A few months ago it was revealed that Microsoft’s Lift London studio was hard at work on four titles that bridge the gap between free-to-play and AAA. Details have been scarce up to this point, but that should change soon. Lift London studio head Lee Schuneman has revealed to Official Xbox Magazine that we can expect three of the games to be unveiled in the near future.
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has been very clear and firm when it comes to his stance on Nintendo games appearing on mobile devices: No. However, that doesn’t mean that Nintendo intends to disregard the mobile market entirely. The popularity of smart phones and tablets has risen astronomically in recent years to the point that they’re almost considered a necessity. As such, Nintendo views mobile devices not as hardware, but as a marketing opportunity.
Pixel Heart Studios is in the middle of a little experiment. Vanished, their action-horror game for iOS, is available for free right now! It’s a unique game where movement is based on sound. It uses the touch and motion controls for movement and attacking. However, there’s a minor catch- the game lacks any kind of graphics or visuals! Click for more details.
Shigeru Miyamoto is credited as being one of the most influential video game developers of all time, if not standing alone at the top. His games brought Nintendo back from the brink of bankruptcy in the early 80s and inspired countless other developers to create some of the most beloved franchises of all time. To this day his input is critical in everything Nintendo does, and there are very few who can boast a resume that even deserves to be mentioned in the same sentences as his.
However, as time goes by we’ve seen the industry evolve in many different ways. One of these major changes is the evolution of mobile gaming on smart phones and tablets. According to Richard Hilleman of EA, this rising mobile market has rendered Miyamoto completely obsolete.
Wonder Flick is an RPG set to release in the holiday of 2013 on mobile devices. While the mobile versions of the game are geared towards touch-based controls, Level-5 released a console trailer for the game today. The video solidifies Wonder Flick for the PlayStation 4. Mobile release slated for 2013 and console release in Japan early 2014. PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One will all have separate releases of Wonder Flick with the mobile version available free. No payment options were announced for console versions as of now.
Sony Intends to Stream PlayStation Games to Non-Sony Devices Including PCs, TVs, and Tablets Via Gaikai
Last year Sony spent an incredible $380 million to acquire cloud-based gaming service Gaikai, and they intend to put that purchase to good use. We already know that they plan to offer the best PlayStation 3 games on PlayStation 4 via Gaikai streaming, but they’ve go their eyes set on a much bigger prize. Eventually, Sony wants you to be able to play PlayStation games on just about any device.
Grand Theft Auto V is off to a lightning start, smashing records and pulling in $800 million on the first day alone. Everyone is in agreement that this is the blockbuster hit of the year. Well, almost everyone. Peter Molyneux, creator of Fable and formerly of Lionhead Studios, is quite unimpressed by the sales numbers.
Microsoft is testing the Windows Phone 8.1 update to include a new personal assistant a la Siri for iPhone.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that the Siri-like feature, codenamed “Cortana” after the Halo character, will let Windows Phone users interact with a handset through voice commands. Windows Phone already includes basic voice commands, but Cortana looks to be a step further with a system that will learn and adapt.
PlayJam CEO Jasper Smith announced this morning that the GameStick will go on sale at Gamestop, GAME, and Amazon on October 29th. In addition to these stores, Smith also announced that there will be other retailers in Canada, Europe and the Middle East before the holiday season. Kickstarter backers who haven’t received their GameStick’s will get them by the end of the month as well. GameStick is an android-based console that is similar to the recently released OUYA system.
About two weeks ago Level-5 revealed a new RPG called Wonder Flick that’s slated to hit most major platforms. Described as “the most sprawling yet accessible original fantasy RPG in the history of LEVEL-5,” Wonder Flick hits mobile devices in Japan later this year with a console version coming next year. You can catch some in-game footage of the mobile version after the jump.
Rather than cutting the price of their record-selling iPhone 5, Apple announced a new cheaper iPhone model today: the iPhone 5C. While iPhone 5 goes for $199 for a 16GB model with two-year activation, the iPhone 5C cuts that price in half to $99. A 32GB iPhone 5C will also be available for $199 with a contract.
The new iPhone has a plastic back and comes in a variety of colors – green, white, blue, yellow, and red/pink – and of course Apple will offer a series of “custom” silicon rubber 5C cases that allow users to mix and match color combinations thanks to a series of portals that allow the original color underneath to peek through.
Rayman Fiesta Run is a hunger-inducing game – and I’m not just talking about the hunger for more platforming action. The mobile sequel to last year’s Rayman Jungle Run dives into the rebooted franchise’s food-themed worlds from Rayman Origins and Legends, meaning you’ll get to relive the chilly freezers and hot ovens of Gourmand Land as well as party hard in Fiesta de los Muertos.
The sequel adds Rayman’s shrinking ability, Invasion-style levels, as well as online leaderboards and high score sharing, and of course more than 70 new levels to run, jump, and punch through. You’ll find it on your mobile device’s app store later this year.
Click below to see the announcement trailer.