If you’ve always wondered what it takes to survive in the games industry then you’ll love the “Staying Around, Playing Around” session at D.I.C.E. Summit. Speakers at this session are Mike Capps of Epic Games, Frank Pearce of Blizzard, and Ted Price of Insomniac – all of them are from studios that have been around for long periods of time.
The session will take place on February 9 at 4.15pm. It sounds extremely interesting to me and possible to many of you as well. The aforementioned speakers will discuss “what it takes to survive for 20+ years in the game industry while maintaining growth and original content.” They will talk about basically anything, so it should be a rather interesting talk.
They sure are taking a different approach with Resistance 3. Sony has unveiled the box art for the upcoming shooter, revealing it to be an arty take on a genre that is built upon the image of burly men shooting things. This isn’t your “rendered hero” box art, as they cheekily note, stating that it was created by Olly Moss, a British artist, who worked with the studio to come up with the cover.
Sony also announced that a Resistance 3 demo is coming out on June 14 in Blu-ray copies of Battle: Los Angeles.
The HD remake mania continues as fans want to see a Ratchet & Clank HD collection, an idea to which Insomniac is favorable. However, there’s one stipulation: they won’t be the ones developing it.
In a Twitter message, the studio stated: “We won’t make it, but we’d support Sony if they decided to do it.”
Sony is currently working on a HD collection of Sly Cooper which is being developed at Sanzaru Games rather than the original team at Sucker Punch. The God of War HD collection was also developed by an outside studio.
The February 2008 issue of Game Informer is host to the world exclusive unveiling of Resistance 2, the sequel to the best-selling PS3 launch title. Scheduled for release this Fall, the game will continue the story from the original, continuing the exploits of protagonist Nathan Hale as well as following the adventures of a separate squad.
According to the magazine, the game will now support online campaign co-op with up to 8 players, one of the original’s most requested features. Surprisingly, Insomniac Games are hoping to deliver up to 60 player support in online matches, allowing players to split into individual squads. There will be various classes in the game, including a tank-like soldier and the ubiquitous medic.
Further information and online media unveiling is expected soon.
Shacknews reports of a glitch in the retail copy of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, which was released earlier this week. The bug prevents players from starting the PS3 game, depending on the contents stored on the console’s hard drive.
The game requires a brief setup procedure that copies files to the HDD; however, the glitch causes the game to read the drive as full and refuse to install. It can be overcome quite easily, though: just remove or add about 500MB of data to the hard drive and the problem will go away. This comes straight from Insomniac community manager James Stevenson. The report notes that it is easy, considering the amount of stuff available on the PlayStation Store.
Shacknews carries confirmation from Insomniac Games that more content for Resistance: Fall of Man is headed to the PlayStation Network soon. “We actually have some content that hasn’t been shared yet,” said Ryan Schneider, marketing director at the studio. “So I think our fans will be happy in the coming months in terms of ongoing support for Resistance.”
He also teases that a demo for Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is also headed to the service. “We will touch the PlayStation Network somehow with the Ratchet & Clank Future franchise,” he said. However, he didn’t mention any timeframe as to when to expect the demo.
Insomniac, best known for the Ratchet & Clank franchise, has gone all serious and is working on a “gripping first-person action” game exclusive to the PS3. Check it out:
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: Insomniac Games
Genre: First Person Shooter
Players: Single player, 2-player co-op, 4-player offline split screen multiplayer and up to 32 players online
Developed by Insomniac Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Ratchet & Clank franchise, Resistance: Fall Of Man™ is a gripping first-person action game developed exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Set in a frightening, alternate 20th century reality, Resistance: Fall Of Man capitalizes on PlayStation 3’s superior processing power to deliver a thoroughly believable world that blends epic military action and unnerving horror. Utilizing its signature creative style, Insomniac Games has created a truly next-generation experience featuring smarter enemies, a wide variety of horrifying creatures, physics-based weaponry, playable vehicles and highly detailed, diverse environments. Players will be challenged online and offline as Resistance: Fall of Man delivers an engaging single player campaign, a co-operative mode and one of the most complete multiplayer offerings in a console game.
In Resistance: Fall of Man, the U.S. and Britain band together in a last-ditch effort to save Europe and Asia from a horrific scourge. In mere decades, the Chimera – a species of unknown origin propagating a virus that converts other life forms into more Chimera – has overrun Russia and all of Europe. Humanity’s hope for survival is slim, and the tide of the battle rests on the shoulders of U.S. Army Ranger, Sgt. Nathan Hale.
- Resistance: Fall of Man draws players into a deep, frightening story that rewrites the 20th century and pits the United States and Britain against a horrific species of unknown origin.
- In addition to an epic single player campaign, Resistance: Fall of Man features co-op, split screen multiplayer and highly customizable online gameplay.
- PlayStation 3’s superior power enables Resistance: Fall of Man to feature a wide variety of fluidly moving characters that exhibit more sophisticated behaviors and interact with their environments more realistically.
- Greater processing power on PlayStation 3 and Blu-ray technology enables more immersive visual and sound effects in Resistance: Fall of Man, heightening the chaos of large-scale warfare.
- A powerful rendering engine allows Resistance: Fall of Man to feature a greater variety of highly detailed and interactive environments for a console FPS experience, including large battlefields and sprawling military command centers.
- Insomniac Games has combined its passion for creating exotic weapons and vehicles with a proprietary physics system to create a unique human and alien arsenal.