Sony announced today that Jack Tretton will be stepping down as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Tretton has been with Sony for nearly 20 years, and has served as President and CEO of SCEA since 2006, but will be departing in a mutual decision not to renew his contract as one of the top decision makers for the PlayStation brand.
Tretton’s resignation will be official on March 31, and he will be succeeded by Sony Network Entertainment International executive vice president and COO Shawn Layden. You can read the full press release by clicking below.
Shaquille O’Neal is making his mark on the video game industry once again with a new project titled Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, which is already up on IndieGoGo. If the title sounds familiar, it’s because the legendary NBA center released a similarly titled game, Shaq Fu, for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo in 1994. Needless to say, it was a disaster, with websites like Shaqfu.com dedicated to finding and eliminating every copy of the game ever created.
The project is being headed by Big Deez Productions, a team composed of developers from games such as HALO, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy and more. Together, Shaq and Big Deez Productions are asking fans to contribute $450,000 to make the project happen. Check out a trailer for the game after the jump.
The second week since PlayStation 4′s Japanese launch has wrapped up, and the young console is still on top. With just over 65,000 sales, PlayStation 4 didn’t break any sales records, but it easily beat out the competition for this week’s top spot. Meanwhile, Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Connect to a New World in English) had a strong debut on 3DS, taking the number one spot on the software charts. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Mario Kart 8 is all set to launch on May 30, and European gamers are getting a special treat. Nintendo has unveiled a Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition deal that will net players a Spiny Shell collector’s item, pictured above. Hopefully it won’t ruin as many friendships as the item does in the game itself! You can catch a teaser for this special edition by clicking below.
Gabe Newell, top dog at Valve, recently stopped by Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session with fans. Naturally he wouldn’t comment on topics like Half-Life 3, but he did drop an interesting nugget regarding SteamOS and Steam Machines.
Valve is currently partnering up with around a dozen third party companies to create gaming PCs that run SteamOS and provide an experience similar to a console. Many gamers have wondered if Valve will try to push sales of these Steam Machines with exclusive games, but Newell has confirmed that there are no planned SteamOS exclusives. So rest easy, console gamers. If Half-Life 3 ever does finally come out, you won’t have to buy a Steam Machine to play it.
PlayStation 4 enjoyed a strong holiday season which saw the console almost universally sold out through the end of 2013. This was followed up by solid January sales (analysts put PlayStation 4 sales at around double Xbox One sales for the month), and it recently launched in Japan as well. All of this has pushed the young console past the 6 million sales mark in just over three months. This likely means that PlayStation 4 now has more lifetime sales than Wii U, although we won’t know for sure until Nintendo updates their official sales numbers.
Sony has also put the number of software units sold at just under 14 million. Notably, launch title Killzone: Shadowfall has sold 2.1 million units. Shadowfall has enjoyed success in the Western world, but had a rather modest debut at number seven in Japan.
Update: Titanfall‘s season pass will include three content packs and will be available for $24.99 from participating retailers for Xbox One on March 11 and Xbox 360 on March 25, according to the game’s official site. Players who purchase the season pass will receive a savings of $5. Alternatively, individual content packs can be purchased for $10 when they become available.
Origin PC users will be able to purchase a Titanfall Digital Deluxe offering, which will include the game and the season pass for $79.99 and is available for pre-order within the Origin store now.
After a number of rumblings and whisperings in the industry, the next (and apparently final) chapter in the Arkham franchise has been unveiled. Rocksteady will release Batman: Arkham Knight for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is being touted as the “explosive finale” to the franchise, and is listed by GameStop for an October 14 release date.
Arkham Knight will let players drive the Batmobile as a core element and will feature Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn. Quinn will also have four Challenge Maps as a pre-order bonus. You can catch the game’s first trailer after the jump.
Rejoice, Yoshi lovers! The rumored Yoshi edition 3DS has been confirmed by Nintendo, and it looks even better than the mock-up image. The latest in the lineup of special 3DS models features Yoshi and his eggs, and will launch alongside Yoshi’s New Island (not as a bundle, as previously rumored) for $199.99. Will you be picking one up?
A leaked image pertaining to Dishonored II, first posted on AllGamesBeta, suggests that the successor to Arkane Studios’ critically acclaimed game, Dishonored, will be revealed this June at E3. Make the jump to view the image.