to the industry.
The upcoming movie based on The Last of Us will re-tell the game's plot, says Neil Druckmann.
Rather than tell a new story in the same universe, the creative director will turn the game's script into a screenplay.
Speaking with IGN on the red carpet at the BAFTA Game Awards, Druckmann said, “It’s an adaptation of the story of The Last of Us. As far as where we go and how we make it fit into a film, how it takes into account the unique properties of film… We’re not sure yet. We’re only just scratching the surface.”
The new SimCity offline mode is in the "final stages of testing", reports developer Maxis.
The modes comes as a part of Update 10.
“When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection,” wrote Patrick Buechner, general manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio, on the SimCity blog when the feature was first announced.
Total War: Rome 2 will get a second major expansion pack this month, called Hannibal at the Gates.
History buffs will know that Hannibal as a shrewd Carthaginian military commander in the Second Punic War. He famously led elephants over the alps and into northern Italy.
The campaign map will focus on the western Mediterranean and the "geopolitical situation" between Rome and Carthage.
Blizzard has outlined a number of features included in its MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, ahead of the game's closed Alpha.
Heroes of the Storm will feature a free weekly rotation of five heroes, Blizzard has announced.
Once players reach level 7, they will unlock an additional hero rotation slot, said community manager Vaeflare. Players can then use in-game gold to purchase any characters they like.
Australian Titanfall servers will come online tomorrow.
Respawn's Vince Zampella broke the good news over Twitter, saying, "Aussie servers coming online, starting Friday morning and building capacity each day! Combined EA/MS/Respawn effort to make it happen!"
Pings were a significant concern for local gamers as Titanfall is an online-only competitive shooter. Prior to today's news, the closest data center was in Singapore.
Open world crime thriller Watch Dogs stole the show at at E3 2012, but a new interview reveals that its developer didn't wish to attend.
Ubisoft Montreal revealed Watch Dogs at E3 2012 despite concerns from the developer that the game wasn't yet ready for public scrutiny.
Speaking with Edge magazine (via Videogamer), Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot "forced" the team to show the game.
Sony will unveil a virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, reports Edge.
The magazine has based its report an anonymous third-party developer. Edge's insider claims to have received a prototype version of the headset.
According to Edge, Sony's VR headset is more powerful than the Oculus Rift, although perhaps unsurprisingly, very little software currently exists for it.
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